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6 Hilariously Problematic Moments in Shakespeare's Plays

By Taylor NolesFebruary 23, 2018
Shakespeare is the original scoundrel. Sure, standards were different back then, blah, blah, blah— but there are a few moments in his plays that, even back then, must have had audiences dropping their popcorn and WTF-ing to their dates. More  →
6 Hilariously Problematic Moments in Shakespeare's Plays

7 "Crazy" Women in Literature Who Were Actually Being Totally Reasonable

By Taylor NolesFebruary 15, 2018
The physically and mentally ill generally get treated like garbage in classic literature, and no one gets a worse deal than women accused of madness. At one point, the default medical opinion was that all women were insane by nature. (COME ON.) Here are 7 women who really  More  →
7 "Crazy" Women in Literature Who Were Actually Being Totally Reasonable

Classic Lit Plots Most Likely to Happen in 2018

By Taylor NolesFebruary 12, 2018
Hey, you know what would be fun? Let's make a few light-hearted predictions about which literary classics might have their storylines play out in some way through 2018! For example, maybe I could win the chance to visit a chocolate factory because some eccentric CEO goes bon More  →
Classic Lit Plots Most Likely to Happen in 2018

8 Alternate Endings We Would LOVE to Read

By Taylor NolesFebruary 7, 2018
In an alternate version of the world, we're probably all talking about how sweet it was that Old Yeller successfully fought off that wolf and went on to live a long and happy life. Here are a few more possible endings to our fave fictional stories—if someone could get J.K. More  →
8 Alternate Endings We Would LOVE to Read

8 Signs Your Favorite Character Is About to Be Killed Off

By Taylor NolesFebruary 2, 2018
Each genre has its own tropes for killing off characters. In horror, going off alone for some unnecessary reason is a bad move. Don’t do it. Stay with the group. And if you have to go, DEFINITELY don't pick a dark, confined space to hide. Listen, I like you, but if you’r More  →
8 Signs Your Favorite Character Is About to Be Killed Off

The OFFICIAL Teacher Translator

By Taylor NolesJanuary 29, 2018
Teachers speak a strange language. But after careful study—a.k.a. years of crouching in the shrubs behind the high school with binoculars and a notepad, sleeping in our clothes, and eating beans out of a can—we think we've finally cracked the code. Check the chart to find out ... More  →
The OFFICIAL Teacher Translator

Classic Lit, Explained By Venn Diagrams

By Taylor NolesJanuary 26, 2018
Math is hard. English is fun. Charts are helpful, and colors are nice. Agreed? Great. Now point your eyeballs at these charts and find yourself charmed by the wonderful world of...venn diagrams. More  →
Classic Lit, Explained By Venn Diagrams

What's Your Classroom Personality?

By Taylor NolesJanuary 18, 2018
Are you a Hermione or a Stiles? And if you're a Hermione, can we please borrow your Bio notes? [viralQuiz id=400] ... More  →
What's Your Classroom Personality?

Modes of Magical Transport, Ranked from Worst to Best

By Taylor NolesJanuary 10, 2018
Sure, we all want that new car, that fresh whip, that used 1998 Volvo that's been sitting in Benny's Auto Extravaganza for six months that we can almost afford. But perhaps we should set our sights even higher, and consider actual magical transport. I've searched far and w More  →
Modes of Magical Transport, Ranked from Worst to Best

20 Super-Common Phrases That Shakespeare Pretty Much Invented

By Taylor NolesDecember 22, 2017
It turns out Shakespeare essentially invented the entire English language; before him, we probably just communicated in grunts and frustrated hand signals. The Bard invented hundreds of phrases that are now used every day; here are a few of our personal faves. 1. All that glitters is not ... More  →
20 Super-Common Phrases That Shakespeare Pretty Much Invented
About the Author
Taylor Noles

Taylor has very strong feelings about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her first name is actually Delaney, and her writing has appeared on VICE, NPR, and elsewhere. You can follow her on twitter @delaney_nolan

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