There's some interesting news coming across the wires about the modern American memory. According to a Kelton Research survey, more Americans can name the ingredients of a McDonald's Big Mac than can name the 10 commandments.
What makes this finding especially interesting is the famous two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce. cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun promotion only ran on TV from 1975 to 1976, and outside of online video sites and TV Land's Retromercials, hasn't really been seen since.
I think it's humorous, and ingenious, that McDonald's most memorable ad campaign features people forgetting their ad campaign.
Part of what makes the 10 commandments so tricky to remember is that different Judeo-Christian religions have different versions. The Protestant, Hebrew and Catholic commandments are actually worded and ordered differently, even though they contain the same basic ideas (the survey did take this into account). Interestingly, the list most refer to as the commandments are spoken in Exodus 20, but never referred to as being on tablets or even as being called the 10 commandments. In Exodus 34, there is a vastly different list than the one with which most people are familiar, yet it is this list that is specifically mentioned as being the same as the first set of tablets, and is the only list in the Bible passages that is specifically referred to as the 10 commandments.
If you do want to learn the list classically referred to as the 10 commandments, spend the next 3 minutes watching the following video, and you'll have them down in no time!