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Blood is Cool: A Middle School Rap

By ContributorJuly 10, 2009
Following our solicitation of the protein synthesis rap from Sparkler tawly31, Sparkler yasna18 submitted another hilariously poetic take on science. Enjoy! —SparkNotes Editors This summer, I was idly wasting away in front of the television when my mom dragged a big red monstrosity in... More  →

Falling for Fangs

By Rupinder_GillJuly 10, 2009
These days, the newest hunks all seem to have the same physical characteristics: pale skin, odd hours, and some frighteningly sharp incisors. From original bad boy Count Dracula and southern gentleman Bill in True Blood to the heartthrob Edward Cullen from Twilight, vampires are the... More  →

They Stole Our Idea!

By Dan_BergsteinJuly 9, 2009
Have you seen these? They're called Spread Heads, and they're a silly plastic face that you place on the top of a ketchup bottle so that when you squeeze ketchup out, it looks like blood or vomit is pouring from the face.... More  →

Cheese-Conjuring Spells, Ninja Protection, and Other Lesser-Known Tools of the Wizard Trade

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 9, 2009
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="340" caption="photo: Justin Hollar"][/caption] It’s Day 3 of the Harry Potter Extravaganza here at SparkNotes, and we’re having more fun than a basilisk in a ladies' bathroom! So far this week, we’ve already thrown down the gauntlet at some Twilight... More  →

Music to Make Your Friends Do What You Want

By Joe_LynchJuly 9, 2009
Music is a powerful ally—for example, a Sparkler once claimed if a guy played Coldplay on a date, she would “crawl across the table and makeout with him right there.” (The power of soft rock!!) The connection between music and romance has been addressed before, but... More  →

These Are a Few of Your Favorite Things

By Matt_HunzikerJuly 9, 2009

“Twilight, Rob Pattinson, Labrador photos

Slang of the British and stop-motion post-notes

Soft rock with pianos and synthesized stringgggggs

These are a few of your favorite things”

Between blogging for your enjoyment and reading your comments, we can't help but notice the topics... More  →

Movies for Every Situation

By ContributorJuly 9, 2009
Sparkler inthenameofjd will keep you busy this summer with a list of summer must-sees! Enjoy! —SparkNotes Editors Summer is the time to see all the movies you missed, and movies you just plain miss. There's plenty of time to get up to speed now that you're... More  →

Summer Activity Series: Slip Slidin' Away

By Kathryn_WilliamsJuly 9, 2009
Remember when grass burn was cool? Yeah, so do we. 'Cause it was yesterday. Which is why we present, for this week's edition of Summer Activity Series: Making Your Own Slip 'n Slide Step 1: Locate a long, clear, gently sloping (downward, smarty pants)... More  →

Daniel Radcliffe Has Pasta in His Pants (and Other Rumors from HP Central)

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 8, 2009
Welcome, Sparklers, to Day 2 of Harry Potter Fan Mania!!!—where the Potter-loving masses come to beef up their Potions skills, save the Hippogryphs, and generally work themselves into a wand-waving frenzy over the impending release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Hopefully... More  →

An Ode to the Cheap Movie Theater

By Dan_BergsteinJuly 8, 2009
As box-office records get broken, and big budget films are released seemingly every hour, it's clear that movies have taken over summer. But before heading out to the nearest fancy movie theater, the one with stadium seating, Imax screens, and 39 concession stands, we should... More  →