Famous Memory Test

A famous memory test created by playwright Samuel Foote. See how well you can remember.


The following nonsense passage was invented by English dramatist Samuel Foote (1720-1777) to test the memory of veteran actor Charles Macklin, who claimed he could remember anything after reading it once. In the process of writing the passage, Foote coined the word panjandrum, a self-important or pretentious official. As for Macklin, he gave up after reading the paragraph. See if you can do better.

So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage leaf to make an apple pie, and at the same time a great she-bear came running up the street and popped its head into the shop. "What! no soap?" So he died, and she--very imprudently--married the barber. And there were present the Picninnies, the Jobjillies, the Garyulies, and the Grand Panjandrum, himself with the little red button atop, and they all fell to playing the game of catch-as-catch-can till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots.

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