The Weekly Word: Oct. 27th, 2011

Trick or treat!

Yep, it’s that time again. Time for the ghosts, ghouls, and weird teacher costumes to come out. (Does your math teacher do that pumpkin pi thing too?)

Too scared to watch Jason come back from a definitely-fatal drowning, explosion, fire, what-have-you to slice and dice some hormonal teenagers for the 27th time? Then, get your chills the old-fashioned way:

Spooky Shmoopy Literature

Brand New Shmoop: AP World History

We’re excited to announce the burgeoning (SAT word that our founder still feels pain for having missed) of our test prep empire with our new guide to AP World History.

Learn more than you ever wanted to know about Egyptian eye makeup, whether samurai would beat medieval knights in a fight, and why Napoleon might have been taller than you—or the entire world—thought. Become master of your own domain here.

This Week in History: First Internet Transmission

Though we’re disappointed to discover that the first internet transmission (cyberbeam?) was “Ha ha :) He totally likes u, lol*,” the transmission was still a tremendous event in history.

We’re sure those first folks had no idea that they were going to be the great-grandfathers of Twitter, Facebook, and, well, us. We owe ’em a debt o’ gratitude. So thanks (winky face). Read more (on the internet! via transmission!) here.

New Shakespeare Movie: Anonymous

The premise of this movie is that Shakespeare might not have been, well, Shakespeare. Word on the street is that “Shakespeare” character could have been a random duke, the Queen, that guy on a buffalo, or some little old lady on a motorized cart.

Won’t sleep til you get to the bottom of the mystery? Watch the movie this weekend. Or, look for clues in our Shakespeare guides.

Happy Birthday Theodore Roosevelt

Our 26th President would have been celebrating his 153rd birthday this week. And if anyone could have made it to 153, it would have been this guy. Bully for you! Ride a moose here.

Shmoop Shout Out: Our Very Own David Siminoff

Is Shmoop newsworthy? Well, at least Fox thinks so. Our founder and Chief Creative Officer, David Siminoff, got a shot to talk about us on live TV. And since the camera adds ten pounds (how many cameras were on him anyway?), you should see him in real life (Kate Moss skinny). Some people talk smack; Siminoff talks Shmoop.

Shmoop Shout Out 2.0: Marcia Anderson

Congratulations to Marcia Anderson, who recently became the Army’s first ever black female major general. We hope they played a little Gilbert and Sullivan during the ceremony. Learn more about this one-of-a-kind lady.

Boo,

Shmeddy Krueger

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