The top 30 things we're most likely to remember from school have been revealed – including ‘i before e except after c’, photosynthesis and how to use a Bunsen burner. Other lingering nuggets of knowledge retained by our brains from our classroom days are Pi = 3.142, The Lord’s Prayer and “30 days has September”, according to the study compiled by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London.
On a lighter note the research showed the majority of us can still recall singing hymns the morning assembly, playing the recorder and studying Shakespeare plays in class.
The poem about the order of Henry VIII’s six wives is well-remembered by many
The poem about the order of Henry VIII’s six wives is well-remembered by many, as is Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain (how to remember the colours of the rainbow).
Physical education has made a big impact on our lives too, as many are still practicing or advising on the technique of both forward and backward rolls. While several Brits have the baton from running a relay race ingrained into their memories from their school days. While many still remember not to walk through the school field during javelin lessons are taking place there.
Three in ten UK adults are using the “Never Eat Shredded Wheat” trick to remember their direction of travel. Prime numbers, Pythagoras Theorem and doing the nine times table on your hands are all still remembered today.
Pass it on!
The research found that many parents use the little nuggets of information from their school years to help their own children. E=MC2 is the most commonly use piece of information between parent and child, followed by The Lord’s Prayer.
And it’s not just parents who pass the information on, many adults will remind friends and other family members of the tricks learned at school, and one in five will fill the room with nostalgia in the process. But a further 18 per cent admitted the response they’ve received from friends in this situation was laughter.
But more than two thirds of Brits admit this information they use or pass down were all seen as ‘pointless’ when they themselves were in education.
A spokeswoman for Ripley’s Believe it or Not! London, said: “While you’re at school, you might feel like your mind is being filled up with lots of uninteresting or useless information. The outcome of this survey has proved that it’s very much the opposite and your mind is able to retain little nuggets of information that will help you in one way or another later in life."
Top 30 most-remembered nuggets from school
- I before e except after c
- Bunsen Burners
- Joined up handwriting
- The Lord’s Prayer
- Hymns in assembly
- The calendar poem (30 days has September)
- Pi = 3.142
- Playing the recorder
- Working out the value of ‘x’
- Forward rolls
- Running a relay with a baton on sports day
- Never Eat Shredded Wheat
- E = MC2
- Prime numbers
- Studying Shakespeare plays in class
- Pythagoras Theorem
- Having to stand behind your chair before being allowed to sit
- A ton of feathers weighs the same as a ton of watermelons
- Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain
- The Henry VIII six wives poem
- Playing the triangle
- Backward rolls
- Ancient Egyptians used to pull brains through the nose when preparing a mummy
- How to climb a rope
- Symbols of the periodic table
- Doing the nine times table with your hands
- Oxygen will re-light a glowing splint
- Never walk across the field during javelin practise.