Weekly Word: April 17, 2012

Hey there Shmoopertroopers,

Shmoop Domestic HQ firmly believes that there ain’t no party like a revolutionary party, because a revolutionary party stops in due time and ultimately leads to the creation of the United States of America.*

We know people usually save their patriotic feelings for early July, what with celebrating the whole Declaration of Independence thing and all, but this week marks the 237th anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution (known in our hood as the IPO of America.com). Huzzah!

Featured Shmoop: American Revolution Begins, April 19, 1775

Though our worlds are still being rocked by the fact that Paul Revere didn’t actually say “the British are coming,” the tale of a ragtag bunch of colonists (no, not the guys that give prostate exams) fighting the man (read: King George) still warms our collective hearts. We’re just envisioning the Goonies having a Braveheart moment…except with more gravitas. Learn more here.

Friend of Shmoop: Viz Media

For those of you who aren’t hip to Viz yet, they are awesome. As a great digital resource for all thing manga, they can get you soul reaping or kameha-meha-ing in no time. As a bonus, they’ll send you 4 Yu-Gi-Oh! cards as a part of your registration. Legit? Legit!

Featured Shmoop: Pulitzer Prize Winners

Pulitzers are a pretty big deal in the world of literature. Think Grammys or Oscars, except for writing. Or you can think about the prizes you get for tickets at the local carnival…and then picture the exact opposite of that.** Anyway, the Pulitzer winners for this year were announced yesterday—although there were no winners in fiction for the first time in 35 years. Boo.

If you’re in the mood for some Pulitzer-winning fiction, check out the ones we have on Shmoop:

Shmoop Birthday: Charlie Chaplin Born April 16, 1889

If you’ve never seen Charlie work his magic, we recommend spending the next minute getting up close and personal withthis clip. Now we just wish he were on Dancing with the Stars with giants forks and biscuits.

If you saw the movie The Artist this year, you know the trials and tribulations of a silent film star—that was a documentary, right?—and Charlie experienced some of them as well. However, he also worked his way into the heart of America and has remained one of the most popular comedians from the era.

Good job, Charlie! (Applause.)

This Week in History: Edgar Allan Poe Publishes the First Detective Story, 1841

When we think EAP, “detective story” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. It’s usually all beating hearts and ravensand 13-year-old cousins (don’t ask).

However, Poe is credited with publishing what some call the very first detective story, titled “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” While C. Auguste Dupin never achieved the fame and glory of Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes, he was still pretty awesome. Read it here.

Shmoop Shout Out: Tupac Resurrected in Hologram

Yes, you read that correctly. The ubiquitous (and very much dead***) rapper came back to life through some super neathologram technology. “Help me, Obi Wan,” anyone? Pretty cool, if you ask us, given Tupac’s importance both to the development of hip-hop and as a social commentator. Don’t believe us? Check out his song ‘Dear Mama.’

We can totally foresee this whole “hologram resurrection” thing getting out of hand, though. Soon there will be Abe Lincolns on street corners and Hemingways in the local pubs….okay, that would be pretty neat too.
The Shmoopers are coming!

Shmaul Revere

*Oh, wait, that was just that one time.

**No offense, giant stuffed purple dog.

***Though the Shmoop citizenry is split on this fact, we’re going to stand by the official stance of Wikipedia.

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