Sequences, whether it’s the colors of the rainbow, the names of the planets, or ages of Earth’s geologic past just scream for mnemonic devices such as acronym-sentences. Some of these can be quite entertaining in their own right, and even more entertaining if you make them up yourself. For example, beginning electrical engineering and technology students are faced with the task of memorizing the resistor color code. The code is used to denote the nominal value of resistors with a total of ten colors corresponding to the numerals 0 through 9:
The sequence aligns with a rainbow and the old physics gem ROY G. BIV but with modifications at the ends. Several sentences have been used over the years to denote the sequence BBROYGBVGW. The first one I learned, over 30 years ago, was “Bad Boys Rape Our Young Girls But Violet Gives Willingly”. For obvious reasons this is not something I want to repeat to my students. Another popular version from years ago was “Bad Beer Robs Our Young Guts But Vodka Goes Well”. Perhaps not as bad, but I’ve never been one for hard liquor either.
So I decided to come up with a few of my own. I’ve been doing this for several semesters but I never write them down and I forget them before too long (which is good because it makes me think up new versions). This semester I came up with the following: “Bad Bumbling Rabid Orangutans Yelp, Gleefully Beating Violent Great Whites” (sharks, that is). It doesn’t roll off the tongue so well so I tried again: “Big Bob, Ranger Of Yellowstone, Gives Bears Very Grim Warnings”. That one’s OK. I picture Mr. Ranger reprimanding Yogi for stealing yet another pic-a-nic basket.
So whadda YOU get?