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Amazing True Facts

By Dan_BergsteinApril 1, 2009
Sure, you know all about The Scarlet Letter and Johnny Tremain. But were you aware of the following incredible facts? When placed in warm milk, raisins re-plump into grapes. The metal backs of iPods are made from recycled zippers. Eskimos don't believe... More  →

You Must Be This Tall to Teach

By Kathryn_WilliamsApril 1, 2009
Looks like SparkNotes was on to something. According to an article in the Richmond, Virginia Times Dispatch, John Schmick, a 10-year-old boy genius, will be teaching AP Physics to eleventh and twelfth graders at his alma mater next year. John’s parents knew... More  →

The Verdict Is In: Waking Up Early Really Is Good For You!

By Katie_RolnickApril 1, 2009
If you're like us (or anyone you know), waking up in the morning is a process akin to torture. Each day you drag yourself out of bed, drape some mismatched clothes over your body, and stumble to school with barely enough time to make your first period class. And even if you... More  →

There’s No "I" in Group Project

By Kathryn_WilliamsMarch 30, 2009
Group projects are divisive. Some students view them as an opportunity (see Types A, C and E below), while others would rather have their toenails pulled out by Digger the Lamisil dermatophyte than pair up with classmates. Working in teams has a way of... More  →

WTF Files: Every Touch is a Bad Touch!

By kat_rosenfieldMarch 30, 2009
Hey, Tiger, why the long face? Monday got you down? Midterms stressing you out? Mom and Dad just don’t understand you? Auntie SparkNotes knows how you feel, you poor dear. But before you throw yourself a pity party and call yourself a waaaahmbulance, just... More  →

Win the Battle of the Graduation Parties

By Dan_BergsteinMarch 30, 2009

High school seniors are just weeks (all right, months) away from graduating. And with graduation comes parties. Unfortunately, thanks to chronology, there are only a limited number of weekends in June in which to have your graduation celebration. How to ensure that your bash will

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The Kids Are out of Control

By Emily WinterMarch 30, 2009
Holy rolling vampires, Batman! We're completely overwhelmed, and it's not just a touch of the Mondays. It's stress. And if our stress were an animal, it would be a giant squid monster. Here's the thing: We can't take these teenage moguls anymore. Not one more minute... More  →

Comments We Love

By SparkLifeMarch 27, 2009
Have we toooooooold you lately...that we love you? We really do! We love all of you. Just look at the kind of amazing and hilarious comments you've written this week. 1. User: Trajena Comment: "I love this! The tip about the sandwich is actually pretty helpful.... More  →

STOP What You're Blogging

By Emily WinterMarch 27, 2009
Ding the irony bell: Yes, you observant, fabulous Sparklers, we're about to tell you all the things you shouldn't live blog. But here's the thing: in this crazy world full of rag tag Twittering teens, there have to be some rules to what should and shouldn't be live blogged (live blug?). And... More  →

Illegal Downloading: The Musician's Perspective

By Chris_DikenMarch 27, 2009
Record label execs liken music downloading to piracy on the high seas. Non-wealthy listeners love it because they can keep their iPods stocked with fresh material without going iBroke. But with a few exceptions, we generally have no idea how artists themselves feel... More  →