Hello everyone! I’ve just got back from my first visit to the Dominican Republic, and as it’s one of my new favourite places I thought I would write a little blog post to document it. It’s going to be more of an update/reflection than a travel guide, but if you do have any questions feel free to leave a comment or message me privately! Enjoy xxxx
The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is the second largest island in the Caribbean and is known for its beaches, resorts and ocean waters...and I can most definitely see why. In terms of resorts, we stayed in Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, and it was honestly one of the best resorts I have ever stayed in by far. Not only were the grounds absolutely beautiful (the most gorgeous weddings were taking place every day, perfect location!), but the people were so lovely and showed so much love for their jobs..and there was SO much to do!
It’s an all inclusive resort, which is perfect considering how delicious the food was. There was a mixture of the main buffet, beach bars and grills, pizza bars and a la carte restaurants. The breakfast in the main buffet was especially delicious...I ate nutella and banana crepes form the crepe station for ten mornings in a row LOL. There is also a cafe that serves the yummiest cakes, sandwiches (apparently...my sweet tooth obviously never ventured past the cake counter) and drinks, which we made a habit of going to at 5pm every day to get out of the sun before getting ready for the evening. And of course, plenty of bars for cocktail o clock.
The staff were so friendly and really made an effort to remember everyone and always make sure everyone is okay (or “happy happy” and “excellente” as they would say). In particular, the hotel porter (I so wish we knew his name!) was the loveliest and most helpful staff member in the world - I hope he gets the praise he deserves. The entertainment was fantastic...beach zumba, water aerobics, bingo, dance lessons, cocktail making, watersports, aqua spin...the list goes on and on and on! No matter your age and no matter how much or how little you wish to do, there’s something for absolutely everyone.
And of course, I couldn’t not mention the resort’s flamingos and parrots. The parrot loved to have chat, and I found it the funniest thing when the flamingos just wandered themselves down to the pool haha. CUTIES ♡
But we didn’t just stay in the resort. We also went on a couple of trips, including one of my favourite experiences ever...snorkelling with sharks and stingrays!!!
Snorkelling with Sharks and Stingrays
Anyone who knows me will know how much I love to be in the water, so to swim alongside some of the most beautiful creatures in the world was just an absolute dream come true. The entire day was so much fun. Starting with a little boat trip out far into the ocean, we then hopped off the boat and began snorkelling with the most beautiful fish and coral reefs. I really liked that each family on the trip had their own guide looking after them - ours was great at pointing out everything to make sure we didn’t miss a thing! Then was the most exciting part, for we swam round to the other side and found the sharks and stingrays...WOW! The stingrays were so much bigger than I ever imagined, and so so beautiful. The sharks were absolutely stunning! We swam with nurse sharks, considered one of the least dangerous sharks in the world, and they really were so friendly docile. I just could not believe what was happening, and I don’t think it has sunk in yet.
The rest of our time in the ocean made the day even more perfect. With a health bar and fresh fruit to nibble on, a free massage, kayaking and paddle boarding, it was just the best day ever. It’s a day I will never forget - and to any water babies visiting the Dominican Republic, I would recommend this experience 100000%.
In addition to the best day ever, I always think it’s really important to explore the actual country itself as well - and “Outback Adventures” was the perfect trip for this. In an open truck we explored the countryside of the Dominican Republic and it was so much fun. From seeing the local schools and homes, to swimming in the river, from wine and rum tasting, to learning so much about coconuts, cocoa, sugarcanes and so much more, this trip was so much fun. Even fainting didn’t ruin my day haha! Again, the tour guides and everyone we met were just the loveliest people with a real love for their country. Amazing day that I would recommend to anybody visiting Punta Cana ♡
Overall, I had so much fun in the Dominican and absolutely fell in love with the place. I’d recommend it to anybody 1000%.
Thank you so much for reading! If you have any questions, or have ever been yourself, I would love to hear about it in the comments! Hope everyone has a lovely summer☀
♡Hello everyone! I'm here with a very different type of post for me as today I am answering the 73 Questions with Vogue Parody tag. I don't usually do tags but I thought this one had some really interesting questions so it was really fun to do. I also got a few new followers following my first solved case so thank you SO much for the response - and I hope this is a good way for my new readers to get to know me! Thank you so much Millie (@msblife_) for the tag! ♡
♡ What is your usual Starbucks order?
I actually prefer Starbucks’ food to drinks, so quite often I will actually just get food and a tap water haha! In fact, that’s exactly what I have done right now as I am writing this in Starbucks. If I do get a drink it is either an iced coffee or tea with coconut milk.
♡ What does your workstation look like?
In terms of where I do my uni work, that can be a few places. I either work at my desk in my room, in the library, in the students union or in a coffee shop. As long as it’s a tidy and open space, I’m happy.
♡ Favourite Food?
I change my mind on this ALL the time. I really love churros with melted chocolate. Or anything coconut…cannot get ENOUGH!
♡ Favourite Author?
I’m not sure I can choose a single favourite author - rather I feel I have a favourite genre as anything historical I absolutely love. I also love book recommendations so so much, so if you have any please do let me know.
♡ What do you think of open relationships?
People can love whoever and however they want. I personally wouldn’t be in an open relationship, but that doesn’t mean I am against other peoples’. You do you♡
♡ What is your favourite video game?
I’m not a video game kinda gal. Loved Just Dance though…what a game.
♡ Guilty pleasure treat?
Homemade waffles with melted cadburys chocolate spread and sliced banana. Guilty because of the amount of chocolate I pour onto it…but it is SO good!
♡ Favourite movie?
I am the WORST at watching movies…but I’m going to say The Grinch. It’s my favourite Christmas film and I start watching Christmas films in around September LOL. I also love Mamma Mia.
♡ Favourite book?
My all time favourite is A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens. I can remember the first time I read it so clearly and I have loved it ever since. I also really love Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks, and The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris.
♡ Twitter or Instagram?
Twitter…I think. I love Instagram as I love photos and I think when used right it can be a great place for inspiration. But I do think Twitter is a more relaxed, supportive and positive platform.
♡ Desktop or Laptop?
Laptop. I especially love smaller laptops and being able to work from anywhere.
♡ Best advice you have ever received?
My dad always says “there’s nothing to worry about until there’s something to worry about” and I love that. I have always been a little worrier but I am definitely getting better at not worrying about things that haven’t actually happened.
Also, I will always remember my media teacher telling me “it’s better to get a B that made you happy than an A that made you miserable.” She told me this on my last day of year 11 and I have carried this advice all throughout A-Levels and University. I’m a gal with big aspirations - but it’s a lovely little reminder to always be kind to myself at the same time.
♡ What project are you working on right now?
Most of my time is going into volunteering at the moment with The Mix. We are currently in a project with VO5 encouraging people to talk about mental health, and I am absolutely loving being a part of it. I am also learning to drive so that’s very exciting!
♡ Favourite colour?
♡ Did you get good grades in school?
I was happy with my grades! But then I actually really loved school haha…lil geek.
♡ Dream job?
The specific job changes all the time for me, but 100000% something in counselling or safeguarding with children. It’s absolutely my biggest passion.
♡Play any sports?
Exercising I love, but sports I am SO bad at…so that’s a no.
♡ Do you have a degree?
I am currently doing a degree in Psychology.
♡ What is your favourite kind of blog post?
Bias, but I do love reading True Crime posts. Also book reviews.
♡What do you like to collect?
I always love taking souvenirs home from my favourite days. Usually I will go for a postcard or saving any tickets. I also collect pandora charms - almost every charm I own has a story behind it so they’re really special to me.
♡ Describe yourself in three words?
These questions always make me cringe incase people don’t agree haha! But I would say caring, motivated and smiley/giggly…I am SUCH a giggler.
♡ If you were a rapper what would your stage name be?
I asked Sanchez and he said MC CM (CM are my initials, see what he did there). I like MC Coco. Much to think about.
♡ Who was the last person you DMed?
My friend, Zoe.
♡ What’s on top of your wish list right now?
For da planet to be saved. Also for my interview on Friday to go well!
♡ Sorting house?
Hufflepuff. I always say I wish I was in a house with more rigour but if we are being honest…I am SUCH a Hufflepuff.
♡ How many tattoos do you have?
♡ What are you most grateful for this year?
Aside from cliche wellness answers, I’m also so grateful for the opportunities I have had with Childline and The Mix this year…love love love.
♡ What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?
I think doing well in my driving lessons…turning something I used to dread into something I am excited for has been great for me.
♡ What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?
One of my best friends, Zoe, got her uni results back and she did so well! I’m very proud and it made my day.
♡ What’s the best thing ever?
Being in the water!! I think I should have been born a mermaid.
♡ Favourite season?
Autumn, soooo cosy.
♡ Favourite holiday?
Christmas. It’s my favourite time of the whole year…I LOVE Christmas!
♡ What fictional character do you relate to the most?
A mix between Snow White and Alice in Wonderland. If you google their name followed by personality, it pretty much sums me up.
♡ Do you like surprises?
Yes! I think surprises are really thoughtful.
♡ What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?
When I was around 4 years old we went to Disneyland and I was surprised to find my best friend Mia and her family were there. I remember it so clearly and we had the best time!
♡ Which surprise made you cry?
I’m not much of a happy tears kinda gal so I’m not sure…
♡ What’s the best surprise you’ve given someone else?
I think getting Sanchez a WWE Championship along with a selection of wrestling gifts and a handmade wrestling annual. He adores wrestling so I was so excited to see his reaction, and he loved them!
♡ Do you like muffins?
This is something really strange about me. I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world but muffins really aren’t my thing. Cupcakes are okay but muffins…they’re just too much.
♡ Do you cook often?
Not really. Sanchez is an incredible cook and he really enjoys it, so he mostly does the cooking and I do the cleaning.
♡ What’s your favourite dessert?
Ohhh I love so many. I really love apple crumble and custard though.
♡ Is there a dessert you don’t like?
Cheesecake!!! Also anything salted caramel, millionaire/billionaire shortbread etc. Way too sickly.
♡ Cake or pie?
♡ What’s your least favourite food?
Cheese or eggs. Unpopular opinion but I don’t know HOW people enjoy them so much!
♡ What’s your favourite condiment?
I don’t love condiments, but any type of hot sauce is beaut.
♡ It’s 4am on a random Saturday. What are you eating?
Whatever dream me is eating…very unlikely to be awake!
♡ If you could teach a college class, what would it be called?
I don’t know what I’d call it, but it would be centred around supporting yourself and supporting your peers with anything mental health related. I’d love to have an anonymous agony aunt session too.
♡ Best animated film?
Peter Pan, my fave Disney film.
♡ What has a guy said or done to impress you?
Sanchez is a smoooooth guy, it’s hard to choose just one. But before we were together, I went on holiday and accidentally left my coconut spray in my hand luggage so of course it got taken away. We met up out of school for the first time ever when I got back and he surprised me with a new bottle. It was so thoughtful, lil cutie.
♡ Best thing to do on a first date?
Go to a retro diner and order milkshakes. It feels classic, it gives you a good chance to chat aaaand if the date isn’t going well, at least you have good milkshakes.
♡ Worst thing to do on a first date?
Go to the cinema. You can’t chat!
♡ What’s the best pick up line?
“What’s a nice place like you doing in a girl like this”
♡ Best comic book character?
Not sure…not my thing!
♡ Name three things which can always be found in your purse?
Keys, cards and coconut spray.
♡ Favourite drink?
Banana smoothie for non alcoholic, Cherry Bakewell for alcoholic.
♡ If you could play a historical character in a movie who would it be?
Lol, does anyone remember the Boudicca song from Horrible Histories? That was my absolute jam, so I’d play Boudicca just for that very purpose.
♡ Kittens or puppies?
I love both! But I’m a cat mumma
♡ Favourite sushi roll?
I’ve only tried Sushi once! I did like it, but I’m not sure what it was as my friends just ordered me a selection to try.
♡ What lipstick do you use?
At the moment none, I only really like lipstick in the colder months. My go-to is always a red. I used to love MAC’s Betty Boop Red, I now use Zoella’s Colourpop red!
♡What foundation do you use?
Again at the moment, none. In the colder months my favourite is NARS Sheer Glow.
♡ Blow dry or air dry?
Unless I need it to dry ASAP, air dry always wins.
♡ Who is your fashion icon?
♡ Favourite Disney Character?
♡ What are you doing tomorrow?
I have a couple of people collecting the clothes I sold and I will be preparing for my interview! I’m also going to make part of my mum’s birthday gift and send a letter to my penpal.
♡ Movie you laughed the hardest through?
As I said before, I am the WORST at watching movies. So I really can’t remember.
♡ Movie that made you cry?
Movies don’t make me cry. But one film that is SO sad is Bridge to Terabithia…10 year old me was heartbroken
♡ If you could sing a duet with anybody, who would you choose?
Ebony Day. Loveliest girl with the loveliest voice.
♡ If your life was a song what would the title be?
Chanel - Frank Ocean.
♡ What’s your favourite animal?
Orangutans. I also love tigers, whales and sharks.
♡ Favourite illustrator?
My penpal, Alex (https://www.instagram.com/alexandraillustrated98/). Very talented girly!
♡ Person you’d like to have coffee with?
Zoe Sugg. I would LOVE to meet Zoe, she has been my role model since I was around thirteen. Love love love.
♡ What country would you like to visit?
It’s not a specific country as such, but I have always wanted to go on an African Safari.
♡ Best way to decompress?
GO OUTSIDE! So much open space, and really pay attention to your senses. The feel of the wind or rain on your skin, the sound of the birds. Also exercise and talking to somebody you trust.
DONE! If you made it this far, thank you and well done hahaha! Thank you so much for reading and I really hope you enjoyed. I would absolutely love to hear your answers too so please do feel free to leave yours in the comments! Thank you so much again Millie for the tag & I tag:
♡ Meg (@a_mega_life)
♡ Emma (@lifeofemmax)
♡ Katy (@KatyMackenzie19)
♡ Amy (@fleurdubelle)
♡ Abby (@abbyclareblog)
♡ Jade (@jade_allesse)
♡ Emily (@emilygabriellax)
♡ Hannah (@justhannahhhere)
♡ Milly (@EdnaMilly)
♡ Hannah (@han_armstrong99)
♡ Sophie (@Sophlouisep)
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a really good day!
The Heartbreaking Case Of The Mauerova Family : Solved (The Most Disturbing Case I Have Ever Covered)
TW: I just want to start off by saying that this case may be disturbing and may contain triggers concerning physical and sexual abuse. It is absolutely okay to ask me for a little bit more information before reading if you have any doubts about reading this post. Additionally this case may be quite confusing to follow, but please bare with me. The case was first realised when the victims and perpetrators were found in May 2007 so we will start here; but then I will take you back to 2005 where the case heartbreakingly began.
7th May 2007 in Kurim, Czech Republic, a man called Mr Eduard T was installing a baby monitor so that he could watch his newborn baby through the night. Interference meant the TV monitor accidentally picked up the signal from a monitor in house nearby; which is when Eduard saw a young boy laying naked with his hands tied, eating from the concrete floor. Eduard immediately alerted the police who searched door to door until they found single mother Klara and sister Katerina Mauerova with three children - Ondrej (8) and Jakub (9) who were Klara’s biological sons and Klara’s fourteen year old adopted daughter, Anicka. Ondrej was the young boy from the monitor laying naked in a small, dirty chamber, surrounded by his own vomit and faeces. Anicka was the only child who had not been abused, however all three children were immediately taken into custody whilst Klara and Katerina were arrested.
Prior to 2007, Klara Mauerova was a single mother who raised her sons to live a very happy life. She was described as a very caring and giving individual which is why sister Katerina came straight to Klara when she found thirteen year old Norwegian Orphan Anicka, who was on the run from a sex trafficking ring. Anicka required a lot of medical attention as she was suffering from leukaemia, kidney failure and was going blind and deaf. Klara completely took her under her wing and promised to love her like her own. To understand how to care for Anicka at home, Klara received text messages from Anicka’s doctor who was the only person who understood how to care for her. Klara never attended any of Anicka’s hospital visits as Katerina insisted on taking her to every single one, however Klara accepted this without any suspicion. To confirm their identity, the doctor agreed to meet with Klara and presented Anicka’s medical files. This was in a car park at night where it was too dark to see the files or the doctor’s face - however Klara was satisfied and trusted the doctor’s orders.
The first treatment was to rub Anicka’s body all over, focusing on the crotch area as the doctor said this makes Anicka “happy”. Klara agreed to do this, as well as various other treatments, over the next year until she decided she would like to officially adopt Anicka. This alarmed the doctor who insisted the authorities would not allow this as Ondrej and Jakub were being mean towards Anicka. The doctor suggested the only option for Klara was to cure her sons from evil spirits. Treatments included hard discipline and physical punishment, including repeatedly beating the boys and locking them in the tiny chamber every night. Klara trusted the doctor’s orders, and did exactly this.
By August 2006 the doctor decided this treatment wasn’t working and that the boys needed “shock therapy”. Growing up Ondrej and Jakub loved attending summer camps; heartbreakingly, this summer was not quite like the others. Klara took the boys to a cottage in the woods in Veverska Bytyska, where they met Jan Turek and Hana Basova (also known as Aunt Nancy) who they knew from the summer camps, Jan Skrlova and Klara’s sister, Katerina. Here the boys were kept in dog cages; constantly knelt over, eating and doing all physical urges in this cage. Communication was strictly forbidden, including between each other and to their mother. Frequently Ondrej and Jakub were drowned in buckets of water, burnt with cigarettes and forced to beat one another. Jan Skrlova and Jan Turek covered the boys’ heads with bags, tied them and burned them with cigarettes once again. Some reports indicate they burnt tissue from Ondrej’s buttock and forced him to eat it. The adults convinced the boys that Anicka was being tortured as well however in reality she was involved herself; drowning the boys in the bucket and constantly making false accusations that the boys were hurting her, knowing that this would exacerbate their “punishments”. Heartbreaking police interviews with the boys indicate that they truly believed they deserved this.
A month later in September 2006 Ondrej and Jakub were freed from this cottage, however moved in with Katerina so that Klara could begin the adoption process living only with Anicka. During the court case, Klara attempted to justify her ease at separating from her sons claiming “I was swallowed by Anna’s custody. I knew though, they were in good hands.” The adoption process required a DNA sample from Anicka which the doctor refused; claiming it would be too risky in case the authorities realised Anicka was suffering from leukaemia. Katerina convinced local actor Viktor Skala’s daughter to present herself at court acting as Anicka. Skala later confirmed they him and his daughter were entirely used by Katerina and never admitted to any participation in this case; nevertheless it worked and the adoption was approved.
January - May 2007
Fast forward to January 2007 and we are back to where I started this case. Ondrej and Jakub moved back in with Klara; however whilst Anicka had a nice room filled with colour and toys, the boys were frequently locked and tied in the chamber. This is when Mr Eduard. T installed his baby monitor - the connection mistake that turned out to be a blessing. After the police found the Mauerova’s, all three children were placed into a children’s home called Klokanek (Little Kangaroo), but that same night Anicka fled and disappeared. Why? Because this case doesn’t stop there…there is an extremely disturbing twist.
Anicka’s childhood was heart breaking and extremely convincing; explicitly describing her horrific experiences of sexual abuse and trauma in Norway. But what Klara didn’t find out until the trial is that “Anicka” never actually existed. Thirteen year old Anicka was actually thirty-one year old Barbora Skrlova, a good friend of Katerina. Jan Skrlova from the cottage was Barbora’s brother. There is extremely limited information about who Barbora actually is, but what we can conclude is that she was a psychopath who took advantage of her young appearance and manipulated Klara into torturing her sons. To maintain this childlike identity Barbora reportedly had breast reduction surgery and liposuction; and despite the explicit accounts of illness and sexual abuse, Barbora had never experienced anything of the sorts in her life. Throughout “Anicka’s hospital visits”, Klara received “heartbreaking” messages about Anicka’s deteriorating health, including heart failure and blindness, and that she had even been kidnapped from the hospital. It was later proved that all messages were from Katerina or Barbora’s mobile phones. Following Barbora’s flee from the children home, she even adopted a new identity in a Norwegian school as a thirteen year old male named Adam.
Following Barbora’s arrest in Norway, police confiscated her diary containing detailed accounts of her various identities and her preparation to pursue such roles. Evidence suggests she did not suffer from schizophrenia or any similar disorders, but consciously adopted multiple identities to manipulate others. Sexologists concluded she had sadomasochistic predispositions with paedophilic orientation; namely she was sexually aroused by children’s torture. All involved were charged with the following sentences: Katerina Maurerova 10 years, Klara Maurerova 9 years, Jan Skrlova and Hana Basova 7 years, Jan Turek 5 years and Barbora/Anicka/Adam - 5 years. Concluding they are all free now.
I really believe these sentences are an absolute injustice to Ondrej and Jakub; especially considering Barbora was charged with the lightest sentence of all. I also found it extremely frustrating that throughout my research, Klara Mauerova was consistently portrayed as a giving and easily manipulated individual whom we should feel sorry for. Perhaps one might sympathise at the very beginning when “Anicka” came into Klara’s life - she may well have been a vulnerable or easy target. However torturing, abusing and wholeheartedly neglecting your own children is something that I simply cannot sympathise with.
Additionally, reports imply that all involved were trialled and sentenced - but who was the doctor initiating these orders? Investigators worked with the assumption that it was Katerina and Barbora giving all instructions; however in my opinion, this case seems too complex to be randomly initiated solely by two individuals. The most popular theory is that Barbora’s father, Josef Skrlova, was involved. Reports suggest Josef Skrlova was in charge of a Grail Movement cult, and that they may have been presenting Barbora/Anicka/Adam as a child messiah. Media reports distort the nature of this cult quite significantly so I am not going to focus too heavily on this theory, however I do believe a cult formation seems probable when explaining how everybody involved was so connected. Robust psychological research, such as Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment, also provides a level of explanation behind how a cult authority could lead to so many people obeying such torturous orders. I am therefore left questioning why Josef Skrlova was not involved in this investigation; but also why Katerina and Barbora were not given longer sentences if investigators were so sure they instigated the instructions.
On a positive note…
However, I do believe it is extremely important to note that fortunately both Ondrej and Jakub have grown up to be confident, happy young men. A journalist found a recent facebook status by Ondrej reading “If you get hurt by someone who took the benefit from you with high hopes, learn to respect him and take him as the biggest teacher of yours, because if your life is going smoothly you become a delicate person, if on the other hand you experience tragic circumstances, you develop inner power and courage to face them.'' ♡
Thank you so much for reading. This is honestly the most disturbing case that I have ever covered but I am so, so thankful Ondrej and Jakub have been able to live a happy life. As usual I would absolutely love to hear what you think - and if you would like to discuss anything more about this case then I am always more than happy to talk. Thank you!
♡ Hello and welcome back to my blog!
I have been away from my blog for a short while however I am now back so decided I would write a little post just to explain where I have been, catch up and get back into things.♡
The Disappearance of coc0chanelblogs: SOLVED
LOL, so excuse the cheesy title but I couldn’t not. If you follow my instagram (coc0chanelblogs) you may have seen a post a while ago explaining that I was going to take a break to focus on my university exams. I am currently a second year Psychology student and I absolutely love the course and am really hoping to do well - so that’s where I have been. My exams have finished now which means I have a nice summer ahead of me with lots of time to focus on my blog!
I realised the posts that I absolutely missed the most over this break were my mystery posts. I love love love researching the cases and talking about so many interesting theories, so I think the main focus will be on unsolved mysteries, true crime and conspiracy theories. I will be posting a few polls on my stories to see which cases you would like the most so keep an eye out for those as I would love to hear what you guys are most interested in.
I also cannot wait to use this time to play around with filming and editing and starting up my youtube channel! My first video will be the disappearance of Madeleine McCann as the blog post that I have written for that case is so incredibly long that I realised I need this to be a chatty sit down video. I could honestly talk about this case for hours so I am so excited for this to finally happen!
And a side note: Talking about Mental Health
Whilst I won’t go into details of my non-blog related plans I have for the summer, something I did want to mention was a little opportunity I have started with The Mix. I am currently a volunteer discussion boards counsellor with The Mix, the UK’s leading support service for young people (you can find them here♡). Very excitingly we have collaborated with vo5 working on a little project to promote talking about mental health. Each week a few of us will be starting discussions around a mental health "theme of the week" to normalise and raise the importance of talking about our feelings, asking for help when we need it and working together to form some of the very best advice. I will be starting new discussions every Wednesday over on the discussion boards; so if you do feel affected by anything raised or simply wish to talk and share some of your advice in general, please do feel free to join in the conversation. It’s good to talk ♡
So that’s all I really wanted to share - just a brief catch up to get back into the blogging life. Thank you so much for reading and if you have any suggestions of cases you’d like me to cover please do feel free to share them in the comments below. I hope you all have a really nice rest of your day and I will see you soon with a new unsolved mysteries post.
What is the The Bermuda Triangle?
The Bermuda Triangle refers to a triangle region in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean where many ships and aircrafts have simply vanished with no real explanation. It’s vertices are said to be between Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Bermuda, covering 500,000 square miles of ocean..a lot of ocean. The Bermuda triangle is one of the most heavily travelled shipping lanes in the world, and yet what happens to anyone and anything that disappears remains unknown. These cases date back to Christopher Columbus times, where in 1492 he first reported strange lights and strange compass readings. Since then, there has been numerous unsolved disappearances.
There are so many conspiracy theories behind the Bermuda Triangle, from science to mythology. Regardless of the cause, I find the Bermuda Triangle extremely fascinating. Therefore, I am going to be discussing some of the most interesting cases from the Bermuda Triangle and some of my favourite theories. Enjoy ♡
1918 - USS Cyclops (AC-4)
One of the most famous ships to disappear into the Bermuda Triangle was the USS Cyclops in 1918. Sometime after March 4th 1918, this extremely large ship (542 ft long) with over 300 passengers on board vanished without a single trace. The USS Cyclops was sailing towards Baltimore; and after departing from a shortstop in the island of Barbados the ship and the 300+ passengers were never seen again. With even no debris left behind, this enormous ship had vanished completely.
1945 - Flight 19
Flight 19 refers to the collective of five TBM Avenger bombers who vanished when flying over the Atlantic on December 5th 1945. According to schedule they were due to go east from Florida Naval for 120 miles, north for 73 miles and finally a 120 mile route to return to the naval base. However, they never came back. Not only were no traces ever discovered; but when two rescue Martin Mariner aircrafts with a 13 man crew went to search for the flights, one of the Martin Mariners itself never returned and also disappeared without a trace.
1967 - Witchcraft
On December 22nd 1967, the Witchcraft cabin cruiser departed from Miami with captain Dan Burack and friend, Father Patrick Horgan. This was a 23-foot luxury yacht, setting off to enjoy the view of Miami’s Christmas lights. Just one mile from offshore the coast guard received a call from Burack; a warning that his ship had been hit and that they needed help towing to the shore, however said there was no substantial damage. The coast guard set off immediately, taking only 19 minutes to arrived. Upon arrival he found absolutely nothing. Not only were Witchcraft and the gentleman not there, but there was absolutely no signs of any ships having ever been present there previously. Of course, we know there was a ship there literally 19 minutes ago. Even more bizarre is that this particular type of cruiser is essentially unsinkable. As for Burack and Horgan, there was substantial life-saving equipment on board...so what happened?
2017 - Mitsubishi MU-2B-40
Finally, I wanted to include a more recent one to highlight unexplained incidents of the Bermuda Triangle are still happening today. On May 15th 2017 a small private aircraft called the Mitsubishi MU-2B-40 was flying from Puerto Rico to South Florida. At around 2:10pm the air traffic control at Miami lost radar with the aircraft for unknown reasons. Despite absolutely no weather warnings or anything out of the ordinary, this plane and the four passengers on board simply vanished...still to this day it has never been found.
I couldn’t possibly discuss Bermuda Triangle conspiracy theories without including one of the most popular theories for any unexplained event- aliens. A very, very popular theory about the Bermuda Triangle is that the disappearances are caused by alien abductions. I personally have no doubt that there are other life forms; so whilst I don’t really believe this theory, I will say it probably isn’t as crazy as it may initially sound. Many people believe that in order to learn more about human life, aliens around the Bermuda Triangle literally abduct people out of thin air. This is said to explain why there is never any evidence, traces or remains. I mentioned earlier that reports of the Bermuda Triangle date back to Christopher Columbus time, and some theorists believe what Columbus saw at this time may have been a UFO. An entry into his log written October 11th, 1492 read ““The land was first seen by a sailor called Rodrigo de Triana, although the Admiral at ten o’clock that evening standing on the quarter-deck saw a light, but so small a body that he could not affirm it to be land; calling to Pero Gutierrez, groom of the King’s wardrobe, he told him he saw a light, and bid him look that way, which he did and saw it.” “The Admiral again perceived it once or twice, appearing like the light of a wax candle moving up and down, which some thought an indication of land. But the Admiral held it for certain that land was not near…”. Explorers believe that this sighting was in fact a UFO. Although I do think this theory may be a little too fantasy, I would absolutely love to believe in an alien explanation. What are your thoughts?
This second theory is another one that I don’t necessarily believe in however I do find it extremely fascinating; and that is the theory of Atlantis. The theory goes that there is a “lost city” known as Atlantis dating back to the Ice Age. It is said that Atlantis disappeared in 8016 BC when the Ice Age ended in Finland and the ice melted away. Atlantis was said to be controlled by crystals; therefore people believe that this city may have sunk to right beneath the Bermuda Triangle, and that spontaneous bursts of energy and the strength from these crystals are causing these unexplainable disappearances. I think this is the most interesting theory as it actually adds to the mystery in that we still don’t know whether Atlantis was ever a real location in the first place. What do you think?
The Gulf Stream
This theory I found particularly interesting because it has been suggested as an explanation of the Witchcraft case I discussed earlier. The Gulf Stream is an ocean current originating in the Gulf of Mexico. It moves through Florida into the North Atlantic and then passes through the Bermuda Triangle. The reason this is a theory for the missing ships/planes/people is that the Gulf Stream is essentially a river with warm water within an ocean which can easily carry floating objects down its flow. Therefore any ships coming into engine troubles, or planes making water landings, can be carried away in an instant. People believe this is what happened to the Witchcraft cruiser after coming into trouble with the hit.
Whilst our knowledge of the ocean is extremely limited, something we do know is that very large waves can appear suddenly at any time, even in the calmest of seas. These waves are said to be up to 30m high and extremely capable of taking ships within moments. They can be so strong that one wave caused the largest offshore platform, the Ocean Ranger, to completely capsize in 1982. However, one flaw I find with this theory is that these waves are extremely rare. It therefore seems too coincidental to me to say that these rare waves are occurring all within the same area...don’t you think?
Finally, the theory I think I believe in the most. Some theorists believe disappearances within the Bermuda Triangle are due to intense micro-bursts. To my understanding, micro-bursts are sudden currents of wind from storm clouds; and these winds can exceed 120mph. These can be observed by weather satellites, and evidence from this suggests the unusual cloud formations observed around the Bermuda Triangle are in fact micro-bursts. Microbursts arguably aren’t as rare as some of the other theories discussed; though still uncommon, micro-bursts have definitely been known to cause planes to crash before. It therefore follows that as the ones around the Bermuda Triangle are significantly stronger, this could cause significantly more planes to disappear. Tying into the rogue wave theory, it is said that these micro-bursts can contribute to waves, forming waves over 40ft high, hence why things appear to simply “vanish”.
Whilst I would love to discover evidence for a lost city or alien abductions, I do personally believe some of the more scientific theories slightly more in this case. However something I find really interesting about the Bermuda Triangle is that there are so many theories that make sense; and yet at the same time we truly have no idea what causes so many disappearances - literally without a trace.
Thank you so much for reading. As usual, I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on what theories you believe, and whether there are any more theories that I didn’t discuss that you are particularly interested in.
Hello! You have found my hidden blog post - recipes for a cosy day. I mentioned in my "self love club" post that one of the things I really like to do when in need of a de-stress is to bake. I decided to compile a short post of some of my favourite recipes that I learnt as a child, which I think are perfect for a cosy, rainy day, or when you just might need some freshly baked goods to bring a little bit of happiness back into your day. Enjoy!
This is the perfect recipe for a Sunday afternoon when your banana's are starting to look a little too ripe. It's easy, smells delicious and tastes even better.
TANYA BURR'S COOKIES
Tanya Burr's cookies are my absolute favourite. Although this isn't my "go-to" recipe as there are quite a few ingredients involved, this is definitely the best recipe for when you just want that little more goodness (or "not-so-goodness" haha!)
PRIMARY SCHOOL SPONGE
This is a recipe that my mum taught me when I was tiny and I will never ever use any other! Whenever people try this cake they always say it takes them back to primary school days, so if that is something you'd like to recreate then this may be the perfect recipe for you.
Thank you so much for reading. I really hope you can enjoy my top 3 recipes for a cosy day. I would absolutely love to be tagged in any photos of your baking, whether it's these recipes or favourites of your own. Thank you again for reading and I hope you have a really lovely day!
♡ The following tips are mostly for when you might just be feeling a little bit overwhelmed, as opposed to feeling affected by mental health difficulties. I completely appreciate how frustrating these sorts of tips may be in a response to mental illness - and whilst these tips may be useful, if you need further support than self care that is completely okay; you really deserve to feel supported ♡
Caring for others is SO important, but do you know what else is? Caring for YOURSELF!
I tell people all the time to take the time to focus on themselves, self love and self care; however I admit I am someone who is not very good at doing that myself. I absolutely love being on it 24/7 so sometimes taking the time to relax doesn’t come naturally to me, and I am finding more and more people who are exactly the same. So I decided to compile a few tips of SIMPLE ways to wind down when things might be getting just a little bit too much for you - and these are things that even us busy bee’s can follow. Be kind to yourself and always remember to be a member of your own self love club - enjoy! ♡
Something that I have very recently gotten into is penpalling, which I can already say I absolutely LOVE. I have always loved writing a good old fashioned letter, yet beyond enjoyment I also believe they can be really, really useful. Penpalling is very therapeutic to me; not only do I love spending the time to handwrite a letter, doodle on the envelope and walk it to a postbox, but it is also really refreshing to understand somebody through exchanges of their own self disclosure as opposed to a collection of assumptions from social media. Alternatively, writing a single letter that you perhaps don’t expect a reply to can be really lovely too. This might be a “thinking of you” letter to somebody you want to catch up with (again, I think this is a much nicer way than just texting them), a letter of encouragement if you can see somebody is going through a tough time, OR you could simply write a letter to yourself as a really great way of understanding your own feelings. There are so many benefits to letter writing and I definitely think people should do it more often; so whether you are needing a little pick me up or not, why not give this a go?
The Power of Now
Reading in general is a really great form of self care - and often you don’t consciously realise the benefits. Not only is it a great way to temporarily switch off from your busy thoughts by stepping into somebody else's world, but I find reading before bed can dramatically improve the quality of my sleep. So of course reading in general is something I would always recommend to anyone. However, if you are perhaps going through a particularly anxious stage, feeling a little lost or just needing a boost of comfort and direction in your life I would thoroughly recommend “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. It is a really inspiring book that teaches you the importance of focusing on the now, and not worrying about things that have already happened or fears about the future. My dad always says “there’s nothing to worry about until there is something to worry about”, and I think this book really embodies that. I’d absolutely love to know your thoughts if you do decide to read this!
Clean Space, Clean Mind
The phrase “clean space, clean mind” seems cliche, however it resonates with me so, so much. Whenever I find myself feeling a little bit stressed, distracted or just not quite right I like to take everything right back to the beginning. I will start off my jumping into the bath and giving myself a complete pamper session - hair washing, exfoliating and using all my absolute favourite products. I will take off any makeup and give my skin some TLC, so that I feel completely fresh. I will then repeat this cleansing process but on my surroundings - I will tidy and clean everything. For me, the process of cleaning itself is extremely therapeutic and the end product is very beneficial for my mood. I will then work on cleaning my mind - this includes writing out absolutely EVERYTHING I need to do (even things as simple as buying more washing up liquid). This is a really useful way of seeing everything jumbled in my mind right in front of my eyes, and then I will allocate tasks to each day. I like to transfer this into my agenda; life tip, if you don’t own an agenda, you need one! I put absolutely everything into mine as a good way of dividing my time and easily spotting when I may be overworking myself. I am very much considering getting a “passion planner” too, so if you are on the lookout for an agenda this may be a good place to start. After this cleanse of everything, I find myself feeling a lot better.
If you are in need of a little pick me up, BAKE. A. CAKE. Even if you can’t bake, bake. I think baking is an extremely relaxing activity. Following the instructions and experiencing all the different smells and textures of the ingredients is such a good way to switch off your mind. And at the end of it, your kitchen smells heavenly and you have some sweet treats (or you have an excuse to run to the shop to buy some replacement sweet treats if yours didn’t quite work out haha!). I have loved baking since I was tiny, so I decided to compile a mini post of some of my favourite, most comforting recipes from growing up. You can read that one here (a blog post hidden inside a blog post, I clearly cannot be TAMED). If you do bake anything from this post, let me know!
Find your happy place
This one maybe isn’t the quickest pick me up, or maybe for some it will be, but something that I think is really important is to find your happy place. A place where you know you will always feel calm, content and most of all free whenever you are there. For me this is by the sea, and in particular Brighton. I absolutely love Brighton, and I know whenever I am there I will feel care free and comforted. Being by the sea in general is when I am at my absolute happiest. I don’t live near the sea, so of course I can’t always be there when I would like to be, however I compromise by listening to sea sounds and imagining myself back in my happy place. This can be such an instant anxiety relief, so I would definitely recommend finding your happy place and knowing that will always be a solution in some shape or form whenever you may need it. Where’s your happy place?
And as a final little point, I wanted to include a link from the Childline website. Although my audience are mostly above the Childline age, I find that some of the advice pages we refer to when speaking to young people are actually invaluable for so many people, regardless of age - one of my favourites is this one here. As well as this, we often speak to young people about podcasts and apps and they seem to be extremely useful. Some good ones are: “Headspace”, “Calm” and Fearne Cotton’s “Happy Place”.
Thank you so much for reading! I really hope some of these tips can help you wind down when you need to. If you have anymore tips that I didn’t mention please feel free to share them below so we can all help each other - I would love that! Hope you have a really nice day,
♡ What's better than Lush bath bombs? Making your OWN Lush bath bombs, of course! ♡
This morning I had a really fun time at Lush (Nottingham) making my very own butterball. Not only is this one of my all time favourites, but I have been interested in the behind the scenes of Lush for a very long time - so this was the perfect opportunity to get involved.
If you are a Lush fan I am sure you will be familiar with the "Butterball" as it is a classic product; however for those who don't know, Lush butterballs are a gorgeous cocoa butter scented bath bomb. They are super moisturising, gentle and just a really nice product for when you or your skin are in need of a little TLC. I was really interested to learn that the butterball is made with ylang ylang oil which is used in aromatherapy to treat anxiety and depression, and can also be used to relax the nervous system. Even before knowing this I definitely found the butterball was one of the products I would always reach for when I needed to relax, so I definitely agree and would recommend this product to anyone.
Now, onto the experience. Making my own bath bomb was really, really fun. I absolutely loved how hands on we were allowed to be; following just a little direction we were given gloves and began mixing the ingredients to create the formula ourselves. It was very relaxing and smelt amazing. The staff walked us through things step by step, supporting us in making, moulding and perfecting our products. By the end of it they looked just like the "real thing". As a really lovely finishing touch we then were given some dusting powder to take away any effects of wearing gloves and to leave our hands feeling silky smooth.
Overall, I absolutely loved this event. However, I must say that a huge part of this positive experience was down to the staff. I have visited Lush stores in many different cities and above all the Nottingham Lush staff are always so, so lovely. I love going into Lush when I have a bit of spare time as their product demonstrations are great - I am forever leaving with one arm feeling baby soft! Nonetheless, if you are in a rush or maybe feel anxious being approached so much, I definitely feel that the Nottingham staff are the best for being considerate, friendly and consistently making your visit a positive experience tailored just for you. 10/10 from me guys!
Thank you so much for reading. I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts - have/would you ever like to make your own Lush bath bomb, and if so which one? Thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day,
June and Jennifer Gibbons, later known as “The Silent Twins”, were born 11th April 1963 in Aden, Yemen. Growing up the twins had an inseparable bond. They went through absolutely everything together and were both very late to speaking; their main communication was through noises as they knew only around three or four words by the time they started school. The twins first started school in Devon after moving to the UK, where racism was a huge issue. Due to the twins barbadian background they were severely bullied, and quickly became very isolated because of this. The twins refused to speak to anyone (even their family), make eye contact with anyone, and seemed to create what could only be described as a “secret language”. That is, they would only speak to each other through very high pitched noises or very fast talking that only they could understand. This isolation carried through to the extent the twins refused to learn to read or write at school. Whilst this was concerning for the teachers, June and Jennifer’s parents believed it was nothing to worry about because they would grow out of it - they didn’t. The family moved again to Haverfordwest in Wales, where sadly the racism only worsened. The twins were bullied to such an extent that they were dismissed five minutes early every day from school so that they could get a head start on their journey home, because the bullying was so bad.
As seen in many twins, June and Jennifer were extremely synchronised. If June fell off a horse, Jennifer would fall off a horse and vice versa. This level of synchrony was arguably beyond the “norm” for twins and this was hugely noticeable to John Reed, a man who came to the twins’ school for vaccinations. He described the twins behaviour as almost trance like. When he gave the girls their vaccinations neither of them even flinched; they just stood there, lifeless. The school nurse reported this behaviour as through her increasing interest in the twins she, and the rest of the teachers, had noticed a lot of unusual behaviour from the girls. This resulted in June and Jennifer being taken to Haverfordwest Withybush Hospital in February 1977 for examination, and then transferred to a boarding school called East Gate Special Education Centre. The girls were sent here with purposeful intentions of trying to create two separate identities, therefore whilst Jennifer remained at Eastgate, June was sent to St David’s Adolescent Unit 30 miles away. This decision was extremely detrimental to the twins well being.
June and Jennifer literally became catatonic. They refused to eat, move or essentially do anything until they were reunited. On their sixteenth birthday the girls were finally reunited and were sent home. Here things did not improve at all. Despite being in the same house, June and Jennifer would never see their family. If they wanted to watch the television they would pass a note through the door to their family and then the family would have to leave the door ajar so that they could sit in the hallway and watch the tv through the door. To keep themselves occupied the girls wrote diaries about their lives and crime novels. They were extremely excited about this and decided to go self published, with huge aspirations of making it big. The response was very very limited and this had a huge effect on them. June and Jennifer began leaving their rooms but only ever to commit crimes, do drugs, or hurt each other. They turned to theft and arson because, as June wrote, “No friends. Nothing else to do. Nothing to fill the cold hour.” The girls were arrested for one instance of arson and were sent to a remand centre. They carried on writing their diaries, however the girls could not stand the sight of each other here. Their diary entries quickly escalated into multiple accounts about wanting to kill each other.
The twins hatred for each other kept growing and growing, until eventually they were sent to maximum security. Here, their behaviour became extremely unusual. One day June would starve herself whilst Jennifer would completely over indulge, and then the next day they would swap over. Eerily, even when the girls were at other ends of the hospital and therefore unable to see each other, they would often be found completely frozen in the exact same position as each other. One day when a journalist who visited often came to see the girls, Jennifer completely out of the blue said “I am going to have to die...because we have decided”. The journalist was understandably completely taken aback by this, however her best understanding was that the twins had decided that one of them would have to give up their life so that the other could begin to live a normal and free life. The twins had decided that this day would be the day they were transferred to another clinic.
In March 1993 at the age of 31 June and Jennifer were transferred to the clinic. When they arrived Jennifer was completely unresponsive, and tragically passed away. This was exactly the day that the twins had planned for Jennifer to die, however results of the autopsy showed that Jennifer died from completely natural causes. There was absolutely no intervention from either of the girls; they decided on the date and through natural causes Jennifer actually did give up her life. On Jennifer’s headstone June had written a poem that read “We were once two, we two made one, we no more two, through life be one. Rest in peace”.
What is a Mandela Effect?
The Mandela Effect earned its name from an incredible amount of people holding clear memories of Nelson Mandela passing away whilst incarcerated, to the point many can vividly recall a televised funeral. Why is this odd? Nelson Mandela was released from prison 11th February 1990; he died 5th December 2013. Therefore why do SO many people share memories of his death and funeral twenty three years prior? Every year more and more shared memories of events that never happened, or things that never existed, are being discovered. They call these Mandela Effects.
There are many theories behind the cause of Mandela Effects, with many believing it is the result of a parallel universe or government cover-ups. Regardless of the cause, Mandela Effects can be truly fascinating. Therefore, I am going to be discussing my top 10 mind blowing Mandela Effects. Enjoy♡
10. Looney Toons
90’s babies. If I was to tell you “Looney Toons” was actually spelt “Looney Tunes” would you believe me? I, along with many other people, certainly would not; however it turns out it has always been “Looney Tunes”. Not only do most people have clear memories of “Looney Toons”, but that spelling would make a lot more sense; toons = cartoons. Did we all remember the wrong spelling, or was there actually a change in reality?
9. Forrest Gump
You don’t need to have seen Forrest Gump to know the iconic line “life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you’re gonna get”. However, it turns out none of us really know the line as the script actually says “life was like a box of chocolates”. Honestly, this line doesn’t even make sense to me; and with so many people reciting it so clearly as “is”, is it really possible that we all misheard it?
8. Barbie Girl - Aqua
Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” is the song of many people’s childhoods; I am sure we have all heard it countless of times growing up so we would all know the words - “I’m a barbie girl in a barbie world” right? Wrong. The actual lyrics are “I’m a barbie girl in THE barbie world”. I have an insane memory for lyrics, yet never in my life have I sung, or heard anybody else sing, “THE barbie world” - yet if you listen to the original song you will realise that is the way it’s always been. What in “the’ world?
7. Monopoly Man
I am sure almost everyone has fond (or perhaps not so fond) memories of playing Monopoly. Whilst the game itself truly divides families, the biggest divider is the debate about whether the Monopoly man had a monocle - which he did not. I would say there is no evidence to suggest he ever did, however the sheer amount of people who dressed up as the Monopoly man with a monocle blows my mind and says otherwise. What do you remember?
6. Mirror Mirror on the Wall
This Mandela Effect will always blow my mind as Snow White is one of my all time favourite movies in the world. There is a famous scene in Snow White where the Evil Queen looks into the mirror on the wall and asks “Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” Except, she doesn’t say this at all. Instead, the Evil Queen has always said “Magic mirror on the wall”. I have honestly loved this film since I was about three years old and no matter how often I say the “new’ line out loud it just does not sound right to me in the slightest. Watch it here and let me know what you think.
5. Bare Necessities
Again, as a huge Disney lover, I really struggle to accept this Mandela Effect. I want you to fill in the missing lyric from the Jungle Book’s “Bare Necessities” - “wherever I wander, wherever I roam, I couldn’t be ____ of my big home”. Did you say “fonder?” Probably, as does every lyric website or video I can find. However, when you listen back to the song it’s actually just “found”. I think this sounds SO odd and so very incomplete, yet after checking Youtube versions, Spotify versions, the lyric has always been “found”.
4. We are the Champions - Queen
On the topic of “misremembered” lyrics, let’s discuss Queen’s “We are the Champions”. What do we all belt in the final chorus - “No time for losers cause we are the champions, of the world” right? Wrong! The song has never ended with “of the world”. You can listen to original versions, live versions and you will find they have NEVER ended the song with those lyrics. Yet so many of us sing them. In fact, I think it sounds so odd hearing the song without that ending, it ends so...abruptly. I must mention that Queen do in fact sing the words “of the world”, however it is in the middle and not at all where we all seem to sing it. Listen to it again and wait for the ending...it just feels wrong, right?
3. Sex in the City
This is one of the most common mistakes people make, to the point google automatically redirects people searching for the wrong title. The show has never been called “Sex in the City” but in fact has always been “Sex and the City”. This particular Mandela Effect has a lot of “evidence” to suggest we all knew it as Sex in the City before; from merchandise to sitcom references, from award ceremonies to social media posts. I would really recommend watching these two videos as the amount of “Sex in the City” references is insane.
2. “Luke, I am your father”
Even those who aren’t big fans of Star Wars know the iconic line where Darth Vader tells Luke Skywalker that he is his father. “Luke, I am your father” right? An astonishing amount of people recite the line that exact way, however if you watch back the clip here you will realise that line is never, and has never been, said. The actual line is “No, I am your father.” This line is nowhere near as catchy and it does not register right in a lot of people’s minds - including James Earl Jones, the actual actor who played Darth Vader himself!
1. “Woaaah, Mona Lisa”.
(Can anybody else not read the words “Mona Lisa” without bursting into song?).
And finally, The Mona Lisa. This painting by Leonardo da Vinci has been described as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world". An amazing amount of people recall Mona Lisa to be somewhat emotionless; a very very slight smile in the corner of the mouth and nothing more than that. So what if I told you that Mona Lisa is actually smiling in every photo you will ever find of the painting now? The reason this Mandela Effect stands out to me so much is because the Mona Lisa was studied for DECADES for her “enigmatic smile” - the mystery of whether she is smiling or not. However looking at the painting as we see it now there is no doubt that she has a smile. If the Mona Lisa has always been smiling as much as she is in the photos we see today, why would this have been studied so profusely by professionals? Did the Mona Lisa really change right before our eyes?
And that concludes my top 10 favourite Mandela Effects. I really hope you enjoyed this post. Whether these are Mandela Effects or simply mistaken memories, I think we can all agree it is fascinating how many of us share these vivid accounts of things that never really existed.
Thank you so much for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts on Mandela Effects, and if there are any that particularly interest you please feel free to discuss them on the comments.