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What to Do if You Maybe Kind of Haven't Even Started Looking Into Colleges Yet...

By Andrew TavinNovember 17, 2014
Some people are extremely organized type-A sorts and want to get everything done as quickly and efficiently as possible without procrastination. This is not a post for those people. (SEE YA, HERMIONE.) Those people have already sent out an application to their dream school for... More  →
What to Do if You Maybe Kind of Haven't Even Started Looking Into Colleges Yet...

The WORST Things to Hear From Your Orthodontist

By Andrew TavinNovember 17, 2014
Getting braces is sucky. You've got metal stuck to your teeth, your skeleton is being moved around willy nilly, and it now takes four different shaped toothbrushes to get your mouth clean after a meal. BUT IT COULD BE WORSE. Imagine heading in for your ortho... More  →
The WORST Things to Hear From Your Orthodontist

20 First Sentences Guaranteed to Improve Your Novel

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 17, 2014
One sentence can make or break an entire story, even before it’s written. Stephen King admits that the opening line to his beloved Dark Tower series—“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”—is the single best line he ever... More  →
20 First Sentences Guaranteed to Improve Your Novel

Auntie SparkNotes: I Thought Dating Was Supposed To Get Better In College

By kat_rosenfieldNovember 14, 2014
Dear Auntie SparkNotes, Something has been really deeply bothering me for a while now and I was wondering if you could shed some light on it. I know it may sound insane, but what are my chances of dying alone? And I don't mean that in a... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I Thought Dating Was Supposed To Get Better In College

How To Celebrate Each Relationship Anniversary: High School Edition

By Andrew TavinNovember 14, 2014
Did you know that a couple's first anniversary is their "paper anniversary"? Presumably that is because they are still paying off the wedding at the one-year mark (THOSE SHERLOCK INVITATIONS DON'T PAY FOR THEMSELVES). A couple's third anniversary is their "leather" anniversary, because... More  →
How To Celebrate Each Relationship Anniversary: High School Edition

The Friday Awards: Tips for Cleaning Your Fridge

By Renda DingNovember 14, 2014
Exciting developments, Sparklers! We have SECRET CHALLENGE winners at last! Several enlightened Sparklers correctly guessed the answer  was "Benedict Cumberbatch," so in honor of your efforts we have prepared a letter of congrats. Feel free to print it, frame it, put it on mugs, shoes, pet... More  →
The Friday Awards: Tips for Cleaning Your Fridge

Sherlock! Star Trek! Otters? Dream Themes for Benedict Cumberbatch's Cumberwedding

By Nicole DiekerNovember 14, 2014
We cannot marry Benedict Cumberbatch—some of us have to remind ourselves of that fact every day—but we can plan his wedding! How better than to celebrate the Batch no longer being a bachelor than to throw ourselves against a church window screaming "marry me instead!" like... More  →
Sherlock! Star Trek! Otters? Dream Themes for Benedict Cumberbatch's Cumberwedding

Auntie SparkNotes: How Can I Get Help Before It's Too Late?

By kat_rosenfieldNovember 13, 2014
Dear Auntie Sparknotes, Forgive me for the length and depressing content in this letter. I've reached a very low point in my 17 years and I'm not sure what to do. About three years ago, upon first entering high school, I first began experiencing symptoms of... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: How Can I Get Help Before It's Too Late?

Quiz: Which Hipster Mode of Transportation Is Best For You?

By Jason SaenzNovember 13, 2014
The problem with public transportation is it's SO MAINSTREAM. And cars? Uhh, Mumford and Sons would never have been famous if they rocked up to their gigs with their banjos hanging out of the trunk of their Ford Fiestas. But which transportation alternative is MOST alternative?... More  →
Quiz: Which Hipster Mode of Transportation Is Best For You?