Australian Man Recites 4,400 Digit Number
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Jan 10, 4:36 PM (ET)
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - For Australian Chris Lyons, reciting a 4,400 digit number was as easy as pi. Lyons, 36, recited the first 4,400 digits of pi - a mathematical value that has an infinite number of decimal places - without a single error at the 2006 Mindsports Australia Festival on Monday, organizer David Cordover said Tuesday.
The memory coach from the southern city of Melbourne took 2 1/2 hours to complete the feat, Cordover said.
Lyons said he spent just one week memorizing the digits before reciting them for judges at the festival.
"With the right techniques and a bit of practice you can remember what ever you want," Lyons said.
Lyon's feat is far from the record, however.
In July, a Japanese psychiatric counselor recited pi to 83,431 decimal places from memory, breaking his own personal best of 54,000 digits and setting an unofficial world record, media reports said.