Which Universe Are You From?
The Berenstein Bears Phenomenon We live in the A Universe.
Previously, we lived in the E Universe.
Can you tell the difference? Take our Quiz below.
Very few people can tell the difference immediately, but many of us remember enough to make the change interesting. Some people refer to these vague memories as ‘glitches in the Matrix.’ Others call it The Mandela Effect, but today more are calling it The Hadron Effect.
The Mandela Effect was discovered in 2006 by author/researcher Fiona Broome, when she realized a large group of people had specific memories of Nelson Mandela dying in prison in 1980. Here in the A Universe, Mandela died in 2013, long after being released from prison, after even being elected President of South Africa.
The discovery of our ‘A’ Universe occurred upon the realization that we were previously living in a parallel ‘E’ Universe when many people noticed the changed spelling of renowned children’s books The Berenstain Bears. (The Berenstein Bears existed in Universe E) They call it the Berenstain Bears Conspiracy.
Leading research website Wikipedia, as of this writing, refuses to acknowledge that The Hadron Effect, The Mandela Effect or Berenstein Bears Conspiracy have ever happened.
The Berenstain Event was mistaken as The Butterfly Effect or possibly Time Travel in 2011:
“At some point between the years 1986 and 2011, someone traveled back in time and inadvertently altered the timeline of human history so that the Berenstein Bears somehow became the Berenstain Bears. This is why everyone remembers the name incorrectly; it was Berenstein when we were kids, but at some point when we weren’t paying attention, someone went back in time and rippled our life experience ever so slightly.”
In 2012, there was a Parallel Universe Theory, presented by Reece. OR maybe it was a higher part of the collective consciousness.
In reality, the evidence of the change in Berenstein/Berenstain A/E Universe probably occurred in the late summer/ early fall of 2006, about the time that Pluto was downgraded to a ‘dwarf planet’ and the Tevatron Fermilab particle accelerator (the Large Hadron precursor) was doing heavy experimentation.
Other notable differences:
We have a dilemna. Or is it dilemma?
Kale did not exist in the E Universe.
Time seems to move much faster in our universe.
The E Universe has a second R in ‘Sherbet.’
We have Norwhals. EU had Gopthems.
There was no Krampus Christmas demon in Universe E.
In our A Universe, Men’s Wearhouse is the men’s clothier. UE has/had Men’s Warehouse.
The E Universe had the famous snack Cracker Jacks, we have Cracker Jack.
In the A Universe, chartreuse is red, not yellow. Vermillion is red, not green. Amber is yellow, not red.
In the E Universe, South America was closer to a straight line with the United States’ west coast. In our A Universe it is about a thousand miles closer to Africa.
The most disturbing thing, as that it may have happened before, according to these variations on 30s film and vaudeville stars Laurel & Hardy’s catchphrase:
“That’s another FINE mess you’ve gotten us into”
“That’s another NICE mess you’ve gotten ME into
“HERE’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.”
You can explore the phenomenon yourself!
Choose which answer sounds more familiar or correct to you (no looking for answers!)
The number you remember is your ‘E Universe Quotient’ – the closer your score is to 100, the greater your affinity for the old E Universe.
(after you click ‘results’, scroll back here to see your results!)
Don’t take our word for it, look up the correct answer for the A Universe on Google!
“In the Steven Spielberg movie E.T., why is the alien brown? No reason. In Love Story, why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. In Oliver Stone’s JFK, why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. In the excellent Chain Saw Massacre by Tobe Hooper, why don’t we ever see the characters go to the bathroom or wash their hands like people do in real life? Absolutely no reason.”
“ Worse, in The Pianist by Polanski, how come this guy has to hide and live like a bum when he plays the piano so well? Once again the answer is… no reason. I could go on for hours with more examples. The list is endless. You probably never gave it a thought, but all great films, without exception, contain an important element of no reason.”
“And you know why? Because life itself is filled with no reason. Why can’t we see the air all around us? No reason. Why are we always thinking? No reason. Why do some people love sausages and other people hate sausages…”
– Lieutenant Chad, in Rubber
Michel de Nostredame (December 14 1503 – 2 July 1566) is usually Latinized to Nostradamus, was a French mystic who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He is best known for his book Les Propheties (The Prophecies), the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this book, which has rarely been out of print since his death, Nostradamus has attracted a following that, along with the pop culture press, credits him with predicting many major world events, although most are open to interpretation. He is ofton misquoted.
For example, Nostradamus did NOT write (regarding 9/11):
In the City of God there will be a great thunder, Two brothers torn apart by Chaos, while the fortress endures, The great leader will succumb, The third big war will begin when the big city is burning.
Possible Spellings of his name: Nostradomus, Nostrodamus, Nostradamas, Nostradamos, Nostradomas, Nastradamus, Nostradamous, Notradamus, Nostradomis, Nostradamis, Nostredamus, Nostadamus, Nostrodamas, Nostra Damus, Nostrdamus, Nostradumus, Nostrodomis, Nostrodamos, Nostradameus, Nostradmus
80s Music – 100 Songs You Need To Make Your Collection Complete
This is not a list of the “Best Of” the 80s – it’s more of a roundup
of pop songs that define the era.
1. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley #1 in 1988, the song lives on through rickrolling
2. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen Queen’s biggest song
3. I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts This was also performed by Britney Spears in 2001. Few people know that.
4. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham! People forget that George Michael’s partner in Wham! was Andrew Ridgeley
5. Footloose – Kenny Loggins This is probably the most-known movie song of the modern era
6. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper This was Cyndi’s first hit. Her biggest hit was Time After Time.
7. Beat It – Micheal Jackson Side two, Song one on the Thriller album.
8. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor Theme Song for Rocky III.
9. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey Would you believe this song only reached #9 in 1981?
10. I Wanna Dance With Somebody Who Loves Me – Whitney Houston Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1988.
11. We Got The Beat – The Go-Gos The biggest hit from the famed LA band.
12. We Built This City – Starship Previously known as: Jefferson Airplane, later Jefferson Starship.
13. Blitzkreig Bop – The Ramones This was the debut single from the debut album from this iconic band. Today the song is best known as coming from the Jimmy Neutron movie soundtrack.
14. Mickey – Toni Basil Toni is an American singer, songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer, and dancer
15. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves Walking on Sunshine was one of the most upbeat, definitive songs of the 80s. 2005’s Hurricane Katrina caused a decrease in radio airplay.
16. Funkytown – Lipps Inc Lipps Inc was a project put together by Steven Greenberg. Vocals were by Cynthia Johnson.
17. Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen If you look carefully at the girl dancing onstage in the video, you’ll recognize actress Courteney Cox.
18. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners The song was not based on anyone named Eileen.
19. Into The Groove – Madonna Was never released as a single. It was a 12″ dance hit.
20. Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol Billy Idol began as the lead singer for Generation X, later Gen X. Gen X were nowhere to be seen when this was released as Billy’s first US single.
21. Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder Another definitive 80s track; Matthew went on to work with No Doubt.
22. Working For The Weekend – Loverboy Not Loverboy’s biggest hit, but many radio stations start their 5 o’clock Friday hour with this song today.
23. Only In My Dreams – Debbie Gibson She was sixteen years old when she wrote, recorded and released this song.
24. Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles Following on the heels of fellow LA Girl Band, the Go-Gos, the Bangles went on to even bigger success with Manic Monday, Hazy Shade of Winter and Eternal Flame.
25. Kiss On My List – Hall and Oates With 21 Top 40 hits, it was hard to choose which song to include, but Kiss On My List was their first #1 of the 80s.
26. Jam On It – Newcleus If you think of 80s Break dancing, you think of this track.
27. Flashdance (What A Feeling) – Irene Cara Irene helped open 80s Movie Music with Fame (#46 below) but this was her biggest hit. The Flashdance film also introduced us to actress Jennifer Beals.
28. Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go – Soft Cell Tainted Love was first performed by Gloria Jones in 1964, Where Did Our Love Go was #1 for the Supremes in ’64 as well.
29. Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen On Oct. 27, 1975, Time Magazine proclaimed that Bruce was the future of music. In 1984, they were proven right.
30. Electric Avenue – Eddie Grant One of the catchiest, timeless songs of the eighties, sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday.
31. Push It – Salt N Pepa This song from 1987 still works in both commercials and on the dance floor.
32. Valley Girl – Frank Zappa featuring Moon Unit This song defined the lifestyle (materialism) and linguistics (valleyspeak) of the San Fernando Valley.
33. Morning Train (9 to 5) – Sheena Easton Morning Train was just too catchy to be universally hated.
34. Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer Eddy Murphy, playing Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop, matched with this synth-pop made a hit in 1985. It was reworked into ‘Crazy Frog’ in 2003.
35. Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield Playing General Hospital’s Dr. Noah Drake was Rick’s other job in 1981.
36. I Melt With You – Modern English Featured in the Valley Girl soundtrack, VH1 declared this the #7 One Hit Wonder of the 80s.
37. 867-5309/Jenny Jenny – Tommy Tutone Co-writer Jim Keller said “Jenny is a regular girl, not a hooker. Friends of mine wrote her name and number on a men’s room wall at a bar. I called her on a dare, and we dated for a while. I haven’t talked with her since the song became a hit, but I hear she thinks I’m a real jerk for writing it.”
38. Love Shack – The B-52s This was also a top karaoke duet song in the 1990s.
39. Jump – Van Halen ‘Jump’ was Van Halen’s only number one hit.
40. Who Can It Be Now? – Men At Work This started the whole Australian Renaissance of the 80s, which ended with Yahoo Serious’ film, Young Einstein.
41. Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby Backed up by 1984’s Revenge of the Nerds, this started the whole acceptance of the Nerd Renaissance of the 80s, which is still going on today.
42. Whip It – Devo Strange robotic nerd band does good. This opened the nerd music genre for the likes of Thomas Dolby and Howard Jones.
43. Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger Now, this song is old time rock and roll too.
44. Rock This Town – the Stray Cats Led by Brian Setzer, the Stray Cats brought Rockabilly back to pop/rock. Brian did it again for a few months for swing rock with ‘Jump Jive N Wail’ in 1998.
45. We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel Billy should do a song like this for every decade.
46. Fame – Irene Cara From the soundtrack of the same name, this song brought movie songs into the 1980s. Fame was also a hit TV show from 1982-1987.
47. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police The Police were probably the most successful ‘New Wave post-punk reggae rock pop’ bands of all time
48. Do That To Me One More Time – The Captain and Tennille Leftover Cheesy Music from the 1970s.
49. Call Me – Blondie “Top Pop Punk Band Sells Out For Hit Movie Soundtrack” (# 1 for six weeks)
50. The Tide Is High – Blondie “Top Pop Punk Band Sells Out With Hipster Reggae Track”
51. Burning Heart – Survivor ‘Eye of the Tiger’ hit number one for Rocky 3. ‘Burning Heart’ reached number two for Rocky 4.
52. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice You can go a long way with the catchy backbeat of Queen/David Bowie’s ‘Under Pressure’.
53. Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran Named a Barbarella bad guy, they were the most successful New Wave Boy Band.
54. Kokomo – The Beach Boys Number one song in 1988, not band for a band that started making hits in 1962.
55. Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds The only number one song by the band, boosted by being the hit from ‘The Breakfast Club’.
56. I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock of Seagulls Alphabetically, this band should be at the beginning of any 80s artist list. Lead singer Mike Score based his hair on David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.
57. Centerfold – J. Geils Band It took the band ten years to hit number one on Billboard. Their other top ten hit was ‘Freeze-Frame,’ also based in photography.
58. Safety Dance – Men Without Hats You can dance if you want to. The long-sought ‘Girl in the Safety Dance Video’ is actually Louise Court, now an editor and journalist at Cosmopolitan.
59. Two of Hearts – Stacy Q Stacy started her showbiz career as a showgirl and elephant rider for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
60. Purple Rain – Prince 80s=Purple=Prince. From the 1984 film ‘Purple Rain’.
61. Black Velvet – Alannah Myles Myles won the 1990 Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocalist for the song. Yes, it was inspired by Elvis.
62. Almost Paradise – Mike Reno and Ann Wilson Mike was the lead singer for Loverboy and Ann was the lead vocals for Heart.
63. Let’s Dance – David Bowie This was Mr. Bowie’s second number one hit. His first was ‘Fame’ – which he did with John Lennon in 1975.
64. I Got You – Split Enz The New Zealand band didn’t crack the American Top 40 with this song, but is another definitive ’80s-sound’ song.
65. In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins This song was used in the train sequence of the 1983 film Risky Business, featuring Tom Cruise in his first major role.
66. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin A timeless acapella song. ‘Acapella’ means no instruments were used.
67. She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals The band got their name from a 1960 film, ‘All The Fine Young Cannibals’.
68. Nobody – Sylvia One of a handful of 80s pop tracks by female singer-songwriters.
69. Rock It – Herbie Hancock 1983’s Rock It was one of the earliest pop hits to use ‘scratching’ by deejays.
70. Straight Up – Paula Abdul This was the first of Paula’s six number one hits. (four in the 80s)
71. (tie) Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder Paul’s first post-Beatles collaboration, in 1982.
71. (tie) The Girl is Mine – Michael Jackson with Paul McCartney Paul’s second post-Beatles collaboration, in 1982.
71. (tie) Say Say Say – Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson Paul’s third post-Beatles collaboration, in 1983, and final number one hit.
72. On The Dark Side – Eddie and the Cruisers (Actually John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band)
73. Mr. Roboto – Styx “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto” (Thank you, Mister Robot)
74. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler Jim Steinman produced this, Bonnie’s first and only number one hit.
75. Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer I accidentally ordered a ‘Robert Palmer’ instead of an ‘Arnold Palmer’ and now a sullen waitress is dancing behind me.
76. West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys Pet Shop Boys members Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are the most successful duo in UK music history.
77. Murphy’s Law – Cheri A perfect example of 80s dance-pop, an old-school dance classic.
78. Oh Yeah – Yello Is it a background sound effect or a song? In either case, a timeless 80s instrumental classic.
79. Roll With It – Steve Winwood Steve’s second number one hit. It had wide airplay, from AOR (album oriented rock) to Pop to Dance/R&B stations.
80. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake The video featured Tawny Kitaen in lingerie dancing on a pair of Jaguar XJs. The song peaked at number one. Coincidence? We think not.
81. Burning Down The House – Talking Heads This song says everything you’d ever want to know about a thinking man’s American alt/pop/new wave band.
82. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club Fronted by Boy George, this was the only number one hit for the band.
83. All Night Long – Lionel Richie Lionel Richie, former lead singer for The Commodores had 13 Top Ten Hots, including 5 number ones!
84. Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Deniece Williams Deniese started her music career as a Stevie Wonder backup singer.
85. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung “Everybody WANG CHUNG tonight!”
86. Celebration – Kool and the Gang Kool and the Gangs biggest hit is now a timeless classic for festive occasions.
87. Man In Motion (St Elmo’s Fire) – John Parr From the ‘Brat Pack’ film, St. Elmo’s Fire. The ‘Brat Pack’ included: Rob Lowe, Emilio Esteves, Judd Nelson, Allie Sheedy and others.
88. I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany There was no actual ‘rivalry’ between teen singers Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. They both spent four weeks at number one. It was a tie.
89. Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer Another number one, grammy winning, instrumental soundtrack.
90. Puttin On The Ritz – Taco ‘Taco’ was his real name. ‘Puttin On The Ritz’ also reached number one in 1930.
91. Paranomia – Art of Noise With Max Headroom Max Headroon is actually actor Matt Frewer.
92. Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) – Wham! Rap music was still very much underground when this was recorded in 1982, although Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ predated it by a year.
93. Blame it on the Rain – Milli Vanilli Forever blacklisted by critics for fuzzy rules about the frontmen not actually performing the music, they did have 5 catchy tunes released with a year, including 3 number ones!
94. Money – the Flying Lizards It was a hit in the loosest of terms; it reached number 50 on Billboard, but has been used in films, television and even a Taco Bell commercial.
95. Take My Breath Away – Berlin # 1, from the Top Gun soundtrack, this song also won the Oscar for for Best Original Song.
96. Escalator of Life – Robert Hazard Philly’s Robert Hazard peaked at Billboard # 58 with this song about materialism, but don’t feel too bad for him. He also wrote Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Cyndi, and Robert’s estate, should do just fine on the royalties from that timeless classic.
97. Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx Between ‘Satisfied’ and ‘Right Here Waiting’ we heard Richard Marx sing constantly in the spring/summer of 1989.
98. Mr Soul – Neil Young (Trans Album – new version) “Respected Hippie Singer Goes Synth” Not as controversial as when Dylan went electric, but it was risky of Neil to produce and release his 1982 ‘Trans’ album. It was followed up with 1983’s ‘Everybody’s Rockin’ album, with a rockabllly theme. Oh that Neil!
99. Don’t Pay the Ferryman – Chris DeBurgh This video had heavy rotation on MTV back in 1983. *Younger Readers- MTV once showed music videos 24/7. Chris’ biggest hit was the timeless ‘Lady In Red’.
100. Wild Thing – Tone Loc Rap was just coming out of the underground in the late 1980s. This reached number two in 1988. It sampled Van Halen’s ‘Jamie’s Cryin’.
December 7 in Pop Culture History 1732 – The Covent Garden Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera House) was opened on London.
1787 – Delaware became ‘The First State’ to ratify the US Constitution.
1869 – American outlaw Jesse James committed his first bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri.
1909 – Leo Baekeland of Yonkers, New York, received the patents for a thermosetting artificial plastic which he called ‘Bakelite’ (patent #942,699)
1932 – The first gyro-stabilized ship to cross the Atlantic, the Conte di Savoia, arrived in New York City.
1941 – Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA attacked by Japan.
1946 – A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta killed 119 people.
1960 – Coronation Street, the longest running TV soap opera in the world, began, on Granada Television.
1982 – Murderer Charles Brooks, Jr. was the first criminal executed by lethal injection, in Texas.
1984 – City Heat & 201 debuted in theaters.
1988 (Earthquake) Armenia, killed more than 60,000 people, with over 500,000 homeless.
1990 – Edward Scissorhands was released in theaters.
1995 – The Galileo spacecraft arrived at the planet Jupiter on it’s mission to study the planet and it’s moons.
2001 – Ocean’s Eleven, starring George Clooney, opened in theaters.
2002 – In Amsterdam, Netherlands, two Van Gogh paintings were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum. The two works were “View of the Sea st Scheveningen” and “Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen.” They were found, along with the thieves shortly after the heist.
December 6 in Pop Culture History 1790 – The US Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.
1830 – The U.S. Naval Observatory, one of the oldest scientific agencies in the US, was established as the ‘Depot of Charts and Instruments’ in Washington, D.C.
1850 – Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-94) announced the invention the ophthalmoscope, to the Berlin Physical Society. It enabled doctors to see directly into a patient’s eye.
1865 – The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, officially ending the institution of slavery, was ratified.
1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrated the first sound recording, his reciting of ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’, at his Menlo Park, NJ Laboratory.
1883 – “Ladies’ Home Journal” began publication.
1884 – The Washington Monument was completed.
1906 – The first aerial photographs of Stonehenge were shown at the Society of Antiquaries. They were taken from a hydrogen balloon by 2nd Lieutenant Philip Sharpe of the Royal Engineers’ Balloon Section.
1907 – The Monongah Coal Mine Disaster killed 361 coal miners. It was the worst mining disaster in American history.
1933 – A federal judge ruled that James Joyce’s book, Ulysses, was not obscene
1947 – Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Harry S Truman. His “S” didn’t stand for a name.
1957 – Vanguard rocket carrying the first US satellite blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It rose about four feet and collapsed.
1964 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer debuted on NBC. The holiday tradition moved to CBS in 1972
1969 – Meredith Hunter was killed by ‘guards’ at the Altamont Music Festival.
1991 – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released in theaters.
2002 – Winona Ryder was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 480 hours of community service after stealing more than $5,500 worth of merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills, California. He also paid restitution and a fine.