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The Five Types of Failure

By Chris_DikenApril 14, 2009
A bad grade often causes a strong physical reaction in the recipient: There’s the nervous, verge-of-vomiting feeling that hits your stomach when the test or essay is passed back. Then starts the palm sweat and dry mouth. As pain spreads through your body, you stare... More  →

Studies Show: Procrastination Is Good For You!

By Katie_RolnickApril 14, 2009
Good news, procrastinating Sparkies! A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Melbourne found that adults who goofed around on the net during work hours were actually 9 percent more productive than those who stayed "on task." (An even stranger finding?... More  →

A-DULL-T Entertainment

By Emily WinterApril 14, 2009
Save yourself. Now, now, now(!), before it's too late. Here's the thing: You're looking like an adult these days, you've got the same brain capacity as adults, but you haven't yet picked up the slew of adult habits that make adults so... [insert finger down throat... More  →

Your Week in a Word Cloud

By Emily WinterApril 10, 2009
It's FRIDAY, and you know what that means: weekend, wonderfulness and...word cloud? We simply can't get enough of, a site that lets you paste text in a box and then outputs a custom word cloud! Our cloud includes the 150 most-used words from... More  →

SparkNotes Guide to Discovering New Music

By Chris_DikenApril 10, 2009

Remember that time your cousin told you to check out his buddy’s band because they "totally slay"? And how he immediately burned you a copy but also asked you for $13.99, which he promised to give to the band? And how you couldn't get your

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When a Man and a Woman Really Love Each Other

By kat_rosenfieldApril 10, 2009
Ah, Spring! The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and in living rooms around the world, parents are sitting down with their kids for that time-honored family tradition… The Sex Talk. We’ll wait while you stop screaming. The Sex Talk—that heart-to-heart parental chat about the birds and... More  →

Managing Limbo Friends: A Virtual Primer

By Katie_RolnickApril 10, 2009
You know all those friend requests that you haven't answered? The ones that are just sitting there, tormenting you every time you log into your Facebook or myspace account? We have 'em too, and we're just as unsure about what to do with our limbo friends as you are. Accept them,... More  →

Marching Band: A Fascinating Ecosystem

By ContributorApril 10, 2009
SparkLife reader Andy Johnson has made a close study of the group of interdependent organisms commonly known as marching band. Here are his findings. Enjoy!—SparkLife editors Ah, marching band. To outsiders, it’s a bunch of kids in matching uniforms. But insiders know it’s a strange world... More  →

Aspiring Thespian? Beware the Sopranaconda.

By kat_rosenfieldApril 9, 2009
Last month, SparkNotes took you inside the sordid underworld of high school athletics, exposing the Scholar Athlete/Dumb Jock dichotomy and teaching you to identify the unique behaviors of different cheerleader species. If you were tantalized by the rich anthropology of the varsity... More  →

The LOST Rules

By Dan_BergsteinApril 9, 2009
On last night's LOST, we learned that The Island, and the Others, are strict about the enforcement of rules. And apparently, the smoke monster acts as some kind of judge/jury/executioner. (In our mind, Smokey sits on a lifeguard chair, twirling a whistle as he lazily... More  →