From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
The ancient Egyptians used to make little amulets shaped like scarab beetles and put magic spells on them to get the gods' attention. This one says: "May I be a favorite of Bast." Sure, keep bringing me catnip and we'll be BFFs! [Drawing of an inscription from a Late Period wish scarab, ca. 664-405BCE.] Public domain.