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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Brain Man.

If I could memorize things as well as this guy, I'd be a much happier person. I'd never have to look like a refugee in a parking lot trying to find my car, I'd never embarrass myself in front of people whose names escaped me, I'd never miss an appointment, a birthday... But wait. I would never be able to use the excuse "I forgot." Hm. Is it a gift, or a curse?

3 comments:

humble simpleton said...

I don't mean to demean him, but what's the point of learning tens of thousands of digits, in order to recite pi whole day? If I was able to learn foreign language in a week, well, then I would learn some. Chinese first, so I could read Confucius in original. Then translate foreign literature or something like that.

TeacherLady said...

True, unless he gets a job that calls for that kind of skill, it's not very handy. However, I would be studying language after language if I had his skill. As a child who was frustrated at not being able to speak a language I was expected to speak, I used to daydream that I'd be able to speak and understand every language in the world. You can see I was a bit of a strange child...

humble simpleton said...

Nothing strange on that, I also find stories of languages and words so very mysterious and amazing. Before I wrote the story of 'dollar', would you even dream that it goes to some ancient coin? In Czech language, there's a word 'bohatyr', meaning hero or warrior. It came from russian folklore legends, where a hero of exceptional strength and bravery is caled 'bogatyr' (Wanna make friends with Russians? Tell them how much you like the stories of Svyatogor bogatyr or Ilya Muromets ;-). And Russians took it where? In the times of Gengis Khan, mongolian society consisted of several roles - priests, herders, warriors, etc. And the mongolian word for warrior/hero was - 'bagatur'. Today it is 'baatar'. Mongolian capital - Ulaanbaatar - red hero. BTW try and google something writen in Mongolian script. First thing you notice, they write top-to-down, next thing you notice is strong similarity with arabic, next thing you find out is, their script is inspired by Uighurs, their by some ancient Persian civilization, their by Syriac. Now that's what I call mysterious ways. You wrote it in the dwoob-post, no discotheque beats the thrills of such discovering.