21 Clever Mnemonic Devices That Will Help You Remember Almost Everything

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community for some of their funny, dirty, and most creative mnemonic devices. What are mnemonic devices? They’re useful little tricks or methods — like acronyms or poems — that help them remember important information. Here are some of the best:

    1. The order of planets from the sun:

    2. The order of the cell cycle phases:

    3. When to use "gray" or "grey":

    4. The order of mathematical operations:

    5. When to use "affect" or "effect":

    6. The order of taxonomic rank:

    7. How to remember who is on which bill:

    8. How to write "b" and "d":

    9. How to remember sin, cosine, and tan:

    10. How to spell "necessary":

    11. The carpal bones:

    12. The difference between stalagmites and stalactites (aka mineral formations in caves):

    13. Time zones in Canada:

    14. How to set the table:

    15. The order of the cranial nerves:

    16. The order of the first five books of the Old Testament:

    17. How to spell "desserts":

    18. How many days are in each month:

    19. The order of the Great Lakes:

    20. How to do multiplication with decimals:

    21. And finally, the four principal compass directions:

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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    Oops! Hamilton and Franklin weren’t presidents. ♫ Never gonna be president now, never gonna be president♫. No. 7 has been updated accordingly.