The Mandela Effect refers to the phenomenon where a significant number of people recall an event or fact differently from what actually occurred. It is named after Nelson Mandela, whose death in 2013 was widely remembered by many, but he was actually in prison for 27 years before his release in 1990 and passing away in 2013. The Mandela Effect is a result of several factors, including misinformation, false memories, and cognitive biases. It highlights the unreliability of our memories and how easily they can be influenced by outside factors. Understanding the Mandela Effect can help us understand the complexities of human memory and why our perceptions of reality are not always accurate.