"I don't mind stalkers. As long as they're socially-responsible stalkers." - Yellow
Question #7173 posted on 08/09/2004 4:05 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

About the doors on the temple:
When I was about 8-9, I went to an open house, and saw those maintenance doors (I guess that's what they are). I asked my mom, and she jokingly said that they were the doors that the angels went in. I believed her, being only 8 and quite gullible. Then years later in seminary class I mentioned it, and totally confused my teacher, weirded out some of the students, and embarrassed myself.
Yeah, it was pretty bad.

- Amethyst, the gullible llama

A: Yeah, I don't think adults always realize how literally kids can take things. I once asked my mom about a photograph hanging in my grandparents' house. She told me it was my great grandpa. When I asked where he was she replied that he was in heaven. So for years I thought heaven must be a pretty accessible place if they could send us photographs. And I also thought heaven must not be a very fun place to be based on the expression on my great-grandpa's face.

-Leibniz
Question #7179 posted on 08/09/2004 4:05 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Regarding the question about varicose veins, first I have to say ditto to what Leibniz shared. I just want to add my two cents:

Work out regularly. Adequate exercise, esp. in the legs, helps to increase circulation. Make sure you are eating plenty of fruit and green vegetables. Vitamins B-complex, C, and E should be added to your diet. Some herbs that help to increase circulation throughout the body are Turmeric and Ginger, which can be taken in capsule form.

For more info on varicose veins, see http://www.holisticonline.com/Remedies/varicose.htm.
The whole website has a plethora of health info.

- Natural Woman, who has a bad habit of crossing her legs

Question #7172 posted on 08/09/2004 4:05 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I do not agree with a regular student purchasing a Mac for school work. They can get the job done with a PC for a whole lot less. Now if they are going to do Multi-Media I would suggest a high end Mac. Keep in mind that Mac has at best 3% marketshare. Also keep that in mind if you every want to play a game on your computer. There just aren't many for the Mac.

If you love Apple then by all means go buy a Mac, but if you're like the other 97% of the U.S. buy a PC.

Also look for the new HP iPod coming soon..... if you're into MP3 players. Although a regular iPod will work on your PC too.

- Uber Nerd of Computer & Technology

Question #7124 posted on 08/09/2004 4:05 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
was christina aguilera really mormon as a child? i heard that and kind of doubt it but wonder if anyone has any substantial info about it.
- just wondering

A: Dear Just,
Bull.

-Benvolio
A: Dear just wondering,

Don't you watch all those VH1 shows on her? Nooooooooooo. SO no. Not in a million years.

~Eowyn, who still doesn't know why she was bored enough to watch that show. And its rerun. Slow news day, maybe. Or a coma.
A: Dear Wondering,

The Christina Aguilera Mormon Legend has definitely made the rounds over the years. In a Daily Universe article back in 2000, DU writer Pete Thunell talks about his adventures as a Mormon Legend detective:

"The crown jewel of my findings would have to be Christina Aguilera. I first heard this one out in New York when a friend told me Aguilera's parents met at BYU and her father was a member out on Staten Island. I did a little research on some of her Web sites (which proved to be pretty embarrassing in the newsroom) and found out her parents' names were Fausto and Shelly.

I called up the BYU Alumni Association and found out that a Fausto Aguilera and his wife Shelly were at BYU in 1979. The best address I could find for Fausto was Staten Island which, coincidentally, is where Christina was born in 1980 (according to Rolling Stone, her parents later split up when she was seven).

Although strong evidence, this was still circumstantial and didn't meet the "first-hand source" rules of the game. A few weeks later, someone in the newsroom got me the number of my own Deep Throat informant, a BYU student who called himself simply Larry Darbous. "Larry" got me the number of Christina's old home teacher, Tom Duty, back when she was nine and living in Pennsylvania. Duty confirmed that he was the home teacher, but doubts Christina would remember him (or the church for that matter)."

Read the rest of Thunell's story, in which he tackles a number of other celebrity Mormon Legends, at http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/12627. If you're into this kind of thing (and really, who isn't at 3:00 in the morning when you can't go to sleep), you might also enjoy perusing www.famousmormons.net, though somehow, it's not as funny as I remember it being. Sigh.

--Irma Pince
Question #7130 posted on 08/09/2004 4:05 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
So when's Latro coming back from his ostentacious vacation hiatus? He seems to have been gone for a while now.
- Bored Engineer

A: Dear Bored Engineer,
I am returned. (By the way, that should be pronounced "ree-TURn-ed," so it's three syllables and you say the "ed" part-- that just makes it cooler)
I asked the editor to change the words of where I was in your question (ostentacious vacation hiatus does have a nicer ring to it)... just because you know doesn't mean everyone else does too. :) Despite the fact that I have been named as the board member least concerned with preserving a semblance of anonymity I'm not going to give everything away-- that would take all the fun out of it.
::: Latro :::
Question #7129 posted on 08/09/2004 4:05 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is VL contagious?

- Gary Coleman Thermos

A: Dear Mr. Thermos,

If you don't already have it, I think you're safe. You can't catch never doing something. If you've kissed someone, you can't unkiss them. (Sometimes we wish we could, but oh, well.)

~Eowyn
Question #7122 posted on 08/09/2004 4:05 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

My roommate and I often have this disagreement and since everyone seems to be interested in the topic of VL, I just thought that I would add and see your thoughts. I am still VL and very proud to be but it is not because I haven't had any opportunities....it is just because I knew it would be pointless. In anycase, my roommate has kissed (or she argues "has been kissed") by 5 different guys. She will often proclaim that she IS VL because she has not KISSED (been the initiator) any of them. She is also a firm believer that after a certain amount of time all kisses are clear and void and that you are once again VL. After numerous attempts to remind her what the term "VL" stands for, we still continue to have the same discussion of the matter. So, what do you think? Is one "VL" for not initiating any kiss and can you be considered "VL" after a certain amount of time? I say "Heck, no! You would only shame those who truly are VL!"

- Your Pal, excited to end this discussion! WOO HOO!

A: Dear My Pal-

Unless these kisses were totally unwanted, complete surprises and unavoidable, she's not VL. If a person has kissed someone, then they will never have not kissed anyone before; once again, she's not VL. Simple logic. If you care about that sort of thing. Which evidently, you both do. No clue why. There is no shame in either having kissed or not having kissed a member of the opposite sex. It's not a big deal either way, and I was annoyed when girls talked about it to me.

-The Franchise, who first kissed someone eight years ago. Unless you include elementary school or junior high, which he doesn't. He lacked the maturity necessary for romance, rather, he was primarily modeling the behavior of older individuals.
A: Daer Pal,

She's not VL. And yes, there are some people who believe that after two years of being kiss-free, you're considered "born again VL" but that's just idiotic. It doesn't matter whether you're the kisser or the kissee, or how long it's been. Once you've kissed someone, your lips are no longer virgin.

- FCSM
Question #7121 posted on 08/09/2004 4:05 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything?

- DNA

A: Dear DNA-

42

Yours,

Douglas
A: Dear DNA,

Check the archives. No, seriously, that's the answer.

At least, it will be when the search engine is fixed. By then, the answer will have been forgotten, which is appropriate, since the question and answer cannot exist at the same time otherwise the universe will spontanteously disappear and be replaced by something even more inexplicable. That must have happened a LOT to get to this point....

~Eowyn
A: Dear DNA,

"Well, it's nothing very special. Uh, try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations."

-The Epigrammarian
Question #7120 posted on 08/09/2004 4:05 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
I know its been dicused before, but why doesent the Church simply remove the song of solomon? If somthing is uninspired then I don't think it should be inculded in what everyone referes to as the "word of God"
- Thy navel is like a round goblet

A: Dear Navel,

The Song of Soloman remains in the scriptures to help get Deacons interested in scripture study. It gives them something to giggle about during Sunday School.

The scriptures have something for everyone!

With a song in his heart,

Horatio the Scriptorian
A: Dear Navel,

My religion teachers at BYU told me that it was to prevent ourselves from alientating ourselves any more from other Christian churches. They already think we're weird enough for having the JST (which you'll notice is not the version we use; just the KJV with JST in the footnotes) and the Book of Mormon; perhaps they'll think we're even more unChristian if we remove a book from the Holy Bible? I don't know if I agree with that argument or not, but that's the only explanation I've ever heard.

- FCSM
A: Dear round goblet,

Ditto to the Franchise's response. And the thing is, we don't have an "official LDS translation" - we use an annotated version of the King James Version, and the KJV contains the Song of Solomon. That's just how it is. There are lots of inspired words that are left out of the Bible, and probably a few more uninspired words that are floating around in the KJV - those words have been passed down through many generations, translations, and interpretations. That's why we've been given modern revelation such as D&C 91 to guide us in reading any scripture.

-Leibniz
A: Dear thy breasts are like unto clusters of grapes,
which I will go up to the bough thereof and grasp-

To add and to summarize, the JST has never been the official Bible of the LDS church, the KJV is. One cannot simply take parts out of or add to (and I'm not talking Rev. 22 here, sheesh) a copyrighted book. The KJV is copyrighted. It cannot be changed. Why would we take out 8 pages of the Bible when it's not worth it to have our own version to have to pay for and give a name to JW style, etc...

Oh, funny incident. My teacher's quorum advisor:
"When I was in institute they said 'We'll study all the books except for Song of Solomon.' So what does everyone go and do? Read Song of Solomon! Well, THAT was entertaining..."

-Anon-o-rama
Question #7126 posted on 08/09/2004 4:04 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In using Kazaa to get free music (cast a stone, I dare you), the user KazaaLiteK++ is either downloading from me or me from that user 25% of the time no matter what kind of music it is, and both of us have the setting where neither of us can look to see the other files the other person has, so we can't download them that way. Is this user some kind of undercover cop or administrator or something? Has anybody else seen this user? Is there some kind of hacking type thing that gets you past the block?

- Paranoid Android.

A: Dear Paranoid,
It's my understanding that KazaaLiteK++ is a default name that Kazaa Lite ++ sets you up with as an email address and ID. So it could be one of thousands of people.
And yes, I'll take your dare and cast away. Sinner! Sinner! Yeah, me too.

-Benvolio
A: Dear Track 2,
I really like OK Computer.
::: Latro :::
Question #7115 posted on 08/09/2004 4:04 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
I am currently a Hawaii resident and would like to remain one (I plan to go back to Hawaii after graduation). However if I get a Utah driver's license (this is my first driver's license), does this affect my Hawaii residency? Do I automatically become a Utah resident? Or is residency something one has to apply for?

-Residency Questioner

A: Dear Resident-

If you have a Driver's License from the state of Utah, you are a resident of Utah. The address listed on your DL is your legal address, regardless of your domicile.

-The Franchise, who is still a Calfornian and is married to someone that is still a Texan, even though they will live here for a while yet.
Question #7114 posted on 08/09/2004 4:04 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Last night I played "Upwords" with some friends from work, and there was a little dispute about the word "pince". Unfortunately, we didn't have a good dictionary, so I changed the word to pinced (which they also challenged). I reasoned that if pincer is a word, and a pincer pinces, then pince must be a real word. I checked it on dictionary.com this morning, and alas, pince was not to be found. So I tried to check on the OED website, but sadly have no login to that venerable mountain of knowledge.

I know from past board readings that some of your esteemed writers have access to the OED. Please let me know if I was right, or if I got those 10 points unjustly.

- 2nd place

A: Dear Runner-Up,

What a fun question. Good logic there. Here's what the OED has on pince:

Pince (obsolete): A galled or sore place on a horse. And

Pince: obs. occasional variant of PINCH n. and v. [Think pince-nez.]

So your ten points were entirely valid. (Unless there's some sort of rule against using obsolete words.)

Cheers,

Ambrosia
A: Dear 2nd place,

When you play Scrabble you agree to use the dictionary present as your source. If a word is a word according to the OED but not according to the paperback Webster's sitting on your kitchen table then you don't get points for it. I would assume that the same rules apply for Upwords. My roommate and I have an ongoing argument about the validity of her grandmother's "Official Scrabble List of Two-Letter Words." I say the only words on the list that count are those that are also listed in the big red dictionary we play with. She disagrees, but fortunately has never managed to get a copy of her grandmother's list so we've never come to blows about it.

Never ever play any word game (Scrabble, Upwords, Boggle) without a good dictionary handy. My personal opinion (and I mean this in the nicest possible way) is that your 10 points were unjustly earned if only because you failed to have an adequate means of checking the word.

However, since Ambrosia found you a valid definition (oh, and have you tried accessing the OED through BYU's library webpage? - that's what I do) you now have an advantage next time you play. Whether or not "pince" is in your personal dictionary, if you put down the tiles and someone disputes you, you can rattle off the definition that you now know by heart and chances are they'll back off and never know that "pince" doesn't actually appear in your little Webster's. Who would want to challenge a very confident statement of "it's a galled or sore place on a horse"? Ah, strategy...

-Leibniz, who blames AMA and Enrique for her competitive streak when it comes to word games.
Question #7113 posted on 08/09/2004 4:04 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
When's the next Harry Potter book coming out? I'm sick of rereading the books but I want more! Help!
- Seamus Finnigan

A: Dear Fictional Irish Kid,

Hopefully she won't wait as long as she did for #5. But, rumor has it that "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" (the confirmed title for book 6) will be released sometime in 2005.

Until then, start over again... or find other books to read. There are a lot! I wish I had more time! Argh!

Yours,

Horatio of Gryffindor
A: Dear Seamus,

Go write your own. Be sure to kill Voldemort.

~Eowyn
Question #7112 posted on 08/09/2004 4:04 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I hear that WinXP's SP2 is coming out soon. I want to dowload the update on a campus computer and then burn it to CD and take it home to install on my home PC (56k is WAY too slow).

How can I do that? All I know about is windowsupdate.microsoft.com which will install it on the computer you are on.

Do they make a stand alone installer for service packs?

Thanks

- Windows user, not by choice

A: Dear Windows User (you poor thing),

My first suggestion is: buy a Mac. But, since I know that isn't an immediate solution to your predicatment, we will look into it.

As of right now, Microsoft's update website only advises that you turn on your automatic updater for when it does arrive.

(On a side note, I find it interesting that they make such pomp and circumstance about having their automatic update. Apple releases security updates monthly which can just download in the background while you are doing something else. They also make it easy to download the update as a seperate file. But, once again, that doesn't help the immediate problem.)

I would wait until the SP2 is officially released, the try to access a downloadable copy. There will obviously be a huge demand for it on the first day of release. My guess is that soon after that they will make an archived updater availible, either for purchase on a CD or for download.

Good luck. And, for a long term solution, next time buy a Macintosh.


Cyberspacially yours,

Horatio the Apple Lover (both the computer and the fruit)
Question #7111 posted on 08/09/2004 4:04 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
You had a recent question regarding the use of the bidet. I found your web site because I was wanting an answer to the same question after a trip to France, Italy, and Brazil. My question is, do you sit on the Bidet or mearly stradle it? Do you approach it by facing it or back up to it? Should one be embarrassed if you soil the towel after using the bidet? I know these may be stupid questions but they are serious to culturally deprived Americans.

- (MyMommaDidn'tTeachMe)

A: Dear CGNU (did you graduate in "Sending me a dollar?")

WC would be the "water closet" (said with a stuffy british accent)

Snottishly Yours,

Horatio
A: Dear MyMommayeahyeahyeah,

I had an interesting experience with a bidet on my mission. It was one of those ones built right into the toilet... so I'm done with everything and am about to flush but I didn't know which button to hit and... yeah... we'll stop there.

- Mighty Quinn
A: Leaving the WC? Why were you in the Wesleyan Church?

-CGNU Grad
Question #7110 posted on 08/09/2004 4:04 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've created an access database with the personal information (including email addresses) of a number of people. I have created a form that allows me to view this information. I'm trying to make a button or a link on the form that will send an email to the record being viewed. I was thinking to create a button with a "mailto:" hyperlink, but i don't know if I can specify the email address (e.g., mailto:[this person's email]). What would you suggest?

- Polka-dotted Hersheys

A: Dear Polka-dotted Hersheys,

It would help to know what browser, version, and language you are using. For now I will just assume the most common, that you are using Jscript in IE. This is a way to do it with an anchor tag and a little Javascript.

Give your hyperlink a name, you do not need to define the href. Then, in the link tag put a funtion call to a function that I will call getAddress.

Like this:
< a| id=mail href="" onmouseover=getAddress() > Mail this Perrson < / a >

Have the getAddress function get the email address from your form and concatanate it to the mailto:

Like so:
< script >
function getAddress () {
var address= [name of form].[name of address field].value;
mail.href="mailto:" + address;
}
< / script >

Hope this helps.

◄Dragonboy►
Question #7109 posted on 08/09/2004 4:04 a.m.
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Dear Ambrosia,

Seeing that you like dark chocolate (and are completely correct-dark chocolate rocks) maybe you can help me. Is there any evidence that dark chocolate is good for you, or better than milk chocolate in some way? I want this info so my husband won't think I'm weird anymore.
- Amethyst, the chocolate loving llama

A: Dear Amethyst,

Great name. Amethyst is my birthstone. And llamas are just great. (Oh, boy, I'm a llama again!)

According to www.aphrodite-chocolates.co.uk (a website of such dubious spelling that I have a hard time taking it quite seriously), chocolate is good for you for the following reasons:

It contains iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E.

The fat in high quality plain chocolate, although saturated, can be considered cholesterol free as it does not fur up [sic] the arteries or contribute to high cholesterol levels.

It is high in magnesium, which helps people with hypertension, and also increases women's progesterone levels, lessing the mood swings of PMS.

Moreover, according to these chocolate-loving (and chocolate-pushing) folks, "It's a fact that plain dark chocolate products containing a minimum of 70% or more cocoa solids are the healthiest and the best way to satisfy a craving for chocolate, without consuming too much sugar and saturated fat." They say that chocolates low in chocolate solids and high in sugar content, saturated fats, etc., are "ruinous for your teeth and health." Lucky for you, "all's not doom and gloom!" Janet will sell you healthy chocolates, made of the finest chocolate couverture. For a mere 7.94 pounds, you can get a gold ballotin of 8. Even better, for your chocolate-loving man, you can get a plain white ballotin, so as not to embarrass him with the folderol of ribbons and such.

Another, somewhat more credible-looking site (if only because the spelling is a little better) is stuffedchocolate.com. This one says chocolate contains polyphenol antioxidants (four times more in dark chocolate than the amount in black tea) that protect people from cancer, as well as oxidation. The flavonoids (also called catechins in the article) in cocoa protect your arteries and inhibit platelet aggregation that could cause heart attacks or strokes.

And according to content.health.msn.com/content/article/73/81921.htm, the benefits of chocolate (the antioxidants, the drop in blood pressure, etc.) are *only* found in dark chocolate. It appears that milk inhibits the health benefits of chocolate.

So, there you go. Tell your hubby you need dark chocolate (and you need it NOW) because it could lower your blood pressure, prevent you from getting cancer, and mitigate the effects of PMS. And who doesn't want that? Besides. It just tastes good.

Cheers,

Ambrosia, who thinks she's going to need some ganache this weekend
A: Dear Amethyst,

I still like milk chocolate better. I just don't do "bitter" in my desserts. If there was some yummy recipe of Ambrosia's that involved dark chocolate, I'm sure the result would be marvelous, but until I get ahold of one of those....

Yay for tooth rot!!!!!!!!!

~Eowyn
A: Dear Awsome Person,

Dark chocolate rocks! I pick out all the Special Darks from the Hershey Miniatures bag, they are the best!

-Dragonboy
Question #7107 posted on 08/09/2004 4:03 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Excuse my ignorance (living in Kentucky all my life), but what the heck is a VL?

- Ignorant, but not stupid.

A: Dear Ignorant,

Virgin Lips. Never been kissed.

- FCSM, who receives much persecution for her kissing-related views
A: Dear Wonderful,
It's a beautiful thing that there are places still where that stupid acronym is unknown, as well it should be.
::: Latro :::
Question #7106 posted on 08/09/2004 4:03 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Just out of curiosity, what are some of the "holes" Miss Pince has found in the Harry Potter books?

- shabaab

A: Dear Shabaab,

As I mentioned in my post, I personally prefer not to look too hard for holes--I just like to sit back and enjoy. And also, since I haven't read a HP book in over a year, my memories of any holes I had noticed are a little hazy. They're usually things about the magic world--how some rules apply in certain circumstances and not in others or why some magic isn't used when it seems like it should/could be used. Pretty insubstantial explanation, I know, but with finals and all, I'm not prepared to go back and read all the books just now.

I can assure you, though, that other people try hard to find said holes. A website like http://ronweasley.freewebpage.org/settouplotpoints.html lists problems people have found with the plots. It's the kind of stuff HP skeptics like to ask all the time.

--Irma Pince
Question #7104 posted on 08/09/2004 4:03 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
What's wrong with kissing? I don't know of anywhere where it says that it's bad, but there's been a real attack on it lately.
- Still just as pleasant as the first time.

A: Dear Pleasant,

It's wrong when it goes too far, and there are too many who let it go too far. There's some little booklet out there written by an LDS author called "Is kissing a sin?" or something along those lines. And the answer, according to my bishop, is YES, if you're getting aroused by it. So keep it short and sweet and you'll be fine.

- FCSM
A: Dear Miss Pleasant,

Is it wrong? Well, that's for you to decide. Certain types of kissing have certainly been given the big "No" by general authorities (soul kissing or french kissing), not that most people around here seem to care.

If you want to read about whether kissin is wrong, try http://deseretbook.com/store/product?product_id=100015106

-CGNU Grad
A: Dear Sill Liking It,

I agree with what has been said thus far (don't let it go too far) and would also add, don't do it too often. That is, don't kiss every person who is willing to kiss you.

- Mighty Quinn
A: Dear Pleasant,

Everything. We recommend you amputate your lips immediately, using a rubber band.

--Mr. Prosser
A: Dear pleasant,
Nothing. Except when it's bad, then everything. And there you have it-- the only moral black/white you're going to get out the issue. So can we please let it go all you anti-kissing activists?
::: Latro :::
Question #7103 posted on 08/09/2004 4:03 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
I discovered to my dismay that you cannot access the Board by typing "daboard.byu.edu". It would seem to me that adding such a feature would be an obvious early step in the evolution of a great website. When are you going to add this domain? Can you even do that?
- Bobj

A: Dear Bobj (the new movie out of Bollywood by producer Nitin Manmohan)

Just out of curiosity, what would we gain from reducing the high intellectual quality of this information source by referring to it in eubonics? That just does not make any sense.

We're trying to maintain a tight ship here, and at the same time preserve the linguistic purity of the word "the."

Yes, creating that domain would be possible. It just requires a few phone calls and a lot of bureaucratic red tape. But a) it ain't worth it and b) we are all trying to preserve the linguistic quality of the word "the."

So, access http://theboard.byu.edu/ with pride, knowing that we are doing our part to preserve the English Language.

That is all.

Da Horatio.



PS: You will notice that I used the colloquialism "aint" in the penultimate paragraph. That was intentional and used for a stylistic purpose. It does not indicate that I would descriminate against "is not" in favor of "the." So, basically I am hoping that the National Foundation for the Preservation of "IS NOT" does not try to sue me.
Question #7101 posted on 08/09/2004 4:03 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've heard that The Church "LDS" owns like half the worlds population of Bison aka Buffalo. I heard this from a server while visiting that restaraunt on top of the Church office building. Is that true?

Also I had to eat some since it was offered... have to say, not very good, kinda beef-jerkyish and very salty. I prefer my "mondongo".

- Fair Game

A: Dear Fair Game,

That would be yet another 'Mormon myth'. I think what the server was thinking of was Antelope Island. It has the largest population of bison in Utah, about 600 head. The Church did keep the tithing herd (cattle, sheep, etc.) there until 1871. Twenty years later the first bison were introduced to the island. Then, in 1981, the state of Utah purchased the island and it became a state park.

As for the bison, the estimated population of the American Bison is about 30,000. I do not think that the Church owns 15,000 members of an endangered species, or anything close to that number. I may be wrong though. Most of the bison are found in state and national parks, so I would say that they are 'owned' by the public and government.

-Dragonboy
Question #7100 posted on 08/09/2004 4:03 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why is it that when I'm learning languages I can understand a huge amount more than I can actually pull up in my head and speak? Im working on spanish and Russian right now. Everytime I hear someone talking I can understand the basics of what they are saying, but I cant get anything more complex than 2 or 3 word long sentances to come out of my own mouth.

- trilingual wanna-be

A: Dear Trilingual,

I am working on my third language myself, and I can understand how crazy it can be. Every time I want to speak in one new language, words from the other language creep in! Drives me nuts!

But, I would seriously reccomend spending at LEAST a semester in the country where your langauge is spoken so you can really immerse yourself in the language. Spanish shouldn't be hard to really get down with a semester in the country. Russian might be harder.

I just returned from a semester abroad focusing on the language (a Category 4 language at that!) and I really made a lot of progress.

So, get out of America if you want to really learn a language.

That's my advice... for what it is worth.

Horatio the Trilingual
Question #7099 posted on 08/09/2004 4:03 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
I have a question about the character Lana Lang on the WB's Smallville. I can't stand her! She is such a spineless yet self-absorbed, manipulative whiney-pants. She's always mad at Clark, even after he saves her life, but if gets tired of her being a jerk to him and pays attention to someone else, she has a hissy fit. And if she's mad at someone about something, instead of confronting them, she throws out some insult or accusation and storms off before the other person can argue back, because she doesn't want to be proven wrong. So, my question is: Are we SUPPOSED to hate her, or do the writers of the show think there is some chance that viewers might see her as the beautiful, love-able object of Clark's affections?

- Princess Victoria Cherries

A: Dear Princess,

I'm with you! I've seen Smallville maybe three times, but each time I was vastly annoyed with Lana. I far prefer Clark's other friend--Chloe, isn't it? But I, at least, think that maybe we're not supposed to like her all that much--after all, if we all loved her, would we really be happy to see Lois Lane come along in a few years and steal Lana's man? Remember, this is not a relationship that is meant to be...

--Irma P.
Question #7098 posted on 08/09/2004 4:03 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

This week at homestarrunner.com there's a new playable RPG called Peasant's Quest. I get about 71 points into the game (I assume the game is over when you get all 150 points) and I'm stuck. I've thrown the baby into the lake to get the soda pop, I've given the baby to the innkeeper for the pills, and I've dropped the baby in the well to get the sandwich. What do I do next? I work at the campus library and have time on my hands to fill, but it's aggravating going from screen to screen on that game and trying everything to no avail.

Anyone know what the next step is? Don't give away too much, I only need enough knowledge to get me going again. Thanks!

-The Shark

A: Dear The Shark,
I'm proud to say I've beaten it without any help. I finished it with 149 points but I was missing an item. Oh well.
Try pushing the stones on the mysterious cottage and then using the baby. That should jumpstart you.
Good luck.

∞Link
A: Dear The Shark,

I've gotten a whole 2 points so far on that game. I feel guilty if I play it too long at work, and just lost my internet access in the evening cause I moved my computer to my new apartment where we don't have internet/phone service yet.

- FCSM, who greatly misses King's Quest, and plans to win the 8th one as soon as she gets back from the honeymoon...
Question #7097 posted on 08/09/2004 4:03 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
So, I was browsing the achives today for something completely unrelated, and I read this post about BYU legends. Board Question #31547
It mentions a fraternity that is still around, and I was wondering what that was. Is it a fraternity with a house and everything?

- Bored Engineer

A: Dear Bored Engineer,

BYU has no fraternity like what most people are familiar with. At one time, the Y had several "social clubs" with pledging and all that goes along with it, as well as service projects, Homecoming float competitions, and so on. You can read more about them at: http://fhss.byu.edu/history/faculty/rugh/sflc/campusgroup/socialclubs.html. They were disbanded in 1962. There are a few honor associations (and they make it very clear that they are not fraternities) still hanging around. There's Phi Kappa Phi (http://www.byu.edu/phikappaphi/), and several subject-specific honor societies: Engineering's Tau Beta Pi (http://www.et.byu.edu/taubeta/abouttbp.php), history's Phi Alpha Theta (http://fhss.byu.edu/history/phialphatheta/), and Sigma Delta Pi for Spanish (http://spanport.byu.edu/sigma.html). I suspect Phi Kappa Phi may be the "fraternity" you're referring to - Phi Eta Sigma was a popular fraternity in BYU's social club days, and it is somehow connected to Phi Kappa Phi, but it's not really a fraternity anymore. There is no frat house on or near BYU campus.

There is an LDS fraternity and sorority organization outside of BYU where LDS numbers are fewer - the fraternity is Lambda Delta Sigma and the sorority is Sigma Gamma Chi.

-The Grad Student

Question #7096 posted on 08/09/2004 4:03 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
What are the ages and health status of the remaining ten apostles and the First Presidency?
- Bored Engineer

A: Dear Bored,

There is rarely any news posted about the exact health conditions of the Quorum of the Twelve. So, it is hard to keep exactly up-to-date on their present conditions. Here are a few things I do know or have observed recently. Other than the dates (obtained from http://www.lds.org), I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. This is just what I observe superficially.


Name (Birth year) - Age, info

-President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910) - 94 years old, walks with a cane, but still leading the church with a lot of spunk... not as much as he used to, but still a lot of spunk.
-President Thomas S. Monson (1927) - 77 years old, generally doesn't leave Salt Lake much. I have been told that he has diabetes.
-President James E. Faust (1920) - 84 years old, seems a little frail in conferences.

-President Boyd K. Packer (1924) - 80 years old, seems in good health. Elder Packer isn't the type to show weakness.
-Elder L. Tom Perry (1922) - 82 years old, Birthday is August 5th, Happy Birthday Elder Perry! He also seems in good health. He was recently assigned to serve as the Area President in the East Europe area. So, he must be doing pretty good!
-Elder Russell M. Nelson (1924) - 80 years old - He's a heart doctor, so I am sure he keeps himself in good shape. Last conference he seemed quite spry!
-Elder Dallin H. Oaks (1932) - 72 years old - Seems to be in good health. He currently serves as the Area President in the Phillippines, so he is going strong.
-Elder M. Russell Ballard (1928) - 76 years old - Seems to be in good health, enough to remind us that we need to be working harder.
-Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917) - 87 years old - After President Hinckley, he is the oldest (I didn't know that). He seems weak, but still in good humor. He once joked that he doesn't think he would win a 50 yard dash against the rest of the twelve (Nov. 2001).
-Elder Richard G. Scott (1928) - 76 years old - His health is good enough to stare through the camera and into your soul.
-Elder Robert D. Hales (1932) - 72 years old - had some very difficult surgeries recently (discussed in Nov. 2000), his health seems weak.
-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (1940) - 64 years old, Continues in good health and very energetic. He is currently serving as the Area President in Chile, and seems to be enjoying the adventure.
-Elder Henry B. Eyring (1933) - 71 years old, his health also seems quite good.

So, there they are. The 13 living apostles. Two more should be called soon. Up until Elder Maxwell died, it was the longest standing quorum of the twelve in church history. Elder Maxwell was the first apostle to pass since President Hunter in 1995.

It will be hard to memorize the sequence all over again!


With a fading memory, but not nearly enough energy to keep up with the 13 men above...

Horatio the Church Historian
(trying to keep up)
Question #7095 posted on 08/09/2004 4:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Alright, what kind of textbook carrying device do you suggest for a new freshman? Backpack, messenger bag, something else or none at all? What are the pros and cons or each? (I mean in relation to BYU, not generally.) How often do you carry books around campus?

- Rowen again

A: Dear Rowen,

After about ten minutes, messenger bags really hurt my shoulders. I prefer a backpack with the waist strap--it takes sooo much pressure off my shoulders. Speaking of which, don't wear the backpack on just one shoulder. Bad, bad, bad. If the pressure in your bag is really awful, carry a book or two in your arms (unless it's raining).

And I carry books around campus every day that I have class. Why carry them around when I don't have torture sess... I mean, classes? (Well, I suppose for studying, but I tend to put that off until the night before, and then I'm studying at home in the living room while all the sane peeople sleep.)

~Eowyn
A: Dear Rowen,

Personally, I'd go for the backpack. Using anything that's not supported by both shoulders is just begging for back problems, no matter how stylish it is. Honestly, I don't care if messenger bags are in fashion (and it's not like backpacks are inherently unstylish) - if I'm going to be lugging my textbooks all over campus I want to do it with minimal bodily damage and maximal convenience and comfort. I really don't know of any pros that messenger bags have and backpacks don't.

Now, that being said, I also recommend a good backpack. Do not buy a Jansport. It's incredible to me how many people are loyal to Jansport simply because Jansport will replace (or repair?) your backpack if it breaks. Every single person I know who has ever owned a Jansport backpack has had zipper problems. It's uncanny. It's great that you can have your backpack malfunctions taken care of, but not so great if the malfunction is pretty much guaranteed. I myself have an Eagle Creek pack. It's about five years old and in perfect condition other than some wear and tear in one of the mesh side pockets (which, I might add, has been present for several years without developing into anything problematic). The backpack was a bit more expensive than your average Jansport, but it's lasted me nearly my entire college career and I expect it to hold up through several years more of graduate school. It's worth it.

Whatever you end up bringing, I recommend plenty of pockets for storing pencils, keys, umbrellas, water bottles, books, notebooks, wallet, and the like. It just makes toting your life around with you that much easier.

Oh, and I also recommend getting a locker in the library or whatever building you spend the most time in so that you don't have to drag everything around with you. I spent my freshman year dragging around all my textbooks and notebooks because I did all my studying on campus and therefore needed to keep everything on hand. Now I shell out about ten dollars a semester and keep my organ books in the HFAC, my textbooks wherever I plan to study that semester, and my gym stuff in the girl's locker room. Definitely worth it.

And hey, welcome to BYU!

:) Leibniz
A: Dear Rowen,
I prefer the messenger bag type aparatus, but I dislike carting too many books around, so I always pack light on purpose. I like Jansport in general. Even though Leibniz has defamed the brand's name, I've had a Jansport backpack for years that still works great and my messenger bag is Jansport too. (Heck, my hiking pack is Jansport as well, and it's fine too.) I've had good and bad luck with Jansports. It seems the zippers are the part that goes first, but Jansport has a guarantee on their products. If the zipper does go, get it replaced.

-Benvolio, who owns packs from Jansport, Kelty, and Eastern Mountain Sports
A: Dear Rowen again,

Personally, I take most of my notes on a Palm Pilot and keyboard and thus do not carry a pack most of the time. The only time I do is when I am either working on a paper or when the class requires that I have the books with me.

-Pa Grape
A: Dear Rowen,

Backpack. And as said above, don't carry it on just one shoulder. I had to go to the health center last semester because of back/neck/head problems that developed when I only carried my backpack on one shoulder.

I don't carry books to campus very often at all. Hardly ever. Unless the class requires it (religion, anyone?). I do most of my studying at home, and most of the materials I need for homework are online anyway.

I have a Jansport that has lasted me my college career (and possibly then some; I don't remember exactly what I was carrying in high school but it very well could be the same backpack). I've sent it back to Jansport two or three times to get the zippers fixed for free (well, you pay to ship it there) but they've been very speedy about it so I can't complain. That's the only problem I've had with it.

- FCSM
A: Dear Rowen-

Echo of Pa Grape and FCSM. Get a low-end PDA to take notes. If you get a refurbished one, it's quite inexpensive. Don't take books up to campus unless you must.

-The Franchise, who has no backpack and usually took only a near-empty binder up each day.
A: Dear Incoming,

Welcome to our wonderful institution!

I have a messenger bag and have been using it for about four years with no problems. Granted, I rarely carry text books in it so it's not usually very heavy. The reason why I chose it is because I like to have access to my things without having to lower a backpack and then heft it back up onto my back.

Both my messenger bag and backpack (a daypack with internal frame and hip support-thingy) are Eagle Creek and I've loved 'em both. General rule: the bigger the zipper the better. Material doesn't usually tear resulting in zippers being the biggest "breaking point" on a pack.

- Beemer Boy

P.S. It is wise advice not to wear your backpack on one shoulder! That, coupled with the ancient matress you will inevitably sleep on, will lead to back problems.
Question #7094 posted on 08/09/2004 4:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Will Skook ever reform?
Is there anywhere I can get their songs from?
- Rather Dashing

A: Dear Dash of Oregano,

Skook seems to be completely MIA. So, that may or may not deserve a moment of silence. This is Skook's web page, with a little bit of information about the band and their songs.

http://members.tripod.com/~skooker/index.html

It doesn't look like the page has been updated since 1997. The e-mail to contact Joe doesn't work... and so if their are any huge plans for a worldwide (or Cache Valley wide) comeback tour, they aren't making them public. For all we know, the three members of Skook could each be married with triplets by now struggling to make due by managing a local Dairy Queen. You just never know!

Musicians... they're always trying to keep us on the edge of our seat. Well, you ain't going to get me this time!!!

That is all.

Horatio the Music Man
Question #7093 posted on 08/09/2004 4:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've heard of a method to color your hair that lasts about 2 to 3 weeks, where you soak your hair in a mixture of a koolaid package and a tiny bit of water (preferably more for guys, i guess). Has anybody heard of this method or know the exact way to do this?

- Hates his brown hair.

A: Dear Hates the Normal Hair,

*snort* Kool-Aid. Actually, my hubby did that in high school....

If you want a hair color for a few weeks, try "semi-permanent hair color." That is its exact purpose--it is designed to fade away completely in six weeks at the most. You can also use some of of the cheaper permanent color, but that's kind of risky. Just because that Clairol Herbal Essences stuff fades on me in a month, doesn't mean it will on you. Just look for it in the store. I think the Clairol Natural Instincts colors are semi-permanent....

~Eowyn
A: Dear Hates his brown hair-

Kool-Aid doesn't work well with brown hair unless your hair is a very light brown. It's just like you said. Put the mix in a bowl and add just enough water to make Kool-Aid mud. Then, put the mud in your hair. Leave it in for about half an hour, then rinse it out.

If you really want to color you hair, just do what I do: get some of the more inexpensive real dye at the supermarket. If your hair is dark brown, you'll need to get a shade named for something considerably lighter. I use Ultra Light Blonde (the lightest) and usually end up with light brown or copper. Color management for longer hair takes more work than that. If you're a girl, sorry. (If you're a guy with long hair, get a haircut.) To get it done right, I don't recommend self-coloration.

-The Franchise
Question #7092 posted on 08/09/2004 4:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
What are some examples of potent potables?
- Masked Midget

A: Dear Short and Shy,

Potent potables generally refers to alcoholic beverages. So, you can figure it out form there.

Personally, I think that the BYU Creamery Red Fruit Punch is pretty potent. So, if BYU markets a Potent Potable, it is the red punch. Man, that stuff is addicting! Yowzers.

Potently Yours,

Horatio
Connoisseur of fine Fruit Punch
A: Dear Masked Midget,

"You'll rue the day you crossed me Trebek."

- Sean Connery
A: Dear MM,
http://www.webterrace.com/drink/
::: Latro :::
Question #7089 posted on 08/09/2004 4:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's up with the "Labor Dispute" here at BYU? Every morning I walk past the sign that says "Shame on BYU" and I'm wondering why I haven't seen anything about it in the Daily Universe. Can you tell me what that's all about?


-Possibly Ashamed at BYU

A: Dear Possibly,
Don't be ashamed. Really, don't.
Check out some recent posts that give more detail on the subject, like CGNU Grad's response on the 14th of last month:

"It's a long complicated story. The best as I can get it is that the construction company that is working on the new Smith Building decided to break from the local union. So there was a group of construction workers who decided to protest this. They showed up on campus at the site and began protesting. Well, BYU is private property and we don't allow such behavior. So the police kicked them off (and can charge them with trespassing if they come back). That is where the "Shame on BYU" comes from. BYU gave in a little and lets them protest on the sidewalk at Canyon and Bulldog. So there it is. You're right that it isn't very effective in this situation as most people obviously don't even know what they are protesting."

Also, although the union dispute is certainly a valid concern, I scorn their decision to attack BYU's position for exercising its right as a private institution to kick anyone out it choose. If I ran a school or business, I wouldn't want disgruntled workers parading around my property. I'd kick ‘em off too. BYU doesn't even have to let them be where they are now, but they do. The "Shame on BYU" thing is just to draw attention, a ploy that draws no pity from me.

-Benvolio
A: Dear Unashamed,
I say shame on the lazy and indolent who stand around all day eating Wendy's and "protesting" (they sure are working hard at it) because they're looking for any excuse to shirk their responsibilities.
::: Latro :::
Question #7088 posted on 08/09/2004 4:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I am applying to a graduate school which generally accepts students who score in the 90th percentile on the GRE. What is the percentile breakdown nationally for this test?
THANKS
Loves Standardized Tests

A: Dear Sicko,

This might be what you want. http://www.west.net/~stewart/gre/score_q.htm

-CGNU Grad
A: Dear Loves Standardized Tests,

Don't forget http://www.west.net/~stewart/gre/score_v.htm for verbal scores. The percentages are different because the range of scores is not consistent across verbal and quantitative sections.

Take a look at http://www.fact-index.com/g/gr/gre.html too - it has the score breakdowns listed side-by-side (and they're a little different, too - this particular one is closer to what I remember from my GRE test prep days a year and a half ago).

Quick answer: It looks like a 660 or 680 on the verbal section and a 740 on the quantitative will get you the score you want.

-The Grad Student
Question #7086 posted on 08/09/2004 4:01 a.m.
Q:

Hey Board...

Exactly what would you define as "making out"?
Is it defined by number of kisses? Length of time? A combination? What if a person did one of those one-minute sessions every few minutes but was mostly talking?

Just wondering on the semantics and definition of it.

-No position on it, but wondering when I'm supposed to use the phrase when referring to self and others

A: Dear No Pos,

Generally, it seems to refer to kissing with tongue. French kissing seems to up the amount of passion/lust in the kiss, another key characteristic of making out. It can last for any amount of time (although the shorter the better if you're not married).

~Eowyn
A: Dear No Position,

It can be defined a couple ways. I'd say it's a combination of length of time, number of kisses, and passion/intensity. And, if you've gotten aroused by it, it's making out, and that's wrong.

- FCSM
A: Dear No position on it,

I would say that the overriding factor is whether it arouses "deep" feelings. Yes, number of and type of kissing can contribute, but the general point of "making out" is to arouse feelings (that shouldn't be aroused until you are married).

-Pa Grape
A: Dear No position-

While one's arousal level can often be a good indication of what is appropriate, some people have physical responses outside the normal range. One person is often physically aroused by holding hands, even before considering the possibility of sex. Another is rarely aroused unless doing far more than is appropriate for singles. If you fall into one of these extremes regarding physical response, then you will need to use some other means of determining boundaries to expressing affection.

If kissing is the main focus of a specific amount of time, then you are making out. If something else is the main focus, then you probably aren't.

-The Franchise
Question #7085 posted on 08/09/2004 4:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Languages which rely on morphological case to distinguish functions in a sentence (i.e. Latin, Russian, Greek) naturally devote significantly more allomorphic forms to a given lexical unit. For instance, the Latin 'vita' may also be 'vitae', 'vitis, 'vitorum', etc., without altering the lexical meaning of the word. So in a language like Latin, six or seven word-forms are all devoted to a single semantic space, whereas in English, usually only two forms occupy the same semantic space. ('life' and 'lives'; I don't count the English genitive because it's universally dependent on punctuation, and therefore doesn't affect my question).

Does greater word-form variation interefere with the total breadth of lexicon a language can have? On the one hand, you have case-inflecting semantic spaces occupying seven times the word-form space for isolating languages like English, which gets to be an awfully large number of word-forms no longer available for separate semantic use. On the other hand, maybe the natural gaps in language (i.e. all of the phonotactically possible words that just happen not to be -- 'blurp' or 'thindrickle' or whatnot) make irrelevant the impact of Russian and Latin's bloated inflectional morphology on the size of a language's lexicon as a whole. I can imagine it both ways; has there ever been a study done on this?

Hope this question makes sense. It's been percolating in my brain for a while, but it's awfully hard to articulate.

-A. A. Melyngoch

(. . . and, if Katya the Physics Chick were to resurrect a little, perhaps in the pre-dawn of the First Resurrection, I'd be interested in her input also.)

A: Dear Melyngochish Apchikuh,

Because I don't have the mad linguistic capabilities that you do, I turned to the expertise of Brinestone and the Amazing Squirrel Boy. Brinestone helped me decipher what in the world you were talking about. Then we had a lengthy discussion on it. Her conclusion was that cases would not limit lexicon, simply because there are too many possible arrangements of phonemes that go unused without any reasons related to case. They're just not used. But they could be. And Squirrel Boy has detailed at length his thoughts on the matter, as follows:

Dear A. A. Melyngoch,

First off: Bore da. S'mae? Hu gaeth hit?

I can't say for certain if the use of case endings and other inflexions (whoa-did I just spell that the British way? Well, that's how it came out, so that's how I'm leaving it) affects the size of a language's lexicon. My initial reaction was that it doesn't, and I think I have some good reasons for that reaction.

1. As you said, there are plenty of possible word-forms (that is, word-forms that wouldn't violate the phonetic constraints of the language) that go unused. If a language is really under pressure to distinguish particular word-forms, there's always room for growth.

2. I know very little Latin, even less Greek, and virtually no Russian (like, two or three words), but I do know that ancient Latin and Greek employed phonemic vowel length, which greatly increases the number of possible minimal pairs. If a language is pressed for more words, stress patterns can also develop to distinguish different words.

3. The demise of all case endings and most verb endings in English has not "freed up" word-forms for use. Vocabularies grow by borrowing from other languages, by developing new phonemes that can be used in minimal pairs, by employing affixes, by compounding, and so forth.

4. Speakers generally aren't deterred by homophones. In speech, no one ever gets tripped up by to/two/too or by their/there/they're. But if there's enough pressure, a change in stress can take one word and split it into two distinct words, as in "of" and "off."

So I'd say that the use of case endings really has no impact (or has negligible impact) on the potential lexicon size of a language. There are just too many ways around such a limitation. I don't know if anyone's ever done a study on it, but I imagine that it would be rather difficult to do.
Comparing Latin to English simply wouldn't work, because it's impossible to accurately determine the true size of Latin's lexicon, and because modern English has words for plenty of things that didn't exist two thousand years ago. And if you compared English to Russian and found that Russian's lexicon is siginificantly smaller, how could you conclude that it resulted from Russian's case system? Whatever the answer is, I'm sure there's an ORCA scholarship out there with your name on it.

Sincerely,

The Amazing Squirrel Boy

**********************************

There you go, amiguita. Enjoy.

Bemusedly yours,

Ambrosia
Question #7084 posted on 08/09/2004 4:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
In today's economy, how long, on average, does it take someone who just completed a Masters Degree to find a job?
- anxious wife

A: Dear anxious wife,

Um, I hate to do this to you because I like to give real answers, but I don't think this is an answerable question with the information you've given us. If I knew what type of master's program you were referring to, and (even better) where the program was located (I don't know that I can automatically assume BYU), I might be able to help. As it is, it can vary widely. A lot of master's students already have jobs before they complete the program, so that skews the statistics. A lot of master's students go on to a doctoral program immediately afterwards (that's my plan).

The most detailed data I could find (thanks to the APA) was for psychology master's students, the vast majority of whom found their current job within three months of graduation. I suspect most liberal arts-type master's degrees would be about the same. But of course, that doesn't guarantee your husband will fall within the three month range (nor does it guarantee that he will take the whole three months).

-The Grad Student
Question #7083 posted on 08/09/2004 4:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do they still make raisins by simply drying and (maybe sweetening) grapes? If so, how do they make Craisins?

- Just ate a peanut-butter-and-craisin sandwich

A: Dear peanut-butter-and-craisin sandwich eater,

Well, since raisins are dried grapes by definition the answer is yes, they just dry the grapes. The grapes they use are generally seedless (Thompson seedless grapes are a popular variety) and are harvested once they reach a certain minimum sugar content (to ensure sweet raisins). The drying process varies according to the company and type of raisin, and affects the raisin's color. The darkest raisins are sun-dried. Grapes dried in a dehydrator are lighter in color, and the golden raisins are not only dried mechanically, but treated with sulfur dioxide to retain color.

I was kind of surprised to learn that most raisins are still sun-dried. I guess this makes sense because it seems a lot cheaper to lay them out in the sun than to shell out for expensive equipment. It also helps that most raisins originate in California where the weather is pretty conducive to fruit-drying.

Craisins and other dried cranberries are also dried (usually by machine), but only after being infused with a sweetener, usually sugar, sometimes corn syrup, because they're pretty tart by themselves. Cranberries are sometimes sprayed lightly with oil as well, but Craisins don't list oil in their ingredients so if they do, the amount is negligible. The sun-dried cranberries (like Trader Joe's, mmmm...) are darker than the machine-dried cranberries.

Props to Ocean Spray for making dried cranberries available in every corner store :) Raisins are one of the few foods I have never been able to stomach (even in oatmeal cookies), but I love dried cranberries and always keep a stock on hand when I'm studying.

-Leibniz, who prefers not to mix her peanut butter and cranberries...
Question #7082 posted on 08/09/2004 4:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I would like to know if your neighbor, The Ride Board, has any plans to enter the 21st Century and go online. It seems like people could take more advantage of its intended function more if it were available online.

- Willing to help but not really a web programmer

A: Dear Willing,

The Ride Board seems to be a lost sheep at the moment. It's caretaker is the after hours building coordinator in the WSC and as far as I can tell there are not any plans to take it online. Perhaps you could talk to BYUSA about making an online version, the Ride Board has been feeling left out since I got online.

-The 100 Hour Board
A: Dear Willing,

I also think that the ad board should go online as well. It would be much easier to find stuff I wanted if I didn't have to wade through all the duplicate cards.

- FCSM, who's been looking for furniture to decorate her new apartment
Question #7081 posted on 08/09/2004 4:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
Thanks for the info on New Zealand--it was very helpful. I just have one more question... Is it true that none of the spiders are poisonous (besides Shelob, of course)? It would make sense, since none of the reptiles are poisonous. I realize that I could prolly look it up myself, but if I did you would be left with nothing to do. And we wouldn't want that. Thanks!
- Sally

A: Dear Sally-

While the statement about "no poisonous spiders" is common, there are two types of poisonous spiders in New Zealand: the katipo and the white-tailed spider, originally from Australia. Neither is especially common, and bites are often serious, but rarely fatal.

-The Franchise
Question #7128 posted on 08/09/2004 4:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So what WAS Wilis talking about?

- Gary Coleman Thermos

A: Dear Short Black Temperature Maintaining Device,

I don't think we ever quite figured that out. One thing is for sure, Gary Coleman has turned into a jerk in his later years. So, my question is: Waddya talkin' bout Gary?

Yours,

Horatio