The Mandela Effect – Part 2

From false engagements to general ignorance and dodgy hearing

There’s one reason why this second part of my investigation into the Monroe Effect is my favourite… after this is finished I’ll never have to write about the accursed topic again! I’m done. The more I looked into it the more I found it incredulous that so many people insist their memories are perfect and that it’s the rest of the world that’s out of kilter. All because of one throw away comment by a historically ignorant ‘paranormal consultant’ back in 2010 who thought Marilyn Monroe had been sitting in the car next to JFK in Dallas when he was shot by Donald Duck. Clueless numpties who can’t accept the fact that human mind is infallible, theirs especially. But how can I be so sure/ignorant/arrogant? (*delete as appropriate). Why? Because I live in the real world, not one of conspiratorial fantasy in which a bad hypothesis is promoted by people who really should know better, especially those in the public forum.

Before I get to the real meaty bits though I’m going to relate to you a story, an incident in which faith in my own mind was slightly shaken until rationality resumed. About a year ago I had been invited on the christmas works do by a company I did some freelance writing for and I’ll be honest I was a couple of sheets to the wind at the time when I overheard one of the sales team saying she’d just got engaged after her boyfriend had proposed to her in the city of romantic clichés, Paris. Well, as I happened to glance over I saw a couple of her colleagues checking out the ring on her finger, at least I thought I did. Anyway, fast forward a couple of months and I happen to bump into her while I’m dropping something off at their office and I notice there’s now, no ring on her finger. “You’re not wearing your ring,” I said “did you split up or something?” aye, tact has never been my strongest characteristic.

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“What are you talking about?” she replied, and I told her how I’d seen her flashing her sparkle around at Christmas. “No way, it’d take a lot more than a trip to Paris to get a ring on this finger, besides I’m not seeing anyone, haven’t for a while now.” As she walked away a horrible thought hit me, had the universe just punked me for saying the Mandela Effect was gash? It took a while to get my head around it but when I analysed my original memories properly I found the answer. I was not entirely sober having had a few drinks before I turned up to the party, I’d only heard a brief snippet of conversation which had been taken out of context, I didn’t actually see any ring myself just some curious workmates, nor did I congratulate her on the night, or speak to her. And when I quizzed the two colleagues when I next saw them, it turned out they were only checking out her new nail decorations such is the trend these days. Looking back perhaps I shouldn’t have laughed quite as loud as I did. So with that hefty weight off of my mind you can see why it’s easy for people to jump to conclusions without actually giving it some proper thought.

Words by Doug McKay

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The Art Of Erik Stitt

We first became aware of the art of Erik Stitt while flicking through our long neglected Twitter feed. It was just one of those mornings and we were taking advantage of a reflective few minutes, seeing what’s going on in the world, when this image flashed before our eyes, and we stopped flicking. In truth, all movements stopped. What we saw was a UFO hurling it’s way over a scene of beautiful white horse breakers and we were entranced. Minutes later further investigation led us to the Fade To Black radio Facebook fan page, from there we found Erik Stitt’s website and his portfolio on the premier digital art hub deviantart.com.

When compared to some of the bad 3D CGI composite art, figure rendering and digital facial tracing that pollutes the world wide interweb, we were blown away. The attention to detail, the intricacy, the vibrancy, and a feeling that what we were looking at almost seemed familiar, but not in a ‘saw it on TV’ kind of familiar.

We knew we had to speak to Erik and it wasn’t long until we discovered that there was a lot more to Erik than meets the digitally airbrushed eye.

SOYM: Reading up on your background it turns out you are an experiencer, what age did that start?

Erik Stitt: It’s really hard to say. My earliest memory of contact was when I was still a baby lying in a bassinette but through my own research, my own self exploration and kind of riffing off of others who have had similar experiences I’ve come to my own personal conclusion. It’s good for me not to try to convince anyone else of what happened. It’s all related and tied together as kind of a singular pan-experiential phenomenon. Anything that seems remotely paranormal like poltergeists, ghosts, cryptids, UFOs, aliens, all of that, I kind of put it all in one kind of category that resonates in the same spot like mine.

SOYM: So you’re looking at it as more of a multi-dimensional experience rather than these beings are coming from light years away to visit Earth?

ES: I’m not much of an nuts and bolts guy so I can’t really find any evidence from my own research that corroborates with what I experience because it doesn’t behave and it has never behaved as something that would be considered a physical incident. That just doesn’t really jive with what I witnessed multiple times, although that isn’t to say that it isn’t that. I have nothing conclusive there. I just kind of have to go by intuition on that but it sure doesn’t feel like technology. Tech doesn’t feel it just gives you a show. But this feels, there is an intelligence and an energy about it that you pick up while having the experiences.

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