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The Missing Thunderbird Photo and the Mandela Effect

Over the years, stories have circulated throughout the cryptozoology community about an old, very mysterious photo. It is supposedly from the late 1880s and shows some sort of giant bird or pterosaur-like creature. Hence, it is known as the Missing Thunderbird Photo. Info about the photo can be found here on my blog, and here on Karl Shuker's blog.

A while ago something struck me that made me think. I had looked into the Mandela effect - for those who don't know, the Mandela effect is when people are sure they remember something, but in reality they are incorrect. Some examples include thinking the Monopoly man has a monocle, Darth Vader says "Luke" before he says "I am your father" in The Empire Strikes Back, etc, etc. More examples can be found here.
"Jonny" is correct

Anyway, after looking into the Mandela effect and then reading about the missing t-bird photograph in Karl Shuker's massive book Still in Search of Prehistoric Survivors (be on the lookout for a review sometime soon!), it struck me - what if the two are connected? Many people have said they have seen the missing t-bird photo, though now when anyone tries to find it, it seems as though it never existed. This is after so many people claim to remember seeing it in magazines, and some even say they saw Ivan T. Sanderson holding it on a TV show, sometime in the '60s or '70s. Others say they remember Sanderson at least talking about it on the show. But, the certain episode(s) can't be found.

So does this explain why people can't find the t-bird photo? Just possibly, it might. There is this old picture (below) of a marabou stork, which Shuker included in his blog post on the subject and book, that may have been seen by people and then, later, they remember it as something different. Specifically, a thunderbird in Arizona.

Now, I'm not saying in any way that this solves the mystery of the missing t-bird photo, it's just a personal theory of mine. But, it quite possibly could, I think. Let me know your thoughts below.


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