The Weekly Word: Dec. 1st, 2011

SAT stress got you down? Never fear, Shmoop’s guide is here.

Mission Possible: Solid SAT Score

Our SAT Prep may not come with a late-night infomercial like the Slap Chop or Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer, but it willmake your next three days way easier.

Think of it this way: you could be in black and white with broken pencils and piles of eraser shavings, or you could be smiling in color with our SAT guide at your side. The choice is yours.

Mark Twain’s Birthday, Nov. 30, 1835

We could write something funny about how the name Mark Twain refers to the depth of a river, or maybe something aboutTom Sawyer and Huck Finn, but the man was a wizard with words. Why not celebrate his birthday with some of his own wit and wisdom?

  • “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little to no influence over society.”
  • “Everybody talks about the weather. But nobody does much about it.”

Zing! Find more of his most quotable quotes here.

This Week in History: Rosa Parks Didn’t Get Up

Sometimes, we refuse to get out of our seats. However, it usually only means one of two things: either we’ll be staying on the same channel for the foreseeable future, or we won’t be getting that next miniature chocolate donut after all.

For Ms. Parks in 1955, not getting out of her seat marked something much more important than cataloging the various ways Horatio removes his sunglasses on CSI: Miami: she became a symbol of defiance and hope for the Civil Rights Movement. Park it and read more here.

Test Prep for Your School Is Not Out of Reach

You know what’s better than getting Shmoop for your school? Nothing. That’s right. Absolutely nothing. We’re in the computer! It can’t get much easier than that.

If you are harboring a secret desire to be everyone’s favorite teacher, administrator, or librarian—and really, who isn’t?—jump on over to our School or District page to find out how.

Birthday 2.0: Winston Churchill, Nov. 30, 1874

When we were in college, we had this old British history professor who used to spend at least five minutes of every class period telling us Churchill jokes. He instilled in us a love of Sir Winston, and we would like to share that love with you.

Here’s one of our favorites: At a party, Lady Astor said to Churchill, “If you were my husband, I’d poison your tea,” to which Churchill replied, “If I were your husband, I’d drink it.” Happy 137th birthday, old chap!

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This Week in History: The Malta Summit

The Malta Summit officially marked the first thaw of the Cold War by bringing together President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on a ship named Maxim Gorky. (There’s a joke in here somewhere. We just know it.)

Check it out here.

Shmoop Shout Out: The Library Phantom

We were pretty sure the Phantom of the Opera was the coolest phantom out there—at the very least, he’s definitely cooler than that dude in skintight purple spandex who uses guns—but there’s a new phantom in town, and we’re pretty impressed.

This lady roams the British countryside and leaves awesome sculptures made from old books in her wake…at local libraries, no less. Read about the awesome here.

Good luck on Saturday,

Your SAT Support Team

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