Claire Hannum

Lorde Did A Reddit “Ask Me Anything” And This Is What We Learned

Lorde graced Reddit with her presence over the weekend to do a little Q&A with her fans in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session. She seemed so normal. And cool. Like she could be our real-life friend. Okay, that's just wishful thinking. Here's just few things we learned!
By: Claire Hannum / December 17, 2013

The Trailer For The Lizzie Borden Lifetime Movie Starring Christina Ricci Has Arrived

In case you were wondering, Christina Ricci is still — somehow — utterly ageless. As as for her Lifetime original movie, "Lizze Bordon Took An Ax,"  well, I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions. [The Mary Sue]…
By: Claire Hannum / December 17, 2013

Airlines Might Allow In-Flight Phone Calls Soon, And People Are Not Loving That Idea

As you've probably heard, federal regulators are considering lifting the national ban on in-flight phone calls. Not surprisingly, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, people are less than thrilled about it. The prohibition has been in place for 22 years, and the FCC held the first of several meetings on the topic…
By: Claire Hannum / December 13, 2013

The Last Man To Walk On The Moon Calls 6-Year-Old Aspiring Astronaut

Connor Johnson, a six-year-old from Colorado, has long dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Now, he is on a mission to save NASA. He launched a petition on the White House website to gain support for the program and has received thousands of signatures. Since the petition has gained national attention, he's received all kinds of…
By: Claire Hannum / December 12, 2013

H&M Is Giving Textile Workers A Raise

H&M may be raising its prices, but for a reason you'll actually love. The company is aiming to create better conditions in the factories in which their clothes are made. H&M announced its Fair Living Wage policy last month, saying that "all textile workers should be able to live on their wage." What…
By: Claire Hannum / December 12, 2013

Instagram Has Private Messaging Now

I love Instagram. I may even be a little bit addicted, so I was sort of on the edge of my seat this morning when the app held a press event to announce some mystery news. Instagram's co-founder, Kevin Systrom, revealed Instagram Direct, which allows you to send photos and videos to one…
By: Claire Hannum / December 12, 2013

A College Freshman Died This Weekend In An Awful Hazing Ritual And It’s Not Okay

Even among the awful hazing stories that seem to make headlines way too often, this one sticks out as particularly atrocious. Chun Hsien Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College freshman, died of "major brain trauma" on Monday after partaking in a fraternity hazing ritual on a retreat in the Poconos. Deng was there with around…
By: Claire Hannum / December 12, 2013

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport Now Has A Yoga Room!

Yogis, rejoice! O'Hare International Airport in Chicago now has a yoga room! The room is open from 6 am - 10 pm, and according to aviation commissioner Rosemarie Andolino, it serves as an "oasis for passengers." O'Hare is one of the nation's busiest airports, so an oasis is exactly what its visitor…
By: Claire Hannum / December 12, 2013

Yes, The Workplace Is Still Kinda Sexist — But We’re Getting There!

Despite the massive strides that have been made toward gender equality in the workplace, we still have a way to go. Is that the understatement of the century? According to a report by the Pew Research Center, about 75 percent of young women think the United States needs to do more to…
By: Claire Hannum / December 11, 2013

Cautionary Tale: Don’t Question Kanye West’s Art Or He’ll Kick You Out Of His Concert

At his San Antonio concert on Sunday, Kanye West stopped the show to reprimand an audience member for shouting at him to take off one of the masks — which admittedly is kinda creepy-looking — he wears onstage. Then he kicked her out of the arena. Because, in his words, he i…
By: Claire Hannum / December 11, 2013

Katy Perry Has Some Breakup Advice For You & It Involves Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

They say experience is the greatest teacher, and Katy Perry has sure had a lot of it so far. As Marie Claire's January cover girl, Katy shared the wealth of lessons she learned through her highly public divorce from Russell Brand. When she was asked for a divorce via text message (did anyone…
By: Claire Hannum / December 10, 2013

Porn Industry Shuts Down As Yet Another Adult Film Performer Tests HIV-Positive

Another adult film actor has tested HIV-positive, making this anonymous person the fifth case in the industry this year. Filming has shut down for a third time since this summer as doctors trace the outbreak. The Free Speech Coalition, which is a trade group for the porn industry, announced the halt on filming on Friday. "We…
By: Claire Hannum / December 10, 2013

Was This Man Really Driven To Suicide By His Girlfriend’s Excessive Shopping?

Over the weekend, a man in a China mall gave fellow shoppers a tragic shock when he jumped off a railing and plummeted seven floors to his death. Why? Because his girlfriend wouldn't stop Christmas shopping.
By: Claire Hannum / December 9, 2013

Have You Seen Pearl The Missing Pig?

Pearl the pig, the adorable local celebrity of China's Tiananmen Square, is missing! Pearl became an internet sensation when she caught the eye of photographer Zeng Zhi on her daily walk around the square last week. His photos of Pearl went viral, but that fame has come with a price -…
By: Claire Hannum / December 8, 2013

This Mariachi-Style Cover Of “Wake Me Up” Is Epic

Postmodern Jukebox, a group of musicians led by Scott Bradlee, have reinvented Avicii and Aloe Blacc's hit "Wake Me Up,"  teaming up with Mariachi Fiesta del Norte to bring you this Mariachi-style twist on the popular song. Check out their YouTube channel for all their innovative covers of song…
By: Claire Hannum / December 8, 2013

The Daily Squee: This Llama Plays Fetch And Can’t Contain His Glee

Say hello to Oscar the llama, who has learned how to adorably fetch a sock like a puppy. Who knew llamas could skip like that? Who knew llamas could play fetch? And unlike a golden retriever, you can actually use your adorable llama's fur for yarn. Or, you know, Internet fame. [Daily…
By: Claire Hannum / December 8, 2013

Watch Jack White Add A Folk Twist To A White Stripes Classic

I am still not over the breakup of the White Stripes, so any little scrap I can get of their hits is a big deal to me. Here's a touch of folk to brighten up your day: the lovely Showtime concert film "Another Day, Another Time." The concert was recorded this fall in New…
By: Claire Hannum / December 8, 2013

This Epic Volvo Commercial Is A Work Of Art

Just when you thought advertising was nothing but a barren soul-sucking trap (I mean, that's mostly what it is, right?), a company actually bothered to put a little creativity into their commercial. This Volvo ad stars action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme doing one his famous splits while balancing between two trucks  and was shot…
By: Claire Hannum / December 7, 2013

The Daily Squee: See Lily The Baby Elephant’s First Year In Two Minutes

Lily, a baby elephant at the Oregon Zoo, has turned one year old. To celebrate, the zoo released this heart-melting video of the best moments of her first year. Watch Lily's smiley face as she meets her dad for the first time, takes baths, and makes friends with the zookeepers. [Salon]…
By: Claire Hannum / December 7, 2013

Can Teenagers Predict The Future Of Technology?

Much to the eye-rolling chagrin of teens, it seems that most people have a tendency to overlook their youthful opinions. After all, they spend their days doodling on notebooks in study hall, don't they? What could they possibly know about the "real world" or how to shape it? As it turns out, a whole lot.
By: Claire Hannum / December 7, 2013

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