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These Flowcharts Solve Every Possible Valentine's Day Problem (Except the Fact that Chris Pratt Is Married. There Is No Solving That.)

By reidfaylorFebruary 11, 2016
Reid Faylor has made flowcharts for Christmas, crushes, New Year's resolutions, going to back to school, and how many dogs you've seen, so it seemed only right that he add the love-iest/loneliest day of the year to his collection. If you don't have a date for the 14th, don't More  →
These Flowcharts Solve Every Possible Valentine's Day Problem (Except the Fact that Chris Pratt Is Married. There Is No Solving That.)

Horrible Ways I Have Broken Up With Innocent People

By Elaine AtwellFebruary 11, 2016
In my whole life, I have been broken up with only once. (Ryan from fifth grade. Cried for a week.) The rest of the time, in relationships long or short, it has been I who bowed out, with varying degrees of grace. (Lest you think... More  →
Horrible Ways I Have Broken Up With Innocent People

Would You Rather... (P.S. Can You Guys Be My Valentine? I'm Sad & Lonely & Bad at Math)

By ElodieFebruary 11, 2016
I have, at various points in this series, compared my love life to a rotting landfill, a haunted crypt, a harbinger of sorrow, and a thriving dumpster fire. That's why if you were to assume I'm going to be spending this coming Valentine's Day eating all the chocolate I ca More  →
Would You Rather... (P.S. Can You Guys Be My Valentine? I'm Sad & Lonely & Bad at Math)

Find Your Valentine's Anthem: Slow-Dance Jams of the 2010s

By ziggykelsmanFebruary 11, 2016

We could argue that the '90s or even the early aughts were the slow jam’s true golden age, what with the multitude of weepy Coldplay singles or powerhouse diva scorchers from Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey.  Truth be told, it’s hard... More  →

Find Your Valentine's Anthem: Slow-Dance Jams of the 2010s

Someone Call SpaceX, These Rocket Balloons Are Blowing Up!

By Josh PeriloFebruary 11, 2016
We've been told that it takes years to prepare and train for a trip to outer space. Well, whoever said that didn't have access to these Neato Rocket Balloons! They'll take you to the outer limits of our solar system with just a little help... More  →
Someone Call SpaceX, These Rocket Balloons Are Blowing Up!

First Drafts of Love Letters From Our Favorite Fictional Characters

By Maddy AaronFebruary 11, 2016
Writing a love letter can rattle even the savviest of conversationalists. It's all the stress of drafting a text to your crush, with the added pressure of expressing your true feelings honestly, sincerely, and with minor usage of puns. Are exclamation points appropriate or too... More  →
First Drafts of Love Letters From Our Favorite Fictional Characters

TREAT YO' SELF to the Most ADORBS V-Day Gift Guide EVER!

By Cindy MangominiFebruary 11, 2016
The season of treating yo'self is once again upon us (just ask Chris Pratt), and we can't wait to get our sweaty little hands on some cold, hard material goods. Sassy sequin tee? TREAT YO' SELF. Sparkly statment necklace? TREAT YO 'SELF. And of course, feel free to treat you More  →
TREAT YO' SELF to the Most ADORBS V-Day Gift Guide EVER!

Open Thread for February 11!

By SparkLifeFebruary 11, 2016
Send your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the OT... More  →
Open Thread for February 11!

Auntie SparkNotes: My Mom Makes Me Lie To My Dad

By kat_rosenfieldFebruary 10, 2016
Dear Auntie, This is something that's been going on most of my life, but it's gotten a lot more severe the last year. My dad has a very volatile personality and gets very angry very easily, ever since I was little. My mom knows this, and... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: My Mom Makes Me Lie To My Dad

To Understand Samuel Beckett and Waiting for Godot, Watch Seinfeld

By Janet ManleyFebruary 10, 2016
It's a cruel trick of the universe that right when you are in the midst of an existential crisis (i.e., the entirety of your adolescence, ending around age 22), you will be called upon to study the Theater of the Absurd, or Beckett, or both.... More  →
To Understand Samuel Beckett and <i>Waiting for Godot</i>, Watch <i>Seinfeld</i>