Sarah Thomas http://nhpr.org en Is N.H. Really Home To The Longest Mini Golf Hole On The Planet? http://nhpr.org/post/nh-really-home-longest-mini-golf-hole-planet <p>Red Sox vs. Yankees. Coke vs. Pepsi. Facebook vs. Twitter. &nbsp;And now – <a href="http://www.chuckstersnh.com/">Chuckster’s Family Fun Park</a> vs. <a href="http://www.rockygorgegolf.com/Miniature_Golf_Laurel_MD.html">Rocky Gorge 4 Seasons Golf Fairway</a>.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:36:31 +0000 Sarah Thomas 50404 at http://nhpr.org Is N.H. Really Home To The Longest Mini Golf Hole On The Planet? Candlepin Versus Ten-Pin: A New England Bowler's Dilemma http://nhpr.org/post/candlepin-versus-ten-pin-new-england-bowlers-dilemma <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's right. I'm asking the age old question: </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">candlepin or ten-pin? </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Outside of New England, this may not be a hot topic. It may not be a topic at all, as the popularity and </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candlepin_bowling" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">instance of candlepin is concentrated almost solely in northern New England</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Tue, 13 May 2014 16:45:42 +0000 Sarah Thomas 47193 at http://nhpr.org Candlepin Versus Ten-Pin: A New England Bowler's Dilemma 5 Funny Horoscope Sites You Didn't Know Exist http://nhpr.org/post/5-funny-horoscope-sites-you-didnt-know-exist <p></p><p></p><p><em>"<span class="st">I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.</span>"</em> <em>- </em>Author Neil Gaiman, <em>American Gods</em></p><p>Astrology. Whether you are a believer or not, it's probably safe to say that there are certain astrology sites and tools that are more vetted or valid than others. Some are more practical and less whimsical. Others appeal more to a vague psychological need or impulse. Many carry simple entertainment value, and still others delve deep into long analysis of a person's personality and how it was shaped by their zodiac sign.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:39:29 +0000 Sarah Thomas 48340 at http://nhpr.org 5 Funny Horoscope Sites You Didn't Know Exist Classic Video Game Music: From Bosses To Beats http://nhpr.org/post/classic-video-game-music-bosses-beats <p></p><p>Classic video game music evokes a special kind of nostalgia, a mixture of childhood whimsy laced with pixel-fueled frustration. For musicians, sampling video game music adds an extra layer of fantasy in otherwise hardcore genres like rap and metal.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Spin </em>even&nbsp;compiled </span><a href="http://www.spin.com/gallery/50-rap-songs-based-on-video-game-samples/" style="line-height: 1.5;">50 Rap Songs Based on Video Game Samples</a>&nbsp;(Some are <strong>NSFW. </strong>All are awesome). In metalcore, sampling video game music resulted in an entirely new genre in the late 1990s at first jokingly called&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendocore" target="_blank">Nintendocore</a>.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUugeyAX6Zo" target="_blank">Wizards and Warriors</a> is pretty great, as are most of the songs by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_the_Band" target="_blank">Horse the Band.</a> Themes from the </span>NES<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Super Nintendo eras are especially popular. I tapped into my Nintendo nostalgia for some of the best classics (and admittedly my favorites):</span></p><p></p><p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:39:41 +0000 Sarah Thomas 45304 at http://nhpr.org Classic Video Game Music: From Bosses To Beats The Allure Of Artisanal Ice: A Slideshow http://nhpr.org/post/allure-artisanal-ice-slideshow <p>Pop in some Marvin Gaye because these ice pics are <em>steamy</em>. <em>The shape. The clarity. The perfect size for the perfect cocktail. </em><em>So refreshing.&nbsp; </em>Who knew ice could invoke so much <em>raw feeling? </em>But this isn't just any ice - this ice is carefully frozen, crafted, and shaped to complement cocktails in the absolute best way possible.</p><p>Browse the slideshow of ice art and join the new ice age discussion on <a href="https://twitter.com/wordofmouth" target="_blank">Twitter </a>and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio" target="_blank">Facebook</a>. Then listen to Virginia's conversation with <strong>Camper English, </strong>who wrote about the history of ice <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/42214-drug-tourism-history-ice-cubes-heartbleed-americans" target="_blank">here</a>!</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:08:27 +0000 Sarah Thomas 47186 at http://nhpr.org The Allure Of Artisanal Ice: A Slideshow Famous Germaphobes http://nhpr.org/post/famous-germaphobes <p></p><p>We wash. We sanitize. We might wash again, <em>just to make sure. </em>But in the end, we will probably allow ourselves to believe that it (whatever <em>it </em>is – a hand, a dish, a children’s toy that the dog confused for its own) is clean <em>enough. </em>We carry on.</p><p>At least, some of us do.</p><p>This is the time that all the germaphobes out there reading this raise their sanitized hands and say “Me! Me! That toy is <strong><em>not </em></strong>clean. For the love of Clorox – <em>it is not clean!</em>” Was this your reaction? You may be suffering from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysophobia" target="_blank">mysophobia</a>, the fancy term for “fear of germs.”</p><p>Keep calm; you’re in good company.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:49:48 +0000 Sarah Thomas 45531 at http://nhpr.org Famous Germaphobes The Best Family Cars, SUVs & Minivans http://nhpr.org/post/best-family-cars-suvs-minivans <p></p><p>These days, family cars are equipped with all sorts of bells and whistles: from text message alerts to - <em>vacuum cleaners</em>? It might sound superfluous, but mother and family car test driver<a href="http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/best-cars-blog/2014/03/The_2014_Best_Cars_for_Families_Awards/" target="_blank"> <strong>Jamie Page Deaton</strong></a> tells us why the vacuum cleaner - and other family car extras - can be incredibly useful in unexpected life moments. While she appreciates those extra perks, her top two concerns when test driving family cars, SUVs, and minivans are <strong>safety </strong>and <strong>space</strong>.</p><p>Listen to Virginia Prescott's conversation with<strong> Jamie Page Deaton</strong> and click <strong>Read more </strong>to see the full list of best family cars.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:11:22 +0000 Sarah Thomas 45236 at http://nhpr.org The Best Family Cars, SUVs & Minivans Best Songs For St. Patrick's Day http://nhpr.org/post/best-songs-st-patricks-day <p></p><p>Top o' the mornin' to ya, lads and lasses! <em>Ahem</em>. We'll drop the attempt at authentic brogue, but our St. Patrick's Day continues with a playlist that has enough Irish inspiration to make up for it. We reached out on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio">Facebook</a> to find out what tunes you play to celebrate St Patrick's Day.&nbsp;</p><p>Click <strong>Read more </strong>for our top St. Patrick's Day songs!</p><p></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:48:38 +0000 Sarah Thomas 45177 at http://nhpr.org Best Songs For St. Patrick's Day The Many Genres of Drone http://nhpr.org/post/many-genres-drone <p>The cosmos is full of noisy wonders including, strangely enough, <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2003/sep/HQ_03284_Chandra_Hears.html">black holes that have been emitting drone sounds for millions of years</a>. And art truly does imitate nature in the genre of drone music.<strong> Marcus Boon </strong><a href="http://boingboing.net/2012/10/19/music-appreciation-drone.html">wrote about drone for Boing Boing</a>, and despite a knee-jerk reaction to pass it off as potentially annoying, it turns out that drone music is pretty popular.Popular enough, even, to have <em>several sub-grenres</em>.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:27:58 +0000 Sarah Thomas 44574 at http://nhpr.org The Many Genres of Drone First Impressions: Iconic Title Sequences In Film & TV http://nhpr.org/post/first-impressions-iconic-title-sequences-film-tv <p></p><p>Title sequences have a practical function, sure. They convey the <em>whos, </em><em>wheres</em><em> </em>and <em>whens </em>of a production while segueing into the story. They are also the first impression, the opportune moment to set up the tone of a film or show. Through music, imagery, and written or spoken dialogue, title sequences can be the most artistically influenced aspect of a production. Though not always true, title sequences can even be the <em>best part </em>of a show or movie that is otherwise full of overplayed clichés and unoriginal storylines.&nbsp; At Word of Mouth, we searched and sifted for those iconic title sequences we thought packed that extra artistic punch. While most correlate to the quality and success of the production as a whole, others, well, <em>others might not</em>.</p><p>Check out some of our favorite film and TV title sequences below. Yours didn't make the list? Share it on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio">Facebook</a>!</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:42:59 +0000 Sarah Thomas 44256 at http://nhpr.org First Impressions: Iconic Title Sequences In Film & TV Blank On Blank: Janis Joplin On Rejection http://nhpr.org/post/blank-blank-janis-joplin-rejection <p></p><p>Four days before she died, on September 30, 1970,<a href="http://blankonblank.org/interviews/janis-joplin-on-rejection/" target="_blank"> Janis Joplin was interviewed about rejection by <strong>Howard Smith.</strong></a> <a href="http://blankonblank.org/" target="_blank">Blank on Blank</a> remixed and animated the interview. In context, it is both sad and enlightening about Joplin's life and views. Her unapologetic attitude toward critics is both admirable and unsettling. Unsettling because of the amount of criticism she faced and that, like anyone who faces rejection, "in my insides, it really hurts if someone doesn’t like me."</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:59:42 +0000 Sarah Thomas 44184 at http://nhpr.org Blank On Blank: Janis Joplin On Rejection Viral Images: Duping The Internet Masses http://nhpr.org/post/viral-images-duping-internet-masses <p></p><p>Niagara Falls, 1911. Completely frozen over with a group of people standing where they would otherwise be sucked into the rushing waterfall. Incredible? Absolutely! Totally truthful? <a href="http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_niagara_falls_frozen.htm" target="_blank">Not exactly</a>.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:41:35 +0000 Sarah Thomas 44115 at http://nhpr.org Viral Images: Duping The Internet Masses Harold Ramis, Of Comedy Fame, Has Died http://nhpr.org/post/harold-ramis-comedy-fame-has-died <p></p><p>It's a sad day in the Word of Mouth cube as we remember an actor and filmmaker who brought so much joy and so many laughs through his decades-long work. Beloved <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/02/24/us/ap-us-obit-ramis.html?hp">comedy actor and filmmaker Harold Ramis has died</a>, but his comedy is timeless. Ramis' influence endures both on and off screen. His comedic repertoire is classic, having co-written <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077975/">Animal House</a>, directed<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/"> Groundhog Day</a>, and starred in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/">Ghost Busters. </a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/"> &nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/"> &nbsp; &nbsp; </a></p><p>Thank you, Harold Ramis, for giving us all of the laughs and leaving us with all of the feels. You will be missed.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:24:35 +0000 Sarah Thomas 44069 at http://nhpr.org Harold Ramis, Of Comedy Fame, Has Died 5 Reasons Why Monks Are Awesome http://nhpr.org/post/5-reasons-why-monks-are-awesome <p></p><p>What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold... monastic beer. Yes, beer brewed by monks. There is a relatively high possibility that monks (yes, <em>monks</em>) are cooler than you. And I'm not sorry, because they do some pretty darn awesome stuff. Here are 5 reasons why monks are&nbsp; <em>way awesome</em>:</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:29:27 +0000 Sarah Thomas 44056 at http://nhpr.org 5 Reasons Why Monks Are Awesome The Many Voices Of Meryl Streep http://nhpr.org/post/many-voices-meryl-streep <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Ladies and gentleman, the many voices of Meryl Streep.</p><p>Over her decades long career of incomparable success, Meryl has given us Irish-American, Italian, Danish, Polish, Australian and, of course, <em>Julia Childs. </em>Each accent is as unique (funny, quirky, intense, etc.) as the characters she creates.</p><p>Do you have a favorite Streep accent or character? Share it on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio">Facebook</a>!&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:10:20 +0000 Sarah Thomas & Virginia Prescott 43874 at http://nhpr.org The Many Voices Of Meryl Streep