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Your Very Worst Grade: What Went Wrong?

By Jon_SkindzierFebruary 17, 2010
Everyone screws up a test at least once. We're all only human—fallible, ridiculous humans who sometimes completely forget what a triangle is, or sleep in just a little bit on Saturday only to discover upon waking up that it's actually 2 p.m. on Wednesday. If... More  →
Your Very Worst Grade: What Went Wrong?

We're (Pea)Nuts for George Washington Carver

By kat_rosenfieldFebruary 17, 2010
In holiday-packed February, we honor dead presidents, scare local groundhogs, spend the first 72 hours of this week in a Valentine's Day candy heart-induced sugar coma, and celebrate Black History Month! This month, the United States honors the achievements of... More  →
We're (Pea)Nuts for George Washington Carver

Open Thread for February 17

By Emily WinterFebruary 17, 2010
Did you know rebel_of_nowhere's dog is afraid of peanut butter? Or that ragster96 hates junior year? Or that my left hand and probably my face are completely covered in blue ink?!?!??! Noooooooooo! How did this happen? I must go investigate. (I... More  →
Open Thread for February 17

Finding Your Inner Little Kid

By ContributorFebruary 16, 2010
Have you ever felt weird or sad about growing up? Sparkler rebel_of_nowhere reminds us that we can all still be kids, even if we look like adults. —SparkNotes editors No matter how convincing the sophisticated façade high schoolers put on, we are all still... More  →
Finding Your Inner Little Kid

How My English Class Uses SparkNotes

By ContributorFebruary 16, 2010
Sparkler marcher12 has a cultural anthropology degree from the University of Friday Awards. We hope you like her most recent report! —SparkNotes editors My British Literature class just digested two Shakespeare plays back to back.  Generally, for the second portion of class, the teacher... More  →
How My English Class Uses SparkNotes

Real, Actual, Legit Ways Not to Impress Girls (We're Still Not Kidding Around)

By Chelsea DaggerFebruary 16, 2010
This one is for you, gents! Here's how NOT to impress the ladies. 1. Bare-knuckle brawls. Don’t operate under the impression that violent displays of testosterone are the best way to a girl’s heart. Instead of punching a stranger in the throat, show off in... More  →
Real, Actual, Legit Ways Not to Impress Girls (We're Still Not Kidding Around)

Introducing Open Threads

By Emily WinterFebruary 16, 2010
We've noticed you Sparklers have a problem: you want to chat on SparkLife, but you don't have a centralized place to do it. We understand. And we think it's gotta be pretty friggin' annoying for you guys when you're chatting away in one post, only to... More  →
Introducing Open Threads

Cell Phone Obituaries

By Robert IsenbergFebruary 16, 2010
We hope the following rest in peace... or pieces: Motorola Brute: Though only two months old when it met its end, the Brute led an eventful life: Made 2 a.m. call to ex-boyfriend to "work things out," called AAA when Dad's Prius broke down,... More  →
Cell Phone Obituaries

Auntie SparkNotes: Sexism on (Mock) Trial

By kat_rosenfieldFebruary 16, 2010
Okay Auntie, here's the deal: I'm on my school's mock trial team. It's me (a female) and five guys... They make dirty jokes fairly frequently, as sixteen-year-old boys are wont to do, and sure, I join in sometimes. (Don't judge me! The jokes are funny!)... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Sexism on (Mock) Trial

We Don't Care About Your Dumb Internet Access

By Dan_BergsteinFebruary 15, 2010
A school in Arizona now offers Wi-Fi internet access on their school buses. Officials say this move has turned the once-rowdy trip to school into a moving study hall, as students shut up and type away on their laptops and Wi-Fi-enabled gadgets. We here... More  →
We Don't Care About Your Dumb Internet Access