In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and other mnemonic devices wanted. Apply within.
October 15, 2007 5:09 PM Subscribe
In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Great, Columbus=1492, got it. What else you know? I'm looking for silly and/or clever ways to remember history.
The States Song (I don't actually know it, but I know there is one)
As I'm getting older, I'm finding that I often horribly embarrass myself with my appalling knowledge of history and events. My problem is that I can't seem to retain the information. I've had the Middle-east conflicts summarized and explained to me several times. I've read about wars in various contexts. I've learned all the capitals, world leaders, evolutionary timelines, biblical events...repeatedly. It just doesn't stick.
However, you play me the first two bars of any song and I can tell you the entire lyrics. I must know 10,000 songs, but can't name 10 presidents. Acronyms stick too. I will go to my grave knowing exactly who ROY G. BIV is referring to. Or that Kings Play Chess On Fine Grained Sand. Ask me to name a king and I'm stumped.
I'm looking for mnemonic devices, acronyms, poems, songs, quotes or other things that could help me remember historical events. Things that are memorable, catchy, contextual, or otherwise clever.
No events are off limits here. Bring me your religion, your human evolution, your historical obscurity. Painfully obvious historical references will be just as valued as well.
Other examples of the type of information I'm seeking:
The President's Song (ditto)
Oh how sad, I can't even come up with a third example. Allow me to repeat myself. "In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue."
Thanks! I'm sure I'll be singing (and smart) in no time.
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