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Tonight the people of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas came to The Living Room, a small building owned by The Sherman Theatre, in order to listen to live music and performers including poets and comedians. The night started with Host Jess Roth and regular poet Carlton Farnbaugh swapping pieces and depicting each other’s work. It was a fun experience for many regulars who have seen both Jesse and Carlton perform their own work.

The fun didn’t stop there when ‘Doctor” Andy Spence stepped onto the carpet at The Living Room’s Open Mic and spoke on natural life, relationships and society; making the people of Stroudsburg roll in the isles with a chuckle toward his clever satire and portrayal of everyday struggles. The game was up tonight with performances from C-Rock, Field Of View, SunnyShading and Kes; giving the night a nice fun glow of music and performances.

The Featured act for Tonight’s Open Mic was a band from the Wilkes-Barre area called Folk By Default, including guitarist Brian and singer Kayla. Their set was a medley of beautifully done covers and well written as well as performed original pieces. The instrumental was technical and managed to flow very well, while Kayla’s range was incredible and absolutely beautiful. I spoke to Kayla and Brian after the show and asked them about the band Folk By Default, started by classical singer Kayla who is clearly influenced by Hayley Williams of Paramore when you listen to her sing. Their style is described to be Pop Punk that evolved from classic Punk. The show was overall enjoyable.

Another band I found enchanting was Field of View, an alternative indie rock full piece band from the Wilkes-Barre area. Field Of View joined us for the first time tonight and played original music that was simply hypnotic. The lead singer Josh and guitarist Mike started Field Of View in 9th grade and have gone far with working on their album and perfecting their performance. The instrumentals were precise and Josh’s vocals were perfect, the way the music made you feel could put you on a plane of nirvana. Other than myself the rest of the room enjoyed their performance as well, there were rave reviews on the instrumental and lyrics.

Besides the features at The Sunday Open Mic there are local artists to be seen almost every week. Including SunnyShading who plays the guitar as well as the ukulele writing songs about life and heartbreak and Kes whose acoustic performances are breathtaking as well as just fun to sing along to. His technical talent is complemented by his passion and portrays a beautiful form of lyrics and instrumental.

This is what you can find every week at The Living Room’s Open Mic on Main Street in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.


What Is The Mandela Effect?

I’ve been thinking what I want to do with a blog and of course I want to create posts about life and fun things but I want to write about something that interests me as well as well as discuss what we aren’t being told as a society which includes a lot for example Conspiracy Theories! There are many serious issues I have learned and would like to touch on from Pizzagate and the election to the Denver Airport and pedophile sex rings that were covered up in the 80s but right now let’s just discuss… The Mandela Effect (:

Also, I am going to break this up into subsections to make this easy to understand so please bare with me.

What is The Mandela Effect?

The Mandela Effect is when someone has a clear memory of something only to realize that it either doesn’t exist or has been changed, but according to our history it has always been different than your memories, aka alternative memories.

Where did The Mandela Effect get its name?

The Mandela Effect is called Mandela because Nelson Mandela’s death has been the subject of the theory since the beginning of this idea. Many people have spoken about their memories of Nelson Mandela dying in the jail cell or learning this as a child but when he died in 2013 people were confused by this distinct memory that he died in the jail cell he was kept in.

This phrase was coined by Fiona Boone who also created the website The Mandela Effect where people post their alternative memories.

What are some examples of The Mandela Effect?

There are many examples of The Mandela Effect, including some we may not even know publicly yet but I’ll list some to get your thinking.

Let’s start with the big one that made this theory so widespread-

The Berenst(e)ain Bears

The Berenstain Bears were a fun family that taught us good lessons through their books and television shows when we were children but did you ever notice that Berenstain is spelled with an A not an E? It is correct. Although this is not how people remember this.

I have actually read a post of a woman who claims that she has a memory of spelling Berenstain with the A constantly as a child but her teacher had corrected her changing the A to an E so she stopped spelling it with an A.


Curious George Doesn’t Have A Tail

Yeah, that’s the alternative memory. Curious George has never had a tail but people remember him with a tail and specifically doing things with his tail.


When was The Challenger Explosion?

People can’t seem to recall the historical year the Challenge exploded, some will say it was ’84 some will say ’85 but really it was ’86. This could easily be just misinformation but some people believe this is another example of The Mandela Effect.

Mother Theresa was given sainthood in 2016!?

This one was really what made me get into the Mandela Effect because personally I remember writing a report in school about Mother Theresa where I learned she was given sainthood in her lifetime but that was not true to our history book even though I clearly remember reading this in my textbook.

Jiffy Peanut Butter is different than Jif Peanut Butter

Many people have claimed to remember a product called Jiffy Peanut Butter existing while Jif also existed, not to be confused with Skippy.

I also have faint memories of Jiffy Peanut Butter but I can not say for sure if this is my own misunderstanding or an actual alternative memory.


Other memories are listed at this address; Major Memories

What does all this mean?

The idea of the Mandela Effect creates many theories but the main aspect is there are alternative universes being created constantly and we are slipping in and out of them.

I personally believe that these alternative memories are after effects of our memories being changed because someone changed something in the past due to time travel which creates a new alternative universe that we now live in.

What do you think?