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Forrest Gump – “Life is like a box of chocolates”

Most people recognize this timeless line from the wonderful tear-jerking Tom Hanks movie, Forrest Gump. Unfortunately however, most people are quoting the line wrong, even though this famous line has been etched into our hearts and minds. Apparently, I’ve always quoted it wrong too so hold onto your seat because the famous line delivered by Forrest Gump while he sat on a bench and started taking to a stranger in a nurses uniform was in fact:

Life WAS like a box of chocolates.

Yes, you read that correctly. ‘Life WAS like a box of chocolates.’ I know, I know. Don’t shoot the messenger. It really doesn’t sound right at all. Just like me I imagine your certain it was always, ‘Life IS like a box of chocolates.’ but this is the whole point of the Mandela Effect. You’ve always KNOW something to be one way and now it’s different and there is no record of it ever being the way we thought it was. It’s a horrible uneasy feeling, isn’t it?

Still don’t believe me? Well here is a clip from the movie. The funny thing about this clip from YouTube is title and description. The uploader named the video, ‘Forrest Gump – Life is like a box of chocolates.’ HaHa

This one was a hard change to accept and even to this day with no evidence to back it up, I am convinced he used to say ‘IS’ and not ‘WAS’. Life was a box of chocolates doesn’t even sound right to me. I don’t know how to reconcile this because the past isn’t supposed to change. Our memories are supposed to be fixed. We can all forget things but when you know you haven’t forgotten something and it’s not how you remember, it’s an awful feeling of confusion and bewilderment.

It is slightly reassuring however, when you discover you are not alone. Whenever I ask anyone what was that famous line in Forrest Gump was? Everyone and I mean EVERYONE always answers, ‘Life IS like a box of chocolates.’

This begs the question, how is it even possible for everyone to get it so wrong. People have seen this movie many times so surely someone would have noticed we’ve all been quoting the line wrong. Some people enjoying pointing out other people’s mistakes and this would have been the perfect opportunity to do so, so why has it taken so long for this mistake to be noticed?  It doesn’t make any sense to me at all. There is no logical explanation that I know of that could explain why we’ve all been getting it wrong. If your like me, you will be convinced that it’s just been changed somehow.

The Mandela Effect is screwing with our memories. People suffering from the Mandela Effect get a horrible gut-wrenching feeling when they discover that something isn’t how they remember and this Forrest Gump line is one of the most disturbing discoveries to date for some people.

I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Are you suffering from the Mandela Effect? How do you remember this famous line in the movie? Also, I’d really like to hear the results of your own little experiment. Ask your friends and family what the famous line from Forrest Gump was without giving them any clues and I’m pretty sure most of them remember it wrong too.

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  1. It’s just a merge of that line plus the one spoken by his mom later in the movie. Only she says “Life is a box of chocolates” (no “like”)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSTSbL_Vv5g at around 2.29/2.30. So what he says is correct in its context. As his mom has died and she’s referring to a life lived, then life indeed WAS like a box of chocolates. In the context later in the movie (but back in his memory) she doesn’t say “was” because she’s referring to his life yet to live.

    No Mandela Effect. Merely taking 2 versions and confusing them. The more people repeat it, the more you forget the right version.

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