Weekly Word: June 5th, 2012

Hey there Summer Shmoopers,

Is it just us, or does it seem like summer took its own sweet time to roll around this year? The folks at Shmoop HQ have been dreaming about Otter Pops and epic tie-dyeing sessions since March, even though the weather over here makes it feel like summer pretty much all the time.*

Shmoop Shout Out: Summer Reading List

For those of you who see summer as the perfect time to catch up on your recreational reading—and we know you’re out there—we’ve got a handpicked list of books that will go quite nicely with a glass of iced tea and a hammock. Metaphorical hammocks will work, too.

Check out the list here.

Shmoop Shout Out 2.0: ASVAB Guide Release

Being in the military isn’t just about crawling along the ground in camouflage and shooting up the bad guys, à la Tom Hanks in his pre-Wilson days. You’ll need other skills, too . . That’s why the Armed Forces use the ASVAB (pronounced AZ-vab, as opposed to…other pronunciations) to gauge whether an applicant is qualified for enlistment.

Interested in a career in the military? Shmoop can help you prepare to get in with our brand new guide to the ASVAB.

Shmoop Shout Out 2.0: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Trailer

For anyone who’s ever felt like a fly on the wall at a party, at school, or…anywhere, really, this is the story for you. Stephen Chbosky’s YA classic is a coming-of-age tale drama that falls somewhere between the classic angst of The Catcher in the Rye and the more modern social/psychological commentary of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Also, the movie features Emma Watson,** so we’re totally in. If you need to brush up on how to be a wallflower, check out our guide here.

Shmoop Birthday: Prince Born June 7, 1958

Personally, we would love to be referred to as The Artist Formerly Known as Shmoop, but it might make it finding us on the Google machine a little difficult. We wouldn’t have been able to compete with name-changing royalty anyway, so here’s to The Purple One’s 54th year!

Or, as we like to call him, The Artist Formerly Known as the Artist Formally Known as Prince. And check out his classic song “When Doves Cry,” too.

Shmoop Shout Out 3.0: Franklin Flies Kite in Thunderstorm June 10, 1752

Unlike all those “historical” stories that are more fiction than fact, this one totally happened (maybe). Ben Franklin wanted to see if lightning was electric, so he tied a key to a kite, went out during a thunderstorm, and tried to see if he could capture a charge.

Maybe not the smartest thing to do, but the experiment was much safer than his original idea of using metal conducting rods instead of a flying string thing. His discovery was so groundbreaking that people even immortalized it on canvas.

We’re guessing there were fewer babies present at the actual event, though.  Learn all about the Benjamin here.

Shmoop Week in History: D-Day June 6, 1944

No, historians didn’t stutter. They just threw a “D” on the front of this legendary (but horrific) battle because…well, no one knows, actually. The “D” could mean a lot of things. Death would be accurate, if a little depressing, so we’ll go with determination. Daring? Dauntlessness? Oh, whatever…it’s just “D.”***

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the invasion, however, it represented a turning point in WWII as the Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France in an attempt to liberate Europe.

Learn more about the epic landing with our guide.


Having a ball,
Shmummer Lovers


*Not that we’re bragging or anyth…okay, we’re totally bragging. It comes with the incredibly temperate territory.

**Hermione herself!

***Those in the know theorize that the “D” actually stands for “day.” Redundant? Maybe. Catchy? Definitely yes.  

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