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A Reality TV Certified Geek (and Proud of It!)

By Nate DernJanuary 18, 2010
You've probably noticed our funny new writer, Nate Dern. What you may not know about Nate is that he was on the Ashton Kutcher-produced reality show Beauty and the Geek a few years ago. He has agreed to share his experience with the... More  →
A Reality TV Certified Geek (and Proud of It!)

Introducing Our New SparkNotes App!

By Emily WinterJanuary 18, 2010
Many Sparklers have been e-mailing us to suggest building an iPod Touch/iPhone app, and we're so excited to announce that we've been working on it and the new app is finally here! Our very first app is No Fear Shakespeare—modern translations of The Bard that are... More  →
Introducing Our New SparkNotes App!

The Coolest Literary Characters

By ContributorJanuary 18, 2010
We're impressed by how much work abby0912 put into this post (and by how much she reads)! —SparkNotes editors If you have not met some of the following literary characters, then you have not experienced so much of the awesomeness available to you. Let’s... More  →
The Coolest Literary Characters

7 Super Cool Holidays You Need to Be Celebrating

By Kia WoodJanuary 18, 2010
Most of you guys in the states are enjoying Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We personally love holidays, especially those that fall during crappy winter months, and think there should be a lot more days dedicated to celebrating cool things. Preferably, these holidays... More  →
7 Super Cool Holidays You Need to Be Celebrating

The Cafeteria CRASH Test

By Dan_BergsteinJanuary 18, 2010
You're sitting in the cafeteria, talking with your friends, and trying to relax before being herded back into the soul-crushing classroom. Suddenly, you hear a crash. A tray of food just smashed on the floor. Chocolate milk spilled. Cutlery went careening across the linoleum. And... More  →
The Cafeteria CRASH Test

Auntie SparkNotes: How to Flirt, the Final Frontier

By kat_rosenfieldJanuary 15, 2010
Welcome back, flirters! Well, here we are. It's been a fun couple of weeks, and by now, you should be armed with all the tools you need to get your flirtation up and running. Today, we're wrapping up the flirting guide by answering a few... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: How to Flirt, the Final Frontier

Chris Listens: Arranged Marriages, ADD, and How to Take Criticism

By Chris_DikenJanuary 15, 2010
Parents: Sometimes they just don’t understand. And from what I’ve read in quite a few emails this past week, this lack of understanding can be quite frustrating to you, the Sparkler. So what are you going to do about it? Just stew in... More  →
Chris Listens: Arranged Marriages, ADD, and How to Take Criticism

The 6 Types of Sparklers

By ContributorJanuary 15, 2010
Sparkler synchrogirl117 has made some great observations about you guys. It's true, there are different types of Sparklers, and we love 'em all (except #6)! —SparkNotes editors SparkNotes is just so gosh darn cool.  There are Sparklers here from all over the world, and... More  →
The 6 Types of Sparklers

The Friday Awards

By Emily WinterJanuary 15, 2010
Friday Awards on a Friday?!? What the...? ...Oh wait, this is how it's supposed to be. Well, Happy Friday, Sparklers. Let's dive right into the shout-outs! The Commenting Between "Blocks" Award goes to tawly31 for this comment on the Friends at Other Schools... More  →
The Friday Awards

Three Fake-Outs We're Glad Weren't True

By Kathryn_WilliamsJanuary 15, 2010
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!!! The sky is falling! Didn't you hear about it? It was totally on the news. The Mayans wrote about it in their calendar, and John Cusak confirmed it. And my mom works with this guy whose brother works at the... More  →
Three Fake-Outs We're Glad Weren't True