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How To Get Swole

Dec 14, 2018

By some counts, there are more than 600 different muscles in the human body. Some say 700. Others put the number at 800.

Muscles can be wide or flat. They can be shaped like triangles or diamonds or circles. They can be puny. Or, they can be huge… like John McLean’s muscles.

John McLean is deep in training for an amateur bodybuilding competition. In case this isn’t your sport of choice, bodybuilders lift weights to grow and sculpt their muscles but when they compete on stage, they’re judged by their posing and flexing. They don’t lift anything.

Get Swole

Dec 14, 2018

Today, two stories about different kinds of ambition: one a desire to sculpt the body and the other a desire to sculpt legislation. NHPR reporter Todd Bookman followed one amateur bodybuilder as he prepared for his first competition. Then, we learn all about propositions - the civic kind - from Civics 101.

Check Out These Five Really Weird Sports

Jul 29, 2013
Tetyanochka via Flickr Creative Commons

Our exploration of Aesthletics reminded us of some of our other favorite bizarre sports. From the safe, if not always tame, World Beard and Moustache Competition to the surprisingly dangerous Outhouse Races, strange sports are everywhere. These are not the weirdest sports, by far, but they top our list as most memorable and well organized.

This...Is Dartmouth Idol

Mar 7, 2013
via dartmouth.edu

“Dartmouth Idol” is the Ivy League college’s version of the ultra-popular TV show and singing competition…it may also be one of few venues where you’ll see future world leaders rapping. After a crowded field of contestants, the final round of this year’s “Dartmouth Idol” is onstage , Friday March 8th, at the Spaulding auditorium. Joining us to discuss the contest are Phoebe Bodurtha and Nathaniel Graves two of the finalists, along with the show’s producer and music director Walt Cunningham.

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For customers of the state’s largest electric utility, Public Service of New Hampshire, electric rates are going up this week. Resident Power, the new utility in town, is using that fact to beat the drums and let New Hampshire residents know they can save money on their electric bills.

That could mean trouble down the line for PSNH.

(Photo by Zack Ramey via Flickr Creative Commons)

When I read about the New York City Beard Competition on the New York Times's City Room blog, I had to find out more about it...can you blame me? Turns out, Matt Flegenheimer was the guy to call.

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Whisker Wars on IFC