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The 13 Most Useful Harry Potter Spells for the Muggle World

By andrew joanisAugust 25, 2015
Using their brand new formula, the Harry Potter mathematicians at SparkLife HQ (yes, we have those) recently calculated that there is an 800% chance that 239% of the earth's population wishes they were functioning members of wizarding society. Click through for the spells a More  →
The 13 Most Useful <i>Harry Potter</i> Spells for the Muggle World

The Best of BACK TO SCHOOL: An Epic Roundup of the Greatest Advice, Beauty Tutorials, Lists, & Slideshows We've Ever Published

By Chelsea DaggerAugust 25, 2015
ONCE MORE INTO THE BREACH, BUTTSKIS! Much like an all-you-can-eat pancake buffet located at the top of Mount Doom, going back to school is at once INTIMIDATING and IRRESISTIBLE. Shaking off the sweatpant-encased stupor of summertime and doing stuff like homework, showering m More  →
The Best of BACK TO SCHOOL: An Epic Roundup of the Greatest Advice, Beauty Tutorials, Lists, & Slideshows We've Ever Published

Open Thread for August 25!

By SparkLifeAugust 25, 2015
Submit your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the site!... More  →
Open Thread for August 25!

Auntie SparkNotes: My Favorite Advice Columnist Is On Vacation

By SparkLifeAugust 24, 2015
Ahoy! SparkLife's wisest Auntie is taking a well-deserved vacation from the advice game this week. While we eagerly await her return, we'll be over here combing through her archive. Here are some of our personal favorites to get you started: How Can I... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: My Favorite Advice Columnist Is On Vacation

Recapping the Summer of T. Swizzle

By Emma W.August 24, 2015
"Shake It Off," 1989's lead single, debuted only a little more than a year ago today and I can barely remember a world in which Taylor was not queen of my heart and my Instagram. She's had an amazing summer to cap and even amazinger... More  →
Recapping the Summer of T. Swizzle

17 Historical Slang Words We Need to Bring Back

By Emily BrownAugust 24, 2015
In 1888, Walt Whitman wrote that slang was a "wholesome fermentation by which froth and specks are thrown up, mostly to pass away; though occasionally to settle and permanently crystallize." It seems that we of the 2010s are unlucky enough to live in an era... More  →
17 Historical Slang Words We Need to Bring Back

Can You Guess?: Match the Quote With the Character Who Said It

By Liana MoncayoAugust 24, 2015
We’ve got your mini roundup of bookish quotes from Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter, The Fault in Our Stars, Sherlock Holmes, Eragon, Paper Towns, and Twilight (out of context, Bella sounds more like a fully-realized human). We mixed up their characters and More  →
Can You Guess?: Match the Quote With the Character Who Said It

Teen for U.S. President? We Interview the High Schooler Behind the Deez Nuts Candidacy

By Janet ManleyAugust 24, 2015
To all aspiring student presidents out there, why not skip the minor leagues and run straight for national office? That's what 15-year-old Iowan Brady Olsen did, filing candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission under the name Deez Nuts and running as an independent,... More  →
Teen for U.S. President? We Interview the High Schooler Behind the Deez Nuts Candidacy

One Direction to See Other People?

By Janet ManleyAugust 24, 2015
Just months since Zayn took his brooding good looks off on a solo career, One Direction are reportedly set to take a year-long break from each other starting next March. A source (WHO, WHO IS IT?) told British newspaper The Sun: "They fully... More  →
One Direction to See Other People?

People You Will Meet in Your Freshman Dorm

By Emma W.August 24, 2015
We don't need literature or even Mean Girls to remind us that stereotypes are responsible for much of THE WORST behavior among humans. Putting people into categories reduces them TO those categories, and confines them there: the jock isn't expected to get good grades, everyone thinks the... More  →
People You Will Meet in Your Freshman Dorm