I’m fascinated by memory, and clearly I’m not alone, judging from the large number of movies, stories, songs and such that feature themes of memory. Or loss of memory. Here’s a ThThTh list of some things I can remember:
- The poem about Guy Fawkes day:
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
- remember the Alamo!
- mnemonic devices: phrases, poems or other sayings used to aid the memory for specific facts, such as:
- Roy G. Biv (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet: the order of colors in the rainbow)
- homes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior: i.e. the Great Lakes)
(more mnemonic devices here)
- string tied around a finger: if you need to remember something, you can tie a string around your finger as a reminder that there was something you were supposed to remember. This relies on you being able to remember what it was that you hoped to remember.
- souvenir: a keepsake or memento, typically from a visit to a place to which one has travelled. From the French verb souvenir, “to remember”
- memento: an object kept to remember a time, place or event. From the latin remember:
L. memento “remember,” imperative of meminisse “to remember,” a reduplicated form, related to mens “mind.” Meaning “reminder, warning” is from 1582; sense of “keepsake” is first recorded 1768. (from etymology online)
- Memento (2000): a movie about a man who loses his ability to form new memories.
- The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): a movie in which people can undergo a process of selective memory erasure.
- Chester Tate: A character on the 70s TV show Soap who spends several episodes with amnesia.
- “Tabula Rasa,” a Buffy episode: A spell gone awry causes the main characters to forget who they are. Hilarity ensues. (Seriously, it’s a really fun, funny episode.)
- “The Forget me Knot,” an episode of The Avengers in which Emma Peel forgets who she is. (This was Diana Rigg’s last episode on the series.)
- “Forget Me Not,” an amnesia episode of Gilligan’s Island (Okay, I didn’t actually remember this one, guessed that there was an amnesia episode.)
- For that matter, there are probably plenty of episodes from sci-fi shows like those in the Star Trek and Star Gate universes.
- The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996): Geena Davis plays an amnesiac ex-spy
- The Bourne Identity (2002): Matt Damon plays an amnesiac ex-spy
- Who am I?/Wo shi shei (1998): Jackie Chan plays an amnesiac spy.
- Total Recall (1990) Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a spy whose memories were re-written
- lots more movies and shows with a memory (or loss of memory) theme can be found here:
- “I Don’t Remember,” a song by Peter Gabriel
I don’t remember, I don’t recall
I got no memory of anything at all
- “I can’t forget,” a song by Leonard Cohen. I can’t forget, but I don’t remember what.
- “Only a Memory,” a song by the Smithereens
- The Persistence of Memory: famous Salvador Dalí painting with melting watches
- memory: a card game also known by the name “concentration”
- memory: a computer component for storing data
- Remember when Chris Farley interviewed people? Remember how he interviewed Paul McCartney? That was awesome.
Chris Farley: You remember when you were with the Beatles?
Paul McCartney: Yes.
Chris Farley: That was awesome.