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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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