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While at work the other day, someone said, “How many days are in March.”

I immediately went to the “knuckle method”.

I can’t remember when I learned it, but the knuckle method never fails.

31 on Knuckle, 30 in Valley

Starting with the index finger, January, February, etc., the months on top of the knuckle have 31 days, and the ones in the valleys between the knuckles have 30, except for February, which we all know is screwy anyway.

It beats the “30 Days hath September, April, June and November…” deal.

Don't knuckle under!

It got me to thinkin’ …

We use memory joggers everyday, and we probably don’t think about doing it.  Reckon’ that’s why they’re called memory joggers?

HOMES – not just a nickname in the hood, but

H O M E S – The Great Lakes:  Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.

And what about “I before E, except after C”?

Red sky at night, Sailor’s delight, Red sky at morning, Sailor’s take warning.

Or,  My Very Excellent Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas?

Solar System

But, I suppose we’ll have to change that since Pluto was “let go”!

Then there’s  Mississippi – M-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-I Crooked letter-crooked letter-I humpback-humpback-I – but frankly, I think that one makes it harder.

Oh!  What about good old Roy G. Biv – Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet – I guess he’s somewhere over the rainbow by now. 


Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosie!  Hey, it’s not a political statement or an article about Teen Idol Singers,  but it’ is screwy!

“Eat an asprin after a nighttime snack” or Europe, Antartica, Asia, Africa, Austrailia, North America, and South America.

Of course without “Please excuse my Dear Aunt Sally”, I’d never have made it out of high school.

And remember, Never Eat Shredded Wheat!

How do you remember?

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