There is no music in hell, for all good music belongs to heaven. ~Brigham Young
Question #22755 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What does "take back TCB" stand for in the Aritha Franklin song Respect?

- Miss America

A: Dear Miss America,

I found one theory (and it seems to be the most popular one) here.
TCB was a slangy acronym used at the time standing for Take Care of Business. The Temptations apparently had an album out in roughly the same period called TCB - Takin' Care Of Business.

Elvis Presley made TCB jewelry-things (charms, maybe?) for his friends to wear around their necks.
This seems to make sense if you assume the lyrics are actually "take care, TCB," which most lyrics I found had the words as this. I also listened to the song and I really think it's "take care" and not "take back." I was discussing this with a friend and werf suggested that it could be someone's initials. I read some biographies on Aretha Franklin, but didn't find any person mentioned in it that had the initials TCB, or even TB. I think the Take Care of Business explanation makes the most sense.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
Question #22752 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

This morning I went on a field trip with my daughter's class at school. We rode on school buses. After riding the bus over literally 6 sets of train tracks (3 there, 3 back), I can't help but wonder what the rationale is behind the bus driving up to just before the tracks, opening the door (which is mostly clear glass anyway), shutting the door, and driving over the tracks. Wouldn't it be faster, and thereby safer, to just drive over them without stopping and looking out the open door? (Assuming the crossing bar is raised, the other cars around the bus are driving right through, and the driver doesn't see any dangers, of course.)

- Suspecting Stupidity...but not quite sure...

A: Dear Suspecting Stupidity,

I always get really, really excited when people ask me questions that I already know the answer to.

The short answer to your question is:




(a short pause for dramatic effect)






Because that's what law says school buses (actually any commercial vehicle capable of carrying 15 or more people) have to do.

Another reason that buses stop at railroad tracks and open their door is so that the driver can hear an oncoming train better. That's why the driver will always make the kids be quiet when coming up on tracks. You may think that this is dumb, but it can also, be extremely important. The law also requires that a bus stop no closer that 15 feet to the railroad tracks. Often it is very hard to see whether or not a train is coming and one had to rely on one's ears. Also buses are very long (a school bus is 40 feet -- I have driven buses that are over 60 feet long). If you didn't have to stop at a railroad track and missed seeing on oncoming train the chances of getting hit by a train goes up. So basically we stop so that we know that we are safe rather than simply trying to get places the quickest way possible (I get paid by the hour so why would I try to get there the quickest way possible anyway?). I sure hope this helps. Please don't hate me.

-- Brutus, the bus driver, safely driving your kiddies to school since 2004
Question #22751 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it appropriate to hold hands in sacrament meeting?

- grasping for truth

A: Dear clasping for truth,

My immediate reaction: No! No, no, no, no, and no!

My given-time-to-reflect reaction: No. Or yes. Well, it depends, I guess, on you. I could offer you the age-old, "if you have to ask us, then there's something bothering you about it" response, but you've probably already thought of that. In any case, I personally find hand-holding in sacrament meeting to be very distracting, both when I'm the one doing it and when others around me are. (I'm very sensitive to touch and find that if someone is touching me, whether accidentally, casually, or romantically, I'm thinking about little else.) If you and your s.o. are holding hands subtly, with no attention drawn to yourselves, and you find that it distracts neither of you from the purpose of the meeting--the gospel, not the chance to revel in and reveal your relationship--then I suppose I can forgive you. But only barely. And don't count on my forgiveness if you're stroking each other's arms, giving each other backrubs, or playing with each other's hair (or, heaven forbid, ears, as I once saw in sacrament meeting), because you won't get it.

-Petra
A: Dear Graspy,

Yes, as long as the digit-holding doesn't detract from the spiritual aspect of the meeting. I see absolutely no reason why not to.

Nike
A: Dear grasping for truth,

I'll second Nike. Ma and I hold hands in Sacrament all the time.

-Pa Grape
A: Dear Grasping for Truth,

Of course it's ok. Especially if you're married. It's a natural, non-offensive show of affection, and 90% of the congregration can't even see if you're doing it. I've never even heard of holding hands being one of those things that are "warned" about (like kissing or staying out too late, etc.). How many times has a general authority warned about "The Dangers of Hand Holding"?

- Xanadu
A: Dear interdigitating for the truth,

If holding said companion's hand is just for holding's sake, or for those in sacrament meeting to see how in like you are, then no. I would liken this to kissing in public so others "know" that you are going out. Gross. If you are doing it with respect to Nike's comment, I think you're OK. Heck, if I had a hand to hold, let alone a hand, I would hold it.

Maybe this is a solution...





You've got to hand it to them...
-ygolohcysP
A: Grasping for Truth

If by truth you mean your significant other's hand, repent.

Happy Hunting,
-Motionite, weekly repenter
Co-signed,
-Mrs. Motionite, happily married
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

There is a rumor that somewhere in the Bible it says something like:

Ho ho ho ho, and a man came from the north.

This is supposidly santa claus or something. Is this true? And if it is, where in the bible?

A: Dear St. Nick,

I found what you're looking for at Zech. 2: 6 I'll quote it for you.
6 Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.
This is DEFINITELY NOT about Santa. This chapter in Zechariah is prophesying about the gathering of Israel.

-cubic nerd
Question #22706 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I've never had anything permanently wrong with me, so up until now, I've never had a prescription for more than just like one bottle of antibiotics. Now, however, I've learned that I have a condition that requires continual treatment, and therefore prescription drugs like all the time. I'm about halfway through my first bunch that I got, and I've realized that I don't know how to get more! How do you get a prescription refilled if you no longer have access to the pharmacy where you originally got it? Do I need to get another slip thingy from my doctor, or can I just bring in the old package to any pharmacy and ask them to refill it? I feel so clueless!

- Trillian

A: Dear Trillian,
If the prescription is still valid and hasn't expired, you can call any pharmacy you want and ask them to transfer it to the new pharmacy. If the prescription has expired, you'll have to get a new prescription slip from your doctor, or contact your doctor's office to call the new pharmacy directly.
Nothing to it,
-Zantedescia
Question #22692 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was reading an old cookbook and had trouble with the following terms, a dictionary being no help. Could you enlighten me?

chipolata
ortolan
cardoons
sago

- Marilla

A: Dear Marilla:

Chipolata--a type of small thin sausage from the United Kingdom. Chipolatas are normally made from coarse-ground pork seasoned with salt and pepper together with herbs such as sage, thyme, pimento, and/or nutmeg.

Ortolan--A small brownish Old World bunting eaten as a delicacy. Bunting--a bird from the family Fringillidae.

Cardoons--A Mediterranean plant closely related to the artichoke, cultivated for its edible leafstalks and roots.

Sago--A powdery starch obtained from the trunks of certain sago palms and used in Asia as a food thickener and textile stiffener.

Hooray for dictionary.com!


Mojoschmoe
Question #22691 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I am not going to lie, I have zits, and sometimes more than most people I see. unfortuntely I once in a while get one on my upperlip. what is unique about these ones are they always become wound-like and scab and look hideous, whereas any others on my face quietly emerge their ugly heads and then shrink back without really announcing their presence. Why does this occur?

- just wants to be beautiful inside and out

A: Dear just...,

Blemishes occur because hair follicles are clogged by oil. You might have hair follicles that are more sebaceous on your upper lip than on the rest of your face. If you are male, you might try shaving less frequently. If you are female, you should re-evaluate your hair-removal method. Sometimes waxing your upper lip can lead to changes under the skin that cause breakouts. You could try tweezing, which is really painful at first, but works to "root out" the acne problem far better than switching to Nair.

If hair is not the cause of your skin problems, them it might just be that the skin on your upper lip is of a different composition that the rest of your face. Try dabbing a towel in really hot water (but not boiling, lest you scald yourself). Then dab the zit as it is coming in to open up your pore and help the pimple along so it doesn't engage in a battle with the upper layer of your skin.

You could also try a gentle exfoliating wash and make sure you dab your upper lip. I like Dove's facewash with microbeads. You could also try Nivea's exfoliating facewash with microbeads (it's pinkish) and wash your upper lip area.

To help heal your scars, try Mederma for scars and taking Vitamin E supplements. You could also try a little bit of cocoa butter to smooth away the scars, but use it sparingly since it might clog your pores.

Since you say you have acne elsewhere, maybe going to a docotr and asking about antibiotics to reduce the amount of acne in general will affect the size of the upper-lip-area blemishes.

-la bamba
A: Dear beautiful,

Good thing you're not going to lie about it! As I recall, lying is explicitly forbidden in the 10 commandments, but havings zits is not.

-Petra
Question #22690 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've seen several people around campus with "Cecil Is My Homeboy" t-shirts. Who is making them and how can I get my hands on one?

- Banana Fever

A: Dear Banana Fever,

Funny you should ask this; a couple of friends of mine happen to be the ones who make these shirts. You can find all the information you need about ordering one at cecilismyhomeboy.com.

As a bit of background, I think you ought to know that President Samuelson actually has one of these shirts now. One of these two went to his office on a Friday with a shirt to present to him, essentially seeking his approval in making the shirts. President Samuelson wasn't there, but he left the shirt with his secretary and a note explaining the whole thing. The following Monday, when President Samuelson had returned from wherever he was at, my friend got an email from his secretary concerning the shirt. Reportedly, President Samuelson liked the shirt, didn't mind that they were making it, but said that he "probably wouldn't wear it in public."

Anyhow, just go to the website and you'll find everything that you need to get a shirt of your very own. In fact, the designers of the shirt say that they're working on a couple of new designs for the near future. They weren't specific as to what sort of designs, but knowing them, they promise to be exciting. Stay tuned.

- Optimistic.
Question #22686 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear Lavish,

Re: Board Question #22319

The day you posted I finally found someone who knew the words. I still have no idea where the song came from and would really like to know. Maybe the complete lyrics will help.

I'm Norman the Mormon,
That's what my friends call me,
I'm Norman the Mormon,
When I go to school,
It used to make me feel real sad,
and sometimes made me cry,
But when they'd say "Hey Norman!"
To me as I go by,
I'm Norman The Mormon,
That's what my friends call me,
I'm Norman the Mormon,
When I go to school.


I told you it was a cheesey song! Any help on what cassette this song came from?

- punkybrewster

A: Dear Punk,

In elementary school we had to learn different idioms and how to use them. A few examples of idioms would be: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth," "Birds of a feather flock together," and "Necessity is the mother of invention." Each week we would write a story and use the idiom in it to demonstrate its usage.

It has been quite some time since I was in elementary school but I'll do my best to make the following story sound like something I would have written back then so you get the idea.

Once upon a time there was a boy named John. One day while John was doing his homework his brother came up to him. "Hey John, can I get you to do me a favor?" asked John's older brother.

"Sure, Peter. What is it?" replied John.

"Ride your bicycle down to Joe's Hardware and pick up some checkered paint for me," Peter instructed. "It should be in the second isle, between the black and white paint. Here's some money for it."

John took the money. "How much do you need?"

"One gallon should be fine. We're just painting a checkerboard for a school project."

"Ok!" John hopped on his bike and started pedaling as fast as he could. He wanted to be back in time for the baseball game that he and his friends planned to play later.

The hardware store finally came into view. John parked his bike outside and went in. He looked up at the signs of each isle and found the paint isle. He walked down the isle, watching for either black or white paint. John found the black paint. He looked to the left of it and saw white paint. He looked to the right of it and saw red paint. "Where is the checkered paint?" John wondered. He reread each paint can's label and even walked up and down the isle again.

John wandered to the front of the store. A clerk saw him and asked, "Can I help you?"

"Yes, please." John said. "Where is the checkered paint? I need to buy some for my brother."

The clerk gave him a funny look. "Checkered paint?" he repeated. John nodded. The clerk burst out laughing. "Checkered paint? I think your brother sent you on a wild goose chase!"


See, so in this case, the idiom would have been "wild goose chase" and, as you can see, the meaning is "a futile search or pursuit."

Might I also be so bold as to say that this Norman song is a wild goose chase as well? Sorry, I've tried everywhere. Deseret Book, Seagull Book, Google, my mom, eBay, Wikipedia, Brite Music, Janice Kapp Perry, another writer's grandma, a lady in my home ward, Day Murray Music, Yahoo!, eight non-Board roommates/friends (they were asked inconspiciously since this is, of course, Official 100 Hour Board Business), etc. Believe me, if the song existed, I would have found it. It also seems strange that while I mentioned it to this many people and not one of them had ever heard of it, your friend not only had heard of it but knew all the words but not the title or where it's from.

Not wanting to leave you high and dry (an idiom that means "stranded and hopeless") I'd like to suggest a few things. Namely, ask either your parents or the parents/siblings of your friend that remembered all the words. If that doesn't work, then now that you now know the words to the alleged song perhaps you and your friend should make a "Norman the Mormon" cassette tape yourself. I'm sure it would be very easy to do and perhaps even successful. If, by chance, this song "really does/did exist" email me and we can go over further options.

- Lavish
Question #22684 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am a double major and was wondering, when I graduate, will I receive 2 separate peices of paper (one for the BA one for the BS) or will it all be on one?

- Anonymous

A: Dear Anonymous,

You will be given a degree for whichever is your primary major. You will get one diploma with either Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts on it. BYU does not give out multiple undergraduate degrees.

However, your transcript will show that you had a double major.

--Mrs. Franchise
A: Dear Anon,

The Madame Franchise is correct... and I was very disappointed. I mean, all that work, and I only got one piece of paper.

On the bright side, I DID get two tassels to wear at the convocation ceremonies... which made me look a lot cooler than everybody around me. I mean... when everybody is dressed the same, you have to do something to stand out.

...It's kind of like temple fashion. Little Old Ladies are the most common victims/perpetrators of temple fashion. Hooray for stylish knit frocks!

That is all.

Horatio
Question #22683 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

This probably should be a FAQ, except the answer is always different. When and where is the next opportunity to buy a Board t-shirt? This is my last semester, and I want to remember my daily obsession after I graduate. You should be proud; the only other on-campus organization I have and would even want a t-shirt for is Women's Chorus because, well, I'm in it. So please let me know how I can immortalize the Board in my...clothing...collection. Yeah.

--Snow White

A: Dear Snow White,
We will be offering them this semester, I promise, unless all my webmasters are eaten by tunnel worms or decide that they would rather not be on the Board anymore. Check back with us around mid-February.
-ME
Question #22682 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What happened to the big plasma TV that was in the main court of the Wilk? It suddenly disappeared at least a week ago, and I'm curious as to where it went. More importantly, will it be back? And if so, when?

- Missing my breakfast CNN

A: Dear Missing,
Your dear plasma screen apparently broke, and is currently being repaired. There is no date for its return as of yet. I'm not just assuming this; I talked to the people who maintain it. This of course is bad news for your morning CNN, but at least it wasn't stolen like the plasma screen up in the Harmon Building about two years ago. Everyone would like to have one of those in their living room, and in that case someone apparently acted on the desire.

- de novo -
Question #22675 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Are you made of caffeine? Why is this board so addictive?

- Be a Lert

A: Dear Lert Lobbiest,

No... I'm sorry. The board is made up entirely of components which do not cause debate over their compliance with the word of wisdom.

Ingredients may include: Raindrops on Roses... Whiskers on Kittens... Brown Paper Packages tied up with String...

The Board's addictive properties are entirely not chemical (unless you're one of those psychologists who insists on addressing every chemical change in the brain occuring when said werf gives a puzzled look). We are addictive because knowledge is power... and creates this natural euphoric sensation.

We are high on life. So should you be.

That is all.

Horatio the High
A: Dear Lert and Horatio,

"I get high on life! And America!"

-Zonker Harris
A: Dear Lerty,

We are addictive because we are AWESOME.

Somebody had to say it.

Nike
A: Dear Be...,

Half of us are made of sugar, spice, and everything nice.

-girl writer
A: Dear Lert,

We are not made of caffeine. While caffeine has not been specifically included in the Word of Wisdom, we writers like to avoid even the gray areas in life, as I'm sure you can tell by the questions we answer.

As for an addiction to the Board, all I have to say is, imagine how we feel.

- Lavish
A: Dear Be a Lert,

"Oh, I hated the Colonel with his wee beady eyes, and that smug look on his face, Oh you're gonna buy my chicken, Oohh."

"Dad, how can you hate, the Colonel?"

"Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes you crave for it fortnightly!"

-Zantedeschia

Question #22670 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

My roommate and I have been looking at apartment complexes for next Fall and Winter Semesters (2006-2007). I have talked with some of my friends and heard conflicting opinions on many places. I was wondering what opinions the board has on places to live. We have a few criteria: 1. Rent is less than $300. 2. We would prefer a guy/girl complex on the southeast side of campus. 3. We don't want it to be nasty or really run-down. 4. It MUST have a dishwasher. Please don't refer me to the byu off-campus housing list, I have already looked at it. I am really looking for actual comments on the places (social atmosphere, wards, management, general age range of residents, etc.), not just a list of what they are.

- Skim Star

A: Dear Skim Star,

Normally, this is the type of question we would probably delete as being a bit of a "yellow pages" question with the yellow pages in this case being the off campus housing list.

Since you specifically asked us not to do that, be aware that we simply don't have the time to check out every single complex southeast of campus for you. So if any writers happen to know of something that fits that description, you are in luck. Otherwise, I am sorry to say, you'll have to hit the pavement yourself and do some looking.

-Pa Grape
A: Dear Skim Star,

I'm not really sure what your definition of southeast of campus is (meaning how far you are willing to walk, since hey technically Denver is southeast of campus).

At any rate I had a sister who lived in King Henry (which is southeast, but is a wee bit of a walk to campus). It is nice enough, although it is very small. It had a dishwasher, but was tiny. To me, it looked like a glorified dorm, but it does fit your criteria and it really isn't terrible, terrible. I hope this helps. Please don't hate me.

-- Brutus

A: Dear Skim Star,

Liberty Square sounds like one of the only options that you have southeast of campus. Southwest of campus, I think the Glenwood and the Riviera meet your standards, although they might be a bit run-down. I lived in the L-Square, and the rent there is under $300, it has a good social scene, it has a dishwasher, and they're pretty decent apartments. To get the cheaper rent, you have to sign a contract for Spring or Summer as well, so you might want to watch out for that.

- Xanadu
A: Dear Skim Star,

I would recommend looking into Wyview. It is going to be part non-married, and it looks like a good option, around 225 F/W and not bad looking. Social wise, you will have a way nicer central building than any complex, plus a creamery on site. Dishwasher? I don't know about that but there may be one. It is still technically on campus, and it iswest of campus, but the deal isn't that bad. Get them while their hot!

Have Fun Storming the Castle,
-Il Guanaco
A: Dear Skim Star,

As you're probably aware, there are lots of options when it comes to off-campus housing. A search of the archives will show you some personal recommendations of complexes, but if you wanted something specifically tailored to your needs, you'll have to be a bit more specific. What kind of age range / social atmosphere are you looking for? Do you care if the rooms are private or shared? How many roommates are you willing to live with? There are places with only 3 people to an apartment, just like there are places with 6, 7 or more. If you're a freshman looking to move out of the dorms, I'd hate to send you to a ward full of upperclassmen and grad students. Likewise, if you're a returned sister missionary or something, you probably wouldn't enjoy a mostly younger complex like Liberty Square. If you still need help and can ask something less general and more specific, feel free to try your question again.

-Traviesa
Question #22254 posted on 02/01/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Aspen and 100 Hour Board,

In a question you responded to I noticed you used the phrase "in the ER, we ...", leading me to believe you work in the Emergency Room. Assuming this is true, do you work at UVRMC here in Provo? I have my CNA license and have always wanted to work in an ER. I know UVRMC hires CNA's and gives them added training, but I'm unsure as to whether or not they will hire a CNA for the Emergency Room. I've heard rumors that you have to have your EMT license as well. Do you know anything about this? Also, what are your thoughts about working in the ER (i.e. schedule, etc.)?

Thank you!

- Former ER and Rescue 911 watcher

A: Dear trust me, if you start working there, you'll learn to hate those shows,

Yes, I do work at Utah Valley's Emergency Room. The rumors are true, you do have to have your EMT liscence and a bit of EMT experience before they will even look at your application. If you are interested though, there are floors in the hospital that hire CNA's. My suggestion if you want to work in the ER is to start working up on the floors and get your EMT. Then you'll have a fighting chance for getting hired.

As for my thoughts about working there... I love it, I absolutely do. Twice a week or so, I don't sleep at nights because I work night shifts, but that's ok, Ive learned to adapt to it. (If you ever see a girl on campus who looks like she hasn't slept for three or four days, that's me.)I also love the work environment, my co-workers, and the job itself. If you have more questions, feel free to email me.

Aspen