10 Lesser-known Mnemonics

Lesser-known because most are specific to my life.
  1. 1.
    SHO ME
    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.
  2. 2.
    PPPPPHHHHHHHloem = FFFFFFFood
    From my ninth-grade biology teacher, a way to remember that phloems conduct food (and xylems conduct water). HT: Stephen Anthony.
  3. 3.
    KaHHHHeka = QuiJJJJJJJote
    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. 4.
    StalagMITES MIGHT reach the ceiling someday.
    A lot of people know this one, but I've always wondered if it was useful for anything beyond test-taking.
  5. 5.
    CLOSE is to CLOSE
    In my house, you pull the string CLOSE to you if you want to CLOSE the vertical blinds.
  6. 6.
    Turn out the light at the end of the tunnel.
    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. 7.
    It's RIGHT to COMPLIMENT someone.
    I could never remember which were complementary angles and which were supplementary angles, until my homeroom partner Suzy taught me this one.
  8. 8.
    Valkenburgh is spelled like Pittsburgh.
    Useful to a very tiny number of people I know. Is it --berg? --burg? --burgh? HT: Lou S., my former head of school.
  9. 9.
    ALL-RICE
    Minus the area code, my Google Voice number.
  10. 10.
    Kevin Put Cocaine On Fire; Got Stoned.
    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.