The Weekly Word: Nov. 16th, 2011


Shmoopy Movie Hour: The Immortals


  1. Greek gods promise not to get involved with mortals and their crazy drama.
  2. Mortal king goes totally bananas and sets off on a quest to find a magical weapon that, you know, kills Greek gods.

What’s an Olympus resident to do?

Find the nearest willing peasant to lead the counterattack, obviously. While this might not be the version of the Theseus story you learned in school, check out the other goings-on about Olympus by snooping the gods’ private—and not-so-private—lives.

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This Week in History: Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall fell 22 years ago, signaling both the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and a new shortcut across town. It also somehow gave David Hasselhoff the impression that he could sing. Here’s to freedom, and the Hoff.*


Let’s face it: J. Edgar Hoover, the first-ever director of the FBI, wasn’t exactly what anyone would call a fluffy bunny. He kept tabs on everyone from Martin Luther King, Jr. to John Steinbeck, for one thing, and then there were all those unproven rumors about cross-dressing.

(Nobody would have cared if he hadn’t been such a jerk about everything else.)

Anyway, picture that guy. Now picture Leo DiCaprio. Now picture Leo DiCaprio as that guy. If that doesn’t melt your brain, head on over to J. Edgar, the Clint Eastwood-directed biopic that opens this week.

Happy Birthday Albert Camus!

Nobel Prize for Literature? Check. Produced an anti-Nazi play? Check. Awesome soccer goalie? Check. Mr. Camus can definitely lay claim to the description of being “well-rounded.” What can we do other than celebrate what would have been his 98th birthday?

Read Shmoop guides on Camus? Check.

Shmoop Salutes Veteran’s Day

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Armistice that ended one of the most devastating wars in world history was signed. This Friday, take a moment to honor military veterans around the world.

Hug your grandpa. Memorize “In Flanders Fields.” Maybe eat some ravioli. And, of course, enjoy your day off.

Shmoop Shout Out: Geoffrey Mutai Sets (Another) Marathon Record (Sort Of)

What did you do last Sunday? (Us? Slept a little, ate a lot, rolled around the house and thought deep thoughts.)

Geoffrey Mutai sped past 47,106 other runners in this year’s New York Marathon—and broke a decade-long record by almost three minutes with a scorching time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 6 seconds.

Wish we’d get invited to a Pantheon Party,

Definitely Mere Mortals


*We’d buy the Jacket.

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