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Mnemonic Association System for Numbers

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The Association System for numbers is a way to create visual images for numbers. Watch the Introduction to Memorizing Numbers video for a quick overview.

This is a method for creating mnemonic images for numbers based on things that the numbers remind you of. For example, 02 might be a bicycle, because a bicycle has two wheels. 52 might be a deck of cards, because a deck of cards has 52 cards.

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Two examples of association methods for single-digit numbers are the Number Shape System and the Number Rhyme System.

Andi Bell describes a complete system for 00-99 in his Memory Pack, which is unfortunately out-of-print. This is a sample set of images that shows how one person used the association method:

  • 00 -- hula hoop
  • 01 -- stick
  • 02 -- bicycle
  • 03 -- comb
  • 04 -- car
  • 05 -- starfish
  • 06 -- die (dice)
  • 07 -- rainbow -- seven colors in the rainbow
  • 08 -- octopus
  • 09 -- a cat -- nine lives
  • 10 -- soccer player (Pele wears 10)
  • 11 -- goalposts (soccer/football)
  • 12 -- the sun (12 noon)
  • 13 -- a pen drawing the letter B (looks like 13)
  • 14 -- pi-shaped table
  • 15 -- a badminton birdie (15 points)
  • 16 -- a tennis racket (16 seeded players)
  • 17 -- a leaf - this came from St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) but is a leaf instead of a shamrock
  • 18 -- the golf hole with a flag -- maybe because a golf course has 18 holes
  • 19 -- a beer (at the 19th hole)
  • 20 -- binoculars (20-20 vision)
  • 21 -- a canon (21 gun salute)
  • 22 -- two birds -- looks like 2 ducklings
  • 23 -- a palm tree -- 3 rhymes with tree. Twenty starts with "t".
  • 24 -- a bell -- rings 24 times per day if ringing on the hour
  • 25 -- Christmas present because of December 25
  • 26 -- a running shoe (26 mile marathon)
  • 27 -- a goblin
  • 28 -- an owl -- "tu-whit" sounds like "twenty eight"
  • 29 -- a frog -- 29 days in a leap year
  • 30 -- a mosque/minaret -- Ramadan has 30 days
  • 31 -- a party horn (December 31st, New Year's Eve)
  • 32 -- a directional compass (32 points)
  • 33 -- a record -- 33 RPM
  • 34 -- waltzing dancer (3/4 meter)
  • 35 -- US presidents have to be at least 35 years old
  • 36 -- a drafting compass -- 360°?
  • 37 -- Eiffel Tower
  • 38 -- a girl doing a handstand -- "BE upside-down" -- "BE" looks like 38 upside-down.
  • 39 -- a doorstep from "The 39 Steps" by John Buchan
  • 40 -- a martini -- life begins at 40
  • 41 -- Mozart (41 symphonies)
  • 42 -- a street lamp on 42nd Street
  • 43 -- a baseball bat (World Series: 4 matches to 3)
  • 44 -- a sheet of music (4/4 meter)
  • 45 -- a rose (of peace at the end of war in '45)
  • 46 -- a tennis ball (from a tennis score)
  • 47 -- a snooker cue ("the maximum break you could make with this snookercue is 147")
  • 48 -- a cello -- 4 string on a 8-shaped body
  • 49 -- a American football -- SF 49ers
  • 50 -- 50 pence coin
  • 51 -- The Crystal Palace in London (1851)
  • 52 -- a deck of cards
  • 53 -- a joker (53rd card)
  • 54 -- a rocket (countdown: 5...4...)
  • 55 -- Caesar (first invasion of Britain 55 B.C.E.)
  • 56 -- a Rubik's cube which has 56 squares
  • 57 -- Sputnik -- the year that Sputnik went into space
  • 58 -- a hand throwing seeds on the ground (5 fingers, 8 seeds?)
  • 59 -- a ticket
  • 60 -- a wristwatch (60 seconds, 60 minutes)
  • 61 -- a wall (Berlin wall 1961)
  • 62 -- Fidel Castro -- the year of the Cuban missile crisis
  • 63 -- a chess pawn
  • 64 -- a chessboard, because there are 64 squares on the board
  • 65 -- Tyrannosaurus rex (65 million years ago)
  • 66 -- an ice cube (The Arctic and Subarctic begin 66 degrees north or south)
  • 67 -- God (6 days to make the world, 7th day resting)
  • 68 -- a bee flying in a figure 8 (6 legs)
  • 69 -- an astronaut -- 1969 was the moon landing
  • 70 -- hockey stick and puck
  • 71 -- an iron
  • 72 -- a bag of golf clubs (72 holes in a golf competition)
  • 73 -- a refrigerator (absolute zero is -273 degrees)
  • 74 -- a paper airplane (from 747)
  • 75 -- a percent symbol ("75%" is common)
  • 76 -- a trombone
  • 77 -- a team of horses (the heads look like 77)
  • 78 -- confetti (1978 World Cup confetti)
  • 79 -- a key (7 is the key, 9 is the keyhole)
  • 80 -- a thermometer (80 degrees F is hot)
  • 81 -- the space shuttle. 1981 was the year of first launch.
  • 82 -- an atom ("These are 8 outer electrons and 2 inner ones, all spinning round the nucleus in the atom.")
  • 83 -- a hurgle from the 1983 World Athletics Championships in Helsinki
  • 84 -- a book (Orwell's 1984)
  • 85 -- a microphone (Live Aid concerts 1985)
  • 86 -- a lightbulb
  • 87 -- an onion
  • 88 -- a piano, because a piano has 88 keys
  • 89 -- a brick (from the Berlin Wall 1989)
  • 90 -- the Pole Star (90 degrees)
  • 91 -- a sunflower (9 is the flower, 1 is a stick supporting it)
  • 92 -- the Mayflower (1492)
  • 93 -- a globe (Earth is 3rd of 9 planets)
  • 94 -- Saturn (one of the 4 gas giants)
  • 95 -- a briefcase (working 9 to 5)
  • 96 -- a discus (first Olympics 1896)
  • 97 -- a CD
  • 98 -- a window
  • 99 -- Albert Einstein (Einsteinium is element #99)

Binary Numbers

See the following page for ideas about using associations with binary numbers.

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