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1. Memory > 9. Memorize Numbers with Carroll’s Couplets

Memorize Numbers with Carroll’s Couplets

You can use a rhyming system of mnemonics by Lewis Carroll, author of the immortal “Alice” books and much nonsense poetry, to remember dates, phone numbers, and other numeric data.

In the 1870s, Lewis Carroll devised a mnemonic system for numbers that he called the Memoria Technica, after an earlier system. Carroll’s system is little remembered by us postmoderns. Like today’s more common Major System [Hack #5], it relies on converting numbers into consonants and filling them with vowels to make words; unlike the Major System, it uses rhyming couplets to help you remember the words that are created, instead of simply having you remember them “naked,” and in this sense it is an advance on the former.


  

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