Question Of The Week

Question of the week: When you were in school did you ever make up a rhyme or little saying to remember something?

My youngest daughter made the mistake of asking me what year Christopher Columbus discovered America the other day. I told her:

In 1492 Columbus was a Jew,
He sat on the grass,
Which tickled his ass,
in 1492.

My mother told me that little rhyme when I was a kid and it is the only way I can remember when Columbus discovered America. 

I use Never Eat Shredded Wheat to remember  North, East, South and West. Another one I have is My Very Excellent Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto.

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  1. I did have a few of these but none I can put on here. God you make me laugh.

  2. Always. I couldn’t have learned all my flight attendant school stuff without rhymes. Learning every airport code was hard, and I taught my whole class all my crazy terms for each city, and we all passes every airport because I made them so funny you couldn’t help but remember.

    • You were a flight attendant, that is so cool. I always thought that would be a great job if you could get past the few idiots that you have to deal with.

  3. I sure did but none as good as yours! Your mom taught you that? Your mom rocks!

    • My mom did ROCK! She was the best and she taught me well in the short 26 years that I got to spend with her.
      I kid you not, when my oldest was in school she told this little rhyme to her friends on the playground which made it’s way of course back to the teacher who was not amused. I had a nice little talk with the teacher that afternoon which resulted in my having a talk with my daughter about how some people just don’t understand our great sense of humor.

  4. LOL at that rhyme! We learned “In 1400 and 92 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

    Roy G. Biv was the rainbow. (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue Indigo, Violet)

    My husband is a truck driver, and when a scale house is closed some drivers will say, “Chicken Loose On Scale – Extreme Danger.” (There are more but they’re not as funny.)

  5. joz1234

     /  August 11, 2009

    I didn’t make this one up (another teacher I knew did), But here’s one for trig functions in Algebra:

    Disclaimer: I DO NOT teach this to kids. 😀

    Some (Sin)
    Old (opposite)
    Hippie (hypotenuse)
    Caught (Cosine)
    Another (adjacent)
    Hippie (hypotenuse)
    Tripping (Tangent)
    On (opposite)
    Acid (adjacent)

  6. joz1234

     /  August 11, 2009

    another one (to pop goes the weasel)

    x equals negative b, plus or minus the square root
    of b squared minus 4 a c
    All over 2 a

    (the quadratic formula)…I could hear my students humming this one before/during tests. 😀


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