# Easily Recall the Fifty States and Nine Divisions of the United States and the Thirteen Subdivisions of Canada using a “Perfect Pentasyllables” Mnemonic.

A New Mnemonic with Several Innovative Features.

Easy to understand version of the mnemonic (explanation and map below) note that each line is constrained to contain exactly five syllables:

WOC AN TL MA Flor’

WOC AN TL MAT Kent’

WOC AN Tl A Ok’

WOC AN CUN IM Wy’

WOC…

# How a math teacher should pronounce a binary number.

By ‘a math teacher’, I mean anyone teaching math, including a home schooler. I am not talking about a math teacher who is teaching computer science or some other subject. In computer science it often makes sense to pronounce binary numbers like telephone numbers; a mere series of numerals.

Let’s…

# A simple algorithm for naming all numbers in all bases that are a positive power of two, based on the Major System of mnemotechnics.

## Introduction.

The base ten counting system has a set of spoken names and rules for pronouncing them that works well, and that we take for granted. Other bases, such as binary, or base eight, or base sixteen seem inhuman, difficult, and useless mainly because they lack an analogous system of names…

# A new and improved version of my South America mnemonic and lesson and an easier puzzle.

This is my second published version of this mnemonic and puzzle. The mnemonic is essentially the same, but I tweaked it significantly. This article contains everything that was in the first article so there is no point in reading that one if you can read this one.

When the order…

# Roy G. Biv has an additional hidden treasure.

The mnemonic Roy G. Biv is the name of an imaginary person with the initials RGB, which recalls “red, green, blue” which are the names of the light primaries, also known as the primary colors, I noticed. This is in addition to its well-known function of recalling the classic seven colors of the rainbow “red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet”.

I published the ideas of this article about two weeks ago but I can’t find my way back to that account, and so I am republishing it here.

# Useless Opinion Poll Questions.

I’ve noticed that a lot of opinion poll questions are so poorly phrased that the results are useless.

Here’s an example of what I mean (I saw this recently as a poll on Twitter): “If America knew a year ago what we know now, would Trump have been elected instead…

# This Video is a Typical Example of Covid Misinformation that No One Ever Calls Out.

I think this video contains dangerously wrong statements about how covid spreads and about why we are being told to wash our hands. I don’t think it is true that you that you need to be “right up close” (about a hand’s breadth away according to the video, at…

# Why I Give Fifty Claps or None on Medium.

I used to sometimes give one clap, sometimes two, sometimes three or more, but never fifty.

Now, if I give any claps, I give fifty.

Claps don’t cost anything, and I can give as many claps as I want without limit, and therefore, if I am going to try to…

# IUPAC Nomenclature should be taught to Elementary School Kids.

Why do we teach the boring, difficult parts of chemistry first? How about instead starting by teaching students to understand and those impressive chemical names and diagrams seen in organic chemistry. …

## Matthew Christopher Bartsh

My favorite activity is learning new things.

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