I’ve spent a lifetime watching and remembering a vast array of uncomfortable images in order to build the foundation of a more perfect memory. (What the hell did he just say?)
Long, long ago in an adolescence far, far away, I came across a book in a used book store: The Memory Book. It was chance or fate that I found it. I bought it, read it, and it changed my life forever. The author, Harry Lorayne, wasn’t advocating for offensive memory tricks. He advised your memory tricks be exaggerated, nonsensical, and even violent. For this, I was a natural, having harnessed my imagination over years of playing Dungeons and Dragons. Soon, my memory practice took off. It was through my own self discovery that led to also including offensive memory tricks. For stuff I found offensive or just disgusting, I found my memory tricks just stuck better. So, i did what any creative and ambitious memory expert-to-be would do. I sought out images from the web that i could use as a “Mental Rolodex” of foul (fowl?) images. I went to www.rotten.com, which today would be www.bestgore.com, and found all sorts of nasty things to look at. GOOD! You can do the same. Or, you can let me entice your imagination and watch my memes.
Why Did I Start Making Memes?
I had been looking for a creative way to promote my business and during this year discovered I had a knack for making compilations, in particular meme compilations. After awhile I started making my own memes. Given the current polarized climate and the insane censorship championed by one ideology I loathe, the politically correct left, memes also provided a way to vent. For the first 12 memes I tried to meme EVERY possible taboo subject, culminating in meme 12 (below). I present them here and will follow with explanation of how to use offensive images to make yourself a memory god!
Here it is… the idea is to create associations between words you are learning to words you already know the meaning of, using as crude and rude an image as you have seen in your lifetime. The worse the images the better: beheadings, train accident victims, burn victims, gross shit of every kind. Other great images are things that go against my religion, Christianity, but for your that could be images of misogyny, racism, bigotry, xenophobia, and I forget the rest, anything with an -ist or -phobia at the end of term. For example. ester is a functional group in organic chemistry. To memorize it, I look for something in the structure that reminds me of a penis because my childhood memory relates to a friend’s unaffectionate term for his nanny. He called her Ester the Molester, only because he hated her. Ester the Molester is a phrase I knew well and it fits the functional group to a tee; it’s essentially got a phallic area and spells out the letters C-C-O-C. I teach that to my students and they never forget that one. If you were molested as a child. my condolences, but for you THAT is an epic memory trick.
Learning a new language? (Every subject is a new language, technically.) How do you say “hello, how are you?” in Russian? “Privet, kak dela?” I see the words but I imagine “Pervert, cock delight.” Never gonna forget what that means because I imagine the embarrassment of saying that to a stranger.
So, I recommend you start by going to my channel using the link above and watch all of my memes 1-12, more to follow. I did my very best WORST to start you on your to building your own Mental Rolodex. In addition, you can buy my study skills book. There’s a whole chapter on memory training you are sure to appreciate.
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