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Specific Mnemonics

Geographic

Great Lakes:

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

Military

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 Themselves For Piercings
    • (just remember, Tyler came first - before Taylor)

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

29-33:

  • (Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman)
  • Harding Comes Home Really Tired

33-42: These are all the post-WW II presidents...

  • (Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama)
  • you're on your own with the rest, because I know them all



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 Dig Fine Apples

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

Lists Useful for Generating Mnemonics

  • At Thesaurus.com, click on a letter under "Browse Dictionary", and you'll see a couple of different multi-word phrases; click on any grouping, and you'll see even more multi-word phrases: http://thesaurus.com/