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The 10 Best Anti-Valentine's Day Hashtags

By Melissa AlbertFebruary 12, 2013
Maybe in an effort to be a subtle Valentine's Day grinch, you're putting a brave face on all your status updates this week...only to telegraph acres of angst via subtle hashtag. Since the only thing more annoying than someone who LOOOVES Valentine's ... More  →
The 10 Best Anti-Valentine's Day Hashtags

Do NOT Instagram These 10 Things

By Melissa AlbertFebruary 7, 2013
Put down your phone and back away from the oozing burrito: there are things in this world that just can't be made into shareable art, no matter how many gauzy heart filters you slap on top. Remember, dear Instagram addict, that not every image ... More  →
Do NOT Instagram These 10 Things

7 Things You Shouldn't Learn on YouTube

By Melissa AlbertFebruary 1, 2013
YouTube is good for many things. Nostalgia-views of your favorite music videos from the sixth grade, life-changing footage of piglets being raised by a sheepdog, tutorials on creating the perfect smoky eye. But there's a limit to how much a sweaty stranger ... More  →
7 Things You Shouldn't Learn on YouTube

Quiz: Are You a Jealous Friend?

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 30, 2013
Meeting your best friend's new friends or SO can range from awesome (now you have new friends, too!) to traumatic (what if she now has no time to hang out with meeeee?!). But unless your friend's new SO is literally staring directly at ... More  →
Quiz: Are You a Jealous Friend?

The Seven Kinds of New Kid

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 28, 2013
Hey, look! It's a NEW KID! New kids have so much potential. They come from afar. They have no idea that you wore a bathing suit as a shirt in middle school, or that you once gave your gym teacher a valentine. Will they turn ... More  →
The Seven Kinds of New Kid

5 Literary Characters Who Deserved Better Than They Got

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 24, 2013
Sometimes nasty characters get exactly what they deserve (here's looking at you, Veruca Salt). And sometimes, they're frustratingly under-punished (argh, Mr. and Mrs. Malfoy!). But sometimes, a character's comeuppance outstrips their crimes, rocking our sense of fairness to its core. Here are ... More  →
5 Literary Characters Who Deserved Better Than They Got

The Dos and Don'ts of Being a Third Wheel

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 23, 2013
So, you've decided it's time to get to know your best friend's SO! Or maybe you're being dragged along on a semi-date by a friend who's too nervous to go it alone. Or (horror of horrors) two of your closest friends have ... More  →
The Dos and Don'ts of Being a Third Wheel

The Worst Ways to Deal When You Wake Up in the Middle of the Night

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 16, 2013
"FALL BACK ASLEEP. NO PRESSURE. IT'S SO EASY JUST FALL BACK ASLEEP." That's your unhelpful brain screaming at you when you wake up in the night, desperately thirsty, needing to pee, and not entirely certain that your dream about eating cereal with Ke$ha wasn't real. ... More  →
The Worst Ways to Deal When You Wake Up in the Middle of the Night

10 Signs You Desperately Need a Snack

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 10, 2013
Your friends never take you seriously when you tell them you're literally starving, probably because you say it once every 17 minutes. But there are times when they'd be wise to guard their granola bars (and their limbs). Here are the warning signs that ... More  →
10 Signs You Desperately Need a Snack

The 5 Most Irritating People You'll Meet This Winter

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 9, 2013
As much as winter can suck, at least we're all in it together, right? Wrong. The response of your fellow humans to temperature extremes is a chilling reminder that some people are just the worst. These are the jerks who will be ... More  →
The 5 Most Irritating People You'll Meet This Winter
About the Author
Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert reads books, worries about other people’s dogs (they look thirsty), and eats horrible candy for fun and profit. When not wearing her extremely tasteful Sparkitor hat, she’s an editor for the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. You can find her on Twitter @mimi_albert, or in the hot pretzel section of your local cafeteria.

Wanna contact a writer or editor? Email contribute@sparknotes.com.