‘Tis the season to get Christmas songs stuck in your head. To diffuse the earworms, we’ve lined up a few not-on-the-radio-24/7 quotes for you. These lines put the holly (and jolly) in Hollywood. They may not seem super festive, but they definitely add some pizzazz to the usual line-up.
1. “You’ll shoot your eye out.”
It definitely doesn’t scream Christmas, but this quote is straight from everyone’s favorite goofball Christmas film, A Christmas Story. Why do we remember it so much? Because it’s said over and over (and over) again. So…maybe it is an earworm. Sorry.
2. “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”
We bet you knew this line before you even knew that black-and-white movies were a thing. But it comes from It’s a Wonderful Life, a 1946 flick that’s still playing on loop on TBS over the holidays.
3. “Keep the change, ya filthy animal.”
This quote is one of our personal faves. And no, it has nothing to do with the holidays, but Home Alone is a classic holiday movie, so we’re counting it. Here’s hoping your family doesn’t leave you in the attic this Christmas.
4. “You go, Glen Coco!”
Mean Girls may not be a Christmas movie, per se, but Damian is very much dressed as Santa when he utters this classic and quotable line.
5. “Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne.”
This one‘s not from a specific movie. It’s from every movie that has a New Year’s Eve scene. And, uh, no one knows what it means.
6. “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
Speaking of people who don’t know what auld lang syne means, Harry Burns semi-romantically blurts out this gem when he chases Sally to a New Year’s Eve party at the end of When Harry Met Sally. Oh…decades-old spoiler alert.
Good luck getting those out of your head. (Hey, at least it’s not “Santa Baby” for the thousandth time.)
Let it snow,
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There’s nothing better than waking up and hearing those three magic words: School. Is. Closed.
But by lunchtime, you’re running out of things to do. You’ve already built every kind of snowman, snowwoman, and snowanimal you can think of. Your arm is tired from all the neighborhood snowball fights, and your tongue hurts from sticking it to a light pole—er, from all that hot chocolate. So…now what?
Curl up under your warmest blanket and head over to Shmoop for hours of fun (and—dare we say it—even a little productivity). Here are some of our favorite suggestions:
1. Spruce up your resume.
Might sound daunting, but with Shmoop’s Resume Builder, it’ll be way less painful than getting pelted with ice balls. Pinky swear.
2. Find the college of your dreams.
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3. Drive your parents crazy by speaking in Shakespearean for the rest of the day.
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5. Finally answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Take our Careers Test to explore the possibilities. Unless, of course, you’re still set on becoming a superhero. In which case, get back to world-saving.
6. Rewatch all of Breaking Bad.
Or just take our free course on Breaking Bad as Literature. Just as good; less blood.
Stay warm, stay safe, and stay Shmoopy.
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“In winter, we must protect one another,
keep each other warm,
share our strengths.”
~ A Game of Thrones
Keep Shmooping to avoid the white walkers: winter is coming.
Here are eight movies you didn’t know were based on the good ol’ fashioned technology we like to call print media.
1. The Bourne Identity
Car chases tend to work better on screen, don’t you think? Robert Ludlum’s novel of the same name was action-packed and dialogue-light, which made for an immediate on-screen classic. Matt Damon’s abs didn’t hurt, either.
2. Fight Club
The first rule of Shmoop is: always read the book first. The second rule of Shmoop is: always read the book first. (Of course, when David Fincher is involved, you have to watch the movie, too.)
3. Die Hard
Can you even imagine Die Hard without Bruce Willis? Roderick Thorp could, which is how he ended up writing Nothing Lasts Forever. We wonder if he pictured Gruber‘s accent being so bad.
4. The Shawshank Redemption
Usually, Stephen King’s dark tunnels end in scary clowns and dead bodies. But in his short story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” that tunnel ends in something completely different: hope. And hope is what makes a TBS syndicated classic.
5. The English Patient
The movie is known for being oh-so-long, but the book flies by. We’re just impressed that Ralph Fiennes remembered 2 hours and 42 minutes worth of lines.
6. Gone With the Wind
If you haven’t read the book yet, there’s still time. After all, tomorrow is another day.
7. The Princess Bride
We just passed the 30th anniversary of this classic movie. But the book it’s based on has 14 years on that. Inconceivable.
8. The Godfather
People go to the mattresses over which movie is better: Part I or Part II. Either way, we say leave Part III, take the cannoli. The original movie and its sequels took this saga far beyond the original Mario Puzo book, which re-envisioned what it meant to be a gangster in popular media. If you’ve seen a movie since 1972, you can thank The Godfather.
Now go read a book and watch a movie. Just not at the same time.
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“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
College application season is officially in full swing. And as tedious as it is to fill out those zillions of fields on the apps, we all know the most stressful part is the personal statement.
So, allow us to inspire you with 20 examples of awesome personal statements. We’ve got something for everyone, no matter who you are. Whether you…
…we’ve got you covered.
Take a look at our examples (including detailed notes on why these examples are so awesome), and then head over to our College Application Essay Lab for a step-by-step guide to getting your essay where it needs to be.
Make ’em laugh. Make ’em cry. Just make ’em do something. Those admissions officers want to feel something…other than an eye roll.
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We don’t recommend quoting Animal House in your personal statement. Just saying.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we’re most grateful for. It’s also a time to reflect on how incredibly awkward family dinners can be. But remember: you’re not alone. To help you get through whatever shenanigans are planned for you this year, we’ve got a list of dinners that were definitely more uncomfortable than your family’s Thanksgiving will be.
1. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Toward the beginning of Temple of Doom
, Indiana Jones & co. find themselves at a classy nightclub dinner—fully equipped with a lounge singer. But when he’s introduced to said singer, Dr. Jones
grabs her and pushes a dinner fork into her side. Indy, did you learn nothing in school? That’s the cold cuts fork. The stabbing-ladies fork is the second from the left
, King Hrothgar’s mead-hall in Beowulf
, is home to a lot of not-so-fun stuff. Sure, everything starts out fine, but soon enough, Grendel
starts going on the offensive. Let’s just say, things get brutal.
3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
loves him some awkward dinners. And while Temple of Doom
has its share of the supernatural, it’s nothing compared to Close Encounters
. Roy Neary’s UFO obsession
makes things a wee bit awks when his kids start crying as he sculpts the mashed potatoes into his, uh, extraterrestrial vision.
4. Titus Andronicus
Okay, it’s a Shakespearean tragedy
, so we expect a giant bloodbath. But did Titus
really need to bake Demetrius and Chiron into a pie and serve it to Tamora for dinner? Or if he did, couldn’t he have at least…not told anyone? Ignorance is bliss, right? We’re guessing this is one dinner experience you’ll never have to live through.
5. Belshazzar’s Feast
The Hebrew Bible
is filled with bad decisions. One of them? In the Book of Daniel
, Belshazzar and his wives and guests drink out of sacred vessels that were stolen from the Temple in Jerusalem. Not a smart move, and a disembodied hand
comes along to let him know he’s toast.
6. Back to the Future
Back to the Future gives us the peak of awkward: a mom hitting on her son. To be fair, Marty’s mom doesn’t know it’s him, but…yeah. We’re done here.
Here’s to a totally normal Thanksgiving.
Do you usually answer the question ¿Hablas español? with a tentative…¿Sí?
Yeah, that’s what we thought. And we want to turn that into a resounding ¡Claro que sí!—so we’ve put together complete curriculum in Spanish I.
We’ll take you from cero to héroe as you learn the Spanish language while also soaking up the culture of various Spanish-speaking countries. With grammar lessons, videos, authentic listening activities, cultural readings, and more vocab than you can shake a palo at, you’ll get everything you need to become a Spanish pro in no time.