Rue McClanahan death
If you were on Twitter yesterday you mave noticed the death of Golden Girls actor Rue McClanahan.
The thing is, she didn’t die yesterday, she died in 2010.
Is dead Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan haunting Twitter?
First, the facts: McClanahan actually died June 3, 2010, following a brain hemorrhage. Her death did not initially cause an uproar on social media. Then, last year, shortly after the anniversary of McClanahan’s actual death, people started freaking out about it on Twitter.
Rue McClanahan, RIP. And then there was one. Hold us down, Betty White!
— kheezus (@kharyrandolph) June 9, 2014
Ok, so what’s going on here? There are several theories behind Rue’s resurgence:
- “Maybe everyone’s Googling ‘Golden State Warriors’ and going to Golden Girls instead?” – a CBS newscaster suggested this yesterday. No.
- Snopes called the McClanahan Twitter re-death “a prime exemplar of the ‘Mandela Effect,’” which is when people have memories that differ from our society’s accepted historical timeline, like thinking that Nelson Mandela died in a different year. People who believe in the Mandela Effect think that these strongly-felt memories are proof of parallel universes. (They are also wrong, and cannot accept that they just have a bad memory.)