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Of Chess and Frogs

I have been so busy with classes lately that I have had little time to blog. But fear not readers! I will have a new astronomy post out soon…my physics classes permitting. In the meantime, let’s have some fun with mnemonics.

Mnemonics are not only useful memory devices but are also really fun to make up. For example, this traditional mnemonic for taxonomic ranks came up in my  paleobiology class recently:

King Phillip Cried Out For Good Soup

The ranks in order from most inclusive to least are: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. Domain can also be added at the very beginning. But this is BORING. A friend of mine back in high school biology came up with a much better one:

Kids Playing Chess On Freeway Go Splat

Morbid? Yes, but I always remember it! There is also a traditional mnemonic used to remember the spectral classes of stars:

O Be A Fine Girl/Guy Kiss Me

Kissing? Lame! A person in my astronomy class came up with this one:

Frogs and stars
From my galaxies and cosmology course. Great class!

Only Bad Ass Frogs Get Kids Meals

What is a “bad ass frog” you ask? Beats me!

What’s your favorite mnemonic?

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