One day during his last illness, my father suddenly remembered a car trick from his boyhood. The trick involved the Latin mnemonic MUTUS NOMEN DEDIT COCIS. Everyone was astonished that a nonesense phrase had lain dormant in his mind's deepest recesses for more than sixty years, then sprung serendipitously to his weakened senses.
"Goose Thighs Rehashed,"
Word Ways: Vol. 27
, Article 13.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol27/iss2/13