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Cute Thing of the Week

By Chelsea DaggerJanuary 10, 2011
This week's pic was snapped by Chelsea Dagger, amateur-professional photographer extraordinaire, and it stars her parents' puppies, the two most darling dogs in the world. Their names are Molly and Rosey (also called Eugene and Ronald, or Smallsauce and Bug, or Mollywallypog and Potato-Chip Ears), and... More  →
Cute Thing of the Week

Playlist of the Day

By Jennifer GrudzieckiJanuary 10, 2011
Today's playlist was sent in by karatemaster7421 and it's called "Songs For When You're Stressed Out And Depressed About Midterms and Boys." Yikes, enjoy! "Consolation Prizes" by Phoenix "Keep Your Head" by The Ting Tings "Love and Memories" by O.A.R. More  →
Playlist of the Day

Intern's Pick of the Day

By Jennifer GrudzieckiJanuary 10, 2011
Awesomesauce. I bet you didn't know it was real. I sure as heck didn't know it was real. But, thanks to Sparkler Elise, not only do I now know it actually exists, I also know where to buy it. So go to this link... More  →
Intern's Pick of the Day

Open Thread for January 10

By Chelsea DaggerJanuary 10, 2011
This may very well be the longest Open Thread we've ever published, but as it is also the work of a GENIUS, we're okay with that. Here's the background info, as written by Mankler Thomas S: I was semi-inspired a... More  →
Open Thread for January 10

Open Thread for January 9

By EmmaJanuary 9, 2011
Hello, I'd like to submit this photo of my dog Ronnie. Before you think "Ew gross, what IS that?" I'd like to explain why he's awesome. Firstly, he survived on the streets for two years, despite being so stupid that he won't see a piece of... More  →
Open Thread for January 9

Open Thread for January 8

By EmmaJanuary 8, 2011
If your Sparkitors were dogs, we would look just like Missy: grumpy, snowy, yet somehow still wildly attractive. Thanks for the cute pic, Buttercuprevenge! Send your adorable photographs to contribute@sparknotes.com for possible publication on an open thread!... More  →
Open Thread for January 8

The Daily Trials of an English Major: Surviving Winter Break

By ContributorJanuary 7, 2011
The monotonous tick-tock of the clock marks the remaining seconds as you rush to finish the last eloquent sentence of that tedious last essay on your final final exam. You dot the last period, dramatically close your exam booklet, triumphantly hand your work to the... More  →
The Daily Trials of an English Major: Surviving Winter Break

Choose Your Sparkler Post Badge: Round 1E

By Jennifer GrudzieckiJanuary 7, 2011
And the winner of Round 1D is....Badge #15! You'll all get to see it again whenever we finally get to Round 2. And congratulations to all the other Sparklers with badges in the last round, great job you guys. And for the rest of you Sparklers,... More  →
Choose Your Sparkler Post Badge: Round 1E

What's Your Spirit Animal?

By Rachel KorowitzJanuary 7, 2011
Oh, hey there, friend. What with these clouds of patchouli incense and all these musty hand-woven wall hangings, I almost didn't see you there. But please, enter, and welcome to my Enclave of Peace and Understand-ery (TM). Whoa—I'm feeling some really strong vibes coming from you.... More  →
What's Your Spirit Animal?

How to Talk Like a Bay Area Native

By ContributorJanuary 7, 2011
ladybug8893 wants to help you go incognito as a real live San Franciscan. Are we saying that right? –Sparkitors In case you didn’t know, the San Francisco Bay Area is the COOLEST PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD. Amazing food, spunky culture, our own musical movement,... More  →
How to Talk Like a Bay Area Native