As Mike Mirski sits down with a pack of playing cards, he starts spinning the most incredible yarn. It involves a giant club sandwich, a big lily pad and a monk sitting on the moon.
None of it is true, of course. The surreal tale is just a mnemonic device enabling the 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania sophomore to remember the order of the cards in the fully shuffled deck.
It’s one of several mental skills being tested Saturday at the USA Memory Championship in New York. Mirski and his Penn teammates are set to measure their recall powers against squads including four-time defending champ Hershey High School of Pennsylvania and a group of Hershey moms. Read the whole story here.