People do some strange things.
Many years ago as a child I heard on the news about a man in the US who memorised the entire New York telephone directory.
Talking of strange facts, did you know that…
Plants can suffer from jet lag
The screwdriver was invented before the screw
You're 66 times more likely to be prosecuted in the US than in France
The earth is not round but slightly pear-shaped
4 out of 5 visitors never come back to a website
Saunas outnumber cars in Finland
Natural gas has no odour - the smell is added artificially so that leaks can be detected
Useless info - all taken from my official favourite 'I'd never buy that for myself' Christmas present 'The Best Book Of Useless Information Ever' by Noel Botham.
But when it comes to pointless stuff memorising 'Pi' takes the biscuit.
Now for those of you who weren't exactly riveted by algebra and equations at school, let me refresh your memory.
Pi is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle.
Of course you knew that.
You probably also know that this mathematical marvel begins 3.141592 and commands much fascination in certain circles as it is believed to be infinite - at last count a Tokyo professor had calculated its value to 1.24 trillion places.
And as there are no recurring patterns in the number, being able to recite Pi from memory is considered by many to be the Ultimate Test of Memory.
So it was that on a Sunday in January I found myself locked in a room for 2.5 hours at The Mind Sports Australia Festival and forced to recite Pi.
How did I go?
The answer... in a moment.
But first so you can get a feel of just how pointless this is have a go yourself. Here's a few digits to get you started...
Ok more than just a few.
The first 4,400 in fact, which coincidentally is the number I recited in order without error.
A new Australian Memory Record, doubling the previous record of 2,189 (hence the reason for stopping at a mere 4,400).
Since achieving this apparently pointless feat I've been repeatedly asked 2 very salient questions -
'How?' quickly followed by 'Why?' often accompanied by a strange look on the face of the person asking.
How did I do it? - I used a combination of imagination and simple memory techniques.
Why did I do it? - in a word... PUBLICITY.
The Pi Record attempt was done to help promote the inaugural Mind Sports Australia festival a week long event which included competitions in mental sports such as chess, poker, scrabble and of course memory.
And get publicity it certainly did... prime-time TV and over a dozen radio interviews in two days alone.
Not bad for doing something useless!
So why am I telling you this?
Because there's another much more serious point which is this…
If it is possible to memorise useless, meaningless, seemingly impossible stuff like the first 4,400 places of Pi…
…then YOU can use the same techniques in your everyday life to remember names, presentations, facts, figures, sales information - in fact anything you want to boost your success at work, at school or in your personal life.
If you then combine memory with speed reading and information mapping that's when you start saving yourself heaps of time and giving yourself a real Hidden Advantage.
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The Final Word: Memory is a skill that you can learn and profit from whatever your age. And too much Pi is bad for you!
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