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Illegal Downloading: The Musician's Perspective

By Chris_DikenMarch 27, 2009
Record label execs liken music downloading to piracy on the high seas. Non-wealthy listeners love it because they can keep their iPods stocked with fresh material without going iBroke. But with a few exceptions, we generally have no idea how artists themselves feel... More  →

How to Pick a Date for the Prom

By kat_rosenfieldMarch 27, 2009
Let's cut to the chase. Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, and you need to find a prom date. “But wait,” you are probably saying. “Prom isn’t for another two months at least! I’ll have plenty of time to think about a date later!” And to... More  →

Stumped? Use the Bracket System

By Chris_DikenMarch 27, 2009
March Madness is in the air, and everyone from President Obama to your grandmother has filled out a bracket in hopes of raking in $67.50 in winnings at the end of the tourney. The wide range of participants is one of the great... More  →

Upset? Throw something other than your cat

By Jeff_AlexanderMarch 26, 2009
As you've probably heard by now, the annoying Kenley from Project Runway was arrested last week for throwing some stuff at her boyfriend. Among the barrage of thrown objects was a cat. We admit, this particular choice of projectile was kind of awesome in... More  →

Rah-Rahs in the Wild: A Field Guide to Cheerleaders

By kat_rosenfieldMarch 26, 2009
Last week, your SparkNotes editors explained the two subspecies of the Varsity Athlete in our handy field guide. This week, we’re headed back into the gym for a good, hard look at the cheerleading squad. Though the average high school student may not realize... More  →

Lil' LOST

By Dan_BergsteinMarch 26, 2009
This week's episode of LOST was kind of a downer. It was also a bit slow for our tastes. Still, the introduction of Sayid as a boy and the reappearance of young Benny Linus got us thinking of a possible spinoff show. We'd like to... More  →

Are You a Sucker? Take Our Quiz

By Dan_BergsteinMarch 26, 2009
Looking to make a little spending money after school? Be careful. Scammers are everywhere. If they're not fake-hiring you as a mystery job shopper, they're luring you in with phony work-at-home jobs that require you to pay for a "starter kit." Are... More  →

Offensive Foul! That's the NO-SPANK Zone!

By kat_rosenfieldMarch 26, 2009
For the most part, high school coaches are a pretty cool bunch—fun former athletes who love their sport and set out each year to turn a motley crew of awkward teenagers into a power-hitting, goal-kicking, game-face-bringing championship team. But if you’ve ever stood on the... More  →

Fuel Your All-Nighter

By Kathryn_WilliamsMarch 26, 2009
Whoops! It totally slipped your mind that your five-page paper on symbolism in The Scarlet Letter is due tomorrow, and you really meant to start that week’s worth of assigned reading for Friday’s history test before Thursday night. You’ve got a long night... More  →

Welcome to the SparkNotes Suburban Dictionary

By Emily WinterMarch 24, 2009
Wow, wow, wow. We at SparkNotes, well, we apologize. We know you look to us to make sense of the toughest and weirdest wording around (ehem, Shakespeare). So when we realized just how many aspects of the teenage life don't have any sort of terms... More  →