The Tibetan Memory Trick
- One hen.
- Two ducks.
- Three squawking geese.
- Four Limerick oysters.
- Five corpulent porpoises.
- Six pairs of Don Alfonso's tweezers.
- Seven thousand Macedonians in full battle array.
- Eight brass monkeys from the ancient sepulchers of Egypt.
- Nine apathetic sympathetic diabetic old men on roller skates with a marked propensity towards procrastination and sloth.
- Ten lyrical spherical diabolical denizens of the deep who haul sail around the corner of the quay of the cove all at the same time.
Why do I think this is great? Well, I like language. I like the feel of words rolling off the tongue, sparking a chaotic series of bizarre mental images. I like the bundling-together of tongue-twister, memory game, and orally transmitted folklore in one irreverently goofy package. And I like the excuse to mention what I believe may be the most excruciating tongue-twister in the English language: "The sea seetheth, then ceaseth, and thus sufficeth us." Forget about saying it fast three times in a row; I can't even say it once without the word "thesis" somehow finding its way in there!