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How to Be Cool: Then and Now

By Janet ManleyJuly 15, 2014
As you all should know, coolness is a complex phenomenon taking into account many variables; some set, and some over which you have some control. The groundbreaking mathematician Pythagoras actually quantified coolness in one of his early equations: The problem is no one in the mathematical... More  →
How to Be Cool: Then and Now

Writer Wars: Two Sentence Horror

By reidfaylorJuly 15, 2014
The day is upon us again, my dear writers—the day of WRITER WARS. If you're new to this, take comfort in the fact that this is easily the friendliest war you'll encounter. Instead of bombs, we have puns, and instead of blood and murder, we have ... well actually there is a More  →
Writer Wars: Two Sentence Horror

KStew & Anne Hathaway Dress Up Like Dudes & Breakdance In THE GREATEST MUSIC VIDEO EVER

By Chelsea DaggerJuly 15, 2014
Because I'm the least hip cat on the planet (as evidenced by the fact that I still use the phrase "hip cat" even though I AM NOT A CHARACTER IN A MOVIE ABOUT 1920S-ERA YOUTHS), I'd never heard of indie artist Jenny Lewis... More  →
KStew & Anne Hathaway Dress Up Like Dudes & Breakdance In THE GREATEST MUSIC VIDEO EVER

Quiz: Are You Good at Sleeping?

By Bailey_SwilleyJuly 15, 2014
Dragging your heels? Snoozing off during the peak hours of the day? Maybe you're bad at sleeping. Take this quiz to find out if you need to be more vigilent with your ZZZZZZZs. What time is it right now? a. The morning : between 7 a.m. and noon b. Between... More  →
Quiz: Are You Good at Sleeping?

20 Awesome Reasons to Get Hiking!

By Andrew TavinJuly 15, 2014
Time to get out and enjoy the fresh air, though if you're like us, that may be a tall order. Inside is nice! Inside has air conditioning! Inside doesn't have deadly bears! But there's a lot of reasons to go out and hike! At least 20,... More  →
20 Awesome Reasons to Get Hiking!

100 Questions You'll Have to Answer as a Grownup: START ANSWERING THEM NOW!

By Ashley Brooke RobertsJuly 15, 2014
IN FOLKLORE, growing up is all rollercoaster rides and funnel cake 24/7 (which it is, to some degree), but there’s actually a lot of mundane decision-making that has to be done as a semi-dult. ON A DAILY BASIS. That's why we've prepared a list of... More  →
100 Questions You'll Have to Answer as a Grownup: START ANSWERING THEM NOW!

Open Thread for July 15!

By SparkLifeJuly 15, 2014
Thanks to levackkid for the awesome picture!

My "twin" and I participated in Run or Dye, a 5k colour run.  So much fun!

Submit your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com to be featured on an OT!

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Open Thread for July 15!

Auntie SparkNotes: Should I Tell My Friend She Acted Like a Jerk?

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 14, 2014
Dear Auntie, I have a friend question. I have a friend, Tinkerbell, who has always been there for me. We've been friends since freshman year of high school and we recently graduated high school. Tinkerbell is really a great friend who is compassionate, open-minded and a... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Should I Tell My Friend She Acted Like a Jerk?

We Want to Know What You Want for the Next Generation

By Emily BrownJuly 14, 2014

SPARKLERS, WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR VOICES! Please securely fasten your thinking caps before you read and ponder the following question over your afternoon cup of tea: what is the one thing you want to change in the world for the next

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We Want to Know What You Want for the Next Generation

The 20 Funniest Metaphors For Love In Song Lyrics (Okay, And Similes, Too)

By Abbey ClarkeJuly 14, 2014
Love is a beautiful thing. Many poets have waxed and waned and whined poetic about matters of the heart… some more successfully than others. Here are the most giggle-worthy love metaphors in the pantheon of the ballad: LOVE IS A FORCE-FIELD I feel so close to you... More  →
The 20 Funniest Metaphors For Love In Song Lyrics (Okay, And Similes, Too)