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10 Geeky Facts About Thanksgiving

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 20, 2012
There's far more to this treasured American holiday than the fatcat Cranberry Lobby will have you believe. For example, did you know that founding father Benjamin Franklin actually had the body of a turkey from the waist down? That's why he was so fond of bloomers.It's hard More  →
10 Geeky Facts About Thanksgiving

Why Is "It's Thanksgiving" Writer Patrice Wilson Ruining Teenagers' Lives? We Have Theories...

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 20, 2012
If you don't know Patrice Wilson by name, you surely know his works. Patrice "the rapping dude who looks WAY too old to be hanging out at teenagers' parties" Wilson is co-founder of ARK Music Factory, the company most famous for writing, filming and marketing "Friday" ... More  →
Why Is

Justin Bieber Will Be President Someday

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 19, 2012
The American Music Awards ceremony is to the Grammy Awards as Election Tuesday is to how president's are ACTUALLY chosen in America—i.e., the former is a dazzling expression of populist democracy, the latter an infallible decree made in the foggy recesses of a nameless forest ... More  →
Justin Bieber Will Be President Someday

Let's Give This Sparkler's Tree-Climbing Essay a Lift

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 19, 2012
Ernest Hemingway, who shot at German soldiers and wild lions on the regular, was onto something with his short, aggressive sentences. There's power in brevity. Simple, declarative prose masks even the weakest ideas. All ducks are angels in disguise. (See? That's compelling nonsense right there.) We kept Hemingway's bent for ... More  →
Let's Give This Sparkler's Tree-Climbing Essay a Lift

The Pros and Cons of Being Bieber's Next GF

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 13, 2012
Pull out your tissues, Sparklers, because with 100% of precincts reporting, we can officially call it: Justlena Biebomez is no more. Yes, the too-cute-to-cut-it celebrity couple, who enjoyed a two-year-run together in their open relationship with the global paparazzi, officially announced they were through this weekend. ... More  →
The Pros and Cons of Being Bieber's Next GF

What Did You Tell Your Teachers After Sandy?

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 12, 2012
Snow days and transit muck-ups are finally coming to an end in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and last week's adding-injury-to-more-injury Nor'easter sneak attack, and that means school is once again unavoidable. We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are safe and sheltered now, and ... More  →
What Did You Tell Your Teachers After Sandy?

Should Lance Armstrong Be Banned from Cycling for Being a Famous Cheater?

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 26, 2012
Fame is unkind. Remember, a few weeks ago, when Bieber ralphed onstage in Phoenix but his pre-recorded vocal track just kept right on playing? Yeah…not a good look. But yea, the Internet was there to capture Bieber's bad-look barf-o-rama, and within a few hours a ... More  →
Should Lance Armstrong Be Banned from Cycling for Being a Famous Cheater?

Picking Katy Perry's Birthday Present: A Quest in Limericks

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 25, 2012
On her birthday Katy looked blueSo I knew just what I must do:I'd unleash that one giftTo make her mood shift(And maybe she'd smooch me once, too). More  →
Picking Katy Perry's Birthday Present: A Quest in Limericks

Help This Sparkler Bust a Move on Her Breakdancing Essay

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 24, 2012
Sparkler AwesomePossum214 addressed the following prompt for her college apps: "Tell us about an experience in which you left your comfort zone. How did this experience change you." Here's a common setup to watch out for as y'all move through college and beyond. Whenever a prompt ... More  →
Help This Sparkler Bust a Move on Her Breakdancing Essay

Sparklers Review The Casual Vacancy (NO Spoilers!!!)

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 19, 2012
Unless you've been living under a troll's swollen buttock you know that J.K. Rowling released her first non-magical novel a few weeks ago, and that we at SparkLife have been Book Clubbin' the everloving mugglespit out of it. It was great! We talked trash, drew pictures, ... More  →
Sparklers Review The Casual Vacancy (NO Spoilers!!!)
About the Author
Brandon Specktor

For 22 years, Brandon was a fat kid living in Tucson, AZ, which gave him lots and lots of time to write. He now works at a magazine in New York City, but still loves writing almost as much as he loves muffins.

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