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Rockin' Around the Christmas Twee

By ContributorDecember 8, 2009
Sparkler camip0p has become one of the ultimate sources for good music around here, so we were thrilled when she put together this post of fun, new holiday tunes! —SparkNotes editors Thanks to the wonders of the World Wide Web, I have found cool... More  →
Rockin' Around the Christmas Twee

One Last Semester with Your Older Sib at Home

By ContributorDecember 8, 2009
Sparkler SHOELACEx3 is a sophomore and her sister's a senior. They get along great, but no siblings are completely immune to occasional shouting matches, hair-pulling and stuff-stealing. (Right?) —SparkNotes editors As the semester comes to a close, many of us are reminded that our... More  →
One Last Semester with Your Older Sib at Home

Forgot to Study? Noooo Problem.

By kat_rosenfieldDecember 8, 2009
In the annals of Modern Academic Horror, there is nothing so brutal, so terrifying, so godforsakenly suck-tastic, as the Forgotten Quiz. And unless you are very, very lucky—or an obnoxious overachiever who completes assignments three weeks early—you will, before you graduate high school, have the... More  →
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The Four Types of High School Assemblies

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 8, 2009
School assemblies are like fortune cookies: At first, you have no idea which of life's great mysteries they'll answer, but then they just say something stupid, like "Life is nice." And much of the time, they make no sense at all. Either way, they're an alternative... More  →
The Four Types of High School Assemblies

Dagger University: Free Time, Loneliness, and Dementors

By Chelsea DaggerDecember 8, 2009
Dear Chelsea Dagger, I’ve been in college for a few months now, and I’m finding that I have a ton of free time, even with classes and homework. Sometimes it’s okay, but sometimes sitting around in my room looking at Facebook just makes me bored and... More  →
Dagger University: Free Time, Loneliness, and Dementors

The Diary of Ashley Spencer: Not Home Alone, Jay-Z-Inspired Christmas Jingles, and the Ketchup Feud

By Ashley SpencerDecember 8, 2009
During the holidays, you’re supposed to do family things together—things like chopping Christmas trees, shopping for presents, or if you’re in my family, pounding eggnog. And while some of those things can certainly be festive, nothing says family more than just being together at home in... More  →
The Diary of Ashley Spencer: Not Home Alone, Jay-Z-Inspired Christmas Jingles, and the Ketchup Feud

Movies You Might Have Missed: Bombs Away!

By kat_rosenfieldDecember 8, 2009
Before you were potty trained—or even born—Hollywood made some good movies. Movies You Might Have Missed is a recurring feature in which your SparkNotes editors recommend a few watchable films from the 1990s or before. Right now, the big trend in Hollywood is the Doomsday Movie.... More  →
Movies You Might Have Missed: Bombs Away!

How Not To Destroy Your Cell Phone

By Kia WoodDecember 7, 2009
Even though it's a bad idea, phone-throwing is wildly popular. Just ask Russell Crowe or Naomi Campbell. Heck, in Chicopee, Massachusetts, they’ve even got a whole contest dedicated to throwing phones! We have some personal experience with this. Yesterday, one of your... More  →
How Not To Destroy Your Cell Phone

Cute Thing of the Week

By Emily WinterDecember 7, 2009
The mystery of the anonymous Sparkler who sent in the adorable-est kitten video ever (even before Yahoo was raving about it) IS SOLVED! You all can thank Sparkler GoldieClayalee for sending a year's worth of cuteness in one short little clip. You guys... More  →
Cute Thing of the Week

How to Give Your Room a Makeover

By Katie_RolnickDecember 7, 2009
By the time you reach high school, you're probably ready to get rid of the animal mural your parents put up on your third birthday. Chances are, your curtains and lighting could use some "updating" too. But it's not always easy to convince... More  →
How to Give Your Room a Makeover