Weekly Word: May 22nd, 2012

Hey there Shmeniors (and Shmunderclassmen),

For many of us, the end of May is the happiest time of the year. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you’re planning never to use the letters ‘A’ and ‘P’ together again unless you’re writing a college paper about apes or possibly maps. We get that.*

Unfortunately for you and sad Keanu Reeves, however, summer vacation doesn’t start until school ends. On the plus side, now is the perfect time to start thinking about money (just ask Biggie, Pink Floyd, and ABBA).

Need some tips? Check out our guide to financial aid. Even better, read on to see how you can get free money for school. Who doesn’t like free money?

Shmoop Shout Out: $3,000 Zinch Scholarship

Speaking of moolah, take five minutes (seriously, it’s a quick application form) and apply for a $3,000  Zinch Scholarship .

If you snag the prize money, it would probably be pretty easy to negotiate a higher weekly allowance for the summer before you ship off to school. Apply for the three grand Zinch Scholarship .

Shmoop Shout Out 2.0: Robin Gibb and CPR

Singer Robin Gibb, member of the Bee Gees, passed away this week. In his honor, we’re presenting a list of what we like best about this epically awesome band:

  1. Feathered hair
  2. Falsetto
  3. Falsetto in perfect harmony
  4. Gold medallions
  5. The Barry Gibb Talk Show**

And last but not least, our favorite thing about The Bee Gees: THEY SAVE LIVES. More specifically, the song “Stayin’ Alive” can be used to help perform CPR.***

Shmoop Birthday: Sally Ride Born, May 26, 1951

You know what’s awesome? Ladies in space. Actually, anything in space is pretty awesome. (Like an astronaut’s view of the solar eclipse. Cool, right?) But ladies in space are great, too.

That’s why we’d like to take the time to wish Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, a very happy birthday! It was definitely a big moment in women’s history. If you’d like to learn about other big moments, check out our Shmoop page.

Shmoop Shout Out 3.0: Geek Pride Day May 25, 2012

There are a lot of adjectives that describe the folks here at Shmoop: proficient in power-eating (we’ll double down on the guacamole, please), overly caffeinated, and really, really, really ridiculously good-looking. However, Geek Pride Day reminds us that geekery is one of the main forces keeping the SS Shmoop afloat.

This week, let your geek flag fly by reading about some of Shmoop’s favorite geeks:

  1. Hermione in The Harry Potter Series
  2. Milo in The Phantom Tollbooth
  3. Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  4. Dr. Frankenstein in Frankenstein
  5. Hephaestus in Greek Mythology
  6. Piggy in Lord of the Flies
  7. Physicists (i.e. the entire cast of The Big Bang Theory) in Shmoop Careers
  8. Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time
  9. Jo in Little Women
  10. Maya in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Shmoop Week in History: Dracula Published May 26, 1897

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather and looking for a doctor in your town, don’t go see Dr. Acula. He’ll just suck blood from your neck. Okay, that joke needs a little work.

Dubious medical skills aside, though, the Count’s story remains one of the most compelling in literature. Who would have thought that people would be so obsessed with vampire stories after more than a century? (We would pay real money to see Bram Stoker sit down with Stephenie Meyer.) Dark ShadowsTwilight, we love ’em all.

Celebrate your inner vampire by learning about the original: Dracula, by Bram Stoker

Get that money!
Shmoop and the Gang

*Except for those of us at Shmoop HQ with bird phobias.

**Okay, so that wasn’t really the Bee Gees, but it was lovingly inspired by the Bee Gees, so it counts.

***Apparently, the song was recorded at approximately 100 beats per minute, which is the perfect CPR rhythm. Just ask Vinnie Jones.

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