, Hatshepsut was the most successful female pharaoh of ancient Egypt. But after her death, her successor destroyed her statues to obliterate her memory. metmuseum.org/about-the-m…
The main cause of "soft errors" in computer memory is cosmic rays. Systems buried in caves have a negligible rate of cosmic-ray induced soft errors; computers on mountains have a far higher error rate than at sea level; and the rate of errors in aircraft can be over 300 times the sea level rate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
Heavy multitaskers have a reduced memory according to a Stanford psychologist news.stanford.edu/2018/10…
Today I learned of the Latin phrase "Damnatio memoriae" meaning "condemnation of memory", indicating that a person is to be excluded from official accounts, including the destruction of depictions, the removal of names from inscriptions and documents, and even large-scale rewritings of history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
There are people who remember everyday of their lives. It's a condition called highly superior autobiographical memory, or HSAM. Given a random day, month and year, they can remember what they were doing, who they were with, where they were and even what day of the week it was. theguardian.com/science/2…
The Latin phrase "annus horribilis" is used by world leaders to call the worst year in living memory. For Queen Elizabeth, it was 1992, the year when Windsor Castle caught fire and Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marital problems became increasingly public theguardian.com/uk/2012/m…
The Nobel Prize in Economics isn't a "real" Nobel prize and wasn't created by Alfred Nobel. It was created in 1968 by the Sveriges Riksbank and is officially called the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nob…
In 1988, Meredith Maran announced to her family that her father molested her when she was a child. In 1996, she realized it was "false memories" and he was actually innocent. He had a heart attack and got Alzheimer's before she reconciled with him for his last few years. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Giving a shot of ketamine to heavy drinkers after reactivating their drinking-related memories led to a rapid decrease in urges to drink and a prolonged decrease in alcohol intake over nine months. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
When the film "Yesterday" (about a world where the Beatles only existed in one musician's memory) was released, Paul McCartney and his wife crept into a theater, with Paul disguising himself with a hat and sunglasses, and watched it from the back row, trying not to laugh when he was mentioned people.com/music/paul-mcc…
A British man developed anterograde amnesia after a root canal, so he can't remember anything for longer than 90 minutes and he can't make new memories. Also, he thinks it's the day of his root canal every time he wakes up which is why he must read a detailed note every morning. newser.com/story/209910/i…
At the end of the last episode of Cheers(TV show), Sam walks over to a picture of Geronimo and straightens it. That picture was in Nicholas Colasanto's(Coach) dressing room until his death 8 years prior. It was placed on the wall of the bar of Cheers production set in his memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Coffee improves short term memory, creativity and alertness. slate.com/technology/2014…
Our eyes can't pan smoothly without focusing on a moving subject, and even can't pan from one subject to another because our brains erase the panning visual from our memories. These quick movements from subject to subject are called saccads. youtube.com/watch?v=nNBTL…
Today I Learned that there is a rare occurrence in individuals living with ASD and other CNS injuries known as Savant syndrome. The syndrome presents itself through incredible gifts in arts, music, mathematics (and more). Most Savants have excellent memories to accompany their primary gift. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
A study showed that plants have the potential to store memory; a plant species that would close up when touched was repeatedly dropped. At first the plants closed on every drop but over time remained open because the drops did not harm them. They retained this memory even a month later. atlasobscura.com/articles…
As Apollo 8 was on its way back to Earth, astronaut Jim Lovell accidentally erased some of the guidance computer's memory, leading the computer to think the spacecraft's current orientation was what it had been on the launchpad. He would spend the next 25 minutes correcting it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Music can help people suffering with dementia access certain memories and improve their cognitive function at least in the short term. More studies still need to be done and the results can vary but there is a noticeable improvement in the quality of life after receiving Music Therapy ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about a first person shooter game called .kkrieger which is under 96KB & made entirely using procedural generation which creates everything from scratch and expands up to 300MB in your memory after execution. downloadcrew.com/article/…
If a flat worm's head is cut of, it regrows its head and brain. But not only that, the new brain contains all the memories of the old brain. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
The β€œMO” in β€œBaltimore” is written in gold in memory of 14 year old Raven’s fan Mo Gaba espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2…
Walking through a doorway can cause memory lapses. The brain regularly 'purges' memories it believes won't be necessary, and going into a new room is a common trigger. This is why we can often forget what we got up to do. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Prominent mathematician Leonhard Euler had a botched eye surgery which left him almost totally blind at 59. Despite this, he still used his mental calculation skills to contribute more work to mathematics, and he could recite epic poems by memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
SIM card is not just an ordinary piece of read-only memory. It's a separate micro-computer with its own environment capable of running Java Card applets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jav…
North Korean student Ri Song Mi is in the Guinness Book of World Records for memorizing 302 random words within 15 minutes at the 27th World Memory Championships held in Hong Kong pyongyangtimes.com.kp/?bb…
Kevin Carter, the photographer that received a Pulitzer Prize for the photograph he took of a starving boy and vulture in South Sudan ended up taking his own life in 1994 with this suicide note β€œhaunted by vivid memories and killings & corpses...starving children...of trigger happy madmen” 100photos.time.com/photos…
Today I learned of H.M. - an American man who underwent a lobotomy in an attempt to cure his epilepsy. Although the surgery was partially successful in controlling his epilepsy, a severe side effect was that he became unable to form new memories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
In the 80’s and 90’s an organism called Pfiesteria Piscicida caused fishermen and scientists to suffer sever memory loss, confusion, and burning skin. There is no know cure for those with long term exposure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfi…
Near the end of filming the movie Matilda, Mara Wilson's mother passed away from breast cancer. Director Danny DeVito was able to show a near final cut of the film to her so she could see her daughters performance. The movie is also dedicated to her memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Today I Learned that after the memory unit prefix yotta (10^24 bytes) a petition was started, by students, for the next unit be called hellabyte (10^27) but instead it will be called geopbyte with the following unit being brontobyte (10^30 ) ... like the dinosaur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Alice Cooper has no memory of recording three albums in the early eighties, because of his substance abuse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DaD…
Today I learned about Clive Wearing who suffers from both Retrograde and Anterograde Amnesia, meaning he remembers nothing from before his Amnesia, and is unable to create new memories since his Amnesia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Our conscious experience of deciding to act happens after the brain has already set the act in motion. So, what we perceive to be the present moment is actually a memory. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
There is a specific way to verbally pay respect to someone from the Jewish faith who has died (zikhrono/zikhronah livrakha, meaning β€œMay his/her memory be a blessing”) myjewishlearning.com/arti…
In 2015, KFC ran a promotional bucket campaign called the "Memory Bucket". This bucket could receive pictures from bluetooth and print out pictures of you and your friends eating their chicken. This was to celebrate the 60th anniversary of KFC in Canada. cnet.com/videos/kfc-memor…
Neuroscientists have been "able to completely eliminate fear memories in mice" nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Certain versions of the Wii, specifically the ones manufactured before 2011, support GameCube games, controllers, and memory cards. nintendo.co.uk/Support/Wi…
Today I learned of Craig Williamson, a Florida man who was watching "Unsolved Mysteries" and recognized himself as the missing person in Colorado. He claimed he was beaten in a robbery and developed amnesia. He was later reunited with his wife whom he had no memory of. Police are skeptical of the story. decider.com/2018/06/26/te…
Today I learned about Memory of Mankind, a sophisticated time capsule project in Austria designed to last a million years. The designers made a system for the capsule to be discovered by a future society and even planned for the possibility of it being discovered by alien life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
There is a teenager who was kicked in the head. As a result her memory resets every two hours, meaning she wakes up thinking every day is 11 June. news.yahoo.com/teenager-m…
In order to get the fluid and cartoonish animations that 'Crash Bandicoot' required, programmers found a way to hack into the hardware of the Sony Playstation and exploited built-in code libraries to maximize the available memory for the game arstechnica.com/gaming/20…
Ted Jorgenson abandoned his son shortly after his birth. A reporter managed to find Ted, who owns a bike shop, and asked about his son. He had no clue who his son was, and upon refreshing his memory Ted asked if he's still alive. His son ended up being the richest man on earth, Jeff Bezos. businessinsider.com/jeff-…
"Libations," the practice of pouring out alcohol in memory of those who have "passed on" was common in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. "Pouring one out for the homies" is a custom over 3,000 years old and is mentioned in the Bible, the The Iliad, and The Odyssey. vinepair.com/wine-blog/li…
Today I learned about patient HM (Henry Molaison) who could not form any new memories after a part of hippocampus from his brain was removed in order to treat his epilepsy. His case contributed significantly to our understanding of memory functions. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
There is a religion called Last Thursdayism that believes that our entire universe, with all of us and our collective memories was created just Last Thursday. last-thursday.org/
Measles can cause immune amnesia. When infected with Measles the virus replaces your memory cells with new ones and essentially resets your immune system. You are then not only infected with Measles but are susceptible to infections that you previously had built immunity to. asm.org/Articles/2019/May…
Scientists improved the intelligence of old mice, by infusing them with blood from young humans. Young blood led to improved brain function and reversed symptoms of ageing. It helped reduce memory loss; and slowed the decline in muscle function, metabolism and bone structure. nature.com/news/young-hum…
Today I learned about Mary Bowser, a former slave with a photographic memory who lived in the Confederate President's house during the Civil War. She was part of the Richmond spy ring and credited for getting the most valuable information of all the spies during the war. www-washingtonpost-com.cd…
Braces use a shape memory alloy that activate in response to body heat. The pulling sensation you feel is the metal trying to get back to its original shape. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of autistic savant Mark DeFriest, aka Houdini of FL. Arrested on a minor charge as a teen, he got a life sentence from escapes/attempts & pranks. He made a zip gun from a toothpaste tube, replicated keys from memory. In & out of prison since 1978, 27 yrs in solitary; he's in prison to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…

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