Here's a useful mnemonic for remembering the order of the planets within our solar system:
"Son - Men Very Easily Make Jugs Serve Useful Nocturnal Purposes!"
(Sun - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)
To place the asteroid belt, one can also "..Easily Make [Alcoholic] Jugs.." (ie. ..Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter..)
Gary L.Foiles (a Cowley County Attorney) has e-mailed an alternative for the planets and asteroids, although he says it's more useful in those countries where a closing punctuation mark is called a "period" rather than a "full stop":
"Martha Visits Every Monday And Just Stays Until Noon, Period."
From Barbara D. Martin (9/00) comes:
"My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles."
From Marcus Lewis-Price (10/00) comes another:
"Many Vampires Eat Many Jam Sandwiches Until Nanny Protests."
From "Moleshouse" (4/01) comes yet another:
"My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets."
John Herbert (7/01) of the UK suggests:
"Many Volcanoes Erupt Mouldy Apple Jam Sandwiches, Unusually Nifty Phew."
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