Pony (Elephant) Party

According to Yahoo!News, a 4th grade girl in Montana has won the National Geographic contest to invent a new mnemonic for remembering the planets, now that Ceres and Eris are being recognized as dwarf planets (along with the demoted Pluto).

No longer will “Mary Visits Every Monday Just Staying Until Noon Period”, and never again will “My Very Educated Mother Just Send Us Nine Pizzas”.  Or….

(i totally cut and pasted this list from the wikipedia page, which has many, many more…all obsolete!!)

# Man Very Early Made Jars Stand Up Nearly Perpendicular

# Many Velvet Elephants Munching Juicy Satsumas Under Nodding Palms

# Many Verses Ease Memory Jogging Simply Using Nine Planets

# Many Very Early Men Just Sat Under New Planets

# Many Very Early Men Just Stayed Up Nights Planning (or Planting)

# Many Vikings Enjoyed Making Jelly; Some Used Norse Plums

# Many Visitors Eat Mulberry Jam Spread Upon New Potatoes

# Many Voracious Earthlings May Jump Soon Upon New Planets

# Mark’s Violet Eyes Make Jane Sit Up Nights Pining

# Men Very Early Made Journeys Seeking Unknown New Planets

# Men Very Easily Make Jugs Serve Useful Nocturnal Purposes

# Most of the Voters Earn Money Just by Showing Up Next to the Poll

The new mnemonic which won the National Geographic contest:

My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants

Get to studyin’!!!!!!!!!

~73v

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    • Robyn on February 27, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Michelle vacillated every minute, currently jeering student underachievement, next promoting excellence.  

  1. Josh is home with a bug today so he was excited to read this.  My husband argues that Mercury is not the M closest to the sun.  I thought he was a smart, what has happened?  I guess he’s getting old, pretty soon he’ll be forgetting to leave the empty of toilet paper cardboard roll on the spindle.

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