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People share 10 basic things they memorized when they were younger but don't use as adults

Sometimes, we put in a lot of effort to memorize things as kids but as we grow up, they stop having relevance in our lives.

People share 10 basic things they memorized when they were younger but don't use as adults
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Memorizing simple things

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Max Fischer

Growing up, we are made to learn a lot of things. Whether it is the correct address of our homes, the periodic table, or a bunch of important phone numbers that can now be easily saved in our smartphones. Sometimes we have learned them so hard that we can't even forget them as adults. Even though these pieces of information are pretty much useless to most of us now as grown-ups, we still take pride in being able to memorize them as kids. u/Pea_fab asked the Reddit community: "What’s something that you still have memorized from when you were younger but don’t use anymore?" And here are some of the interesting answers left behind by people that might give you a hit of nostalgia.

1. Memorizing the names and orders of planets

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Kindel Media

My Very Easy Method Just Sums Up Nine Planets. (Order or planets from the sun) RIP Pluto. u/angie897. Many Vile Earthlings Munch Jam Sandwiches Under Newspaper Piles. I guess now you could just drop the “piles”, whack an s at the end of “newspaper” and it will still work. u/Jolly_Cantalouper. I remember being pissed as a kid that Pluto was out. It was my favorite planet and I felt that its feelings were probably hurt because it got kicked out of the plant group. This was obviously weird but I was a kid. u/erin_baile.

2. Learning the alphabets

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Magda ehlers

So that’s the story from A to Z, you wanna get with me you gotta listen carefully. We got Em in the place who likes it in your face, we got G like MC who likes it on an Easy V doesn’t come for free (she’s a real lady), and as for me, ah you’ll see. u/pleetf7. I was driving a vanload of kids, maybe 11-15 years old, to an event last weekend. On the way home, they asked if they could play music through their speaker, and I said they could as long as it was good music. This was one of the songs they played, along with George Michael. The kids are ok. A four-hour return trip in a month, I can not wait. u/Buttercup23nz

3. Trying to make math seem fun

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | JESHOOTS.com

Math is easy, math is fun, the slope of a line is rise over run. u/EquipmentFormal2033. My algebra teacher taught us to rise over run by saying, “First you rise from your bed, then you run to the bathroom!” and I think about it nearly every morning when I wake up and have to pee. u/peepumsn4stygum. Chief SOHCAHTOA. Some Old Horse Came A Hoppin' Through Our Alley. I took the GRE long after I was out of school mode and forgot all the shortcuts, I'm sitting here re-deriving trig from a unit circle until I realized the test had a time limit. u/PUNCHCAT

4. Rap verses

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Image Source: Lindsay Lohan, Lacey Chabert and Rachel McAdams from "Mean Girls" (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

The Kevin G rap from Mean Girls. u/Joanie_skye. I heard it again yesterday because instead of a horror movie my friends thought it would be great to watch Mean Girls for Halloween (my girlfriend already made me watch it once and yet I still was not prepared to hear that again) u/rwkgaming. This should be used more in everyday life honestly. I should watch that movie again. u/chronicallytiredgirl

5. School plays

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Daisy Anderson

I can still recite the dialogue from my fifth-grade play. Even though I don't think I'll be playing the role of a talking tree anytime soon. u/bleakreins1. I can still recite Jabberwocky from when I auditioned as Alice in 11th grade. I only ever pull it out when I'm alone in my car for a little dose of theatrics to my day. u/yonderposerbreaks. My kindergarten Christmas lines are still in my head, I was supposed to be the candy cane but last minute had to switch to the poinsettia and was so stressed to learn the lines last minute they are forever in bedded: "I am a Christmas poinsettia, A lovely red and green, Am I not the prettiest flower That you have ever seen?" u/Toxic_citizeN

6. Phone numbers

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My grandparent's phone number. u/DustySaloon5. Came here to say this! Grandpa died in 2009 but I still remember the number I learned back in 1996. It actually saved me once when I was 6, my dad forgot to pick me up from kindergarten and the only number I knew was Grandad's, so called him and he got right in his car and came to pick me up. Never gonna forget no! He makes me hope there is an afterlife where I get to talk to lost friends and relatives again, even though I'm not religious. u/Simbakim

7. Science textbook stuffs

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Katerina Holmes
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Kingdom phylum class order family genus species. And she didn't even put it on the test. I was annoyed. u/Seanay-B. You forgot Domain. Everyone does, though. And to think, I still remember Dumb King Philip Came Over For Grape Soda. I actually still use that occasionally. u/PKMNTrainerMark. I still use this because I routinely look up the taxonomy of spiders, birds, and trees around me. u/DeathByBamboo

8. Names of all the American states

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Representational Cover Image Source: Pexels | Alex Azabache

I learned a song in 5th grade where all the states are in order...The 50 Nifty United States...Alabama, Alaska Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Co-net-eeeeeeee-cutttt....do, do, do. If you take the song out, you have all the states in order. Comes in handy once in a blue moon in Jeopardy or Pub trivia (how many States start with New or the letter M) u/TheSnowman10-4. I have also won bets thanks to the Fifty Nifty song! My non-spouse’s then-roommate was so mad when I sang the song in response to his demand that I name all the states in alphabetical order. He said it was cheating. u/TheIncredibleCarno

9. The digits of Pi

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Julia M Cameron

80 digits of Pi. Memorized them in 4th grade, used 3.14 in school, and never needed it again. u/Snowy-Flofskyroo. When I was in high school (1970), some kids memorized it to 20 places -- so I accepted the challenge & did 50 places. I bow to your +30. u/spiderplex. My middle school algebra teacher promised to bake a pie for anyone who could memorize the first 100 digits of pi. I and 2 others were able to do it. I memorized about 150 digits. One of the kids, Charles, who was a grade behind me, memorized over 400 digits. u/just_scout_

10. Books of the Bible

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I used to know every book of the Bible in order thanks to a priest who bet me I couldn't do it. I still can probably name 80% of them in order. Not super religious, just went to a Catholic school for a while, and was a stubborn kid who hated someone saying I couldn't do something. u/TheSnowman10-4. That's me with the New Testament books. Learned in (Christian) school and it became a neat "party trick" my dad would make me do randomly. I'm no longer religious. u/msReDDifyourenasty

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