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Show us your ASMR videos, Upper Valley!

I was talking to Valley News sports reporter Tris Wykes, who covers all things Dartmouth, last week when he asked me if I was familiar with ASMR videos. I was vaguely aware of what they were, but didn’t know what the acronym stood for, and felt like I’d largely missed out on the whole wave.

Turns out I didn’t; ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, videos still are alive and well, and more popular than ever. Wykes said his own children were fans.

ASMR is best described as a relaxing, sedative sensation that begins on the scalp and moves down the body, according to a Think With Google site. Also known as “brain massage,” ASMR is triggered by placid sights and sounds such as whispers, accents and crackles, the website says.

I’ve since watched a few and quickly realized what I like and don’t like (like: people mixing paint and colors; don’t like: loud squelching noises).

So, we wanna know: Have any of you made your own ASMR videos? What do you recommend? What are your likes and dislikes for ASMR videos? We wanna see!

Responses will be shared in an upcoming UV INDEX post!

How to keep your pot plants safe from thieves and other important things you might have missed this week

Hi, friends! Welcome to this week’s ICYMI roundup, where we bring you all the fun, funky things that happened this week in the UV and beyond. Let’s do it!

  • A Newport, Vt., resident is raising the alarm after his pot plants allegedly were stolen from his yard. Police say this trend is likely to continue in the wake of July’s legalization, and WCAX has some tips on how you can keep your plants safe.
  • A new study says all alcohol, even the occasional drink or two, actually is terrible for you. Womp womp.
  • Londonderry, N.H., Town Manager Kevin Smith and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu came through for the people this week when they urged Market Basket stores to change the placement of their deli price labels. The men said the labels’ previous placement, which wrapped across the top of the bag the cold cuts are packed in, was prone to ripping the bags upon trying to open them. See Sununu’s proud post-change selfie with a half-pound of Land O’Lakes white American cheese here.
  • Two bagel shops in Montreal and Burlington, respectively, did a bit of finger-pointing (kinda like this) this week, after an article by food website Eater Montreal flagged the fact that the Burlington bakery’s logo looked suspiciously similar to Montreal’s. What gives? Don’t fret: The good folks at Seven Days got to the bottom of the international mystery.
  • Sunapee resident Hazel Nilson celebrated a big birthday on Tuesday. The longtime Cubs fan turned 110 years old this week. Happy birthday, Hazel!
  • Tuesday also was the one-year anniversary of the 2017 solar eclipse, which, as you may recall, was so enthralling that it totally eclipsed all productivity at the Valley News. (To be fair, Valley News staffers weren’t the only ones with their eyes on the skies last August: The Washington Post recently reported that the eclipse was one of the most-watched events in American history. A whopping 216 million American adults watched the eclipse in some way.)

That’s what I know! Did I miss something? Tell me below!

ICYMI: A roundup of all the things that the internet is talking about

I’ve had a list of topics I’ve been meaning to post about but just haven’t gotten around to on my desk for about a week now, and I realized some of y’all might have missed these things, too, so I’m rounding them up for ya. There are some gems in here, if I do say so myself.

Did I miss something? Tell me in the comments!


IHOB is dead, long live IHOP

In a move that is surprising to almost no one, a breakfast joint has changed its name once again.

The restaurant chain previously known as International House of Pancakes, or IHOP, which became the International House of Burgers, or IHOB, for a hot second, now is back to being IHOP. The brand came clean on Twitter on Monday.

Let the record show I called this, as I noted on June 11:

It was not immediately clear on Monday if the name change was permanent, though my money is on it being a fairly temporary push.

IHOP changed its name and honestly I’m not sure if we’re being Punk’d or nah

On Monday morning, the restaurant chain previously known as International House of Pancakes, or IHOP, announced its highly anticipated name change.

Well then.

The name change came after a brief teaser campaign that saw the chain tweeting out hints and using the letter B in blace place of the letter “P” in its social media marketing. The new name is pronounce “Eye-Hobb,” btw.

I, and I think many other people, thought the chain was going to be changing its name to “International House of Breakfast,” or “International House of Brunch,” but nope. It not only went all in on burgers, but it went there and it brought property, y’all. Such a pivot!

The internet largely hated it, but it seemed to yield real results for the company: The Los Angeles Times reported that the buzz around the name change sent parent company Dine Brands Global Inc.’s stock up nearly 3 percent for the day.

It was not immediately clear on Monday if the name change was permanent, though my money is on it being a fairly temporary push.

Meanwhile, fellow chains (and competitors?) Denny’s and Wendy’s took the opportunity to throw some serious Twitter #shade.