Famous Mnemonics I Will Never Use

I remember when I would try to study and memorize definitions, I’d hear people telling me about the usefulness of mnemonics. I did a little bit of research (in other words I typed something in Google and based my whole knowledge on the first link) and found the most famous mnemonics used. Here’s the (very short) clickbait list:

  1. MVery Educated Mother Just Served UNine Pickles – This is a mnemonic for the planets of our Solar System (the old way). Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. You know… those place where Elon Musk wants to send cars to.  It is also probably written by an Eastern European, as who in the hell eats 9 pickles?
  2. Pregnant Camels Often Sit Down Carefully, Perhaps Their Joints Creak? Possibly Early Oiling Might Prevent Permanent Rheumatism – This is a mnemonic for Geological Periods (Precambrian, Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene, Recent). This one looks like something a XIX century biologist would make a note of on their diary. Although it would be followed by: “Tried to oil a Pregnant Camel. The Camel was unhappy. Unable to falsify my hypothesis. Will try again when my ribs heal”.
  3. Toronto Girls Can Flirt And Only Quit TChase Dwarves. Now, I bet you would never, EVER, figure what in the hell is this mnemonic about. This is a mnenomic for the Mohs scale of mineral hardness: (Talc(=1) Gypsum(=2) Calcite(=3) Fluorite(=4) Apatite(=5) Orthoclase(=6) Quartz(=7) Topaz(=8) Corundum(=9) Diamond(=10). This clearly was created by a sexually frustrated Canadian Geology male student. I can’t imagine how hard he must’ve cried when studying Geology and remembering the night before when a girl stopped flirting with him to go hang out with a dwarf. It is very specific about Toronto girls, so any Canadian there, please let me know if this is a thing. It’s a thing right? It’s a thing. And this is assuming the girl was flirting with the dwarf and not actively chasing him because he stole her wallet. Those little guys can be sneaky.



One thought on “Famous Mnemonics I Will Never Use

  1. That was an awesome read. You got me most with this joke about the google results because it’s so accurate.

    I by myself are still learning kanji – and to remember the pronounciation I make up the silliest mnemonics. So I can relate so much how people come up with those random statements.


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