Monday, January 17, 2011

You SHOULD always remember the European emergency number

at least, when you live in Europe...

In the United States of America everybody knows the emergency number. It's 911. Dialing this number can save your life. Not only people in the US know this number, but anyone who watches American television shows.
This number is so important, that it needs to be the same in Europe, right? No, not at all. Most of the countries in Europe have an emergency number that is very specific for the country. But there also exists one single emergency number for whole Europe, at least most of the European countries. Still, it is not well-known.

The number we are referring to is 112.

How to memorize?

We will use the mnemonic major system. The relevant letters and digits of the major system:

  • 0 - Z, S (first letter of Zero, sounds like S)
  • 1 - T, D (these letters have 1 downstroke)
  • 2 - N (two downstrokes)

Now the fun can begin! We make words using these consonants, mapping to the phone number 112.

  • Titan
  • Add-on
  • Shut down

My favorite is the word SITUATION. Now use the following mnemonic association to remember 112
When you are in a bad situation, then call 112.
Indeed, 112 is the major system mapping of the word "situation".

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fresh in the air

Hello everybody,

My name is Bram and I'm a big fan of number mnemonics. In my professional life I'm a mathematician. I'm so excited about mnemonic number systems that I would like to share my passion with you. I will regularly try to post number mnemonic examples.

I hope you will enjoy this blog about number mnemonics examples. Feel free to contact me with feedback.

Kind regards,