Sarah Thomas

Former Intern, Word of Mouth. Contributor.

Sarah is a former Word of Mouth intern and digital superstar. While working on the show, she blogged about social media, pop culture, and all manner of cool stuff. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester in December 2013 with a B.A. in English. She was founder and editor of a campus blog and publication called Bricks and contributor to the campus newsletter, Campus Connections. Sarah has a passion for public radio, various types of geekdom, and racing motocross. She is a military brat who now calls Merrimack, NH her hometown.

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4:36 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Is N.H. Really Home To The Longest Mini Golf Hole On The Planet?

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Red Sox vs. Yankees. Coke vs. Pepsi. Facebook vs. Twitter.  And now – Chuckster’s Family Fun Park vs. Rocky Gorge 4 Seasons Golf Fairway.

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Word of Mouth
12:45 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Candlepin Versus Ten-Pin: A New England Bowler's Dilemma

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That's right. I'm asking the age old question: candlepin or ten-pin? Outside of New England, this may not be a hot topic. It may not be a topic at all, as the popularity and instance of candlepin is concentrated almost solely in northern New England. To be completely honest, I didn't even know candlepin was a thing until I moved here almost seventeen years ago. (Military brat - hi!). As with sprinkles vs. jimmies, hair elastic vs. ponytail, and roundabout vs.

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2:39 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

5 Funny Horoscope Sites You Didn't Know Exist

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"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." - Author Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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.

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12:39 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Classic Video Game Music: From Bosses To Beats

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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. Spin even compiled 50 Rap Songs Based on Video Game Samples (Some are NSFW. All are awesome). In metalcore, sampling video game music resulted in an entirely new genre in the late 1990s at first jokingly called NintendocoreWizards and Warriors is pretty great, as are most of the songs by Horse the Band. Themes from the NES and Super Nintendo eras are especially popular. I tapped into my Nintendo nostalgia for some of the best classics (and admittedly my favorites):

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1:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Allure Of Artisanal Ice: A Slideshow

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Pop in some Marvin Gaye because these ice pics are steamy. The shape. The clarity. The perfect size for the perfect cocktail. So refreshing.  Who knew ice could invoke so much raw feeling? But this isn't just any ice - this ice is carefully frozen, crafted, and shaped to complement cocktails in the absolute best way possible.

Browse the slideshow of ice art and join the new ice age discussion on Twitter and Facebook. Then listen to Virginia's conversation with Camper English, who wrote about the history of ice here!

Word of Mouth
1:49 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Famous Germaphobes

Howard Hughes' success is unprecedented, but he also experienced mysophobia within his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
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We wash. We sanitize. We might wash again, just to make sure. But in the end, we will probably allow ourselves to believe that it (whatever it is – a hand, a dish, a children’s toy that the dog confused for its own) is clean enough. We carry on.

At least, some of us do.

This is the time that all the germaphobes out there reading this raise their sanitized hands and say “Me! Me! That toy is not clean. For the love of Clorox – it is not clean!” Was this your reaction? You may be suffering from mysophobia, the fancy term for “fear of germs.”

Keep calm; you’re in good company.

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1:11 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Best Family Cars, SUVs & Minivans

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These days, family cars are equipped with all sorts of bells and whistles: from text message alerts to - vacuum cleaners? It might sound superfluous, but mother and family car test driver Jamie Page Deaton 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 safety and space.

Listen to Virginia Prescott's conversation with Jamie Page Deaton and click Read more to see the full list of best family cars.

Best Family Cars

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2:48 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Best Songs For St. Patrick's Day

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Top o' the mornin' to ya, lads and lasses! Ahem. 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 Facebook to find out what tunes you play to celebrate St Patrick's Day. 

Click Read more for our top St. Patrick's Day songs!

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2:27 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Many Genres of Drone

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The cosmos is full of noisy wonders including, strangely enough, black holes that have been emitting drone sounds for millions of years. And art truly does imitate nature in the genre of drone music. Marcus Boon wrote about drone for Boing Boing, 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 several sub-grenres.

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2:42 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

First Impressions: Iconic Title Sequences In Film & TV

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Title sequences have a practical function, sure. They convey the whos, wheres and whens 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 best part of a show or movie that is otherwise full of overplayed clichés and unoriginal storylines.  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, others might not.

Check out some of our favorite film and TV title sequences below. Yours didn't make the list? Share it on Facebook!

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2:59 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Blank On Blank: Janis Joplin On Rejection

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Four days before she died, on September 30, 1970, Janis Joplin was interviewed about rejection by Howard Smith. Blank on Blank 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."

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1:41 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Viral Images: Duping The Internet Masses

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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? Not exactly.

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3:24 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Harold Ramis, Of Comedy Fame, Has Died

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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 comedy actor and filmmaker Harold Ramis has died, but his comedy is timeless. Ramis' influence endures both on and off screen. His comedic repertoire is classic, having co-written Animal House, directed Groundhog Day, and starred in Ghost Busters.        

Thank you, Harold Ramis, for giving us all of the laughs and leaving us with all of the feels. You will be missed.

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1:29 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

5 Reasons Why Monks Are Awesome

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What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold... monastic beer. Yes, beer brewed by monks. There is a relatively high possibility that monks (yes, monks) are cooler than you. And I'm not sorry, because they do some pretty darn awesome stuff. Here are 5 reasons why monks are  way awesome:

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1:10 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

The Many Voices Of Meryl Streep

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Ladies and gentleman, the many voices of Meryl Streep.

Over her decades long career of incomparable success, Meryl has given us Irish-American, Italian, Danish, Polish, Australian and, of course, Julia Childs. Each accent is as unique (funny, quirky, intense, etc.) as the characters she creates.

Do you have a favorite Streep accent or character? Share it on Facebook

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