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Are You a Good Friend?

By Christopher CalogeroJune 30, 2016
It can be hard to figure out if you are doing a good job as a friend. Lucky for you we have the definitive test to decide once and for all if you are an indispensable companion or a dismissible acquaintance. ... More  →
Are You a Good Friend?

Everything I Learned From Online Dating

By Kelly HoffmacherJune 30, 2016
Let me start off by saying that my BFF is a wedding planner in NYC. She says that more than half of her clients met online. More than half! The stigma around online dating has definitely faded a whole lot within the past few years,... More  →
Everything I Learned From Online Dating

How Well Do You Know the Harry Potter Books?

By ElodieJune 30, 2016
They say knowledge is power, which is true. Knowledge is what separates man from beast. Or maybe that’s rational thought and thumbs. Regardless, knowledge is also what separates the Harry Potter trivia novices from the demigods who can name all of Ron Weasley's uncles in alphabetical order. Every... More  →
How Well Do You Know the Harry Potter Books?

Ben Franklin Live-Tweets the Signing of the Declaration of Independence

By Andrew TavinJune 30, 2016

I was taking my annual pre-Independence Day visit to the Library of Congress when I came across an amazing discovery in their archives...

WWBFD?

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Ben Franklin Live-Tweets the Signing of the Declaration of Independence

A Hamilton-Approved Fourth of July DIY

By Steffi LynnJune 30, 2016
(The only snack that isn't actually Hamilton-approved is macaroni and cheese.) Enjoy!   Directions: For details and photos, click here!... More  →
A Hamilton-Approved Fourth of July DIY

How To Play it Cool When You Run Into Your Ex

By Jon_SkindzierJune 30, 2016
You know the feeling: you're hanging out somewhere, you look across the room, and suddenly your stomach drops. You start to sweat. Your heart starts pounding. This is mostly because you have just eaten twelve tacos, but also, your ex is standing right there across the room. More  →
How To Play it Cool When You Run Into Your Ex

Open Thread for June 30!

By SparkLifeJune 30, 2016
Send your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the OT... More  →
Open Thread for June 30!

Auntie SparkNotes: My Friend Accused Me of Lying About My Gender Identity

By kat_rosenfieldJune 29, 2016
Dear Auntie SparkNotes, I'm having a huge issue right now. I'm a trans male and super gay, but my parents don't like that and it's really unsafe for people like me in my school. Despite this, school was a bit of a safe place for me.... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: My Friend Accused Me of Lying About My Gender Identity

Worst Ways to Get Dumped: a Field Guide

By France CorbelJune 29, 2016
Ending a relationship SUCKS, no matter how "cool with it" both parties are. But there is a special breed of people who have a talent for taking the uncomfortable and heightening it from "ugh" to "PLEASE END THE WORLD NOW." To deal with the awfulness that these people create More  →
Worst Ways to Get Dumped: a Field Guide

Here Is What Your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny Houses Say About You

By Janet ManleyJune 29, 2016
Like you, the first thing I did yesterday was get sorted into my Ilvermorny house over at Pottermore. It was a frantic three and a half minutes in an unfamiliar user interface, and at the end of it, I had my answer: Pukwudgie. This... More  →
Here Is What Your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny Houses Say About You