What Did you Learn from the Ox and Toothpaste? March 30, 2020 By Bekki Leave a Comment This content may contain affiliate links. First, recite the story you just learned. Can you remember that list of words? Fire HydrantBalloonsBatteriesbarrelsurf boarddiamondknightoxtoothpasteneon sign Great job! You just learned how to memorize boring information in an interesting way! I didn’t invent this story up. I gleaned it from Chapter 13 of Jim Kwik’s Book Limitless. Imagine taking a list of uninteresting things memorizing it without much effort. If you can recite that weird little story, you can also recite the first TEN ELEMENTS of the periodic table of elements! Each of those words from the list is a memory trigger to help you remember. Hydrogen- Fire HydrantHelium-BalloonsLithium-BatteriesBeryllium- barrel (exaggerate how you say barrel)Boron- surf board (Board… stretch that to bor…on)Carbon- diamonds come from carbon!Nitrogen-knightOxygen-oxFlorine-toothpaste (not fluoride, florine)Neon- neon sign Mind blown! As my sons and I study meta-learning, or how you learn, they are becoming more and more suspicious. LOL. It’s fantastic! Teaching kids how to learn… It takes some clever effort. But seriously. Are you ever gonna be able to unsee the knight licking off the side of the ox? Me neither. It’s why I’ll never forget that nitrogen and oxygen are next to each other on the chart. Limitless, by Jim Kwik– Worth every penny! What should we teach our kids?