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Reason #223 Why You Should Be Friendly to the Nerds

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 26, 2009
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the start of high school just so you can make fun of the hard-studying, genome-sequencing, nerd-tastic science geeks, you might want to seek a new target for your well-meaning mockery. Why? Because you don’t want to taunt the dude who ... More  →
Reason #223 Why You Should Be Friendly to the Nerds

Don't Buy Garden Gnomes! (and Other Financial Advice)

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 25, 2009
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you probably know that the US is slumping its way through the worst economy in a loooong time—the stock market is struggling, the auto industry is failing, and no matter which channel you turn to, there’s a 90 ... More  →
Don't Buy Garden Gnomes! (and Other Financial Advice)

Auntie SparkNotes Will Tweeze Your Feelings

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 21, 2009
This week's letter-writer is getting mixed signals from his ladyfriend. Dear Auntie Sparknotes, I'm having a big problem. It's about my friend. Let's call her Jane. The problem is, I went on a school camp with Jane, and this is where I was fortunate to get to ... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes Will Tweeze Your Feelings

Before District 9, There Were Flesh-Eating Blobs: A Brief Roundup of Alien Awesomeness

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 19, 2009
Lately, it seems like you can’t turn a corner without running into someone yammering on about District 9, this year’s contribution to the HECK YEAH ALIENS canon of summer movie fodder. Not that we blame them—between the serious sci-fi street cred, the ultra-cool special effects, ... More  →
Before District 9, There Were Flesh-Eating Blobs: A Brief Roundup of Alien Awesomeness

Four Legs Good? You Cannot Even HANDLE That Math!

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 18, 2009
Can you judge a book by its cover? Publishing giant Penguin thinks so. According to the New York Times, Penguin is repackaging a bunch of its classic literature using cover designs from contemporary artists, which (they hope) will make teens more likely to pick them ... More  →
Four Legs Good? You Cannot Even HANDLE That Math!

Summer of Awesome, or Summer of Suck? Take Our Quiz!

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 18, 2009
August is winding down, Sparklers, and with it, your last chance to cram in a few final summer break activities before school starts again. If you've been neglecting your duty to cut loose, thinking to yourselves, “Oh, it’s only August 18th! I still have time,” ... More  →
Summer of Awesome, or Summer of Suck? Take Our Quiz!

Auntie SparkNotes: Confessions of a Shopaholic

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 14, 2009
This week's letter comes from a girl with excellent taste in clothes: Dear Auntie Sparknotes, I used to be great at saving money and not splurging. But all of a sudden, I've been spending money way more than usual. Over the summer I've probably spent more than ... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Are You Sexier Than a Fifth Grader?

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 12, 2009
If you have a younger sibling, take note: Something weird is happening to our fourth graders. What do we mean? Well! Why not have a look at these pictures of Miley Cyrus’s nine-year-old little sis and her pals, frolicking and posing and making ridiculous sexyfaces, ... More  →
Are You Sexier Than a Fifth Grader?

John Hughes: Danke Schoen, and RIP.

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 11, 2009
Last week, the world lost a legend. John Hughes, the Hollywood writer-director whose body of work included now-classic films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, and Weird Science, died in New York City of a heart attack. He was 59. In the often-superficial world ... More  →
John Hughes: Danke Schoen, and RIP.

You're a Wildebeest... and Other Effective Breakup Lines

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 11, 2009
Earlier this summer, SparkLife gave you a brief-but-comprehensive lowdown on the vagaries of summer love—from getting to know each other to getting, in the immortal words of Danny Zuko, “friendly, down in the sand.” Later, we hinted that summer romance doesn't always lead to lifelong ... More  →
You're a Wildebeest... and Other Effective Breakup Lines