How to Improve Your Memory, 1563

woodcut of snarling badger Edward Topsell, The History of Four-Footed Beasts, 1607

To make one have a good memorie. Take a Tooth or the lefte legge of a Badgre… and binde it aboute youre riggt arme nexte unto the flesh. Take also the gall of a Partrich, and rubbe your temples with it that it maie soke into the skin and fleshe, ones in a moneth, and it will make you have a good memorie.

The Second Part of the Secretes of Maister Alexis of Piemont

This is a bit of a Faustian bargain, isn’t it? Your improved memory comes at the cost of having to adorn yourself with badger parts and partridge goo. Well, at least others will definitely remember you.