You’re either the type who forgets your glasses on top of your head or the kind that remembers the exact time and place of your third kiss. Those who fall into the latter category would likely be promising contenders for the 14th annual USA Memory Championship. Here, competitors attempt astounding feats of the brain such as memorizing 500 numbers, 99 names and faces, an unpublished poem (including its punctuation), and two decks of shuffled cards in a limited time (usually somewhere between five and 15 minutes, depending on the event). But don’t get discouraged just yet! As Joshua Foer, a world memory athlete, said in his recent cover story for the New York Times Magazine, it’s not about having a photographic memory or an extraordinary brain—studies have shown that it’s all about practicing and teaching your brain how to remember and that anyone can do it.
Sat., March 12, 8:30 a.m., 2011