Lots of material can be helped into the brain through humour, rhyme and music. I've just put up a few videos from Monty Python and Tom Lehrer. I've also linked to Flanders and Swann's "First and Second Law". Imagine - a song about the laws of thermodynamics! Tom Lehrer also has put the periodic table to music, and there is a splendid (copyrighted) flash animation of it here
. And even Lehrer's "I'm spending Hanukkah in Santa Monica" is a neat way of learning the Jewish religious festivals and their seasons.
I haven't checked them out in detail, but I've also encountered a Science Song Links
site. Well worth chasing up is the work of Fred Dagg (John Clarke in reality). In terms of education his two hoax sketches on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Science Show
"Ethics in Sheep" and "The Meaning of Life" and his description of school in New Zealand in his "Autobiography" sketch are priceless. Monty Python's "Universe Song" is another classic, as is the entire "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (especially the recordings of the radio serial version, but the TV series and the books are OK). For readers the incidental treatments of physics and philosophy in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series are quite interesting.