Shameful confession time. Here I am, a science writer of sorts, and I can never remember the difference between mitosis and meiosis. They seem to me like “left” and “right”. I know they are important labels referring to different things but I can never remember which refers to what.
Failing to distinguish left from right is an awful lot more frightening for my passengers. But it worries me less. I would rather die and kill a few innocent pedestrians than have the reviewer in Nature notice that I had forgotten which was the X and which the Y chromosome.
Stalactites and stalagmites have been easy ever since I realised that tits hang down. But I can’t think of any mnemonic for chromosomal excitements. Does anyone know one?