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Who Will Be The Memory Champion?

0803Memory.jpgAt the World Almanac I research a lot of interesting topics every day. The trouble is I'm not very good at remembering details after a few days. I also usually forget names several minutes after I hear them. I have trouble remembering what I did last week, or sometimes even yesterday. Essentially I'm no match for the "Mental Athletes" that competed in the USA Memory Championship qualifier last weekend. Contenders had to memorize the first and last names of 99 faces, the order of a shuffled deck of cards, an unpublished poem, and 25 rows of 20 digit numbers. The first place winner, a software engineer from San Francisco, remembered 66 first or last names and recalled the entire order of the deck of cards in 2 minutes 27 seconds.

The seven finalists will be subjected to even crazier challenges in the final event on April 22. It'll be aired on HDNet if your television provider carries it.

Interested to know how you might do? There are some test examples on the page. Any permanent U.S. resident age 12 or older can compete. Two lines of Speed Numbers is enough for me.

Row 1: 9 6 4 7 7 9 9 7 4 7 0 8 0 6 4 2 6 0 9 4
Row 2: 8 6 7 6 4 3 8 1 8 2 7 9 4 3 9 6 4 3 1 4

USA Memory Championship
Event categories with links to examples

Image from the Flickr page of wetwebwork


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