Claire Hannum

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

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Study: Empathy Goes A Lot Further Than Telling Depressed Friends To Think Positive

There’s often nothing more isolating than being told to “cheer up” or “it’s not so bad” when in the throes of a rough patch. Even when it’s clear that a shift in perspective or a perkier outlook could make a situation seem better, it’s not always possible to just flip an internal switch and suddenly…

Claire Hannum / June 29, 2014

Watch This Sheltie Dog Cheat On His Treadmill Workout

I never thought watching a dog’s little feet booking it on a treadmill would be so endearing to watch. This Sheltie has found himself a creative way to cheat on his exercise, and judging from the look on his face, he’s pretty proud of it! [Tastefully Offensive]…

Claire Hannum / June 29, 2014

Watching TV Is Killing Us, According To Science

Our worst fears are confirmed:  TV is bad — like, really bad — for our health. Anyone could have hypothesized that tons of binge-watching isn’t ideal, but as it turns out, watching more than an hour of TV per day is plain dangerous.

For the study, researchers from the University of Navarra in Spain observed 13,284…

Claire Hannum / June 28, 2014

We Obviously All Need These Edible Cupcake Wrappers

I’m a weirdo who eats her cupcakes with a fork, but thanks to these new edible cupcake wrappers, I guess I don’t have to anymore! I can bite right into the side of the thing without having to worry about peeling the paper back without dropping half the cupcake onto the sidewalk (okay, wait, the…

Claire Hannum / June 28, 2014

This Surprise Backstreet Boys’ Groomsmen Performance Is The Wedding Dance To Trump All Others

This performance by newlywed Sean Rajaee and his groomsmen is pretty much my favorite wedding video of all time and I cannot stop watching it on repeat. Rajaee secretly choreographed the dance as a surprise for his bride, and lots of the groomsmen lived out of town and had to learn the routine via video…

Claire Hannum / June 28, 2014

The Stars Of “Broad City” Are Feminists

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the brilliant comedic duo behind “Broad City,” chose not to join the ranks of female stars who dodge the f-word, and I love them for it. When asked by PopSugar at the Critics’ Choice Television awards whether they’re “cool with” the word feminist, Jacobson graciously responded:
“I would totally say I’m a…

Claire Hannum / June 28, 2014

“Fashion Grandpas” Is My New Favorite Instagram Account

Fashion Grandpas is pretty much exactly what it sounds like — an homage to the forgotten art of older men’s fashion. I’m not sure how the account’s creators and contributors have the good fortune of coming across so many stylish men, but it’s clear that the older and wiser among us sometimes have a better…

Claire Hannum / June 28, 2014

George Clooney Just Might Actually Run For Senate

Just as Amelia predicted, rumor has it, George Clooney eventually wants to become a United States senator, and may have his sights set on winning the California governor’s office in the meantime. According to US Weekly, he’s close with President Obama, and his romance with Amal Alamuddin is “strategic.” [I knew it! I KNEEEWWWWW ITTTTT.

Claire Hannum / June 27, 2014

Desperate Pleas For Help From Factory Workers Are Turning Up In Shoppers’ Clothes

A desperate note from a factory worker has been found in a pair of pants from discount retailer Primark, making even more of a case for steering clear of our fast fashion addictions whenever possible. Karen Wisínska bought the pants in a Belfast Primark in 2011 and hadn’t worn them until recently. When she discovered the…

Claire Hannum / June 27, 2014

Watch “The Daily Show” Dole Out Some Real Talk About Campus Sexual Assault

When three students at James Madison University sexually assaulted a classmate on tape, their punishment was expulsion — after they graduated. Yes, really. JMU, along with 55 other schools, are under investigation for their mistreatment of on-campus assault cases. Other recent absurd assault punishments have included 30-day suspensions and book report assignments. Jon Stewart was just a…

Claire Hannum / June 27, 2014

This Woman Is So In Love With Her Bradley Cooper Cardboard Cutout That She Made Him An Instagram

Meet Danielle, a New Jersey woman who likes to hang out with a life-size cardboard Bradley Cooper cutout and document it on Instagram because, well, who wouldn’t? Bradley accompanies Danielle on trips to the grocery store, workout sessions, naps on the couch, and even romantic carousel rides. Danielle’s kids hang out with Bradley, too, and sometimes her…

Claire Hannum / June 27, 2014

In Case You Were Wondering, The World’s Sexiest Men Are From Australia

The semi-creepy travel dating website MissTravel took a survey of its members to find where the sexiest people in the world come from. The site asked both men and women to rate which nationalities they find sexiest in a partner. Obviously, sexiness is pretty subjective, but it’s all in good fun anyway! The oh-so-scientific results found…

Claire Hannum / June 27, 2014

Study: “27 Dresses” And “The Bachelorette” Are Messing With Your Love Life

Researchers have found evidence that watching rom-coms and sitcoms impact our views on love. TV seems to shape our view of reality in every other realm of life, so I’m not exactly shocked it’s also true for romance.

Why Dave Is Still Single, a study by University of Michigan researchers, asked participants how frequently…

Claire Hannum / June 27, 2014

Let’s Reclaim The Phrase “Like A Girl”

Growing up, I played a lot of catch in the backyard with my dad and male cousins. Every time I missed the ball was a golden opportunity to remind me that I “threw like a girl.” It never bothered me — I’m just glad he taught me to throw a baseball!—  but this ad by…

Claire Hannum / June 26, 2014

To Learn More About Cultural Beauty Standards, This Woman Asked Artists From 25 Different Countries To Photoshop Her Face

When American journalist Esther Honig sent her un-retouched photo to over 40 Photoshop artists around the world, she received a vastly different virtual makeover from each. “With a cost ranging from five to thirty dollars, and the hope that each designer will pull from their personal and cultural constructs of beauty to enhance my unaltered…

Claire Hannum / June 26, 2014

Bear Crashes Birthday Party By Falling Through Family’s Skylight, Proceeds To Eat All The Cupcakes

A Juneau, Alaska, couple was prepping for their child’s birthday party at their home when they received a visit from a surprise party crasher — a 180-pound black bear who fell through the skylight. The couple ran out of the room, but the bear wasn’t about to show himself out before he got a chance…

Claire Hannum / June 26, 2014

This #StandUpWorldCup Domestic Violence PSA Reminds Us That The Event Has A Dark Side

This short, simple PSA says so much in just a few seconds. It’s easy to forget that the World Cup often correlates with increased levels of domestic violence (as I’d imagine many major sporting events do). For some people, the games are less about fun and more about living in fear. The PSA is part of Tender…

Claire Hannum / June 26, 2014

I Can’t Stop Watching This Baby Owl’s Dance Moves

I am oddly mesmerized by this baby owl’s bizarre dance moves. Sure, the little guy is adorable, but something about those wide eyes paired with the music is just a little bit odd. Good thing the cute factor (and those lashes) makes up for it! [Tastefully OffensiveBird Rescue Charitable Trust]…

Claire Hannum / June 25, 2014

#LookADouche Has Been Arrested For Public Intoxication

Justin Lookadoo, also known as #LookADouche, everyone’s favorite misogynistic motivational speaker, has been arrested for public intoxication. According to an Indiana news station, he was set to speak to a group of middle school students in Evansville on Tuesday but never showed — because he was in the county jail.

Police found Justi…

Claire Hannum / June 25, 2014

12 Tips For Handling Mercury Retrograde Without Becoming A Train Wreck

Starting June 7 (and lasting until July 2), the planet Mercury went retrograde, causing our lives to go haywire. Mercury Retrograde happens several times each year, but somehow, it never gets any easier to cope with. Mercury is thought to rule communication, transportation and deep thoughts, which skews all these things off-balance when retrograde begins.

Claire Hannum / June 25, 2014

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