My favorite mnemonic

20 Jul

Mnemonics are useful memory tools. My favorite mnemonic is:

“Said George III with a smile, 1760 yards in a mile.”

This mnemonic encodes two pieces of information, the number of yards in a mile (1760) and the year that George III took the throne (also 1760). Knowing how  many yards in a mile helps me to remember how many feet in a mile. Just multiply 1760 by 3 to get 5280.

I admit that no one has ever asked me “just when did George III ascend to the throne?” But when it happens, I am ready.


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