Claire Hannum

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

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A Pregnant Tarantula Is On The Loose In Brooklyn

UPDATE, 7/13, 5p.m.:  THANK GOD, this was only a hoax! [New York Post]

Brooklyn is on the hunt for Penelope, a pregnant Mexican Red Rump tarantula, who is apparently someone’s beloved pet. She escaped from her owner’s home, and flyers have turned up in the neighborhood with this plea for help:
I…

By: Claire Hannum / July 11, 2014

Here’s What Happens When You Accidentally Sext Your Dad (And Live Tweet The Fallout)

When Twitter user Nyjah accidentally sent a nude selfie to her dad, he was less than pleased. Below, the hilarious harrowing saga of sexting gone majorly wrong.

First, sheer panic:
OMG HOW DO YOU CANCEL A TEXT MESSAGE !! — nyyy nyyy (@dearfashionn) July 8, 2014

 
i just…

By: Claire Hannum / July 11, 2014

Here Is Your Solution To Biking With A Skirt On

For those of us sick of worrying about flashing everyone while biking in a skirt, Johanna Holtan and her friends have found the solution we’ve all been waiting for. Penny In Yo Pants is their method for MacGyvering a nifty button to keep your skirt intact using a penny and a rubber band. The ladie…

By: Claire Hannum / July 11, 2014

The “Stop The Beauty Madness” Campaign Gets Real About The Value We Put On Appearance

Created by writers Robin Rice and Lisa Meade, the Stop The Beauty Madness campaign aims to shake women out of the belief that they are not beautiful and to wake us up to the impossible aesthetic standards we’re held up to. The ads, which can be seen here, state some not-so-pretty truths about the way our culture…

By: Claire Hannum / July 11, 2014

9 Tips For Taking On Jealousy

Of all the ugly emotions out there, jealousy has to be one of the worst. It can feel childish, petty and almost like a primal rage. But it’s also inescapable; jealousy is almost like an epic equalizer, because everybody feels it now and then. On the path toward emotional growth, jealousy is one of the hardest…

By: Claire Hannum / July 11, 2014

Laverne Cox Is The First Openly Transgender Emmy Award Nominee

Laverne Cox became the first openly transgender Emmy nominee today, receiving a nod for her work in “Orange Is The New Black.” In a celebratory statement, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said, “Today, countless transgender youth will hear the message that they can be who they are and still achieve their dreams —…

By: Claire Hannum / July 10, 2014

Even Madeleine Albright Is An Amy Poehler Fan

To congratulate Amy Poehler on her Emmy nomination, Madeleine Albright made out a very special autograph to Leslie Knope, her Albright-worshipping character on “Parks and Recreation.” Amy was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. If only Leslie knew she had so many friends in high places! [Twitter, The Wire]…

By: Claire Hannum / July 10, 2014

This Couple’s Stormy Shot Is Way Cooler Than Your Average Wedding Photo

A couple in Saskatchewan, Canada, was in the middle of their wedding photo shoot when a funnel cloud began to form nearby. Their amazing photographer, Colleen Niska, knew it was the chance to get a once-in-a-lifetime shot that they couldn’t miss. Even though they were far enough away from the storm to feel safe (for the…

By: Claire Hannum / July 10, 2014

The Daily Squee: Meet The Saddest Kitten Ever, Soon-To-Be Adorable Internet Star

This is the Saddest Kitten Ever, who has yet to be given an official stage name but will surely be the interwebs’ next favorite feline. Grumpy Cat may look cranky, but this kitty looks downright sad. Her human, Ashley Herring, assures us that Saddest Kitten Ever has a wonderful life of kitty bliss, but that doesn’t seem…

By: Claire Hannum / July 10, 2014

You Can Own A Pair Of Jeans Specially Shredded By Lions, Tigers Or Bears (Oh My!)

The Mineko Club, a volunteer group in Hitachi City, Japan, is selling jeans personally shredded by animals to raise money for wildlife conservation. Lions, tigers and bears at the Kamine Zoo were given toys covered in the denim to tear into, creating a “worn-in” look. The denim was then sewn to create the pants, Zoo Jeans,…

By: Claire Hannum / July 10, 2014

US Weekly Confirms Eva Mendes & Ryan Gosling Are Having A Baby

This one, via Amelia, naturally: US Weekly has confirmed that Ryan Gosling has indeed broken the promise he made with his eyes that day nearly three years ago when I ran all the way to Whole Foods and stood next to him on the street for a second — Ryan is indeed expecting a child

By: Claire Hannum / July 9, 2014

Life Dream Status: The Museum Of Natural History Is Hosting A Grown-Up Sleepover

The American Museum of Natural History in New York has been allowing kids to attend their Night At The Museum sleepover program for years, and they’ve finally extended an invitation to adults for a night. Yes, please!

On Friday, August 1, grownups can enjoy a night of booze, music, good food and behind-the-scene…

By: Claire Hannum / July 9, 2014

It’s Time To Cry: This 7-Year-Old Raised $54,000 For His Best Friend’s Surgery

Brayden Grozdanic, a seven-year-old little boy from Vancouver, Canada, has cerebral palsy. He struggles to walk with the help of braces and faces painful physiotherapy every day. In Canada, Brayden can undergo surgery that would allow him to walk without the braces, but a much less invasive procedure is offered in New Jersey for the…

By: Claire Hannum / July 9, 2014

The Latest Carl’s Jr. “Sexy Burger” Ad Features A Dude For A Change

Carl’s Jr. ads have a signature formula, and it tends to involve scantily clad hot ladies — which have included Jenny McCarthy, Heidi Klum and Paris Hilton — sauntering around in a semi-NSFW manner while remembering to take a big bite out of a burger every now and then. This time around, the company’s latest…

By: Claire Hannum / July 9, 2014

Here Are Some Kittens In A Boot!

These are kittens! In a boot! Is there anything more wonderful than kittens in a boot? (Hint: there isn’t.) I don’t know how all three kitties managed to squeeze in there together, but I’m glad they did! [Jezebel]…

By: Claire Hannum / July 9, 2014

Air New Zealand Pulls Sports Illustrated “Bikini Safety” Video Amid Accusations Of Sexism

Air New Zealand launched a Sports Illustrated-themed safety video (yes really) earlier this year starring models like Christie Brinkley and Chrissy Teigen. People were not pleased, and a petition was launched calling it out for sexism. The video was dropped, but New Zealand Air claims the change is just part of their habit of…

By: Claire Hannum / July 8, 2014

The Daily Squee: Wild Foxes On A Trampoline

Jesse, a Colorado artist, got a huge surprise when she looked out her window and saw a pair of wild foxes exploring her backyard trampoline. It turns out that foxes enjoy gymnastics just as much as humans do. When the foxes realize how high they can jump, they can’t help but stick around to play!

By: Claire Hannum / July 8, 2014

Colbie Caillat Goes Makeup-Free In Her New “Try” Music Video

In the music video for her new single, “Try,” singer Colbie Caillat bares her lovely face without makeup, and looks that much happier without it. The song is all about the oh-so-familiar pressure women are under to chase perfection, and she co-wrote it with Babyface, of all people, who encouraged her to speak out about…

By: Claire Hannum / July 8, 2014

Brace Yourselves: Crumbs Cupcake Shops Have All Suddenly Closed

The formerly beloved cupcake chain Crumbs closed its doors yesterday, likely to never open again. The company’s 48 stores in 10 states are suddenly gone, and countless Crumbs employees lost their jobs overnight. The cupcakery, which has been around since 2003, had a loss of $18 million in the past year. Does this mean the…

By: Claire Hannum / July 8, 2014

Coming Soon: Remote-Controlled Contraception

A start-up in Massachusetts has come up with the ultimate “Jetsons”-inspired upgrade to birth control — a remote-controlled chip that lasts for 16 years. The wireless chip would automatically release contraceptive hormones into a patient’s body unless someone chose to turn it off, which could also be done with a remote. The hormones could be deactivated…

By: Claire Hannum / July 8, 2014

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