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9 Reasons Chris Pratt TOTALLY Deserves His Guy of the Year Title

By Nicole DiekerJune 16, 2015
We already knew that Chris Pratt was Guy of the Year IN OUR HEARTS, but now it's official: Spike TV gave Pratt the honor at their 2015 Guys Choice Awards. (When guys choose guys, they choose Chris Pratt. When flying squirrels choose guys,... More  →
9 Reasons Chris Pratt TOTALLY Deserves His Guy of the Year Title

The Characters of Harry Potter Crash Our Summer Block Party

By ziggykelsmanJune 16, 2015
For as many times as we'd imagined ourselves in Severus Snape's Potions class instead of regular old high school Chemistry, we also wondered what it would be like to spend summer vacation with the Hogwarts crew. We reached deep into the labyrinth of our brain tunnels and More  →
The Characters of <i>Harry Potter</i> Crash a Summer Block Party

10 Life Lessons You Can Only Learn as a Middle Child

By Brandon SpecktorJune 16, 2015
Things in the middle are the best—just ask the Golden Mean, or toasted marshmallows, or Nebraska! Being a middle child, however, can be average. Get it? Average? If you are a middle child, you probably got that joke right away, because Middles know how to see... More  →
10 Life Lessons You Can Only Learn as a Middle Child

11 Reasons Why Your Graduation Is Just Like an Awards Show

By Jason SaenzJune 16, 2015
When you're sitting in a hot gym wearing a very shiny gown and a (hopefully hilariously decorated!) cardboard cap, chances are you'll be thinking to yourself, "Never have I felt more glamorous. I bet the Gifting Suite in this place is going to... More  →
11 Reasons Why Your Graduation Is Just Like an Awards Show
The Sparkitors Review the World's Grossest Food: POTATO CHIP EDITION

The Sparkitors Review the World's Grossest Food: POTATO CHIP EDITION

By Josh PeriloJune 16, 2015
The World's Grossest Food/Candy is BACK! And just in time to indoctrinate our newest Sparkitor, Jessie. We told her about our on again/off again series where we eat disgusting foods on purpose then rate them, and instead of giving us the stank eye, she replied "WHEN AND WHER More  →

Best High School Graduation Speech Goes to: Michelle Obama

By Taylor NolesJune 16, 2015
Last week, First Lady/Harvard grad/fashion icon Michelle Obama gave the commencement address at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School. The school is located in the neighborhood where she grew up, on Chicago's South Side, and Lady Michelle took the opportunity to... More  →
Best High School Graduation Speech Goes to: Michelle Obama

Open Thread for June 16!

By SparkLifeJune 16, 2015
Submit your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pix on the site!... More  →
Open Thread for June 16!

Auntie SparkNotes: I Want to Tell People I'm Asexual

By kat_rosenfieldJune 15, 2015
Dear Auntie SparkNotes, This is probably a really weird thing to ask, but I'm a little confused about what to do. A few months back I realized that I identify as asexual. If you don't know what that is, it basically means that I don't really... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I Want to Tell People I'm Asexual

QUIZ: What's Your Boggart?

By Reid Faylor and ElodieJune 15, 2015
WE'RE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS QUIZ THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO WASTE TIME ON AN INTRO. DIVE RIGHT IN TO THE GREATEST/MOST TERRIFYING SLIDESHOW OF YOUR LIFE, AND KEEP YOUR WAND AT THE READY! Ten times RIGHT NOW. I can’t take the mental anguish. = go to Slide 2 Five times later. More  →
QUIZ: What's Your Boggart?

When a Pool Party Becomes a Crime Scene: The Facts About the Events in McKinney, TX

By H. Alan ScottJune 15, 2015
When Dajerria Becton, a 15-year-old black teen in McKinney, TX, attended an end-of-the-year party at a local pool, she was looking forward to hanging out with her friends and celebrating the beginning of summer. But the neighborhood get-together took a horrifying turn when... More  →
When a Pool Party Becomes a Crime Scene: The Facts About the Events in McKinney, TX