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The Committee of Cool: Janelle Monae's "Tightrope"

By Chelsea DaggerMay 12, 2010
Due to your overwhelmingly awesome response to our call for music reviews, we've decided to throw in a little somethin' extra for you: The Committee of Cool (thusly named because adding "cool" to the title of anything automatically makes it cooler). Every week, one of... More  →
The Committee of Cool: Janelle Monae's

Open Thread for May 12

By Emily WinterMay 12, 2010
Sparklers, meet Thunder. ItsRainingJellyBeans's dad named this spunky-looking goat after the AC/DC song "Thunderstruck," which is pretty bad asphalt if you ask us. Send pics of your pets, collections, big toe, pillow fort, favorite pair of shoes or anything else to contribute@sparknotes.com for... More  →
Open Thread for May 12

How to Make the Most of Your SparkLife Experience

By ContributorMay 11, 2010
origami_vanity, you forgot the part about sending your editors CHEESE! —SparkNotes editors So, you’re thinking of joining the sparkly lifestyle of the Sparklers? Well, let me help you make your SparkLife journey the best it can possibly be: Step 1:  Make a cool username. Everyone... More  →
How to Make the Most of Your SparkLife Experience

A Day in the Life of a Student in Estonia

By ContributorMay 11, 2010
Tinessael, we love that you compare your school to a Lady G video. —SparkNotes editors The article you’ve all been waiting for… how do the kids born behind the iron curtain get educated so they can keep their young state a democratic nation? Erm…well…we... More  →
A Day in the Life of a Student in Estonia

How to Be an Amish Hotel Heiress

By Ashley SpencerMay 11, 2010
You're moving. Maybe your dad got a job in California working on building energy-efficient windmills and you’ll be transferring schools in the fall. Maybe your little brother’s tendency to start naked fights among his third grade class has become so infamous that your parents feel... More  →
How to Be an Amish Hotel Heiress

A N00b's (Not So) Disney Adventure, Part 3: Anastasia

By ContributorMay 11, 2010
Sparkler flunkybed never watched Disney movies as a kid, and is now blogging about what it's like to watch them for the first time, as a teen. In this post, flunkybed reviews Anastasia, which isn't technically a Disney movie, but looks just like... More  →
A N00b's (Not So) Disney Adventure, Part 3: Anastasia

Auntie SparkNotes: Giving Love a Bad Name

By kat_rosenfieldMay 11, 2010
Auntie will answer your love questions, your frenemy questions, and all your other questions tomorrow on Facebook from 1 to 8 EST. Be there or be hopelessly confused about life! And now, on to today's letter, which contains one of our favorite Sparkler... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Giving Love a Bad Name

Breaking News: Teens Are Not Dumb!

By kat_rosenfieldMay 11, 2010
Sometimes, your SparkNotes editors wonder whether the writers at the New York Times actually know a single human being under the age of 20, what with their hysterical late-breaking reaction to every high school-related scandal or social trend to emerge over the past ten years.... More  →
Breaking News: Teens Are Not Dumb!

5 Surefire Signs You Live Next to Justin Bieber

By ContributorMay 11, 2010
We can't get enough of Justin Bieber, and we know you can't either. So here's an article by NoahNosh about the boy we hate to love and love to hate, the Bieberator.— SparkNotes editors We've all heard his incredibly popular music, we've all remarked... More  →
5 Surefire Signs You Live Next to Justin Bieber

Open Thread for May 11

By Chelsea DaggerMay 11, 2010
It appears there is trouble in paradise: Sparkler syncrho has throw down the gauntlet after yesterday's fencing-themed open thread, sending this photograph along with the following message: Ahem. I would like to challenge wishyouwereme101 to a best-sport-in-the-world contest.  THis is... More  →
Open Thread for May 11