2487: Danger Mnemonic
Title text: It's definitely not the time to try drinking beer before liquor.
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This is a mash-up of three different common sayings: "red touches yellow, dead fellow. Red touches black, happy Jack," "leaves of three, leave them be; berries white, poisonous sight" and "red sky at morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailor's delight."
The combination of the three sayings make it sound somewhat like an ominous prophecy, citing odd, specific conditions under which some unknown disaster will occur- in which case, you probably should get out of there.
The adult refers to three different sayings that remind people how to recognize dangerous things or situations. If all are true at once, then things must be especially bad. The sayings are:
- Red touches yellow, kills a fellow. This is a saying for how to recognize a venomous coral snake, which has red, black, and yellow stripes, with the red and yellow stripes adjacent. A nonvenomous king snake also has red, black, and yellow stripes, but the black stripes separate the red and yellow ones. Note that this identification is only accurate in eastern North America, coral snakes in other parts of the world sometimes have black stripes touching red stripes. The safest course of action is to avoid any snake with the warning colors of red, yellow/white, and black stripes.
- Leaves of three, leave them be is used to identify poison ivy (on the east coast) and poison oak (on the west coast) from its many lookalikes, such as the Virginia creeper in 443: Know Your Vines.
- Red sky at morning, sailor take warning. The mnemonic predicts bad/good weather conditions based on a particularly red sunrise/sunset. It is predictive at middle latitudes where the prevailing winds go from west to east. Regions of higher air pressure will cause a particularly red sky at sunrise/sunset, so a red sky in the evening indicates a high pressure system is coming in from the west with its calmer weather, while a red sky in the morning indicates a low pressure front coming in (usually with rain/rougher weather). In some countries (such as the United Kingdom), the saying mentions shepherds rather than sailors.
The title text refers to the myth of Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you're in the clear, or one of various other colloquial folk variations that clearly already inspired 2422: Vaccine Ordering. Unlike the first three mnemonics which are genuinely useful for avoiding danger, this one is closer to a myth, unless the order affects how much you drink.  Perhaps the title text is a warning against getting drunk around deadly snakes, and poison ivy, in bad weather.
Also see 2038: Hazard Symbol for another combination of danger warnings.
- [Blondie talking to two children: a younger looking Hairy and Science Girl]
- Blondie: Now, remember:
- Blondie: If red touches yellow amid leaves of three under a red sky at morning,
- Blondie: you should probably just get out of there.
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