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CACTUSWENDY
04-29-2008, 07:32 PM
For hundreds of years man has found ways to remember facts. Sometimes it is easier to put data/information to a musical beat, sometimes better in a poem/rhyme.

Please share one you might know of. The one I have is the only way I can tell the amount of days in a month. (Sad, huh?)

Mine is;
Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November: All the rest have thirty-one, Except For February, Which hath twenty-eight days clear, And twenty-nine in each leap year.

HeronW
04-29-2008, 07:43 PM
Each Good Boy Does Fine --1/2 the notational musical range: egbdf then stick 'face' in between so you get efgabcdef
Though I do better with that song from Sound of Music for the note levels: do--a deer etc., re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do

HOMES: The Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior

COHN: the 4 main building blocks of life: carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen

BRAT: for diarrhea: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast

CACTUSWENDY
04-29-2008, 07:53 PM
lol
BRAT.....that is a new one for me. Thanks for sharing them.

Kathie Freeman
04-29-2008, 08:13 PM
Each Good Boy Does Fine --1/2 the notational musical range: egbdf then stick 'face' in between so you get efgabcdef


Part of the lower staff is ACEG - All cows eat grass (or all cars eat gas)

czjaba
04-29-2008, 08:24 PM
To know which months have 31 days, I start with my first knuckle (as Jan), the space between knuckles (as Feb), then the next knuckle (as Mar). Go all the way to the pinky knuckle and start back with the pointer knuckle. If the months lands on the knuckle, it has 31 days; if not, it has less.

brainstrains
04-29-2008, 08:38 PM
I live on mnemoic devices:

ROY G BIV
I Before E Except After C...
Red Sky at Night...

Zelenka
04-29-2008, 09:33 PM
Monkeys Eat Peeled Bananas - for remembering the alkanes in chemistry; Methane, Ethane, Propane Butane (only thing I remember from chemistry)

Great Cormorants Swim in Water - (okay, so that one is rubbish, but I made it up and it did help me remember) - The guardsmen on duty at the palaces in London have different numbers of buttons on their tunics which lets you figure out the regiment at a glance. It goes; Grenadier - buttons evenly spaced in groups of 1; Coldstream - buttons in groups of 2; Scots Guards - buttons in 3s; Irish Guards - buttons in 4s; and Welsh Guards, buttons in 5s.

I used to teach that one to the kids on my tours to the changing of the guards then do a quiz to see if they could tell what regiment was on duty. They always got it right.

dirtsider
04-29-2008, 09:36 PM
Ring Around the Rosie - about the Black Death.

slcboston
04-29-2008, 10:00 PM
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Rules of Operation in mathematics - parentheses exponents multiplication division addition subtraction)

slcboston
04-29-2008, 10:01 PM
Also, now that I'm thinking about 'em:

My Very Ancient Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizza-pies (for the planets.. though now that Pluto's been deposed I suspect that no longer works so well. :) )

Cranky
04-29-2008, 10:16 PM
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Rules of Operation in mathematics - parentheses exponents multiplication division addition subtraction)

Also FOIL for doing simple equations. First Outside Inside Last

CACTUSWENDY
04-29-2008, 10:17 PM
Very interesting...

IceCreamEmpress
04-29-2008, 11:29 PM
Ring Around the Rosie - about the Black Death.

That's an urban legend (http://www.snopes.com/language/literary/rosie.asp), actually.


I usually find it easier to remember the things themselves than the mnemonics.

However, two that were drummed into me in high school were Big Chief Sohcahtoa from trigonometry class (for "Sine equals Opposite over Hypotenuse, Cosine equals Adjacent over Hypotenuse, and Tangent equals Opposite over Adjacent") and Dr. & Mrs. Vandertramp (for the French verbs that take "Ítre" in the perfect tense--descendre, rentrer, mourir, rester, etc.)


Oh, and King Philip Came Over for Grape Soda: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Genus, Species.

Shwebb
04-29-2008, 11:49 PM
For a strain/sprain, RICE:

Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

Mike Martyn
04-30-2008, 01:00 AM
Oh Be A Fine Girl Kiss Me

I remember this from my dim scientific past.

It is either the resisior clour code sequence or the
stellar evolution sequence!

There's another one for memorizing the 7 cranial nerves but I don't remember that either!

Mike Martyn
04-30-2008, 01:03 AM
[quote=HeronW;2306184]Each Good Boy Does Fine --1/2 the notational musical range:....

I learned as Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.

I never got any fudge froim my piano teacher since I never praticed. I got the steel ruler across the knuckles instead!

Cranky
04-30-2008, 01:04 AM
The way I learned it was Every Good Boy Does Fine. Interesting the differences. :)

Keyan
04-30-2008, 01:55 AM
Every Good Boy Deserves Favor...

Zelenka
04-30-2008, 01:58 AM
The way I learned it was Every Good Boy Does Fine. Interesting the differences. :)

Mine was 'Every good boy deserves football'.

paprikapink
04-30-2008, 02:02 AM
Leftie Loosie, Rightie Tightie.

Cranky
04-30-2008, 02:04 AM
Mine was 'Every good boy deserves football'.

I shoulda been a Good Boy. He gets all kinds of stuff!

oneblindmouse
04-30-2008, 02:09 AM
[quote=IceCreamEmpress;2306970] Dr. & Mrs. Vandertramp (for the French verbs that take "Ítre" in the perfect tense--descendre, rentrer, mourir, rester, etc.)quote]

I was tought: draper's van MMT, for the French verbs that take Ítre in the perfect tense.

paprikapink
04-30-2008, 02:12 AM
I make them up for license plates, against my will almost.

My first car was CRW626, which to me meant "Car Really Wanted 626" because for some reason I thought a Mazda 626 would be a cool car but the one I could actually afford was a Ford Escort.

My husband's plate is NSW, which I always remember as NorthSouthWest. It comes in handy because every third car around here is a blue Civic. I'd think he was everywhere if I didn't check the plate.

Kunery
04-30-2008, 06:56 AM
Red Right Returning (Red-colored navigational aids are kept to your right as you Return upstream to harbor from open sea.)

Even Red Nuns have Odd Black Cans. (Even-numbered nav aids will be Red-colored and Nun-buoy shaped, i.e. with conical tops. Odd-numbered nav aids will be Black-colored and have cylindrical or Can-shaped tops.)

The ship Left Port; and Port wine is Red. (Left/port; right/starboard; Portside lights are red; starboardside lights are green.)

Horseshoes
04-30-2008, 09:12 AM
over old olympus towering tops a finn and german viewed some hops
they also taught us a blue version
oh, oh, oh, to touch and feel a girl's ...

didn't anyone else have to remember the 12 cranial nerves?

A. Hamilton
04-30-2008, 09:17 AM
when lane changing, don't forget your SMOG check- signal, mirror, over the shoulder, go.

when making right turns-Forget to glance, run over Lance. (over the shoulder bike-checks)

chevbrock
04-30-2008, 09:47 AM
My hubby dabbled in electrics/electronics for a while and learnt one for remembering all the colours the wires come in. It's pretty vulgar, so for the sake of the children I won't post it here, but PM me if you really want to know it! :)

Kathie Freeman
04-30-2008, 07:44 PM
Also, now that I'm thinking about 'em:

My Very Ancient Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizza-pies (for the planets.. though now that Pluto's been deposed I suspect that no longer works so well. :) )

Shouldn't that be "elderly"?

paprikapink
04-30-2008, 08:03 PM
Shouldn't that be "elderly"?

What planet are you from?

Me: Arth.

slcboston
04-30-2008, 09:01 PM
Shouldn't that be "elderly"?

Take it up with my physics professor. :Shrug:

(Besides, it's sung and "elderly" would screw up the rhythm of it. :D )

... It is possible I'm remembering it wrong, but I'm pretty certain that's how I learned it. I can't think of what "e" term would fit there.

slcboston
04-30-2008, 09:01 PM
"Esteemed" perhaps might do...

slcboston
04-30-2008, 09:03 PM
Crap. Now that I give it proper thought I'm convincing myself it *was* "esteemed."

... Guess this means as a mnemonic device it wasn't as effective as it should have been. :)

slcboston
04-30-2008, 09:06 PM
The one that's been driving me nuts since yesterday is the one for the classifications of animals.

I know it starts "King Phillips" something something and ends, i think, with "great spaghetti" but I can't remember the middle bits.

dobiwon
04-30-2008, 09:17 PM
I live on mnemoic devices:

ROY G BIV
Better start remembering ROY G BV, since Indigo is no longer considered a separate color.

For the days of the month, I learned a slight variance:
Thirty days hath September, April, June and November
Excepting February alone
Which has four and twenty-four
And every leap year one day more.

And not exactly a ditty, but the way to know which months not to eat oysters: Eat oysters only in months that have an "r" in them.

brainstrains
04-30-2008, 09:37 PM
When I was in fifth grade I had the hardest time remembering which direction was East and which was West, until someone pointed out on the map that it reads WE. Never forgot that.

Mike Martyn
05-01-2008, 01:37 AM
Better be Good or Your Big Venture Goes West

That's to remember the resistor clour code:

Black, brown, grey, orange, yellow, blue, violet, green and white. Each of them is both a number and represents a power of ten.

So if a resistor is banded orange, violet, yellow it has a resistance of 47,000 ohms.

The trivia I remember from my childhood!

CACTUSWENDY
05-01-2008, 04:39 AM
Oh, such wisdom.

These are neat. You made me remember some. Thanks all for sharing.....

Judg
05-01-2008, 06:12 AM
The most useful exercise I got in high school was inventing our own mnemonic devices to remember correct spellings. I still use two of mine: My golf score and PAR are two sePARate numbers. and More desPERate people PER capita.

"I before E except after C, or when used in EIGH as in neighbour and weigh." The only word I can think of that doesn't follow this ditty is "weird" which is, at least, appropriate.

benbradley
05-01-2008, 09:18 AM
Every Good Boy Deserves Favor...
That was the title of a Moody Blues album, however they never did a FACE or All Cows Eat Grass album.

Leftie Loosie, Rightie Tightie.
And for those who don't know what that's for, there's this related info:
Wench: What you use to turn the head of a dolt.

My hubby dabbled in electrics/electronics for a while and learnt one for remembering all the colours the wires come in. It's pretty vulgar, so for the sake of the children I won't post it here, but PM me if you really want to know it! :)
I already know it, I learned it in eighth great electronics class (in a public school, even! My how times have changed, I can't imagine a teacher saying that nowadays). It's main use is the resistor color code, for specifying the resistance value with color bands around resistors (at least old-fashioned leaded thru-hole ones, which are almost obsolete nowadays), but it's also used in a few other places, such as some capacitors (very old ones, mainly) and multicolor ribbon cable, which is what I presume is the "wire" you mentioned.

There might be more than one version, but the one I was taught starts with "Bad" and ends with "willingly." ;)


There's this one from Chemistry:

Got mole problems? Call Avogadro: 602-1023

(Avogadro's Number, for how many molecules are in one mole, is 6.02 * 10^23)

While I'm at it, one last thing (I promise): what do they do with dead chemists?
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Barium.

Keyan
05-01-2008, 09:43 AM
Stalactites hang tight to the ceiling, and stalagmites might reach them someday.

I think I read that in an Enid Blyton novel, and it worked for me.

paprikapink
05-01-2008, 06:10 PM
The most useful exercise I got in high school was inventing our own mnemonic devices to remember correct spellings. I still use two of mine: My gold score and PAR are two sePARate numbers. and More desPERate people PER capita.

"I before E except after C, or when used in EIGH as in neighbour and weigh." The only word I can think of that doesn't follow this ditty is "weird" which is, at least, appropriate.

Here're a few (http://jef.raskincenter.org/published/i_before_e.html).

And watch out for this! (http://www.nyu.edu/classes/copyXediting/i_before_e.9_5.html)

JimmyB27
05-01-2008, 07:07 PM
I shoulda been a Good Boy. He gets all kinds of stuff!
And now I'm thinking of quite a rude one...


Also, now that I'm thinking about 'em:

My Very Ancient Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizza-pies (for the planets.. though now that Pluto's been deposed I suspect that no longer works so well. :) )
I was taught 'My Very Easy Method Just Shows Us Nine Planets". But that one never worked so well, as I could never remember if it was that or "My Very Easy Method Shows Us Just Nine Planets."

IceCreamEmpress
05-02-2008, 06:06 AM
I know it starts "King Phillips" something something and ends, i think, with "great spaghetti" but I can't remember the middle bits.

King Philip's Cook Organised Great Spaghetti. (Kingdom, phylum, class, order, genus, species.)

The US version is King Philip Came Over for Grape Soda.

chevbrock
05-02-2008, 11:02 AM
how to spell Repetition: R E, P E, Ti Ti, On.

How to spell Believe: Never believe a lie (It has the word "lie" in the middle, see?)

Then there's the old ones on how to spell "Mississippi" and "Woolloomooloo" (which I hoped I spelt correctly - I never could remember that one!) :)

Thanks everyone above who posted the "clean" versions of the resistor doovy-whacky thingabob!

Judg
05-02-2008, 10:08 PM
Here're a few (http://jef.raskincenter.org/published/i_before_e.html).

And watch out for this! (http://www.nyu.edu/classes/copyXediting/i_before_e.9_5.html)
LOL! I stand corrected. Although, in all fairness, some of his exceptions weren't fair. Ceiling follows the rule. And words where the vowels are pronounced separately like "reinforced" are a bit of a cheap shot. But there are obviously a lot more exceptions than I thought.

paprikapink
05-02-2008, 10:19 PM
LOL! I stand corrected. Although, in all fairness, some of his exceptions weren't fair. Ceiling follows the rule. And words where the vowels are pronounced separately like "reinforced" are a bit of a cheap shot. But there are obviously a lot more exceptions than I thought.

"all's fair in love and war and poems about spelling."

i read that in the chicago manual of style, i think.

Terry L. Sanders
05-06-2008, 06:08 AM
The resistor color code was of course the most obvious.

"Oh, be a fine girl--kiss me right now, sweetie" is stellar types, from hottest to coolest. I found that one in an SF short story.
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For spelling help, I read about one as a six-year-old and actually found it useful occasionally:

"There's a rat in 'separate.'"
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In a somewhat more poetic vein, I read somewhere that the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" was a mnemonic giving directions to escaping slaves.
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And, of course, weather.

Red sky at night,
Sailors' delight.
Red sky at morning,
Sailors take warning.
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Or, more elaborately,

Evening red and morning gray
Speed the traveler on his way.
Evening gray and morning red
Keep the traveler home in bed.

Tsu Dho Nimh
05-07-2008, 07:18 AM
Way too many to remember:

Centigrade Temperature for farenheit tourists:
Thirty's hot, 20's nice, 10 is cold, zero is ice.

King Philip came over from Germany stoned: Kingdom, phylum ... etc.

Beetle baily ran over your gun before victory Genrarl washington. (color banding values on resistors: black, brown red orange yellow green blue grey white)

A.M. Wildman
05-07-2008, 08:08 AM
One I learned in the Army and I still occassionally mumble in my sleep.

SPORTS- For clearing jams, misfires and misfeeds on the M-16A1-A2 rifles.

Slap Pull Observe Release Tap Squeeze.

Slap up on the bottom of the magazine.

Pull the charging handle to the rear.

Observe the chamber.

Release the charging handle.

Tap the forward assist.

Squeeze the trigger.

Every Adult Dog Growls Barks Eats. EADGBE standard tuning low to high on a 6 string guitar