Major System based PAO with pictures

I have created my PAO system based on the major system, and put it in a doc file. It includes pictures of all the people. I used the major system as the initials for each person (with the exception of 32, Max Weinberg. Previously it was Martina Navratilova, but I could not remember that name at all!)

I’ve been having a tough time memorizing it so far, but it’s coming along. I don’t know how long it will be until it is useful. I am not a big media fan, so I don’t know much about a lot of the people in there. But I did not want to use anyone I knew personally in my system.

If you are interested, please check it out. [webmaster’s note: the link no longer works, so it was unlinked.] Feel free to leave comments on it below as well. Hope this can help someone!


Great list – thanks for posting it… :slight_smile:

Hi all. I am trying to learn the Major system of 3-digit number. Meanwhile i see that Dominic system with PAO can store 6-digit number per image. Whether to learn this system can speed up the memozing process? Is there anyone mastering this 3 digit major system? So i am thinking of necessary to learn this Major sytem. Could you all give me any advice about this job? Should to learn or not?

I’ve been getting a lot of requests to share this file, although I don’t know why, since it should be available to anyone with the link. Anyways, I have changed the settings and made it public. Hopefully that will allow more people to download it. Sorry if anyone has tried and been unable to download!

Here is the new link. [broken link removed]

I have also attached it to this post.

Admin, if you could update the link in the original post I would appreciate it. For some reason I can’t edit it.


Great list. I’m curious about your approach of using the major system for P A and O rather than having the A and O relate to the P.

Do you find this easier to remember because you get a phonetic reminder for the A and O?

Did you learn this from some other established author or system?


It is easier for me, because I don’t have strong associations of these people doing things. I didn’t get he method from anywhere, but was surprised people weren’t using it already.

Yeah, it’s strikes me as a great way to go. I’ve been trying to do it the traditional way, and sometimes I’ll have a great person (that I know will stick in my mind) but no action that would strongly link to them.

Will have to give this one some thought.

How is it working for you so far?

To be honest, I haven’t done much memorization since I made this list. ButI wasn’t comfortable with using people, as I don’t find them memorable. The main draw of this method was that it extended my original major pegs.

Sorry I typed a long reply and it mysteriously disappeared.

Great list… saved me loads of time on the Action Objects. Thanks :slight_smile:

Thanks for uploading this. I was just thinking PAO would be easier done this exact way.

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Having been inspired by this post, I’ve done my own modified version of the Major System PAO with Pictures:

(I’ll also attach the file to this post)

I mixed arsenius’s original version with ideas from and some fresh ideas of my own. I hope you find this useful.


Hey man, congrats on making your list. It looks really good…although…

I’m pretty sure 608992 is a sin. :smiley:

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Very nice! I’ve stolen some back from you to adjust my list, too!

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Your list was extremely helpful, so I’m glad you can make use of some of my additions.

No comment. :smiley:

So I’ve learned the first fifty, and in the process made some changes. My advice is this; if you find some of them particularly hard to memorize, change them. “Zorro” for example just was not sticking in my brain, so I changed him to Sarah (Palin).

Also, I should have mentioned that this is rated R due to some language. You have been warned. :slight_smile:

Yes, I continue to make small adjustments.

I recommend a person attempting this put together a list as fast as possible, without worrying about quality. Then, once you have ever PAO filled in, start going through the list putting an asterisk next to anything that troubles you or doesn’t “feel sticky.”

Then, come back to just the asterisk ones (couple at a time) early in the morning or after exercise when you are fresh. Don’t try to kill all of them, just focus on getting 1 or 2 “sticky” per session.

It’s also good to go through the whole list in one sitting to uncover any overlaps. For example, maybe you have “lynching” for an action, but also have “rope” or “noose” for an object. Probably a good idea to swap something out for one of those.

Once my list is complete (probably one more session), I’ll transfer it into Anki and lock it in.


I use Anki as well. For those who aren’t familiar with it, some links:

I’ve been doing that as I go through the list. I’ve updated the Google Docs (Drive) version of the file, so if anyone is using it, I suggest using that one rather than the Word file attached to my earlier post.

I’ve also noticed that some people would say that a word like “cheer” is 74 rather than 64. If that’s the case for anyone using this list, you’ll have to do some modifications. I never noticed that before, but I attribute it to confusion over the distinction between a “hard ch” and a “soft ch”. To my mind, if a CH is pronounced like a K (chimera) it’s a 7, otherwise (Cher, cheer, pitch) it’s a 6. I’d be interested to know if that’s how most other people divvy it up.