As I was studying for a recent test, trying to cram arcane facts into various corners of my brain, I started wondering about memorization. Primarily,…

As I was studying for a recent test, trying to cram arcane facts into various corners of my brain, I started wondering about memorization. Primarily, I wondered about the best memorizer on the planet. Well, you can measure that a bunch of different ways, but one way is by reciting the digits of pi, which most of us recall with not-quite-fond feelings from algebra and trigonometry. Since pi has infinite decimals, people see how far along the string of numbers they can get by pure memorization. The world champion is named Lu Chao, comes from China, and can memorize and recite 67,890 digits of pi. Not only does he have all the numbers somewhere in his head, but he then spends an entire day (actually, 24 hours and 4 minutes) reciting them. If I could manage to do that, but with the stages of cell division instead of incredibly precise digits, I’d be set for the semester.
– Will