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USA National Memory Championships

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the pretty-faces-are-easy-to-recall dept.

Science 215

bigtallmofo writes "Could you memorize 1,000 digits in under an hour? How about remember the exact order of 10 shuffled decks of playing cards in under an hour as well as one shuffled deck in less than two minutes? If so, you could be counted among 36 grand masters of memory worldwide. Slate is reporting that other spectacular memory feats were performed at the 2005 USA National Memory Championship. Congratulations to Ram Kolli, a graduate student in computer science at Virginia Tech, and this year's champ."

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Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championships (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987448)

By The Washington Post and The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Senator John McCain (R-AZ) announced Friday afternoon that the Senate would be opening hearings on the USA National Memory Championships after allegations of illegal memory augmentation surfaced. "These allegations of illegal computer implants are very frightening, and we owe it to the American people to investigate this matter fully. Our children are looking up to these men and women as role models, and if they're not actually memorizing things on their own with their God given abilities, we need to put an end to it. There are long term dangers to brain function many of these people are either unaware of or simply ignoring for short-sighted goals."

This year's champion Ram Kolli was among the first to be subpoenaed in the matter, and was expected to testify this week. "I've never illegaly used a computer to assist my memory in my life" said Kolli, noting that he had used computer storage in the past but only in legal ways, such as for class notes and assignments. "I've trained too long and too hard for these championships to throw it all away by using illegal implants. When I memorized pages 73 through 82 of the New York City phonebook, that was all me, and Jorge Benwalt of 212-555-2934 knows it."

Several Google executives have also been called on to testify following claims that they've produced a blackmarket implant that allows people to search Google with their brain. Sources close to Google acknowledged they've done research on such devices, but claim none have been produced or used outside of the lab environment. Google could not be reached for official comment at press time.

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (0, Troll)

agraupe (769778) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987531)

I call bullshit. 555 numbers don't actually exist; the prefix is used exclusively for movies, and other situations where it would be bad to use a real phone number.

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987547)

You must be a riot at parties.

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987702)

WOW!!!

You must be a real Sherlock F'n Holmes if you were able to figure out the story was BS. Your keen intellect and vast sense of humor are impressive.

You MUST have gone to Cal Tech with a comment like that...you 'tard!

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (0, Offtopic)

redJag (662818) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987869)

haha listen to these fools bash the reply when they didn't even read that it was just a joke playing on the joke in the first place.. classic.

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987888)

I don't see the second joke. I see an idiot who thought the first post was real.

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (5, Informative)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987940)

That's incorrect. A quick web search reveals: http://ask.yahoo.com/ask/20020826.html [yahoo.com] Only 555-0100 through 555-0199 are exclusively reserved for movies. The remainder of the 555 exchange is being parceled out.

AFAIK, this was not always the case though.

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (1)

LokieLizzy (858962) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987554)

Several Google executives have also been called on to testify following claims that they've produced a blackmarket implant that allows people to search Google with their brain. Sources close to Google acknowledged they've done research on such devices, but claim none have been produced or used outside of the lab environment.

Even though you're joking, reading this part got me to thinking of how much our concepts of time and memory at large could be altered if we were able to search through the vast archives of past memories (repressed and active) with the efficiency of Google. Can you imagine being able to remember being slapped by the doctor in a white hospital room, seeing the world for the very first time? Or how about every single dream you ever had - *ever*?

There are so many things we have yet to discover about ourselves, and about the human mind.

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987563)

Imagine how much the *AA would panic if every song or movie you heard or saw was a permanent part of your memory that could be recalled in full quality at any time.

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (1)

UserGoogol (623581) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987605)

I believe that because the brain is still developing, infant memories often don't survive in any form. But otherwise, yes, that would amazingly cool. Although if we were going to do computer-brain interfaces, there are of course many many other awesomely neat things you could do.

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (1)

seminumerical (686406) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987936)

Well I am glad to see that you qualified that with "often". That the brain is still developing has a powerful effect in distorting early memories, sure. But that is offset by the primacy of the memories. They have the advantage of "first post", or the first few posts, so to speak.

I have spoken to many people who remember nothing from before the age of 5 or 6. On the other hand there are a surprising number of adults who can describe, even name, songs, people, toys, places from the age of three or earlier (under accidentally controlled conditions. For instance, my family moved when I was 4, but I can describe the world that was around me before that, including my brother's birth when I was 2 1/2, and the daycare center I attended when I was 3)

Even earlier memories are still there, in every moment of our life. They just aren't the kinds of memories we recall remembering. They are just a part of us.

p.s. I don't count Salvador Dali, who claims to remember things from the womb, hehe.

FAKE FAKE FAKE! (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987665)

"...but claim none have been..."

As any real journalist would know, it should be "...none has..."

You should email CmdrTaco (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987672)

See if you can change your nick to Captain Obvious.

Re:You should email CmdrTaco (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987934)

Maybe you should change your homepage to here. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987788)

I smell ONION

Re:Congress To Open Hearings On Memory Championshi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987796)

Actually, you smell a subscriber who had too much time on his hands.

Car Keys (5, Funny)

jacksonai (604950) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987452)

Yeah, but can he remember where I left my car keys?

Re:Car Keys (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987465)

The last place you put them.

Re:Car Keys (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987470)

That explains the pain in my ass.

Re:Car Keys (0, Offtopic)

chimpo13 (471212) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987486)

Does he remember my name and password to my 30??? slashdot ID? Hell, I think I used rocketmail when I got it.

The "War" in Iraq: +1, Patriotic (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987500)


Can anyone remember that the CIA advised the world's most dangerous and inarticulate "leader" [whitehouse.org] that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction.

Thanks in advance,
Kilgore Trout, CEO

Re:Car Keys (1)

00420 (706558) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987622)

They're always the last place you look.

Unless you're an idiot and keep searching after they've been found :)

So I'm about to post a comment... (2, Funny)

Prophetic_Truth (822032) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987457)

But I have forgotton what this article is about.

The visual memory technique really works... (5, Interesting)

tquinlan (868483) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987460)

...try it some time. The next time you're out of the office, try this:

- Imagine you're going to send an email to everyone in your department.
- Imagine, now, that email lists are somehow unavailable.

- Starting with yourself, identify all the people in your row.

- Go one row over, and identify all those people.

Do the same for the rest of the rows.

For those of you who sit in circles in the office, just work your way around from right to left (or left to right). ;)

You'll be surprised at how many people you can remember!

It works with restaurants, too, but since you're not likely to know those people, faces and habits will most likely stick out, rather than names.

hmmm (1)

scott9676 (808984) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987502)

I work in a 4 person department in a 20 person company.

I ran rattle them all off. Now where's my prize?

Though sometimes I have to think about what my own phone number is.....

Re:hmmm (1)

FosterKanig (645454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987631)

Now where's my prize?

If it was up your ass, you'd know.

Re:The visual memory technique really works... (3, Funny)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987688)

I use the Layden [66.102.7.104] technique. According to her, it's foolproof.

Re:The visual memory technique really works... (2, Funny)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987928)

I'm sorry. I forgot that Saturday is "No Jokes" day on Slashdot. Maybe if I post this next Wednesday when the article is duped, a moderator with a sense of humor will find it.

The Human Brain (0)

puiahappy (855662) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987462)

Is incredible how powerfull can the human brain be. If these people can do that imagine what could Einstein do ?

Re:The Human Brain (1)

millette (56354) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987477)

Power, it's more about its distribution. Some are more visual, some auditory, some learn better alone, others depend on groups, etc. Power means squat. We're talking vectors here. Oh wait, no, what was it..?

Re:The Human Brain (1)

Capt. Dick Jackman (806898) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987491)

It'd be cool to take the memory of one of these guys and combine it with the insight of Einstein, the computational abilities of John von Neumann, and maybe throw in some Hilbert, Gauss, and Riemann. Now that would be one smart mother fscker. I think mathematics and physics have an anti-memory effect though. It happened to me and others like the famously absent minded Norbert Wiener.

Re:The Human Brain (2, Funny)

Klar (522420) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987511)

That'd be one boring ass smart person, maybe throw a bit of Chris Rock's wit in there for fun.

Re:The Human Brain (3, Funny)

Capt. Dick Jackman (806898) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987529)

Now that would be hilarious. I'd love to see Chris Rocks routine generalized to Banach spaces and arbitrary metrics.

Re:The Human Brain (4, Insightful)

ebrandsberg (75344) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987589)

Einstein's brain was probably wired completely different. I bet he would forget to pickup milk on the way home, instead, constantly thinking about something grand. I tend to be HORRIBLE at memorization, yet can solve problems others find difficult. Everybody is different, it is just a matter of what skills and to what degree we use them.

Re:The Human Brain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987765)

don't feel bad about it, is not a dick-measuring contest... you are special in your own way too buddy

Re:The Human Brain (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987921)

Yeah, reminds me of every cockwad who dismisses memory, IQ etc and tries to play the we are all special in our own way card.
No i bet Einstein had an awesome memory for what was important.

Re:The Human Brain (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987679)

Is incredible how powerfull can the human brain be. If these people can do that imagine what could Einstein do ?

Likely, not that much better. Read the article. These people use an assortment of mnemonic devices to remember these large chunks of data. If you tried to remember a series of cards, you would get lost in the volume of data. But if you remember each three cards in order as "person action object", then you can remember the sequence of cards as a story, and that is orders of magnitude easier to remember, because it has real meaning, whereas a sequence of cards is essentially meaningless. The brain sucks at remembering things without meaning, and excels at things that have meaning. That seems to be because our memory is inherently associative. We remember things by associating them to other things. That way the more associations you can make between a new factoid and existing concepts in your brain, the more easily you'll remember it.

Re:The Human Brain (2, Funny)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987690)

Is incredible how powerfull can the human brain be. If these people can do that imagine what could Einstein do ?

Well, not that much anymore, I suspect.

Re:The Human Brain (1)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987724)

Memory and inteligence are not necesarily related.

So what (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987467)

now is it world wide or USA?

Re:So what (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987495)

It can't be just the US, memory is short and selective there...

Re:So what (1)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987507)

Read TFA and you'll have the answer in less time than it takes to say "Slashdottern lesen nicht dem fucking artikel"

How to win the U.S. memory championship? (0, Redundant)

netdur (816698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987468)

don't forget anything

Pi (1)

blobzorz (864386) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987469)

3.1415926535897932384626

The guy has it easy (5, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987480)

Congratulations to Ram Kolli

A guy named "Ram" who's a memory champion? come on...

Re:The guy has it easy (2, Funny)

Fox_1 (128616) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987525)

yeah but he's great for the short term (20,30min contest in the competition) but for long term you want his buddy Maxtor

Re:The guy has it easy (3, Funny)

neil.pearce (53830) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987641)

His brother "Rom" knows a lot more, but it's all out of date now...

Re:The guy has it easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987656)

I hear he needs a pretty girl sitting next to him at all times though.

His amazing memory only works while he's turned on.

...the exact order of 10 shuffled decks...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987490)

Sure I can! Is there any room left in the MIT Blackjack team shuttle bus?

DUPE DUPE !!!!!oneleven!! (3, Funny)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987494)

Ohwait...

Re:DUPE DUPE !!!!!oneleven!! (1)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987917)

At 0, Flamebait, I guess my assumption of a subtle joke not succeeding was right :)

Imagine if... (5, Funny)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987499)

...Slashdot editors could do that.

1000 digits in an hour not particularly impressive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987509)

It's a lot of work, but an ordinary accomplishment using tricks popularized by ex-basketball player Jerry Lucas and magician Harry Lorayne decades ago. Each digit is preassigned a consonant, let's say 1=S, 2=M, 3=R, 4=T, 5=G, then you come up with mnemonics to represent a string of digits, so 214325 might become "Mister Magoo". The trick is to come up with vivid mnemonic images.

Re:1000 digits in an hour not particularly impress (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987728)

No, that's not how it's done, except for the part about numbers being represented by consonants. If you are in a hurry to explain it and you don't want to take the time to explain it correctly, then just don't try. You mislead people.

More practically.. (5, Insightful)

pilkul (667659) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987517)

Similar techniques are sometimes used by adult foreign learners to learn Chinese/Japanese characters. It can be easier to remember, say, Darth Vader setting a pack of wild dogs on fire on a pile of flowers in a swamp, than 25 strokes of chicken scribbles. James Heisig's Remembering the Kanji [amazon.com] is the most popular (perhaps the only?) book using such a method.

In this context such methods are fairly controversial, since the mnemonics are rather time-consuming to learn and recall is slower than brute force (on the order of 5-10 seconds instead of instantaneous), but it has some quite dedicated followers.

Re:More practically.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987573)

Yes, but do they bring out a new edition of the book every time Lucas f's with Star Wars. "Now that character is like Han firing at Greedo in the Cantina. Now was that when he fired first or last or when it was in 3D I wonder".

Re:More practically.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987616)

I have a different book, "A guide to remembering Japanese characters" by a Henshal (its currently buried under a ton of stuff and I can only read its spine)

These kind of guides are neat, but if you're really going to learn Japanese, you'll have to remember that the descriptions they give you to remind you how the kanji looks has nothing at all to do with the meaning. This is important because many of the kanji are composed from radicals that have their own meanings, and knowing those meanings and how they might be combined is often a fast way to decipher the meaning of a new kanji you're unfamiliar with.

Re:More practically.. (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987628)

Henshall's Guide to remembering Japanese characters [amazon.com] Is a good book with mnemonic suggestions as well as good scholarly descriptions of how the characters were developed. I find the latter to be more informative and useful than meaningless mnemonics. It's more of a reference book, rather than a guided study.

Re:More practically.. (1)

pilkul (667659) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987770)

Henshall is useful as a reference for people who are already quite literate in Japanese, but I would never recommend it to a beginner. (It certainly wasn't useful for me when I was a beginner.) His verbal mnemonics are not nearly as easy to remember as Heisig's imagery, and learning the convoluted history of characters is, to a beginner, more likely to lead to confusion than easy recall. Henshall and Heisig are quite different kinds of books and I'm not sure why people are always treating them as competitors.

get that example out of my head (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987716)

that was the memory equivalent of an UFIA. i need every brain cell i can get and now some of them are taken up with (not lookingnotlooking) darth vader setting a pack of wild dogs on fire on a pile of flowers in a sssswamp. oh well, random memory ditrus like that is perfect for passphrases, i suppose. don't anyone try to guess my home video's PGP key!

Many local students? (2, Interesting)

Rightcoast (807751) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987518)

What are the odds that out the 24 contestants one hailed from a local high school. Now, what are the odds that the contest had "many local high school students"?

Re:Many local students? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987654)

About equal to the odds of, not regarding, equal. Thus: solution = last answer minus 1

A game these guys would pwn at... (5, Interesting)

Zsinj (864251) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987521)

Here's an interesting memory game to try [2 more more people]

Take a deck of cards, shuffled. Remove 1 card randomly and place it face down on the side of the table. All of the players sit in a semi-circle in front of the dealer.

The dealer than plays 1 card face up in the center of the table. ~1 second later, he plays another on top of the card. Repeat 51 times, showing the players 1 card in the deck at a time. When the last card is played, cover the deck up in the middle of the table.

The players (and dealer if he didnt cheat) has seen all cards - save one. The pur-chance-guessing-game ensues: what is that card that is face-down on the side of the table?

Re:A game these guys would pwn at... (1)

nate nice (672391) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987677)

The Ace of Spades of course!

Re:A game these guys would pwn at... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987689)

That's quite easy though isn't it?

Just assign all the cards a numerical value from 1 to 13. Now, assign the suits a letter, eg. S=Spades, C=Clubs, H=Hearts, D=Diamonds.

Now as long as you can add, you only have 4 numbers to keep track of :)

At the end of the dealing, you should have three numbers that are equal to 91 (the sum of 1 through to 13), and one number that is less,
eg. S91, C91, H91, D80.

This tells you that the initial card was the Jack of Diamonds (11 count for D). Simple :)

I'm sure there is an easier way, but this was the first thing that immediately popped into my head when I read you post.
Have fun the next time you play!

Re:A game these guys would pwn at... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987912)

You can sum the numerical values modulo 13, and sum the suits (arbitrary assignment of suits to values 1,2,3,4) modulo 4. The missing card is the one which if added would give you 0 for your sum modulo 13, and 2 for your sum modulo 4.

This requires keeping track of one number up to 12 and one number up to 3, instead of four numbers up to 91 for your method.

Re:A game these guys would pwn at... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987955)

Nice :) I knew there'd be an easier way!

Re:A game these guys would pwn at... (1)

Trailwalker (648636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987697)

Any bridge or pinocchle player would know the card at at the end of the deal. Its a guessing game only for people who do not regularly play cards.

Aw, Pooh (2, Funny)

Spencerian (465343) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987537)

Forget all of this.

How many of us can remember how many girlfriends we've had sex with?

Oh.--wait--I forgot where I was posting...

Re:Aw, Pooh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987596)

HAHAHAHAHAAHAAHAHAHHAA you are so funny!!@!@11

Imagine someone telling a VIRGIN JOKE on Slashdot! How clever and unexpected.

Re: Aw, Pooh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987699)

One. I'll never forget your mom.

Re: Aw, Pooh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987730)

Too bad I forgot the rubber, though. She swore she was on the pill!

Re:Aw, Pooh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987898)

Oh, puleeeze. This is SLASHDOT, remember.

It's more like "How many of them can remember how many boyfriends they've had sex with?"

Or, "How many of them have ever had sex?"

mounted? (4, Funny)

GrAfFiT (802657) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987541)

..but can they be mounted as a mass storage volume on Linux ?

Re:mounted? (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987814)

If you convert the Linux kernel to audio tones and play them to yourself over and over during the night, the very next day, everywhere you doodle, you will keep drawing penguins.

strange but true.

Remember This ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987556)

All you have to remember is that the memory "grand masters" are fakers - end of story.

Ok, this is just a little wierd... (4, Interesting)

Fiz Ocelot (642698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987558)

when Cooke sees a three of clubs, a nine of hearts, and a nine of spades, he immediately conjures up an image of Brazilian lingerie model Adriana Lima in a Biggles biplane shooting at his old public-school headmaster in a suit of armor.

It's that much easier to remember something like that than just three cards? I guess it's like they actually translate the entire deck into a sort of language. Then they just translate it using the same language every time.

Re:Ok, this is just a little wierd... (1)

pilkul (667659) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987594)

Language is not quite accurate, the vivid imagery is important. Remembering that sentence would be hard but remembering the picture would not be so hard, especially if you are already familiar with the objects visualized. He visualizes a 3-dimensional scene, with the respective actors in various positions, and then recalls it as a unified whole just like you might a bedroom with a desk, bed, dresser etc.

Re:Ok, this is just a little wierd... (2, Funny)

hunterx11 (778171) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987615)

In other words, Hollywood executives declare writers outdated and unnecessary, and instead shuffle a deck of cards to determine their new stories.

Often enough, nobody would be able to tell the difference.

MOD THIS FUNNY (1)

Capt. Dick Jackman (806898) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987695)

That's the funniest thing I've read all day.

I almost won this last year... (0, Redundant)

Crash McBang (551190) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987595)

...but I forgot to go.

I haven't the foggiest. (0, Redundant)

elgee (308600) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987597)

I can't even remember what I had for lunch.

Of course that was about 10 beers ago.

I'd settle for... (4, Funny)

NoMoreNicksLeft (516230) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987598)

Editors that could remember the stories that they put up the day before.

Dammit (0, Redundant)

JustOK (667959) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987601)

I was entered in that contest, but I forgot to go.

USA National Memory Championship... (0, Redundant)

$eth31 (840293) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987602)

Dang, forgot all about it.

Imagine (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987624)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of them.

So the champion is a sheep (1)

flibble-san (700028) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987629)

Baaaa

I was gonna compete... (0, Redundant)

MyDixieWrecked (548719) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987661)

but I forgot where the damned competition was.

drats!

Savant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987664)

I wonder how many of these grand masters can be classified as savants... I cant imagine the average joe doing very well.

Memorize this! (1)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987703)

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375 1058209749445923078164062862
08998628034825342117 067982148086513282306647093844 6095505822317253594081284811
17450284102701938521 105559644622948954930381964428 8109756659334461284756482337
86783165271201909145 648566923460348610454326648213 3936072602491412737245870066
06315588174881520920 962829254091715364367892590360 0113305305488204665213841469
51941511609433057270 365759591953092186117381932611 7931051185480744623799627495
67351885752724891227 938183011949129833673362440656 6430860213949463952247371907
02179860943702770539 217176293176752384674818467669 4051320005681271452635608277
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Re:Memorize this! (1)

Capt. Dick Jackman (806898) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987736)

That's easy, just expand the infinite series of arctan 1 and multiply by 4.

Math.round(Math.PI) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987809)


3

do i win ?

Re:Memorize this! (1)

LnxAddct (679316) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987926)

Hrm... I think I see a pattern there.

card counting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11987714)

just wait till they turn 21 and they hit vegas :)

Sounds like a kid from my high school, (1)

Aeron65432 (805385) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987715)

who has Pi memorized to 450 digits. He celebrated pi day (3/14) by memorizing his 500th, and repeating them nonstop all day long. Got a bit on everyone's nerves to say the least.

Obligatory quote... (1)

elgatozorbas (783538) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987718)

How about remember the exact order of 10 shuffled decks of playing cards in under an hour as well as one shuffled deck in less than two minutes?

Of course. I'm an excellent driver... four minutes to Wopner...

USA National Memory Technology Championships (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987720)

Am I the only one who glanced at the headline and thought this was a face-off of RAM technologies?

Savants (1)

nighthawk127127 (848761) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987733)

Remeber the Slashdot article [slashdot.org] a few weeks ago about that guy who set the world record for memorizing the most digits of pi? I'll bet he could win this thing easily.

shoot! (2, Funny)

jayloden (806185) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987752)

oh man, I was supposed to compete this year, but I totally forgot...

When it fails (2, Interesting)

wk633 (442820) | more than 9 years ago | (#11987822)

I once heard an interview with one of these types who did his act as a show. He said the only time he forgot an object somone in the audience asked him to remember, it was an egg. He foolishly placed it next to a white wall in his imaginary home town. When he walked back through town, he didn't see it against the wall.
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