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The following story comes courtesy of one of my classes in elementary school in either 2000 or 2001. I do not remember the subject of the class or the events leading up to this particular anecdote. My teacher crafted an example to make a point about memory. She told the class that if she told one of us to go to the neighboring classroom to borrow a tube of blue paint, we would not long remember her instructions after completing the task.

My teacher did not say anything about whether we would remember hypothetical tasks.

Originally published at on May 17, 2022.



N.A. Ferrell

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