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The Memory Disorder that Everyone Wants
by Roger On June 14, 2017

Everyone has seen the television trope of the genius who remembers everything he or she has ever read or encountered. It seems like some type of Hollywood superpower made up for the sake of saving time because the show is only 30 minutes long. Actually, a super memory is something a small percentage of people all over the world possesses. Hyperthymesia, or Total Memory Recall, is the trait of having an overly acute autobiographical memory. Basically, those who have hyperthymesia remember every encounter they have ever had, every moment in their lives, in perfect detail. Only about 12 people in recorded history have ever been diagnosed with hyperthymesia. Below is a quick synopsis of how this disorder works and an overview of a couple cases of people diagnosed with hyperthymesia.

Characteristics of Hyperthymesia

Like most abnormal brain conditions, hyperthymesia comes with the good and the bad. There are obvious advantages to remembering everything which has ever happened in one’s life. Firstly, the memories usually start around puberty, which means that the important aspects of a person’s adult life will likely fall within the realm of his or her extraordinary memory. Furthermore, never forgetting anything means never having to write anything down. Dates, like birthdays or anniversaries, as well as conversations shared between friends and family come into the brain as if they has just happened. Unfortunately, for some who have been diagnosed with hyperthymesia, building and maintaining relationships is difficult. This is understandable because it must be difficult to argue or disagree with someone who is literally always right.

Another issue which plagues those with total memory recall is wandering thoughts. It is not easy for those with total memory recall to stay on task. Think about it this way: when making eggs and toast for breakfast, it doesn’t typically bring up any significant memories for everyday people. However, making eggs and toast for someone with hyperthymesia means they can easily start to remember every other time they have ever had eggs and toast. This can mean a lot of perfectly detailed memories all playing in quick succession. This disruption can happen in any daily situation or interaction. To top it off, hyperthymestic individuals often lack the ability to control the association of their thoughts according to researchers in California. This can cause prolonged, uncontrollable lapses in time during which an individual is simply remembering past associations.

Notable Cases of Hyperthymesia

Jill Price
The first recorded case of hyperthymesia was that of Jill Price of Southern California who was studied by researchers in the state for her extraordinary memory. She can remember every aspect of her life beginning on February 5, 1980. She was 14 years old at that time. While doctors have hypothesized that her condition can be explained as a highly intricate form of obsessive compulsive disorder, Price herself rejects that claim. A book she co-wrote about her condition entitled The Woman Who Can’t Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science explains her condition in her own words along with some of the struggles that come about while living with hyperthymesia.

Aurelien Hayman
This British man was diagnosed with hyperthymesia at 20 years of age and holds his total memory recall in a different regard than his American counterpart. He sees his diagnosis as a gift and, while an interesting trait, it does not affect his life so much that he would consider it negative. For example, as a university student, he stated that because the disorder only helps him remember personal details of his life, that it is virtually obsolete when it comes to his schoolwork as an English literature major. A documentary about his life entitled The Boy Who Can’t Forget was aired in 2012 and can still be found online.

Final Thoughts

Hyperthymesia, while seeming to be a great blessing, can be a hard disorder to have for some. In this case, its beauty is truly in the eye of its beholder. While some, like Jill Price, may struggle with the diagnosis, others may see it as an endless possibility. Alas, we can’t all have perfect memories, so it is important to remember that we do all we can to care for the imperfect ones we possess.

Worst Shark Tank Products Ever
by Roger On June 7, 2017

It’s 2017 and everyone wants to brand themselves and their business in a way that sets them apart. With so many products on the market, half of what it takes to get your business off the ground is having a marketable, interesting product. Unfortunately, the creators of these five products missed the memo. The best pitch in the world couldn’t save these items from being eaten alive by the sharks.

5. Elephant chat: Do you ever miss the way it felt when your mom made you and your sibling talk through a fight by taking turns whilst she presided? If so, you’ll love Elephant Chat. Except the elephant is your mom and you have to hold it while you air your grievances with your spouse. We wish we were kidding. Turns out the only “elephant in the room” was what a terrible idea this was.

4. 180 Cup: Every college students’ worst nightmare come to life, the 180 Cup is a plastic cup which, when flipped over, has a shot glass on the bottom. The problem lies in the constant flipping over of the cup. Spoiler alert: any party utilizing 180 Cup ends with more booze on shoes than in stomachs and will go down in history as the worst party ever.

3. Wake ’n’ Bacon: This wooden alarm clock cooks your bacon for you when it wakes you up. Now, stop and think about all the horrible parts of that sentence. Firstly, a wooden alarm clock is cooking bacon. We’re surprised that sentence itself didn’t just burst into flames, so it’s only a matter of time before someone’s home does. Secondly, that bacon will have to be loaded into the cooking mechanism before bed. That means breakfast now consists of bacon that sat, raw and waiting to be cooked, for hours in a bedroom. Lastly the proud, if not burned or food poisoned, victim/owner of the Wake ’n’ Bacon will now have a room which constantly smells like greasy bacon. This is the trifecta of breakfast horrors.

2. Ionic Ear: The only item on this list which will turn you into a cyborg, the Ionic Ear is a bluetooth headset which is fitted inside the human ear and charged at night. A quick one-time surgery means no more fussing with your Bluetooth headset or device.*

*Additional surgery required for all upgrades.

1. No Fly Cone: This super sleek cone sits on top of your dog’s poop to keep flies out of your yard! Magic! It’s almost as if properly disposing of dog mess will never be necessary again. Instead, dog owners can leave hundreds of little cones around their backyard and then… well… leave them there we guess. Maybe just stick with throwing it away.