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Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 06:10 am


The search for the world’s best memory athletes


As host of the Superior Memory Project, Washington University in St. Louis has invited the world’s foremost megaminds to the Midwest.

A man in a fedora walks into an empty classroom on the second floor of a building on Washington University’s campus and waits in the darkened room. He has never been here before – not to this classroom, not even to St. Louis.

The professor arrives and flicks on a light. Soon students dressed in the 8 a.m. class uniform of track pants and sweatshirts begin to trickle through the door. As each enters the room, the fedora man walks over and introduces himself with a handshake. Before long the entire room is a din of chatter and tapping laptop keys. There are roughly 40 students assembled...

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