My very envious mom just stole Uncle Ned's underpants

Saturday, September 13, 2008

That got your attention, did it not?

I got that from a book I am reading. It is one of those tricks that school kids make up to help them remember information that never seem to stick in memory. My very envious mom just stole Uncle Ned's underpants = Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. Cool eh?

I remember some of those myself .....

  • How do you remember your 9 Times Table? Hold up both your hands. Bend the last little finger on your left hand, showing nine remaining hands and that is 1 x 9 = 9. Bring the little finger up and bend the ring finger next to it, showing 1 finger on the left of the bent ring finger and 8 fingers to its right. The answer to 2 x 9 = 18. You get the whole 9 Times Table just by bending one finger at a time, moving from the left to the right.

  • ROYGBIV = red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Colours of the rainbow in sequence from the outer to the inner curve.

Come to think of it. Since finishing school, I have yet to encounter a situation that called upon the need to have those information remembered in sequence. But it is kind of fun, making up nonsensical acronyms, stories and what-nots just to make information stick.