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How to Keep Your Opposite Sex Friend While Dating

By Liz_NashAugust 6, 2009
Liz_Nash is our most prolific Sparkler, and she's got a reputation for giving really great advice! Enjoy! —SparkNotes Editors Getting a boy/girlfriend is remarkably similar to climbing Mount Everest while blindfolded: scary, stupid (but who can resist?!), and extraordinarily insane. Finding your significant other isn’t... More  →
How to Keep Your Opposite Sex Friend While Dating

What High School's REALLY Like: Kat Gives Us the 411

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 6, 2009
Like my fellow SparkNotes writers, I’m chiming in with some been-there-done-that perspective on starting high school. And if you’ve been getting nervous over your upcoming frosh matriculation, you’re in good company—with me! As a 13-year-old new transfer to a crazy-small public... More  →
What High School's REALLY Like: Kat Gives Us the 411

How to Write a Funny Tweet

By Dan_BergsteinAugust 6, 2009
You're sitting at the computer, eating a delicious sandwich, when suddenly you get the urge to tell everyone how yummy your food is. Instead of calling all your friends over for a press conference, you use Twitter to enlighten the world about your... More  →
How to Write a Funny Tweet

The Five Books that Ruined Summer

By Emily WinterAugust 5, 2009
We love books a lot. But we don't love bleak, really long books that lurk in our bags making us feel guilty while we're TRYING to lie out and eat ice cream. Here are five books that really put the "horrible" in "horrible summer reading lists." 1.... More  →
The Five Books that Ruined Summer

Five Things That Annoy Lifeguards

By ContributorAugust 5, 2009
Lifeguard Sparkler keepswimminfhs says writing this post was like free therapy. Enjoy! —SparkNotes As summer heads into its last throes of sunshine, late nights, and bonfires, you may still be wondering how to catch the eye of the cutie on the lifeguard chair... More  →
Five Things That Annoy Lifeguards

Intestinal Tattoos, Fake Diseases, and Other Unprovable Summer Activities

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 5, 2009
Hey Sparklers! It’s the first week of August, and you know what that means: only a month or so before the academic year begins anew! And today, it’s time to start checking your to-do list to make sure you’re ready to go back to school—with... More  →
Intestinal Tattoos, Fake Diseases, and Other Unprovable Summer Activities

Awesome Thing of the Week

By Emily WinterAugust 5, 2009
Thanks to Sparkler sagegugg, who sent in this week's awesome thing—a youtube video that's actually the ultimate combination of awesome and cute, if you can even believe it. But, as always, you have the power to veto this video by giving it a negative... More  →
Awesome Thing of the Week

Unpopular Now? Just Give It a Few Years.

By Matt_HunzikerAugust 5, 2009

Being unpopular can really suck.

But if you've ever felt the sting of unpopularity, you’re in great company. Over the course of human history, millions of people have suffered through years of anonymity before eventually getting the appreciation they deserved. Just to name a

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Unpopular Now? Just Give It a Few Years.

What Does Your Summer Say About You?

By Katie_RolnickAugust 5, 2009
Summertime can be very revealing, especially at the beach (ba-dum-ching!). But seriously, you can learn a lot about yourself during the hot, sticky, school-free months of summer. Without a rigorous schedule to keep your body and brain in shape, it's up to you... More  →
What Does Your Summer Say About You?

P.S. You Could Have Been Famous

By Jonathan_FlaxAugust 5, 2009
Most people have fond memories of singing in their elementary school chorus. Admit it, you still remember the name of your choir director. And whether s/he was encouraging or eccentric or a taskmaster or a real bore, s/he also probably gave you your first taste... More  →
P.S. You Could Have Been Famous