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How Betty White's Death Could Become a Mandela Effect

Updated: Jan 28, 2022

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People are already mad at 2022 for the death of Betty White, but that's not quite right.

White, an American actress and comedian, passed away on December 31 due to natural causes. People have already started the discussion of how she lived to be 100- but she was actually 3 weeks shy of her birthday.

After the announcement of White's death, the internet went wild. Posts began to circulate claiming that she'd lived 100 years, which is almost correct. She lived 100 years worth of days due to leap years, but she did not get to celebrate her hundredth birthday and died at the age of 99. Because of the confusing verbiage of these posts, and the way the misinformation spread on the internet, it has led people to believe that she was a century old when she passed. This creates the possibility of a Mandela Effect taking place and leading people to have a false memory.

What is the Mandela Effect? Also known as a false memory, Mandela Effects are a phenomenon where a large group of people incorrectly remember an event. Conspiracy theorists believe it is proof of an alternate universe, but many doctors use it as an example of how imperfect memory can be.

White could've easily been dubbed as "America's Sweetheart." Known mostly for her work in "The Golden Girls," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Betty White Show," and various other roles in her 7 decades in television and media, she was a pioneer of early television and was noted as being one of the first women to work both in front of and behind the camera.

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