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Dear Dream School, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

By Valerie BurnApril 15, 2014
Dear Dream University, We've been through so much together. I remember the first time I heard about you—your quad, beautiful library, and various majors. It was love at first sight. And when I went to visit, I knew I had to have a sweatshirt with your ... More  →
Dear Dream School, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

If People Behaved Like Disney Characters, the World Would Be a Creepy Place

By Valerie BurnApril 15, 2014
Have you ever noticed how... creepy most Disney characters are? Take Ariel, for example. She has never even met Eric, and yet she's in love with him and spies on him all the time. Eric meets a perfect stranger—who doesn't seem to know how to ... More  →
If People Behaved Like Disney Characters, the World Would Be a Creepy Place

Emoji Lovers Rejoice! Apple to Update Keyboard With More Races

By Valerie BurnApril 14, 2014
Diversify your text game, Sparklers! After a lot of talk, Apple announced it will update its emoji keyboard to include more racially/culturally diverse characters. If you're unfamiliar with emojis (also, hey, welcome to Earth, it's weird here but you'll get used to it), they're a small ... More  →
Emoji Lovers Rejoice! Apple to Update Keyboard With More Races

The Anti-Binary Code: Facebook Changes Its Gender Options

By Valerie BurnApril 14, 2014
Many people, and virtually every Disney character ever, identify as male or female. However, there are lots of people that identify as both, neither, something in between, or something else altogether. Facebook recently acknowledged the group of people that don't identify with one of the ... More  →
The Anti-Binary Code: Facebook Changes Its Gender Options

Alternative Holidays to Celebrate on Valentine's Day

By Valerie BurnFebruary 3, 2014
Ah yes, Valentine’s Day, our occasional nemesis. The day when people in comfy partnerships celebrate their having-ness by receiving candy. Why do they get a day? And candy? They already have boyfriends/girlfriends. There should be a day where single people get presents and candy and attention. ... More  →
Alternative Holidays to Celebrate on Valentine's Day

Our Favorite People to Follow on Twitter

By Valerie BurnJanuary 29, 2014
We admit it: At first we didn’t really “get” Twitter. Probably because we like writing, punctuation, and using vowels with regularity. Plus, hashtags that combine more than two words make us angry #thathashtagistoolongtoread. Still, there’s something to be said for the ability to be witty ... More  →
Our Favorite People to Follow on Twitter

The Ultimate Guide to Making Out With a Ticklish Person

By Valerie BurnJanuary 23, 2014
Everyone has likes and dislikes when it comes to making out. Ticklish people have likes and "STOP THAT YOU'RE TORTURING ME!" How do I know this? Because, my dear Sparklers, I am a ticklish person. I have always been this way. As a child, I reacted to my ... More  →
The Ultimate Guide to Making Out With a Ticklish Person

Teenager Plays "Get Lucky" on the Harp: More Pop-Symphony Mashups Please!

By Valerie BurnJanuary 23, 2014
The British The Voice launched this month, and we were alerted to a teen's acoustic version of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." The appropriately named Anna McLuckie (seriously, serendipitous naming, McLuckie parents) brought her harp game, and delievered her harp game hard. Anna has also performed MGMT's "Electric Feel" on ... More  →
Teenager Plays

How Are You Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

By Valerie BurnJanuary 20, 2014
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day, set aside to celebrate the life of an inspirational and awesome trailblazer, activist, humanitarian, and more. We all know who he is, and that he was tragically assassinated on March 29, 1968, in Memphis, TN. His birthday became an ... More  →
How Are You Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

Places to Download Free Music That Aren't Illegal

By Valerie BurnJanuary 16, 2014
Public Service Announcement: Downloading free music is often illegal. Who knew? Fortunately, there are quite a few places to get your music game on, without violating any laws or dropping a dime. First, if you don't want to download the song permanently, you know to use Spotify, Grooveshark, Pandora, or Last.fm (more ... More  →
Places to Download Free Music That Aren't Illegal
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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