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Specific Mnemonics

Historic

Rankings of Generals:

  • Brigadier General (1 star), Major General (2 stars), Lieutenant General (3 stars), General (4 or 5 stars)
  • Be My Little General

Presidents

1-7:

  • Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Quincy Adams, Jackson
  • No mnemonic (it's easy to remember the first seven)

8-14:

  • Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce
  • Very Happy Turtles Prepare Taylor For Piercings
  • Very Happy Turtles Pick Themselves For President
    • (this is my original mnemonic, but it doesn't help differentiate between the T's and P's)

15-21:

  • Buchannan, Lincoln, Johnson, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur
  • Brave Little Johnny Grabbed Hold of Garfield's Assassin

22-28:

  • Cleveland, Harrison, Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson
  • Clever Henry Chooses Mates Ready To Win

29-

  • Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy


Geographic

Great Lakes:

  • (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Eerie, Superior)
  • HOMES


Scientific/Numeric

Colors of the rainbow:

  • ROY G. BIV

Order of taxonomy in biology:

  • (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species)
  • King Phillip Chose to Order Fish & Got Sick

Roman numerals:

  • I=1, V=5, X=10, L=50, C=100, D=500, M=1000
  • I Value Xylophones Like Cows Dig Milk

IUPAC prefixes:

  • (methyl ethyl butyl pentyl hexyl heptyl octyl nona deca)
  • (methane ethane butane pentane hexane heptane octane nonane decane)
  • Ma Eats Pot Brownies, Pa Has Hash Only, No Dope


Music

The notes represented by the lines on the treble clef stave (bottom to top):

  • (E, G, B, D, F)
  • Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

And the notes represented by the spaces between the lines:

  • (F, A, C, E)
  • Furry Animals Cook Excellently


The notes represented by the lines on the bass clef stave (bottom to top):

  • (G, B, D, F, A)
  • Good Boys Do Fine, Always

And the notes represented by the spaces between the lines:

  • (A, C, E, G)
  • All Cows Eat Grass


The order of sharps in music, called the "circle of fifths":

  • (F, C, G, D, A, E, B)
  • Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle.

And in reverse for flat keys the mnemonic can be neatly reversed:

  • Battle Ends And Down Goes Charles' Father.


References