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Would You Rather Be Hot or Cold?

By Joe_LynchJuly 29, 2009
Summer heat/humidity forces us to address an important life question: would you rather be extremely hot or extremely cold? Sweltering heat waves... More  →
Would You Rather Be Hot or Cold?

Taking the "Augh!" Out of August: Surviving the Last Month of the Summer

By Jeff_AlexanderJuly 28, 2009
Well, we're about to enter the most depressing month of summer: August. Why is it the most depressing? For starters, it's really hot... More  →
Taking the "Augh!" Out of August: Surviving the Last Month of the Summer

Wow, You Smell Like...

By Jen_MacNeilJuly 27, 2009
Ah, summer! A time for crappy jobs, vacations with your parents, and… smellier smells? Yep: heat intensifies scent. And with... More  →
Wow, You Smell Like...

Hey Sparklers, It's Time To Play...Should! You! Be! Naked?!

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 21, 2009
With summertime temperatures reaching their peak, many of you Sparklers may find yourself tempted to cut loose, sit back, and shed some... More  →

A Field Guide to Tourists

By Katie_RolnickJuly 17, 2009
If you've traveled this summer (or ever, really) you might have noticed that everyone has his or her own preferred way to... More  →

"Summer of '69," Annotated

By Jeff_AlexanderJuly 7, 2009
At the height of the summer of '09, we at SparkNotes find ourselves thinking back to the summer of '69. Or, more... More  →

How to Have Fun While You’re Trapped at Home

By Chris_DikenJuly 7, 2009
During last week’s round of Chris Listens submissions (hey, that rhymes), we received the following dispatch from a Sparkler in... More  →

Find Your Inner GrillMaster

By Jeff_AlexanderJuly 3, 2009
This time of year is all about cookouts. But what if you're not being invited to as many of them as you'd... More  →

Your Beach Problems, Solved

By Chris_DikenJune 26, 2009
Going to the beach is fun—in theory. In the days leading up to your trip, you’ll fondly anticipate swimming, tanning, and clandestinely... More  →

Surviving Summer Employment

By Jeff_AlexanderJune 24, 2009
Summer jobs are great. You get out of the house, you see lots of people, you make money. If only they weren't... More  →