Recently my cousin shared a photograph with me where a little impressionable girl was wearing a T shirt which proclaimed “Forget Princess I want to be an Astrophysicist” After looking at the photograph I replied back to him saying
The myth of a damsel in distress finding the Prince Charming riding a white horse has been glorified by the Greek mythological folklore and also thanks to the Cinderella fairy tales popularized by Disney movies adding to the imagination of young girls creating an alternate reality and poor guys are victims of such perpetual myth. I also question why the little girl was interested in becoming an Astrophysicist? Does the girl understand what Astrophysics mean ? I added the little girl has to pass my test to gauge here interest in Astrophysics. My questions would be
What is SuperNova ?
What is Andromeda ?
If the little girl would answer these questions correctly she would pass my test because her interest to pursue Astrophysics is driven by some inherent curiosity. But I added the girl is just a kid she will realize that the ideal career is one which can balance both the monetary and interest quotient and said that the girl had a long way to go before making her public proclamation a reality.
My cousin replied back to me that I made a brilliant point. He added the picture was taken with a T-Shirt merchandise sold in a discovery science museum as an atypical slogan to break all the too conventional princess themes.
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Willie Willie Harry Stee
Harry Dick John Harry three;
One two three Neds, Richard two
Harrys four five six….then who?
Edwards four five, Dick the bad,
Harrys (twain), Ned six (the lad);
Mary, Bessie, James you ken,
Then Charlie, Charlie, James again…
Will and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Georges four, Will four Victoria;
Edward seven next, and then
Came George the fifth in nineteen ten;
Ned the eighth soon abdicated
Then George six was coronated;
After which Elizabeth
And that’s all folks until her death.
When A Joke Made Me A Joker,
Van Held The Poker,
The Fiery Poker,
But Long John Grant Had Gone
And Chased His Crazy Mooses
‘Round The West Hollering,
“Can’t Help Rinse Those Empty Kettles Just Now, Friend.”
Come ‘Round By Charlie’s Bed Often (or: Colanders Rinse Bad Cabbage Best, Obviously)
What ? What the hell are the two rhymes I listed out? Take a guess. William the Conqueror ? Henry VIII, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. George Washington Abraham Lincoln , Roosevelt and Obama. That’s the clue. Well If one were asked to sequentially name all the kings of England I make a very safe guess Nine out of Ten would draw a blank and the same goes for naming all the presidents of America. Most of us would care less to remember all the kings of England or all the Presidents of America for the general consensus would be how it would matter if someone is able to name all the Kings and Queens of England or the Presidents of America. I agree it does not amount to much but no denying the power to impress a random someone with one’s remarkable memory is not questionable. So coming to the point the first rhyme I started out with is the mnemonic to remember all the kings of England and the second one is the one to remember the presidents of America where the first letter of the word in the rhyme corresponds to the last name of the president in a sequential fashion. So what is a mnemonic to begin with ? A device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something.
Continue reading In Pursuit of A Better Memory. Mnemosyne And The Three Muses Characters in Greek Mythology. Does Memory Really Matter ?