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Willenium says: I had to bring some floppy disks into work which I had been saving for 10 years "in case I might need them". Tell us when your hoarding skills have come in useful (or not, as the case may be)

(, Thu 3 May 2012, 14:03)
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Mental hoarding.
An excellent way of using my long term memory- clog it up by having pointless snippets of trivia from many years ago at the expense of modern, useful, relevant information.

The name of the actor who played 'Monkey' from the original NHK series, errr, 'Monkey'
The theme music and lyrics to The Banana Splits/Cities of Gold/Captain Zep/Rentaghost et cetera
The plots and characters from most of the Blakes 7 episodes
Endless hymns from when my folks used to make me go to church/most of the bible stories/the Catholic church service even though I've not been for 27 years.
How to make a cat's cradle with a loop of string.
Stringing and tuning a violin with no pitch adjusters
All those knots I learned in cubs and scouts.

So, a lot of useless crud my brain really doesn't need to keep, if only I had an 'empty recycle bin' button. Except for the knots thing.

Just the one knot really, the bowline. The knot you need to know if you absolutely do not want a rope to come undone. Like if you've got to get someone's car towed off a dual carriageway with no layby, at night, in the pissing down rain, with dead battery so no hazard lights warning oncoming juggernauts that you're sticking out into the carriageway. the only tow rope they had was a nylon orange agricultural rope , no cast aluminium alloy hook on one end, no spliced loop at the other end.

2x bowlines later and I'm dragging them to safety.

So there was some point of value to my 16 years of childhood.
(, Thu 3 May 2012, 18:35, closed)
And your virginity.

(, Thu 3 May 2012, 19:11, closed)
Monkey
Thats strange, both "Monkey" and "The Water Margin" theme music has been in my head since I woke this morning.
(, Thu 3 May 2012, 19:49, closed)
I know at least 2 professional violinists
who wouldn't be able to cope without their pitch adjusters.

We had a mini-meltdown in orchestra yesterday. Your useless info would have been invaluable, and would have vastly improved our rendition of Enigma.
(, Thu 3 May 2012, 23:09, closed)
the bowline
Saved me one day, after a failure in my sit harness buckle.
Our climbing mentor called it the stuff-it-up-your-jumper knot, tied one handed.
(, Fri 4 May 2012, 8:25, closed)
On the contrary...
I am a mental hoarder who uses it to great effect getting free drinks in pub trivia.
(, Fri 4 May 2012, 12:11, closed)
Having
a brain stuffed with useless trivia about kids tv won me a brand spanking new tv in the works pub quiz two years ago
(, Fri 4 May 2012, 15:10, closed)
After a few rounds of winning the mental trivia hoarding game,
It's then easy to convince others that you've hoarded the bit of information you are confidently spouting forth in response to a question on an obscure topic. All complete rubbish, of course, but they'll believe it just the same.
(, Sat 5 May 2012, 21:18, closed)

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