"My brother is too kind. He was eminent when my eminence was only imminent." -Niles Crane
Question #41834 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear Songs of Inexperience,

In regards to Board Question #41773, that wasn't me. . But I'll keep my twenty dollars anyways, as there are some pretty sweet hobos around here.

-MustacheBoy, who still cries whenever that denomination is mentioned.

PS: Also, to mr. "I have a cellphone wallpaper look at me woo", I called dibs, like, two years ago. Sorry.

Question #41824 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear King of the Mountain,

The site your boss pointed out is not only the location of BYU's compost recycling (explaining the piles of dirt, as Humble Master pointed out), but that is also the location of the rest of BYU's recycling facilities. That is all done in a building on site there at the Material Handling Area up on 2230 N. and University Pkwy.

- MHA Man

Question #41813 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

If it was to snow for 10 days at 50 miles a hour how much feet of snow will there be?

Snow lover

A: Dear Snowman,

I'm afraid your question doesn't make sense. The wind speed (miles per hour) doesn't tell me how much snow is actually coming down, just how fast it's moving. Since the question doesn't make sense, I can't give you a real answer.

—Laser Jock
Question #41810 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How much gallons is the biggest fish tank?

Fish lover

A: Dear Fishy,

The largest aquarium in the world is the Georgia Aquarium, which holds 8.1 million U.S. gallons of water.

—Laser Jock
Question #41806 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What does word to your mother mean?

- Confused by roommates usage of the phrase

A: Dear Confused,

See Board Question #7264, Board Question #7323, and Board Question #35778.

- the librarian
Question #41801 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear Cartography,

I imagine you're asking about mapping programs other than Google Earth because BYU doesn't have it (or at least that used to be my problem). Flashearth.com is a really good conglomeration of different satellite image programs and websites.

- Bistro Sandwich

Question #41783 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

screenit.com has succumbed to capitalism and is now only accesible to subscribers. Is there another website that has similar reviews but is more college student friendly (i.e. free)?

- I like free stuff

A: Dear Reader,

No, it's still free. See Board Question #22412. (And I just tested it this morning and got in fine without subscribing.)

- the librarian
Question #41778 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What makes baby poop green?

- Wonderin'

A: Dear wondering,

From www.justmommies.com:
Green Poop

Every now and then the notorious green poop may show up in your babý’s diaper. You may take a look at it and ask yourself "hoẃ’d that get there?" There are many different causes for green poop. More than likely, if your baby has green poop, it́’s nothing to worry about, but here are a few possibilities.
  • Iron-fortified formula - Some formula-fed babies will develop a case of green poop from the iron in the formula they are taking. As long as your baby is happy and not having any problems with constipation, there is nothing to worry about.
  • Jaundice - A baby that has jaundice may have dark or greenish colored stools. This normally goes away once baby is off of the bilirubin lights.
  • Dairy Sensitivity - Some breastfed babies are very sensitive to certain foods in their moḿ’s diet. If your baby is having problems with green mucousy stools, blood in his stools, spitting up a lot, or a skin rash, he may be sensitive to something in your diet. Dairy products are one of the most common causes of food allergies in babies. If you think this might be the problem, try eliminating milk and dairy products from your diet. It may take a couple weeks to see results from a dairy elimination diet. You should see improvement in a week or two. If yoú’re not sure, you can always try it out for a few weeks and then try having a cup of milk to see what happens. If the symptoms come back, then milk is probably the culprit and you will want to avoid it.
  • Foremilk/Hindmilk imbalance - If your baby is breastfeeding and has green frothy-looking poops, this may be a result of a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. To put this simply, when a mom breastfeeds the first milk that comes out (foremilk) is thinner and lower in fat. After you have nursed for a bit, you will start to produce richer, fattier milk called hindmilk. Babies that receive too much of the thin foremilk and not enough of the richer hindmilk sometimes have problems with green stools and tummy aches. If you have been switching breasts a lot instead of letting baby get a good feed on one breast, you may have problems with this.
  • Other reasons - Sometimes babies just have greenish colored poop. The range of color in babý’s poops can vary. Any range of yellow, mustard to yellow/green is pretty normal for a baby. If baby is gaining well and happy then there is nothing to worry about.

- Katya
Question #41777 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Merry Christmas!

Ok, so I remember seeing a map somewhere that showed trails from hundreds/thousands of years ago in red lines. Maybe it involved Stonehenge, I really can't remember. I think that they used electromagnetic radiation/ infrared to find the trails from an aerial view. I searched National Geographic and google.com for "electromagnetic ancient trails" and a few similar combinations. Any idea what I'm talking about, what they are called and where I could find a picture of one?



A: Dear Neandertal,

It looks like we haven't been able to find the map, either. Sorry!

- Katya
Question #41767 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I registered for a Music 160R Cello class. However, I'm not sure what level I am expected to be at for the class. Is is it a beginning class, intermediate or advanced class? I have played the cello for several years, but i'm not at my expected level. How can I find out how much I need to know or how well I should be able to play in order to take the class?

- amateur cellist

A: Dear amateur,

Since Music 160R classes consist of individual instruction, there isn't any required minimum skill level. When you start the class, your teacher will evaluate where you're at, and work with you from there.

- Katya
Question #41766 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do the same library security guards work at the same times every day, or do they trade off? I have been working in the HBLL since October, and I come in every morning at 8 a.m. Do you think they recognize me by now, or do they not keep the same shifts for very long?

- HBLL worker

A: Dear HBLL worker,

From 727:
We have the same shifts on the same day every week, but not the same time every day. Most people don't work the same time every day. Our work schedules are co-ordinated with our school schedules. Yes, we do know who most of the library employees are, especially if it's someone who comes in every day at 8. We have lists of all of the employees and pictures of most of the super-important ones. We're most familiar with the morning janitors (if we open) and the circulation employees, but I bet I could identify 90% of the library employees and people who have been working here longer could probably do better (I'm in the top 1/3 in seniority.) I think special collections is about the only department where I am not familiar with most of the employees.
- Katya
Question #41755 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, why do we have 2 nostrils? Wouldn't it seem more logical to just have one hole? What are the pros and cons of either 1 or 2 nostrils?

- Basso Continuo

A: Dear Basso ~

Pro for 2: If one nostril gets stuffed up, you can still breathe.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear BC,

According to this site, having two nostrils also helps us distinguish odors better. (We're smelling "in stereo," essentially.)

- Katya
Question #41747 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In 5th and 6th grades I attended Cherry Hill Ele. in Orem, UT. In social studies from Mrs. Barnes (who I have heard has sadly since passed away), we learned a bunch of songs, including:
all the countries in Africa that started out enthusiastically, "Cape Verde, Morocco, Algeria, tu-Tunisia, Libya, Eqypt...." etc.
all the countries in Europe
all the countries in central and South America
all the states in geographic order
all the states and their capitals in alphabetical order
all the continents and major oceans
major mountain peaks
all the US presidents in order from Washington to Clinton

Anyway I am now interested in teaching these songs to my kids and I've tried Googling them but I am coming up absent since none of the songs really had names. I still know most of these songs by heart and they come in handy with some frequency, so I'd like to pass them along. If I were any kind of singer I would just sing it to them, but my friends have also been requesting them and I am, frankly, tone deaf. Anyhow I understand if this is The Impossible Question but if you could help out with any of them, that would be awesome. Here's to 100 more years of the 100 hour board.


Knows who the 18th president was in a snap

A: Dear Knows,

It looks like the "Africa" song is by the ska group Anti Cherrybomb Trash Cans (AC/TC). You'll have to poke around yourself to see if the other songs you remember were also by them, but it's a start.

- Katya
A: Dear good job,

Your question reminds me of the "Yakko's World" song from Animaniacs, and the Tom Lehrer song about the periodic table of elements. That's the direction my answer's taking.

I checked into Tom Lehrer's stuff a little, and although I didn't see any songs exactly like you're listing right off the bat, he does do a lot of songs like the ones you're listing. (i.e., "New Math," "The Elements," "Silent E", "There's a Delta for Every Epsilon", etc.) Here's a link if you want to check it out for yourself. You may recognize a title quicker than I would, or find some new treasures to add to your list, even if we can't find the geography-focused ones you want.

In the same vein, here are a bunch of Animaniac's songs. That may be what you're actually looking for. Aside from Yakko's "Nations of the World" song, other possibilities include "Parts of the Brain", "The Panama Canal", "Nifty Fifty United States and Capitals", and "The Senses Song".

Good luck!

Question #41746 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Yesterday, as I was returning a few books to the library, I saw a security guard in a back room do a fancy high-leg kick. Is this a normal occurence at the library security desk, or was I a lucky witness to a rare event?

- miss buonarroti

A: Dear miss buonarroti,

From 727:
I could say that we have a strenuous fitness regimen and are staying in tip-top Ninja shape, but in reality it was probably just someone goofing off. I sing in there all the time and 715 loves to dance.
Question #41744 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How did you all come up with your 'nyms? I have already read Dragon Lady's story, and it was a very good story indeed. What about all the rest of you? Was your pseudonym inspired by a real-life experience or person? By a movie or other fictional person? Or just by some random figment of your imagination?

- Scallion #1

A: Dear Scallion

See Board Question #33622 and Board Question #35162.

- the librarian
A: Dear #1 Scallion-

I wanted to make sure you got at least one reality-approaching answer from a newer writer. So here goes.

For security reasons, I can't explain exactly where my 'nym comes from; which statement I also won't exactly explain, also for reasons of security (that was almost a chiastic sentence). Long story short, I'm going to provide an opportunity for you, the reader, to decide for yourself with this handy multiple-choice guide! In preparation for taking this test, please note that there is about a 50% chance that just one of these answers is even close to correct. Most of them are downright lies. Can't just give it all away, you know.

1) Foreman chose his 'nym because of:


his dedication to his Construction Management major.


his admiration of Dr. Foreman on Fox's House.


his 4-wheeling enthusiast status.


his unparalleled depth of knowledge concerning Fox's That 70s Show.


his rabid boxing fandom.


his great love of grilling (astute readers will already know that this is not the case).

The choice is yours!

A: Dear rap,

For me, it's mostly in the About Us section. It's an upgrade from my reader alias. That, and obviously reflects my divine descent (I'm Greek).

A: Dear scally-on,

Mine comes from Choose Your Own Adventure books. I speak up when your question is something obviously so individual that you're going to be the only one who can actually answer it. For those questions that make me think, "What are you coming to us for?"

-You, the Reader
A: Dear Zephyrus,

See also Board Question #38591.

A: Dear Scallion ~

I'm torn. I'm thrilled that I got specifically mentioned here... and I'm sad that I basically got rejected to tell a story and answer a question. What a quandary to be sure....


~ Dragon Lady
Question #41732 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
If you've ever read "The Little Prince" by whatshisname or seen those etchings by M.C. Escher, then you've encountered this concept of teeny tiny little planets--small enough to take a quick walk all the way around, yet apparently dense enough to create a gravitational pull similar to Earth's. Is such a planet theoretically possible? My roommate thinks so, but I was under the impression that once an object surpasses a certain density, it would collapse in on itself and become a dense hole, so it wouldn't be possible to have a planet with Earth's gravity on that scale, because its density would be past the point of collapse. So, would it be theoretically possible?

A: Dear Sarduk,

I don't actually know the answer to your question, but Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote The Little Prince.

A: Dear Jorge,

If an asteroid five feet in diameter were to have a mass equal to Earth's, it would need to have a density on the order of 1025 kg/m3. This is around 107 times more dense than the most dense neutron star.

However, the gravitational force exerted by an astral body is inversely proportional to the square of its radius: kilogram per kilogram, a smaller body exerts more force on an object on its surface than a larger one does. This means that the asteroid mentioned above could exert the same gravitational force as Earth, without having to be equally massive. In fact, it would require a density on "only" the order of 1011 kg/m3, which is 105 times less dense than the least dense neutron star.

On the other hand, neutron stars have a much larger diameter than this little asteroid, so it's doubtful that our theoretical asteroid would have enough mass to collapse to such a small size.

In light of that, I'm going to say that you're right, and such an asteroid couldn't exist. (Plus there's the whole issue of no atmosphere and the discomfort resulting from the significant difference in gravitational acceleration between your head and your feet.)

- the physics chick (doing some actual physics, for once, and with gracious peer review by Fredjikrang)
Question #41731 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In your opinion which caused more damage, Sherman's March to the Sea or Hurricane Katrina?

- The Dart

A: Dear TD:

"The March to the Sea was devastating to Georgia and the Confederacy. Sherman himself estimated that the campaign had inflicted $100,000,000 in destruction." Using an inflation calculator, we can find that that would have cost $1,529,095,734.61 if it happened the same year Katrina did. (That's one and a half billion in 2005 dollars.)

Hurricane Katrina "is estimated to have been responsible for $81.2 billion (2005 U.S. dollars) in damage."

Although Sherman's march was certainly catastrophic, and had a huge impact on the outcome of the Civil War, based on the comparative monetary damage, I'm going to say that Hurricane Katrina was much, much worse.


Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am a history major, one of three I know outside the coven of my history classes. I was talking to a friend who is an engineering major and takes a bunch of super-tough math and physics classes and werf remarked how hard history is! I disagreed and remarked that I am an absolute duffer at math, to which werf remarked how easy math is.
Mathophiles, what makes math so easy and history so hard for some of you peoples? Historyphiles, why are some of us so bad at math?
What could potentially even make history hard?

- Sultan Hafiz ibn Risaas

A: Dear Hafiz,

I'm a math person. Math is easy, it makes sense, and things follow logically from one element to the next. I find history fascinating and enjoy reading historical non-fiction, but studying for history tests are brutal. It's just so much rote memorization. It's the same thing with learning a language, you have to simply memorize so many little things that don't actually connect in any way that it's just hard. I can follow a logical sequence of events from start to finish and understand the whole thing. But if you make me memorize a set of random facts I will have a much harder time.

That's how it plays out from my perspective anyways.

-Curious Physics Minor
A: Dear Hafiz,

I'm another math person, and for roughly the same reasons as CPM outlined. I've heard history majors say that the more you learn, the less it's about rote memorization, which makes sense since you'd get to a level where you start seeing more immediate cause and effect. However, I've never had enough interest to get anywhere near that level so history tests remain, as CPM said, "brutal."

Interestingly, I love foreign languages. They are definitely less logical than math, but they're still more logical and regular than history, in my opinion. I've always had a strong love of language and words, so my innate interest in the field makes up for any memorization difficulties.

- Katya
A: Dear Sultan,

My, but we have a lot of science-oriented people responding here. I'm another math/physics person, and I more or less agree with CPM's take on why math and science make sense. I also enjoy history (to some extent) and have a pretty good memory. As a result, I do well in it, but I don't enjoy it enough to want to pursue a degree in it. Though I can do the rote memorization (and a fair amount just sticks from reading/hearing it), it's still kind of a chore.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Sultan

I'm not a history person per se, but I am absolutely not a math person. I never cared for math. It makes robots out of people. Everyone has to get the same answer, and often they have to use the same method to get that answer. In math, everyone had best have the exact same answer, in English, if anybody has the exact same answer somebody cheated. I prefer the creative freedom of the humanities over the rigidity of the hard sciences (I'm certain that the sciences allow tons of freedom eventually, but I never got far enough to enjoy that). I never really liked math (though oddly enough, I love creating Excel formulas...), I liked history quite a bit, but I prefer English. And I much prefer Cultural Studies.

-Humble Master
A: Dear SHiR (Good thing you weren't in Tajikistan or something.):

I like to consider myself something of a Renaissance woman. In my ideal world, majors wouldn't exist, and we could just all have well-rounded, interdisciplinary educations.

I hope this doesn't come across as cocky, but I really can say that I was, hands down, the best student in my AP European History class. (It was a bit funny to read my sophomore year's journal and remember the tension my curve-breaking caused with some of my friends.) If I read something, I could very well remember it indefinitely. The memorization of facts isn't a chore to me: it's fun! I could still tell you about the French Revolution, Queen Victoria, and the events leading up to World War I. The Civilization courses here at BYU have been among my favorite.

But still, I can't picture myself majoring in history. The grossest thing about that major to me would be the endless research papers of doom. You don't have to worry about that in high school.

Despite my literary bent, there is still a part of me that craves scientific knowledge. Something about a well-formed integral or a perfect stoichiometric balancing is just so beautiful, so pure. It was really fun to grade Calculus homework this semester, and be able to have that level of precision: no subjectivity required. History will change depending on who's interpreting it, but math? The underlying principles of math cannot change! Definitionally, it is a self-contained logical system. And it's all around us.

But then, I didn't want to be a math major either. Anything gets boring if you have too much of it. That's probably part of why I ended up in one of the shortest majors possible, so I would have time to fill my schedule with interesting classes from several departments. Probably the best fields of study in my mind are those which incorporate scientific, historical, and humanities-like tools. I like linguistics, because it's a much more methodical, rule-governed approach to language than, say, "But what did Voltaire mean?" I like bioethics, because you have to back up your arguments with scientific proof, but it's not just plug-and-chug all the time. I like working in a genetics lab better than I liked genetics classes, because I'm actually using it. I liked a molecular biology class I took in high school, because we not only went in the lab, but also watched relevant movies, had readings, etc.

Those are my thoughts. I think some people are more unilateral thinkers, and others, like me, like to make connections between different things they learn, and sometimes end up with no more than two classes per department per semester.

A: Dear salaam!,

I'm totally a history guy. I used to be excellent at math, but it's such a linear discipline that you have to really follow through all the way to get to the end. It's not that I don't have the capacity for it, but I'm just not that focused, and it's not that interesting. I'm a much more scatterbrained, random learner, and that's what I like about history. You can learn about any different era with equal effectiveness, and put it all into context later. I understand best by looking at the "big picture." The arcs of civilizations, governments, language and cultural diaspora, and how geography affects the march of history. I love how everything builds on what came before. I love how you can break down systemic political and economic policy into individual people and events. The vast swathe of history is one big epic story that never ends. History is real. Until you get to physics and chemistry, math is just abstract ideas with no really interesting application.

Sure, math majors will end up making twice as much... but I guess that's the way it is.

Question #41724 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I know a towel is supposed to be the quintessential travel item, but really ... who brings a towel to grandma's? So what's the one thing you always have with you when you travel?

- I never leave home without a kitenge

A: Dear I

The clothes on my back.

-Humble Master...except that one time...
A: Dear never,

My passport.

A: Dear I never leave home without a kitenge,

A black Pilot G-2 07 pen.


A toothbrush seems to be rather a necessity. I prefer electric.

---Portia of Excellent Teeth
A: Dear Fhez

My pillow.

A: Dear kitenge,

Nowadays? My iPod. Being a music junkie is hard work, and I'm very easily bored if I don't have something interesting to listen to, especially when traveling.

A: Dear leave,

Q-Tips. I'm pretty brand loyal there, and it drives me crazy not to have them around.

Question #41704 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I'm planning on holding a Smash Brothers: Melee tournament at my apartment complex, maybe invite some other buildings in the ward. I was considering having a entrance fee, and a resultant cash prize to the top couple winners. But then I thought to myself "Wait, self - is that gambling?". I've asked a couple people, with varying opinions.
Secondary question: if said tournament is, in fact, NOT gambling, and therefore ok, would it be morally proper to collect a percentage of the entrance fees for myself? You know, for... service costs... or something?
- Diemer, the Nintendo bookie

A: Dear,

Hmmm. Yeah, let's call it gambling. But low-level gambling. I'm not going to condemn you for it, certainly. But if you are doing it, it sounds like something that would work best as a casual thing among friends. Skimming a little off the top, even if it is easy money in a time when cash is tight, just doesn't seem to fit with that situation.

In short, if you really want an entrance fee and a monetary prize for the winner, I'm fine with it. But if you're trying to make money off of your friends through your Nintendo, that's a whole lot lamer.

-Uffish Thought
A: Dear Diemer~

Dang. You know, I was so ecstatic when I saw you were planning a Smash Brothers tournament because I wanted to get invited, but an entrance fee? That's just weird, and skimming money off the top sounds outright sneaky.

If it's free, however, count me in.

~Still on hiatus
A: Dear bookie,

I'm going to go ahead and disagree. I don't think it's gambling. Is it gambling to pay a cover charge to enter a bar, or dance club? You're paying a small fee to have some fun, and there's a potential cash prize if you demonstrate skill in a game. It's a tournament! You're paying, not for the chance of making your money grow, but for a fun time playing with friends. It's totally different.

If you were going to skim off money just because, and be evasive about it, that's bad karma, dude. However, think of it this way: you are organizing and hosting this event. You are investing your time and energy into making this successful. Time has value. You also have overhead costs: people will be using your console, games, and controllers. Those weren't free, as I'm sure you remember. Maybe there will be snacks or refreshments. What about the costs of putting up flyers or the time involved in inviting everyone? Are you driving around to get this activity off the ground? That means paying for gas. I think there's nothing wrong with retaining a (small!) percentage to cover your expenses. Just don't make it all about profit. And don't forget to disclose what you intend to do with the money! If anyone asks, simply reply that you retain a small amount to cover the costs of organizing the event, and nothing more. I don't think anyone would have a problem with that.

A: Dear gamer,

I second Cognoscente.

Question #41701 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear Foreman,

When blue and yellow mix they become green. When you put heat and oxygen together it makes fire. What do you get when you put a searching heart eating peanut butter with the fray?

-late-night camper

A: Dear late-night camper-

I wasn't quite sure how to deal with this question... but I think I found a way (assuming you weren't referring to heart-eating peanut butter. Then I'm way off). We're going to use my old pal Math!

For instance. You began with

blue + yellow = green

Now, you can manipulate this equation and get something like

green - yellow = blue

which is also correct, making this a viable equation. So I have a few of my own to answer you.


We'll start with defining our terms. Our first variable is "girl." The fact that you enjoy peanut butter doesn't play into the equation, except that it helps me realize who you are in real life, as well as identifying you in the equation. You may be referred to as girlpb for "peanut butter girl." "Emo" will be defined as:

emo = -happy!

Now, our first equation, gleaned from what you told us:

girlpb + the Fray = emo

We can also assume that:

girlpb - the Fray = 0 (or normal, neutral)

[Interesting note: from these equations, we can also know that

the Fray = girl (enter disparaging comment here)

and that

the Fray - emo = -girl (if they weren't so emo, they wouldn't get girls).

Another aside: using substitution, we find that

girl + girl = emo

This is the phenomenon known as girl talk.]

Moving forward.

Now, for one such as Foreman to listen to a band like The Fray, he would have to be feeling extra-emo. This can be expressed as follows:

Foreman + 2(emo) = the Fray

It's algebra time (substitutions are in bold).

Foreman + 2(emo) = the Fray
-emo -emo
Foreman + emo = -emo + the Fray
Foreman + emo = +happy! + the Fray
-the Fray -the Fray
Foreman + emo - the Fray = happy!
Foreman + girl + the Fray - the Fray = happy!
Foreman + girl = happy!

Now, I think we're all familiar with the First Law of Kissing:

kissing = happy!

and therefore:

Foreman + girl = kissing = happy!

Apparently, the best approach to your problem is to 1) stop listening to the Fray so much and 2) meet me at midnight on New Year's for some smooching. It'll fix you right up. Math says so.

Question #41692 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Recently my mom attended a single adult conference; she was excited to go because the church patriarch was going to be there to speak. Neither one of us knew there still was a church patriarch, or what he does. Unfortunately, he couldn't make it, so the mystery remains:
who is the church patriarch, what does he do, why do we still have one, and does he have to be a descendent of the Smith family?

- sci-grrl

A: Dear sci-grrl ~

At the second session of General Conference, on Saturday, October 6, 1979, this statement was made by President N. Eldon Tanner as he began the sustaining of Church officers: "Before presenting the authorities for the vote of the conference, President Kimball has asked me to read the following statement: Because of the large increase in the number of stake patriarchs and the availability of patriarchal service throughout the world, we now designate Elder Eldred G. Smith as a Patriarch Emeritus, which means that he is honorably relieved of all duties and responsibilities pertaining to the office of Patriarch to the Church." The Church Almanac for 2008 reports that "No Patriarch to the Church has been sustained since October 6, 1979." And there's no anticipation that one will be called in the future.

Eldred G. Smith, who will be 101 years old in January, and his second wife, Hortense, have traveled throughout the Church presenting firesides, which are reported to be extremely interesting and informative. He has many artifacts which belonged to his great-great grandfather, Hyrum, the brother of Joseph. Inasmuch as he became emeritus in 1979, his title is honorary only. He does not, in any way, function as Patriarch to the Church.

So, what was the responsibility of the Church Patriarch when there was one? He would give patriarchal blessings to people who traveled to Church Headquarters for blessings because patriarchs weren't available in their home area. At times the President of the Church would assign him to travel to areas of the world where patriarchal services were not available.

Much thanks to Mama Sleuth for her help with this question!

~ Dragon Lady
Question #41682 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

About a year ago, my wife and I got onto a Verizon cell phone plan; about 6 months into it, my cell phone got wet, and the screen broke. I'm kind of a techie gadgety guy, so I bought a new housing for it off eBay. It works, but the combination of the bad quality of the housing, and me not knowing what I am doing, my phone is somewhere south of "Franken-Phone". I would like to replace it. I got the actual phone for free with the plan, and I am not super wealthy, so I just want something cheap. No camera needed, no music need; just enough to make phone calls and store contacts, and text messaging. The rest is superfluous.

I've searched on Verizon's site, and the cheapest is easily over 100. My question is this: can you find anything that is cheaper than 100 and works on the Verizon (CDMA?) network?

It seems everything I look for requires a service contract; the ones that don't are terribly costly.


A: Dear Needer of a new cell phone,

I'll be up front with you when I tell you that I'm not sure how to tell if a phone for sale is completely compatible with your network. But I was able to find a couple of Verizon phones for sale online. This Ebay site seems to feature some LG phones that might be compatible with your plan. Or, if you prefer one you can look at, then look on Craig's List. The particular page I sent you to is someone selling "gently used" cell phones. One of those on that list is supposed to be a Verizon phone.

Hopefully one of those or one of those sites will prove useful? Good luck with that one!

Question #41676 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where can I find a list of "national ______ day" holidays (like national lost sock day, or national eat a waffle day)? I love an excuse to celebrate!


A: Dear Lewis Carroll Nonsense-

This site, though completely ridiculously designed, has a pretty thorough list, and they cite so many people saying they're complete and awesome that it must be true (see also Board Question #34823 for more about this site).

Waffle Day, by the way, is August 24.

Lost Sock Day is May 9, but I got that from a different site. Nobody's perfect, but it's still a pretty good list.

A: You can view a list of the United States' Federal Holidays here. Wikipedia also has an article about national holidays which states: <blockqupte> Strictly speaking, the United States does not have national holidays (i.e. days where all employees in America receive a day free from work and all business is halted). The U.S. Federal government can only recognize national holidays that pertain to its own employees; it is at the discretion of each state or local jurisdiction to determine official holiday schedules. Anyway, kind of interesting.

Happy holidays!

Question #41668 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How does vick's vapor rub work? Can it cause acne?


A: Dear fluff ~

The key here is essential oils. Different essential oils work to fight against different ailments.

Essential oils for fighting respiratory infections: benzoin, clove, eucalyptus, lavender, marjoram, tea tree, thyme

Essential oils to ease mucus congestion: benzoin, birch, cedarwood, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint, tea tree, thyme

Now, there are various methods to get those essential oils inside of you to ease your woes. One is to create a therapeutic steam where you breathe in the oils. Another, and the point of your question, is a vapor balm which is simply a salve containing essential oils. The vapor balms increase circulation and warmth in the chest as they're absorbed through the skins.

Vicks VapoRub is essentially a vapor balm, in synthetic form. They take derivatives of essential oils (or their synthetic counterparts) and put it in a petroleum ointment base. If you'd prefer a more natural route, go to natural foods store, or you can find recipes here.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear cat,

As far as the acne part of your question - most Google hits I found were actually blogs and message boards claimed that Vick's can help dry up acne. Though, I don't know that the company actually endorses putting it on your face (though I imagine you're talking about the chest anyway).

Question #41657 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the highest number ever called up in the draft in the Vietnam war?

- Craig Jessop

A: Dear C to the J:

"The highest draft number called from the 1969 lottery was number 267 (September 24)," according to Wikipedia. If there were other, later drafts, feel free to send in another question, but that's the info I could find. See this site for the draft number which corresponds with each birthday.

Question #41600 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I heard a claim, that the dispatcher of the claim admitted might be heresay.

They claimed that when Ira Fulton (I left off his middle initial, is that OK?) donated the funds for one of the supercomputers he stipulated that the supercomputer must be made visible to the students. So, apparently in the data center there are spotlights that were placed to illuminate the supercomputer. The plan was to place a webcam in the data center focused on the well lit supercomputer.

Is this true? Was there ever a web cam and are there spotlights in the data center that were put there for this purpose?

- Supercomputers are boring to look at if you ever wondered.

A: Dear boring,

I don't know about the anecdote, but there are spotlights in the datacenter at a specific empty location. I believe I was told that they were put there to shine on a reverenced supercomputer, but for whatever reason the supercomputer ended up not being housed there. But the vestigial spotlights remain.

-Curious Physics Minor
Question #41530 posted on 12/28/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Does eating poorly help you become sick more quickly? I have been accused of having poor eating habits, and therefore easily becoming sick. However, I have only become sick once this semester (well, this year, actually), and that was when my brother was nice enough to share his strep throat with me on Thanksgiving. Any thoughts?

- Scallion #1

A: Dear Scallion #1,

Eating poorly doesn't necessarily mean you will get sick more quickly but it usually means you have a harder time combating the virus, bacteria, parasite, etc. once you do get sick. Your body needs enough energy from the calories you eat and the right kind of nutrients in the right amounts to function at top level. I could go on and on about the nutrients your body needs to help your immune system and body functions work properly but you asked for thoughts, not facts. And there you have it.

- steen