Claire Hannum

Claire writes at The Frisky and probably thinks you're fab. Email her at claire[at]thefrisky.com.

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Paris Says Chill Out With The Love Locks Because Selfies Are More Romantic

Paris is getting fed up couples placing padlocks on the Pont des Arts railing and tossing the keys into the river to demonstrate their undying love for each other. Romance is great and all, but the locks accumulated over the years until they weighed in at 45 tons and caused the bridge to collapse in

By: Claire Hannum / August 15, 2014

Robin Williams’ Wife: He Was Suffering The Early Stages Of Parkinson’s

Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement today sharing that the comedian was sober at the time of his suicide and had been battling the beginnings of Parkinson’s disease along with depression and anxiety. [LA Times]
The Broadway production of “Aladdin” paid special tribute to Williams with an audience sing-a-long, and Broadway…

By: Claire Hannum / August 14, 2014

Cat Loves Hot Dude, Pesters Him For Cuddles

If I were in this cat’s shoes, I can’t promise I wouldn’t do the exact same thing.

By: Claire Hannum / August 14, 2014

This Disabled Lion Forms Sweet Friendships With Everyone He Meets

Bonedigger, a disabled lion at G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, has made some unlikely BFFs in his zookeeper, John Reinke, and a Dachshund named Milo. The lion was born with a metabolic bone disease, leaving him mildly disabled in his front legs. Reinke, who is himself disabled, personally raised the lion and formed a closed…

By: Claire Hannum / August 14, 2014

Dr. Keith Ablow Of Fox News Says Michelle Obama Should “Drop A Few” Before Talking About Nutrition

Dr. Keith Ablow, professional douchebag/member of Fox’s “Medical A-Team,”  is known for his general assholery and sometimes-shady health advice. On Tuesday, he appeared on the show “Outnumbered” and made a remark that was bold even for him: he said he couldn’t take Michelle Obama’s school nutrition campaign seriously because she needs to “drop a few” pounds.

By: Claire Hannum / August 14, 2014

This Year, I’m Starting My Christmas Shopping In August

According to the Daily Mail, retailers in the UK are churning out their holiday decorations already, and it is an OMG Big Deal to shoppers. I have no idea whether this is a brand new trend or a yearly thing, but I’m weirdly inspired by it. Usually, I get disgusted when retailers drum up anxiety about…

By: Claire Hannum / August 14, 2014

11 Pieces Of Advice I’ve Received About Grief Since My Dad’s Death

On the first Saturday of August, I woke up to a perfectly sunny sky and the news that my vibrant, youthful dad had abruptly passed away of a heart attack in the middle of his kitchen. There are lots of things to be said about the days immediately following that, but to put it lightly,…

By: Claire Hannum / August 14, 2014

Major PR Firm Encourages Businesses To Profit Off Robin Williams’ Death

Today in tastelessness: Edelman, the largest PR firm in the world, published a blog post encouraging businesses and mental health agencies to capitalize on Robin Williams’ death with a “visible and aggressive” approach on their social media accounts and websites. The post claimed that Williams’ passing created a “carpe diem moment” for businesses (a…

By: Claire Hannum / August 13, 2014

What Are You Really Running From?

I have to admit that I’m somewhat of a runner myself, so maybe I’m not supposed to find this video funny, but this Onion ad for a fake fitness tracker is such a perfect joke. For those who run from any form of angst, whether it’s a disappointed father, constant shame or a lack of…

By: Claire Hannum / August 13, 2014

Kids Can Go To Gentrification-Themed Summer Camp Now

Kids at STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Summer Camp in Brooklyn have foregone the usual craft projects and campfire games of the season to spend their vacation learning the ins and outs of gentrification. It shouldn’t be such a surprise, since that seems to be all New Yorkers (and the writer of every obnoxious Williamsburg trend

By: Claire Hannum / August 13, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris On Keeping Longterm Love Alive

If you want relationships to last, live by “for better or worse.” Honeymoon phases end. They just do. We’re animals, and animals aren’t inclined to copulate with just each other for the rest of their lives. So here’s a challenge: How do you keep redefining your relationship? I think you have to find new elements that…

By: Claire Hannum / August 13, 2014

Little Girl Is Devastated To Learn That Deleted Photos Are Gone Forever

When four-year-old Cadence pressed the wrong buttons on her family’s digital camera, she realized she’d deleted a photo of her Uncle Dave — and that deleted photos never, ever come back. This was a pretty earth-shattering discovery for Cadence, if her somber message to Uncle Dave is any indication. The good news is that Uncle…

By: Claire Hannum / August 13, 2014

Jimmy Fallon Is Frank Underwood In “House Of Cue Cards”

Jimmy Fallon gave Frank Underwood a run for his money last night in “House Of Cue Cards,” a spot-on spoof of Netflix’s “House of Cards,” with an appearance from the hilarious Ellen Barkin and even a trip to Freddy’s BBQ Joint. Maybe the “Tonight Show” studio is just as scandalous as the White House after…

By: Claire Hannum / August 13, 2014

Robin Williams Was A “Shell” In The Days Just Before His Suicide

According to Robin Williams’ neighbor, the actor was “very drawn and thin” and only a “shell” of himself in the throes of severe depression the weekend before his tragic suicide. He also reportedly had “serious money troubles.” Wiliams hanged himself at home while his wife, Susan Schneider, slept in another room in the house.

By: Claire Hannum / August 12, 2014

Watch Nikki DeLoach of “Awkward” And “Talk Nerdy” Host Cara Santa Maria Talk About Sexism In Hollywood

Nikki DeLoach, who plays Lacey on MTV’s “Awkward,” and Cara Santa Maria of the podcast “Talk Nerdy” paid a visit to “The Rubin Report” to talk about sexism in Hollywood. The names of the highest-paid actors and actresses in the industry have been released, and even though both genders on the list are swimming i…

By: Claire Hannum / August 12, 2014

Some Jerk Left Five Abandoned Kittens Zipped In A Suitcase On The Street

Today in miserable situations: five abandon kittens zipped inside a suitcase were discovered in Cardiff, Wales. A passerby happened to see the suitcase on a back street and opened it, only to find the nine-week-old kitties peering up from inside. One of them was stuck in the bag’s zipper, another kitty had a sore eye, and…

By: Claire Hannum / August 12, 2014

It’s Time To Cry: This Grieving Grandpa’s Family Surprised Him With A Puppy

This grandfather lost his wife of 63 years and his beloved dog within a span of 4 months. To remind him that he isn’t alone and provide him with a new friend to go through life with, his family surprised him with a puppy. His bittersweet reaction is a total tearjerker. [BuzzFeed]…

By: Claire Hannum / August 12, 2014

Baby Stops Crying When She Can Dance To 2 Chainz

This little girl already has a pretty definitive taste in hip-hop. As soon as 2 Chainz’s “I’m Different” starts to play, she stops crying and dances along. She’s got some pretty sweet moves! [Tastefully Offensive]

By: Claire Hannum / August 12, 2014

Emma Stone May Join The Broadway Cast Of “Cabaret”

Emma Stone is in talks to make her Broadway debut in the cast of “Cabaret” as Sally Bowles. Emma — who apparently can sing! — would take the place of Michelle Williams, who is set to leave the show on November 9. [New York Times]
AMC has confirmed that “Better Call Saul,” the…

By: Claire Hannum / August 11, 2014

The Prancercise Lady Returns With Horses And A Manfriend

Prancercise lady Joanna Rohrback is back, and this time she has a workout buddy in tow. In this video, the creator of Prancercise, “a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation,” explores “the potential of getting fit along with a preferred partner; in a preferred environment; and even alongside preferred…

By: Claire Hannum / August 11, 2014

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