Weekly Memory Challenge

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The Weekly Memory Challenge is an idea to create a set of information to be memorized every week. See also the Rapid Language Learning Project.

This page is a place to brainstorm ideas of things to memorize. One set of information would be memorized in a week.

Historical Data

(For this topic, the memorization of detail history timelines could provide a framework for absorbing more information about the subject later.)

  • timeline of Roman history - list of Emperors
  • timeline of Chinese history - list of dynasties
  • timeline of World War I
  • timeline of World War II
  • Add your ideas here

World Data

  • Presidents and vice presidents of the US, including dates and other information
  • Stats on countries around the world (country name, capital, population, government type, year founded, basic history, leader)
  • The 20 longest rivers in the world
  • The 20 highest mountains in the world
  • Populations of the 20 most populated countries of the world
  • All of the capital cities and their corresponding countries

Biographical Information

(For this topic, I am picturing memorizing timelines of major events in a famous person’s life. Add your suggestions below.)

  • add a list of interesting people here

Sports Data

Baseball stats

  • Teams standings (wins, losses, pct, runs for, runs allowed, streaks)
  • Individual player stats (batting avg, RBI, wins, saves, ERA)
  • Top 100 on the all-time home run list. Number - Name - Home Runs (as of Start Day) - Jersey Number - Team (current or last)

Movie Data

  • Names and faces challenge on Star Wars characters
  • List of Oscars/Golden Globes or other awards given per year
  • add ideas here

Art and Music Data

  • Years of the musical periods of Western Music - Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century
  • Birth year and death year of the best known composers - Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Gershwin, Vivaldi, Corelli, Telemann, Saint-Saens, Mahler, Rachmaninov
  • Music theory - scales (intervals), chords

Literature and Language

(See also the Rapid Language Learning Project.)

  • English vocabulary
  • English grammar
  • Kanji (e.g., how many of the top Kanji can a person learn in a week?)
  • non-Latin scripts (e.g., set #1: Arabic-Farsi-Urdu; set #2: katakana-hiragana; set #3: Hebrew-Yiddish-Phoenician)
  • add ideas here

Computer Programming

  • Programming Theory
  • Ruby on Rails


  • Anatomy – names of muscles and bones in the body
  • Periodic Table of Elements
  • stars/constellations and astronomy in general
  • Table of geologic time


  • add ideas here


  • Desiderata (46 lines) + High Flight (14 lines)
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (626 lines)

Great Ideas

(E.g., topic in philosophy, science, psychology, sociology. We could use a study guide to create an outline.)

  • list of logical fallacies
  • list of constellations and their layouts

Other Ideas

Other subjects to consider: biology, math, economics, art, architectural terms, music, ecology, chemistry, physics, engineering, geology, geomorphology, botany, Books of the Bible, Riddles, etc.

See also the ideas on what to memorize discussion in the forum.