"My brother is too kind. He was eminent when my eminence was only imminent." -Niles Crane
Question #25914 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Between question and response, the kissing question on the 15th contained the word "kiss" 28 times. Dude.

- It's lost all meaning.

A: Dear meaningless,

That's nothing. Try Board Question #4019, Board Question #5293, Board Question #5192 or Board Question #3400.

- the librarian
Question #25912 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Board Question #21335:
Someone has been nice and transcribed the prologue and We're so far away, although unforunatly none of the other songs.


Question #25857 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why was BYU built so far from SLC? Who decided to put it in a spot that would've once been (and even still is) considered rather far from the church's headquarters? And also, when was Provo founded in relation to SLC's founding?

- The bomb.com

A: Dear thebomb.com-

SLC already had the University of Deseret, so it made sense to put the Brigham Young Academy in Provo. The city was founded in 1849, two years after the arrival of the initial pioneers in Salt Lake, and had even been suggested as the location to put the Church's main settlements, but Salt Lake was deemed "the right place" instead.

-The Franchise
Question #25855 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am taking an adolescent lit class in the fall and I want to get a head start on the reading requirements. I have to read thirty novels and I was wondering if you had any good ideas for books I could read. I'm not 100% sure on the requirements (length, subject matter), but I am open to anyone's ideas.

- needs a good book...30 good books.

A: Dear needs a good book,
Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell
The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
The Sword and the Circle, by Rosemary Sutcliff
A: Dear needs a good book,

YA lit is sort of a tricky area to define. Some books come off as long children's books, and some seem like light adult reading. Here are some books I've enjoyed that might qualify as adolescent literature:

The Giver, Lois Lowry
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine, L'Engle
The Chosen, Chaim Potok
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

I also found this site which, thought cluttered, offers a bunch of links to YA booklists all over the web.

Happy reading!

- Katya the librarian
Question #25852 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

what's the difference between the words "presume" and "assume". All ass jokes aside.

- chronically curious

A: Dear chronically curious,

What's the difference? Not much. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language lists them as synonyms, and I'd say there wasn't much difference between the two in terms of semantic space or register. In modern usage, both mean something like "to take for granted" and in older usage both meant "to take upon oneself." In fact, they come from the same root, "sumere," meaning "to take" in Latin. I tend to associate "presume" with British murder mysteries, but that's the only distinction I can really think of.

- Katya
A: Dear cc,

In my mind, assume can come at the beginning or end of the sentence, but presume only comes at the end of the sentence.

-Dr. Livingston, I presume?
Question #25851 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there any truth to the rumor that Bob Ross learned to paint his happy trees while in prison for killing his wife?

- These Go To Eleven

A: What Ho Nigel Tufnel!

I'm afraid that there isn't any truth to the rumor. Just like Mr. Rogers was never a Marine sniper, Bob Ross never spent time 'inside'.

Instead, Mr. Ross spent twenty years with the U.S. Air Force, minding people's medical records, and he took up painting when he was stationed in Alaska as a way to pass the time.

Though, I suppose that's a bit like being in prison.

You can read all about Mr. Ross here.

- Bertie Wooster, who used to love watching Bob Ross paint.
Question #25850 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Branflakes and the rest of the Mighty 100 Hour Board,

Wow, you seem to be answering a lot of questions Branflakes! Do you have a lot of time on your hands? Classes and/or work not taking up enough of your time? Because if you do have so much extra time then you should definitely come down to Doc's Pizza Buffet on Friday night for karaoke night where I will be trying to find Horatio! (Whom I read faithfully and have become fascinated with his overall brilliance.) Which brings me to my general question: do the members of the board ever worry that if they hang out together that they will all get their cover blown at the same time and do they therefore decide not to travel in packs? Or is that just something silly and trivial that they just figure they can deny and no harm will come to the board's secrecy?

- The Cheeky Chickie

A: Dearest Chickade,

I would rather die then reveal my true identity or have the secrets of the board be known. Ok, well...maybe thats not entirely true....or even mostly true.

Part of what makes this board great is the ability we as writers to be completely anonymous. Honestly, what fun would the board be if everyone knew who each other was. As my good friend Thomas Carlyle once said, "Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious."

As for me answering a lot of questions, this very well could be true. However, I could be answering the same amount of questions as I normally have, just under a different alias. I would tell you one way or the other for $20 and a cheesecake. :)

By the time this question posts, the weekend will have already happened. You may or may not have noticed that I was in Idaho for my good friend's wedding, so I of course missed karaoke night. Hopefully if you found Horatio, you bought werf dinner. It's the least you could've done.

A: Dear Cheeky Chickie,

Oooh, funny story! So Pa Grape invited a bunch of us over to his house for a game night. There were maybe fifteen or twenty of us over there, split into four or five groups. So then a friend of his (Pa Grape's) calls and he's not busy so Pa Grape invites him over to play games, too. So he comes over and it's all good and we're having fun, but after five or ten minutes he realizes that we're kind of an odd group and he says "So, how do you all know each other?"

Dead silence, combined with some guilty / panicked looks to each other. Finally someone mumbles "We're second cousins. All of us."

Anyway, as far as general secrecy goes . . . most people at BYU have no clue what the 100 Hour Board is, and couldn't care less about our "secret" identities. So we don't have to take as many precautions as you might think. (I could wear my Board shirt all day with a nametag that says "Katya" and I doubt anyone would notice.)

- Katya
A: Dear branflakes,

I'll give you a cheesecake...oh wait, you still owe me one. Sort of. :)

-The young lady no longer in question
A: Dearest Cheeky Chickie,

We Board writers are great on paper (or online) but few are actually the same in person as the clever, edited, polished, re-written online personas would have you believe. Because the bulk of the writers are not really the way the readers imagine, I doubt that upon meeting a group of us, people would "recognize" us. I get recognized a lot when people know I'm a Board writer but that's just because I talk how I write. I'm also as likely to tell you the same thing to you face with the same words as I would answer a question. Not all writers are quite as brave/foolish/outgoing/whathaveyou. Now, a lot of us know each other in other settings and sometimes the Board comes up. I was with another writer when a classmate was talking about how funny so-and-so was and how clever all writers were and how they would LOVE to receive romantic advice from a certain writer. The other writer and I laughed because we realized that the writer the reader had imagined was probably not the best person in the world to as for romantic advice considering a situation that we were both aware of that the readers had no clue about. So, no, we take no extra precautions because in real life Horatio doesn't run around closing every statement with "That is All", Mojoschmoe doesn't shout "Hooray!" at every chance, and Brutus doesn't really think everyone might hate him.

-ironically incognito
A: Dear Cheeky,

This one time I went bowling with a bunch of other Board writers at the Game Center, and we all used our nyms as our bowler names. Yeah, I think most of us aren't too worried about being found out.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
A: Dear Ironically Incognito:

But I do say "Hooray!" a lot in conversations. . .I basically put it whenever I can.


Question #25848 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

If you had access to three magical wishes from an all-powerful Genie, but you accidentally wasted your first two wishes on chips and dip, then what would your third be?

Mine would be to have the magical ability to CREATE MONEY out of thin air. That power would come in handy. Granted, I'd have to be careful to not overuse it, lest I cause inflation in our economy.

(Note that the traditional Genie rules apply: He won't kill people for you, force love, or grant you extra wishes)

- Chris

A: Dear Chris,

While wishing for more wishes is clearly out, I notice there's no provision banning wishing for more genies. That seems like the obvious solution to me.

- Optimistic.
A: Dear Chris,

I would ask for world peace.

Question #25846 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Experienced Researchers,

I'm interested in learning about businesses and companies as they relate to the stock market. The websites I've visited and the programs I've heard all endorse investigating ones prospective companies (their track record, business practices, assets, etc.) personally rather than relying on advice from others. How can I conduct this research? I'm not a fan of google; the sites they come up with only rarely have the information I want. Also, I'd like to avoid the obviously biased rhetoric of company owned propaganda websites, if possible.
- Mr. Darcy

A: Dear Mr. Darcy,

I've found Hoovers.com to be quite helpful. They include quite a bit of unbiased corporate information that is mostly available for free. For a price, premium services are also available. Hopefully it's what your looking for.

Question #25844 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Has anyone ever actually won $50,000 playing Plinko on the Price is Right? If so how many and how long ago did it happen?

thanks, Notsiverc

A: Dear Notsiverc,

Hélas, no one has ever won the full $50,000 prize on Plinko. With the current $10,000 slot on the board, the closest anyone has ever come is $23,000. On primetime specials with a $20,000 slot, the most anyone has ever won is $40,000.

Without a strategy and assuming the board is random, the odds of winning the full $50,000 are about 1 in 59,049, or 0.0017%.

With a strategy--that of dropping the chip down the center of the board, between the fourth and fifth pegs from the left in the top row--the odds of winning the full $50,000 are about 0.0584%.

Don't we all just love Wikipedia?

Question #25843 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I live near the stadium and have been dealing with the construction over there ever since football season was over. Now, my question for you is what are they doing? They took out the fun rolling hills of grass and put in yucky cement. Why? What is the purpose and I'm guessing it will all be done before the start of the 2006-2007 season right?

- Alishka Babushka- a true blue cougar fan.

A: Dear Alisha,

To get things straight, there are actually several projects happening at the Lavell Edwards Stadium right now. The one that you have seen, which happens to be the most visible, is the new truck bays. There used to barely be room for a single television broadcast truck outside of the stadium, and now there are room for many.

There have also been added a whole section of bathrooms/etc. on the east side of the stadium, under the bleachers.

All of the construction is very near completion, and will be up and running for the new football season.

Question #25842 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are some good questions I can use to practice my Board writing skills?

-Paperback Writer

A: Dear Writer,

Lucky for you, there are usually between 10-50 questions posted everyday! Use some will power and just read the questions without reading our answers. Research the question and see what you can find out, then see how we responded. There's no bad questions, just your questions! :)

I guess you could also start going up to random people and asking them for questions. That's sorta what happens here. Good luck.


I used the word question 6 times in this response. That's quite a few.
A: Dear Paperback:

Going along with what branflakes has said. . .you could also look at the FAQs for the Board, answer them yourself, then look at all the answers we've come up with. We tend to get those a lot.

A: Dear Paperback Writer,

Why not set up an account at Yahoo Answers? Then you could be doing some research on actual questions, instead of pretending to answer old Board questions. (As an added bonus, they allow question askers to rate the answers given, so you'd get some feedback.) This is not to say that The Board isn't different from Yahoo Answers in a lot of ways, but at least you'd get some question answering practice.

- Katya
Question #25840 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are the lyrics to the minstrel show from White Christmas? I love that movie and can't find lyrics anywhere.

- Vi

A: Dear Vi,

The minstrel show is a medley, featuring three different songs, "I'd Rather See a Minstrel Show," "Mister Bones," and "Mandy."

The lyrics to "I'd Rather See a Minstrel Show" are as follows:
I never cared about the drama
The drama always got my "hammer"
I came from sunny Alabama
Home of the Minstrel show
I think revues are always "bloomers"
They all depend upon costumers
You can have the plays
That are all the craze
At two dollars a throw

I'd rather see a minstrel show
Than any other show I know

Oh! those comical folks
With their riddles and jokes

Here is the riddle that I love the best
"Why does a chicken go...?" You know the rest

I'd pawn my overcoat and vest
To see a minstrel show

The lyrics to "Mister Bones" are as follows:

Ladies and gentlemen, be seated
Mister Bones, Mister Bones
How do you feel, Mister Bones?


Mister Bones feels rattlin'!
Ha, ha, ha, ha, that's a good one
Tell a little story, Mister Bones

Tell a little story, Mister Bones

How can you keep an angry dog from biting you on Monday?

That joke is old, the answer is to kill the dog on Sunday

That's not the way to keep a dog from biting you on Monday

How would you bring the thing about?

Have the doggie's teeth pulled out!

Oh, Mister Bones, that's terrible!

Yes, Mister Bones, that's terrible!

And now we'll hear the ballad singer's pet
A song we'll ne'er forget
By the barnyard quartette

Yes, my darling, you shall be, shall be
Always young and fair to me
That's a song that never will grow old
"Silver threads among the gold"

Mister Interloc'ter

What is wrong with you?

I know of a doctor

Tell about him, do

Sad to say, one day he fell
Right into a great big well

That's too bad

It serves him right

Why speak in such a tone?

He should have attended to the sick
And let the well alone

That's a joke that was told
By the minstrel men we miss
When Georgie Primrose used to sing
And dance to a song like this:

The lyrics to "Mandy" are as follows:
I was strolling out one evening by the silv'ry moon
I could hear somebody singing a familiar tune
So I stopped a while to listen
Not a word I wanted to miss
It was just somebody serenading something like this

There's a minister handy
And it sure would be dandy
If we'd let him make a fee
So don't you linger
Here's the ring for your finger
Isn't it a humdinger?
Come along and let the wedding chimes
Bring happy times
For Mandy and me

I hope that's what you wanted.

Question #25837 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What would be your advice to an outgoing sister missionary? Any words of caution? Encouragement?

- Hurrah!

A: Dear Excited,

Look beyond what you see and love the people you serve, no matter what. The Lord needs compassionate, Christlike missionaries to really find those searching for the truth, whether they be in a five-story mansion or a cardboard box. Pray for Christlike love.

A: Dear Hurrah,

My sister just got back from her mission a couple months ago and although she's getting less awkward, she still thinks like a sister missionary. And I think she was a cute little sister missionary.

Anyway, here's her advice.

- Lavish

For Hurrah:

Pray about going. Pray to know what the Lord expects from you, and why you're going. If you have never felt like you needed to know that the Church is true, pray and ask anyway. However you found out the Church was true ends up being a testimony that you have many occasions to share on your mission. Pray to have the Spirit with you, even before you go. Pray to be able to follow it.

If you haven't studied Preach My Gospel yet, study it. You can start learning the lessons from Chapter 3. If you don't have a study journal yet, get / start one.

I highly recommend reading Jesus the Christ, if you haven't already read it. Also, the Missionary Library changed when Preach My Gospel started, so if you're going to wish you'd read books like Articles of Faith, or Mormon Doctrine, or different church books that are not part of the current Missionary Library, now is the time.

People love stories. Start thinking about how the gospel has influenced your life. Think of that one time when you fasted or paid your tithing and you found what you were looking for, or were able to pay the bills anyway. Think about how the gospel has blessed your family. (People everywhere care about their families, and that's something that is easy to talk to them about.) They don't have to be exciting or long... just something sincere that comes from your heart.

On my mission, we did a bunch of group 'family home evenings' as a way to share the gospel with people. We were always looking for clever lessons and games to share. I think if I would have done a quick search online before my mission, I could have had more ideas. This may or may not matter to you. A lot of times when we had object lessons (like the one where you make a chicken out of a towel), or cool visuals that tied in with the scriptures, etc, it would keep peoples' attention and spark their interest. There isn't always a lot of time to prepare for individual appointments, so if you can do some of that ahead of time, you may be glad you did. Same thing with visual aides. Some sisters like to spend a lot of time doing little visuals to show how the Plan of Salvation goes, or different things. If you know you're going to want to do that kind of stuff, and you have the time now, do it before the mission instead of wasting valuable teaching time during your mission.

Keep a good journal or diary while you're there.

If it still has handkerchiefs on the list of things to bring, don't bring them. Unless you currently use handkerchiefs. I never saw a single missionary use one during my entire mission.

Same thing with clothes hangers. There are hundreds and hundreds of them free for the taking at the MTC, and all of my apartments were more than amply supplied with them. Don't waste your luggage space with them.

I wished I hadn't bought cheap luggage. I had a companion who had bought Ricardo luggage from Costco for pretty cheap. She was really glad she had it. I was miserable every transfer day because mine fell apart. That's still up to you, and maybe it depends on where you go, too.

Decide that you're going to be obedient, and then don't waste any time fighting against the rules.

Do your best to love everyone you meet, instead of judging them.

A mission is the kind of thing where you get as much out it as you put into it. It can be very rewarding.

Your mission will stretch you and will build you a wonderful foundation for the rest of your life. While there will be difficult experiences, they'll teach you to rely on the Lord. You will develop a very solid testimony.

Serving my mission was the best decision I've made in my life. I wouldn't have traded that time for anything. I'm sure you'll have a similar experience.

I wish you the best.

Lavish's sister.
Question #25835 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

If your face is not perfectly symmetrical, and you wear eyeglasses, should they be adjusted to be crooked so your eyes look straight? Or should the glasses always be perfectly straight and your eyes just look crooked?

- lopsided

A: Dear Loppy,

I've had glasses since the 3rd grade and have had quite the number of pairs fitted to my face as the life expectancy was not long for a kid like I was. :) Glasses are fitted to your face so that they will rest comfortably on your nose as well as your ears. They are also fitted so as to not fall off if you look down.

The number one reason you wear glasses is so you are able to see better, more so then a cosmetic addition. Since they are fitted to your face, glasses would most definitely be aligned with your eyes. I'm not much of a glasses type person, so I have come to fall in love with my contacts. Talk with your eye doctor the next time you go in if you still have concerns.

Here's to better vision!

Question #25828 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am living in Amman this summer and have been sick with diarrhea the whole time I've been here thus far (a month and a half). Other people here have been sick too, but they all started drinking coke and seem to have gotten over it. I am allergic to caffine (yup...no chocolate, no nothing...and it's okay because I haven't had it for a long time and don't miss it...don't feel sorry for me) - it makes me throw up along with a bunch of other less than fun things, so drinking coke would be kind of counter-productive since I'd then be...well...

I don't really feel sick other than that, and it is kind of off and on so I don't feel that it is that serious. I also don't speak Arabic so I really don't want to go to the doctor (even though I do have the church sponsored SOS card and travel insurance).

Is there anything that I can do to perhaps rid myself of this? (I have checked the archives and there is one post that was semi-helpful but I'm looking more for the travel kind). I've looked online and have found a lot of general information but am really hoping that, even though you can't give medical advice, if Horatio or Petra or some other Middle-Eastern savvy person could give me some advice?

- Doin' all that I can while sitting on the can

A: Dear Sitting on the Can,

There are a lot of different causes for a loose stool (which is the word used on the back of most medicines to combat diarrhea). Anything from dehydration to parasites to simple bad digestion.

First of all: Stay Hydrated. Stay VERY Hydrated. Amman is hot and dry in the summer, and you need to drink a LOT of water... bottled water. Water helps flush your system.

Second, try to find a non-caffeinated soda to drink on occasion. Coke has a special tendency to burn weird things out of your intestinal tract, but Sprite and other non-caffeinated carbonated sodas can help.

Third, for Pete's sake... if you feel sick and this happens to regularly: go to a doctor. In Amman, many of the Doctors are English speaking and trained either in Europe or America. Talk to someone in the branch about a good, recommended doctor and go get yourself checked out. If you can't get rid of Diarrhea... you may need some simple medications. In the states, I'd just take an Immodium equivalent, but I have never figured out what the Immodium equivalent is in Jordan.

Fourth, try to eat a balanced diet. I know, that is hard in Amman. But, keep yourself balanced with what you eat. Eat a lot of bread and other stuff that will calm your stomach. Middle Easterners don't seem to like normal Cheese that much. Man, I miss it when I'm abroad!

Finally, get to know the semi-clean bathrooms in the area. McDonalds is always good for a decent toilet (thankfully). And, enjoy the joy of the bidet (or simple hose-attachment equivalent). You may also want to learn a few simple Arabic phrases to learn where a restroom may be located.

Good luck getting the plumbing back into shape. Living abroad is always funky like that.

That is all.

Horatio the Traveller.
Question #25827 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How long have you waited in a relationship to say "I love you"? I realize that every relationship is different, but I'm wondering how it went for all of you.

- in love

A: Dear Lovey,

With Mr. Nike and me, it was two months.

Ah, love...

A: Dear in love,

For us, it took about four months, depending on how we define when the relationship actually started.

- de novo -
A: Dear in love-

For Kev-Head and I, it took about a month and a half. It was something about us both being tired and it being finals week and a fun FHE activity and being twitterpaited that made me say it. Yes. Me. I said it first. . .hmn.

Who says it needs to be a big blown out event anyway?

A: Dear il,

It was exactly a month after we first kissed, and almost two months after we started dating. He said it first, but it was after a date that I took him on.

-Mrs. X
A: Dear in love,

Each relationship is different.

A couple years ago I had one guy that said it to me after, I'm not even kidding, maybe two weeks. It was The Most Awkward Thing, ever.

- Lavish
A: Dear in love-

It depends on what you mean by 'relationship'. I've gone on dates with people weeks or even months before dropping all other potential relationships. If the determining factor is exclusivity, then I think the shortest amount of time was about a week and a half before I told her that I loved her. If the time measurement includes that preliminary dating time, a month or more.

-The Franchise
A: Dear in love,

Three months.

-no longer in love
A: Dear in love,

Oh goodness. I seem to be the slow one here. In my former relationship, it took me about, oh, 10 months or so (granted, we were technically broken up for about 6 months of that) and even then it was impulsive, in the middle of the biggest fight we'd had. In another relationship, it's been about 6 months or so and I haven't said it. What can I say? I'm emotionally cautious.

I notice, though, that nearly everyone answered the question about the person who is now their spouse. What about the others, guys?

Question #25826 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is an equivalent course to Coll. Algebra 110?

- Winken

A: Dear Winky,

I assume you are talking about BYU's MATH 110 College Algebra course. I also assume you are asking what high school course would be equivalent to it. The Fall 2005 syllabus for Math 110 (http://www.math.byu.edu/~howard/110/index.htm) lists the different concepts covered in the course: functions, polynomials, theory of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, permutations, combinations, and the binomial theorem. This sounds like what I learned in my high school Pre-Calculus class. Actually, now they call it College Algebra/Trigonometry. The current course description says: "This course synthesizes Algebra 2, Geometry and Trigonometry concepts to prepare students for Calculus...In depth studies of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs as well as systems of equations, matrices, conic sections and probability are followed by topics and applications of Trigonometry." Yep, sounds like most of the same concepts. Different schools may call it different names, but if it covers the same concepts, they are equivalent courses. If this is not what you were asking about, please submit another response to clarify your question.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
Question #25825 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just recently went to see the new Joseph Smith video at the JS Memorial Building in Salt Lake. I noticed that in the film all the characters wore their wedding rings on their right ring finger rather than the left as we do now. When/why did this practice change?
Just Wandering

A: Dear Wanderer,

Gee, all these perceptive people! See Board Question #24376 for an answer.

A: Dear Wandering,

I noticed that, too. Glad you asked.

Question #25824 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Okay, so talking about mouths gives me really bad goosebumps. I freak out. So this is a hard question to ask, but I think it'd be harder not knowing. So. Sometimes people get a little chunk of food in their mouth when they're not eating. (A little white chunk or maybe it looks like corned beef hash with red stuff...eew) I've heard two theories to why this is: 1) it's a bubble of air in your stomach and it pushes up partially digested food, and 2) it's something (they even gave a name) made by your tonsils. Aaah I'm getting goosebumps. I think it's choice #2, because they gave the name for it. Is that true, how does it work, and what is it called?


A: Dear goosey,

No need for the goosebumps. It's just one of those weird things that bodies do sometimes. They are called tonsil stones, or tonsiliths.

See this Board question for more information.

- de novo -
Question #25813 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why isn't soccer (football) as popular in the U.S. as it is in the rest of the world?

- Learning to like the other football

A: What Ho My Footy Loving Friend!

It's a question that I've been contemplating for some time, and I'm of a divided mind on it.

The practical minded part of me wants to say it's because we already have a full year of sports the people follow here in the US - From Baseball in the Spring to Basketball in the Winter, with seasons so long they all overlap considerably. With all that sport, there just isn't time, or need for another game to come along and but its way into the schedule. Plus, there are many folks in the US of A who aren't very familiar with the finer points of Proper Football's rules, the strategy and the general ins and outs.
Sort of the same reason I hate watching Basket-Ball; it's basically the same game (move a ball from one end of a playing area to another and place it though a goal) - I understand the basics, but, Ogg.

The other argument I have, the more cynical side says that it's the MAN keeping it from broadcast. If you think about it, all the other sports popular in the United States have built in spaces for advertising - American Football games have grown into bloated ad-based affairs that clock in at twice the time they really should take to play. Basketball is rather fast, but time-outs are lengthy and if you miss some of the action due to ads, they just flash up a quick re-play. Baseball has pauses galore; conferences between pitcher and catcher, between manager and pitcher, swapping pitchers, all that. But with Proper Football there may not be much going on at the moment, but, there's always that chance that there will be a big moment, and that everyone will miss it and be cranky - there just isn't time to squeeze in advertising breaks, and because that's how TV stations make money, I figure they'd be loath to air ninety minutes of air-time they're bound to loose money on. So, because the broadcasters don't want to loose money, people aren't exposed to it, and because they're not exposed to it, they never learn to like it. Hence, Proper Football isn't very popular in the United States. Q.E.D.

There is also one more camp, I almost hesitate to mention, because I'm convinced they're very small, but I'll include them just for the sake of argument. They're the people who reject Proper Football for what seem to be nationalistic reasons. Here I sight an experience of one of my friends who was keen on both Baseball and Proper Football in his High School years, however, when the Baseball coach found out that my friend would also be playing on the Proper Football team, the coach relieved my friend of his position on the Baseball team - telling him that Proper Football is a Communist sport. I find logic odd for two reasons. 1) Football as we know it today has its origins in Great Britain, and as luck would have it, so does the modern concept of Capitalism, with both the Football Association, and Adam Smith's An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations being British in origin. 2) It stands to wonder, if Baseball is so inherently Capitalist, why is it that Cuba (lead by noted Baseball enthusiast and known pinko Fidel Castro) routinely beats the stuffing out of America's team. In fact, in this year's World Baseball Classic, even Venezuela ranked higher then the US team. These facts make me doubt the validity of what I'll call the ‘Nationalistic' argument.


However, there does seem to be a small grassroots movement to make Proper Football more popular here in the United States, but, I'm not sure how successful they're going to be - even with the fifth highest ranked team in the world, the average American's apathy is quite astounding. Maybe better performance on the world stage will attract more attention to the sport here. I suppose only time will tell.

Just my two cents, your mileage may vary.

- Bertie, who's convinced that this year Football's coming home. It's been forty years since England took home the World Cup; it's high time they did it again!
A: Dear learning to like the other football-

For semantic reasons, I will be referring to the two footballs as "gridiron" and "soccer." Neither sport has a unique claim on the original football, which was named for the manner of play--that the competitors were not on horseback, like polo. Thus, anyone that believes that their sport is the only true version, whether gridiron, rugby, soccer, Australian rules, or even arena, is reaching for a title that doesn't clearly belong to any of them.

Soccer used to be quite popular in the United States, especially a century ago. The U.S. Open Cup is one of the longest-running national cups in existence, and has been played for more years without a break than any other, including England's FA Cup. The U.S. team at the initial World Cup was not a bad team, reaching the semis of that small tournament. However, the 1930's saw the ascendancy of gridiron, and its superior organization in college, and later in the NFL, meant that gridiron became the widely accepted form of the sport. This also occurred during a phase of American isolationism, which also hurt forms like rugby and soccer, which were commonly associated with the world community, and benefitted native-born sports like basketball and gridiron. (Of course, baseball was already the dominant sport of the era.)

A clear shift has occurred in the last thirty years, though--even though it was largely incremental. The ratings for this year's World Cup clearly indicate widespread support for soccer in America, including both fanatical and casual fans. The emergence of the NASL in the late 1970's, even though it failed, sparked youth soccer participation during the '80's, which supplied the talent needed to qualify for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, at a time that Mexico was disqualified from World Cup qualification. That trip, even though it went quite poorly, meant that the U.S. was granted the 1994 World Cup, which was the most financially successful and most-attended Cup ever, and also led to the creation of a domestic first-division league: Major League Soccer. MLS allowed quality players a chance to continue playing after college, which has created the backbone of the current national team.

In the U.S., soccer is still a niche sport in many ways, but I think this World Cup shows that it is the #4 sport in America, behind football, basketball, and baseball. The main disadvantage soccer currently has is a fractured fan base, which weakens their apparent presence. Many immigrants (and to a lesser degree, their children) have loyalties to teams from home. Some American fans don't watch games that don't involve the national teams. Others prefer to watch only games from the highest-quality leagues: England, Spain, Germany, or Italy. Others, like me, feel little connection to those leagues, and cheer for teams here in the U.S., which are improving each year and provide a greater opportunity to watch games either on TV or in person.

-The Franchise, supporting RSL since 2004.

p.s. R.I.P. Quakes. May you be revived soon.
Question #25789 posted on 06/19/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

On Mypyrimid.gov, when it makes your pyramid it asks for "Amount of moderate or vigorous activity (such as brisk walking, jogging, biking, aerobics, or yard work) you do in addition to your normal daily routine, most days."

But what if your normal daily routine is very energy intensive (landscape install, construction, et al.)? Surely someone with a job like this who doesn't exercise would need to eat more than someone who has a desk job and then rides their bike for 30 min?

- Fredjikrang, the crew member

A: Dear Fredjikrang:

I just typed your name without looking on how to have to spell it. Hooray for that. When using mypyramid.gov, it's best to account for your daily activity as a whole. If you have a labor intensive job, but don't work out other than that then I would count it for 30-60 minutes unless you're literately running for over an hour. We have a tendency to overshoot our exercising, so in my opinion it's best to undershoot it just a little. If you're at a desk job all day and then treadmill for over an hour, that's different--then I would count it for over 60 minutes. But, ultimately you know what you're doing during the day, so you'll have to gander on what to "count" it as.

Hooray for you using mypyramid.gov! It's the best website to use when trying to be healthy!