Goodbye, 'Jersey Shore'! 5 Things Snooki & the Gang Taught Us

From GTL to the truth about the smush room, we review what our favorite guidos and guidettes shared with us throughout the show's six seasons

The endless party has come to an end. After three years and six seasons, Jersey Shore aired its final episode last night on MTV. Naturally, our feelings are complicated. We're mourning the loss of Snooki's dance moves, Pauly D's jokes, and Deena's unique interpretation of the English language. We're also ready to say goodbye to Ronnie and Sammi's fights (though in this final season, they actually got along and -- shock!), and we're pretty much done with The Situation. As for Vinny -- does anyone have strong feelings about Vinny? He's cute and all, but he seems the most likely to move on from the show and become an accountant.

Anyhow, instead of dwelling on the sadness, let's remember all the good times we had. Here are five things we wouldn't know if it weren't for Jersey Shore.

Laundry is crucial to sexiness. The men of Jersey Shore won't leave the house to go clubbing unless they've done their critical "GTL" routine: gym, tan, laundry. The gym and tanning seem par for the course, but who knew that having clean socks could make or break a night out? We've been using extra fabric softener ever since.

You can get arrested for all kinds of things. Did you know you could go to jail for being drunk on the beach? (Isn't everyone drunk on the beach?) Or that dancing in the streets can be a criminal offense? Now that we've seen Snooki and Deena get carted away in handcuffs for these respective crimes, we're on our best behavior on the boardwalk. (Most people on Jersey Shore were arrested for bar fighting, but we already knew that was illegal.)

Partying is the same everywhere. When Jersey Shore filmed in Italy for a season, it was supposed to provide hilarious moments of culture shock. Instead, the gang just did what they always do: get wasted, go to a club, hook up, sleep it off, repeat. Turns out that drunken partying is the universal language.

If you designate a "smush room," people will, in fact, smush in it. The shore house had an extra bedroom for "smushing," a.k.a. hooking up, in order to avoid awkward roommate encounters. Now: If a guy took you home and asked if you wanted to have sex in the designated sex room, would you want to do it? Neither would we! But it turns out that many, many girls would. Blame it on the power of suggestion (or the power of MTV's cameras). 

Muscles are not a substitute for a personality. Everyone loved The Situation at first. He had those crazy abs! His name was The Situation! But gradually, it became clear that The Situation was kind of a jerk, and those abs were the sum total of everything he'd accomplished in his life. Even on reality TV, character counts for something. 

The Jersey Shore series finale airs Thursday at 10 p.m  on MTV. In the words of cast member Sammi Giancola: "It's kind of scary. Like, now what?"

Enjoy some sneak peeks of tonight's episode to get you in the mood! 







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