posted ago by 2Kings616 ago by 2Kings616 +9 / -0

Once when I was in college, I and about ten of my fellows got stuck in a barn for about an hour during a late winter thunderstorm. To pass the time, one of my classmates recited a funny story poem for us, by memory - "A Bush Christening", by Banjo Paterson.

I have loved story poems ever since, and have taken the time to memorize that poem (and some others) myself, to be that person for others should the need arise.

Do you have any odd, positive things that you've memorized?

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Jmradioman 7 points ago +7 / -0

All the books i read to my kids when they were little. (Gerald the girrafe, crown on your head, ect) now i have allot of poems i can recite whenever i want. For my second kid, i didn't even get the books out at bedtime i just told them from memory.

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2Kings616 [S] 4 points ago +4 / -0

I love it. I can remember I had to do that with a few of our early books. It didn't matter that a page or two would be torn out; we knew what words came next.

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hazelnfilbert 3 points ago +3 / -0

I can recite most of my children's toddler favourites from memory as well. Ping, the Angus books, Pickles the Firecat, Are You My Mother, The Seven Silly Eaters, Harry the Dirty Dog, and a few books each by Eloise Wilkin and Margaret Wise Brown. Not sure how entertaining any of these would be to adults though. :D

I know quite a few poems from doing them with my children for homeschool memory work, including The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, which is fun to recite.

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2Kings616 [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Hooray for Ping! I loved that book.

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Matthew419 3 points ago +3 / -0

Bears Wants More is forever embedded in my memory from both my kids.

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SlickMahony 2 points ago +2 / -0

Yeah I'm pretty sure Gerald the Giraffe is imprinted on my soul now, I find myself muttering it whenever there's a prolonged silence around my daughter due to muscle memory or something

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Half_alive 7 points ago +7 / -0

I know the decimal expansion of every typical inch fraction down through 1/8ths, 1/16ths 1/32nds because manufacturing engineering.

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Jmradioman 2 points ago +2 / -0

Haha NERD!

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ApparentlyImAHeretic 6 points ago +6 / -0

Not necessarily proud but,

The McDonald's order rap

The ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny

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Backslash2099 2 points ago +2 / -0

I use the ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny as my ringtone.

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GuyWhite 5 points ago +5 / -0

The first eighteen lines of the Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Middle English, in HS English 1965

Whan that Aprill with his shoures sootẹ The droghte of March hath perced to the rootẹ, And bathed every veyne in swich lycour Of which vertu engendred is the flour, Whan Zephirus eek, with his sweetẹ breeth, Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendrẹ croppes and the yongẹ sonnẹ Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronnẹ; And smalẹ foweles maken melodyẹ That slepen al the nyght with open Iyẹ (So priketh hem nature in hir corages), Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrymages And Palmeres for to seeken straunge strondes To fernẹ halwes, kouthe in sondry londes; And specially, from every shyres ende Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende, The holy blisful martir for to sekẹ

Also from the same time Mrs. Doer’s Latin Jingle Bells Tintinat Tintinat Tintinablum Labimur in galcie post multum virtum. (Spielchecker had a real problem with that one)

Ladies and Gentlemen, Hobos and Tramps. I stand before you to sit behind you to tell you something I know nothing about. Pull up a chair and sit on the floor, free admission, pay at the door. The talk will be about George Washington who sailed up the Chick-chick River and discovered Chyna, with the Declaration of Indigestion in one hand and the Star Speckled Bannana in the other. I think you. (that may have been from elementary school).

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2Kings616 [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

These are awesome! Thanks!

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Rubieroo 4 points ago +4 / -0

I used to have The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost memorized. But now I must content myself with being able to spell Mississippi backwards really fast. Pretty useful :P

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juststraight 4 points ago +4 / -0

Go Force Hyper Team Monkey Robot Super is the name of the Jetix tv show Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go backwards. I memorized the show title forwards and backwards when I was a kid and now I can repeat it whenever I want.

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TheDoughyBoy 4 points ago +4 / -0

3.1415926535897932384626 memorized the first 23 digits of pi one day over Summer break and have just never forgotten it.

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cee8hooz 3 points ago +3 / -0

better than me, I cared only about 11 digits ;) (circle precise enough)

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DogFacedPepeSoldier 3 points ago +3 / -0

I remember song lyrics remarkably well. Unless the lyrics are very unintuitive, I'll have a song memorized after one to three listens.

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hazelnfilbert 3 points ago +3 / -0

Same for me. Hymns are especially easy because they typically rhyme.

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DogFacedPepeSoldier 3 points ago +3 / -0

Same. Country music, too because it usually tells a story.

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2Kings616 [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Here is that poem, if you are interested.

http://www.australianculture.org/a-bush-christening-paterson/

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Seventhson74 2 points ago +2 / -0

The Budweiser Creed

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2Kings616 [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

I had to look this up. This is pretty cool!

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free-will-of-choice 2 points ago +2 / -0

Muscle memory.

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Lesch 2 points ago +2 / -0

the periodic table, just symbols not weights.

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cee8hooz 2 points ago +2 / -0

Nah, that's funny song-like rythmes so I could remember order.To cadmium.

Weights would be terrible indeed as those protons and neutrons not go linear.

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soge 2 points ago +2 / -0

1,000 kanji

海外参加南劇場場面

only need 1,200 more

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2Kings616 [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

I love that this post keeps teaching me new things. :-)

If you don't mind me asking, why 1200 more? Are there a total of 2200 characters?

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soge 2 points ago +2 / -0

yes, 2200 characters for common every day use!

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cee8hooz 2 points ago +2 / -0

You mean 3,14159265359 ? Or 1,61803398875 ?

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