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FEATS OF THE MIND

Source: Gymnast Mary Lou Retton scoring a perfect 10 for her 1984 Olympic floor routine

FRAME IT

These Olympic moments are unforgettable because they’re linked to something that’s easily brought to mind: the powerful emotions you felt watching them. But you can boost your recall of day-today facts using a similar theory of connection.

Helen Louise Maroulis on her way to becoming the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic wrestling gold

If I told you there was a giant top hat in my kitchen sink, a pot of baby oil brewing in my coffee maker, granite spilling out of my fridge, hay stuffed in my microwave, and Garfield the cat roasting in my oven, you’d likely smile politely, nod, then back away. Very. Slowly.

Don’t worry; I’m not seeing things. All of this stuff is just a mental shortcut, a way to remember the past presidents, specifically POTUSes 16 through 20. (You following? Lincoln is the top hat; Johnson, the baby oil; Grant, granite; Hayes, yep, hay; and President Garfield is the cat.) I learned this little trick while interviewing “memory athletes”— intellectual jocks who have competed in the USA Memory Championship or the World Memory Championships

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