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Mnemonic Devices to Help You Remember Daylight Savings is Ending

As we exclusively reported yesterday, daylight savings is ending late tonight (technically tomorrow morning) at 2 a.m.. On the plus side, you will get one more hour of sleep. Unfortunately, this will be at the expense of a full season's worth of sunlight, vitamin D, and your sanity. Nonetheless, if you don't set your clocks back an hour, ACORN will come after you and send you to one of President Obama's dreaded Time Education Camps. How to remember this vital information?

It's quite simple, actually. Before you go to bed, all you have to think is, "Theater was taught to selfish young Cockney boys and honored Bard's ingenious yet underrated youthful prose. Interesting people don't ingest amaretto [sour]." That simple sentence is a mnemonic device, and deconstructed it reads, "T-W-T-T-S-Y-C-B-A-H-B-I-Y-U-Y-P-I-P-D-I-A." That clearly reminds you, "Tonight, well, technically tomorrow, set your clock back an hour, but if you use your phone, it'll probably do it automatically." (The "sour" is not part of the device).

If that doesn't work, or if you are visual thinker, try this on for size: Picture Beethoven chewing gum. Naturally, Beethoven was the subject of The Beatles' "Roll Over Beethoven," which used a guitar riff by Chuck Berry. In Back to the Future, Berry's fictional cousin Marvin heard Marty Mcfly's similar guitar stylings and called the Rock 'n' Roll legend to inform him that he found "that new sound" he had been looking for. Thus, going "back" in time. The gum represents Wrigley's Doublemint. Doublemint means two mints, which will make you think of 2 a.m.: Set your clocks back at 2.a.m.

Who knew remembering the specifics of a multi-national effort to preserve harvest hours could be so easy?

[@nickgreene][ngreene@villagevoice.com]


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