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Awesome Thing of the Week

By Emily WinterOctober 21, 2009
Okkkkkay, yes, we have a weird sense of humor. And we know at least some of you do, too, because we found this Awesome Thing link in our contribute@sparknotes.com inbox, and it puzzled us, then slowly wooed us. We're mystified, fascinated, and we... More  →
Awesome Thing of the Week

When You Can’t Get Your Locker Open

By laura_buchholzOctober 21, 2009
Sometimes your locker won’t open. 10-14-26. 8-15-30. 23-36-27. Whatever your combination is, it’s just not working right now. You’re locked out of your own world of stuff. You feel your anger simmering like Mt. St. Helens in 1980. You try the combination over... More  →
When You Can’t Get Your Locker Open

Forever Awesome: Classic Rock Playlist

By ContributorOctober 21, 2009
Sparkler Claire967's parents must be proud. Instead of hating on their music without even hearing it, she's embraced it! —SparkNotes editors There are a ton of new bands and musicians to listen to these days, many of them known by, well, pretty much everybody,... More  →
Forever Awesome: Classic Rock Playlist

Homecoming: The Definitive Guide

By kat_rosenfieldOctober 21, 2009
Are you puzzled by pep rallies? Skeptical about spirit week? Confused by continuous references to something called “Homecoming”? SparkNotes is here to help. For those who live outside the U.S., or in a town that scoffs at the whole concept of Homecoming, we’ve created this... More  →
Homecoming: The Definitive Guide

Are You an Organizing FREAK?

By Katie_RolnickOctober 21, 2009
There are lots of things that could qualify you as a nerd: a love of recondite and abstruse vocabulary, a fondness for classical music, membership in an band/orchestra, an affinity for school libraries—the list goes on and on. But there's one trait that proclaims... More  →
Are You an Organizing FREAK?

What Teachers Shouldn't Do During Tests

By ContributorOctober 20, 2009
Sparkler AllisonJY is back, and more angst-y than ever. We love her 'tude, and totes picture her as a conscientious overachiever...in cherry red combat boots and black leather motorcycle pants. Are we close, Allison? —SparkNotes editors The beginning of the school year is over,... More  →
What Teachers Shouldn't Do During Tests

Sparkler Quiz: Test Your Random Fact Knowledge

By ContributorOctober 20, 2009
Sparkler BellaSwan1 scoured the internet for the most interesting, confuzzling, and random trivia and put together this quiz for her fellow Sparklers! —SparkNotes editors Can exams be fun?  Yes, yes they can. This one, for example. If you get 5 answers correct, you PASS.... More  →
Sparkler Quiz: Test Your Random Fact Knowledge

Choose Your Favorite Short Student Film

By Emily WinterOctober 20, 2009
We’ve always secretly dreamed of being that guy who announces forthcoming action flicks. You know: "In a world where aliens attack, the apocalypse is imminent, and there might also be a dinosaur, only the strong and Dakota Fanning will survive. Revenge of the 2012 Aliens... More  →
Choose Your Favorite Short Student Film

Gear Up for National Novel Writing Month!

By ContributorOctober 19, 2009
Sparkler happyhostage reminds us that the annual NaNoWriMo starts in just 13 days! —SparkNotes editors Here’s an idea, Sparklers: why don’t we all try NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Those of you who know what I’m talking about are probably already arranging for my ride... More  →
Gear Up for National Novel Writing Month!

The SparkNotes Guide to Sexy Halloween

By kat_rosenfieldOctober 19, 2009
I think it was either Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. who first said, “In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like total tramps and no other girls can say anything about it.” And if... More  →
The SparkNotes Guide to Sexy Halloween