Any sane person would read that headline and think I’m the creepiest, most deranged blogger who totally deserves a court mandated ankle bracelet. I’d have to say you’d probably be right in most cases – except this one. In fact any first year med student could back me up. The line is actually a VERY helpful mnemonic. And yes, I totally forgot what the 18pt Scrabble word meant as well. It took me a wiki, yahoo answers and a google dictionary post just to jog my memory again. A MNEMONIC is a phrase you memorize in order to aid you in memory recall. Probably the most famous one is … Every Good Boy Does Fine. This is a classic mnemonic for the music scale (E,G, B, D, F). Now back to the virgins and hymens. That line is used to help recall all of the (wait for it) CRANIAL NERVES.
VIII-Vestibulocochlear nerve/Auditory nerve
XI-Accessory nerve/Spinal accessory nerve
FYI…here are some cleaner mnemonic phrases to help you memorize the C-nerves –
On Old Olympus' Towering Top A Finely Vested German Viewed A Hawk
On Old Olympus' Towering Top A Finn And German Viewed Some Hops
Oh, Oh, Oh, They Traveled And Found Voldemort Guarding Very Secret Hallows
But be honest (court mandated ankle bracelet aside), which line would help you best retain this medical jargon? Harry Potter or porn?