Wednesday 31 August 2022

Bryan Adams Mandela Update

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Well, that was quick! The mystery is solved and it didn't take very long; in fact literally within an hour of the background article being posted a comment was left underneath by a reader called "Yellowbentine" suggesting that the song and video existed, but it was by Rod Stewart and not Bryan Adams. The song was released in 1988, roughly the era I remember it, and it is entitled Lost in You. I was dubious at first, but as soon as I saw the video my doubt vanished. The shot at 1.27 to 1.30 is exactly the time-lapse effect I recall, see: So this is a repeat of my previous experiment, see: All I did was confuse Rod Stewart with Bryan Adams. This is understandable. Rod is much older than Bryan and is really part of the previous generation of rock artists, but he has a similar husky voice. His late 80's style also reminded me of Bryan's; and I can hear it clearly in that track. I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised if the two had influenced each other. Case closed, this is another Mandela Effect false alarm.
It is not my intention in this article to disprove the Mandela Effect, in fact I am certain it is real. I merely wanted to verify if my false memories were the genuine article or not. Despite that, I bet some skepper will chide me for even writing this! Hypothetically, if I had been unable to locate the truth behind my memory; and, this is crucial, I found many other people who also independently remembered a song by Bryan Adams called Lost in You, it would be a different matter. Interestingly, "Yellowbentine" has a false memory from the James Bond film Casino Royale (the 2006 one with Daniel Craig, not the 1967 spoof with Peter Sellers). He/she says: "Bond checks into a hotel and poses as a valet in order to create a distraction. Once he has got the information he needs, Bond tears off the epaulettes on his white shirt, to look less like he is wearing a uniform, before checking in as a guest. I'd rewatched this movie several times over the years but upon my last viewing of this scene, the epaulettes remain intact. I checked two different sources and it appears that the detail of the scene that I remember just doesn't exist anymore." I've not seen this film so I must once again ask readers to help me out. There are other Mandelas in the James Bond series. The best known is a scene from Moonraker (1979 Roger Moore). It involves the popular anonymous antagonist known as "Jaws", so called because he has a very strong cybernetic jaw and metal teeth. His favourite assassination method is simply to bite people to death. He meets a young woman and they immediately fall in love. It's a humourous scene and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture plays on the soundtrack. The woman recoils slightly the first time Jaws smiles and she sees his teeth, but she then recovers and smiles back. Millions of people all over the world say that when she smiles the viewer immediately sees that she has dental braces. She does not, see: Personally I think it would have been a good idea to give her braces. It would have added a lot of pathos to the scene giving the two of them an affinity which would have been very touching. People remember the braces very clearly. They even recall other viewers in the cinema laughing at the joke. Millions of people all over the world cannot conflate the same false memory.
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