There is no music in hell, for all good music belongs to heaven. ~Brigham Young
Question #23197 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board & Never gets a good night's rest,

(Re Board Question #23086)

I don't know if this is a good idea, but I thought I'd throw it out. I used to be a (very) spoiled sleeper, much like yourself, but I quickly learned when I moved to college that having a roommate--especially one that follows the 4 am-to-noon sleep schedule--kind of makes old habits difficult to keep up, if not impossible.

Solution? I decided I wasn't going to be such a picky sleeper anymore. I figured that (barring some pretty serious medical intervention) you can't stay awake forever. Use this to your advantage: just don't allow yourself all your lovely comforts anymore, and if you can't sleep, don't. If you want to make this work, though, you absolutely CANNOT fall asleep during the day. Get your friends to wake you up if you start drifting off, maybe try some good ol' caffeine (but not too close to bedtime!), etc.

Otherwise, just decide that you can only sleep when the sun is down, and pretty soon you'll be able to fall asleep at the drop of a hat. (For me, it took almost 2 and a half days without sleep to accomplish this, but since I did it during a week when I didn't have too big of a homework load and no tests, it worked out okay.) I promise, it will make your life so much easier if you don't have to be a slave to your sleeping habits. It makes for a pretty rough week or two while you get used to it, but if you can find the self-determination to make it work, it's a great present to give yourself.

--probably crazy

A: Dear probably crazy,

While this may have worked for you, I have to point out that there may also be genuine health issues besides being a "spoiled sleeper" which could keep one up at night. It's hard enough not being able to get a good night's rest without being hard on yourself for being "lazy" or "high maintenance."

I highly recommend going to a sleep clinic or seeing a medical professional if sleep issues persist. Good luck to all unwilling insomniacs.

- Katya
Question #23191 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In response to Board Question #23082, I just wanted to put my two cents in- I have been married for almost a year and I absolutely love my ring, as Nike was saying about hers. Not only is it a traditional symbol of my husband's love, it's positively gorgeous. Sometimes I can't stop staring at it. Yes, it was expensive, but working to pay it off was one of the first goals we accomplished together in our marriage, and I believe in a small way it brought us closer. It also kept us frugal, which is an important trait to learn. Another thing about a diamond ring that is nice is it's a sign to everyone else that I'm married-it eliminates potentially awkward moments where a guy might be slightly interested and not realize I am taken. When a girl wears just a band, she's often taken for a girl who isn't married and doesn't realize she's not supposed to put a ring there until she is. Besides, that's one of the exciting things about being engaged: ring shopping. We have some very fond (and funny) memories of when we went shopping for my ring. I don't regret getting it one bit. Don't totally rule it out until you talk with your potential fiancee, who may have been looking at designs for a long time. It's definitely something girls look forward to.

-The Mrs.

A: Dear Senora,

I'm glad I'm not the only one willing to admit that I love my ring!

Question #23177 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Were the Lamanites darker than Native American Indians? When they recieved a skin of blackness, was it black like the africans, or like the Native Americans are now? Danka-

Beneneni Guin Prodomodokofosho

A: Dear Beneneni Guin Prodomodokofosho,

To be perfectly honest, we have no idea. As I just wrote in a similar question to yours about the 2000 stripling warriors of Helaman, in the verse in 2 Nephi where the Lord places a mark on the Lamanites, it does say that it is a skin of blackness and does have a foot note to Moses 7:8 where the skin of blackness is placed on Cain. However, in Jacob 3:9, the mark is simply referred to as a skin of "darkness."

First let me say that it is very to extremely unlikely that any Native Americans, north or south, are pure decendants of the Lamanites and therefore it is entirely possible that the skin tone they have is not the same as what the Lamanites were marked with. That aside, let me say what I said in the other question. It is impossible without divine intervention for us to know what the Lamanites looked like, including how dark or how black their skin was. And while I understand the curiousity, I have to remind you that in the end, it really doesn't matter.

If you have questions about the Lamanite mark, let me refer you to Chapter 7, The Lamanite Mark, in Second Nephi: The Doctrinal Structure by Monte Nyman and Charles Tate. It is an excellent chapter and is available free to students via

-Pa Grape
Question #23176 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Are the Stripling Warriors black?

Fentro Penonosh Khenta

A: Dear Fentro Penonosh Khenta,

You use the present tense of the verb in your question which leaves me wondering what you are actually asking. Are you referring to some current group or organization that goes by the name Stripling Warriors? The fact that you capitalized the words leads me to believe you are referring to some official group. If this is the case, I have no idea what group you are talking about and am unable to help you. In the future, please include more detail in your question.

If you were simply mistaken in tense and capitalization and are referring to the account of the 2000 stripling sons of Helaman, then let me do my best to answer your question.

Of course there can be no definitive answer by anyone who did not witness them first hand or received divine revelation on the matter. I am unable to find any statements made by church general authorities that were acting in an official capacity concerning the actual skin color of these young men and any first hand observers have long since passed. So, that leaves us with speculation.

Let us first look at the scriptural account of the Lord marking the Lamanites. In 2 Nephi 5:21, the last phrase of the verse says, "the Lord did cause a skin of blackness to come upon [the Lamanites]." The 2000 sons of Helaman were the children of the people of Ammon, who were Lamanite converts that took on the name Anti-Nephi-Lehies. Therefore, logically, the sons of Helaman did have a skin of blackness.

However, in Alma 23:18, in refernce to the Anti-Nephi-Lehies, it says,
"And they began to be a very industrious people; yea, and they were friendly with the Nephites; therefore, they did open a correspondence with them, and the curse of God did no more follow them."
While this does not specifically address the color of their skin, a similar passage in 3 Nephi does. 3 Nephi 2:14-15
14 And it came to pass that those Lamanites who had united with the Nephites were numbered among the Nephites;
15 And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites;
It does not seem to me that in two situations of similar circumstance that the mark of dark skin would only be removed in one case and not the other. Therefore, it is reasonable to believe that the darker pigmentation of the skin had been lifted and that they appeared similar to the Nephites.

As I said at the start of this response, this is all speculation. By descent, they would have had dark skin but it is possible that it was removed.

-Pa Grape
Question #23174 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have you slipped on the ice yet, or is it just me? Let's here a story.

- Three times

A: Dear three times,

Yes, I have slipped on ice this winter.

I fail to see what a story has to do with slipping on ice, but I'll go ahead and tell you one just the same. There was this one time that I came home from my girlfriend's apartment. I got home kind of late, so I didn't want to bother putting my backpack all the way back in my room, so I just left it out in my living room. I worked on the computer for a little bit, and then I ended up going to sleep.

She came over the next day, and sure enough, my backpack was still there, sitting in the living room. I hadn't even taken it back to my room! And it had been over a whole day!

Actually, I don't tell very good stories. Sorry.

- Optimistic.
A: Dear Triple timer,

I was walking with my roommate and I was wearing shoes with traction and she was in high-heeled boots. She kept slipping, so I called her Bambi. She said that made me Thumper, which had me laughing for a good 5 minutes. Until she slipped again.

For a real-life account of what happened:

-la bamba
Question #23173 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Librariacs and the Board, too,

Regarding Board Question #23044.

Actually, I have seen people have to pay fines. It depends on the person who's helping you, and what kind of fine it is. If it's a fine for a reserve book, you'll probably be more likely to have to pay it. Or if you have an overdue fine for a lost book that you eventually found and turned in, the cost of the book will be dropped, but the overdue fines aren't forgiven. Other than that, it depends on what kind of mood the people at Circulation are in. But in any case, the library isn't trying to make money from fines, we just want to encourage you to turn your books in on time!

- Lil Sis

A: Dear Lil Sis,

Good point. To be fair, the question I linked did mention the exception for course reserve books. And if you actually work in circulation, I don't doubt that you have, occasionally, actually seen someone pay a fine. I still never have.

- Katya
Question #23172 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How in the name of all that is holy does Arrested Development get canceled while Commander in Chief wins awards? Are we witnessing the abrupt decline of American civilization or am I taking crazy pills?

- About to shoot my TV

A: Dear Just Do It,

I'm just gonna say that the Golden Globe Awards were a nauseating pandering to the extreme left-wing. Basically, Hollywood wants Hilary to be President (just like they wanted Martin Sheen... to really be President, not just sit in a mediocre mock-up of the Oval Office). They also want homosexuality to become a mainstream idea... when gay adultery is just as acceptable as other types of adultery.

As for Arrested Development, maybe they just can't handle a semi-normal family show. Of course, Arrested Development was risque on its own... but it was still talking about family first.

Overall, Hollywood is not to be trusted. But, then again, that is no surprise.

I would guess that Arrested Development will continue to be a big DVD seller. It is the first show in years that I'm considering as a purchase. After all, it is more fun to watch episodes back-to-back... after midnight... during finals week. That's when I discovered the joy that is Arrested Development.

Let us continue to lament the moral decline of popular media... and make a grand exodus... back to books.

That is all.

Question #23171 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When a guy drops you off after a date and says "I'll call you", is that pretty much a given that he has no intention of calling you?

How long should a girl wait to try calling him?

- Boo Yeea

A: Dear Boo,

I would say it depends on the guy.

He may say he'll call you and then call you.

He may have been awkwardly trying to come up with anything to say and "I'll call you" seemed OK.

He may say he'll call you and really mean it, but then another girl, schoolwork, a job, etc. might come up and he'll never actually get around to it despite his original intentions.

-la bamba

A: Dear Boo,

And I would add that how long you wait before you call him should depend on the guy as well.

Go off of how often you talked before the date. If it was common for you to only talk once a week before, don't expect him to call you the next day. If, on the other hand, you've been talking every day, wait a bit and then give him a call.

If you do call, make sure it's a nonchalant call and not a pestering call.

And if he doesn't call, there's always the option of passing him a note that says something along the lines of:

Dear Boy,

Do you like me?



If only it were that easy.

- Lavish
A: Dear Lavish,

Ah, memories of third-grade boyfriends...

A: Dear BOOYA:

What? You want to call him back? Like he doesn't have at least five girls falling all at his feet here at BYU. I would wait until he calls you back. It's all in the chase.

A: Dear Waiting Girl,
I'm almost ashamed to admit that when I say "I'll call you" I really mean "I'll call you next time I need to borrow a pan for cooking something and I'm probably never going ask you out again." That said if a girl that I had previously gone out with and used this phrase on calls me I'd be ok with it. Give me a week or so.

I sure hope this helps. Please don't hate me.

-- Brutus
A: Dear (shiver),

Being a male, I feel qualified to field this question. If a young man really plans on calling you, he probably won't feel that he has to announce that intention to you. If he likes you, he'll figure it out during the date and not right when he's dropping you off. Remarks like "I'll call you" are best used for defusing a potentially awkward situation at the end of a date.

Me, I don't think I've ever had occasion to say "I'll call you" at the end of a date. In general, I go on dates with people I already know pretty well and am already somewhat interested in. None of this quota dating stuff for me. It avoids a fair amount of awkwardness for me. The last date I went on was entirely pleasant. The two of us went to go see Howl's Moving Castle at the International Cinema a couple of weeks ago. I didn't feel like I had to tell her I'd call later, or even really say anything afterward.

So if you're interested in this guy, you could try giving him a call, but in general, the phrase "I'll give you a call" is code for "thanks, but I'm just not that into you." Take that for what it's worth.

- Optimistic.
Question #23170 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What happens when someone figures out just exactly who you are? do you have to retire from the 100 hour board or what?


A: Dear mrjones,

We answered this one fairly recently. See Board Question #22926. (And yes, the last person really did spontaneously combust. I'd be careful if I were you.)

A: Fugitive Hunter Named Tommy,

We string them up by their toes in the "reception" hall for the hungry underground creatures--the worms and the sabre-tooth tiger.

Happy Finding Out,
Question #23169 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100ish Hour Board,

There is a good possibility in my life of being married by the time fall semester comes around. I believe in the power of tithing. I believe in working hard in the summer to save all that I can. I am curious though what should I know to minimize any potential stress that shall occur in a marriage while attending school.

- Pure bliss

A: Pure bliss

Find out how the heck to get out of y'all's apartment contracts. That is by far the hardest part.

The lovely new Misses changes her name at the Social Security Center, the Records Office in the ASB, the DMV, and with any insurance company.

Both need to be together to make a joint Wells-Fargo account.

Tithing can be paid together.

Have Fun!
A: Dear Did you know there's a town in Idaho called Bliss? True story,

1. Decide how you want to handle your money. Who will pay the bills? Do you want a joint checking account or separate ones? Make a budget that you can both reasonably live by.

2. Be patient with the quirks of your spouse. Mr. Nike isn't the best at putting dishes in the dishwasher, but my blonde hair gets all over the house and I'm kind of freakish about dishes. We're still incredibly over the moon for each other. Especially when you have limited time together (as per the restraints of school and work), you don't want your minutes together ruined by silly arguments.

3. Make time to attend the temple and otherwise enhance your spirituality. You will be so glad when you do, because it enhances the presence of the Spirit in your marriage, and with the Lord's help, you can overcome anything. This is especially important during a busy life cycle like the one most of us currently inhabit, as it's only going to get busier when we have kids and real jobs, so you should get into the habit now.

4. Guard your alone time. There isn't anything wrong with going out with friends, but between everything else we have to do, Mr. Nike's and my alone time is AWESOME and we aren't afraid to say no to other things sometimes when we need to.

Good luck if you do decide to get married. I hope you enjoy the journey. :-)

Question #23168 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

I know of an apartment of girls where Girl A is engaged after about two weeks of dating an RM(and two weeks of knowing the guy) and her roommate Girl B (a convert) has been dating a non-member for several years who does not attend BYU.

So another roommate, Girl C says about the situation "I wouldn't do what Girl A is doing, but at least she's doing the right thing unlike Girl B".

Please don't tell me this is what the majority of members in our church think.

-Wishes Girl B the best of luck.

A: Dear Wishing,

I think this is one of those situations where there IS a right and a wrong answer to the question - but those right and wrong answers are unique to each individual. The church most definitely advocates temple marriage, but does it excommunicate members who marry people of other faiths? No (well, not for that reason alone, I mean). The church does not exist to make decisions for us, it is meant to give us the best possible guidance to make the best possible decisions for ourselves. As the saying goes, agency is alive and well, and Heavenly Father will love your Girl B just as much as He loves Girl A, no matter what either woman does.

And may I say I just think that your Girl C's comment was pretty awful. (Containing upset feelings...trying not to let them be published on the Board...) No one has the right to pass judgment on another, including me (although it may sound like I am right now, I'm not judging her, I'm commenting on what she said), because no one has perfect understanding except Heavenly Father. I've said this before, but I have family members (not of the LDS faith) who have married members of the church and they've been entirely happy together. I personally didn't make that choice in my marriage, but I sure wouldn't accuse them of being wrong in their choice. Sheesh, everyone, just love each other! (Steam slowly seeping out of ears...just kidding...)

Nike the advocate of John 13:34
A: Dear Girl Other,

Unlike Nike, I don't mind being undemocratic and will happily shoot my mouth off. I think that Girl A, while she might be madly infatuated, cannot possibly really be in love. Two weeks is enough time to get used to a cat, not necessarily to make the biggest life decision you will ever make that effects everyone you know, and they know, and that for hundreds of years in the future and past. (Yes, past. Genealogy works both ways, you know!)

So, I think Girl A- more power to her if she REALLY thinks what she's doing is right, but I honestly am more in favor of Girl B. It sounds like she is actually taking the time to get to know the possible man of her dreams, and just so long as they're not fornicating, and they're not engaged as yet, what's the problem? The guy has possibilities, or maybe not, but ... leave it up to Girl B to decide.

As for Girl C, THAT is an example of unrighteous judgement, from what you have stated in the paragraph. I think that people who qualify quickie LDS marriages over longer-term (though oh my gosh, heaven forbid- he's not an RM and not a member but give him a week and he might join the Church) people... Uh, Girl C, get a life!

There's more to BYU than the fastest way to get hitched to the wrong person.

Does anyone else here not wonder why there's a student club of single parent support group? Sheesh.

Down with two-week engagements! Up with learning more about a person before you invest eternity in them! To quote an old friend of mine, "People out here are more wary of signing up for the wrong cell phone plan than they are of getting married... And which is the weightier commitment? Hmm!"

Seriously spouting off, possibly making a million enemies, and right now... I don't care!

Lady Last Line
Question #23166 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Located to the right of the hill (around the area in front of the JSB) up to campus on the south side, there is a hill with what looks like a bluish green air conditioning condenser sitting by itself. Is it on top of an underground building? Is something there? Ideas?

- branflakes

A: Dear Bran,

The answer to your question can be found at Board Question #11389. If you care, the official name of the building is B64.

Question #23162 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have been using Crest Whitestrips for two days now. If any of you have used them, how long does it take to start seeing a change in your tooth color?

- I Hope These Work

A: Dear I Hope,

I started seeing a difference right 24 hours. I had to stop using them because my teeth were so white. Good luck!

-la bamba
A: Dear They Will:

It took me about three days to notice results. I too cut my time short, and plan on using the second half of my box soon.

Question #23161 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Some opinions, if you please.

Lately I've been sick with various ailments that have kept me from going to a class that I'm auditing. As it is, I'm already taking a bunch of other classes, and I just... I think I'm becoming lazy or re-prioritizing as I am starting to see my sudited class as either a) not worth my time, or b) I'm just being lazy and really don't want to take the time out from studying for other classes.

So, in your opinion, should I continue to go, even though I don't have the homework up to this point done, or should I just say, "Whatever" and work on the stuff that will actually effect my GPA?

A Little Torn But Not Forlorn

PS. Any and all writers encouraged to expound their views on this question. No such thing as a "wrong" answer.

A: Dear Not Forlorn,

I would recommend that yes, you make your "real" classes first priority, particularly if they are major classes. Whether or not you continue to attend your audited class is up to you, but for your own personal gain, if you can do it (and still keep good grades in your other classes), I'd recommend going. Learning's always good, right?

A: Dear Torn:

I agree with Nike, but I happen to teach classes here too and so I can speak for the other side. There's nothing that drives me more bonkers than having a student beg and beg and beg to audit my course then never show up to class after I sign their card. I understand that life gets busy and your other "real" classes get harder, but if you're taking up a spot in a class that someone else could have been in who really would have cared, then I think you should put equal effort into the classes you're auditing. Otherwise, you're just wasting precious space.

But then again I'm just bitter at all my students that are auditing and never coming. Rude.

A: Dear A Little,

Cut your losses. Focus on the other classes. Let your TA know that you've been ill.

-pro student
Question #23158 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why do we need the Millenium? Why can't the world just go into it's celestial glory right after the second coming? Why do we need those 1,000 years?

- Covered, Just Covered

A: Dear Covered,

We need those 1,000 years because we'll have a lot of work to do. We know of two great works that will be taking place during the millenium. From chapter 44 of the church manual, Gospel Principles:
There will be two great works for members of the Church during the Millennium: temple work and missionary work. Temple work involves the ordinances that are necessary for exaltation. These include baptism, the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the temple ordinances-the endowment, temple marriage, and the sealing together of family units.

Many people have died without receiving these ordinances. People on the earth must perform these ordinances for them. This work is now being done in the temples of the Lord. There is too much work to finish before the Millennium begins, so it will be completed during that time. Resurrected beings will help us correct the mistakes we have made in doing research concerning our dead ancestors. They will also help us find the information we need to complete our records.

The other great work during the Millennium will be missionary work. The gospel will be taught with great power to all people. Eventually there will be no need to teach others the first principles of the gospel because "they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord" (Jeremiah 31:34).
31110, Gospel Principles, Unit Nine: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ, 44: The Millennium, 282

Also, Moses 7:64 tells us "a thousand years the earth shall rest." After enduring thousands and thousands of years providing a home to billions of people, some not so righteous as others, the earth deserves a break.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
Question #23155 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Nike,

Do you have a blog? I'd read it if you did.

- Likes the way you answer questions and generally thinks you're pretty cool.

A: Dear You,

Aaaww. You're my new favorite person of the day! Seriously, I actually blushed when I read your post. Thanks for brightening my day. (Since it's snowing and the sky is gray, I needed some sunshine!)

I do have a blog, actually. I don't update it nearly as much as I should, but perhaps I'll get back into it if I can. You can find the hyperlink in my bio on the About Us page, as well as links to some other writers' blogs which are pretty fun, too.

I'm so glad you enjoy the Board. Keep reading!

Nike the Red-Faced :-)
Question #23154 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Chefs of the 100 Hour Board,

I am uneducated in the art of cooking chicken, which is very sad because I love chicken. All I really know how to do with it is cook it in a skillet (like in stir fry) and bake it (a few recipes at least). Some odd quirk possessed me recently to by a whole chicken (probably because it was cheap). It is now sitting in my freezer, and has been for some time, but I feel clueless and I don't know what I can do with it. I know how to defrost it, and I have some instructions (with pictures, even) of how to cut it up, but as far as cooking it goes, I'm at a loss. Can I just cut it up and boil it, and if so, what's the procedure and will the meat just fall off the bone? And after that, then what? What can I do with boiled chicken? Any general whole-chicken help would be fabulous. Thanks for your help!

- De-Funked Chicken

A: Dear In Possession of a Culinary Artpiece,

What can't you do with a whole chicken is more the question? You can roast it, boil it, and yes, get it off the bones, add a quick bag of frozen peas and carrots to the mix and make chicken noodle soup, you can cut it up and mix it with chopped celery, green or black olives, (or simply pimento) and make chicken salad, you can make chicken pasta salad, um, enchiladas... soften tortillas by lightly frying them in oil and then take your chicken mixed with onions and spices and put in the tortillas and bake with enchilada sauce, um, you can make casseroles, and quiche, um....

Can you tell that my Mom cooked and chicken wasn't the least of her worries?

Last year a roommate of mine introduced me to this yummy chicken pop-over thing where you take cooked chicken and mix it with cream cheese, onion and garlic powder, perhaps actual chopped onion, roll it into a crescent roll thing, and then bake until browned. Sinful, though delicious.

Um, let's see... there is such a thing as chicekn pizza, though usually using a white sauce instead of red. There's chicken parmesan, chicken alfredo, chicken chili...

For more chicken recipes, try, a subsidiary of the old Berkeley recipe site, with recipes in all sorts of places about all sorts of things.

Yours from the culinary side,
Lady Last Line
Question #23152 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

First off, I just wanted to point out that I did not ask the question about God killing Joseph Smith's baby. [A-choo] That was some impostor smurf. [cough cough cough] Second, could you please tell me what are of the United States has the lowest pollen count year-round? [sniff] Thanks.

--Sickly Smurf

A: Dear Sickly Smurf,
A recent study performed by pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough declared the following cities as the best for allergy-sufferers:

1. Grand Rapids, MI
2. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI
3. Seattle, WA
4. San Francisco, CA
5. Minneapolis, MN
6. Chicago, IL
7. Syracuse, NY
8. Salt Lake City, UT
9. Los Angeles, CA
10. Denver, CO

This list isn't likely to make you feel better, since you (presumably) live near number 8 on that list. Keep in mind that dust and other allergens are often the culprits for allergies, and these are present in every location. Particularly in the type of apartments that students live in.

As an extreme solution, there are communities built in the middle of nowhere for people who suffer from extreme allergic conditions and other types of sensitivities. You could always move to some desert town in Arizona, but that doesn't sound like much of a solution.

- de novo -
Question #23150 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Could old medevial-style shields hypothetically block/deflect a blast from a laser gun or Star Wars style blaster rifle?

-Chris again with the silly questions

A: Dear Chris-

No. If that were the case, then the combatants would be carrying such shields. Either that, or they're too stupid to think of such a solution.

-The Franchise
A: dear chris,

i would give you a one-time, limited use on that shield: one direct shot, and it's gone. lasers for the win!

Question #23149 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a doctrinal question: In the document, "The Family: A Proclamation to the World", we read that

"Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose."

How does this apply to people that are born with ambiguous sex characteristics? Are they essentially male because they possess an X chromosome? If so, what about people like Jamie Lee Curis who spend their mortal lives as women, though born with characteristics of both genders?

- The Cat that Curiosity failed to kill

A: Dear Kitty,

To make a complicated answer much simpler: There has never been a person born with 100% of both male and female reproductive organs. Not even Jamie Lee Curtis, whose status as an intersexual is not documented fact. When a child is born with ambiguous sex characteristics, there are tests to see which gender their genetic code outlines. People born with traces of both gender's sex organs always have a dominant gender.

-la bamba
Question #23148 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I appreciate the effort, but you didn't really answer my question (Board Question #22944). I'm well aware that cars are more efficient at speeds of around 55 MPH. There's a reason for the speed limit. You answered the question about fuel efficiency by speed, but I'm interested in fuel efficiency by distance. I deliberately mentioned RPMs because regardless of the speed, gas usage is ultimately directly proportional to the RPMs (it might take 3000 RPM to go 55 MPH uphill and 2000 RPM to go 55 MPH downhill).

So back to my question is: Is it more efficient to drive at higher RPMs (generally faster speeds) which uses more gas for less time, or at lower RPMs (generally lower speeds) using less fuel for a longer time. How can I calculate efficiency vs. distance for these two situations?

-Shteven the Misunderstood

PS - I have an automatic, but it does have tachometer. Don't ask me why.

A: Dear Steve,

Unfortunately the specific answer you are looking for has far too many variables (speed, grade of the hill, any wind factors, your specific car, etc ) for an answer to just be given. The ideal solution would be to do extensive testing on your car to find out the ideal engine speed that gives your car the best mileage. Then you would have to use that data combined with knowledge of your fuel economy at high RPMs to find out the effect on hills.

However, neither you nor I are going to do all of that work (as it would probably take months and many, many tanks of gas). My general suggestion would be to make an effort to maintain your cruising speed before you hit the hill (or maybe let yourself lose 5 to 10 mph through the course of the hill, not no more). It should be fine to increase your RPMs as long as you don't let them get too high. I base this answer on momentum. If you try and accelerate up the hill (thus increasing your momentum) you are using WAY too much gas. If you start slowing down too much, than you lose momentum that you already have, and you're going to have to re-gain that momentum somewhere.


PS Next time you have a very specific question you may want to provide all of the specifics, or you will force us to make assumptions again.
Question #23146 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm currently looking for housing for fall 2006 and wanted to know what you thought about the glenwood and moon apartments

- Still looking

A: Dear Rental Person,

Moon seem to be good; I have a friend who lives there and thus far has had less complaints about them than he has about any other place he's lived. Glenwood has been recently renovated, but ... they have the reputation of being a place for newly non-freshmen, or of being kind of dumps that are cheap. Apparently, though, they're big enough to have five wards simply unto themselves, so...

Everyone I know who's lived in Glenwood either liked it for a year and then moved on or purely hated it and then moved on. So, they're transitory. This is all information from repuation only, not from personal experience living in either.

Lady Last Line
Not your average real estate agent

PS. Drive down 700 E/500 N and you will see for rent signs out in various places, not because they're bad, but because people are going home for the spring and summer. (personally, living in that area south of campus, while reputedly a party area, isn't. Party places are more to the southeast than directly south by a few blocks.)
A: Dear Home-Seeker,

I've heard Moon Apartments described as "a hole," and Glenwood referred to as "Glenhood." Now Glenwood recently remodeled so I don't know if I'd agree with that last one, but there's more to throw into the mix.

A: Dear Looking,

I think Glenwood was only recently remodeled on the outside.

See also Board Question #22404 for information on Glenwood.

- Lavish
Question #23145 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are your opinions on milk consumption? I was raised in an anti-milk family. My aunt says it actually takes more calcium to digest milk than the milk provides. I've also heard that oriental cultures that didn't have milk never had osteoperosis etc. untill they got milk. I have tried researching this issue, but I'm afraid I'm getting some radical sites with no scientific basis. Therefore I am turning to the omniscient board for their opinions/research finds on this matter

- Soy Ice Cream-the better choice

A: Dear No it ain't-

Milk is good for you, unless you are allergic to it. Generally, for those that are at or above their healthy wight, low- or non-fat dairy products are recommended. While no general dietary recommendations are perfect for all individuals, the dietary guidelines released by DHHS and USDA are pretty good. For more information on their recommendations, see

-The Franchise
A: Dear Soy,

"Let me ask you a question: how do you feel about milk?"

"I'm for it!"

"Well, then, this club is formed!"

-Mitch Hedburg
A: Dear Soy?

Drink it. Unless you're lactose intolerant, then drink it in really small quantities and eat tons of other dairy products. Your aunt is very wrong. Calcium is not digested, it's absorbed. And it takes ATP to absorb calcium through the small intestine. You digest milk through lactase which is secreted into your stomach. So, her theory is entirely misled. My guess on the asian cultures is that they recieved milk so late in life that they had already developed Osteoporosis. It was just too late in their case to prevent this disorder. Increasing your calcium intake does NOT cause you to get osteoporosis. Milk is the best way for your body to get calcium, and your body needs calcium to aid in bone formation and to keep your bones strong.

The only case when you shouldn't be drinking milk in some form (cheese, ice cream, yogurt) is if you're a strict Vegan. If that's the case, you should be taking calcium supplements for sure.

Hooray for MILK!

Question #23143 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was just wondering, if it is possible to eat 7 saltine crackers, normal size, in one minute? Some of my friends have tried this and weren't able to do it, and I was wondering if anyone ever has?

- Napolean27

A: Dear Napolean27,

Naturally, we had to try the challenge ourselves. At the time the question came through we were talking so, just for the fun of it, we thought we would include the following accurate account of our conversation in our answer...

Lavish: Wow. That's hard.
I tried the Saltine question.
I thought it would be super easy.
It's not.
Quandary: lol
I saw that one.
Lavish: Try it.
Quandary: I don't have any saltines around or I would.
Lavish: Oh. Well, then trust me, it's hard.
I had 4 in 50 seconds.
I'm going to do it though.
[gets more Saltines]
Quandary: lol
Does it make your mouth too dry or what?
Lavish: Yeah.
Like WAY dry.
Now I know what to expect though.
There has to be a strategy to this. Hmm...Eat smaller bites?
Quandary: Yeah but then you might not be able to eat them fast enough.
Lavish: I was trying two at a time. What would you do?
Quandary: Hmm...Try to swallow them as quickly as possible so that they're not drying out your mouth as much.
Lavish: Man. There's no way. If you eat them one at a time, how many seconds is that per cracker?
Quandary: Between 8 and 9
Now I want to try it.
Lavish: Do!
Quandary: I guess I could go and get some.
Lavish: Ugh. Trying to drink fluids while eating them is not a good idea. Especially not apple juice.
Quandary: I would try water personally. But yeah.
Lavish: Yeah but I figured it'd be cheating to do that.
Quandary: Yeah, that's what I thought.
Lavish: Ok, let me try a full minute.
Hang on. Two took me 30 seconds.
Start over.
It's impossible.
If you eat ‘em fast, they scratch your mouth.
The corners of my mouth hurt now.
Quandary: Ok, I acquired some saltines.
So I'll try now.
Lavish: Yay!
Quandary: Darn. I only managed five.
It's so hard to swallow.
Lavish: See!
It's hard!
Quandary: I know.
I'll try it again.
Lavish: Ok.
Quandary: Hmm.
That time was even worse.
I think it's impossible to do even 6.


Now FYI, we tried eating the crackers before we looked it up and knew how others fared. We didn't know it would be so hard. A quick search reveals that:

1. Your friends aren't the first to attempt this feat.
2. There are people that can conquer this challenge.

For details on both, see here .

Apparently, we're not among those who can. Sorry.

- Lavish and Quandary
Question #23141 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have you tried the Listerine Whitening Pre-Brush Rinse? I've read reviews, some talking about how it peels layers of your gum off or something like that, but some have said that it does work. So how good is it, and how bad is the gum peeling for your teeth?

- Listerine Lover

A: Dear Listerine Lover,

My gums haven't peeled, and I used it all the time during 2005. Honestly, it doesn't have that much effect, IMO. I prefer the strong but sure herbal mint mouthwash (prescription strength) prescribed from Provo Dental. It actually does help your gums, whereas the Listering stuff is more just... hydrogen peroxide with flavoring.

Best of luck Listerine lover,
Lady Last Line

You would think with all the L's that we're doin' limericks!(Nod to the dearly departed BritBoy.)

Dear Horatio (and others who have an opinion about this),

I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to ask more than one question. However, they are all closely related. I promise not to complain if it takes more than 100 hours. :)

Why do you think that Hamas won?

Do you think that the US and EU should cut off funds to the new Hamas-led government?

Do you think that the new government will bring about some much-needed change?

Do you think that Hamas will become more moderate, possibly even recognize Israel?

I would love to give my opinions too, but it's not my board. :) So I'm anxiously awaiting yours...

- Meg

A: Dear Meg-

Hamas has problems, but internal corruption is much more limited than current Palestian leadership.

The US and EU should not provide money to groups that advocate terrorism as a political tool.

Corruption will be curtailed, but Hamas is unlikely to work toward a lasting solution.

Perhaps Hamas will moderate, but I'm not ready to believe that until they start acting like a legitimate government.

-The Franchise
Question #23138 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do worms yawn? My friends and I had a debate over this and I decided to settle it once and for all.

- stickittotheman

A: Hippie Hangover,

No. They have no lungs.

Happy Hunting
A: Dear Sticky,

...You were talking about worms yawning?

I think you need some new conversation topics.

"Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic - chickpeas. Neither a chick nor a pea. Discuss."

I'm totally kidding. Enjoy talking about worms.

A: Dear Stickittotheman,

The man-eating worms in BYU's underground tunnels never yawn either. They never yawn and they never, ever sleep. Beware.

- Lavish
Question #23137 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm a tall girl (5'8) and i've been noticing around campus that the guys here are on the short i was wonder
How many students that are at BYU are:
1) Of the male gender
2) Single
3) Taller than 5'10?

- Feeling like a giant

A: Dear Feeling,

(Raises his hand). That's one.

That is all.

A: Dear Feeling,

I'm two of the three. Does that help?

-- Only 5' 7"
A: My Dearest Feels Like a Giant,

All of the above.

-The Right Reverend Rusky Roo
A: Dear feeling like a giant-

is not what I would term "tall";
most guys here are more.

-Grabthar's Hammer

Note: the average height of an American male is 5'10", younger men (like those at BYU) are usually above that mark.
A: Dear Feeling like a giant,

According to, about 40% of American single men are 5'10 or taller. According to, 32% of the men at BYU are married, leaving you with 68% of them single. And of about 30,000 students, 51.7% are men.

This gives you approximately 15,510 men, 10,547 of which are single. If we assume that BYU's single height demographics don't diverge significantly from American single height demographics in general*, then you've got something like 4,219 single men at BYU who are over 5'10 to choose from. This is about 14.1% of the total population of BYU undergrads, which means that about one in every seven people you meet at BYU will fit those standards. I think the numbers are in your favor.

-A. A. Melyngoch

*BYU's population is probably on average taller, because it's also ethnically homogenous with far fewer people of Hispanic or Asian descent than the United States generally, but I don't feel like working in all the statistics when I doubt it will alter the outcome significantly.
Question #23136 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Horatio and the rest of the board,

oooh! I would like to join the Horatio fan club! So, let's choose from the list . . . why on earth was Susan Sarandon carrying the Olympic flag into the stadium? Her's isn't exactly the first name I think of when I think Olympics. For that matter, how did the rest of those eight women get there as well?

- The Answer is 42

A: Dear How Many Roads must a Man Walk Down,

I have actually created a Horatio Fan Club blog that you can join and make posts with other Horatio fans. E-mail me for an official invitation.

As for Susan Sarandon... well, clearly the entire Olympic Flag carrying was a political statement. On one level, the host country is allowed to make political statements at the opening ceremonies (we sure did in 2002 with the 9/11 flag... as cool as that was). At the same time, I think having Sarandon there was just a little over the top.

According to Reuters, the Turin organizers bragged that this would be the first flag carried all by women... with "a strong civil commitment."

According to the statement: "(These are) Eight women representing all women in the world symbolizing peace, fraternity and communication among cultures."

The eight bearers were all political activists. Traditionally the bearers include people from all 7 continents. This year they were:
Italian Actress Sophia Lorean (AKA: the most beautiful woman in history... I mean, she still looks good at 72)
Chilean writer Isabel Allende
1984 Olympic champion Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco
American actress Susan Sarandon
Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner)
Italy's International Olympic Committee member Manuela Di Centa
2000 Olympic gold medalist Maria Mutola of Mozambique
Cambodian activist Somaly Mam

Now, as far as I can tell, Susan Sarandon's only real activist work is whining about the evil Republicans. I mean... we couldn't find a more prominent American woman to walk with the flag? That's depressing. And, to call her commitment to anything "civil"... it's a travesty. I don't think that woman has ever been civil unless she was playing a character (and even then...?).

I think that, with the choice of Susan Sarandon, the organizers were trying to make a statement about American foreign policy. I surmise that it was an intentional decision and a wanted symbol. I can't think of any other reason to have her there.

I'm glad they did an all-woman flag bearing... I just think they could have chosen a better woman from the USA... or from Canada for that matter. I mean... The Client was good... but not that good.

That is all.

Question #23135 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have recently refound my love of pesto. Where can the best pesto (quality, and price) be found in the area? Where does BYU purchase theirs?

- Tiki

A: Dear Tiki,

Isn't Pesto just an amazing thing? I think Pesto Sauce should be knighted... so it can be Sir Pesto.

Anyways, I have found decent pesto sauces at Smiths and Costco on occasion. The Smiths version was pretty expensive.

If you're interested in Pesto on your Pizza (which I sure am interested in) you should try Pier 49 Sourdough Pizza (one on Center Street, the other on north University Ave). The new Pizza Place above the Thai restaurant on 820 N. also has a decent Pesto Pizza. He also makes these Pesto pizza rolls... they are quite tasty (but cause some serious indigestion and unpleasant breath... it is a small price to pay).

SO, most grocery stores sell Pesto sauce, it is just expensive. Costco has sauce in more bulk, and it is pretty good.

Enjoy your Pesto. It's easy going green.

That is all.

Horatio the Pesto Chef
Question #23134 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have found a new aspiration - to be a locksmith. I have tried to find out information about training, licensing, etc., but have been rather unsuccessful. What do I need to do? By any chance, does BYU offer anything along these lines (I searched BYU's website but found nothing relevant). Thanks!

- The lonesome Scrumhalf

A: Dear Scrumhalf,

Well, there is a certification to be become a locksmith. Lots of correspondence education programs offer that certification.

BYU, however, does not. Your best best is to get hired on with BYU's locksmith shop. Talk to Lamar at 422-5421 and let him know you're interested.

Question #23133 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I do not currently own any of the Star Wars movies because I'm waiting to buy all six in one big boxed DVD set. How long am I going to have to wait? Such a package does not currently exist, if I am not mistaken.

- If it's too much longer DVDs will become obsolete

A: Dear obsolete,

You're right, DVD's are going to become obsolete. Well, not quite obsolete, but the current format will. And the big box set you are referring to will probably not be in the current DVD format.

Straight out of Wikipedia:
2007 Blu-ray "archival" editions
Lucas has hinted in the past, and it is most likely assumed, that he will release his definitive, often called "archival" editions of all six of his Star Wars films on a next-generation home-video format in 2007. This release would coincide with, and celebrate, the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga. It has been speculated that he will take this opportunity to make any final adjustments, changes, additions, and/or subtractions to his films for this final release. It is said that this edition will be released in a "saga" box set, and the home video format will most likely be Blu-ray, as 20th Century Fox, as well as he himself have said they prefer this format. Lucasfilm Vice President of marketing Jim Ward confirmed that in this final release, Lucasfilm is likely to return to John Lowry to do even more work on the films (possibly digital contemporisation of the original trilogy). He says "As the technology evolves and we get into a high-definition platform that is easily consumable by our customers, the situation is much better, but there will always be work to be done."
So, sometime next year and in Blu-ray.

Question #23132 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board writers who are also fans of Arrested Development,

I don't know how I feel about the last four episodes of Arrested Development. I mean, they were good, but not exactly a slam bang finish. So, how did you like the end (or was it?) of the series? Any random comments or observations would be appreciated.

- Heretical in Heritage

A: Dear HnH,

I actually liked the last four episodes. I mean, they had to bring an end to the story. I think it was a little contrived and rushed... I mean... we must end... NOW!! But, that wasn't the writers' fault.

I think the tryst between Gob and Anne was a little weird. But, I also knew they would actually hook up George Michael and Maybee.

And, in the end, Michael and his son rode off into the sunset and left the rest of the family to fend for themselves.

I really liked the series, except for one issue: they couldn't stand to let Michael be good. I mean, he started out as the only virtuous one in the family, but they kept hitting his moral fiber in every show. And, although he was still a better person than his siblings (adopted and otherwise). Oh well.

Overall, I think the show was hilarious. It is just sad that we find such horrible people entertaining.

That is all.

Question #23131 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What makes a parking spot a "Compact" spot? Is it the width? The length? The length of "backing up and getting out space"? Are there any regulations or is it up to the discretion of the lot painter?

- Is A Minivan A Compact?

A: Dear Driver,

Compact parking spots are determined by the length of the stall. Each city makes their own rules about the dimensions of the stall as well as how many spots there need to be, how many of those spots need to be disability spots, how many can be compact, etc. I did compare a few different local cities though and their regulations all seem to be pretty similar.

According to Provo City Code , all parking spaces need to be at least eight and a half feet by eighteen feet. There wasn't anything about compact spaces for Provo though so I went with Lehi because they require the same size of standard parking stalls. In Lehi, compact spaces are nine feet by sixteen feet. So that's the difference. The average standard stall is two feet longer than compact stalls.

Now, to address your second question. Is a minivan considered a compact? Right off the bat I would say no but I'd like to give you evidence as well (read: I want you to admire my math skills).

(The following dimensions are based on 2006 models and in length x width format. I also converted all of them from millimeters or inches to feet.)

Nissan Quest- 17.01' x 6.47'
Honda Odyssey- 16.76' x 6.43'
Toyota Sienna- 16.66' x 6.45'
Ford Freestar- 16.75' x 6.37'
Kia Sedona- 16.83' x 6.53'

Compact Cars
Nissan Sentra- 14.79 x 5.61'
Honda Civic- 14.57' x 5.74'
Toyota Corolla- 14.86' x 5.78'
Ford Focus- 14.6' x 5.78'
Kia Rio- 13.91' x 5.56'

As you can see, the vehicles would all fit in the width of a compact or standard parking spot. However, if a compact stall is only sixteen feet, all of the minivans would be longer than the compact spots. So no. A minivan would not be considered a compact (and how ‘bout those math skills?).

- Lavish

P.S. I wonder if my car is compact... Let's see... 4,394 divided by 10... times .394... divided by 12... 14.42... Huh. Yeah, mine is compact. Cool.
Question #23118 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What was being filmed in the parking lot of the Provo library on Friday night?

- B.Y.

A: Dear B.Y.,

I talked to Matt with the Provo City library events staff and he kind of laughed and said they have no idea. He wasn't even sure who the people talked to for permission or what they were doing. Matt did say that you might want to talk to Gene Nelson who is the Director of Events for the library. I would call for you but Mr. Nelson won't be in until next Wednesday and Friday and I want to let this post before then. In any event, you can call the library at (801)852-6650 (then option 5 and option 2) and they'll be happy to help.

- Lavish
Question #23007 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
How do you become one of the camera operator at devotionals and such?

-Lights, camera, action!

A: Dear LCA,

I have a family member that is in charge of the Church's Audio/Visual department. Guess what, he was able to get me fifth row tickets to the October General Conference. Not to brag or anything but-- oh wait. Yeah, I don't mind bragging.

Anyway, so I talked to this particular family member and he said you'd want to get in touch with KBYU. Unfortunately, they're making changes to the leadership over at KBYU this very week which makes it hard to tell exactly who you'd want to contact so he said to email him with a resume and whatnot and he'd get you in touch with the right person. I'd rather not post his email address but if you want to email me personally, I can give it to you.

There's also this website that you may want to take a look at as well.

- Lavish