Friday Fun: Memory

I know we’ve met many times,
but what was your name again?
Let’s laugh the whole thing off

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Friday Funnies Series

Quick Intro before we get to the Funnies

What we can and cannot recall at any particular time depends on a lot of factors . . .

our generation … our cultural imperatives … what sticks out among the familiar … the time of day and how much sleep we’ve had lately … whether we are well-hydrated — even what we ate for breakfast.

Unfortunately, the mechanics of human memory still remain a mystery to the science crowd.

They now know a great many more things, however, for example:

* THAT memories are not stored in one part of the brain alone – nouns, names & faces are stored in different areas (and some brains have trouble with ALL of them)

* THAT bits of memories are distributed — each time they are recalled they are reconsolidated anew

* THAT how we feel and think when we recall them changes memory’s bits and bytes — which is why eye-witness testimony is not reliable

* THAT more recent memories become tougher to recall as we age, even when we can vividly remember what happened much earlier in great detail, and

* THAT attention and focus (and sleep) are essential for effective long-term storage. If we are paying attention elsewhere, storage for recall is iffy (and when we don’t sleep, brain filing is a crapshoot) — even our own promises to our significant others

But that is ALL little consolation when they can’t help us with CRS:
that disabling “disorder” when we
Can’t Remember Stuff.

Related ComicWinter Food Storage

All is not lost

Source: Wrong Hands

Fortunately, there are quite a few brain-based explanations and work-arounds for memory’s glitches.

I continue to share a great many coaching tips and tricks to help with more reliable storage and recall (and I’ve included links in this post to some of my longer, more serious articles on memory).

Today, however, we’re going to temper our frustrations with a quick bit of humor.
How many of the situations below have you experienced in YOUR life?

Oh, and after today, Funnies post only occasionally

Reminding you of what I disclosed in last Friday’s introduction to this series, Funnies about Perspective: unlike the ongoing Sunday Smiles and Monday Funnies you’ll find on Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog, my Friday Funnies will show up only occasionally, usually clustered around a theme.

If I get the feeling that things have gotten a tad serious here in the world – or on – get ready for another hit of humor, most likely another Friday Funny.


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This Friday’s theme: Memory

WTF . . .

ALL brain memes from

Unreasonable Requests

PFC Shutdown in Response to Stress

Cognitive decline as we age?

Night Games

Dangers of forgetting what DAY it is



How the brain works


In Sync


NO explanation needed

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

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  10. Another awesome post….I am soooooo impressed that you have such comprehensive and incredible posts….that this is free is such a gift for all…just so generous of you to take the time and effort to deliver exemplary information, education, entertainment….you are amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • How wonderful to read this lavish acknowledgment – especially today, since things have been especially tough in my own life for a few months (why I decided to post something humorous instead of informative as we headed into the weekend – I needed the chuckles!)

      Thank you so VERY much for reading and taking the time from your own busy life to comment. You are a doll!

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      • It’s my privilege and pleasure….it’s interesting to find that many of us have been wrestling with challenges of late…not that I want anyone to struggle, but it helps to know that we can share it with others….I tend to keep that kind of thing to myself in my day-to-day life….thanks for sharing and thanks for supporting/encouraging 🙂

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        • We both tend to reach out to offer support during times when we need it ourselves, I’ve noticed. Sometimes it really helps — and sometimes I jokingly refer to it as a core symptom of “helper’s disease” lol 🙂

          Today’s political climate has many of us struggling in arenas beyond the “same-ole’- same-ole’.” I know my concern for America has complicated my own challenges considerably.

          Thanks again for YOUR support.

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          • Yes, giving is our nature….it’s like breathing and is so fulfilling…helper’s disease….yes, there’s that, too….there comes a point where we just need time to take care of ourselves…that’s complicated when your profession is that of full-time helper….I love what I do on my good days, and I do what I must on rough days…it’s just that the rough days are hanging on of late….clients are more troubled than usual these past couple months…my heart goes out to all who are suffering…I could use a couple weeks off, but the timing doesn’t allow for that to happen right now…thankfully, Easter will mean a 4 day weekend…take care, my friend…you are in my thoughts…

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            • You hit the nail on the head: “I love what I do on my good days, and I do what I must on rough days.”

              I’m sorry to read that you, too, are finding it tough to motor on these days, but not surprised. The uptick that most of the helping professions are seeing due to the practically dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and PTSD triggering (primarily from those with a history of Narc-abuse) is a large part of it, I believe — as a result of the non-stop actions of the fear-based hate-monger at the top. My kingdom for a strong roll of duct tape and somebody brave enough to use it!

              A couple of weeks off? I can only dream! A couple of DAYS off would be nice, however. Enjoy your time over the Easter break.


  11. Bernadette says:

    I never can remember names. I can remember everything about you – except your name. My dear friend always remembers names and says talking to me is like playing Jeopardy. I give her all the hints and she gives the name.


    • Same here with names and nouns. And numbers – birthdays, phone, etc. Throw in a touch of face blindness and it’s a wonder new acquaintances EVER want to get to know me better. 🙂 Remind me what we spoke of, however,and it pops right in – usually. ::sigh::

      Jeopardy – lol – I’ll take “doohickeys and thingamabobs” for $100.


  12. I use lots of little triggers to help my memory. While moving around my home to get something? Chant to yourself what you are going to get. Even several things until you have gotten them all.

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    • Good one! Thanks for sharing. Necessity is the mother of invention, huh?

      When we have to go back (or do without) enough times, we make friends with compensating – eventually – and only if we’re smart! Only the stubborn (and the young) choose to live in denial. 🙂

      I often “mime the verb” — i.e., if I’m getting scissors I make a cutting motion with my fingers – coffee, a drinking movement with hand and arm, etc. I have long noted that kinesthetic memory is the most *reliable* for most people, even if their dominant modality is something else.

      I can see that your system makes much better sense for you. Verbal anchors are extremely reliable for me as well. Those visual tricks that a few gurus are crazy about are worthless for me.

      We each need to understand how we work to be able to work *around* how we don’t ::big grin::


  13. dgkaye says:

    Now those were darned good funnies, lol. Sadly, I can relate to some of them, lol. Sheesh, I can remember 50 years ago, but ask me what I ate for dinner last night, I”m stumped! 🙂 ❤

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    • I was just invited to join a book club – my first meeting tonight and, although the book was recently read by all, you might think we were trying to recall a book read long ago if you’d been a fly in the wall for the discussion. 🙂

      I recalled story and dialogue well, but names escaped me; another had all the names at the ready, but might as well have read another book about these characters for all she remembered about the story. A memory researcher would have had a field day!

      btw- are any of your books available in the library? I will eventually have my turn at suggesting the next book, but “library only” is the rule in this club.

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  14. bethbyrnes says:

    Madelyn, I will have to read your other articles on memory now (if I remember to, LOL!).

    I worry the minute I forget something and it is happening. I think my issue is definitely lack of sleep. I get less than ideal sleep chronically for a variety of reasons. Sleep is so important for many bodily healing and functioning processes that it is a shame so many things interfere with it. Even if I wake up once during the night, my mind starts whirring and I have trouble falling back asleep. Sigh.

    Usually when things get serious “out there”, I go shopping or take pictures and do the artwork involved in processing them. Humor when things are serious doesn’t help me. That is why I finally stopped watching Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher. Can’t find our current situation funny.

    But I liked your cartoons here. Nice Friday blog idea!


    • Sleep is HUGE – memories don’t consolidate when we are awake, so lots slips through the cracks. I awaken several times each night (micro-bladder!), but I seem to practically sleep-walk to the bathroom and back; I am snoozing again almost the minute my head hits the pillow. It’s that first transition that takes forever for me – BBS (busy brain syndrome lol).

      I’m with you about “our current situation” — had to stop watching everything – but still keeping up online in written form. I’d shop with you if my purse were a tad better stocked – lol. I’m watching my pennies these days. Cartoons serve as a quick distraction for me, thank goodness – but only stills. Never have cared much for cartoon shorts (even movies, for the most part).

      I appreciate the visit and the comment, Beth.


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  16. I needed funny , engaging visuals today to keep my spirits up. Thanks for providing those.
    Thanks also for commenting on my blog. It is hard to find your blog from your comments– is it possible to directly link the comments you leave, to your blog?

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    • Yeah – this has been a horrendous week, news wise, so even people whose lives are on an even keel need a bit of a break. I did, in any case.

      Always happy to include a link, but don’t unless invited — so many bloggers consider it spam. You are always welcome to do the same here, btw (but keep it to one per comment or the spam-police will auto-whisk the post and I’ll never see it to approve — I get SO much link-spam).

      Eager to see that NaNoWriMo novel published.


  17. Eugenia says:

    I just love this blog. Always interesting and upbeat!

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  18. CalicoJack says:

    Howdy Madelyn!

    Memory is one of favorite topics because of it effects all of us, and it is so malleable. I’ll definitely be borrowing some of these memes and other funnies for my unit on memory. Thanks for the post!


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  19. mistermuse says:

    Someone once said, “There are three kinds of memory: good, bad, and convenient.” If you ask me, “convenient” more often seems a way of forgetting (not that anyone asked me — at least, not that I remember).

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  20. joliesattic says:

    Oh can I relate. My son, (who we’ve spoken about) would not jot down phone messages or phone numbers, claiming he could remember them. I tested that theory once and he was spot on. Several calls with different numbers and he had them all right. BTW, he is being evaluated and he gets the results next week. He’s excited to get the help.

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    • LOVE hearing this!

      I hope his doc is fully EFD-literate and doesn’t over-value your son’s number recall. Be sure to take A LIST of struggles – you think you’ll remember them all for sure, but nobody really does – and sometimes the ones left out are the ones that help the doc nail the dx on the first visit.

      I’m a stuttering wonder with numbers, but WORDS – I can tell you the meaning of a bazillion of ’em — if you call out the word.

      But sometimes my brain’s librarian is on a break when I need to check out! (fortunately, I can usually find another with a similar meaning – often before anyone else notices my stutter, too)

      I’ll be eager to hear what about his results. GOOD FOR HIM for checking things out!

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  21. Mary Smith says:

    These made me smile. The one with the golfers made me laugh out loud.
    Your site looks interesting – still trying to work my way around it.

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  22. Made me laugh – a great start to my day. Thank you 🙂 xx

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  23. Amazing Post.
    Some fun shall I add..
    It is so long as you scroll the brain is forgetting as to what is on top 😀😘

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  24. GP Cox says:

    Ah-ha, been watching me again, haven’t you!! I either describe my memory as ‘swiss-cheese’ or my brain as my ‘black hole’ (everything goes in – but nothing comes out!!)

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  25. robjodiefilogomo says:

    My stepmom (the 60’s model on my blog) and I were just talking about this. Because both of her parents had Alzheimers so she always worries when she can’t remember things.
    But I do think there are so many times that I’m trying to do too much and thus I forget something. I find I need to concentrate on the item at hand, and then I remember it so much better.

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    • So true, Jodie. The link between attention and memory is HUGE! I’ll see if I can find one of my articles that talks about that for her. (She can also click the memory linklist link below – lots of comforting info there)

      BIG HINT: multi-modal attending.

      Example: Say it aloud — it may not work as well with names (or numbers) others SAY to you, but it’s surprising how well it works with actions.

      Like: “I’m putting my hat on the chair” AS you put it there (so you don’t forget to plop it on your head before you’re half-way to your car!)


  26. “Unreasonable requests” is about my husband! Funny, but I have just taught the memory model last week, including attribution and interference.Let’s see how much they remember by midterm!

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    • LOL – my late father, too!

      I always love teaching memory – learning about it probably saved my “steel sieve brain” sanity, many years ago now. (lol 🙂 Remembering what they learned about memory – that got in late!)

      I’m always surprised (and sorely disappointed) at how many of the so-called “memory experts” advise one single technique to solve all kinds of memory glitches, swearing that it will work for everyone just because it works well for them (and well *enough* for a subset of folks who sing their praises).

      And then there is the gross misunderstanding of “everyone is visual” and all those supposed memory gurus making videos and doing TED talks showing how great their little “create a visual all over your body from your grocery list” technique works because *they* can remember so well with that technique.

      Probably making a fortune off a bazillion poor schlubs who are still trying and still frustrated. Frosts my grapes!!

      Question – you probably don’t have many left-overs, but are any of your recipes good the next day? (single here – like to cook once, eat several times) Any do NOT keep well?

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      • I am answering the Jewish way, right to left, or from the end to the beginning. Most of my recipes keep very well, and sometimes I make a large batch, portion it out and freeze. Soups are usually made for 2 – 3 days. Salads are good fresh, obviously, but many appetizers are good for a couple of days, refrigerated of course. Same goes for most main courses.

        The “everybody is visual” concept that glutted teachers education with graphic organizers and made a travesty of textbooks is my pet peeve as well. What do you do with all the kids who suffer from visual processing disorders? What about kids with reading disabilities? Just because the concept is tangible, it is easy to sell.

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        • We have so many similar likes and dislikes. Even without disorders, there are those of us whose other ways of processing memories are stronger, so we do better relying on those than trying to learn to process visually. ::sigh::

          And THEN there are visual processors who get overwhelmed with visuals, so need things “quiet” to think.

          A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Add ego and marketing and there goes the neighborhood!

          Thanks for the “keep well” info, btw.


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