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Universal Tourist Traps

By Matt_HunzikerJune 17, 2009

Summer break means road trips and family vacations, which means plenty of standing around outside of various tourist spots waiting for people to pile out of a minivan. Obviously, going to New York vs Historic Bumwad County will have a big impact on what

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It’s Time to Play...Name That Baby!

By ContributorJune 17, 2009
Sparkler LunarCircus shows how not to choose...a baby name?! Hey, we can't blame a Sparkler for planning ahead, and we have a feeling his future children will thank him. Enjoy! —SparkNotes Editors Assuming you’re still in high school, having children is probably the last thing on... More  →

Condensed Summer: A Schedule for Summer-Schoolers

By Katie_RolnickJune 17, 2009
We here at SparkNotes have to apologize. We've been getting so excited for the summer break and we've written so many stories about all the fantastically fun things we're gonna do with our time off, that we forgot something: summer school.... More  →

Blogging Twilight: Part 15

By Dan_BergsteinJune 16, 2009
Dan Bergstein is reading Twilight and blogging about it. Need to catch up? Check out parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, ... More  →
Blogging Twilight: Part 15

Bad Ideas at the Beach

By Kathryn_WilliamsJune 16, 2009
Who doesn't love the beach in the summer? (OK, maybe this guy. Or this guy.) But really. Sun, sea, sand—what could be wrong about that? Well, plenty, actually. Maybe it's the headiness of the salt air, or the wild abandon that... More  →

What Did You Learn This Year?

By Chris_DikenJune 16, 2009
Hey, did you know that Napoleon had hemorrhoids? Neither did we, until three days ago. A friend passed on this rich bit of trivia, saying it was one of the only things she remembered from four years of high school history classes. When it comes to... More  →

Awesome Thing of the Week

By Emily WinterJune 16, 2009
This robot is real, it's 59 feet tall, and it was just completed in Tokyo last week. Apparently, his name is Gundam, and he's the star of movies, comic books, and his own TV show in Japan. I don't think the robo-dude can walk, but... More  →

Brit Speak vs. Americanisms

By ContributorJune 16, 2009
One very witty British Sparkler has to get something off her chest. And no, it's not a tunic. bellacally writes about the differences between being a teen in the US and the UK, and some oh-so-annoying habits us Americans never knew we had!  —SparkNotes Editors... More  →

I See London, I See France...

By Laura_WassonJune 16, 2009
Fashion trends are often weird. I mean, hello, Crocs, not to mention liquid leggings, the proliferation of positively Roman-esque sandals, and mumu-like maxi dresses. Generally speaking, the trends only look bad in hindsight—like that one time I glued a be-feathered butterfly to a cowboy hat... More  →

Air Conditioned Hideouts

By Joe_LynchJune 16, 2009
As life-affirming as summer vacation is, some days the heat slams into your chest and all you can do is repeat the words “so hot” while fantasizing about diving headfirst into a snowcone. Even those lucky people with air conditioned houses are in a pickle;... More  →