Claire Hannum

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

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It’s Time To Cry: This 5-Year-Old Became A Pop Star Thanks To Make-A-Wish

Five-year-old Addy told the Make-A-Wish Foundation that she wanted to be a pop star like her favorite singer, Katy Perry, so she made the coolest “Roar” music video you’ve ever seen. Addy was diagnosed with stage IV cancer when she was 4, but she recently won her battle with the disease. When she was undergoing…

By: Claire Hannum / May 11, 2014

Watch These Smiley Dogs Jamming To Pharrell’s “Happy”

I have seen a lot of animal videos in my time on this earth, but none of them have made me smile bigger than these dogs frolicking around in time with Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” Didga the skateboarding cat even makes an appearance amongst all the canines. Pharrell should have put more overjoyed puppies in his original music…

By: Claire Hannum / May 11, 2014

Surprise: Going To An Ivy League Won’t Make You Any Happier As An Adult

This one is for everyone who freaked about the colleges they got into, if they were privileged enough to get into college at all: a Gallup-Purdue University poll found that the experiences you had in college rather than the type of school you went to, are the major factor in determining the happiness in your…

By: Claire Hannum / May 10, 2014

Would You Feed And Talk To Your Pets Via Remote Control?

Another addition to the “high-tech kitty feeder” canon has come onto the scene, and it allows you to watch, listen to and chat with your pets long-distance via wifi. When inventor Ken Powers couldn’t find a reliable product online to feed his two cats while he was away, he decided to create his own. Enter…

By: Claire Hannum / May 10, 2014

The Daily Squee: Tiny Puppy Sneaks Through A Doorway

This tiny puppy is on a mission. No matter how his humans try to keep him safely on the other side of their door, he finds his way through. You did it, buddy! We believed in you!  [YouTube]…

By: Claire Hannum / May 10, 2014

Cristina Yang Is Leaving “Grey’s Anatomy” And I Am So Not Emotionally Prepared

Is anybody on this earth still watching “Grey’s Anatomy” besides me? It still rakes in fairly decent ratings, so I know there are at least a few of you out there. How devastated are you that Sandra Oh (aka our beloved Cristina Yang) is leaving the series? The show will have a massive hole in it…

By: Claire Hannum / May 10, 2014

Nigerian Kidnapping Victims Are Still Missing; Meanwhile, An American Woman Took False Credit For Creating The #BringBackOurGirls Movement

Ramaa Mosley, an American mom and filmmaker, took credit for creating the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag in support of the hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian teenagers. In reality, a Nigerian attorney named Ibrahim Musa Abdullahi created it based on chants he heard in the country’s capital. Mosley did help create a massive social media presence on the issue, but people are not…

By: Claire Hannum / May 9, 2014

27 Things I’m Glad My Mom Taught Me

For better or for worse, our first impressions of the world usually come through the people who raise us. Luckily for me, the women in my family were able to gently guide me through any situation, offering their priceless opinions and advice along the way. They conveyed much of their wisdom through words, but I…

By: Claire Hannum / May 9, 2014

Real Reese Witherspoon Is Way More Fun Than Public Reese Witherspoon

Cara Delevingne posted two hilarious Instagram videos this week of Reese Witherspoon basically turning a celeb-filled elevator at the Met Ball into a sorority sleepover. Cara has since deleted the post, but THANK GOD the internet got its hands on it first, because I adore the moments when we get to see Reese’s actual personality, which she seem…

By: Claire Hannum / May 9, 2014

Ellen Page Was Worried That Being Openly Gay Would Hurt Her Career

“For so long I just sort of thought, ‘You just can’t. I love being an actor, it’s a huge part of my life, so I’m going to keep that private.’ And, ‘Oh, I have to keep it private because my job is about creating an illusion’ and kind of all those bullshit excuses. Because I…

By: Claire Hannum / May 9, 2014

#RealMenDontBuyGirls Is Trending In Support Of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

Thanks to celebs like Justin Timberlake, Sean Penn and Bradley Cooper, #RealMenDontBuyGirls is trending in retaliation to Boko Haram’s threats to sell to 200+ kidnapped Nigerian teenagers as sex slaves. I’m so glad that people are speaking out in favor of rescuing the girls, but I don’t love that phrase. Men are men, nobody needs to prove…

By: Claire Hannum / May 8, 2014

The Best & Worst States For Working Moms

When it comes to life as a working mom, not all states are equal. According to a survey by WalletHub, where you live in the United States as a working parent can help determine how much opportunity you have. The survey focused on statistics regarding child care, professional opportunities and work-life balance (I loathe that…

By: Claire Hannum / May 8, 2014

Frisky Rant: Hey Graduates, Please Don’t Try To Be A Special Snowflake At Commencement

Graduation is a big deal. Plenty of people like to see it as the total culmination of a young person’s character and dedication. As the greeting cards say, “You Earned It Champ!” Earning a degree isn’t easy and deserves celebration.

The catch, though, is that celebratory public events like commencement are a prime…

By: Claire Hannum / May 7, 2014

Justin Timberlake Will Open “Oprah’s Master Class” (Awkwardly)

Oprah, Goddess Of Everything, is bringing back her “Master Class” series for another season of navel-gazing with the brightest and best of the entertainment biz. I do actually love this series (as well as pretty much all things Oprah), but the over-the-top “intensity” in this promo is a little bit much for me. They’re airing interview…

By: Claire Hannum / May 7, 2014

Kevin Spacey Harmonizing To “Talk Dirty” Is One Of The Better Things To Hit The Interwebs This Week

Yesterday, I was in need of some laughs to get through the Monday blues, so I watched this clip of Kevin Spacey on “The Tonight Show,” doing a barbershop rendition of Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty.” Then I watched it again, and again, and pretty much couldn’t stop. Something about his dead-eyed expression paired with his commitment…

By: Claire Hannum / May 6, 2014

Introducing Cats 24/7, The “All Cats, All The Time” TV Channel

Our prayers have been answered! Cats 24/7 is an internet-powered TV channel that airs cats, and only cats, all day long. Why didn’t somebody come up with this brilliant idea sooner? Cats 24/7 features:
“All cats, all the time. 24/7/365. We’ve got kittens too. Meow-mazing.”…

By: Claire Hannum / May 6, 2014

Study: If You Want To Save Your Marriage, Don’t Get Sick

In case there weren’t enough findings already being used to perpetuate female insecurity, a University of Michigan study has found that older couples are more likely to divorce when the wife gets sick.

Hoping to learn how heart disease, cancer, stroke and other diseases impact relationships, UMich researchers analyzed data on 2,717 married…

By: Claire Hannum / May 5, 2014

Watch This Cat Interrupt His Owner’s Musical Performance

You know that moment when you’re trying to type something and your cat can’t stand not being the center of your world for even a second, so he plops himself right down on your keyboard? Musician Tim Collins has been there. His cat can’t resist waltzing in like he owns the place and shamelessly interrupting Collins’ vibraphone practice.

By: Claire Hannum / May 4, 2014

This Kitty Is Really Excited To Greet Her Owner

When her owner arrived home after three days out of town, this kitty was thrilled to greet her favorite human. Who says cats aren’t as loyal as dogs? [Thought Catalog, In The Life]…

By: Claire Hannum / May 3, 2014

Watch Pomeranian Gentleman Norman Teach You How To Tie A Tie

Meet Gentleman Norman, an elder pomeranian who’s here to teach you about the finer points of male etiquette. Norman knows a thing or two about how to be a proper man — in fact, he’s even published a book about it — so you can definitely trust his advice on tying a tie. [Laughing Squid]…

By: Claire Hannum / May 1, 2014

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