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Sunday Musings #94

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.

– Steven Wright


Adding to this, I’d say that one’s memory deteriorates with age, due to over-exposure!

Sometimes the film gets stuck and you can’t rewind the spool to access the photos.

And we all know how photos fade over time. Just look at some of your grandparents, in blurry faded sepia prints.


Joking aside, I did know someone once with a photographic memory, at school. She could simply read through her notes the night before an exam, and then be able to recall each page to re-read it in her head and answer her exam papers.

I was so jealous!

My short term memory has always been bad. (Someone told me this was because I had filled it up as a kid . . . ?) For me to remember anything, it has to go into my long term memory. This takes time and a lot of effort. I’d have to swot for exams for many weeks/months beforehand.

However, it does mean that I can still recall odd bits that I learnt years ago. For example, one time I was home sick in bed with acute tonsillitis, but exams were looming, so I had my books out all over my bed, swotting away.

I did not like Biology, as it was pure parrot-fashion learning and regurgitating. I preferred Chemistry and Physics, which were more Maths based and therefore even if you learnt everything by heart, you still had to figure out the puzzle of the science; and I love puzzles!

Well, there I was, lying sick in bed, aged 13, with my soul-destroying Biology book open before me, committing useless facts to memory. And you know what? I can still quote you the line I was forcing into my unwilling brain, all those years ago.

Locomotion occurs when energy is provided by the breakdown of glucose during cell respiration.

I guess some things are burned so deep into the film that they have penetrated to the camera case!!


Sunday Musings #93

Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.

– Alison Boulter


It is one of the quirks of human nature that we all want to belong, while still being that special and unique snowflake!


Side note: It is Mother’s Day here in SA. I think that all women should be celebrated all of the time; because though we may not be unique, we are special, and mostly underrated.


Sunday Musings #92

Hey, I’ll be back in 5 minutes, but if I’m not, just read this message again.

– Anon


hehe I love the unexpected and the absurd.

If I saw this notice in a shop window, I’d laugh out loud!

I have often wondered, when reading such a sign as “Back in 5 minutes”, if they really will be. I usually go away and do something else and then return after much longer than 5 minutes, so I never know if they were true to their word or not!

Hey, if you comment below, I’ll respond in 5 minutes, but if I haven’t, just read this again!


Sunday Musings #91

Forgetfulness is the brain’s way of safeguarding against obesity due to a sedentary lifestyle as you age.

– Scifi


How many times do you have to go back into a room to fetch the item you first went for, because you came away with something else?

It’s about 20 metres from my lounge to the bedroom; 40 metres round trip. I walk this repeatedly to fetch variously; my book; coffee mug; cell phone; laptop; crossword puzzles etc; each time returning with a different item than the one I originally wanted. When you factor in failed trips to the kitchen, other rooms and garden, I certainly get my exercise!

Anyone else out there clocking up the miles this way?

Please tell me I’m not alone!


Sunday Musings #90

Everything is funny as long as it’s happening to someone else.

– Will Rogers


I remember when I was about twelve years old, walking to the bus station with my best friend after school one day. It was winter, so it was dark and it was snowing.

We chatted away together, which made the freezing cold walk pass more quickly. Suddenly, my friend was no longer there!

I looked around, then down. She was flat on her back on the pavement, having slipped on some ice.

I burst out laughing! This was the funniest thing; the surprise of it; but mostly, that it hadn’t happened to me!

Of course, I helped her up and checked that she wasn’t seriously hurt: no bones broken (but you don’t break so easily when you’re young.) I was still laughing as I dusted the snow off her gabardine raincoat. She was cross, understandably, with falling in the first place, and with her best friend still laughing at her.

But I couldn’t help myself. I believe this is referred to as relief laughter. Or as Will Rogers says above, “Everything is funny as long as it’s happening to someone else!”