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MNENOMIC DEVICE

ARITHMETIC--A RAT IN THE HOUSE, MIGHT EAT THE ICE CREAM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Memory
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 00001960S

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

ST. WAPINAC-L

Submitter comment: THIS IS WHAT HE USED TO REMEMBER THE PRESIDENT'S CABINENT AS IT WAS
IN THE YEAR 1938.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

MY VERY EDUCATED MOTHER JUST SERVED US NINE PICKLES.

Submitter comment: THIS SENTENCE HELPS TO REMEMBER THE PLANETS IN THE ORDER OF NEAREST
TO THE SUN TO FURTHEST FROM THE SUN
INFORMANT SAID HE LEARNED THE DEVICE FROM SOME OF HIS FRIENDS AT
SCHOOL. HE DIDN'T REMEMBER WHO TOLD IT TO HIM BUT SAID IT WAS USED
BY ALMOST EVERYONE IN HIS CLASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; NEPTUNE ; PLANETS: MERCURY, VENUS, EARTH, MARS, JUPITER, SATURN, ; PLUTO ; URANUS

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

H-O-M-E-S

Submitter comment: THE WORD HOMES HELPS TO REMEMBER THE GREAT LAKES
INFORMANT SAID HE LEARNED THE DEVICE FROM SOME OF HIS FRIENDS AT
SCHOOL. HE DIDN'T REMEMBER WHO TOLD IT TO HIM BUT SAID IT WAS USED
BY ALMOST EVERYONE IN HIS CLASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; LAKES: HURON, ONTARIO, MICHIGAN, ERIE, SUPERIOR

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

JOHN STEPHEN ULRICH NEEDS EVERY VITAMIN, MINERAL, PLUS MEAT

Submitter comment: THIS SENTENCE HELPS IN REMEMBERING THE PLANETS IN THE ORDER OF
LARGEST TO SMALLEST
INFORMANT SAID HE LEARNED THE DEVICE FROM SOME OF HIS FRIENDS AT
SCHOOL. HE DIDN'T REMEMBER WHO TOLD IT TO HIM BUT SAID IT WAS USED
BY ALMOST EVERYONE IN HIS CLASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

James Callow Keyword(s): Earth ; JUPITER ; MARS ; MERCURY ; NEPTUNE ; PLANETS ; PLUTO ; SATURN ; URANUS ; VENUS

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

OLD OLLIE OLIVER TRIED THERESA AFTER FRED AND GEORGE VIOLATED
SISTER HARRIET

Submitter comment: THIS SENTENCE IS USED TO REMEMBER THE CRANIAL NERVES
I LEARNED THE DEVICE FROM A GIRL THAT WAS IN MY ANATOMY CLASS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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THIRTY DAYS HATH SEPTEMBER, APRIL, JUNE AND NOVEMBER.
ALL THE REST HAVE THIRTY-ONE, EXCEPT FEBRUARY THAT HAS 28.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS WHEN HE NEEDS TO REMEMBER THE NUMBER OF DAYS
IN A MONTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Custom Festival C840.574.4
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

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TO REMEMBER HOW TO SPELL ARITHMETIC, REMEMBER THE PHRASE "A RAT IN
THE HOUSE MIGHT EAT THE ICECREAM.

Submitter comment: 1 I LEARNED THIS FROM MY SECOND GRADE TEACHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: CA00001967

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YOU CAN TELL HOW MANY DAYS ARE IN THE MONTHS BY USING
YOUR KNUCKLES. USING THE FOUR KNUCKLES, ON THE
KNUCKLES IS 31 DAYS, IN THE LOW PART BETWEEN THE
KNUCKLES ARE THE MONTHS WITH LESS THAN 31 DAYS.

Data entry tech comment: DRAWING ON 5 X 8 CARD: ON KNUCKLES, JULY, ON THE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

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PROVERB

RIGHT TO TIGHT, LEFT TO LOOSE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS WHAT YOU SAY TO REMIND YOURSELF HOW TO TURN A SCREW OR
JAR TOP.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1981

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

I BEFORE E EXCEPT AFTER C.
EXCEPT WHEN SOUNDING LIKE A
AS IN NEIGHBOR AND WEIGH.

Submitter comment: MY BROTHER LEARNED THIS TO HELP HIM REMEMBER WHICH ORDER TO USE
WHEN SPELLING WITH THE LETTERS I AND E.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FUDGE OR EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS IN MY MUSIC CLASS TO HELP ME REMEMBER THE NOTES
CORRESPONDING TO LINES ON THE STAFF

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

F-A-C-E.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS IN MY MUSIC CLASS TO HELP REMEMBER THE NOTES
CORRESPONDING TO THE SPACES ON THE STAFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

THIRTY DAYS HALF SEPTEMBER, APRIL, JUNE AND NOVEMBER

Submitter comment: THE WORD HALF MAY ORGINALLY HAVE BEEN THE WORD HAVE BUT WAS CHANGED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 09-00-1981

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

A RED INDIAN THOUGHT HE MIGHT EAT TURKEY IN CHURCH

Submitter comment: ARITHMETIC

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 09-00-1981

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MNEMONIC DEVICE

A RAT IN THE HOUSE MAY EAT THE ICE CREAM

Submitter comment: ARITHMETIC

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 09-00-1981

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E,A,D,G,B,E,
EVERY ATHLETE DOES GOOD BODY EXCERCISES.
I USED THIS MNEMONIC DEVICE TO MEMORIZE
THE STRINGS OF THE GUITAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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THE PROPER WAY TO MAKE AN ACID SOLUTION

"DO AS YOU AUGHTER ADD ACID TO WATER."

Submitter comment: THIS LITTLE RYME HELPS YOU TO REMEMBER THE SAFE WAY
TO MIX ACID AND WATER TO GET AN ACID SOLUTION.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): CACOGRAPHY: AUGHTER FOR OUGHT TO

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 00-00-1983

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THE TWELVE APOSTLES

B BARTHOLOMEW
A ANDREW
P PETER, PHILLIP
T THOMAS
I JAMES, JOHN, JAMES, JUDE, JUDAS
S SIMON
M MATTHEW

Submitter comment: USED TO MEMORIZE THE TWELVE APOSTLES FOR FIFTH GRADE
STUDENTS. THE "I" IN BAPTISM TURNS INTO A "J".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

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PUT THE ABLATIVE WITH TE,
CUM, CORAM, AB, AND E,
SINE, TENUS, PRO, AND PRE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- MNEM

Date learned: 00-00-1962

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