Claire Hannum

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

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Skittles As Birth Control? Here Are The Craziest Misconceptions Kids Have In Sex Ed

Today, Reddit asked sex ed teachers about the weirdest misconceptions they've had to clear up among their students. Uh oh, do we really want to know? Just as we suspected, lots of young people are really uninformed. Like, eating Skittles and doing sit-ups to prevent pregnancy uninformed. Abstinence-only policies can do that to a kid. Read it and wee…

By: Claire Hannum / March 4, 2014

11 Cliches About Life That Are Actually True — In GIFs!

Cliches. They drove your 10th English teacher crazy. But I would say they have lasted as long as they have for a reason— lots of them are true! Wisdom can actually be very simple. Below are some cliches that have stood the test of time and are actually great life advice in disguise. I feel…

By: Claire Hannum / February 28, 2014

Study: When The Rich Marry Each Other, It’s Bad For The 99 Percent

Forget about marrying rich if you're not rich already: a new study as found that the tendency to choose a spouse with the same income or education level has increased greatly in the past 50 years and it has actually affected the state of income equality in the U.S. …

By: Claire Hannum / February 28, 2014

Surprise! The #1 Word Used To Describe Snapchat By College Students Is “Narcissistic”

A new survey found that only 2 percent of college students sext via Snapchat, shocking middle-class baby boomers who thought they knew everything about "kids these days." Sumpto, an online marketing company, has found that 37 percent of students use it for "creativity," whatever that means. Making festive doodles with its Microsoft Paint-esque tool, maybe?

By: Claire Hannum / February 27, 2014

What Kind Of Music Does Your State Listen To The Most?

Ever wonder what your peers are listening to the most? Apparently, here in New York we're most likely to be obsessing over James Blake. Blogger Paul Lamere works for a music intelligence company, so he examined how a person's location will impact their music preferences and broke down the data to give you a better

By: Claire Hannum / February 27, 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker Thinks “Sex And The City” Represents A Kinder Time For Female Friendship

"It's kind of surprising to say, but in a way ["Sex and the City"] was a more innocent time. ... I think so much reality television – and the women that dominate culture today – are pretty unfriendly towards one another. They use language that's really objectionable and cruel and not supportive. I like to…

By: Claire Hannum / February 27, 2014

Watch This Kitten Wiggle Her Ears While Being Bottle-Fed

Meet Polly, a two-week-old kitten who wiggles her ears as she drinks from a bottle. It's even more adorable than it sounds.

By: Claire Hannum / February 26, 2014

Kristen Bell Loves NPR And “The Big Lebowski” Just Like The Rest Of Us!

Kristen Bell has awesome taste, though I think we all knew that already somewhere in our heart of hearts. In gearing up for the release of the "Veronica Mars" film, which I am oh so excited for, Kristen spoke with New York magazine about what inspires and influences her. She had some wise words to share…

By: Claire Hannum / February 26, 2014

Celebrity Selfies Are So Much Better With Puppies In Them

Frivolous celeb selfies might actually do some good in the world, if Dallas Pets Alive (DPA) has anything to say about it. The nonprofit aims to make no-kill shelters the norm in Dallas, TX, and to find homes for rescue dogs. Their oh-so-brilliant marketing geniuses have gotten into the habit of #muttbombing, or reposting celebs'…

By: Claire Hannum / February 26, 2014

13 Things I Would Like To Shout At Carrie Bradshaw While Shaking Her By The Shoulders

Rumors of a third "Sex and the City" movie are in the works, and I'll be honest, I'm a little excited. I didn't love the second movie (did anyone?), but I love the series. Like so many viewers, I feel like I know those characters and that they just get me -- minus the show's leading…

By: Claire Hannum / February 26, 2014

Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus & Michelle Knight Received Courage Awards For Their Bravery

The three women who were freed after a decade-long ordeal as captives in a Cleveland home received the Ohio Governor John Kasich's annual courage awards last night during his "State of the State" speech. During the ceremony, the crowd gave Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus and Michelle Knight a two-minute standing ovation. Gov. Kasich praised…

By: Claire Hannum / February 25, 2014

The Science Behind Our Sriracha Obsession

Unpopular opinion: I don't like Sriracha. Spicy things are just not my jam. That said, I can respect the fine art that is a quality hot sauce, and it's clear that nothing satisfies quite like Sriracha does. The American Chemical Society (yes, that's a thing) agrees and created this nifty little video breaking down the…

By: Claire Hannum / February 25, 2014

In Case You Were Wondering, Pit Bulls Look Adorable In A Photo Booth

Meet Bumper and Willis, two rescue pit bulls, take nicely to photo booths. When they sat in from of photographer Lynn Terry's camera, they knew exactly how to pose. Bumper, the pup on the right, "came from a not-so-great area of St. Louis," and a "gentleman tried to fight her ... [but s]he wouldn't engage,"…

By: Claire Hannum / February 25, 2014

People Claims They Won’t Post Paparazzi Photos Of Celebs’ Kids Except When They Feel Like It, Which Is Probably Always

Famous parents are finally saying enough is enough when it comes to creepy paparazzi photos of their kids, and People has responded to the request for a change of policy with what is seemingly the most wishy-washy, off-target commentary they could come up with. The magazine has announced that they will only publish photos of celebrity kids that their…

By: Claire Hannum / February 25, 2014

RIP Society: South Carolina Wants To Pull Funding From Colleges For Teaching “Gay” Books

South Carolina legislators are trying to "punish" two colleges in the state for assigning books they don't approve of. The College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate incorporated "books on homosexuality" as required reading as part of their new student orientation. The books in question are Alison Bechdel's graphic novel memoir Fun

By: Claire Hannum / February 21, 2014

Do You Need A Social Media Cone Of Shame?

As much as it bugs me when companies try to go all "high road," I can make an exception for this hilarious Coca-Cola Social Media Guard commercial. The Guard, a fake product that is basically a cone of shame, makes it impossible for a person to look down at their phone and instead, forces them…

By: Claire Hannum / February 21, 2014

Can You Guess Which State Is The Happiest?

For years, Hawaii was the happiest place in the country, but this time around, another state has ranked at #1. According to Gallup's Well-Being Index, 2013's happiest state was -- drumroll -- North Dakota. The Well-Being Index factors in various aspects of life, like work environments, health, and basic access to food, water and medical…

By: Claire Hannum / February 20, 2014

Most Of Us Won’t Live Long Enough To See Gender Parity Among Leaders

New findings show that gender parity among professional leadership roles apparently won't happen for 71 years. Progress may be happening ... but it's happening sloooowly. [LA Times] After clashes this week with police, which included being whipped and beaten, feminist punk band Pussy Riot released a new video today criticizing President Vladmir Putin and the Sochi…

By: Claire Hannum / February 20, 2014

Lorde’s Style Icons Are David Bowie & Grace Jones, Of Course

“The kind of clothes that I’ve found I like to wear over the past year and six months have all been things that make me feel powerful and strong. I wear a lot of pants. I wear a lot of long, structured dresses.” In a chat with Vogue for their March 2014 issue, Lorde shared some…

By: Claire Hannum / February 20, 2014

This Is A $30,000 Vibrating Musical Waterbed (With Mood Lighting!)

The Tranquility Pod is here, and it's kind of terrifying. This thing is not your standard waterbed, it's a vibrating musical playground in your bed. The fiberglass pod, which looks like a scary spaceship, has a six-foot octagonal waterbed inside and LED "mood lighting" that moves in time with your pulse. The bed itself is temperature-controlled and covered…

By: Claire Hannum / February 20, 2014

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