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message 1: by smetchie (last edited Jan 05, 2011 06:39PM) (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments Merilu Henner from Taxi does.


I think stuff about memory storage and access is super interesting. I heard her on Howard Stern this morning. If you say any date she can tell you what day of the week it was and what she was doing, the weather, what she ate, and all sorts of other things. She says she can actually scroll back through her memory like a card catalog, stop on the exact date, and see it all over again. They've only discovered 6 people in the world who have this kind of memory but that seems weird to me. Maybe it's just that they hadn't looked for it before. Have you ever heard of anyone who can do this?

I'm awful with dates. It's a strain for me to remember the birthdays of my immediate family.

message 2: by Carol (new)

Carol | 1679 comments I think this was on 60 minutes or something recently. Are the other 5 people as cuckoo as she is? I had a better than average memory, but now it's just average.

message 3: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I can remember quotes. Things people say. At least I think I can.

message 4: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments It's simply to verify the dates and days of the week to see if she's right, but who else other than her can say just what she was doing on a particular day?

Sounds like complete and utter bullshit.

message 5: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) You would be wrong on that.

message 6: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6031 comments Larry wrote: "You would be wrong on that."

Highly unlikely.

message 7: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) It's true. She really can do it.

message 8: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments i remember that other thread too, i think RA started it.

message 9: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Janine remembers.

message 10: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I think we had a general thread about memory.

message 11: by Gatorman (new)

Gatorman I'm sorry, what was the topic again?

message 12: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24363 comments Mod
I have no trouble believing it. Some people have freaky brains.

message 13: by Hanna (new)

Hanna (ohanners) | 202 comments I just watched the 60 minutes link you posted. That's freakin' awesome.

I'm one of those annoying people who forget important conversations or bets I made and then deny it ever happened..."No, I would never say that!" followed by the other person exclaiming in frustration, "Oh my GOD, how could you not remember?! I wish I recorded you, you're such an idiot."

message 14: by Aynge (new)

Aynge (ayngemac) | 1202 comments Ha. Not.

At first blush this sounds like a great thing, but now that I'm really imagining it, I'd rather not remember every single moment of my life.

message 15: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments Where we discussed this before now:

Larry gets the credit for starting this discussion.

message 16: by smetchie (new)

smetchie | 4034 comments Heidi you're amazing.

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