"My brother is too kind. He was eminent when my eminence was only imminent." -Niles Crane
Question #26081 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In answer to Question Board Question #25981, I have a couple suggestions for you. First if all, if you like animals I would recommend going to the Central Park Zoo. It's on the east side of Central Park and they have really fun animals to see and it's pretty cheap to get in. I would also recommend going to the NYC Temple if you can. I know you can go in the lobby and probably see where people go to church. It would be awesome to do baptisms or an endowment session. My sister goes to that building for church and it's pretty cool. A food place that I would HIGHLY recommend is Gray's Papaya. It's this hot dog place that's serves pretty good dogs for really cheap. The hot dogs aren't gourmet but good nonetheless. And I also suggest you go to a baseball game. You can get tickets for $5 to either the Mets or the Yankees (which aren't so bad). Yankees Stadium is probably easier to get to than Shea Stadium. Either way, baseball games are a fun city experience. Happy Trails!!!

- City Slicker

Question #26075 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 1000 yellow daisies, (Board Question #25967)

I am an entering freshman like youreself, and I think you should be fine in Math 119--in fact it may be too easy for you. I doubt even derivatives will be included, especially not before about November. The course will most likely be a Trig/Math Anal./Pre-calc./whatever you took your Sophmore year-after-algebra 2--style thing, If we were friends, I'd have suggested Math 112 earlier--It'd just be a review of Calc. AB. My guess is you are not a math major or a science major. If you are, I'd take Math 112...but as you are probably not...and probably are wanting to focus on your other classes...and Math 112 is pretty much sold out... It'll be fine, and downright easy. So, yeah, enjoy the easy A and the review...you'll still need to do homework though.

- Freaky Freshman

Question #26071 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Chronically Curious,

Regarding Board Question #25854...The opening credits for the Hallmark version of "The Secret Garden" state that the music for the movie is based on Chopin's Nocturne in E Minor, Op 72, No. 1. It is a beautifully haunting piece and I love that movie just for the music (I'm a sucker for Chopin Nocturnes). So you are right...it's Chopin.

- Secret Garden Lover

Question #26047 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Dastard Man,

Re: Board Question #24976, remember how I predicted I could get more Altoids into my mouth if it were simply a matter of dumping an entire tin in? I also guessed that I could fit more in if I were with someone who was a bigger challenge--Optimistic simply isn't competitive enough to offer that extra edge. In any case, along with some more competitive folk, A.A. Melyngoch and Alea, I re-tested your question last night, and you'll be pleased to know the results were much higher this time.

First, we tried the method of simply dumping all the Altoids in at once and seeing how long we could hold them in there before we exploded with minty freshness. After inserting 66 Altoids each in our mouths, we sat in the kitchen waiting. (And looking vaguely like chipmunks.) After about 4 and a half minutes, I had to spit mine out due to an excess of Altoid-generated saliva. (I got a few wedged under my tongue; big mistake. And yes, it was as gross as it sounds.) After another 20 seconds or so, A.A. Melyngoch broke, and after another thirty seconds or so--with a time totaling nearly five and a half minutes--we persuaded Alea to give up, if only because he had already won.

Second, we tested how many we could hold if we were allowed to place them strategically, with a small time lag between each entry, designed to intensify the mint flavor. (This is the method Optimistic and I used earlier.) Alea's younger brother timed precisely 10 seconds between Altoids, and we were off. A.A. Melyngoch quit somewhere around 50, if I remember correctly, and Alea and I finished off not only our entire tins but the rest of Melyngoch's as well, for a grand total of 74 Altoids each. We ended the match in a draw, then, claiming that we could have fit more if there were more Altoids to fit. (I'm convinced of it, too. I hadn't even started placing them on my tongue.)

In any case, now you have several answers to choose from when you tell your friends how many Altoids a person could fit in his or her mouth. I don't recommend trying it at home; it's truly disgusting for both audience and participants. Sigh. The things I do for the Board.


A: Dear Dastard Man,

Petra doesn't recommend trying this at home. I don't recommend trying it at my home, which still reeks of Altoids several days later. While you might think having a minty fresh smell in your home would be a good idea, you would be horribly mistaken. It's not.

- Optimistic.
Question #26039 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Re: Board Question #25922.

A little hint about iTunes. If you find a song that they don't have by an artist that they do have, you can request the song. I have done this a few times and the song I requested magically appeared on the store within a week.

I am sure there is a link to request music somewhere, but I wasn't able to find it. However, if you type something that you know they don't have (such as "black frogsa" or, in this case you could use "Sucker john mayer.") There is then a link that will send you to a request page.


- Fredjikrang

ps. There is a symbol error on the "Ask a question" page. The apostrophe in the "didn't" in "Why didn't my question get answered?" is not showing up correctly, at least in Safari.

Question #26035 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear Amethyst,

In reference to Board Question #25905, I just saw an episode on FX (Channel 23 here in Provo) at 5:30pm. I'm not sure if it will always air at that time, but there you go!

Good luck!
- branflakes

Question #26016 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

There are many species of whale, varying in sizes from the tiny to the massive. I'm wondering which species of whale swalled "Gepetto". To narrow it down, I am bringing my question to the great collective known as the 100 hour board to know which of the species of whale has a stomach large enough to hold a man and and for man to survive at least for a short while. Would you need breathing apparatus or is there sufficient air in the stomach to breathe between surfacing?

- Mattimus Prime

A: Dear Matti,

Well, in the movie Pinnocchio, Monstro the whale, who swallowed Gepetto, looks quite clearly to be based on the sperm whale. Sperm whale have mouths big enough to swallow a man, but usually they feed on giant squid. Researchers have found intact giant squids in the stomachs of sperm whale, some squid being up to 40 feet long and 440 pounds. So I'd say a grown man could easily fit inside. In regards to the man staying alive in the stomach, there isn't really scientific evidence on the matter (not too many people willing to try camping out inside a whale, I suppose). However, I found this interesting article http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/brunel/A471548 in the online guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything, about surviving being eaten by a whale. An interesting read. It does seem plausible that you could survive a short while. Other articles I've read concerning this do not mention air as a concern for survival. It's more the gastric juices and starvation that will get you. As for other species of whale with a stomach large enough to hold a man, I suppose a blue whale, since it takes a ton of krill to fill it's belly. However, their throat isn't wide enough to swallow a man whole, and similarly, I haven't come across any other species of whale that have a throat and a stomach large enough to swallow and contain a whole man.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz
Question #26013 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What, in your opinion, is C.S. Lewis's best book?

- Jill Pole

A: Dear Jill Pole,

Till We Have Faces. It suggests a relationship of humanity to deity which is numinous and incomprehensible, but still essentially one of love. Also, it's formally clever and I find the narrative highly satisfying. Also, it's his only book that I really have no knee-jerk feminist twitches about.

-A. A. Melyngoch
A: Dear Ms. Pole:

I don't want to be cliche, but I'm really a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia. Probably my favorite out of all of them is the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. . .but it's because it's the original and has such great symbolism in it.

I never did see the movie. . .

A: Dear Madame Pole,

The Screwtape Letters. It gave me a lot of insight. I love that book - I've read it to tatters.

Question #26012 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's the location of the Kent Farm on WB's Smallville? Now I don't mean where is it located in Smallville. (It's not really in a city called Smallville I'm thinking)

I know that they film much of their Smallville locales in British Columbia but wondered if the Kent Farm was a real farm from somewhere before I start my Behind the Scenes Tour.

- Just Another Cassio

A: Dear Just Another Cassio,

The Kent Farm is actually a private residence in Langley, B.C. (a suburb of Vancouver). Check out http://www.devotedtosmallville.com/articles/infocus/v2/s1-2.htm.

Question #26011 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Whenever I access MSNBC.com from Mozilla, images flash on the screen for the first 5 seconds or so. They seem to be images of the advertisements already on the screen, like for those home mortgage loans and such. Anyway, why does this happen, and how can I get it to stop? It's really annoying.

- Brown Town

A: Dear Brown Town,

The funny thing about MSNBC.com is that it's an MSN site, and therefore affiliated with Microsoft. Microsoft feels no obligation to make its web sites compatible with a competing browser. Anything that forces the use of Internet Explorer is good for them. So, to fix your problem, either view MSNBC.com with IE, or, preferably, don't visit MSNBC.com.

Question #26010 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I love to play guitar. I've gone through a lot of picks in the past 7 years or so since I started playing. A couple of years ago I found a pick and decided to keep it. It seemed white at first but I later learned that it is glow in the dark with a light greenish yellow color. It has two oval shaped indentions that make it look like an alien. (the ovals are the eyes). The reason I detail this info is that this is the best pick i've ever owned. While it is really ground down now, I still use it and have been for the last 2 years or so. It's amazing. I can't find an Identical pick anywhere. Where can I find more picks like this one? Could it be that only aliens have such long lasting picks and they accidentally dropped this one in my path?

by the way, the pick seems like a light-medium.

still strummin'

A: Dear Strummin?

Is this the sort of pick you're thinking of?
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If so, I will give you the one pictured above in exchange for one cheesecake.

Or I suppose you could just go here or here and get yourself a 12-pack. That should last you quite a while, but of course you won't be able to feel cool because you?re using Tangerine's guitar pick. And I won't get a cheesecake.


Question #26009 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is the board really busy or are my questions just bad? My last few questions have taken over a week to get answered.

Not trying to be rude, I love the board I'm just curious

A: Dear Not Trying:

If I'm the one who answered, it's because I'm in the middle of purchasing my first home and moving. But I should have apologized in my answers. . .

A: Dear we're not trying to be either,
We still love you, don't worry. Summertime is always crazy because people move home, don't have access to the Internet, go on vacation, and the like. Thanks for your patience; we appreciate it. Thanks for continuing to ask question and read the Board.
Question #26007 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is it with guys and Starcraft?

The girl who doesn't understand.

A: Dear Girl,

What is it with girls having group trips to the bathroom? Probably the same thing with Starcraft.

-the newbie
A: Dear my dear girl,

I like Starcraft, and enjoy a good game or two every now and then. Here are my reasons...in no particular order:

1. I have fond memories in high school of bringing my computer over to a friend's house and having tournaments with him and his family which consisted of 8-10 other players. These games would last well into the wee, wee, WEE hours of the morning (like 6 am) and always included great refreshments. The age range of participants varied from 6 to 56. It was a grand old time and I will always remember the friendly competition, excitment, thrills, and happiness that accompanied these outings. Consider it a type of man-richment.

2. Starcraft involves thought processes in many areas men have always enjoyed. Armies are built and organized to strategically defeat the enemy at hand. Resources are managed in order to adequately finance the units needed to win. Allies can be made and friendships built with others that are seeking your same goal who will provide added support. It's a symphony of thought and excitement. Then there is always winning. Guys like that. A lot.

3. Because it's a computer game. Plain and simple. Sometimes, we just like to play.

Hope that helps!

Good luck!
Question #26004 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

If we were to someday marry, what would our children do? Also, where would we put them in the Wilk? Also, could we go out a week from Friday? (I'd ask you out for this Friday, but you have an habit of not responding to me for over 4 days...I guess that's OK though...you are teaching me patience)

- the ride board

A: Dear Ride Board:

Children? Would you name them "Bide" and "Roard"?

A: Dear Ride Board,

Maybe they would offer to take Board questioners on rides to find the answers to the questions. I would say we should keep them near Campus Craft and Floral - plenty of things to keep them busy while we're at work.

...How about next Friday for a date?

A: Dear the ride board,
Ok, so let's review our relationship. You asked me out once (Board Question #4076) and then you asked me to marry you (Board Question #8150), but that was like, two years ago, dude. Nothing has happened since then. And also since then, I had to move out of the Wilk. I am not allowed in the Wilk anymore. So sad.
-The Board, as documented by ME
Question #26003 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the longest a question has waited for an answer? What was the question?

- No one in particular (I've got one over 300 hours now)

A: Dear No one in particular,

I hate to tell you this, but you have a ways to go. See Board Question #25048

Question #26002 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So on my digital camera, there are these 2 round clip things on the transfer cable. I have never seen anything like these before on a computer cable, or any cable for that matter. I tried looking it up, but to no avail.

Any idea what the things do?


- Bugleboy

A: My Dearest Boy of Bugles,

Those clips that surround the cable at each end are called ferrite cores. I can't believe I remembered that name, I read about them 8 years ago. They are placed on each end for to reduce unwanted high-frequency interference.

If you are feeling technical you can go read more about them here, but for the sake of everyone else I will post my synopsis.
Electronic cabling and wires, by virtue of their length-to-width ratios, are perfect natural antennas. In the presence of high-speed microprocessor signals, cables will conduct, radiate, and receive unwanted high-frequency interfering signals. Control of radio-frequency (RF) interference can be ensured by the proper placement of an insertion-loss device, such as a ferrite suppressor. Compared with alternatives such as in-line filters, onboard suppression circuits, shielded cables, and expensive filtering circuits, the high resistivity per cubic volume of ferrites stands out as the most important advantage. Ferrites have a concentrated, homogeneous magnetic structure with high permeability. They are consistently stable over time and over a wide temperature range, and provide RF suppression without high eddy-current losses.

-The Right Reverend Rusky Roo
Question #26000 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's the best way of learning Spanish on your own? I'm graduating within the next year and am starting to regret the fact that I never took Spanish. Since I took four years of German in high school, I was never required to take a foreign language in college. But now I have a strong desire to learn Spanish and no time to do so before I graduate. I bought a cheap used textbook and a $10 Spanish language computer program, but I know that's only a start. Any suggestions?

- No hablo Español

A: Dear No hablo Espanol,

I've heard that reading the Book of Mormon will help you to learn Spanish...I'm not sure if it works, because I've never tried it. I would, however, recommend just practicing. Speak Spanish with anyone who can stand to listen to you try. The more you practice, the less you'll have to think about what you're saying and how to respond to what you're hearing.

-Novel Concept
A: Dear No hablo,
With languages, the more exposure, the better. I would suggest watching some Spanish television and trying to figure out what they say. Write words down that you don't understand and try to look them up. Also try watching movies in Spanish; lots of DVD's have alternate Spanish language soundtracks. If you're already familiar with the movie, you should have an easier time figuring out what they are saying. And like Novel said, put it into practice whenever you can. Lots of people speak Spanish, so you should be able to find a willing participant.

- de novo -
A: Dear No hablas,

I would suggest getting the "Teach Yourself" book/Audio series. They're really great! I think it'd be easier to make a Spanish-speaking friend, it's a popular enough language!

-la bamba
Question #25999 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

About the Cha Cha Slide Board Question #25845, it says it is the "Cha Cha Slide, Part 2". Is there a Part 1?

- Haven't really done it, only heard it.

A: Dear Haven't really doen it,
The Cha Cha Slide is the original song. Then there is a part 2, and apparently there is a part 3. I know you didn't ask if there was a part 3, but hey, we try to go above and beyond. :)
Question #25998 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How can the word "forensic" have so many applications? (ie. forensic anthropology, forensic - debate team, etc.)

- stumped.

A: Dear stumped,
Forensic only has two main definitions. The variations in meaning come from two different eras. Observe from the Oxford English Dictionary:

First: A. adj. Pertaining to, connected with, or used in courts of law; suitable or analogous to pleadings in court. forensic medicine: medicine in its relations to law; medical jurisprudence.

This definition was first used in 1659:
HAMMOND On Ps. cvi. 31 It signifies much more than justification, as in the forinseck sense that is opposite to condemning.
It also comes from the latin word forum, which you should be familiar with as public place or market-place of a city. In ancient Rome the place of assembly for judicial and other public business.

Now the second definition: B. n. U.S. A college exercise, consisting of a speech or (at Harvard) written thesis maintaining one side or the other of a given question.

This definition wasn't used until the 1830s:
1830 Collegian 241 in B. H. Hall College Words, Themes, forensics [etc.].

1837 Ord. & Regul. Harvard Univ. 12 Every omission of a theme or forensic.
An addition was made in 1993 to the OED to include a usage found since 1963:
forensic, a. and n. Add: [B.] 2. ellipt. use of the adj. A forensic science department, laboratory, etc.
However, the latter is a colloquial term.

Ah the evolution of language.

Question #25995 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just finished reading The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare. Great book - I loved it and highly recommend it to anyone. A friend of mine told me that the plot of one of Gerald Lund's Fishers of Men series was exactly the same as The Bronze Bow. I haven't read Fishers of Men, so I can't vouch for the veracity of her claim. Have any of you? If it's true, what's the deal with President Lund (is he still a Stake President? Never mind, you don't need to answer that.)?

- Queen Noor

A: Dear Queen Noor,

I haven't read either book, so I found some reviews to find plots about each of them.

The Bronze Bow
The story is told in the time of Jesus in a village near where Jesus teaches those who come to hear him. Daniel, a young outcast, is sworn to fight the Romans with the goal of throwing them out of the land altogether. There are many other young men who want to do the same thing, but they need a leader. What they do, how they prepare, their speculation whether the new teacher Jesus may be that leader, and most of all, Daniel's struggles between his oath and what Jesus has said to him, are the story.

Fishers of Men
From Publishers Weekly
The novel opens with the commencement of Christ's ministry in A.D. 30, and follows the story through many of Christ's early miracles and Messianic proclamations. Lund writes in pulp fiction style, weaving page-turning plots around fictional characters who come into contact with Jesus and his disciples. But he vividly describes the geographical and cultural backdrop of Christ's time in Israel, and uses these facts and texture to bring many of Christ's teachings and parables into sharper relief, giving them context and deeper meaning. An avid biblical scholar will learn little from his commentary, but more casual readers may enjoy the insights he offers clothed in an easy-to-read tale. Readers who have wondered what it might have been like to be in Jesus' presence, and how ordinary people would have responded to him, will overlook the novel's literary flaws and appreciate its sympathetic insight into both those who embraced and those who rejected Jesus and his teachings.

So it sounds like you have a point--they sound very similar. Now, my question to you--if they are the same, or even if they aren't the same--what are you going to do with this knowledge? A lot of books have plots that are related to other plots. Take the Harry Potter series; there is are a few other series of books about a wizard that had everybody in an uproar because of their similarities. That's the way of authors and their publishers,

Question #25994 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My sister and her husband invested a couple hundred dollars in buying up Iraqi Dinars because supposedly they will skyrocket in value eventually. Have any of you guys heard of this? My sister wants me to do it too, but I don't think it sounds legit.

- Queen Noor

A: Dear Queen Noor,

Yeah, I've heard of it. Well, after doing a Google search on your question, that is. It seems to be all the rage among a certain set (a set that, apparently, includes your sister and her husband). It's an interesting idea, certainly, but as for the truth of the matter, it seems like a huge gamble, and in the end probably a waste of time and money. It's not really a scam, but it's not necessarily a great investment either. Despite all the internet voices telling me it's a great idea and the currency will shoot up, I'm loath to trust a random internet source (as everyone should be). Instead, I read several columns on cnn.com by their "money" expert--that's a position I'd trust slightly more than some random "expert" writing on his blog about how Iraqi dinars will skyrocket in value soon.

The CNN expert says, in sum, "putting anything more than a few token bucks in dinars as an investment is a lousy idea." You can read the entirety of his articles on the subject here and here.

Basically, if you want to put your money into something just for kicks and giggles, go ahead. If you really want a sure return on your investment, try something else.


PS: All you people out there who think it's a great idea, go ahead and think that. I don't care. I'm not an expert on this at all. I just chose a source I think is reputable and have decided to, for now, trust his opinion.
Question #25951 posted on 06/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In the song "In the Dark of the Night" in Anastasia, right at the end, Rasputin sings something like, "Come my minions, bow to your master." At that one line, the tune is noticeably different from the rest of the song and every time I hear it it sounds familiar, like I should recognize it from somewhere else. I can't place it, though. Is there some musical allusion there that I'm almost catching but not quite?

- Anya

A: Dear Anya,

The lyrics are as follows:
Come my minions,
Rise for your master,
Let your evil shine!
Find her now,
Yes, fly ever faster
This song is a wonderful mixture of rock and traditional Russian choral music. But it doesn't seem like it came from anything original. According to http://www.ahrensandflaherty.com/anamusic.htm, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty mentioned their story of writing the music for Anastasia:
The next two songs, Anya's "Journey to the Past" and Rasputin's "In the Dark of the Night" were the two hardest for Ahrens and Flaherty to write. They are both classic music moments, the "I am" or "I want" songs which define who a character is. The two tried a number of different approaches to Anya's song before ending up with "Journey to the Past." Their breakthrough, Flaherty says, came after Carrie Fisher wrote a new scene where Anya literally comes to a crossroads and tries to decide which way to go for her future.

"At the beginning," he says, " I provided a little musical vamp ( a musical figure that becomes the basis of the accompaniment) that would start and then stop, start again and then stop. I was trying to illustrate, in the accompaniment, her hesitancy about what choice to make. And that was the jumping off point for the song. I also had the voice of Liz Callaway ( Anya's singing voice) implanted in my ear. Because I knew Liz's big note, I knew I would have to end it on that note, and that it could start and stop with this vamp. And from that, I basically wrote towards the middle."

The problem with Rasputin's song, "In the Dark of the Night" was trying to find out who exactly this villain was; after exploring different directions, the song, in Ahrens's words, "gelled down to what we have now: that he is a powerful, somewhat funny, but mostly terrifying villain, who is out for revenge, and who is funny without knowing he's funny."

Flaherty adds, "Robert Kraft suggested more of a rock sound for Rasputin, seeing him almost as a rock star, with this sort of mane of wild hair. So, it ended up having more of a rock underpinning and less rooted to the realistic world of Russia in the twenties. We figured that limbo was a place where anything could happen, including rock music!" Eventually, Meat Loaf producer Jim Steinman came in to rearrange Ahrens's and Flaherty's song.