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The Cringe List

By Kia WoodDecember 31, 2009
In an effort to purge ourselves of all negativity before we ring in 2010, we’ve come up with 22 things we really can’t stand. We want to know if you feel the same way, too. Do you cringe when... 1. You stay up late, and then... More  →
The Cringe List

Top 100 SparkLife Posts of 2009: 50-11

By Emily WinterDecember 31, 2009
Our countdown of the Top 100 SparkLife Posts of 2009 continues with posts 50-11. Stay tuned; the top 10 posts of the year are coming later today! Have you been missing our countdown?! *GASPS* Oh em jeepers. Well, you can click these links to see posts More  →
Top 100 SparkLife Posts of 2009: 50-11

Dealing with the Relatives

By ContributorDecember 31, 2009
We think Sparkler ReannaTheElf is the most clever elf there ever was! (Seriously, she could teach a college-level course on getting rid of annoying people.) —SparkNotes editors School is out, holiday break is underway, and you're probably losing your mind from having two weeks... More  →
Dealing with the Relatives

Make More Noise at Midnight!

By ContributorDecember 31, 2009
We asked Sparkler Tanya_v for her tips on making noise at midnight. Now if you'll excuse us, we're off round up some safety pins! —SparkNotes editors It’s New Year’s, and your house is filled with relatives, friends, casual acquaintances, and everyone else your parents... More  →
Make More Noise at Midnight!

Best New Words of 2009

By Chris_DikenDecember 31, 2009
Every year, the friendly lexicographers at Merriam-Webster add a bunch of new words to their dictionary. Sometimes a few of the new words are actually old words that for some reason were never formally included in the big book. Others are true neologisms, fresh... More  →
Best New Words of 2009

Best Viral Videos of 2009

By Katie_RolnickDecember 31, 2009
2009 was an amazing year for viral videos! From unplanned, honest moments to choreographed routines, we watched—then immediately shared—an astounding amount of goodness. And just in case you weren't paying attention to your Facebook feed, or failed to get on the right email chain, we've... More  →
Best Viral Videos of 2009

Slacker New Year's Resolutions

By Katie_RolnickDecember 30, 2009
We totally get that the point of New Year's resolutions is to strive for personal improvement, or something like that. But what if you're not feeling the need for ambitious self-improvement in 2010? We've drawn up a list of resolutions that will take zero... More  →
Slacker New Year's Resolutions

Best Nerd Moments of 2009

By Dan_BergsteinDecember 29, 2009
Let your geek flag fly. It's a great time to be a nerd. 2009 had many wonderful moments that made the fan-boy or fan-girl inside all of us giggle and snort with delight. From movies to books to gadgets, it was difficult to narrow the list... More  →
Best Nerd Moments of 2009

Top 100 SparkLife Posts of 2009: 75-51

By Emily WinterDecember 29, 2009
Ever wonder what awesome, hilarious stuff you missed on SparkLife before you became a Sparkler? Our Top 100 posts of 2009 will fill in those gaps! Today the countdown to the number 1 post of the year continues as we pay homage to posts 75-51. How... More  →
Top 100 SparkLife Posts of 2009: 75-51

Auntie SparkNotes: Big Buts and Rejection 101

By kat_rosenfieldDecember 29, 2009
Dear Auntie, I have a problem. I just moved from a private middle school in a different state to a public high school where it pretty much boils down to drinking, smoking, and sex. My old school (and for that matter, my old town) was "tame"... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Big Buts and Rejection 101