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Thursday, January 18, 2018
Question #90851 posted on 01/18/2018 10:20 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

At the time I write this - after Pres. Monson's funeral but prior to Pres. Nelson's broadcast scheduled for January 16 - the lds.org General Authorities and General Officers page has been updated to reflect the death of Elder Hales, but not President Monson's. Any idea why this is?

I assume that by the time this gets answered everything will be updated with the new leadership, so I just wonder what the update protocol for that page is, if anyone knows.

-Really just idly curious

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Dear Curiosity Killed the Cat,

I would assume that this is mostly a matter of time. Elder Hales passed away in October and a new Apostle won't be called until April. That's a long time to leave his picture up. When President Monson passed away, we knew that a new First Presidency would be called within weeks. No point in changing the GA page only to change it again in a few weeks. Also, I feel like it might be kind of weird to have the entire First Presidency be blank and have the Quorum of the Twelve with 14 members. 

-Mitty


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Question #90846 posted on 01/18/2018 4:54 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am a student here at BYU and I am a huge fan of The Board. What are the chances that I've run into one of you guys without knowing it? I'd love to meet you (not in a creepy stalkerish way, just in a I-think-you-guys-are-fantastic way.

-Emma

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Dear Emma,

The answer can be determined by simple probability:

According to our Active Alias Stats page, there are 40 active Board aliases writing. However, some of those aliases are secondary (though we won't tell you which), and a number of the writers listed no longer attend BYU (they used to, but have since moved on and we allow them to keep writing for however long they feel). So, the number of current Board writers who still attend BYU is much smaller than that; for our purposes, we'll say it's 15. 

According to Google, last year the total enrollment of BYU was 33,363 students. So, the probability that a person you meet on campus is a current writer for the 100 Hour Board is 15/33,363 = 0.0004496, or 0.04%. Put differently, there is a 1-in-2,424 chance that a student picked at random is a current Board writer. So, if you're really determined to meet one of us, go out and introduce yourself to 2,424 people, and chances are you'll find at least one.

(In actuality, the close-knit nature of the BYU community means you're probably far more likely to run into one of us through mutual friends or classes, but that's hard to quantify, so we won't get into that.)

-Frère Rubik

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Dear M&M,

Frère layed out the general probability, but your personal probability could be totally different. I'd say the biggest factor is whether or not you're taking classes in the same buildings. Because of class schedules I probably bumped into Sherpa Dave 2-3 times a week last semester and this semester I haven't bumped into him at all. Personally, I think the odds of running into one of us at random is probably higher than the calculated amount. I'm always running into people from middle school and my freshman ward. Maybe I just remember it more because of the awkwardness, but BYU is smaller than you think.

The second caveat is that regardless of the odds of bumping into us, the odds of not knowing who we are is really high. Most of us are really careful about our identities. You'd have no way to recognize us. Heck, I saw Frère at a devotional a few weeks ago and I didn't even know it was him. We have mutual friends on Facebook so I knew who he was. I just hadn't met him in person so I didn't recognize him.

So, your odds of running into us is a little low, but not unlikely. Your odds of recognizing us though are close to none. I hope you do run into us though. Readers are the bomb and I'd love to meet people who care about the Board like I do.

Peace,

Tipperary 


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Question #90830 posted on 01/18/2018 1:56 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Oh dang, now I want all of those powers!! Especially Super Social Strength. And to be able to turn into an Alpaca!

So,
You get your Hogwarts letter; which pet do you take?
-Cat (tabby, siamese, ginger, black, or white)
-Owl (tawny, screech, brown, barn, or snowy (you were waiting for that one, weren't you?))
-Toad (common, natterjack, dragon, harlequin, or three toed tree toad - say that fast!)
-Rat (common, black, or animagus) jk, rats aren't actually allowed at Hogwarts!

-Vector

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Vector,

I know owls are probably the most basic answer but let's be real: they're a free mail service subscription. I will choose functionality over novelty every time. I would have a barn owl because they're the prettiest. I would name my barn owl something noble like Atticus or Calloway. 

Babalugats

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Dear Vector,

I would probably get a cat, because I like cats. Yes, owls are more practical, but I can't help but feel like they require more actual care than the Harry Potter books let on. Plus, I relate more to cats' personality than most other pets.

A black cat would be my first choice, though ginger and tabby would both be fine. I wouldn't want it to have very long hair, either.

-The Entomophagist

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Dear Victor,

Not cats, because I'm not really a cat person. I love the idea of a cuddly cat that would sit in my lap as I studied, but I could just as easily end up with a mean cat that hissed any time anyone got near it. So much about your cat just depends on luck of the draw, and I don't live that kind of life.

Not toads, because is anybody on this earth a toad person? Gross.

Not rats, because although I suppose some people like them, their scaly little feet and long bald tail don't appeal to me in the slightest.

So I guess I'm left with the most functional of all the options, owls.

I'm almost tempted to choose screech owl so that my pet could look at people like this

screech owl.jpg

(Source)

but I think in reality I would choose a barn owl, because, like Babalugats, I think they're the prettiest of all the owl options listed.

-Alta

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Dear Vector,

At first I thought I'd get a snowy owl (owls are just so useful!), but on further reflection I realized that, if I'm really in the wizarding world and will be fighting against evil people with dark magic, I probably don't want to send my ultra-secret messages by the most obvious of owls. A quick google search revealed that tawny owls are the most common owl, and would blend in perfectly. That way, my owl wouldn't be easily seen and picked off at night as it fought to help me (Yes, I'm sorry, I went there).

-guppy of doom

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Dear Linear,

I've kind of made it into a personal challenge to somehow squirrel my way out of using any of the options you mean while still technically using the options stated in your question for my answers (in other words, I've been attempting to live out the letter of your questions whilst avoiding the spirit). However, some 100 hours after picking this question up, I must admit defeat and concede the high level of specificity detailed in your question that does not allow for much deviation.

But wait... I just had a stroke of inspiration for how I can yet again evade an answer in alignment with the spirit of your question! For Hogwarts is a school of witchcraft and wizardry. And that of course leaves room for magic to work its spell.

So, I'm going to choose an owl. But this owl will have been on the end of an engorgement spell gone wrong (or some other such similar enlarging kind of magic), and thus be large enough to carry a human on its back whilst in flight. Specifically, it will be large enough to carry me on its back.

~Anathema

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Dear Vector,

Cat. Tuxedo cat. Specifically my tuxedo cat, the Mitty Kitty. 

-Mitty


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Question #90838 posted on 01/17/2018 7:28 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Has it always been the practice to have a public viewing of a prophet who recently died? I don't live in Utah and I didn't realize they were doing one for Pres. Monson until I saw the news stories. I searched back and saw that there was one for Pres. Hinckley too. But I couldn't find anything about viewings for Presidents Hunter, Benson, Kimball, etc. Those were just simple Google searches though. Anyway, is this done for every Church president?

-Church member

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Dear Mormon,

While there's a chance I'm wrong, I'm fairly confident there were public viewings for all prophets except for Joseph F. Smith. The Church News Archives only briefly mentions the death of each prophet, but when it comes to Joseph F. Smith they say, "Because of an epidemic of influenza, no public funeral was held for the Church president." I assume this means that every other prophet had a public viewing. Moreover, Joseph Smith had a public viewing, so it would make sense that future prophets would follow his example and have the same.

While searching for each prophet, these are the ones I can guarantee had a public viewing: Joseph Smith, David O. McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, Spencer W. Kimball, Ezra Taft Benson, Howard W. Hunter, Gordon B. Hinckley, and Thomas S. Monson. However, I couldn't find any evidence of any prophets besides Joseph F. Smith not having a public viewing. So I'd bet my money on public viewings happening for nearly all prophets. (Actually, I wouldn't—I don't think the prophets would approve of gambling.)

-guppy of doom


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Question #90664 posted on 01/17/2018 4:50 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I got married a few months ago. My husband put in a heroic amount of effort finding an engagement ring that I would like to surprise me with. His sister got engaged last week and picked the same ring (I don't mean a similar ring, she actually went to the same store and intentionally picked the same ring [it wasn't an accident either she asked her mom for pictures of my ring]). I'm trying to be happy for her, but I'm mostly feeling hurt. I know that it doesn't really matter and that there is much more significant suffering going on, but I still feel sad. How do I let go of this pettiness and anger? She has every right to pick whatever ring she wants, she is the one who will be wearing it, unfortunately I am also the one wearing it.

-Gollum

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Dear Gollum,

My sister and sister-in-law have the exact same ring. It wasn't done on purpose, their husbands both just happened to pick the exact same one. They also got engaged on the same night (also by coincidence). While I imagine it might have been weird for them at first, with everyone making the comparison, and their special ring not actually being so special and unique, they seemed to see it as happy coincidence more than anything. Obviously that's a bit different from your situation, because your sister-in-law intentionally chose to copy you, but hopefully you can see this as a fun shared experience, rather than a malicious attempt by your sister-in-law to undermine you. Chances are she wanted your ring because she loves it, so at least there's that.

However, I understand that it can be annoying when people are first engaged and everyone is looking at their ring all the time and complimenting it and gushing over how beautiful it is, especially if you have the exact same ring. The good news is, eventually people will get over the new-ness of her ring and not even notice it anymore, and you can go back to living your normal lives.

-Alta

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Dear Gollum,

10/10

-'Nym rater

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Dear you,

Perhaps focusing on what the ring represents would help? The purpose of having an engagement ring is not to flaunt it to everyone in sight, rather its purpose is to signify the love that someone has for you. 

I know that answer is short, but I think it holds the key to letting the anger go.

-Sunday Night Banter


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Question #90845 posted on 01/17/2018 4:14 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I like to study in the library while I’m on campus, but I hate carrying around 20 pounds of books all day long. Is there somewhere in the library I can securely keep all my textbooks that I don’t need during class but will need to complete my homework? My backpack weighed 24.4 pounds yesterday when it had my laptop, 3 textbooks, and 3 notebooks in it. It’s also rough to try to slide my huge backpack under my seat for lectures, especially in the MARB. This seems like an uncommon problem- I don’t often see other students walking around with crushingly heavy backpacks. So what’s the solution?

-Overzealous Freshman

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Dear OF,

You can rent a locker in the library or in other various buildings around campus. It looks like most lockers cost $10 to rent until the end of the semester (April 25) and vary in size. I've never rented one before but this seems like a great way to save you from back problems!

-guppy of doom

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Dear Freshy Fresh,

I have a library locker and it is so worth it. I keep all my textbooks and binders in there as well as a twelve pack of Dr. Pepper. There are also lockers in any of these 13 buildings so if the library isn’t the most central location you can pick another building. Getting a locker is so worth it. If you get one it will be the best $10 you’ve ever spent. 

Peace,

Tipperary


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