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March 20th, 2002

Accidental Memorization

One day, a number of years ago, I was filling out a form of some sort. I came to a blank asking for my driver’s license number. Without skipping a beat, I was able to fill it in – by memory (or “by heart”, as the kids say.)

Shortly thereafter, I’d like to think that a whole new world of brainpower opened up for me… but really, it didn’t. In this fashion, I found I also memorized my main bank account numbers – even though both were ridiculously long and followed no set pattern. I felt good not having to search for that info every time I signed a check. I dubbed it accidental memorization.

That is, I never intentionally tried to memorize my driver’s license number (what great content that’d be!) but it just happened by seeing it so many times.

Has this ever happened to you? Did it surprise you? -pm

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday March 20, 2002 -- 9:24:05 am
Yeah -- with credit card numbers. I was worried that when I had to change numbers on the card that I had had since 1994, that I'd have trouble memorizing the new one... after a month or two of using it online, though, I had typed it enough that I had it memorized. For some odd reason, I can't memorize my Discover card number no matter how hard I try, though.

FROM: Tina
DATE: Wednesday March 20, 2002 -- 9:30:04 am
I've memorized my library card number, because I've entered it so many times when I'm requesting books online from the county library catalog. Maybe I shouldn't admit stuff like that, huh?

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday March 20, 2002 -- 12:42:50 pm
I have memorized my liscense number, but thats because it's the same as my social security number.

FROM: MollyCule
DATE: Thursday March 21, 2002 -- 1:15:52 am
I have my roommate's social security number memorized. There should be an evil laugh inserted here, I think.

FROM: Maria
DATE: Friday March 22, 2002 -- 12:01:35 am
At risk of sounding like a weirdo, I know all of my friends' phone numbers, my bank account, both credit card numbers, my social security number, my driver's license number, etc. I have a thing for numbers, apparently--I have to actually try NOT to hear someone's phone number being recited if I don't want to have it memorized. Sometimes I'll think of phone numbers and know they belong to someone but can't figure out who.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday March 22, 2002 -- 12:08:32 am
Maria -- And that's when you go to's reverse lookup!

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