The other day, something popped into my head that I hadn't thought about in years. When I was young, I heard a sort of memory test, might have been at school or Scouts, I can't remember. But I do remember the test and it went like this:
- One hen
- Two ducks
- Three squawking geese
- Four Limerick oysters
- Five corpulent porpoises
- Six pairs of Don Alverzo's tweezers
- Seven thousand Macedonians dressed in full battle array
- Eight brass monkeys from the ancient, sacred secret crypts 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 quay around the quo at the quarry of the quivery, all at the same time.
I never knew the origin of it, so when it did pop into my head, and with today's technology, my first thought was to 'Google' it, and I did. Much to my satisfaction, This little memory test was not a memory test at all, but a practice routine for radio announcers to be articulate. Wikipedia has an accounting for it here.