Monday, March 26, 2007

Spring Forward, Fall Back

"Spring forward, fall back".

We just changed over to Daylight Savings Time this weekend, and that's the little thing I use to remember which way to turn the clock. (The only problem is that it doesn't remind you to change all your clocks, and I missed my bus this morning because I looked at the wrong clock). I remember reading this saying in the paper when I was just a kid and it's stuck with me ever since, it's funny how the most insignificant things stay with you. I still remember making up a little ditty in my high school biology class to remember the order for classifying organisms. It went: King Phillip came over from Great Spain (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family,Genus, Species). And then there's the one our teacher gave us to remember directions on a map: Never eat shredded wheat (North, East, South, West going clockwise).

I think I'm going to have to think of some more of these babies to help me in my driving class, because some of this stuff is pretty complicated. They want you to know all the classifications of vehicles depending on the kind of motor, the size, and more shit I can't remember now. We were looking at the section on lights the other day, which is pretty straightforward, or so it would seem. Then the teacher asked us about the light that illuminates the license plate. It seems that on the exam one of the questions asks what the function of this light is, and most people would say "To illuminate the license plate, duh". Wrong. The correct answer is "To illuminate the place where the license plate should be". Now if that isn't stupid then I don't know what is.

By the way I found this great page full of mnemonics for a lot of different subjects, so if you're interested have a look at this Mnemotics Guide.


  1. If I had to take that class I know for sure I would fail! I hope it will be multiple choice at least? So you missed your bus? I didn't find out until 11:30 saturday night that the time was going to change and boy was I glad because it was my turn sunday morning to get the coffee ready at church. I would have come after the service if somebody hadn't said anything.