As kids, we used to memorize many things in school and at home that we still remember, even though they’re probably useless now.

A user asked the forum, “What’s something that you still had memorized from when you were younger but don’t use anymore?” Here are the top responses. 


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“The sentence ‘My Very Easy Method Just Sums Up Nine Planets.’ It is perfect to remember the order of planets from the Sun.”


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“I can still recite the dialogue from my fifth-grade play. Even though I don’t think I’ll be playing the role of a talking tree anytime soon.’


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“My grandparent’s phone number. My grandma made me memorize their phone number. In case I ever got lost, I could call them. It happened back in the eighties.

They always kept their number the same and never moved. That number and my cell phone number are the only two numbers I know without looking them up.”


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“The opening rap to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”


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“Kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species. My teacher didn’t even put it on the test. I was angry.”


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“I learned a song in 5th grade where all the states are in order. The 50 Nifty United States: ‘Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Co-net-eeeeeeee-cutttt do, do, do.’

If you remove the song, you have all the states in order. Comes in handy once in a blue moon in Jeopardy or Pub trivia (how many states start with New or the letter M).”


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“80 digits of pi. Memorized them in 4th grade, used 3.14 in school, and never needed it again.”


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“The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.”


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“I remember the address and phone number of the house I grew up in.”


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“The United States Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks, American public school system.”


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“Pythagorean theorem.”


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“I used to know every book of the Bible in order, thanks to a priest who bet me I couldn’t do it. I still can name 80% of them in order. I am not super religious; I just went to a Catholic school for a while and was a stubborn kid who hated someone saying, ‘I couldn’t do something.’


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“The number for Pizza Hut. They had a catchy song on their television advertisement in ’90s Australia.”


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“Don’t even get me started on this. The Constitution of the United States (We the People) In 2nd grade, the class was forced to memorize that, and whoever memorized it first got a full-size Candy Bar. Guess who memorized it first? Me, of course, I requested a Butterfinger, but if I look back at it now, it shows how small-town American I was raised.”


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“I graduated college in 2008; I recently had to get a copy of my transcript for a job, and when the lady at the counter asked me for my student identification number, I could recite it without hesitation. 

I swear to God, if I go senile and forget my family members, I’ll remember that number right up until my death.”

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