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Think You Have a Good Memory? Meet the Human Wikipedia

Liz Dwyer

Think you have a pretty good memory? It probably pales in comparison to that of a Brit named Steve J. Ellison. Homemade internet reality show creator Charles Trippy met Ellison while in London and discovered that Ellison "can remember the birth year and death year of any famous person in history." Watching folks looking up the most random famous people they can and giving Ellison the birth and death year and then seeing him instantly reply with a name is pretty mind-blowing.

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  • Alex Gorosh

    I like how they call him the 'Human Wikipedia' instead of the 'Human Encyclopedia'. Sign of the times, I guess.

    Cool video though, that guy is insane.

    • Liz Dwyer

      So very true, although I saw one of the comments on YouTube said he should be the "human obituary"--which is pretty funny. I really wonder how he does it!