Lesser-known because most are specific to my life.
  1. SHO ME
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    Superior, Huron, Ontario. Michigan, Erie. If you're looking at a map where north is up, it's the Great Lakes in order from left to right across the top and then across the bottom. Hat-tip: My seventh-grade classmate Alan.
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    From my ninth-grade biology teacher, a way to remember that phloems conduct food (and xylems conduct water). HT: Stephen Anthony.
  3. KaHHHHeka = QuiJJJJJJJote
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    This suffers from printed words that are pronounced not as they appear. I always used to confuse Kaheka Street in Honolulu with Kamakee Street, in a nearby neighborhood. They're very similar streets: You mostly use them as connections between major parallel streets. But only Kaheka gets you to Don Quijote. Alternate: KaHEKa is a HECKuva lot farther to walk from my house.
  4. StalagMITES MIGHT reach the ceiling someday.
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    A lot of people know this one, but I've always wondered if it was useful for anything beyond test-taking.
  5. CLOSE is to CLOSE
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    In my house, you pull the string CLOSE to you if you want to CLOSE the vertical blinds.
  6. Turn out the light at the end of the tunnel.
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    I mutter this to myself when I emerge from a tunnel. Obviously, I don't obey the instruction if I'm driving at night.
  7. It's RIGHT to COMPLIMENT someone.
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    I could never remember which were complementary angles and which were supplementary angles, until my homeroom partner Suzy taught me this one.
  8. Valkenburgh is spelled like Pittsburgh.
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    Useful to a very tiny number of people I know. Is it --berg? --burg? --burgh? HT: Lou S., my former head of school.
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    Minus the area code, my Google Voice number.
  10. Kevin Put Cocaine On Fire; Got Stoned.
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    Alternative to "King Philip Came Over From Germany Saturday." One of the guys in ninth-grade biology thought this was funnier, so of course we all found it easier to remember.