There is no music in hell, for all good music belongs to heaven. ~Brigham Young
Question #23293 posted on 02/23/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

re Board Question #23127

Just to clear things up here, the daytime TV court shows are a form of alternative dispute resolution called an arbitration. In an arbitration both parties to a dispute sign an agreement wherein they elect to present their case to an "impartial" third party. When signing the arbitration agreement, the parties agree that the arbitrator's ruling will be legally binding and cannot be appealed in court. So essentially it is a legal settlement that is facilitated by someone who presumably has legal expertise and has the capacity to decide the case impartially.

I know that the "judge" in People's Court, for example, (which happens to be one of the more "legit" seeming shows, if you can even say that), was actually a Judge in Florida before doing the show. In other cases the "judges" are certified arbitrators or mediators in the states where they are licensed to practice law.

The producers of these shows research case filings from around the country, usually looking at small claims courts. They try to find the most interesting cases and convince the litigants to have the case arbitrated by Judge Judy, Joe Brown, etc. However, I also think that since the popularity of these shows has skyrocketed, a lot of the litigants end up on the show without having ever filed in court, and instead contact the show directly about having their case heard.

Regarding Texas Justice, Judge Larry Joe Doherty is for real, and is a practicing lawyer in the city of Houston. I have a friend who has tried a case against him. He tells a hilarious story about Larry Joe getting himself so worked up during closing arguments that he picked up a visual aid and flung it across the courtroom, creating a surreal moment of horror for my friend who was a newly admitted attorney at the time.

- Some Guy

Question #23228 posted on 02/23/2006 3:01 a.m.
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I heard that the old 'Times and Seasons' used to run an astrology section. If true, this is delightfully funny.

If you could produce an example of this from the Lee library's archives (I'm not in Provo to do it myself), that would be spectacular.

A: Dear no one,

I agree that this would be amusing if it were true. Unfortunately, I don't think it is. At http://www.centerplace.org/history/ts/about.htm, you can find a text of all of the issues of Times and Seasons that were published. I looked through all of the issues to see if there was anything on astrology, but found nothing. Sorry to disappoint.

Quandary
Question #23227 posted on 02/23/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'll be traveling to Phoenix and I'm going to need to take a taxi or two while I'm there to get around. I'm wondering if taxi's take cash only or if there is a better way to pay the fare.

I'm leaving Thursday so if you can get me an answer before then I'd be much obliged. Thanks for your continued help with random questions!

- Doesn't like carrying cash

A: Dear neither do I,

Most taxis are equipped with machines that can read a credit or debit card. Specifically for Phoenix, three companies that I talked to (Discount Cab, Allstate Cab, and Yellow Cab Company) all said that they provide options for credit card payment. In some cases, not all cabs of a particular company will have credit card readers, so you may have to ask. But, it shouldn't be too difficult to find a cab that allows you to pay with methods other than cash.

Quandary
Question #23226 posted on 02/23/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Okay, I try to be a nice, generous person. I allow my roommates to use my cell phone without discretion for their long-distance calls. I still haven't ever used more than half my minutes--this isn't the problem. The problem is when my roommates leave messages for people (who almost always have stupid long-distance cell phones), and they call my phone instead of the apartment phone. My roommates say every time "this is my roommate's cell phone, so please call my apartment at" the number. But it's rare, if ever, that anyone actually does that.
I know that with cell phones it's way easy to just call back the number that called you, and lots of times people do that without even listening to messages. But I guess it just hit my limit today. I'm recovering from foot surgery(and was reading the Board at the time *grins*) when my phone rang in another room. I hobbled across my apartment in my half-fastened walking cast, barely answered my phone in time and was greeted with "Hi, [Snow White's roomate]?" I was in the process of saying "no, she's not here right now," when the person on the other line says, "Oh, there she is, I see her" and hung up.
Maybe I just needed to rant about this. But is there any way to make it any more clear to the people my roommates call that this isn't their phone? Am I allowed to just yell at these people and say "No, this isn't her, and why don't you get a local number, jerk"? I'm sorry, maybe it's the gimpy foot. But I can't take this any more.
--Snow White, who is breathing deeply and counting to ten

A: Dear Snow White,

You're a good person to let your roommates use your cell phone. However, like you've said, this opens you right up to being taken advantage of by inconsiderate people. It doesn't sound to me like your roommates are the problem; rather, it's their friends who are being tactless and driving you crazy.

Have you talked to your roommates about this problem yet? That seems like the way to go, in my opinion. As long as you don't say anything about it, I can't imagine that they'll be especially motivated to change the situation. Since your roommates sounds like good people, though, I'd hope that if you told them how frustrated this makes you, they'd be willing to make sure their friends called the apartment number rather than your cell phone.

If the problem persists, I think you'd be perfectly justified in telling your roommates that they can't use your phone anymore. While it's certainly a nice thing for you to do, if it's going to result in this sort of a headache for you, you're better off just not opening yourself up to it. I'd hope that they would understand; based on your description of them, it sounds like they would be okay with that.

Best of luck to you. Me, I solve the problem by just not making phone calls in the first place. Gets rid of the problem of needing a cell phone altogether.

- Optimistic.
A: Dear Gimpy,

You may want to check out the owner's manual to your cell phone. Many cell phones have the option of not displaying your phone number when you call other phones. This would make it impossible for people to just dial you back.

-cubic nerd
Question #23225 posted on 02/23/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Who chooses the daily quotes at the top of your site? They're great!

- Rwelean

A: Dear Rwelean,
I do. And so does Pa Grape. Whoever gets to the title bar first wins! Soon we'll have a title bar database that randomly generates quotes up there... we're excited. Huzzah!
-ME
Question #23224 posted on 02/23/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So a really long time ago I heard this song on the radio. Basically, it was about this dude who was starving and somehow ended up in this barn with this banquet, and the people there told him he could only eat if he would dance for them. Anyway, I know that the chorus part kind of goes "I can dance!"...but those are the only lyrics that I know. Anyway...my question is...what's the name of that song, and who's it by? I really want to buy it so I can hear it again.

- Lady Doomfiyah, whose Google skills aren't al they're cracked up to be.

A: Dear LD,

Leo Sayer
Long Tall Glasses

"I was travellin' down the road, feelin' hungry and cold
I saw a sign sayin' food and drinks for everyone
So naturally I thought I would take me a look inside
I saw so much food, there was water comin' from my eye

Yeah there was ham an' there was turkey, there was caviar
An' long tall glasses, with wine up to yar

An' then somebody grabbed me, threw me outta my chair
Said before you can eat, you gotta dance like fred astaire

You know I can't dance, you know I can't dance
You know I can't dance, you know I can't dance
I can't dance

I am a man of the road -- a hobo by name
I don't seek entertainment, just poultry and game
But if it's all the same to you, then yes I will try my hand
If you were as hungry as me then I'm sure you would understand

Hmmm
Now wait a minute
Let me see now

Of course I can dance of course I can dance
I'm sure I can dance, I'm sure I can dance..
I can dance

I can dance
I really hit the floor
Ah feels good
Look at me dancin'

I did a two-step, quick-step and a bossa nova
A little victor silvester, and a rudy valentino
You should a seen me movin', right across the floor
Hand me down my tuxedo, next week I'm comin' back for more

I can dance -- oh yes! I can dance
Look at me dancin' the floor movin'
I feel good -- I can dance
I can dance, I can dance, I can dance."

Helpful Google tip:

You're right, the phrase "I can dance" won't really help you on a vanilla Google search. However, I found the song pretty easily by doing a Google site search on a music lyrics website with the phrase in quotes. (I.e. by typing 'site:musicsonglyrics.com "I can dance" ' into the search field.)

Think like an answer, not like a question. (I have no clue what I really mean by that, but it sounds deep.)

- Katya
Question #23221 posted on 02/23/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I want to get a video from a DVD onto my iPod. I thought this would be relatively straight forward but apparently it's a lot more difficult than I thought. I'm really not trying to pirate the video, I just want to get the practice videos for my ASL class onto my iPod so I can watch them at more convenient times. I'm guessing that's part of what's available with QuickTime Pro, but I'm a pretty cheap college student and I'm sure there are freeware programs out there that will do the same thing.

Thanks!
- TechieChic

A: Dear TechieChic,

Now, there are many options. You just have to make concession. The programs that cost money are easy to use, but aren't free. The free programs aren't easy to use.

That said, here's a guide of how to use Videora, a free program. http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/guides.html#1000

Now, if you happen to want to try out a few that aren't free, they often have free trials. Check some out at http://www.moviesonyouripod.com/ .

-cubic nerd
Question #23076 posted on 02/23/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I read that question about the root beer and sticking your fingers in it and I remembered in my German class in high school the kids would say something to the effect of wiping your finger on the side of your nose and then wiping the sides of your beer glass. Now since I am not a drinking type and you probably aren't either, what is the point of doing that?

- The World of Alcohol Perplexes Me (Which Is Probably a Good Thing)

A: Dear Non-Drinker (Whoa!! Me Too!! Isn't that great!?),

I have searched high and low to find the answer to this for you. However none of my beer drinking, German friends had any idea what you could possibly mean. (They did however tell me that it is often customary for the person who fetches someone a beer to suck the foam off the top of said beer.) I'm going to guess, however, that touching your nose and then the side of the beer glass serves no real purpose other than to for luck or to keep the beer from going everywhere when it gets poured (as a superstition -- just like us Americans who tap the top of a pop can before opening it). Here are some interesting facts about German beer, just in case you were wondering.

In Germany cheap beer is cheaper than bottled water (Beer is twenty-five cents and water is thirty-five).
In Germany you have to "rent" your beer cans. Well not really, but then again sort of. The cost of a cheap can of beer is typically twenty-five cents, but at the register you have to pay fifty cents. When you return your can you get your extra twenty-five cents back.
Most Germany cities have a local beer that sponsors EVERYTHING in that town (for example Astra is all over Hamburg).
This one time I was taking my bike through the train station in Itzehoe and stopped to talk to the drunk guy that was always there and his dog tried to eat my bike. It was sort of awkward.

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

-- Brutus
Question #23071 posted on 02/23/2006 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

There are at least six cities in the United States named Lynchburg. All but one of the cities (Lynchburg, Ohio) are considered to be below the Mason-Dixon Line. I've found resources saying Lynchburg, Virginia was named after one of the towns founders, and that Lynchburg, Missouri got it's name from the large number of lynchings that took place there in the past. What I'm wondering is, of the four remaining Lynchburgs, how many derive their name from the same sort of activities as Missouri's Lynchburg?

- Mania

A: Dear Mania,

Well, I found seven Lynchburgs including the two you referred to. Here they are with the information I could find on their history. Sources are included.

Lynchburg, IL
According to the Havannah Public Library, they are unable to find any information on why this town was named Lynchburg even after checking multiple Illinois and Mason County histories. The librarian said that the area does not have a history of racist violence though, so she while she acknowledged the possibility it was named for a lynching that took place, she doubted it.

Lynchburg, MO
Named for the many lynchings that took place there in 19th century. (Wikipedia)

Lynchburg, OH
According to the nice gal at the Lynchburg Library, the town was named for Lynchburg, VA.

Lynchburg, SC
Simply, the town is named for the river it is near, the Lynch River. (http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=13246)

Lynchburg, TN
The story goes that a long time ago there was a whipping post used by the local residents to help keep order in their little community. The small, weakly man by the name of Lynch was usually chosen to administer the punishments and the town eventually became to be know as Lynchburg. (From a small packet of information on the county that the Moore County Library gives out to visitors.)

Lynchburg, TX
The Handbook of Texas Online indicates that the town as named for Nathaniel Lynch who ran a ferry there.

Lynchburg, VA
Name for its founder, Charles Lynch. (www.ci.lynchburg.va.us)

I also found mentionings of a Lynchburg, MS that used to exist. The community has kind of dwindled down to just a trailer park now and the area is now known as Walls, MS. The 33 year resident I talked to said she hasn't heard the area referred to as Lynchburg in a long time and had never heard of why it was named as such.

-Rafe