A study done on memory has shown that people with amazing memories have a brain just like yours. The trick is to use mnemonics.
A number of years ago I listened to the Mega Memory tapes and read the Memory Book. Both of them recommended similar techniques to remember lists of things. When the techniques were fresh in my mind I could memorize a list of 10 random words or phrases without much of a problem. Unfortunately, I have since forgotten the pegs that form the basis of the memorization process.