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

Idiot, pass me another tequila.

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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. Never Eat Soggy Waffles
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The Great Lakes
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Compass directions
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Greek philosophers
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Rules for restaurant health inspection
    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. Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Order of operations
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Fundamental theorem of calculus
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Quadratic formula
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Trigonometric functions
    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. Most Volcanoes Erupt Mulberry Jam Sandwiches Under Normal Pressures
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The major rivers of the Western US
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Countries in Central America
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Planets in our solar system
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Types of amino acids
    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. Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The order of sharp keys
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The order of flat keys
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The lines of the treble clef
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The lines of the bass clef
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

  5. Please Do Not Touch Steve’s Pet Alligator
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The Royal Families of England
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Computer networking layers
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Jupiter’s moons
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Countries on Africa’s Ivory Coast
    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. Put Eggs On My Plate Please, Homer
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Phases of mitosis
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Geologic epochs
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Noble gases on the Periodic Table
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The Dewey Decimal System
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

  7. Idiot, Pass Me Another Tequila
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Phases of taxonomy
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The major fungal classes
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Multicellular organisms
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Phases of cell cycle
    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. What Funny Granny Fries Livers But Hates Livers Done Dryly?
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The Bill of Rights
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The 10 biblical plagues
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The 10 Commandments
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The first 10 books of the New Testament
    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. Did Fred Make Purple Pecan Pie Saturday?
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Seven functions of marketing
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Seven geologic periods
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Seven hills of Rome
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Seven common felonies
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

  10. I Eat Green Cows<br />
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Canadian capital cities
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mountain ranges of Eurasia
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Moons of Jupiter
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Objects found in the Oort cloud
    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. Will A Jolly Man Make A Jolly Visitor? How Truly Poor That First Paper Boy Looks.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The first 16 colonies
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The first 16 presidents
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The first 16 alkali metals
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The 16 bones in your wrist
    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. Hungry Harry Licked Burgers Bashfully. Curiously, Natasha Offered Floss Nonchalantly<br />
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Russian Tsars, 1547–1721
    Correct
    Incorrect
    German verb conjugation
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Capital cities of South America
    Correct
    Incorrect
    First 10 elements on the periodic table
    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. What Can Protect My Vital Lips?<br />
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The Food Pyramid<br />
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Essential vitamins<br />
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Essential nutrients
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Respiratory organs
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

  14. Spaceships Fly Through Space Looking Very Cool
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Compositions by Beethoven
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Parts of speech
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Elements of art
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Types of pottery
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

  15. Never Let Monkeys Eat Bananas<br />
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The immune response<br />
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Types of white blood cells
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Parts of the digestive system
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Medical advances of the 20th century
    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. May I have a large container of coffee, cream, and sugar?
    Correct
    Incorrect
    The Bill of Rights
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Parts of the eyeball
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Pi
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Dwarf planets
    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?

 
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