An annual contest puts contestants through exercises like recalling the order of a deck of playing cards, memorizing 500 numbers, and remembering facts about new acquaintances.
Can you memorize and recite 500 random numbers? How about recalling the order of a shuffled deck of cards after single glance? And do you think you could talk to a roomful of people and walk away remembering their names, birthdays, and one fact about each? If so, you might be a good candidate for to compete in the US Memory Championship.
That’s right, every year, a collection of mental athletes (their term, not mine) gather together to compete with a slew of tests designed to evaluate their recall. The competition takes place in March, although the 2013 winner, Ram Kolli, was just announced as part of the Memory Games, a special that aired on the Science Channel.
Those of you who commented on my earlier blog regarding memory training will find the Memory Games site of interest. They have a number of videos on tips for improving your memory — names, numbers, even factoids. With enough training, maybe you can even become a mental athlete in your own right.
Think you’ve got what it takes to win the thousand dollar prize? Register for the 2014 championship.
And may the odds be ever in your favor.