Claire Hannum

9 Reasons That The Workout Reality Show “Toned Up” Is Actually Kind Of Great

I have a confession to make: "Toned Up" is my new "guilty" pleasure -- but I am unashamed. My friend/workout buddy Kate introduced me to the show, which follows the lives of the ladies behind the Tone It Up fitness empire, and I've secretly gotten totally hooked. The show follows best friends Karena and Katrina…
By: Claire Hannum / January 16, 2014

You Can Watch Eve Ensler’s New Short Film Online This Weekend

"The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler  has been speaking out about violence against women and girls with her V-Day movement for years. But she took things to a whole new level on February 14 of last year:  One Billion Rising, her  call to action that made headlines all over the world…
By: Claire Hannum / January 16, 2014

Jennifer Lopez Doesn’t Like Being Single

"I'm one of those people who does not like to be alone. I have no shame saying that at this point in my life. I think we have to own who we are." Hey, at least she's honest! At an American Idol panel, the newly-single Jennifer Lopez was asked about her relationship history and if she'd marry…
By: Claire Hannum / January 16, 2014

A Phone Fell Into A River And Two People Died Trying To Get It Back (Yes, Really)

Apparently, we haven't had enough people plunge into massive bodies of water for the sake of their phones yet -- it's happened again. This time, though, the story isn't quite so funny. Earlier this week, 26-year-old Ken Hoang fell into the frigid Chicago River while trying to retrieve his phone, which he dropped on the…
By: Claire Hannum / January 15, 2014

There Were Fewer Women In Charge In Hollywood In 2013 Than 1998

The rates of employment for women in film production are below what they were over a decade ago. Each year, the Center for the Study of Women In Television & Film at San Diego State University conducts a "Celluloid Ceiling" survey of who was employed behind the scenes in the year's top-grossing 250 domestic films.
By: Claire Hannum / January 15, 2014

Oscar The Cat Burglar Is Out To Steal Your Socks

There's a cat burglar on the loose and he's taking New Zealand by storm, one sock at a time. Oscar the Mandalay cat hails from Herne Bay, a suburb of Auckland. The 11-year-old kitty has been swiping individual socks from clotheslines in his neighborhood for years. He steals at least one each day and bring…
By: Claire Hannum / January 15, 2014

Social Media Has Its Own Drinking Game, And It’s Kind Of Scary

Social media's latest nightmare hashtag, #neknominating, is something of an interwebs drinking game. One could compare it to the boozy version of Rickrolling, except unlike an '80s jam, Neknominating can get you killed. Neknominating typically involves a group of bros filming themselves necking/chugging drinks via some outrageous stunt and encouraging others to do the same.
By: Claire Hannum / January 14, 2014

Hate Your Job? This App Will Send A Breakup Text To Your Boss

Technology! Ain't it grand? A new app called Quit Your Job will, yes, quit your job for you and it will do the whole thing via text. Seriously.
By: Claire Hannum / January 14, 2014

Dude Suffers Terrifying Seven-Week Erection After Biking Accident

After a mountain biking crash, a 22-year-old Irish man found himself with an erection that lasted for seven weeks. When he slammed into his handle bars during the crash, he was left with a hard-on that just wouldn't quit. He kept the result of his "irregular bloodflow" to himself for five weeks (how he managed that…
By: Claire Hannum / January 14, 2014

Frisky Eats: 6 Easy Holiday Treats For Those Of Us Who Can’t Cook

I'm not much of a cook. I've never gone so far as to use my oven for shoe storage like Carrie Bradshaw, but I am definitely a lady of take-out and Lean Cuisine. Someday, when I'm no longer a frenzied college student, I'll commit to learning the ins and outs of the kitchen like a…
By: Claire Hannum / December 24, 2013

How To Handle That Moment When You Forget To Get Someone A Present

How's this for a nightmare scenario: a friend is over and suddenly thrusts a beautifully-wrapped gift in your face and you had no idea she was expecting to exchange presents. Or your family agreed to just give presents to the children this year, but your showoff-y sister just arrived with handmade DIY present…
By: Claire Hannum / December 21, 2013

How To Avoid Becoming A Grinch This Holiday Season

I loooove the holidays. But that doesn't make the lead-up any less of a bitch. The older I get, the more I find how unforgiving this season can be. When I was a little girl, I never understood why some of the grown-ups in my life seemed to dread it so much. An English professor once…
By: Claire Hannum / December 20, 2013

Watch John Oliver Bid Farewell To “The Daily Show”

Last night was John Oliver's last episode on "The Daily Show" as he gears up to host an HBO comedy series next year. He spent over seven years with the show, and even stepped in as host this summer. Jon Stewart refreshed audiences on some of Oliver's best moments and made for…
By: Claire Hannum / December 20, 2013

The Frat Behind A Baruch Freshman’s Hazing Death Has Been Banned

After a Baruch College student died in a totally messed up hazing ritual a few weeks ago, the school has taken action by placing a lifetime ban on the frat behind the incident, Pi Delta Psi. Chun "Michael" Deng, a 19-year-old freshman, died on December 8 after participating in an awful, dangerou…
By: Claire Hannum / December 20, 2013

You’ll Cry Tears Of Joy When You Watch Rion Holcombe Open His College Acceptance Letter

Rion Holcome, an 18-year-old with Down Syndrome, is about to become a college student, and he couldn't be happier about it. Watch this video, as Rion expresses his shock and joy when he finds out he's been accepted to the ClemsonLIFE program at Clemson University. His big grin and excitement are infectious, and sure…
By: Claire Hannum / December 20, 2013

The BP Oil Spill Is Making Dolphins Sick, And Now I Want To Cry

Dolphins living in an area affected by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are now suffering from lung diseases and other problems that are consistent with oil spills. How heartbreaking is that? A federal government study was conducted looking into the effects of the spill, and the sobering…
By: Claire Hannum / December 20, 2013

Forget New Year’s Resolutions, I Just Want To Watch “Girls” In 2014

I'm something of an HBO fanatic, so I can't wait to see what's around the corner for the network in 2014. The final season of "True Blood"? Season three of "Girls"?  Yes, please! Check out this teaser HBO released with clips of "Game of Thrones," "The Normal Heart" and all the other shows and movies to get…
By: Claire Hannum / December 20, 2013

Facepalm: Woman Was So Engrossed In Facebook That She Walked Right Off A Pier

A woman in Melbourne, Australia, got so caught up on Facebook on her phone this week that she walked right off a pier and into the water. The tourist was so engrossed in her newsfeed that she forgot where she was and kept on meandering right off the edge of St. Kilda Pier and…
By: Claire Hannum / December 19, 2013

Watch Conan O’Brien Explore American Girl Place And Ruin Your Childhood Memories

Growing up, I loved American Girl dolls. Didn't we all? The highlight of 4th grade was when my best friend and I got to visit American Girl Place, the refreshingly wholesome but overstimulating doll wonderland that lets kids see all the dolls in real life instead of just pining for them in a catalogue. The…
By: Claire Hannum / December 19, 2013

Can Television Have More Shonda Rhimes Please?

Frustrating as it is, racism in Hollywood is still prevalent in 2013. When USA Today explored the absence of Black women in Hollywood this week, they highlighted the approach behind the racial diversity that can be found on "Grey's Anatomy" -- color-blind casting. Linda Lowy, the casting director behind the oh-so-addictive hospital drama created by Shonda Rhimes, explained,…
By: Claire Hannum / December 19, 2013

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