Duong Anh Vu during his two-hour attempt to set a record for memory in Thailand. Photo credit: Thailand Book of Records
A 27-year-old Vietnamese man has set memory records in Thailand for recalling the database of 206 countries with only one error.
Duong Anh Vu wrote down 22,248 pieces of information, including cultural, economic, political and social ones during his two-hour attempt at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University late last month.
He also correctly identified 2,500 geographical names on a blank world map.
Vu is the second foreigner to be honored by Thailand Book of Records, and the first to be named for the memory category, according to news website VnExpress.
It said he has also registered for another memory attempt, aiming to recall more than 1,000 literary works and locate 20,000 geographical names on the world map.
Information about Vu’s background is quite sketchy.
He reportedly told the press that he hailed from Vietnam’s central province of Ninh Thuan, and is currently a doctorate student in Thailand.
Vu said he used to repeat classes, study at a semi-public secondary school deemed as second-rate in Vietnam, and spend his high school years at a local school specific for students with very poor performances.