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MIT student blogger Bryan O. '07


A contest!

If you’re old like me, you’ll remember a classic episode of Saved by the Bell where Zach Morris joined the quiz bowl team but then the token nerd, Screech, got sick and Zach had to help carry the team. One of his mnemonics for learning the order of the planets was “MVEMJSUNP” pronounced ‘me-vehn-se-nup’

But given that science likes to redefine itself every so often, it may actually be time for a new mnemonic, sorry Screech.

So here’s a contest:

Assuming that the new order of the planets is:
2003 UB313

Propose a new mnemonic. I’ll select a top five on Sunday, and then voting can occur through Friday the 25th of August. Winner will get something cool, promise.

Ready, set, go!

18 responses to “MVEMJSUNP”

  1. Joe says:

    How ’bout MVEMCJSUNPCUB? Gotta love originality, no?

    Or…My Very Enormous Mother Can Jump Straight Up Near Pool Cleaners Unto Bystanders?

  2. Chris '10 says:

    Madame, Very Eager Men Can Jeopardize Some Unions; Nervous People Can 2!

  3. Colin says:

    My Very Erudite Mother, Cathy, Just Saw Uno New Planet Called 2003 UB313.


  4. Mike says:

    Monthly Venues Easily Make Carl Jump Strangly Until Nearly Passing Close-to 2003 Unusual Boys.

  5. Alberto says:

    Most voices enable my complicated justice sensors under no pressing conditions “two”!


  6. Mandana says:


    Many Villains Escaped My County Jail So Unexpectedly! Now, People Cringe 2 Unlock Bolts.

  7. Ruth says:

    I love that Saved By The Bell is the most easily associated reference.

    Yay for the late 80s and early 90s!

  8. Jon says:

    Haha, oh the age difference….for us potential 2011ers, Saved By the Bell was a bit too early….now Boy Meets World, ANYONE can associate with that

    and how about

    Mother Veruca Eagerly Makes Cake Just Sitting Under Nasty Paintings Corroded Twice

  9. Harrison says:

    My Virulent E. Coli Might Cure Jumping Sickness Unless No Person Comes 2morrow

  10. My Very Easy Method Can Just Send U Naming Planets Charon and 2003UB13


  11. Jimmy says:

    Maine vegetables ease my cow’s jaded stomach, unleashing nasty piles cultivating 2003 untited beetles.

  12. c21 says:

    Ha! I proudly submit my nonsensical atttempt at acrostic (sort of) mnemonic devices!












    2^0^0^3 UnBelievably = 3+1-3

  13. Billy says:

    My various electrical machines can just sit under newly programed chrome 2na underwater bots.

  14. Arkajit says:

    We’re back down to eight planets now! Check out the article on Wired: “Pluto Stripped of Planet Status”. (click my name link) Ceres and 2003 UB313 are also going to be classified as “dwarf planets” now. Charon hasn’t been given any special classification. Looks like the old mnemonic minus Pluto will still work!

  15. Qi Ji says:

    it seems like there are two plans going on. One is going to include the Pluto and three others; the other one is to exclude the Pluto. In the second case, there are going to be only eight planets in the SS.

    Interesting, really. I never thought they are going to change the rules. Millions of books have to be changed!:)

  16. C Love says:

    LOL! I had the same idea for a post

  17. Vrishti says:


    My Very Excellent Memory Just Stops Understanding Now

  18. marilyn says:

    MarVin’s EdaMame Juicy Soybeans: UNbeatable . . .

    yeah, the word order doesn’t quite work.