Alternative science mnemonics

Just in time for the lull in the conversation at your holiday dinner table, XKCD brings us these handy, sure-fire conversation-starting mnemonics for scientific concepts. Click through for the full set.



    1. Of course, if anyone still wants those little objects to count, now it should be “My Very Excellent Mother Can Just Serve Us Nachos Or Perhaps Hot Quick Meals Eaten Slowly“.

    1. That’s the Devil’s version.  God’s version goes like this, “Beloved brethren remember our yoke, God brings victory God’s way.”
      Have a whole Mnemonics Page

  1. As students where taught the racist one for the resistor colour code – sticks in head but can’t really repeat it in polite company.

    1. Dude… this is the internet, if there ever was a complete and other antithesis to polite company it would be here….

      1. Well, technically this is Boing Boing, which is an awesome if fairly small part of the Internet. As such I’m pretty sure anything racist or hateful will be removed by the mods. So yeah, this would (is supposed to) be ‘polite company’ (sort of). Then again for informational purposes it may just stick around, who knows. As they say speech is free, Boing Boing is moderated. YMMV.

        1.  Does that mean it’s OK to reveal that my class’s mnemonic for Fleming’s left-hand and right-hand rules was ‘mother-fucking ****’ for motion, field, and current?

          And while I’m being filthy, the planets were ‘Mary’s vagina emits many juices sitting upon Neil’s prick’.

  2. The resistor color code I was taught wasn’t racist, but it was sexist. Then again, it was taught to me by men. And I don’t live in the South.

  3. It’s not science, but to remember Aristotle’s Elements of Drama (Plot, Character, Theme, Dialog, Melody and Spectacle I came up with: Pirates Chased The Duke’s Many Sluts. Still stuck in the old brain cells over 20 years later. Go mnemonics!

  4. Geologists already have a mnemonic for periods in the stratigraphic column: camels often sit down carefully, perhaps their joints creak. Possibly easing oil might prove positively helpful.

    1. Or Mohs scale of mineral hardness: Toronto Girls Can F… (flirt) And Other Queer Things Can Do.  Talc, Gypsum, Calcite, Fluorite, Apatite, Quartz, Topaz, Orthoclase, Corundum,  Diamond

  5. The problem with the resistor color code is that there are so many duplicate first letters (three Bs and two Gs) that it is helpful to use a mnemonic that incorporates a second letter or the whole word. The one I like is:
    Black Bears Rarely Outrun Young Grizzlies But Victimize Gray Wolves

  6. For the bass clef, I came up with George Bush Done F**ed America. Or you can go with Glenn Beck Deserves Full Attention. For some reason I remember stuff better when it’s attached to emotionally irrational absolutes.

  7. The rhyme I learned for the planets goes like this:
    Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto

  8. I had one, back before Pluto got demoted: “My Very Easy Mother Just Sat Up ‘N’ Puked.”

    Pluto wuz robbed.

  9. Before rings were discovered around Uranus you could hear it pronounced as Your Ann Us or Your Ain Us. The media settled on Your Ann Us as they didn’t like to say “Rings around Your Ain Us.”

  10. Man Very Early Made Jars Stand Up Nearly Perpendicular.  Thank-you Miss Danyluk where ever you are! (1978, if I recall!)

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