Mental Floss

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles

Jason English

Everyone loves a good memory tool. From Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication/Division, Addition/Subtraction) to My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles (the planets, sans Pluto), mnemonic devices are a helpful — and fun! — way to remember whatever it is you think you'll need to recall.

Each week for the rest of 2011, let's come up with a new mnemonic device.

By the time the 2012 calendars are going up, we'll all know seven more things. But first, we need to decide what we want to remember. So in the comments, leave your suggestions. Two-term presidents? Canadian capitals? Team names that don't end in 'S'? Give it some serious thought. This could be your legacy.

If you'd like to warm up, let's start with a spelling mnemonic — what's a good device for remembering how to spell "mnemonic"?