"My brother is too kind. He was eminent when my eminence was only imminent." -Niles Crane
Question #36718 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

so, the other day, a boy handed me a pull tab from an aluminum can the other day. Apparently, there is a code that you have to live by when someone hands you it. If it comes with nothing in the middle, it's just a hug. If some of the metal comes off, it's a kiss, etc. Do you know the exact "rules" for this, and how it came about?

- fjord girl

A: Dear,

I don't, but I think it's a bit foolish. Here. I will make another rule you have to live by. You get your paycheck. If it ends in an even number, you have to buy me a strawberry-rhubarb pie. If it ends in an odd number, you only have to buy me a soda.

I have no right to either make up the rule, or to try and force it upon you, and unless you wanted to buy me a pie or a soda anyway, you'd be a fool to do it, just because you got a paycheck.

An ex-boyfriend taught me a game involving tapping a pattern on the dashboard of a car when you see a one-headlighted car. If the girl did it first, the guy had to buy her ice cream. If the guy did it first, he got to kiss the girl. Now, being a fan of kissing, we generally played that whoever did it first won a kiss, and left ice cream out entirely. But I played because I would have kissed him anyway. If I were in the car with some guy I didn't want to kiss, and he tapped it out, there's no way I'd feel obligated to kiss him. And though I still tap the pattern out of an amused sort of habit, I claim to be saving the kisses I've won for someone I want to kiss, instead of whoever's in the car with me.

Man, oh man, that was more rambling than you wanted to hear.

The points I want you to come away with, though, are these.
1. You don't have to live by this code, obviously.
2. I don't know the rules, specifically.
3. That's mainly because there are so many "codes" of this kind, and it's impossible to keep track of them all. Even within the same "code," there are endless variations.
4. And I suspect that the reason there are so many codes and variations is because someone heard of another code like that, and thought it would be fun to have. Or because people are fond of win-win situations, fond of hugging and kissing, and found another way to work those in, supposing the other party cooperates. There's your history.

And your novel of an answer.

-Uffish Thought
Question #36717 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What crazy embarrassing thing have you done in front of your crush at any time in life? I won't even say how this question came up.

- fjord girl

A: Dear fjordette,

I mixed up Yuri Gagarin and Uri Geller.

- Katya
A: Dear Francesca,

I'm sure I have some incredible stories, but I think I've repressed them all because nothing's coming to mind. Ah, the powers of the subconcious...

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear fjord,

My boyfriend came over for dinner at my house, and we had breakfast burritos. I got a piece of egg lodged in that cavity between my throat and my nose (which hurt like the devil, I might add). He'd expressed an interest in our backyard trampoline, so I told him I was clearing the table and sent him out to the backyard to jump by himself while I actually tried to clear myself out by hawking every bit of anything I could. After a significant period of time he came back in and I sent him back out again. Haha.

-Olympus
Question #36716 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Nike

First off, congratulations!

Second, now that you're a mom do you have eyes on the back of your head?

- William

PS. If you do, did it hurt when they came in?

A: Dear Will,

Well, thank you. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world right now.

As for the eyes, I think they're still slowly developing. In any case, I've only seen little scab-like things growing in. I'm sure by the time she's walking, they'll be fully operational and swiveling, not unlike Mad Eye Moody's magical eye. (Ew.)

Nike
A: Dear Nike

I found the description of the growth of your eyes in the back of your head disturbing (almost as disturbing as the talking head scene in Return to Oz).

-Humble Master
A: Dear Humble Master,

I remember virtually all of Return to Oz as being disturbing (or traumatizing, really). I'm impressed you could pick out one scene.

-Olympus
Question #36715 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
My 6 year old little brother is good at doing destructive things to his hair.
Last summer he stuck an electric toothbrush in it, turning it on, pulling the hair out, and causing a bald spot.
This summer(just today) he somehow got a mouse sticky trap stuck on his head. My mom was able to get the trap off but he still has tons of sticky in his hair. It's near the roots so there's no hair cut that would fix it short of a buzz cut (which he hates after last summer's experience).
I've heard peanut butter works for gum, but would that work for the sticky trap stuff? If not, what are some other options?
Thanks
Cannonballer

A: Dear Cannonballer,

This website recommends vegetable oil and shampoo. Wikipedia supports this claim. Good luck, and perhaps rethink using glue mousetraps in the future.

-The Red Team
Question #36713 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

When I started collecting fast offerings as a deacon, we just went to the shut-ins and people who couldn't make it to church. This gave them a chance to pay tithing and fast offerings. However, now (or at least, in every other ward I've been in), the Aaronic Priesthood goes out to collect from everyone in the ward, even those that are there every week. Why is this?

I've been told that it gives them a chance to serve, but just doing it for the shut-ins was still a great opportunity. I'm also told "because it's their job" or their "responsibility," but people only have jobs when there's a reason for it. D&C 20 gives the Aaronic Priesthood responsibility for church finances, but that's why we give tithing and everything else to the bishop (he being the priests quorum president). Why are deacons sent to collect fast offerings from those that already pay tithing at church when the option for fast offerings is right there on the same slip?

-Yak

A: Dear Yak,

I didn't know any wards actually did that, at all. So I don't know why yours is.

-Curious Physics Minor
A: Dear Yak,

My family has always requested that someone stop by to pickup the fast offerings. Occasionally we've been removed from the list. I'm fairly certain it varies from ward to ward. For example, the branches I served in on my mission sent the deacons out to all the active members' homes.

-Just Another Cassio
...remembering his days as a deacon.
Question #36712 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Two guys seem to be interested in me, which is something I haven't had to deal with before. I've been flirting with both, but I've decided I like one a little more than the other. The problem is, we have a lot of mutual friends. I really like the attention, but it's not socially acceptable for me to continue flirting/hanging out with both of them (or is it?). How can I make my preference clear without being rude or having many awkward situations in the future?

- Tulips

A: Dear two-faced,

You should definitely keep stringing both of them along. They will love you for playing them like an air guitar on a hot summer night.

-wet blanket
A: Dear Tulips,

If, for some reason, you choose not to listen to wet blanket, I'd like to point out that it's up to you whether or not you let things get awkward. Seriously. If you make a big deal about things, they're going to get weird.

Okay so. First of all, it's not like you've committed to both of them... I mean, as far as whether or not flirting with both of them is socially acceptable, I say it is unless you're officially committed to one of them. For example, if you're having four hour phone conversations each night with one of them, it's probably a good idea to cut the flirting with the other one back a bit. If you're holding hands and/or kissing one of them? You better cut things back with the other. But just because you "choose" one of them as a boyfriend or whatever doesn't mean you have to completely drop the other one as a friend.

- Lavish
Question #36711 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Statement 1: So I have this blog. I've had it for a few years now.

Statement 2: A girl I know (notice I don't say 'friend') also has a blog. She only started it recently.

Statement 3: This girl saw my blog for the first time about a week ago.

Statement 4: Since seeing my blog, this girl changed the title of her blog to be something pretty close to mine. It is obvious that she got it from me.

Statement 5: This bothers me.

Question: Is there anything I can do about this? Do you think I should write her an email and ask her to change the title back to what it was? Is there anything that says she legally can't do what she just did?

Thanks in advance for your input.

- Queen Noor

A: Dear Queen Noor,

I see a few options. One, you could write a polite note asking about the title change. Two, you could write a nasty note asking about the title change. Or three, you could just ignore it.

Honestly, I would suggest option three. Although copying someone else suggests a lack of creativity, and may be considered slightly rude, it's really not that important. Also, there's no way you can make her change it (nope, not legally either).

Here's another way to look at it: try to feel flattered. She liked your title well enough to use it for her blog too. That's a compliment.

Is it worth potentially offending someone, even if she's not one of your friends? If you really have to do something else, go with option one.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Queen (of drama, it seems),

Of the people who read both of your blogs, it's probably quite unlikely that they will notice or care about a similarity in titles. Just make your content so superior that everyone knows the original witty idea was yours.

-wet blanket
Question #36708 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the difference between taking charge and being bossy? How can I make sure I'm not over stepping my bounds?

- Rejected in Regency

A: Dear Rejected in Regency,

I think the difference is in the way that you make people feel when you tell them what to do. If you're just being efficient and getting things done, you're taking charge. And honestly, a lot of people like having friends that do that just because you need to have leaders. I think it turns into being bossy when the people you're telling what to do already know what they should be doing and aren't really soliciting your advice.

Feel it out. If people are cooperating, you're taking charge. If people are glaring at you, you're being bossy.

- Lavish
A: Dear Reject~

Taking Charge, being a heroic leader, and charismatically blazing a trail forward, is what I do.

Being bossy is what every other idiot does when they start giving out orders.

~Hobbes
Question #36706 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In the past (and very recent past), I've had serious problems with pornography in books (I'm giving up fiction altogether for a while) and stories. I'd also like to say that I'm a girl - I've always been upset that so much of the help to deal with pornography is directed towards men, so it's hard to find information specifically for me. Anyway, I want to block the sites that I normally browse from my computer, but I can't password protect the sites when I know the password anyway. What ways are available for me to filter sites on my computer without me telling my roommates (and such) about my problem so that they can remember the password?

It just occurred to me that I could ask the bishop to enter a password, which I'll probably do, but any suggestions or information would still be welcome.

- Anonymous, of course :)

A: Dear Anonymous, of course,

You are not alone. I, too have had a problem with pornography, and I, too, am a girl. It bothers me when people make the assumption that girls cannot understand pornography addictions.

It sounds like you have talked to your bishop about it. That is good. I tried for a really long time to stop by myself, but was not able to. I prayed for help, but what I failed to recognize was that going to see the bishop was the help that I needed. And now I am doing much better. And it sounds like you are making good progress, so good for you!

Talking to family members, like parents, about it can also be a help. If you can get support from them, do. But do not use that as a substitute for talking with your bishop. He is there to help. I think that he would be happy to set that password for you.

-Also anonymous, of course
Question #36705 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

My mother was brought up Pentecostal until she joined the Church, and recently told me how much Church members using the word Christ bothered her. In her old church (and I suspect many others--I wouldn't know), they use the name Jesus instead. I've been considering what she said, but I wonder:is it because there is some good reason or doctrine that Church members use the title Christ when referring to our Savior, or is it just some quirk of Mormon culture? I know it doesn't matter in the scheme of things, but I'm perplexed how we started doing this, as no other major denominational family of which I am aware does the same thing to the same extent.

- Certainly reluctant to ask a CES employee, and not willing to bother the bishop with something so trivial

A: Dear Certainly reluctant to ask a CES employee, and not willing to bother the bishop with something so trivial,

First, concerning your psuedonym: Why? And why not?

That out of the way, we spoke to Keith Wilson with the BYU Religion Department, a CES employee and arguably the smartest man alive, about this. He gave us a rather lengthy and detailed answer, but I will try to sum it up:

Christ comes from the Greek Χριστός (Christós), which is the Greek version for the Hebrew word מָשִׁי×-Ö· (Mašíaḥ) which is frequently transliterated as Messiah.

The Church generally tries to focus on the Messianic mission/accomplishment of Jesus. Technically, He did not become the Messiah until He fulfilled His purpose of performing the Atonement, being crucified and resurrected. At that point Jesus of Nazareth became Jesus the Christ, or Jesus the Messiah. When we speak of Him, we tend to remember Him as the Messiah, as One who has already accomplished this mission.

The counter-question Brother Wilson poses is: Why do other churches refer to Him so frequently as Jesus? He believes the reason for this is because they focus quite heavily on His mortal ministry, and often place a great deal of emphasis of its culmination at the cross.

So, there you have it. Good question.

-The Red Team
Question #36700 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Hey friends,

So i have been asked this by people, and have heard members say the same response, or some variation of it, and i dont know if it is true. the question: "if Jesus drank wine, why cant you?" the answers most typicaly given: "the wine then was more like grape juice, so you couldnt get drunk" or "ya it was wine, but they didnt drink to get drunk" or sometimes "the water was very dirty, so you couldnt drink it, so they mostly drank wine." So, fact or fiction? please debunkify these myths.

thanks,
-Leotendo

A: Dear Leotendo,

The real answer to the question of "If Jesus drank wine, why can't you?" is because God says so in modern revelation. An important tenet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is continuing revelation. It is the same answer to the question "If Jesus couldn't eat pork, why can you?" Because God changed the rules. He is in charge of them, and it remains his right to change them.

In connection to your other questions, the ordinary table wine at the time of Jesus Christ was mildly alcoholic. It was usually mixed with water and drunk that way. There wasn't as much of a tendancy to binge drink in those days, except among alcoholics (Christ was accused of being an alcoholic by his enemies because he drank wine. Obviously he wasn't). They didn't have sanitation so the water wasn't necessarily clean, but we don't know how dirty the water was. Certainly water wouldn't have been the standard in the cities. So, all of the claims made are essentially true at their core, but in the end that isn't the reason we don't drink wine, even though Jesus did.

Keep the Faith.

-St. Jerome
Question #36695 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

A while ago (Board Question #27609), you referred to Crazy 8's, aka cheap calories. I have looked for them in several vending machines around campus to no avail. Are they still available, or if not do you know the new holder of the "most caloric for least money" title?

- Still Hungry

A: Dear Hungry,

I talked to one of the guys who works BYU Vending, and he said they aren't putting Crazy 8's in any more. Isn't that sad? I think the current winner is the doorstop brownie, which is the one that's fifty cents and is heavy enough to be a doorstop (almost). It is 510 calories, with 210 calories from fat, and costs $0.60 (I found one today in the SWKT). Compare that to an apple, which is around 65 calories and costs $0.50. See also Board Question #21625. For more information on how to most efficiently satiate yourself, you may be interested in this website.

-Whistler
Question #36672 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
I was reviewing my signature card purchases online, and something i thought odd caught my eye. when i have made photocopies, there's the five-cents-a-page charge, and then an additional line with the same information--same time, place, etc.--for a penny or two. what's up with that?


~wondering

A: Dear wondering,

A nice girl at the Signature Card office told us that, for whatever reason, some of the copy machines on campus charge you six cents, not five, and for whatever reason, this charge is expressed in the form of a five-cent charge followed by a one-cent charge. Apparently they get this complaint a lot.

-The Red Team
Question #36653 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Board Question #36426 got me thinking- are restaurants not required by law to make nutritional info available to the public? I thought they were.

-Rusty Shackleford

A: Dear Rusty Shackleford,

We asked the experts of all things food, that is, the Skyroom in the Wilk, about this, and their manager relayed to us that in some states that is in fact the case, notably California. In fact, the girl we spoke to implied that there was a big fuss about this exact issue in California, and I suppose we should have heard of it.

Anyway, in Utah it is not required.

-The Red Team
Question #36632 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

This has probably been asked before, but I couldn't find it in the archives. Would you marry someone if you find out that they had cheated on you during your courtship? I mean Mormon cheating, AKA kissed someone else but didn't break the law of chastity. (This isn't "The Young and the Restless)

Simon

A: Dear Simon,

To my mind, anything short of abusive or unchaste behavior could definitely be resolved. (Those would be much more difficult to get past.) The short answer is that there's a lot of room for working things out in a relationship, and her kissing someone wouldn't be the end of the world.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Simon~

Actually, I think the fact that they'd cheated would make them even more attractive. It shows that I'm dating such a ridiculously attractive person that not even social boundaries are enough to keep the fellas away from her!

I, of course, am also sizzlingly hot, but I have managed to remain well-within the social boundaries that come with being a cartoon tiger.

~Hobbes
Question #36627 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is all that dirt (er, "soil") in the stadium parking lot for?

Thanks!

- Fredjikrang

A: Dear Fredjikrang,

On our trip to the athletic department, employees speculated that it was for redoing the turf.

-The Red Team
Question #36618 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm an english major who has decided to do an independent field study with a friend in which we will simply travel around the world and write about it. Where would you suggest going or where would you go? I'm particularly interested in unique/remote places off the beaten track, but anything amazing will do. And the more information the better! Thanks for all you guys do!

- Wants to Go Everywhere

A: Dear Wants to go everywhere,

Well, I can't pass up an opportunity to recommend a visit to Wales. I'm not sure what kind of field study you're planning on doing, but I'd definitely recommend that you go backpacking in Snowdonia National Park or the Brecon Beacons (or both!).

Cheers,

-Tangerine
A: Dear Nomad~

If you don't go to Russia, I will hunt down all of your kin and give them a flyer detailing all the ways in which I think you have failed to uphold your family honor.

You'll be forever ruined.

~Hobbes
Question #36614 posted on 06/08/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

All of the names of the Sith lords in the Star Wars saga are prefaced by the word "Darth" (ex., Darth Vader, Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, etc.). One assumes that it serves as a title, but the meaning and etymology of the word are unclear. George Lucas claimed that the name Darth Vader loosely meant "dark father" (since Darth sounds like dark and Vader roughly corresponds to the German and Dutch for father), but the connection is tenuous at best. Any ideas why every Sith lord is a Darth of some sort?

- Big Ideas (Don't Get Any).

A: Dear Big

Ok, here it seems as though you are asking for the origin of the term "darth" from the screenwriter's perspective. Meaning how did Lucas come up with the term, not how did the sith order become established. So, from answers.com:
Contrary to popular belief, the word "Darth" is neither a Dutch nor German word meaning "dark" (translated as donker and dunkel, respectively), although "Vader" is Dutch for "father".

Another suggestion is that it is a combination of the words "dark" and "sith", hence: "Dark Lord of the Sith".
But, in case you were curious about the origin of the term in the Star Wars universe:
In-universe history

In Star Wars, Darth Revan was the first known Sith Lord to use this title, though it is possible that he and Darth Malak were preceded by the mysterious Darth Andeddu. Unlike their successors, Revan and Malak prefixed the title to their own names instead of creating an alias, as did Zannah 3,000 years later.

The first Darth using an alias instead of her own name was probably Darth Traya, followed by her pupils Darth Nihilus and Darth Sion.

Because the first recorded Sith to use the title were Darth Revan and Darth Malak, the fact that they derived much of their power from the Star Forge, a creation of the long-extinct Rakata, has led some historians to suggest that "Darth" is actually a corruption of the Rakatan word Daritha, meaning "emperor". Others note another Rakatan connection: the words for "triumph" or "conquest" in Rakatan is darr, and the word for "death" is tah, leading to the theory that "Darth" is derived from darr tah and therefore means "triumph over death" or "immortal." Given the obsession of the Sith with discovering the means to live forever, this idea, on the surface, is not entirely without merit. But others point out that the true meaning of darr tah is "conquest through death," meaning the conquest of one's enemies.
Incidentally I remember it being pretty cool when The Phantom Menace made it obvious that Darth was a title (before that I thought it was just Darth Vader's name).

-Humble Master
A: Dear Small Ideas Only,

It's seems likely that originally, Lucas had intended Darth to simply be a name and not a title. You'll remember the following lines from Star Wars: A New Hope:

VADER: When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.

BEN: Only a master of evil, Darth.
and
VADER: Your powers are weak, old man.

BEN: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more
powerful than you can possibly imagine.
In both cases, 'Darth' is used much as one would use a first name. It would be very odd if it were interpreted as "Master" or "Lord", as Ben's line "Only a master of evil, master" would seem quite out of place.

The Darth-only references only exist in A New Hope. The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi don't really indicate either way, and by The Phantom Menace, it's clear that 'Darth' is used as a title, or at the very least, an assumed name much as is seen in the papal history.

Anyway, Lucas probably just thought the name "Darth Vader" felt right for the character, and only later considered the usage in a greater context.

-Yellow