"My brother is too kind. He was eminent when my eminence was only imminent." -Niles Crane
Question #41782 posted on 12/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

When I was small, I lived in Florida. I remember finding coconuts on the beach that were green and kind of funny shaped and very different from the perfectly spherical and brown coconuts that one can buy from Wal-Mart. Are there different kinds of coconuts? Also, which ones are more aerodynamic and thus more easilly transported by swallows?

-Arthur, King of the Britons

A: Dear Arthur

The round coconuts you see at Walmart have been husked, whereas the oblong green or brown coconuts you recall are the coconuts that actually grow on the trees. You can see pictures of the non-husked coconuts in the coconut's Wikipedia article.

As for carrying, well, it would be impossible for a swallow to grip a non-husked coconut. They would need to grasp the fibers prevalent in the husked version. And, there is a significant weight difference between the two kinds of coconut, therefore, completely independent of any fiber-gripping issues, the weight ratio between between unhusked coconuts and swallows is not conducive to long-term carrying. The only type of coconut it is logical for a sparrow to carry is of the unhusked variety.

-Humble Master
A: Dear Astoria,

Your question reminded me of a quote: "Say, brainless, don't you know where coconuts come from?"

-Azriel
Question #41781 posted on 12/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I plan on taking a trip in mid-january with 1-3 friends, but I haven't the slightest idea of where to go or what to do on this trip. I love the northwest, but have been there twice in the last 3 years, and I went to New Orleans around the same time this last January, and really liked that, but I wouldn't know if I'd want to go back so quick. It would be nice to see an awesome indie band on tour somewhere but don't know of any that peak my interest. Any suggestions on where to go and what to do there?

- Bleser

A: Dear Bleser-

Part of the difficulty with this is that I have no idea where your home base is, so my thoughts could be on the totally wrong side of the country. Also, it's not exactly the best time of the year for my idea. But maybe it'll spark some other thoughts for you.

The summer after senior year, I took an awesome road trip with 4 of my friends. We called it our "Roller Coaster Tour." We started at [home] and went to Six Flags, Cedar Point (roller coaster Mecca! amazing), and Paramount King's Island over the space of 6 days, riding every single roller coaster at every park. 27 in total, many of them multiple times. It was sweet.

We also did all sorts of fun stuff along with that... rockin' out to great music, going to a movie, going to a concert, bringing a 5 pound tub of Twizzlers to eat in the car, a game of bowling, vehicular shenanigans (making signs to talk to the cars next to us on the road, driving entirely too fast, racing, getting lost, offering Twizzlers to the people around us in traffic, dancing to crazy music to weird out the people around us in traffic, almost dying, etc.) sharing one hotel room between five guys, going to a club and hitting on random girls, buying a lottery ticket in a state where that's actually legal (obviously, we had some non-members with us) and of course keeping a log of hilarious quotes. Those are some things you can do pretty much wherever you go!

Um... actually, maybe you shouldn't do a lot of those things... but have fun!

-Foreman
A: Dear Traveler:

If you are closer to Utah, here are some places I have enjoyed traveling to around these parts:

1. Park City, Utah. There are dozens of amazing art galleries, really fun historic streets in which to wander around, huge outlet stores, and interesting film festivals. Whenever I go here, I never want to leave.
2. Moab, Utah. There's a reason Arches is such a popular tourist destination. My family went here for Thanksgiving, and it was probably my most enjoyable Thanksgiving ever. Great if you're the outdoorsy type: lots of hiking, rock climbing, and seeing the natural wonders of the world.
3. Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The best part of Wyoming, in my opinion. Great town, lots to do, beautiful mountains.
4. Yellowstone Park. I went here many times as a child, and I think every American should go at least once.
5. Sun Valley, Idaho. I have a weakness for ski resorts, OK? [Smiles.]
6. San Luis Obispo, California. My love for this little beach town knows no bounds. Take everything that is awesome about California (the atmosphere, weather, beaches), subtract everything that stinks (pollution, huge cities), and you have this charming home of Cal Poly.
7. Monterey Bay, California. So much to do here. Can't miss the aquarium. Some of the best food I've had in my life.
8. Santa Barbara, California. I haven't spent much time here, but I recall a beautiful sunset and interesting architecture. I bet it would be fun with a bunch of college-aged friends.
9. Salt Lake City, Utah. If you're in Provo, this might be more of a weekend day trip, but if you're from further away, it would definitely be worth a visit. Every Mormon has to go to Temple Square, preferably multiple times. There's the Conference Center, the Gateway, Capitol Theatre, Abravanel Hall, lots of museums, good restaurants, and you could definitely catch some sort of concert up there. Unfortunately, January is probably not the ideal time (inversion: yuck)--you might be best holding off on this one till spring or autumn.

Hopefully that gives you some ideas for the Western part of the U.S.

---Portia
A: Dear Cephnet,

You should go to California! You can never go wrong in California. There's Disneyland, SeaWorld, and San Fransico (with Ghirardelli Square which is basically Heaven, Alcatraz Island, and probably a whole bunch of other things that I never got around to seeing during my 24 hour vacation)!

-Azriel
Question #41779 posted on 12/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I know that insane amounts of people get married at BYU and BYU-I and I can find statistics on that all over the place, but I can't find anything on divorce rates. Are divorce rates for couples from the schools really high as well? And how do those divorce rates from the two campuses compare to each other?

- Not Getting Married, Just Wishing I Had a Date

A: Dear You:

Here is a chronological journey through the archives on divorce rates at BYU and among Mormons in general.

Board Question #5478, Board Question #13202, Board Question #13479 & Board Question #28230

BYU-I has a comparable percentage of Mormons; therefore, I would guess that its divorce rates are similar.

---Portia
Question #41775 posted on 12/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Thanks for all your hard work, writers. :D How are you all getting along? How's life? I just wanna know more about the people who are answering our questions.

- Jyonrai Tetsunosuke

A: Dear Jyonrai Tetsunosuke,

I'm getting along fine, thank you. Especially now that finals are over. This semester has been, without question, the busiest semester of my college career, and I sincerely hope that it never gets busier than this. It's been tough being so busy; it's hard to go on many dates or maintain any sort of relationship when you're doing homework until at least 11:30 most nights, and often on campus until midnight. But luckily, that's all over, and my next semester should be much more relaxed.

You know... you should check out the Link Library over on the right-hand side of your screen. A number of the writers maintain blogs which you might enjoy. You can find mine at http://itsallyellow.blogspot.com.

-Yellow
A: Dear JT:

At the moment, I just put in a couple of loads of laundry. I have a few papers to wrap up, which I'm not really looking forward to.

I have now been to my first Board party, and it was probably one of the most fun things I've done this semester.

I seem to be the "talk-to-me-till-all-hours-of-the-night-about-relationships" girl of late. That's something I do enjoy, but it will be nice to get back on a more normal sleeping schedule.

Thanks for the collective compliment. Keep reading.

---Portia
A: Dear Cephut,

I think that maybe I have finally been able to catch up on my sleep! After spending the last week not sleeping, it's nice to just be able to lay in bed, close my eyes, and not have to worry about that durned 10 page paper or those two presentations or that wretched final. And I think I even passed all of my classes!

For it being one of the most stressful semesters ever (we had a lot of boy drama towards the beginning there), I think it has also been the best semester that I've yet lived through in my vast experience here at BYU. I've been blessed with some excellent friends, a very supportive and caring boy, and the most loving family ever.

Life is good, my friend. Don't go giving up when it gets tough, because it's sure to improve eventually.

Happy Holidays!

-Azriel
Question #41771 posted on 12/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am planning on majoring in Middle Eastern Studies/Arabic. I am already going to get a minor in political science through the classes I have taken already. My question is what other type of minor would work well with that major in terms of career opportunities. I was thinking maybe a business minor, or maybe a Information Systems. I dont think any science minor would really gain me any opportunities for careers, though I may be wrong.

Any help is appreciated, Thanks.

A: Dear Ahis,T.:

I think one minor is plenty, quite frankly. Your diploma will just say that you got a Bachelor's degree, not even what major you had. What career do you want? If you want to be an engineer, then major in engineering. If you want to teach middle school science, then Biology Composite Teaching is for you. But from being a lawyer or doctor, to having an office job, to being an entrepreneur, it doesn't really matter what you studied, as long as you did well and have any prereqs you might need. If you can maintain high grades in another minor, go for it. If it will just delay your graduation, then I would advise you to pass.

---Portia
Question #41769 posted on 12/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm considering an internship in the Charleston, SC area or New York City next summer. I know they're totally different, but I chose NYC because I love big cities and to relive childhood memories from living in Queens, and Charleston since I'm always up for experiencing a new environment. Which place would you go for and why?

Stuck for now

A: Dear Stuck ~

Whichever one is cheaper. And ... because it's cheaper.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Choosing:

Average July High Temperatures:

New York, NY: 84.20 degrees
Charleston, S.C.: 90.90 degrees

New York wins.

---Portia, who really is choosing where to work this summer based on the weather.
Question #41765 posted on 12/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there a good way to start a conversation with an attractive person sitting at your table in the library, or should you just leave them in peace to finish their studying?

- I already checked for a ring

A: Dear Already-

Good call on the ring-check. Very valuable skill to cultivate; it's saved me embarrassment more than once.

Well, so long as it's not this person, I think most people would at least be willing to say hi and converse a little bit. And if they're interested, most people are willing to sacrifice a few minutes of study time to find their BYU one-and-only, so I say go for it.

As for how to do it, "hey, what are you studying?" has worked for me. You have to take it from there. However, I doubt werf will still be there 100 hours from now...

-Foreman, on assignment in DC
A: Dear Iacfar:

"Heyyy . . . you were worthy of a ring-check, good-lookin'."

"So, we're in Periodicals . . . how about checkin' out the Journal of Love?"

"I'm actually a library security guard. Hot, I know. This is my plainclothes uniform."

"Excuse me, but do you know of any good applications of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle to the contrastive elements of Chomskyian semantics and breadmaking from scratch?"

"Is there a good way to start a conversation with you, O Attractive Person Sitting at My Table in the Library, or should I just leave you in peace to finish your studying?"

---Portia
Question #41759 posted on 12/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

To those of you who aren't from the western US, did you guys know much about BYU's tendency to have quickie or young marriages? I lived mostly in the East with super low membership and few BYU graduate, so I never heard of people going to college to get married until my first year here.

22 and feels too young for marriage

A: Dear 22

I was born in Virginia, but I moved to Utah when I was 12, so it's hard for me to separate the memories/impressions I had of BYU pre-Utah. But I think I was aware of it, maybe because my mom went to BYU and talked about it.

-Humble Master
A: Dear Gertrude,

I grew up in various places over the midwest and spent the longest amount of time in Illinois. I did, however, know about the tendencies of BYU students to get hitched up quick. Partly because my older sister got married after her sophomore year, and partly because of all the jokes and stuff that permeated the conversation of Church friends.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear whatever you think,

I'm from the midwest. It was a hugely common perception where I lived. I got teased incessantly about how I was going to run off to BYU and get married. Guess I showed them!

-Olympus
A: Dear Maybe it is~

In New York City, BYU definitely had that reputation among the members, and I even met several who planned to Zionize just to find themselves a spouse and then return to New York.

Even all the way out east in Russia BYU has this reputation, although the members who care enough about it look hopefully to BYU as sort of an unattainable place where eligible spouses just run around, flitting this way and that and hopefully learning Russian as they do so. In defense of my eastern friends, though, those who said they wanted to come to America to find a spouse were definitely a minority.

~Not in Zion, but of Zion?
Question #41757 posted on 12/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm entering the MTC for my mission to South Korea in two weeks and I have read Preach My Gospel, and the packet I recieved in the mail for some clues about my little problem. Ever since high school I've become kind of a Sudoku junkie; not even the regular ones are challenging enough anymore so I've had to graduate to the Samurai Sudokus. My question is if there is any rule about doing a daily sudoku in the morning to stimulate my mind a little bit.

- addicted to sudoku

A: Dear addict,

There's no specific rule against it. However, you'll soon find that the life of a missionary is very, very busy with gospel study and planning. Especially in the field, even an extra 15 minutes will make a big difference. I think you should leave it at home as a personal sacrifice, and you'll be blessed for your focus.

-Cognoscente
A: Dear addict~

I'm with Cognoscente on this one. Simply doing a Sudoku is benign enough, but really I think you'll find that your morning study is jam-packed enough without, especially bearing in mind that you'll be learning a southeast Asian language. (My apologies if you already speak Korean and I've assumed too much.)

However, I wouldn't be surprised to see sudoku sneak into your preparation days, so you might not have to go entirely without.

~Almost back now