"My brother is too kind. He was eminent when my eminence was only imminent." -Niles Crane
Question #25989 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Hold Music Fanatic (Board Question #25901)

Unless it has been changed, the hold music that BYU uses is the Top 100 Master pieces of Classical Music 1685-1928 (10 CD set from Sam's Club). That's the info that the operators have anyway. I'm not sure if they have changed it or not.


A: Dear Nina,

You are right! The Telephony Engineer told me that it does come those CD's, just that they don't use all of them. Like Branflakes said in Board Question #26901, it took the Brethren 3 years to decide which music was okay to have. In addition, they have several Mo-Tab songs that are played during the year, and during Christmas.

Question #25984 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear First Tenor,

Congrats on breaking into the ranks of the writers! I hope your answers are as good as your questions :)

-Friend of the Board

A: Dear Friend,

You know, I don't consider myself as a well known individual. I especially didn't consider that someone would take notice of the questions that I would ask. I am flattered at the fact that you actually noticed my questions and have now noticed that I have joined the ranks of the writers. I believe it to be a real privilege to be amongst them. Hopefully I will do well in providing unique and interesting answers as I have done with my questions.

First Tenor
Question #25925 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

This is not a political question, but a clerical/check question.

With teacher Jeffery Nielsen fired/not rehired, I presume the Fall Phil 150 H sec. 4 & 8 teacher will be changed eventually? His contract, I presume, did not ectend into fall? also, who will replace him?

-Jason Jackson

A: Dear Jason Jackson,

No, Jeffrey Nielsen will not be teaching at BYU this fall. Actually, it looks like he won't be teaching summer term either. In the June 8 letter from the Department of Philosophy dismissing Nielsen, it says "we will not rehire you after the current term is over" (http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/182245/). I haven't been able to get a hold of the Philosophy Department, but I doubt they already know for sure who will replace him.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
Question #25923 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Okay, so for a while, I had a black-tie event to go to every 4 months or so. So, here I am with my tux, but have run out of excuses to wear it (well... except for my wedding in August) and I really like going to black-tie events (my goal is to go to a white-tie affair at some point in my life). I was wondering if there are any black-tie events in the SLC/Provo area that I could go to with my (soon to be) wife in the Provo/SLC area?

- All Dressed Up and No Where to Go

A: Dear All Dressed Up,
Why don't you invent your own evening of black-tie extravagance?

If not, here are some options, but you might have to wait a few months for some of them:
  • The Utah Technology Council (UTC) is pleased to announce its eighth annual "Hall of Fame" awards dinner. The celebration will honor and induct technology leaders Dr. Jim Kajiya and Dr. Dinesh Patel. The black-tie event will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Little America Hotel, 500 S. Main, Salt Lake City.
  • Beautiful cars deserve a beautiful place to be driven. The state of Utah, with its gorgeous natural scenery and winding routes, is a match made in heaven for your performance vehicle. With the first ever Utah Fast Pass on July 30-Aug. 2, 2006, the Utah Highway Patrol and the new Miller Motorsports Park are giving you the opportunity to experience the state, and your vehicle, as you never have before. More info at http://www.millermotorsportspark.com/detailsFastPass.cfm. For a super finish, there's a grand gala dinner and auction where patrons will sport black-tie and denim. Auction proceeds will benefit the Honoring Heroes Foundation of the Utah Highway Patrol.
  • Celebrate Fire and Ice! Utah is the land of extremes. From world-renowned red rock country to majestic snowcapped peaks, Salt Lake celebrates Fire and Ice as the theme for this year's CESSE 2006 Final Night Gala Banquet. Put on your finest (black tie optional) and get creative. Add a touch of fiery red or icy white to your haute couture and ignite the night. Plan for an evening of exquisite sophistication with icy beverages, epicurean delights and a red-hot dance floor! Thursday, July 27. 6:30 - 7:15pm Reception; 7:30 - 10:30pm Banquet Marriott Downtown Hotel- Grand Ballroom and Foyer. Gala Banquet Sponsored by Salt Lake City Marriott Hotel/Marriott Hotels/ Salt Lake CVB/Modern Exposition Services and Cornerstone Audio Visual
  • 10/28: 26th Annual Jans Winter Welcome: Presented by Youth WinterSports Alliance. 6 pm to 11:30 pm. This elegant black tie gala and auction, hosted by dozens of Park City's celebrity athletes and Olympians, is a sellout each year; get your tickets early! Call 435-901-3715 for more info. www.ywsa.org
  • Join us on September 13, 2006 for the 28th Annual Dinner of Champions, presented by the McCarthey Family, in honor of the heroes in our community. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/utu//event/event_detail.asp?e=13667.
  • UVSC Scholarships: This year, on October 14, more than 500 guests will again arrive at the McKay Events Center from both in and out of state. As tradition dictates, the evening will begin and end with smiles, and a generous check or two will find its way into the president's pocket for students in need. http://www.uvsc.edu/alumni/sequel/2005_fall/beginnings.html</LI>
That should give you some ideas.

Question #25922 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a friend that is OBSESSED with finding the song Sucker by John Mayer. We've found the lyrics on google, but its not on iTunes or on any albums! Any suggestions?

- Desperate

A: Dear Desperate,
Try http://www.emp3world.com/mp3/51914/John%20Mayer/Sucker

http://www.blackskies.com/lyrics160000~album14729~artist3414~sucker,other,tracks,mayer,john.html and http://www.lyricsprovider.com/song.php?id=100782 says you can download it through Real Rhapsody's download program.

Other than that, I can't find any other information. John Mayer's website is under construction. Sucker seems to be an independent song that is unfortunately not on any of his regular albums.

-ABC 123
Question #25913 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am curious what the comparative death rates of NASA ground crew and NASA astronauts are. Which job is riskier? If you could supply me with all of the numbers used in calculation and the sources of these numbers as well, it would be much appreciated.

- Indy

A: Dear Indy,

Well, check it out, Wikipedia beat us to the answer once again. Honestly, they're going to put us out of business one of these days. Well, that is, if either one of us weren't just a volunteer organization.

In any case, I'll summarize the Wikipedia article so it looks like I did some work myself. Space disasters come in several different types, each with their own death rates; in-flight accidents have killed 18 astronauts, training accidents have killed 11 astronauts, and launchpad accidents have killed about 70 ground crew.

About 5% of all people who have been in space have been killed in accidents of some kind. It's more difficult to get percentages of ground crew killed, since their jobs are less in the limelight, and less strictly defined; NASA probably doesn't even keep a total number of "ground crew," and I doubt Soviet Russia did either. It seems to me, though, that being a ground crew worker is the more dangerous job, since accidents that happen on the ground are a) more frequent and b) kill a larger number of people. (The largest accidents involving ground crew killed 126, 48, and 21 people respectively.)

However, the one aspect in which astronaut accidents are more dangerous is fatality--if you're on the ground crew and something goes wrong, you have a chance at coming out alive, with maybe some bad burns or something. (Hey, it's happened.) If, though, you're an astronaut in space and something explodes...well, sorry.

This would make me rethink all my childhood dreams of being on the NASA ground crew...if, that is, I had had any such dreams.

Question #25905 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Are there any local channels still airing Dharma and Greg episodes?

-Amethyst the purple llama . . . of doom

A: Dear Amethyst,
According to one ABC website, it's still showing at 8/7c on ABC.

But I don't think so.

That page also showed the "week at a glance" as a week in September, and I don't know what year it was. The last season of Dharma & Greg ran in 2001, so it isn't the most current show around.

I would recommend that you pick up the DVD of the seasons if you really want to watch it, because it looks like you're out of luck.

A cool website about Dharma & Greg is at http://epguides.com/DharmaandGreg/ that lists all the shows and when they were originally aired.

Question #25904 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In signing up for housing at the Y, if I register with a friend, lets call her Steph, and she signs up with me, but then another person, lets call her Betty, signs up to be with Steph, would all three of us be in the same dorm, and Steph and I would be roommates? This would be happening at Heritage Halls, btw.

- Curious

A: Dear Curious,
Did you know you're one of our top question submitters? "Just curious" might top you out, but oh well...

Anyway, to your question. Yes, you and Steph would be roommates. However, Heritage Halls has a few different types of room options as per http://www.byu.edu/housing/oncampushousing/residence_halls/heritage_halls.html. There are apartments with one room and apartments with three rooms. I'm assuming you are asking about the apartments with three rooms, which holds six individuals.

If you sign up with Steph and specifically mention that you would like to be room-roommates together, then they should honor the request as long as Steph also mentions that she would like to be room-roommates with you. If Betty asks to be with Steph too, she should only be placed in your apartment.

If you have more questions or want to confirm your housing placement, contact the housing office at Telephone: (801) 422-2611 or housing@byu.edu.

Question #25897 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Here comes another strange one for you. The other day I met a girl named Leslie. We got to talking and I discovered that she is my Great-grandmother's brother's granddaughter. My question is what is she in relation to me?

- El Esquimal Flaco

A: Dear El Esquimal Flaco,


Leslie is your second cousin, once removed.

How do I know? Well, your common ancestors are your great-great grandparents.

Oh. Yeah, and I looked at this chart but that doesn't make it any less amazing that I figured it out.

- Lavish
Question #25866 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why do people have zits? Monkeys don't have zits. It doesn't seem evolutionarily beneficial for us to have zits. Do zits do anything beneficial?

Other gross things can be explained away, like how sweat keeps your body from overheating, etc. But zits?

- Someone

A: Dear Someone,
Monkeys don't get acne because monkeys don't have skin like we do. They have hair.

Acne is caused by inflammation of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles of the skin. Basically if you don't keep your skin clean, your skin will become dirty and your pores will become clogged, hence the pimples that we are quite familiar with. Acne is also caused by hormonal changes within the body.

So acne isn't beneficial, but it doesn't have to be harmful either if you take care of it the correct way. See your dermotologist if you're having a huge problem with acne. He or she can help you clear it up, or can even answer more questions that you might have.

-ABC 123
Question #25847 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where I'm from (the Midwest), the weather comes from the west/northwest/southwest depending on the season. However, I can not for the life of me figure out where the weather comes from in Provo. There are days where I look west and say, "Oh, it should be a nice day," but then half an hour later, it's storming. I like having some warning about the weather, so if you could tell from which direction it's coming, it would much appreciated.

- Storm

A: Dear Storm,

Having lived in Utah for a good majority of my life, I've found that the weather most often goes north to south. When it's storming in Salt Lake County, it will probably be storming in Utah County soonafter. When I'm driving from my parents' house to Provo and it is raining, I know that the rain will probably catch up with me a little later in Provo.

In addition, during the winter the Lake Effect from the Great Salt Lake kicks in and not only seriously affects the Salt Lake Valley, but also moves in to Utah Valley as well. Utah Lake also kicks up a Lake Effect occasionally.

Question #25834 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why does 7.62 x .39 ammunition cost so much now? Why is it so hard to find? it used to be one of the most prevalent, cheapest bullets out there and now it's expensive and hard to come by. Will the prices ever go back to where they used to be? When?

Worried shooter

A: Dear Worried shooter,

Most info I can find, and there isn't much out there, says that it the ammo shortage for the most popular rifle caliber in the world is due to the Iraq war. I also found information saying that manufacturers are doing their best to increase production to compensate. That should lower prices, but it isn't a short term solution. There is a possibility that the shortage will continue as long as into 2008-2010.

Check out http://www.eckernet.com/2006/03/update_ammo_shortage.html for more details.

Best advice is to not buy ammo unless you absolutely need it and to maybe pick up a rifle that uses a non-military round for your target practice.

Question #25832 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

This is an opinion question, so the more opinions I get the better!

I received the following made-up quotes from my sister. They are supposed to be funny, but I can't seem to find the humor. I get them, but I just find them sardonic.

Do you think you have to have a certain IQ in order to find them funny?

Here are a few of them:

"When one chooses to mock a sister, it is entirely necessary to make sure that one's sister hasn't recently had a lobotomy...that would just be mean...plus, I didn't know."

~John F. Kennedy

"If you promise, well that is a binding thing. When things are bound, I suggest a high fiber diet."

~Former Vice-President Al Gore when asked what he thought of Paris Hilton

"When one gives one's word, one should honor it. If the honor is gone, what have we?"

~Former President William Jefferson Clinton

"I often think of a promise as a lovely snowflake...drifting, drifting. And when the drifting is done, well, there all sorts of things that can be done. I decided long ago that snowflakes, when added to a mint julep, add not only a cooling element, but also some whimsy."

~Katie Couric during her first night as the evening news anchor at CBS. Later, she claimed to be nervous.

"If I say I'll do it, I will! The how, why and when don't matter. If I say I'll bring the milk to you...well, even if it is done in the next millennium, I still did it!"

~Uncle Charley from "My Three Sons"

"In a more pure world, I could put stock in the things people said. Truth was truth, honor was honor and if you had schmutz on your face, someone would tell you!"

~The Dali Lama

"Things are so different now. People don't keep promises. Women wear pants, men wear kilts, dogs wear shoes, people wear animals. Why, I was in Central Park just last week and I watched a man in a kilt wearing a dog in shoes on his head! Now, that was a sight to behold!"

~Hillary Rodham Clinton when asked if she liked ham or chicken better. She later claimed extreme earwax buildup...it has since been recycled. See, she is concerned about the environment!

Thanks for any/all input!


A: Dear applebrown,

To answer your question, no, I don't think you have to have a certain IQ in order to find the quotes you mentioned. Nor do I think that understanding humor in general is dependent on IQ. Sure, some jokes you have to have a background knowledge because it doesn't makes sense unless you know who Bill Clinton is, or you have to know certain words to understand a pun, but whether you find it funny, that's a different matter. I think your personality has a lot to do with your sense of humor, as well as your own background. I read the quotes, and I understood them, but I too didn't find them hilarious. I can see why some may find them funny. Some people like sardonic humor. I like more subtle humor, witty banter, and play on words. I was going to try and say something funny at the end of this answer, but alas, I'm rarely funny when I try to be.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz

Question #25820 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Open Minded, Level-Headed Buddies,

For the record, I -did- search through the archives first, and I'm reasonably sure you haven't gotten a question in this vein before. The question itself will come last because you need to know a bit of back story first. Ready? Here goes!

I'm 17 years old. I graduated high school very early (15), recently graduated from junior college, and will be attending BYU in the fall for the year and a half or so before I leave on my mission. I'm apparently very hot, to judge by the amount of female attention i get, but the joke's on them -- I'm physically attracted to other guys. I've talked with my Bishop and had several sessions with an ldsss councelor, and studied on my own. I came to the conclusion that the church is true, and while my physical feelings may not be controlable, my actions definitely are. Oh, I am also the Bishop's 1st councellor in my priest quorom.

So, at long last, here's the question: How can I become better friends with guys my age and older without feeling like I'm coming on to them?

- Mature Kiddo

P.S. I'm sure I'm not alone, but it's not exactly something we talke about openly, is it?

A: Dear Mature,

Well, I admire you for what you've done to alleviate the situation on your own - talking with the bishop, a counselor, etc. You've obviously earned your moniker. It seems like you have a good grasp on the situation, which is a lot of the battle.

The next part, as you've said, is taking action on your decisions. As you interact with other young men, my advice would be to focus on other things than those that normally attract you to them. Focus on what they're saying as opposed to how they look, etc. It's kind of like being married (which I am). You have to re-learn how to interact with people because you can no longer flirt and develop romantic relationships. Your situation is very similar: you are trying to learn how to be friends with a group of people without flirting with or, as you said, "coming on" to them. Just keep your attention from wandering to where it usually does when you feel attracted - distract yourself by thinking about something else. In time, you'll see how you can interact without being romantic at all.

I'm sorry you're struggling with this. I'm sure it's got to be quite a trial. I'm so glad, though, that you've turned to the Lord and His servants for help. Surely there is no better way! Congratulations on weathering your trial by fire with flying colors.

Question #25618 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

On Numb3rs, the episode called "The Dating Game" aired November 11, 2005. In this episode, Charlie used some algorithm to calculate the next predicted date of some event. Is this really possible? If so, will you post the algorithm or point me in the direction of a person/place/thing that will do it for me?

- Not usually a math geek

A: Dear not usually,
Check out http://www.cbs.com/primetime/numb3rs/ti/activities/Act2_TheDatingGame_Convergence_final.pdf.

-ABC 123
Question #25040 posted on 06/23/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I have a fairly general question about apologetics. How do the people at FARMS do what they do? Specifically, is there some kind of standard procedure there for reviewing and critiquing an anti-Mormon work without demoting the faith of the reviewer? I mean, in addition to the obvious maintenance of spiritual strength, what do apologists do in order to not be influenced by such volumes of trash? We all need some strengthening---for we are always among those who challenge our faith---but I'm talking about those who actively look for anti-Mormon claims and are able to refute them without a shaken testimony. I appreciate the work they do greatly.


A: Dear Moreman,
I emailed an old professor about this about a month ago. I've been waiting and waiting but I haven't received a response back. I think he's out on extended vacation or something. At any rate, if he does return my email, I'll be sure to post your answer.