Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • I've always been enamored with the idea of solving crimes, unraveling mysteries. When I was a kid, I read all the Encyclopedia Brown books. Sherlock Holmes is awesome.

    On my commute this morning, studying the subway map again, I thought about how cool it would be to have a photographic memory—to glance at the map, absorb the information in moments and recall the details at will.

    But crimesolving is a vocation for cops and heroes. I think I'd prefer to read their stories than be saddled with their responsibilities. What would I do with a photographic memory? Friends and strangers would marvel at my abilities. Imagine Superman content to be a newspaper reporter, using his x-ray vision to do card tricks, impressing people at parties.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.