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Only True Geniuses Can Get 16/16 On This Mnemonic Device Quiz

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Mnemonic devices: They can help fast-track memorization and cram as much knowledge into your cranium as humanly possible.

They are the most socially acceptable way to cheat an exam. They’re also, taken at face value, total nonsense.

In the phrases below, the first letter of each word corresponds to a certain item in a series.

Can you identify what these mnemonic devices — presented here without context — are meant to explain?

  1. Correct!
    Wrong!

    It’s the directions on a compass — north, east, south, west. If you missed this one, just know that this is only going to get more obscure from here.

  2. Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the order of operations for solving an algebra problem! PEMDAS: parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction. You're welcome, third-grader.

  3. Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the order of planets in the solar system — Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. (Although Pluto was denounced as a formal planet in 2006.)

  4. Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Every good boy deserves fudge" explains the notes on the treble clef from bottom to top: E, G, B, D, F.

  5. Correct!
    Wrong!

    This one outlines the series of layers in the Open Systems Interconnection model…it’s a computer thing. It stands for: physical layer, data link layer, network layer, transport layer, session layer, presentation layer, and application layer.

  6. Correct!
    Wrong!

    This device rocks! It's the geologic epochs — Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene, Holocene.

  7. Correct!
    Wrong!

    This will help you remember the phases of the cell cycle — interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase. It's also how some people squeak past failing high school biology.

  8. Correct!
    Wrong!

    This one goes out to the 10 biblical plagues — water, frogs, gnats and flies, livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and death of the firstborn.

  9. Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is the seven functions of marketing — distribution, finance, marketing, product, price, place, and selling.

  10. Correct!
    Wrong!

    These are the four largest moons of Jupiter, known as the Galilean moons — Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. First discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610, the moons are named after the lovers of Zeus.

  11. Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the first 16 presidents — Washington (George), Adams (John), Jefferson (Thomas), Madison (James), Monroe (James), Adams (John Quincy), Jackson (Andrew), Van Buren (Martin), Harrison (William Henry), Tyler (John), Polk (James), Taylor (Zachary), Fillmore (Millard), Pierce (Franklin), Buchanan (James), and Lincoln (that’s Abie, baby).

  12. Correct!
    Wrong!

    It’s the first 10 elements of the periodic table: hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, flourine, neon. You could memorize this nonsense phrase, or memorize Tom Lehrer’s periodic table song, like Daniel Radcliffe did.

  13. Correct!
    Wrong!

    These are the six essential nutrients: water, carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, vitamins, lipids. For your health!

  14. Correct!
    Wrong!

    These are the elements of art — space, form, texture, shape, line, value, and color.

  15. Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is to memorize the types of white blood cells, ordered from most to least numerous — neutrophil, lymphocyte, monocyte, eosinophil, and basophil.

  16. Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the order of digits in pi. Each word in order in this mnemonic contains the same number of letters that correspond to the order of pi: three, (point), one, four, one, five, nine, two, six, five, three, five... Insane, right?

Only True Geniuses Can Get 16/16 On This Mnemonic Device Quiz

Okay, so you didn't do so well here.

But then again, maybe you're a whiz in biology, astronomy, and all these subjects anyway, so you don't even need mnemonic devices in the first place.

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You're not bad at this!

Once you have these memorized, you'll have the entire universe memorized.

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Nicely done.

You're so good at this, you should use your expertise as mnemonic devices as an icebreaker at parties. It'll go over like gangbusters.

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So it turns out — you're a bona fide genius.

You know a mnemonic device from a nonsense scrambling of words any day of the week.

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