To make the image more memorable, it would be better to picture the chef actually frying in the pan, or perhaps you might picture a chef who is a pan. Either of these images is unusual, and will be more easily recalled later, when it is needed.
These techniques are not mutually exclusive. In fact, you'll find that that image is more easily recalled the more you mix these techniques.
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For more information, see the Smashin' Scope page at the World Wide Brain Club.
I don't know if this is the place to say it or not, but here goes:
I have come to believe that systems for memorization are one of the "essential things" we're looking for in mnemonics.
This may go a ways to explain why the DominicSystem is preferred to the MajorSystem. The system gives you a quicker link, because you are automatically (by the system) given most of what you need to link together. And it gives some boundaries for your imagination to work with. (I'm banking on the idea that creativity is easiest when it has some constraints to work with.)
So, for example, in the DominicSystem, you get "Albert Einstein, delivering toys to children." (AEHO) That right there is immediately memorable.
In the MajorSystem, you have 1580, and you get "t/d-l-v/f-z/s," which you need to yank around a bit ("dloves, tvfs, toolafels, dill face, fill fuzz, adolefizz, adolf saw, adolf sew") in order to get "adolf sew."
So I believe two things:
For more mnemonic acronyms, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mnemonic
For specific mnemonics, see http://www.ict4us.com/mnemonics/
LionKimbro has a good point that I think needs to be expanded. We use the word "system" a lot, but we're using it to mean two different things:
The MajorSystem, by itself, is the first kind of system: a procedure for converting numbers into words. It's no different than Lewis Carroll's system or the number-letter system embedded in the DominicSystem. What the DominicSystem does is take a number-letter system, combine it with the principles of vivid visualization (described above) and incorporating actors and actions (which was GiordanoBruno's major improvement on RamonLlull's memory system,) and offer the whole as an orderly set of hooks and pegs, combined with ways of using those hooks and pegs. It's not that the DominicSystem is better than the MajorSystem, because you could plug the MajorSystem into the DominicSystem, in place of his number-letter correspondences (and, in fact, that's what other systems like the FurstSystem have done.) You have to build your own list of actors and actions anyways, so what difference does it make if Albert Einstein is Peg 15 (DominicSystem) or Peg 52 (MajorSystem)? What matters is building your peg lists systematically, so that you can find items when you need them.
I think the short way to explain all this is: we're looking for orderly MnemonicCues to use our MnemonicTechniques with. Most people know you can convert words into images, or rhymes, or acronyms or acrostics. But those techniques only work if we have MnemonicCues to help us recall the information when we need it. Every student always remembers that they need to bring their books to class. They just don't always remember it before they leave home.