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What Does Taylor Swift's Perfume Smell Like? World Domination, Kittens

By Valerie BurnSeptember 29, 2014
Celebs love a good side project. A clothing line, a restaurant collaboration, a dog accessories collection, a multi-million-dollar organic diaper company... you name it. One of the most common side projects is a good, old fashioned celeb fragrance. Because nothing says "I'm a serious artist!! ... More  →
What Does Taylor Swift's Perfume Smell Like? World Domination, Kittens

Signs You're Coming Down with a CASE OF THE CAPS

By Valerie BurnSeptember 26, 2014
In and around the SparNnotes offices, we do A LOT OF YELLING. There's actual yelling (WHY ARE HACKERS LEAKING NUDE PHOTOS OF PERFECTLY NICE CELEBRITIES) and happy yelling (I GOT TICKETS TO SEE TAYLOR SWIFT, BYE HATERS) and life yelling (MOM STOP TEXTING ME PHOTOS ... More  →
Signs You're Coming Down with a CASE OF THE CAPS

Why Is "Treat 'Em Mean, Keep 'Em Keen" a Thing?

By Valerie BurnSeptember 26, 2014
"Treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen." You've probably heard of or experienced some version of this phenomenon, which is the idea people are interested in/stay interested in partners that are, well, mean. According to really relevant and totally reliable source Wiktionary, the phrase means, "A woman ... More  →
Why Is

Mean Prank Ends With Recipient Actually Being Crowned Homecoming Queen

By Valerie BurnSeptember 22, 2014
Today's public service announcement: Not everyone sucks! At least not at Grande Prairie High School. A group of hahaha-we're-so-funny-and-random ("lol so random," echoes the queen bee's follower friend) girls from Lillian Skinner's high school thought it would be funny to make her think she had been nominated ... More  →
Mean Prank Ends With Recipient Actually Being Crowned Homecoming Queen

Emma Watson Speaks to the U.N. on Feminism; Is Generally Amazing

By Valerie BurnSeptember 22, 2014
Emma Watson is our favorite pretend best friend for a lot of reasons, but add "cool, informed feminist" to the list. This summer, Emz (because we're BFFs) was named a United Nations Women's Global Goodwill Ambassador (fact: when she announced it in July, she crashed the ... More  →
Emma Watson Speaks to the U.N. on Feminism; Is Generally Amazing

Breaking: Selena Gomez Got Bangs

By Valerie BurnSeptember 15, 2014
BREAKING/BROKEN/BLUNT VERY IMPORTANT NEWS: Selena Gomez got bangs. The singer had been rockin' that bare forehead for a while now, and decided to mix it up with a lil fringe. She announced the radical change on her Instagram, of course, with the simple caption "bangs." Bangs-news-breaker MTV ... More  →
Breaking: Selena Gomez Got Bangs

A Guide to Being Involved in Your Parent's Wedding

By Valerie BurnSeptember 12, 2014
So, one of your parents is getting married. Cool! (Well, generally speaking.) Evil stepparents aside, gaining a new parent is pretty fun. Chances are, this person has been in your life for a while, and, even if the new step-parent isn't THE BEST EVER, you want ... More  →
A Guide to Being Involved in Your Parent's Wedding

Tampon Run is the Game of Your Period-Infused Dreams

By Valerie BurnSeptember 11, 2014
Two cooler-than-us teen ladies recently created Tampon Run, a game about, well, tampons. Creators Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser wanted to create a game that de-stigmatized periods. The game begins, "Most women menstruate for a large portion of their lives. It is, by all means, normal." ... More  →
Tampon Run is the Game of Your Period-Infused Dreams

More Emojis Are Here, Rejoice :(#)

By Valerie BurnSeptember 11, 2014
The demand for more emojis has always been around. After all, where is the diversity in faces? Where is the Beyonce emoji? WHERE IS THE TACO EMOJI?  THE PEOPLE DEMAND A TACO EMOJI. There are always new apps coming out claiming to solve our problems. A ... More  →
More Emojis Are Here, Rejoice :(#)

Shame Suit Up! Teen Wears Short Skirt, Gets Totally Reasonable Shame Suit Treatment

By Valerie BurnSeptember 10, 2014
Today in UGHH SERIOUSLY, THIS IS STILL A THING news, a Florida high school made a student wear a literal "shame suit" because of her dress code violation. Fifteen-year-old Miranda Larkin made the mistake of wearing a too-short skirt on her third day at a brand new school (because: ... More  →
Shame Suit Up! Teen Wears Short Skirt, Gets Totally Reasonable Shame Suit Treatment
About the Author
Valerie Burn

Valerie Burn is a very cool Midwestern lady. She has lived in tons of exciting places, such as Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. She spends her free time snuggling her beautiful, perfect dog Teddy, and reading the entire internet every day. Valerie enjoys eating things, buying things, and writing things, as well as watching terrible TV.

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