Homing Pigeon carrying a Shy Ant

If you happened to click on this article and are interested in memorizing the previous forty-five capitals you will find them archived on this web page.

So here is my tenth and final post on memorizing the US state capitals. Again, please take a moment to read the April 2011 post regarding how our memory tends to cling to the absurd and make sure you are reviewing these crazy images at the critical times in order to store them into your long-term memory. (See below)

OK, let’s memorize the final five capital cities for Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The capital of Virginia is Richmond. Quite simply I see a Rich Man, covered in Bling lighting his cigar with $100 bills and drinking a Furry Gin (Virginia) a glass of Gin perhaps in a Furry cup holder.

Washington’s capital is Olympia. Easy, I see large white bed sheets hanging from a Washing Line, as it’s known in the UK, a clothes line elsewhere. I picture the Olympic rings painted across the bed sheets. Anything to remind you of Washing will work, a Laundromat, washing clothes in a stream, washing your face in a basin in your bathroom, any of the Washington sports teams will also work, then incorporate the large Olympic rings into the picture.

The capital of West Virginia is Charleston. I still use the Furry Gin for this association and to differentiate West Virginia from Virginia I see the Gin getting spilled on a vest (West) worn by a man dancing the Charleston.

Wisconsin’s capital is Madison. For Wisconsin I see Cheese, and for Madison I see a Mad Son, a small son eating cheese and going mad!

And finally the capital of Wyoming is Cheyenne. Here’s one for you. A Homing Pigeon (Wyoming) carrying a Shy Ant or Anne if you know one (Cheyenne) on it’s back. Or you can use Wire for Wyoming.

So to review:


Rich Man drinking a Furry Gin


Olympic rings painted across your mother’s Washing


Spilling Gin on your Vest while dancing the Charleston

West Virginia/Charleston

A son eating Cheese and going Mad


A Homing pigeon carrying a Shy Ant



Here is my standard wrap up.

Again, make sure you review these images within 60-75 minutes from now, it takes less than 60 seconds but is critical for long term storage, then again within 24 hr’s, then 1 week later and then 1 month later.

That’s all fifty states and their capital cities; hopefully you have found these helpful in understanding how the ridiculous and absurd tend to stick in our minds.

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Bob Gray CSP HoF

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