There is no music in hell, for all good music belongs to heaven. ~Brigham Young
Question #22832 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I was always taught that in the War in Heaven, Satan's plan was for us to come to earth and have no choice about whether or not to follow the commandments which would detroy our agency, but we'd all make it back to the presence of God. Since coming to BYU, I've heard several times that his plan was actually that we could do whatever we wanted to and there simply wouldn't be any consequences. Is there doctrine about this? If not, what are some of your opinions?

- Christine Daae

A: Dear Christine Daae-

The idea that Lucifer could have compelled us to make the right decisions is false. He wanted God to give him His power and glory, which could have enabled him to compel our bodies to act certain ways, but even then, he could not prevent us from thinking or wanting whatever we desire. Our hopes and thoughts can still be choices, even when we are not free to act on them.

It seems more likely that he wished to eliminate consequences of decisions. Agency is the combination of the ability to choose and knowledge of the likely consequences. A good analogy of this is a youing child trying to stick a bread knife in an electrical socket. He is physically capable of not doing so, but he doesn't understand the dangers actually involved, so he's not exercising true agency. However, this alternative is also flawed; it would fulfill one of the goals of the Plan of Salvation, (overcoming physical death,) but fails to overcome spiritual death. It is true that we would return to God under this plan, but we could not become like Him without developing the same desire for good that he has.

It is common in the church to speak of "God's plan" and "Satan's plan," but the truth is that there was only one plan. Lucifer suggested changes to it, but whatever his suggestion was, it could not have actually worked. To better understand the Plan of Salvation, read Lehi's discourse in 2 Nephi 2.

-The Franchise
Question #22831 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why do the Nephites always have sweatbands/headbands on in all their paintings? Is there some revelation on what they wore? Have we found Nephite fashion magazines?
- Arnold Friberg Fanatics

A: Dear Fanatics,

Nephites have headbands and armbands in their paintings because Arnold Friberg first painted them so. He's a tremendously influential painter within the LDS community, and thus what he says (or rather, paints), goes.

In effect, it really doesn't matter what the Nephites actually looked like. I wouldn't be terribly surprised if they looked very different than what we think they do. What matters to us is how we perceive them. The fact that we have a common perception of the Nephites creates a sense of community for us. That's probably more important than learning what they actually looked like. I understand that there are more important uniting factors for the Church than our image of Nephite headbands, but I think you understand the point that I'm making.

I found one mention of headbands in the Book of Mormon, and it's identical to a reference in Isaiah, so I doubt it's particularly indicative of Nephite headband preferences.

2 Nephi 13:20 (cf. Isaiah 3:20)

20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the ear-rings;

Whether they actually wore headbands or not, we perceive them as doing so, and in the end, that's really what matters, from a social standpoint.

- Optimistic.
A: Dear Optimistic,

Where is the key phrase "imagined communities"?

A: Dear Petra, but mostly everyone else who doesn't know what you're talking about,

Petra is referring to a book by Benedict Arnold called Imagined Communities, one of my favorite books of historical theory and from which I drew most of the ideas behind this answer. If you're interested in learning more about the ways we as humans create a collective identity, or even if you just want to impress me, I'd recommend that you read it. After all, it worked for Petra.

- Optimistic.
Question #22829 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Could a person physically swim in:
Maple syrup
Whip cream
Salad dressing
Chocolate syrup

Or would you just drown/die?
- Bored at the Morris Center

A: Dear Bored,
In order to swim in a substance, it must be a fluid medium. Therefore, the items you mentioned that are highly viscous or semi-solid would be impossible to swim in. Additionally, all of the substances that are lighter than the human body would make you sink because thre would be no buoyancy like there is in water. Accordingly, my predictions are as follows:

Jello - you would thrash around and sink father in but wouldn't be able to get back up. You would die.
Maple Syrup - it might be thin enough to swim in, depending on the syrup. But it would be very tiring, and you might die.
Whip cream - you would sink and drown, unless you could make a breathing passage to the surface with your arms. If it's deeper than 10 feet, you'd definitely drown.
Salad dressing - you might be able to swim. It would be difficult, though.
Pudding - death by chocolate.
Chocolate syrup - more death by chocolate.

- de novo -
Question #22828 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Just because i think of random scenarios when i'm board, i've contemplated what the best thing to do in the case you're in a falling elevator. (not sure how to access "the worst case scenario" info.) So what's your opinion on the matter. Would it be best to lay completely flat on the floor of the elevator for the impact, or jump (as all clevar freshman do when the elevator reaches the destined floor), or would you want to try and suspend your self accross the elevator some how so that you are decelerated before you actually hit the floor.

- the dancing ninny

A: Dear Ninny Dancer,

I saw an episode of "Mythbusters" once that explained this very problem. If you jump, it isn't going to help, because even if you can jump upwards at maybe three to six miles per hour, you're still plummeting to the floor at an incredibly fast pace (which depends on how high you're falling from). Jumping won't do much at all. (You oughta see the dummy they used in the experiment after the elevator fell. Yikes.) I think the best you could do would be to hang on to the wall so at least you could absorb some of the shock.

You should also know some things about elevators. There's a counterweight balancing the elevator (imagine something like a pulley) that keeps the thing in check, and also, most elevator shafts have some kind of spring at the bottom of them to absorb some of the impact. There are other safety measures as well, of course.

So...if you're nervous, take the stairs. :-)

A: Dear Dancer,

I second Nike's "if you're nervous, take the stairs" suggestion.

After spending too long looking for the right card, I found your answer. Here's what The Worst-Cast Scenario Survival Game had to say. (Answers are bold.)

How to Survive in a Plummeting Elevator
A. Open the elevator's ceiling door and try to climb out before impact.
B. Crouch in the corner closest to the control panel.
C. Lying face down flat on the floor in the center of the car, cover your head with your hands.

And for my entertainment...

How to Control a Runaway Camel
A. Pull back hard on the reins in a series of sharp tugs.
B. Hang on to the saddle horn, and ride it out. Camels tire easily and won't run far.
C. Yell in the camel's ear as loud as you can. Its fear of noises should temporarily paralyze it long enough for you to jump off.

You never can be too prepared.

- Lavish
Question #22827 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So as a home teacher my home teachie asked me a question (don't worry i'm not gonna slack totally i will do some research as well but i like different perspectives and you may know of resources that i do not) in any event the question(s) are where is the spirit world? (i had thought that it was on earth, but none of the other three had heard that so i'm curious). and second how do spirit revelations work, as in a manifestation of a spirit to protect or guide some one.(not necessarily in the sense of Moroni or Jesus but any one of the thousands of stories most people have heard.)

- promising additional work on this end

A: [Happy Chime Noise]

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Wonderful. Let me look those up: (^20302) for part one of your question and (^7916) helps with part two.

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Question #22823 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

The Big Band Night event is approaching. My husband and I are trying to decide if we would like to attend. Have you ever been - if so, did you enjoy yourself? Do you think it is worth $32 to go?

The advertisement says that the event involves dinner, dancing and a movie. Will it be a sit-down, being waited on dinner or a buffet? Yes, this last question could have been answered by someone else, but I don't know who to call.


A: Dear YES!,

Mr. Nike and I went last year and loved it. So much so, in fact, that we plan on going again this year.

The dinner is sit-down and last year it was pretty darn scrumptious. Yes, you are waited on. The dinner lasts for about an hour or so and while the band plays, and then couples get up for dancing. The band this year is Synthesis, so it should be some quality music.

We had a wonderful time. It isn't black-tie amazing or anything, but we thought it was worth the money for the fun we had. We met a sweet older couple and talked about all kinds of things - they wanted to know all about our wedding and stuff, and we asked about their families. It was a really neat experience. I think anyone would love it.


Question #22820 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Women complain that men don't express feelings, but the message women send men is that those feelings had better be the "right" feelings or the men are in big trouble. Should a woman demand an apology when her fearless husband, boyfriend, or father suggests she is overweight? Is demanding an apology Christian behavior?


A: Dear You don't sound like a mother,

Women do voice frustration at men's apparently weaker abilities to express feelings. Whether the message that women send is that those feeling "better be right" or whether that is the message that men perceive is another question.

Demanding an apology is fitting when the action has been truly heinous and the wronged sees seeking an apology as a last resort to maintain a relationship.

If a significant other suggest that she is overweight and the concern voiced out of concern for her health, physical, and spiritual well-being then "demanding" an apology is more a reactionary measure and defense mechanism than a legitimate need to rectify iundue harm on the man's part.

-la bamba
A: Dear woman who will not let this issue die,

1. Women do not always complain that men do not express their feelings. Some women may complain about this often, some not at all, and most are probably in the middle.

2. I don't think that "you are overweight" is a feeling, or at least not the type women "always" complain about. I'd call it an opinion. I am fully aware that one can express such an opinion by saying "I feel that (you need to lose weight)," but I think that the use of the verb "to feel" which requires this particular construction (i.e. one which requires a dependent clause) is different in meaning than the verb "to feel" in the statement "I feel (sad)."

3. Setting aside the difference between feelings and opinions, I must point out that neither Healthy Girl (Board Question #22007), tiblittle (Board Question #22396) nor I (Board Question #22487) ever complained of guys not expressing their feelings. A reader who wrote in saying "I hate it that guys never express their feelings. Also, I hate it when guys express their feelings" would most certainly be castigated. Such was not the case.

4. Nike, tiblittle, bawb, and la bamba have all brought up the point that being overweight can be a health risk, and that someone (a boyfriend or otherwise) might bring this up out of genuine concern. This is most certainly true (although one should still tread lightly, in my opinion) but in reading the original question, Healthy Girl seems to be far from that point. (Dress size is not an absolute measure of body fat, but it strikes me that she would have to be quite short to be dangerously overweight at a size 10.) In fact, she states that she had actually lost weight during that time period, and that she has healthy eating habits. If his concern were genuinely for her physical well-being, wouldn't he be congratulating her on her current lifestyle, in addition to encouraging her to improve?

5. I will allow for men to have their preferences in appearance when dating -- we all do -- but surely this should have been handled when they first started dating, and not 4 months later. I don't see that it's fair for a guy to start dating a girl, hoping or expecting her to lose weight any more than I would start dating a guy, expecting him to bulk up. If he didn't want a girlfriend of her body shape, he shouldn't have started dating her in the first place.

6. Bawb's point (if I may paraphrase) was that the boyfriend might desire more general self-improvement. He compared wanting your girlfriend to lose weight to wanting her to be more well-read. I would agree, on a perfectly rational level, that both might be positive things, but I think that the extent to which our society values beauty, superficiality, appearance, and a frankly unhealthily thin figure pushes the issue of a woman's weight out of the range of things which are easy to judge in a completely rational manner. (And I realize that men "always" complain that women are irrational, but I don't agree that super-rationality is necessarily the answer in this situation.)

To turn the situation around, if our society were obsessed with being well-read and literate, and only valued women as such, I might agree with bawb. (Or flip my assessment, and say that weight was fair game, but that "Would it kill you to pick up a book?" was the cruelest thing a man could say to a woman. Oddly enough, in such a society, I would be a supermodel.)

7. Is it Christian to "demand an apology"? I don't believe that it is Christian to be mean or unkind, but that applies to the original statement by the boyfriend as well as to any response. And I don't believe that it's Christian to be a doormat, either. Healthy Girl never specified her response and tiblittle merely suggested she point out that "his comment hurt [her] feelings and just talk about it." That strikes me as a perfectly kind, appropriate and "Christian" way of dealing with the situation.

- Katya
Question #22817 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When are you doing your booth this semester? Did I miss it already? Do you need volunteers, or are the writers able to man (woman? werf?) it?

- Fredjikrang

A: Dear Fredjikrang,
We're not sure. We're hoping March? So no, you haven't missed it. And our booth is always run by voluteers, although we have had a few actual writers show up. They're usually the ones wearing paper bags over their heads...
If you want to help, we wouldn't mind. Keep watching for a posting about the PR booth...
Question #22816 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've often heard that men tend to put on weight after they get married. I never really thought much about it except that they must be eating better perhaps. However, now I am extra curious about it because my own hubby has gained over 10 pounds in the past 6 weeks or so (since the wedding). Trust me, in his situation, he had eaten well long before we got married and never gained a thing. So, really I'd just like your thoughts about this supposed phenomenon. Married writers, did this happen to you (or your husband)? Any speculation on why it happens? I'm so curious and can't find anything with Google except mean jokes!

- He still looks great

A: Dear 6-Week Wife,

Our situation was pretty much the opposite, but that's because we have different circumstances. My husband has never been able to gain much weight - from the time he was born, he's been something of a lightweight. (He's so adorable...) On the contrary, I think I've gained about fifteen pounds in the nearly one and a half years that we've been married. I think I eat a lot more - when I was single, I didn't think about it so much as I do now, since we make dinner together as a family. That, and now I suppose subconsciously, I don't worry as much anymore about how I look - at least when it comes to being stick thin. Funny. Being married also presents you with a whole new plate of stresses - don't get me wrong, marriage is wonderful, but for the first time in your life (and this is actually one of my favorite parts about the whole thing), your main concern is another person. I think about Mr. Nike a ton of the time and want so badly for him to succeed and be happy, and I want to do everything I can for him. I'm sure other married writers and readers alike would express similar sentiments. And while it really is amazing, it takes a toll, and it may affect you physically as well as emotionally and spiritually.

Anyway, those are my thoughts. I'm still a young 'un when it comes to experience in marriage (1.5 years isn't a lot!), but that's what I've run into so far. Here's to a lifetime and eternity of happiness!


A: Dear He still looks great,

He's already got you, no need to watch the weight.

-pass the fries
Question #22814 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My bishop recently talked to me about a calling, but since it required me to be at church on Sunday and I currently have to work on Sundays and can't get out of it short of quitting my job, I had to decline the calling. My question is, since callings are inspired &c, does that mean I should have quit my job in order to accept it? Or is there some reason I would be offered a calling that I'm unable to accept?

- 月の影 影の海

A: Dear ŒŽ‚̉e ‰e‚ÌŠC-

Yes, it is possible that a bishop would extend a calling that you cannot accept. One possibility is that your bishop was inspired to try to include you more. Another possibility is that he needs to know more about your situation, and being prompted to extend a calling would accomplish that. A third possibility is that the calling is one you should accept and you should rearrange your work schedule or find other employment. There may be other possible explanations as well; the best way for you to find out is to talk with your bishop and pray about your circumstances.

-The Franchise
A: Dear . . . Japanese stuff,

I had a bishop tell me once that the process of inspiration is not complete until the bishop (or bishopric member) has had a chance to talk to the person about their situation regarding the calling, including their schedule. I don't see that being called to a logistically impossible calling necessarily means that the calling wasn't inspired, just that inspiration needs to be based on the reality of a situation.

Let me put it another way. You know those "new member" forms they always have you fill out when you're new to a ward? The ones that ask you to list your talents & interests and former callings? If every aspect of a calling was supposed to be 100% inspiration, all the time, the bishop wouldn't need you to fill out those forms. He would just know if you could play the piano or if you were a Gospel Doctrine teacher in your last ward or whatever.

This is not to say that callings aren't inspired, and that amazing things don't occur. I've heard of a stake president who had a vision of the man he needed to call as one of his counselors -- someone he'd never met. Chieko Okazaki tells the story (maybe in Lighten Up?) of turning down the bishop's request to be the Relief Society president because she'd just been made a school principal, only to have the bishop come back to her and say that he'd prayed again, and received the same answer. (And she eventually accepted the calling.)

I like that last story because it doesn't imply that she was somehow so heathenous or unrighteous for refusing the calling the first time -- she had good reason to believe that she was much too busy to accept it, and that by doing so she would be short changing both her students and her sisters in the Church.

I think you're in much the same situation. It sounds like you have a good reason for saying that you can't take this calling. (I mean, it's not like you're going to a bar crawl instead or something.) It also sounds like your bishop was OK with your response, and didn't threaten to excommunicate you or anything. I think that if you really need to be doing this calling, the bishop will call you in to talk about it again, or your work schedule will change, or you'll be prompted to find a new job.

I have to say that it also sounds like this is maybe the first time you've ever turned down a calling, so you're a bit worried about it. If so, it seems to me that you've been faithful about your service in the Church, and you don't need to worry about suddenly becoming apostate. Pay attention to the Spirit, and if you don't feel prompted to make a change or inspired to see how this situation could work out, don't worry about it, and find some other way to serve.

- Katya
Question #22813 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My sisters and I love the TV series "Little House on the Prarie". We especially love Almonzo Wilder. Our favorite episodes are the ones where Laura is about 15 or 16 years old, and she and Almonzo are just starting to fall in love. What season is this, and how could I go about obtaining a copy of this series? Thanks!

- lkm

A: Dear lkm,

Here is the Season that I think you're thinking about: Season 6 starts with Almonzo coming to Walnut Grove and by the end, he's asking for her hand in marriage. I'm guessing that's about the only opportunity where they're "just starting to fall in love". Here's a link to to buy it:

- Xanadu
Question #22812 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am fascinated by personification. I don't do it on purpose, but I regularly give human-like attitudes to inanimate objects, or even to concepts. For example, I always think cars have faces. But worst of all, I have strong feelings about each letter of the alphabet. I think some letters are better than others. Like S is cool, as is R, but B is dumb and N is just plain mean. T thinks he's cooler than he is, and W is a loser. Q is totally out of it, and K is the one of the coolest. And most of all, I hate F and G. Yuck.

Am I crazy? Do any of you do this?

- majored in linguistics

A: Dear Letter Crazy,

I happen to like A, K, R, N and T, and I don't like B, G, U or W very much. I do it with numbers, though, too - I hate the number 8 for some reason. Nine is my favorite number, but I just don't like eight at all. Or six for that matter.

I don't know why we do this. Perhaps we have experiences that tie to certain numbers or letters and eventually make us like or dislike those numbers or letters. Maybe not. Interesting.

A: Dear linguistics major,

Contrary to what Nike said, I think you're crazy. Sorry, that's just the way it is.

- Optimistic.
A: Dear majored in linguistics,

I can't set my alarm for a time ending in an even number. I usually try to shoot for 7, but 3 is acceptable as long as the time doesn't end in 33. Even numbers just aren't as aesthetically pleasing in my mind.

We all have our quirks, I guess.

A: Dear Former dweller of the JKHB,

You know I personify objects all the time, and do so with almost anything. The standing joke in my family is that for Christmas I always get my mommy oven mitts that often have names and talk. I also don't trust the letter q. It scares me.

-- Brutus
Question #22810 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Are there, or have there ever been, 100-hour boards at other universities, or in other public places?

I am a BYU grad who is now attending grad school in another state, and I'd like to set up a 100-hour board at my school. Any suggestions?

- boardfiend

A: Dear boardfiend,
Check out Board Question #15038 and Board Question #19596.
Oh and might we mention that the actual name 100 Hour Board is copyrighted? Not that we don't love you, but we don't want anyone else using our name or anything like unto it.
Question #22809 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In my married ward's Relief Society, we have what is called the "Good News Minute" every week. During this minute, anyone can pipe up with good news that's happened to them in the past week. In the spirit of not getting bogged down in homework and cold weather, may I propose a Good News Minute on the Board? Writers, what do you have to contribute to our little Minute?

- Silver Lining

A: Dear Silver Lining,

What good timing on your question. Now that my Hideous Multivariable Calculus Exam of Doom is past me (not thinking about my grade...not thinking about my grade...), I'm actually willing to focus on the good things of the past week: I got into one of my graduate schools with a full fellowship, got offered a free trip to the East Coast to visit another one, had some delicious white chocolate strawberries (thank you, Lavish), watched a fun movie, wrote a poem I was almost (almost!) pleased with, and maybe, just maybe, acquired a reason to enjoy Valentine's Day a little more this year. Not bad for a mere 7 days.

A: Dear Silver Lining,

I found a quarter today. Also, the Bookstore was selling Reese's peanut butter cups with caramel in them for fifty cents a pop. I found a dollar and thus purchased two of them. They were wonderful.

- Optimistic.
A: Dear Silver Lining,

I may have found a place to live for fall semester next year which will be cheap, cozy, with people I like, and easily abandoned in January so I can go to Russia. I mean, on a mission. (I know, I know, if it's Nebraska I'll still be a good missionary and 'tevs.)

I dyed my hair red.

I'm trying to build an argument for pejoration out of the usage of "stink" in the Book of Mormon and in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko and I'm succeeding.

I have succeeded in making it for eight whole days with no caffeine, although I may have cheated with some tiramisu earlier today.

Although I have no friend-friends here, I have a multitude of acquaintances, several with potential.

-A. A. Melyngoch, springing eternal and 'tevs

A: Dear Silver Lining,

I won two games of Scrabble on Sunday. Wait. I didn't just win them. I won them. That emphasis is very necessary since the last time I played was with Optimistic and it was an extremely intense game. I lost at the very last second. At least, that's how I remember it.

- Lavish
Question #22808 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you think the church will ever publish the Bible with the JST printed right into the text? I was wondering why there wasn't one already like that, and the archives helped me to understand why it hasn't been done yet, but I still think that would be cool: no more flipping pages or reading footnotes all the time.

-Circles all the footnotes

A: Dear Circles,

For a while the Community of Christ was (still is?) doing it, and it was carried in church bookstores.

Also, the King James Version of the Bible can't be switched around. Copyright violations. The crown still has rights to it. And to make a new bible, one must get a sort of copyright to use the word "bible." Hence, the church really doesn't need it for a few notes Joseph Smith made. This is also why some speculate the Jehovah's Witnesses don't use the word "Bible" in their own version.

Question #22807 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Are magic 8 balls of the devil? If not, how come they're almost always right?

-All signs point to yes

A: Dear All Signs,

I strongly doubt it. There doesn't seem to be anything unusually evil about them. They seem to be always right because you believe in randomness. Plus, all of the answers are vague. You ask a nuanced question like "Should I ask ____ out." And the answer comes to "I'm gonna say maybe." How can you prove that wrong? It always seems right because it is never 100 percent wrong.

Now, I have also heard of "Magic 8 Ball" as a reference to a specific type of illegal drug. If you were asking about that, then my answer would be yes... drugs are of the devil. Anything that robs you of agency and control is of the devil. That's just the way he works.

Regardless, I hope you don't use the toy 8 Ball to make any deep life decisions (like: "Should I marry ____?") There are more effective ways of making decisions (like flipping coins).

That is all.

Horatio the Decisive.

A: Dear impressionable,

If you think that's freaky, try a Ouija Board.

Question #22806 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Hey all you people,

So what's the difference between us having paintings/pictures of Christ and prominent Church restorers and the Catholics having their stuff? If they don't worship it or pray to/through it, then how is what we have justifiable?

-The Unknown Soldier

A: Dear Unknown Soldier,

I don't think there is much difference. The Catholics mostly use images to inspire piety, remind people to worship, and provide a visual component to make stories seem more real. You may notice that the Catholics tend to have more images of saints and Mary because those people are seen as sort of intercessors between the humble worshipper and Christ.

You may also notice that most of the images sponsored by the LDS church focus on Christ, who is the center of our worship. The illustrations of gospel stories and church figures help us to envision the people and events. There's nothing inherently wrong with that.

In my opinion, "justifiable" is a heavy word when comparing what we have to the Catholics. Every religion has an element of truth to it, so there's nothing wrong with similarities between our church and others. I feel awed when I view images of Christ in Catholic churches. It's not like Mormons or Catholics worship graven images. I believe that anything that brings us closer to God is completely justified, no matter who produces it.

A: Dear The Unknown Soldier,

Just a few thoughts to go along with what Iris said. You are correct in that there is no difference between our art and Catholic art if they do not worship it and they do not pray to it. However, that is not always the case.

First, anytime a religious image or representation ceases to remind us of what it represents and begins to take on an existence of its own, it has become an idol. The possessor begins to think of the object or picture as holy or sacred. Crosses, rosary beads, tokens or emblems of catholic saints and other objects often (though not always) gain this status.

I see this happen sometimes with old scriptures. Someone may have an old copy of the Book of Mormon that is torn, falling apart and has juice stains all over it, rendering it useless. Yet, for some reason, this member feels guilty if they try to throw the book out. When it is referred to as a "sacred" book, it is the content and message that are sacred, not the paper, ink, and glue.

It is also important to note that while the pictures of past church leaders may be common between both Mormonism and Catholocism, we don't pray to our past leaders. In fact, we don't pray to anyone except God the Father. Further in the direction of your qualification, we also don't make alters in front of paintings and other representations of these saints or Mary, the mother of Christ, that we kneel in front of and pray towards. Imagine for a moment what the response from church leaders would be if members started kneeling and praying before the Christus statue in the Salt Lake Temple Visitor's Center.

Lastly, I will acknowledge that there are a few generalizations in my response, which is only fair as there were some generalizations in your question.

-Pa Grape
Question #22805 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it true that the pope..well ex-pope, the last one, has said that he is not a prophet?
If so, where is that?

-The Unknown Soldier

A: My Dearest Soldier Who Is Not Known,

Pope John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła) said on many occasions that he was not a prophet. One report says:

Relaxed and bantering freely with reporters, the Pope declined an invitation to predict the results of his visit to Cuba. "I am not a prophet," he said. And he joked: "When I want to know how I am doing, I read the newspapers!"

Another report, although not as credible, shares the same sentiment:

Evidencing a sense of humor again, Pope John Paul joked with media on a 1982 trip to England to meet with then-Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie. When asked if full union with the Anglican Church was possible for Catholics by the year 2000, said Father Doyle, "The Pope winked at me and said, 'I share in the prophetic mission of the Church, but I am not a prophet!'"

And finally the current Pope, Benedict XVI (Joseph Alois Ratzinger), has said this about the papal role:

In late July 2005, during a meeting with priests in the Val D'Aosta region of northern Italy during his summer vacation, he took a question about divorced and remarried Catholics.
"The pope is not a prophet," Benedict said. "He is infallible in very rare circumstances, as we all know."

-The Right Reverend Rusky Roo
A: Dear Unknown Soldier,

I like to think he's still the Pope, or at least a pope, even in his new non-corporeal life.

-A. A. Melyngoch
Question #22804 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I (like many before me...and likely hereafter) have tried keeping a journal and failed many times. You see, I love writing, but when I write by hand it's slow, I can't express my thoughts well, my hand starts to hurt, etc. However, when I type on a computer, things just seem to flow out from my mind onto the page. So my question is, how do you best suggest keeping a journal on the computer? (i don't want a public blog or anything, just a place to put my thoughts). Should I just simply store text documents in a folder on my hard drive? is there a way I can password protect it? Or any other ideas besides a computer? (perhaps a humble chimpanzee willing take dictations?) Anyways, I'm just wondering if any of you have given this any thought. I really just wish I could write really fast and legibly by hand without my hand cramping up.

Ted N. Itis

A: Dear Mr. Itis,

I understand how you feel. I seem to think much faster than I can write as well, and it can be frustrating when not only does your hand hurt, but you can't say what you want to because you forget what you thought before your hand can get there! Makes me wonder how men like Wilford Woodruff did it all the time. I guess they used their hands more or something.

Anyway, back in my younger years (read: teen years), I kept my diary (let's just call it a diary and not a journal; most entries consisted of such musings as, "I wonder if [insert name of latest cute boy] would like me if I did my hair like this," and other memorable gems) on a computer. I liked it a lot, actually. I just kept a running Word document and made sure to back it up. You could keep yours protected just by making sure you log out of your computer when you're done; no one else could touch your documents after that. I've heard of journaling software - in fact, I think the Bookstore used to sell it - so you could look into that possibility, too.

But you know, if you're looking for a fun way to do this, go with the chimp. That would be way cooler than any computer. Legible, probably not, but fun - oh yeah.

Good luck!

A: Dear Ted N. Itis,
We should be friends. I have tendinitis too, and I hate it. I actually found a happy medium between writing by hand and writing on a computer. My computer entries I keep in a Word file (as Nike also suggested). I just keep the dates at the top of the document and each day begins a new page of the document. Then I print them off and glue them into my real journal (I don't type entries very often). The other typing that I do is on my blog--I know you said you didn't want one, but you also didn't mention what types of thoughts you were going to be writing. I write thoughts on my blog too--serious thoughts get written up in my aforementioned word documents--but I love my blog because when I have something I'm thinking about I can write it up at any time. (You know you don't have to tell anyone about the location of a blog, right?) The more exciting stuff gets written during the day on the computer because when I get home at night I'm too tired and so I handwrite the mundane stuff...

Anyway that's probably more information than you wanted for your answer, but go with the Word document and you'll be fine. If you have a jump drive that you keep with you, you can keep your file on that and then it will really be protected... good luck with the journal writing!

Question #22803 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

dear 100 hour board,

there was a big concert on main street in park city last friday. my friends and i got there kind of late, so we only saw one of the bands. there was a female singer dressed in tight sparkly pants and huge amounts of fur, a bass guitarist, a drummer, and a guy with amazing dreadlocks messing with all kinds of electronic toys (synth? turntables? keyboard? i couldn't really tell). who are they? where can i purchase any albums they may have out? the whole show was a little bizarre, but i fully enjoyed it. were any of you there too? what did you think?

- lanada

A: Dear Lanada,

According to the Film Festival Guide, the three groups who performed that night were Brazilian Girls, Robbers on High Street and DJ WildeStyle.

I'm not sure of the actual show order, so I looked up all of the above. From the looks of it, you seem to describe Brazilian Girls. It is a quartet that seems to be pretty goofy on stage. You can access all their information with the link above. You can also download their music directly from iTunes.

Sadly, I missed out on the street concert. I generally try to avoid Park City during the Film Festival. It is usually such a nice town... I really hate it when the PIBs come to town. It is better than it used to be... now at least Sundance sponsors some decent public events.

But, that's just me.

That is all.

Question #22800 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

dear 100 hour board,

how often is the Optimistic Seal of Music Approval awarded?

- lanada, the approved

A: Dear Lanada,

Seemingly whenever he feels like it. I mean... Optimistic does seem to operate on a wing and a prayer sometimes...

Of course, the randomness of the reward should not make you feel any less special.

That is all.

A: Dear lanada,

Rest assured that I don't just hand out the Optimistic Seal of Musical Approval™ in a wanton fashion. I have a certain style of music that I really like, as I've alluded to in a fair amount of my responses on the Board. It happens to coincide with your own, as we discussed earlier.

There are certainly bands and artists that do not merit the Optimistic Seal of Musical Approval™. Examples are as follows:

  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Maroon 5
  • Seal
  • Mariah Carey
  • Coldplay
  • Nickelback
  • Et Cetera.

I don't just hand out my approval to anyone. It wouldn't mean a thing, then. (casts glare at Horatio)

- Optimistic.
A: Dear Approved Music Listener,

Optimistic failed to mention that Hillary Duff is also not approved. See Board Question #21180.

- Lavish
A: Dear lanada,

I've got it (well, I assume, considering how much music Optimistic and I have traded) and you've got it. So there we have it: at least twice in the history of mankind. Consider yourself honored.

Question #22798 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's a question that you would like someone to ask you?

- Mania

A: Dear Ainam,

Q: "What was the best thing that happened to you last week?"

A: Both Mr. Nike and I got raises at work!

A: Dear Mania,

I really wish someone would ask me my opinion of Radiohead and which albums of theirs they ought to buy first.

What's that you say? I should read through Board Question #22447?


Oh. Well, never mind then. Apparently someone already asked me that.

- Optimistic.

A: Dear Mania,

"What do you think about Bollywood?"

Though the asker would have to brace themselves for a long conversation.

-la bamba
A: Dear Ainam,

Would you like some of this Swiss dark chocolate?

-A. A. Melyngoch
A: Dear Mania,

Will you marry me?

Question #22797 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When I was a student here, it seemed like there was always a blood drive in the SFLC lounge. Now my husband is a student, but we can't seem to find enough blood drives to keep him happy. Is there another place that has replaced the SFLC lounge or is there a website or somewhere where we could find all the blood drives going on around BYU?

- Marilla

A: Dear Anne of Green Gables' mom kind of,

Blood drives are commonly held in the Wilk, near the Ballroom and behind the Garden Court. To find out when they will be happening, I'd contact Mountain Star Healthcare (one of the medical sponsors of the drives) at (801) 733-2770. You might also be able to find info on their Web site, There's actually one this week, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Perhaps your husband can get his fill through that one!

Question #22796 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How much would it cost to own a horse per year? I'm talking feeding, stable rent, all materials.

-Mr. Ed

A: Dear Edward,

The cost of owning a horse varies greatly based on where you live and how luxurious you want its life to be. I liked this site's break down the best. Here's what they said:

Standard Costs of Owning a Horse

Board: $50 to $500 per month (varies widely base on area of the country and type of boarding)
Shoes: $35 to $100 each 6 weeks (some horses require shoeing more often, some horses less frequently)
Worming: $10 to $16 each 3 months (some people worm every other month)
Shots: $20 to $60 each year (some people give shots up to 4 times per year, cost increases when the vet gives shots)
Vet Bills: Depends on the health of a horse...
$50 for the farm call
$10 to $50 for floating the teeth
Emergencies from $100 to thousands
Lessons: $25-$30 per hour
Shows/Clinics: at least $100 per show/clinic per day
Insurance: Mortality and Surgical... About $400 a year
Basic Equipment (including saddle, saddle pads, bridle, bit, halter, lead rope, horse blanket, bucket, brushes, combs.): $200 (if you're lucky and buy used) to $5,000

Take a look at the site I suggested. If you're just wondering, this will probably satisfy your curiosity. If you're actually thinking of owning a horse, call around to different horse owners and get some advice from them.

And, if you live in Utah and want someone to take your horse out from time to time, let me know.

- Lavish
Question #22793 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Ether 3:15 reads that "never have I [the Lord] showed myself unto man whom I have created, for never has man believed in me as thou hast."

I thought Adam (and possibly others before the Tower of Babel) had seen the Lord. I guess one interpretation is that the Lord didn't show himself to anyone after the fall until the brother of Jared came along. (We know that there are many people who have seen the Lord after the brother of Jared, such as Moses, Isaiah, Lehi, Nephi, and others.)

Was the brother of Jared really the first mortal to see the Lord?

- statwizard

A: Statwizard

According to Ether 3:15, yes.

Happy Scripture-Hunting

Oh wait, you probably want a longer answer than this. Well, ask yourself--what did the Brother of Jared see? Is this the same vision that Moses, Isaiah, Ezekial, Nephi (1 Nephi 11-14), and many other prophets and apostles saw? That could be the what the Lord meant--he shared his "essence" or his name (Elder Oakes has a really interesting book that deals with the names of Christ and what those names mean, though the title escapes me).

So, in the sense that there are multiple explanations, this could be an answer.

For more info about this, take Key to Scripture Study with Vern Sommerfeldt. You will kick yourself if you don't.


P.S. Perhaps also those that saw the Lord before the flood were called the Sons of God, whereas after the flood typically they are referred as the sons of men.
Question #22791 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What kind of toothbrush do dentists recommend: firm, medium, or soft?

- Squeaky Clean

A: Dear Squeaky Clean,

I did some research and called my dentist.
Both my research and my dentist say "medium hard" are best. Soft or ultra soft are best after oral surgeries or for sensitive teeth. Brushes that are too hard can actually cause gum damage so are not recommended.

-la bamba
A: Dear Squeaky Clean,

Just another opinion to add: my dentist recommended using soft toothbrushes. There is less danger of damaging your gums and causing gum recession. The purpose of a toothbrush is to dislodge food and particles from your teeth, and any of the "hardnesses" will do the job.

- de novo -
Question #22790 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can I reuse the narcissus bulbs I planted in a planter in my house this season next year, too? If so, how do I care for them so they'll grow again next next year?

- Indoor Gardener

A: Dear Indoor Gardener,

Narcissus bulbs are perennials, meaning that they will bloom every year without being replanted. However, they won't bloom unless they stay cold for a few months first. If you want them to bloom indoors, you can either leave your planter outside during the winter, or you can dig up the bulbs and put them in the refrigerator (maybe in a paper bag), but not in the same area as any fruits or vegetables. They need to be kept at a temperature around 45 degrees for anywhere from 14 to 20 weeks, depending on the type of bulb. At this point, it's probably too late in the year to keep the bulbs outside, but you should be able to put them in the fridge and take them out sometime in May or June.

This website offers more information about planting bulbs indoors. (FYI: Making bulbs bloom indoors is called "forcing" them, in case you ever need to search for more information on the topic.)

- Katya
Question #22788 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Say Someone was really bored one night and didn't want to go to bed until he or she read the next day's posts. For example, it is Sunday night (but really Monday morning) what time does Monday's questions come up?

I have never done that.

A: Dear Sure You Haven't,

And the fact that you're even asking this at 12:10am on Sunday doesn't make me question the integrity of that statement at all. Not at all.

Let me help you out.

If you're wondering what time we post questions, seek Board Question #1926.

If you want to know why we post the questions so late, take a look at Board Question #6161.

If you want Duchess' opinion about staying up late waiting for the questions, read Board Question #9695.

If you're wondering how the time questions post relates to the time you ask them, head to Board Question #18181.

If you would like to petition us to post questions earlier, try Board Question #17514.

I think that covers everything, don't you? Good. Now go to bed!

- Lavish
Question #22783 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I *know* a couple who has 9 children, and they are concerned. They recently learned the fact that 1 out of every 10 children born in the US is Mexican, and since they dont speak spanish, they are wondering whether a vasectomy is a viable option for overcoming this problem. What do you think?



A: My Dearest Clever Mamal,

I think you need to learn how to write a coherent question.

-The Right Reverend Rusky Roo
A: Dear precious child of God I should love,

My best guess as to what you are saying is that the couple thinks that their 10th child will come out of the womb and through audio osmosis be a Spanish-speaker, which poses a problem because the parents do not speak Spanish.

The couple should not fear any more than they might have feared that any of their first 9 children would be a Mandarin-Chinese speaker...unless of course the couple speaks the language themselves. Since language is learned first and foremost from the parents, the child would not pick up Spanish all that easily without the parents being apprised to the situation. As a point of reference, speaking Spanish and being Mexican are not the same thing and there are certainly Mexican-descended children being born in America today who do not speak Spanish.

I guess you were making a joke about statistics and/or the ignorance of a pair of people charged with the proper care, feeding, and education of 9 little souls. If we have not read your question correctly, feel free to write back in.

-la bamba, who wants 10 children
A: Dear badger,

Seriously...I read your question to myself and to my husband at least four times and we couldn't even fathom what the "problem" to which you refer was. The only thing we got out of it was that it sounded pretty darn racist. Now, like la bamba said, if you'd like to clarify your question, we'd be happy to give it a shot. Maybe, for just this question, be "really coherent badger" instead. :-)

A: Dear skybadger,

Tell them that with the U.S.'s rising native-Spanish population it's their civic duty to learn Spanish, so this looks like a good opportunity.

(yes, I'm a hypocrite; I'll get round to Spanish when I'm done with Latin and Old English and German and Welsh and Russian . . . and medieval Arabic . . . and Icelandic . . . I'm a useless individual . . . )

-A. A. Melyngoch

Question #22782 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 4.16667 Day Board,

In preparing food storage, I received a card from the cannery on what to have. There are different amounts on, but even those amounts would engender the same question. Does a human really need 8lbs of salt in a year? Do they expect us to be killing wild game and salting it to preserve it? The question: Where does the church get the recommended amounts they tell us to store? Is there some secret adgenda, like that they plan on only half of members storing food, and so they tell people to have twice as much as they need?



A: Dear slybadger,

I think you'd be surprised how much salt you need in your diet, and how much food you eat where it's been previously added. If you were just eating food from your food storage, the majority of your food would not have salt added beforehand.

Let's take a look at a meal you might have if you were living on food storage, and how much salt it might call for:

Bread: 1 tablespoon of salt
Mashed Potatoes: Apprx. 1 teaspoon
Rice: 1 teaspoon
Stew: Around 2 teaspoons

Total for the meal: 7 teaspoons

The salt that's in my house is a container that is 1 lb 10 oz, so you'd need about 5 of those to add up to 8 lbs. On the nutrition label, it says each container has about 123 teaspoons, so you'd have 615 teaspoons to use all year long. That only adds up to 11 teaspoons a week per person. That meal above could feed about 4 people (according to the recipes I used). If you use around 6 teaspoons of salt every dinner time, that's 42 teaspoons for the week. Having an allowance of 44 teaspoons for 4 people for the week evens out pretty well. I'm thinking the recommended amount of 8 lbs per person is a good idea.

I'm hungry now.

- de novo -
Question #22768 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm a high school senior with some questions about college, namely BYU. What is a typical weekend like for those who live in the dorms (Helaman, if that matters)? What do you do?

- L is for Lovely

A: Dear LifL,

Well, when I was there all those many years ago, we did a lot of stuff on campus on the weekends - dances, art shows, etc. It was easy to get up to campus and there was usually something going on. We went to sports events, too - volleyball games, football games. We did stuff like that or hung around the dorms and goofed around. We actually had a lot of fun on those weekends. I loved the dorms while I was there.

A: Dear L is for Lovely,
Dances, soccer games, intramural games, football games, basketball games, watching movies in the Varsity theater, watching movies in International Cinema (the foreign films), Jamba Juice, Jon Schmidt concerts, Peter Breinholt concerts, Battle of the Bands, more dances, the SkyRoom restaurant, club activities, semester campus-wide parties, playing sardines on campus, playing hide-and-go-seek on campus, playing commando on campus...
Yeah, you can pretty much do anything. There are activities going on all the time. No worries!
Question #22659 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can you give me a list of the hundred greatest devotionals of all time? This could be subjective, or a list of the most downloaded or copied devotionals... I am looking mainly for Tuesday devotionals, if you like you can include CES firesides and even commencement addresses...

- Tiki

A: Dear Tiki,

I can give you a few of my favorites:

1. "Personal Revelation," Lionel Kendrick (May 20, 1997)
2. "Revelation," Dallin H. Oaks (September 27, 1981)
3. "The Moral Dilemma of Doing Good," Paul F. Eastman (June 25, 2002)
4. "What I Now Believe About a BYU Education That I Wish I Had Believed When I First Came," A. LeGrand Richards (January 14, 1997)
5. "Seeing with New Eyes," Paul A. Cox (October 10, 1995)
6. "The Inconvenient Messiah," Jeffrey R. Holland (February 15, 1982)
7. "Timing," Dallin H. Oaks (January 29, 2002)
8. "Spiritual Gifts," Dallin H. Oaks (March 28, 1986)

- Katya
A: Dear name that my brother likes to go by too,
Some of my favorites:
1. "Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence," Jeffrey R. Holland (2 March 1999)
2. "How Do I Love Thee?" Jeffrey R. Holland (15 February 2000)
3. "You Were Born to Lead, You Were Born for Glory," Sheri L. Dew (9 December 2003)
4. "In the Strength of the Lord," David A. Bednar (23 October 2001)
5. "To Acquire Knowledge and the Strength to Use it Wisely," Richard G. Scott (23 January 2001)
6. "Timing," Dallin H. Oaks (29 January 2002)
7. "Becoming You," Richard C. Edgley (3 November 2002)

A: Dear Tiki,

Well. This is awkward. Here we all are, listing our 5-10 favorite devotionals, and here's me with a shocking confession: in my entire four years at BYU, I've only been to one devotional. Plenty of forums, of course, but devotionals? Whoops.

In any case, the one devotional I attended was fantastic, so I'll just use it to start my meager list.

1. "We Have Received, and We Need No More" Dilworth Parkinson (March 2, 2004). Read the text here.

A: Dear Petra,

Oh, I never said I'd attended any of these. (1981? Even if I was there, it's not like I remember it.) I used to go to and stream old devotionals when I was on the road and I couldn't go to church for some reason, or if I was just trying to research some topic. I've attended *cough* very few devotionals myself, actually.

OK, I had to ask around because we were only at fifteen, and this is what other friends contributed:

16. "Christ the Savior is Born," Russell M. Nelson (10 December 2002)
17. "Leaders and Managers," Hugh W. Nibley (8 August 1983)
18. "Free to Choose?," Neal A. Maxwell (March 16, 2004)
19. "The Arts, the Sciences, and the Light of the Gospel," Daniel J. Fairbanks (2 May 2000)
20. "Acres of Diamonds," Vaughn J. Featherstone (3 Feb 1974)
21. "A Man After God's Own Heart," Vaughn J. Featherstone (12 June 1995)
22. "No Other Talent Exceeds Spirituality," Vaughn J. Featherstone (1 August 1976)
23. "If I Were You, What Would I Do?," Gordon B. Hinckley (20 September 1983)
24. "Keep the Chain Unbroken," Gordon B. Hinckley (30 November 1999)
25. "Life's Greatest Decisions," Thomas S. Monson (7 September 2003)
26. "The Gospel and Romantic Love" Bruce C. Hafen (28 September 1982)
27. "Terror, Triumph, and a Wedding Feast," Jeffrey R. Holland (12 September 2004)
38. "Are You True?" Jeffrey R. Holland (2 September 1980)
39. "Some Things We Have Learned Together," Jeffrey R. & Patricia T. Holland (15 January 1985)

. . . and we only made it to 39. Sorry about that, but this question's almost 200 hours old, and I think that's the best we're going to do.

- Katya
Question #22655 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I have taken several english/writing classes at BYU. I have taken English 115 two times, News writing two times, Business writing, and I am currently enrolled in both Opinion Writing and Philosophy 200. I have had a problem with English 115 in that both times I took it, I had outside circumstances hinder my ability to do well in the class.

For my major (communications) I need to get a B or better in first-year writing (or a 4+ on the AP exam).

I feel like I know the information very very well and was wondering if there is any placement exam I could take as a college student to test my writing ability and do it in place of the class?

Can a college student take an AP test?

- Crazy Misty of C.

A: Dear Crazy Misty of C,

A college student can indeed take AP tests. You will need to go here to register and find out when and where you can test the AP test. Good luck. I sure hope this helps. Please don't hate me.

-- Brutus

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I love to drive. I am an Arizona married 23-year-old girl who doesn't really like long highway drives but loves the hustle and bustle of navigating my way through the city to and from my way to work and out on errands. I usually go 5-7 mph above the speed limit and have never gotten a ticket or been in a crash, and I get complimented for my good driving. I love to find the quickest route from one place to the next and to switch lanes, etc. My husband doesn't find driving as stimulating as I do, so my question is thus: what percentage of women "like" to drive, as opposed to men? Most of my female friends don't like to drive and most of the guys I know do, so I was just wondering how much in the minority I am. Gracias.

- Even enjoy parallel parking

A: Dear Maybe you should try to Parallel Park a school bus and then see if you still like it,

At any rate according to my survey, while you are in the minority, it's not so bad as may think. Around 43% of woman polled said that they enjoyed driving and even prefer to drive when they have the choice. So there you go. Just for the record though I think that some women just prefer to let their husbands drive -- not that they don't want to drive, they'd just rather their husbands did it. For example my mom doesn't mind driving places, but when me or my dad ride with her we always drive.

Well I sure hope that helps. Please don't hate me.

-- Brutus (who always drives when given the option).
Question #22493 posted on 02/04/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why is it that 8x10 digital prints cost so much at the bookstore film place?

The 3x5 and 4x6 prints all cost the same 19¢, but the 8x10's cost $2.89 (a whopping 15.2x more than the 4x6's) while requiring only 3.33x more resources (assuming borderless printing, which isn't completely accurate.)

I have thought about it, and thought that it may have something to do with the printers that they use, but the vast majority of truly high quality color ink printers can print all of these sizes, so that doesn't sound like a probable reason.

The only other reason that I could come up with was that the 3x5's and 4x6's are loss leaders, and the 8x10's are priced where they are to help make up for it, which seems odd as I can't imagine that they would sell many 8x10's even if they were priced proportionally, and the price difference is surely not going to help that.

So, why really are they priced about 4.5x higher than it logically seems they should be?

- Fredjikrang

(Lets here it for 70¢ 8x10's!)

A: Dear Fredjikrang,

In the interest of following official 100 Hour Board question answering protocol, I figured I needed a source to back up my answer. Not just any source, of course, because I doubt you would have believed me if I told you that my sister's friend's grandma's neighbor's gardener's daughter gave me the information. No no. I needed a reliable source. Don't worry. I got one.

I talked to the BYU Bookstore about this one at approximately 14:00 hours and uncovered the truth for you. According to one of the employees the reason 8 x 10 prints are more expensive is... they have to do more work. Yep. That's why. Their machines are set up for 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 prints so anytime they do anything bigger than that they have to adjust everything. Not only that, but for your $2.89 they'll watch it print and make sure that it turns out right. Talk about value!

In defense of BYU, I did a little further research for you to find out how the Bookstore's photo printing compares to outside vendors. The following are current prices.

4x6 - 0.19
5x7 - 1.47
8x10 - 2.84

4x6 - 0.20
5x7 - 1.59
8x10 - 2.99

4x6 - 0.19
5x7 - 1.99
8x10 - 3.99

As you can see, the Bookstore is about the same or less than other local printing places. In addition, that have another selling point. Convenience. What could be more convenient than the Wilk? In my opinion, ya can't beat that.

Then again, how often do you print 8 x 10's anyway?

- Lavish