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Open Thread for July 21

By Emily WinterJuly 21, 2010
Muffins (muffinsarejustbetter?) sent us this pic of a punk rock chicken (named Heather). Actually, she sent it to Chelsea Dagger as proof that Heather is, in fact, a chicken, but Chelsea's not here right now. She's in bed eating tiramisu. So it is I,... More  →
Open Thread for July 21

A Day in the Life of an Australian Academic Talent Program Student

By ContributorJuly 20, 2010
Is everyone in Autralia named Lucy, lucy_stop_flying? —Sparkitors A quarter of the kids at my school, me included, are in the Academically Talented Program (ATP). This basically means we get much harder work than the mainstream classes (mainies) and are expected to achieve... More  →
A Day in the Life of an Australian Academic Talent Program Student

How To Be a Renaissance Sparkler, Part 3: Poetry

By Jon_SkindzierJuly 20, 2010
This is the third in a series of posts that will basically make you perfect at everything by the end of the summer. Or show you how to fake being perfect. Whichever. Today's Topic: (Writing) Poetry. Q: So what's this "poetry" all the attractive celebrities are talking... More  →
How To Be a Renaissance Sparkler, Part 3: Poetry

The 10 Best Birthday Presents Ever

By ContributorJuly 20, 2010
ilovemarcandre29, we're pretty sure that a bar of soap would make even Harry Potter grimace, and he once got a toothpick for his b-day.— Sparkitors We've all gotten those awful birthday presents: the lame kitten sweaters, the bag of underwear, and the occasional wrapped... More  →
The 10 Best Birthday Presents Ever

Committee of Cool: Vampire Weekend

By Chelsea DaggerJuly 20, 2010
You Sparklers were all aflutter after last week's Committee of Cool; we never knew you were such HUGE fans of OK GO! Of course, your borderline obsession is completely justified: those guys are RAD (we've been saying "rad" a lot lately, and we're... More  →
Committee of Cool: Vampire Weekend

Are You Having the Summer of Your Life?

By Kathryn_WilliamsJuly 20, 2010
You're having an amazing summer—but is it the best summer of your life? To find out, answer these questions. Have you beaten Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, three-time defending champion of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, in downing frankfurters? Have you fallen in love at... More  →
Are You Having the Summer of Your Life?

A Day in the Life of a Student at a Top 50 High School

By ContributorJuly 20, 2010
Yeah, yeah, Frenchtoast is smart, but we're impressed with her because she helps her mom with dinner. This Sparkitor didn't even know that was an option in high school. Wow. —Sparkitor who feels kinda bad now. Sorry, Mom. I've read a lot of Day... More  →
A Day in the Life of a Student at a Top 50 High School

The 5 Types of Top Bunk Inhabitants

By Lucy HutchinsonJuly 20, 2010
When life gives you lemons, you can make lemonade, or lemon chicken, or lemon meringue pie, or all three in a glorious, lemony feast. When life gives you the bottom bunk bed, there's not much you can do except lie awake, seething with rage and... More  →
The 5 Types of Top Bunk Inhabitants

Fiction Writing: How To Create a Main Character

By ContributorJuly 20, 2010
Thanks for all the great tips, RainOnMe797!— Sparkitors Writing seems so difficult. Even when you have your story, setting, or background developed, there are always those pesky little things called characters to work out! It can be insanely aggravating... More  →
Fiction Writing: How To Create a Main Character

The Max VZ Chronicles: SparkNotes Laws and Equations

By ContributorJuly 20, 2010
Welcome to the world of MaxVZ. Are you sure you want to be here? You might have to confront your mortality, some kind of existential dilemma, or the opposite sex. Just a warning. —Sparkitors Science and math are pretty boring,... More  →
The Max VZ Chronicles: SparkNotes Laws and Equations