The Weekly Word: Nov. 21st, 2011

Gobble gobble gobble,

Turkey Time!

We may be going a bit too far here, but who enjoys the next-day turkey-stuffing-cranberry-sauce sandwich on white bread just as much as, if not more than, the actual feast? (Side note: We are very much against putting marshmallows in any salad with vegetables.)

But it’s not about taste buds come this Thursday. It’s about getting together with family and friends and cherishing the tradition of thankfulness. If you want to make sure you get things historically accurate, serve our Pilgrims guide alongside the gravy.

Billy the Kid’s Birthday

We’re going to go out on a limb and say that William H. Bonney (aka Billy the Kid) was the first hipster outlaw/folk legend. Just look at that jaunty cap, worn vest, and fraying scarf. Classic Billy.

Although the accounts of his exploits were probably greatly exaggerated (23 men killed? Pssht. Come on, it was probably more like 9), Bonney’s story still lives on, even in Bon Jovi music. Happy 152nd birthday, Kid!

This Week in History: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland published Nov. 26th, 1865

Lewis Carroll’s classic is celebrating its 146th anniversary this week. If you haven’t read this book yet, we suggest you do. We didn’t think it was possible, but it’s even more “out there” than the Disney version (probably in the same realm as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds“). Now if only we could figure out why a raven is like a writing desk…

Step into the crazy world of queens, potions, and hatters here. Not enough? Try the nonsensical “Jabberwocky” on for size as well.

Test Prep for Your School Is Not Out of Reach

Well, physically, maybe. It’s on the internet. Please don’t try to reach there; you’ll just end up with broken computer. However, if you are looking to engage students in some serious prep o’ test for a not-so-serious expense, then jump on over to our School or District page (again, not literally).

This Week in History 2.0: JFK Assassinated

John F. Kennedy is remembered as one of the most popular American presidents of all time (partly due to how he handled that crisis with the missiles). He was young and charismatic (Marilyn, anybody?), and his assassination in 1963 shocked the nation.

It also gave rise to one of the most pervasive conspiracy theories in US history. If you’d like to know a bit more about President Kennedy, check out the Shmoop section.

Featured Article: “Who Wrote Shakespeare?” – New Yorker

With all the hullabaloo surrounding the true author of the Shakespeare plays (the conspiracy apparently warrants a dramatic film), Eric Idle of the New Yorker takes a light-hearted stance on the subject. We figured we’d share this funny look into the quest for answers surrounding Bill and his works.

National Games & Puzzles Week

Yahtzee! Pack up that Monopoly money, grab your Boggle timer, and hop into that Game of Life car—it’s National Game and Puzzle week. Whether you’re into Scrabble or Sudoku, Risk or Reversi, Clue or Candy Land, this is the week to celebrate ‘em. Just don’t get into too much Trouble.**

Keepin’ the Shmoop Lights On: Viz Media

Shmoop loves Viz. Seriously, we can’t think of anything more epic than the term “Soul Reaper.” Never heard o’ one? Check out the Bleach series on Viz and get up to date on, oh, seeing spirits and defending humanity from evil dead dudes.

Word on the street is that Vol. 49 is the latest storyline the kids in Japan are reading now. You can get it from Viz before it comes out in print next year. w00t!

Shmoop Shout Out: Crazy Alien Skull

You all saw that documentary* about aliens called Independence Day right? President Bill Pullman and Capt. Will Smith lead jet fighters against huge alien ships. It’s awesome.

Anyway, anthropologists have found the remains of an alien that was shot down over Peru. “Ha, ha, yeah right,” you say?Read the story here (on the internet, so it must be true).

We’re thankful for you, Shmoopers,

The Gang at Shmoop


*Not really a documentary. Actually a blockbuster film from the summer of 1996.

**We may have just broken the record for most board game titles in a paragraph. Somebody check on that.

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