Mnemonics that failed

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Mnemonics that failed

Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:15 am

In another thread Phil White revealed that the mnemonic "The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws on the other two hides" for memorising Pythagoras' Theorem, "The square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sums of the squares on the other two sides," failed to be memorable, although in the event he was able to recall the theorem without the help of the mnemonic.

Does anyone else have any examples they wish to share concerning mnemonics that failed in their purpose?

My own mnemonic nemesis from school biology classes is GRINDERM. This was supposed to enumerate all the characteristics of living organisms, namely growth, reproduction, ..., ..., death, ..., etc. (you fill in the blanks -- I can't).
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