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KAREN // @momopeche

Game geek, candyfreak, bad runner.  

EXPERTISE: Geography, Hip Hop, Dogs, Patrick Swayze, Scout

 

COLIN // @colin13

Cannot tolerate lines that are not 100% parallel or 100% perpendicular.

EXPERTISE: Classic Rock, Academy Awards, NBA, Star Wars, Sniper

 

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Kinda sweet, kinda hilarious. Game designer extraordinaire.  

EXPERTISE: Literature, Indie Rock, Pop Culture, New Zealand, Prince, Medic

 

CHRIS // @kobunheat

Walking retro videogame almanac. Ravenclaw.  

EXPERTISE: US government, James Taylor, videogames, Spy

OUR MNEMONIC ARCHIVE!

Here are all of our tips and tricks that help us remember very....uh... important things. Enjoy!

Wednesday
Jun112014

How to Memorize the 13 Colonies in Order of Admission into the Union

[From Episode 114: How to Prep for Pub Quiz Part II]


 

DePend on Jerky George to con the masses.
Mary's scams harm virgin Yorkies, not carnal rhinos.


Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island.

 

Wednesday
Jun112014

How to Memorize Greek and Roman Gods (12 Olympians)

[From Episode 114: How to Prep for Pub Quiz Part II]

There are 12 gods and goddesses on Mt. Olympus. Dana wrote this punny story that delineates the god's Roman name, Greek name, and domain. The first name instance is the Roman name (green), and the second is Greek (orange).

Monday
Aug132012

How to Memorize the Colors of the Olympic Rings in Order

Going from left to right:
Blue, Yellow, Black, Green, Red

A bit tricky since "blue" and "black" share the same two first letters so this mnemonic uses the first three letters to differentiate between the two.
 
Bludgeoning Your Bladder Gets it Red

Monday
Jul302012

How to Memorize the Bill of Rights

[From Episode 22: Do Not Pass Go]

Chris' own original creation to help you brainiacs out there. USA! USA! USA!

 

Speech and such are the first rights.

Two: to arms, to arms! Let's fight!

Three's a crowd, you can't stay here.

Four, don't look through my things, dear.

 

Five because I plead the fifth.

This is complimented with

Six, which says my day in court

Will be a speedy, public sort.

 

Lucky seven means a jury.

Eight is no big deal, don't worry.

We have nine lives and way more rights.

Ten: People and states have equal might.


Monday
Jul302012

How to Identify Countries in Central America

[From Episode 18: Splish Splash I Was Taking A Bath]

Remember kids, this isn't truly in order from left to right, rather, it's in the order if you follow the weird S-curve starting from the top most country. And don't forget "E" stands for El Salvador, not Ecuador! Ecuador is in South America!

Baby Godzilla Eats Hotdogs, Not Cocoa Puffs

Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

 

Also, this just makes sense. Baby Godzilla would require a meaty diet.

 

Monday
Jul302012

How to Identify the Teletubbies

[From Episode 16: Don't You Forget About Me]

Sure, you might think this is absolutely useless but this comes up in pub trivia ALL. THE. TIME. Which one is what color? Which one has what kind of antenna? Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

(From left to right)

[Name] : [Antenna] : [Color]

Tinky Winky : T for Triangle : WINK as in perWINKle (Purple)

Dipsy : DIP for DIPstick : DIP as in artichoke DIP (Green)

Lala : L as in curLy : L for Lemon (Yellow)

Po : "Po" sounds like O : PO as in Pomegranate (Red)

 

Monday
Jul302012

How to Memorize the 12 Labors of Hercules in Order

[From Episode 2: Once Upon A Gruesome Time]

Hercules! Hercules! Why is it always 12? That sure makes our jobs harder. But here's a little poem that uses the first two letters to signify the 12 labors of Hercules. A little ridiculous but hopefully handy one day!

 

 

Little hyper hipster boy

strains biceps busting macarena

girls can apply, certainly

 

Lion, hydra, hind, boar

stables, birds, bull, mares

girdle, cattle, apple, Cerberus

 

Monday
Jul302012

How to Memorize the Human Sperm Pathway

[From Episode 10: Animals Are Weird]

 

You know, just in case when you need a quick refresher on all the main attractions a sperm hits along the way as it...travels...out. With this basic mnemonic, you're on your way to become a sweet freelance urologist!

SEVEN UP

S - Seminiferous Tubules

E - Epididymus

V - Vas Deferens

E - Ejaculatory Duct

N - ("nothing" - makes the mnemonic easier to remember)

U - Urethra

P - Penis

 

Tuesday
Apr172012

How to Identify the Rice Krispies Elves

[From Episode 7: Willy Wonka & the Wax Tadpole Factory]

Well, we got Snap, Crackle, and Pop...but which one's which? The elves are in costumes- the baker, the music bandleader, and the generic elf with the pajama stocking hat. Use this visualization trick to correctly identify the elf:

"GingerSNAPs" - Bakers bake gingersnap cookies so SNAP is the Baker

"POP Music" - Music is related to bandleaders, so POP is the Bandleader

"CRACK of dawn" - CRACKLE is wearing a pajama hat, so he wakes up at the crack of dawn.

 

Tuesday
Apr172012

How to Memorize Biological Taxonomy Classification

[From Episode 6: Word Nerds Rejoice!]

HOLY HOMO SAPIEN, BATMAN! Here's our trick of remembering the taxonomy groups in order from large to specific. And you have two equally disturbing ones to choose from:

Kanye, Please Come Over For Great Sex

or

King Phillip Chases Old Fat Girl Scouts


The taxonomy levels are as follows:

Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species