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

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New Study Figured Out The 12 Most Common Themes Of Music’s #1 Hits In The Past 50 Years

Ever wonder what makes your favorite song so resonant? Researchers at North Carolina State University wondered the same thing, and pored over hit songs of the past 50 years to find out why they made their listeners tick. Their study discovered 12 key themes that show up most frequently in big radio hits.
By: Claire Hannum / March 19, 2014

Awesome Kickstarter Project Wants To Launch A Line Of Female-Centered Condom Cases

Janice Chan, a Brooklyn lawyer-turned-entrepreneur (read: badass) is tired of the judgment women sometimes receive for carrying condoms. She also didn't like storing her condoms in fancy business card cases or makeup bags when going out, but the only condom cases she found on the market were geared toward men. Now she's created a company called…
By: Claire Hannum / March 19, 2014

Which Coffee Shop Chain Dominates Your State?

Is there any nation more obsessed with its morning coffee ritual than the United States? Once you admit to yourself that you're a caffeine addict (you probably are), check out this map of American coffee chains so you know exactly who is profiting off your problem. Not surprisingly, Starbucks (the…
By: Claire Hannum / March 19, 2014

It’s Time To Cry: Web Series About Adopted Pets And Their Humans Will Melt Your Heart

We here at The Frisky love animals of any kind, but we have a special place in our heart for adopted pets. The Sidekick Series, a webseries that features adopted pets and their owners, will melt you at the…
By: Claire Hannum / March 19, 2014

Man Sues OkCupid After His Long-Distance Lover Scammed Him Out Of $70,000

A New York City man has filed a lawsuit against OkCupid's parent company IAC after a guy he met on the online dating site scammed him out of $70,000. Michael Z. Picciano insists in his lawsuit that OkCupid, which is a free site, doesn't properly screen its subscribers and that they are creating a false…
By: Claire Hannum / March 18, 2014

RIP Society: Lunch Lady Paid Students To Beat Up A Fourth-Grader

A former lunchroom aide at an elementary school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, pleaded guilty to paying a student $1 to have a fourth-grade classmate beat up.  Brooke Wilson-Johnson, age 19, offered a dollar to three students to hurt the fourth-grader because he disobeyed her instructions and called her a "pregnant bitch." Thankfully, the student didn't…
By: Claire Hannum / March 18, 2014

This Guy Can Sing “Let It Go” In The Voice of 21 Different Disney Characters

When 22-year-old Brian Hull heard about a gift card contest that asked competitors to contribute their own cover of the song  "Let It Go" from "Frozen," he got to work on recording one — in the voices of 21 different Disney and Pixar characters. The vocal performance major at Dallas Baptist University brings the voice…
By: Claire Hannum / March 18, 2014

You Aren’t Imagining It: Study Finds That Seeing Happy Couples In Ads Makes You Depressed

New research from the University of Southern California found that, shocker, looking at images of happy couples when you're single makes you feel crappy. Advertisers love to rely on the "lovey dovey" trope to sell things, assuming that people who aren't in a happy relationship will see the product as the key to attaining kind…
By: Claire Hannum / March 16, 2014

Watch This Adorable Little Girl Learn About Stranger Danger

For little Ye Bin, a.k.a. the Cutest Child Who Ever Lived, stranger danger is a little confusing. After all, why would you ever refuse someone offering you cookies? With her mom's help, she eventually gets the idea, but not before stumbling through an adorable learning curve. [Huffington Post]…
By: Claire Hannum / March 15, 2014

Listen To This Amazing Duo Cover Beyonce’s Entire Album In Five Minutes

Don't get us wrong: we are obsessed with the Beyonce's latest solo album and have been listening to it on repeat. But that doesn't mean we can't appreciate a new interpretation of Bey's amazing (ah-mah-zing) self-titled effort, like this one from YouTube performers Superfruit. The vocally gifted lads covered Beyonce's whole album in just a few…
By: Claire Hannum / March 15, 2014

Victoria Beckham Rekindles Our 90’s Dreams With A Vintage Spice Girls Pizza

Victoria Beckham is one of my favorite people in the Twittersphere, and the Spice Girls pizza she tweeted this week forever cemented her swoon-worthy status in my eyes. Apparently, her mother unearthed the pizza in the depths of her freezer with its vintage packaging intact. In what is clearly an act of culinary brilliance, every…
By: Claire Hannum / March 15, 2014

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen Are Our Platonic Friendship Role Models

"I do think that Fred has a very unwavering optimism that is infectious. He’s very kind, very generous, and I think more than anything, Fred says 'yes' ... And I love saying 'yes'. I think it’s an important step in human growth. Just an openness. And if there’s anything that I’ve learned from my friendshi…
By: Claire Hannum / March 14, 2014

James Deen Has Invented Sriracha-Flavored “Bronuts” And I’m Horrified

As if James Deen hasn't brought enough memorable, ahem, treats to this world already, he is now presenting us with what he refers to as "the Deenut" or "the bronut." In my mind, nothing sounded more amazing than a Deen-themed donut ... until I discovered the ingredients. With a range of flavors like Sour Patch…
By: Claire Hannum / March 14, 2014

While We Fight For Birth Control Coverage, Medicare Is Spending Millions On Penis Pumps

We know that conservative Republicans go batshit insane over the idea of the Affordable Healthcare Act covering preventative health care like birth control. But thanks to "The Daily Show," we now know that America has bigger problems, literally: Medicare is spending millions on penis pumps. The program has spent $172 million in the…
By: Claire Hannum / March 13, 2014

Slurping Soda During A Movie Is An Even Bigger Problem Than We Thought

We all know those loud moviegoers who obnoxiously slurp on their sodas, text, and shout to one another throughout the whole film. Apparently, Coke does too, and used their latest ad to edit those oh-so-rude audience members right into the film. The audience thought they were just seeing a normal movie, and their surprise at…
By: Claire Hannum / March 13, 2014

A Shakespeare-To-GIF Translator Is Coming To The Interwebs And I Can’t Contain Myself

Two graduate students at the MIT Media Lab have created a research site that quantifies the emotional content of GIFs, and they hope that one day soon it will enable them to translate Shakespeare into GIF-speak. Travis Rich and Kevin Hu launched GIFGIF on March 3, and it's a whole lot of fun. It'…
By: Claire Hannum / March 13, 2014

Watch Kevin Bacon Talk To Millennials About The 80′s

Kevin Bacon is one of my favorite actors of all time because he never takes himself too seriously and, let's face it, he's still adorable. Millennials, sit back and enjoy as Kevin takes us on a nostalgic journey to the '80s and tells us about a life before the invention of "Ok Twindr." [22…
By: Claire Hannum / March 12, 2014

You Can Help Name This Zoo’s Adorable New Lion Cubs!

The Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas, is enlisting the help of the public to choose names for their new lion cubs. The male cub goes by Doc, but the three female cubs have yet to be named. The options are...
By: Claire Hannum / March 11, 2014

“Fargo” Is Going To Be A TV Series — And Trailers Have Arrived!

The 1996 Coen Brothers movie "Fargo" is coming to the small screen next month, and FX has released teaser trailers! From the looks of it, not too much of the tone has changed between the film and the TV series. Nobody captures the barren, Midwestern winter quite like the Coen Brothers, so I can't wait to…
By: Claire Hannum / March 11, 2014

This 22-Pound Cat Trapped His Family In A Room And Forced Them To Call 911

Look closely. That innocuous image of feline innocence is actually a scary cat-beast ready to attack at any moment. Or something like that. On Sunday night, Lux the cat had his owners trapped in a room in their own home, fearing for their safety. He attacked and scratched the seven-month-old son of his owners, Lee…
By: Claire Hannum / March 11, 2014

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