"When you get a little older, you'll see how easy it is to become lured by the female of the species." - 1960's Batman TV show
Question #37047 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I would like to give some hard and fast rules to the questioner asking about socks in Board Question #36899.

1. never ever wear white socks with slacks (this one is pretty obvious).

2. the color of your socks is supposed to be an extension of your leg, so ALWAYS match your socks to your pants. Try to get as good a match as you can get (I learned this at the business ettiquite dinner put on last semester).

3. Navy blue and black do not mix. Ever. Well, some people can do it successfully, but if you have to ask the board how to match your socks, I'm pretty sure that you won't be able to pull it off. Don't wear navy blue socks with black pants. Just don't. If you don't own navy blue pants, then get rid of all of your navy blue socks.

4. The same rule about navy blue and black applies to black and brown. Past clothing rules have said that you can never mix black and brown, but that is becoming more relaxed, and it is ok to mix black and brown in moderation. But if you don't think you can do it right, don't try.

5. Generally you should match your belt with your shoes, but that rule isn't as firm.

The most important of these rules are numbers 1 and 2. Oh yeah, and don't wear black socks to the beach.

-not a fashion guru, but an observer of socks and shoes at church.

A: Dear George,

Forever and ever amen.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear everyone interested in socks,

I noticed one rule set got left out. Olympus, to the rescue. This one is often left out because lawn-mowing (the particular activity to which I'm referring) doesn't always happen as often as, say, going to work or church. It's easy to forget.

The knee-high socks need to be coordinated with the cowboy boots. For instance, black socks with black boots, navy socks with navy boots, etc. The white combo should only be worn if your shorts are white, too. (Khaki is not "white.")

-Olympus
Question #37037 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Another comment about blessing babies at home: The RSV virus makes its appearance every winter, and parents of babies with medical problems are often advised to keep their babies home and away from groups of people. I have known of a number of cases where a baby was blessed at home for just that reason, with the permission and the presence of the bishop.
- doting grandmother

Question #37032 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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In response to Board Question #36885, I was blessed in the middle of a Communist country, at a government controlled school, dressed in a blue dress with white polka dots. Blessing still holds, regardless of where it is performed... why? Because of the ratifying power of the Holy Ghost and the ability to create "sacred space" where ever you are (see D&C 6: 32). Period. The end.

If your Bishop has a problem with location, he needs to search his soul and realize that the only location that absolutely matters is the Temple and the specific ordinances that take place there. Baby blessings, though important, do not fall into that category.

- Don't Worry So Much About "Not Supposed To."

Question #36961 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Bored,

What is the deal with Web 2.0? Why hasn't Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Sun, Novell, and NuSkin upgraded my network to be compliant?

And why is Paris Hilton so famous and so yucky yet the Marriott girls are angels and don't make any muss?

And why do guys have facial hair and girls don't? Shouldn't BYU's policy for this modest bodypart be "if you got it, flaunt it! If you lack it, pack it!"

And why has the hundred hour bored become the 300 hour board?

And if it really the 300 hour board, who are the Persians, and can I be a Spartan?

And since that movie is rated R and I never saw it, can someone give me a two-sentence version of the plot?

And which is better--cats or dogs?

And why is Ocean's 12 so much better than Oceans 11? Same for Spiderman 2 to Spiderman 1 (but not Spiderman 3 to any)?

-Motionite the Wanderer

A: Dear Motionite

I'm sorry, but I must take umbrage with the assertion that Ocean's 12 was better than Ocean's 11 (but I'll allow that Spider-Man 2 was the superior film).

-Humble Master
A: Dear Motionite,

Hello there, friend! I regret to tell you that we are currently occupied in our underground lair—you know the place. Anyway, we (and the tunnel worms) have been quite busy lately, since we just tracked down the last person who asked 17 questions in one submission.

You're next.

—Laser Jock


* Just so you know, it's nothing personal.
A: Dear,

The deal is that they just find it fun to frustrate you. Petty and immature, but true.

Paris Hilton is famous in part because she's yucky. I don't have a clue who they Marriott girls are, but perhaps they just have angelic personalities, were brought up well, or are lucky in what gets out about them.

Guys have facial hair to keep them warm, since biologically, I don't think they pack of as much protective fat as women do. BYU's policy, though occasionally annoying, does much to maintain our image of clean-cut people, in appearance and behavior. And who would be able to decide who gots it and who lacks it?

Because we're getting more questions than ever, and we have lives outside of the Board. Also, because you're keeping track. If you don't keep track, you don't know how long it's gone, and you don't complain. This is nothing new. Oh, and because the nature of the questions we get tend to be less fun, often. (For instance--if there had just been one of these, maybe I would have gone to town, but as it is, I'm going through and answering them all as succinctly as I know how.

Haven't seen it. Writers are Persians, readers are Spartans. So yes.

Yes. IMDB can.

Cats.

Because you knew what to expect, and could appreciate it better.

-Uffish Thought
Question #36959 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I will be a freshman at BYU this fall and on the school's website it recommends new students to take Honors 100: Freshman Honors Experience if they have not attended Late Summer Honors. I was hoping one of you would be able to enlighten me about the content and purpose of this class because all I know is it introduces students to the Y's curriculum and Honor's program. Basically, I want to know: is it a waste of time? The class is .5-2.0 credits which leads into my second question. What is variable credit? I know someone already answered this question before, but I am a bit dense; therefore, the answer just left me more confused. It means I can repeat the course, correct? But, if I take the class for less credit, will I still be doing the same amount of work?

- painfully new to all of this

p.s. I don't know if this many questions is allowed, but if you have the time, I have one more. Because of my Freshman Academy envelope of classes, I don't have room for a math or language in my schedule. This is really freaking me out! Maybe I am just too used to the High School schedule, but is this a cause for concern?

A: Dear painfully new,

Breathe in. Breathe out. It will be OK. You will figure it out, and if you can't figure it out, there are lots of people whose BYU-ian reason for existence includes helping people figure stuff out. (This includes your teachers, your TAs, your RAs, the open major advisement center, and, of course, us.) That's just some general life philosophy I wanted to throw out there (and some I should certainly be taking, myself). On to your actual questions:

I was hoping one of you would be able to enlighten me about the content and purpose of this class because all I know is it introduces students to the Y's curriculum and Honor's program. Basically, I want to know: is it a waste of time?

The description in the course catalog and class lists are pretty vague, but I found some old syllabi for the classes online, and I have to say that they look pretty cool. Every section is taught by a different professor and on a different topic. Past topics included "Faith vs. Science (and the BYU education)," "The History and Culture of College Sports" (Humble Master is now turning green with envy), "Mummies for Dummies" (visiting museums at BYU and elsewhere), etc. Basically, it looks like the point of these classes is to give a general overview of the honors program, and then go into one specific topic, in depth, in a way that's interesting and somewhat challenging, but still appropriate for an incoming freshman. If nothing else, I think that these classes exist to make freshmen excited about enrolling in the honors program, and if you're interested, I think you should go for it.

The class is .5-2.0 credits which leads into my second question. What is variable credit? I know someone already answered this question before, but I am a bit dense; therefore, the answer just left me more confused. It means I can repeat the course, correct?

It sounds like you're confusing variable credit and repeatable credit. If a class is repeatable, it has an "-R" after the class number, and you can take it more than once for credit. (Ex. Music 160R, is the class for beginning individual music lessons on some instrument. If you take it more than once, you'll be learning new music and techniques with your teacher, so they let you repeat it for credit.)

A variable credit class means that the number of credit hours aren't fixed — the number of credits is up to you or to you and your professor to determine. In the course catalog, they'll say something like "V1.0-3.0" for the number of credit hours. For example, I did an internship which had a variable number of credit hours. At the beginning of the semester, I sat down with the professor I was going to be working for, and we determined how many hours a week I would be working for her. If I had been very busy, I could have arranged to work for fewer hours, but as it happened, I needed the extra credits, so I arranged to work for the maximum 3.0 hours.

Of course, a class could be offered for variable credit hours and be repeatable, which would mean that you could take it for more than one semester, and negotiate the credits every time. Which brings us to your next question . . .

But, if I take the class for less credit, will I still be doing the same amount of work?

No. For something like an guided study class or an academic internship, there's a pretty basic conversion of 1 credit hour = 1 hour in class + 2 hours of outside homework. So you can register for as many credits as you need, or as few credits as you have time for. If it's a more structured class, then the difference might be in terms of having to do a class project, or the length of the final paper, or something. (I took a variable credit class here at the U of I, and the 4 hour students had to do weekly assignments, plus a term paper, while the 2 hour students just had to do the weekly assignments.) Regardless, if the individual sections are available for variable course credit, the instructor should have things set up so that the amount of work required will also be variable, and if you're unclear about how it works, you can ask him or her on the first day of class (or even shoot them an email ahead of time). (Really, it's OK. You're allowed. Especially as a panicky freshman who's confused. :) )

Lastly,

Because of my Freshman Academy envelope of classes, I don't have room for a math or language in my schedule. This is really freaking me out! Maybe I am just too used to the High School schedule, but is this a cause for concern?

Nope, not a problem. If you've got the minimum number of credits to be going full time (or keeping your scholarship, or whatever) and if most of those are GEs or required classes, you're good to go. In high school, you're sort of expected to take one unit of every type of core class, every semester, but college isn't really like that. It's perfectly normal not to have every type of class, every semester. If you're planning on going into a major that's very math-intensive (or language-intensive) it would be a good idea to get started on those required classes as soon as possible. Otherwise, it's pretty normal for people to be finishing up a few GEs even as juniors or seniors.

Good luck and don't worry, you'll do great! (And if you have any more questions, we're always here to calm the fears of concerned freshlings.)

- Katya
Question #36957 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Ball of Sunshine Board,

~STORYTIME WITH THE SORCERESS~
So here's the deal: I am a ridiculously energetic female. It comes with one of my jobs. I am a clown. I go to birthday parties for children and paint faces, do magic, tie animal balloons and such. I have to have the energy level and capacity of 2-9 year olds. AND I love it. My energy for my job is naturally the way i am in everyday life.

I am positive and kind and thank my Heavenly Father EVERYDAY for blessing me with this attribute. I happen to have tons of friends because of it and people love being around me. People who haven't known me a long time tell me they love my enthusiasm and it is a wonderful gift because i can pull so many others into it.

I also have received the same compliment from quite a few girl friends, "Wow, I love you being my friend, but i wish you were a guy." This at first glance seems weird, but it is harmless. It is said to me because i am sweet to guys and girls alike.

Guys tell me all the time how fun and beautiful i am and that i am a sweetheart. I received a comment last night though that got me thinking. A guy friend and i were talking about dating and he said, "Ninja Sorceress, you could get so many guys and go on so many more dates if you toned your energy level down a bit."

THE END

Here's the question: Should I? Please elaborate on pros and cons and reasoning and such. Thank you.

- Ninja Sorceress

A: Dear Multiclass character~

Yes, great idea. Change your personality. If your core beliefs bother guys, change those, too. You might get more dates if you change your hair color as well. A change of name couldn't hurt, either.

~wet Hobbes
A: Dear Ninja Sorceress

I see no pros from changing from the sort of person who comes up with the name "Ninja Sorceress" (really, not a one).

-Humble Master
A: My dear,

You should not change anything about yourself in order to get more dates unless YOU see it as a flaw in yourself. Don't change your personality to get others to like you. It won't work.

I've wondered about the sort of thing you've suggested here in the past—my personality is kinda intense, and some people can't really handle it. So I'll tone it down a bit sometimes. However, in dating matters, I don't want to have to do anything to my personality. I want the guy who thinks my energy, silliness, and randomness are great. :) You need to be looking for a guy who loves you for who you are.

- The Defenestrator
Question #36956 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Does BYU allow Sea Monkeys in on-campus housing?
- Limerick

A: Dear Limerick,

Let's see what we can find out.

To find out if brine shrimp are allowed in on-campus housing I checked out the terms and conditions of on-campus housing. Here is what their animal policy says:
A pet is an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. A pet is not considered a service animal or a therapy/emotional support animal, and therefore, it is not covered by this policy. Pets are not permitted on university property.
So they are not even permitted on university property. That's a new one on me.

That'll be 2 pounds of chocolate-coated pretzels.

-The Investigator
Question #36953 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Okay, so there's this classical piece that is very famous and is usually used on TV to characterize springtime. However, I can't remember the name of it, but I think it's by Tchaikovsky. Anyway, since I can't sing it to you, I will give you the notes in the form of scale degrees. It's in (probably) 6/8, and is basically a series of eighth notes played fairly slowly and smoothly, except for the 16ths which are in parenthesis. The scale degrees are as follows:

6/8: 532123/532(121212)/535636/5321.

Make sense? What is this called and who is it by? It's amazing how beautiful some of the everyday music we take for granted is if you sit down and actually listen to it.

- Mr. Hyde

A: Dear Mr. Hyde,

It's Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite, 1st movement (In Morning Mood). It's definitely one of his more well-known pieces, and you should be able to find it pretty much anywhere you can buy classical music. You're right; it's beautiful. In fact, a lot of the "cliche" music you hear is actually incredibly beautiful if you can get past the "overused-ness" of it.

Incidentally, it's 532123/5321(2323)/535636/6432, but I guessed what you were talking about from the earlier description anyway.

Enjoy!

-Yellow
A: Dear Mr. Hyde,

In the future, you might be interested in the Themefinder, which lets you search for famous classical themes by scale degree (among other methods). Typing in "532123" returns "Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907), Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46, Orch., 1st Movement (Morning Song)" as the 4th of 9 hits. (The hits are sorted alphabetically by the last name of the composer. Apparently Borodin, Carpenter, Dvorák, Handel, Mozart, Vaughn Williams, and Verdi also wrote themes beginning with that same pattern.) The search results also show you the theme score, and link to a MIDI file of the theme, in case you still don't recognize it.

- Katya
Question #36952 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Ella Enchanted's question has started me wondering as to what separates literature from plain old everyday writing? Does the author have to be dead for a ceratin amount of years, or be taking sides on a certain contraversial political issue? I've asked other people this question before and never gotten a solid answer.

- Rook

A: Dear George,

I've just completed all of my coursework for a BA in English, and I can honestly tell you that no one on this campus--whether they believe it or not--can nail down an answer for you because it is largely subjective. The quality of a book is generally a deciding factor though, not so much whether or not the author is dead. There is no solid answer. Sorry.

Have a nice day, though!

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Rook

As someone holding an advanced degree in English, I can say that the old standard "dead white men wrote it" is losing popularity, but in the vacuum left by that criterion's passing, as Kicks and Giggles has noted, nobody is quite sure what to make the new standard. Pretty much it's "academics (who are still mostly white men) like it" (I feel the truest test of "Is it literature?" should be "Does the work feature either a) a monkey, that may be, but does not have to be inebriated b) a wizard c) a scene in the kitchen involving an attempt to cook an edible dish with turtle toes as an ingredient d) a reference to the 100 Hour Board" (oddly enough this standard has not yet been adopted by academia...but I'm trying to infiltrate it from the inside and spread my views from there)).

-Humble Master
Question #36951 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

As an ASU (Arizona State) fan at BYU, what repercussions can I expect from surrounding fans at a football game to be played in 2009 if I hold a sign saying "Mormons for the Devils" ? I root for BYU at all other times, but still, I'm wondering (and I will make the sign anyway, even if it does result in a mugging or getting my temple recommend taken away).

- A Devil at the Lord's university

A: Dear Diablo,

Well, security wouldn't let you have a sign at the game in the first place. So it's a moot point.

- one who worked as event staff
A: Dear Devil

I had a couple of rabid Ute fans sitting next to me at a BYU/Utah game that reached a most unfortunate and disappointing end in overtime. They were the lone Ute fans in the midst of the true blue BYU faithful, and they were treated just fine through the whole game. Now, I'm not saying that's always how opposing fans are treated (especially Ute fans), but hopefully there wouldn't be any negative repercussions for you.

-Humble Master
Question #36949 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Today I was looking at the ingredients on my crackers and noticed that they contain "interesterified" oils. Now that's a really cool word. I looked it up on Google and mostly found propaganda from oil companies on how it's not bad for you but works basically like trans-fat oils do in recipes. I don't buy it. I didn't find anything really conclusive in my search, though.

Are interesterified oils proven to be bad or good or normal? If not, is anyone looking into it at the moment? I'd love to hear more about it, especially some conclusions.

- Marilla

A: Dear Marilla,

Well, the conclusion seems to be...no one is completely sure at this point.

The brief article on Wikipedia seems to do a nice job of summing things up: interesterification is used to avoid creating trans fats, but some research indicates it may cause some problems of its own. They have several links at the bottom of the article to studies about interesterified fats, which I'll copy here, here, and here.

In general, health studies seem to have a hard time being conclusive. It usually takes a while before researchers reach a consensus, and even then they can change their minds. I usually treat medical findings with a bit of skepticism until they're well-established.

—Laser Jock
Question #36948 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I love reading books to my little sister. I think that it really helps her imagination and vocabulary... I think it is just all around good for her. However, my little sister is only 6, so I have started a tradition with her: I read books to her that have coresponding movies, then when we have finished the book, we watch the movie. So now my question: Do you know of any really good book and movie combos? So far we have read and watched The Witches, Charile and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda by Roald Dahl, and Treasure Island (with the coresponding Muppets version of the movie). Any suggestions?

Yours Truly,
Eponine

A: Dear,

Princess Bride! Wizard of Oz! Howl's Moving Castle!

-Uffish Thought
A: Dear Ethel,

The Chronicles of Narnia, of course, although that could be a little scary for a six-year-old. The Phantom Tollbooth, I'm told is also a movie, though you may have to look hard for it. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman is being made into a movie in December or something. There's also an animated movie of The Hobbit, but that might be scary too. And boring. Polar Express, Jumanji, The Black Cauldron, Charlotte's Web, Alice in Wonderland, Meet the Robinsons, James and the Giant Peach, The Last Unicorn. You may be interested in a hand reference book called From Page to Screen, edited by Joyce Moss and George Wilson. It gives pretty good listing and account of a LOT of books made into movies. Look for it in HBLL's juvenile reference section, call number PN 1009 .A1 M62x 1992.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Eponine

There's this little children's series that nobody's heard of, but I expect big things from it in the future. The books feature the adventures of a boy named Harry Potter (remember when this series becomes popular, you heard it here first).

-Humble Master
Question #36946 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I think my dad is insane. He's taken to trying every kind of food he's not supposed to. For example, He always eats the baby food that he's feeding my little brother (and it's the nasty kind with chunks in it. It even smells gross.). He's also willing to try animal food, like dog biscuits and kibble. (now follow the train of thought with me please~~~) What is the strangest/grossest/surprisingly tastiest food you've eaten that you probably shouldn't have?

Yours Truly,
Eponine

A: Dear the new Chalice of Evil,

Raw mussels. They were kind of squishy, and I don't think I really chewed them, but they slither around enough that you don't actually need to. In the sauce they were fine. Weird, but fine.

-Olympus
A: Dear Eponine

Ox brain tacos (tasted a bit like fish...but I really struggled to handle the texture).

-Humble Master
A: Dear,

I really like to drink buttermilk straight, which is unusual, at best. That may be the strangest of my eating oddities. I'd someday like to try a honey ant, just to say I have. I once wrote a list of unusual things I like to eat, and if you're still interested, you can find it here. Not thrilling, but maybe mildly interesting.

-Uffish Thought
A: Dear Eponine,

When I was a kid, I enjoyed eating dirt.

Now I like peanut butter and onion sandwiches, as well as jam and cheese.

Also surprisingly tasty: orange or mango slices, sprinkled with salt and hot chili powder. Yum.

Cheers,

-Tangy
Question #36945 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
I am looking to learn another language and believe that I have settled on Hindi. What are some good ways to learn languages that y'all know about or have tried? I am not a student, have no knowledge of the language, and have few opportunities at the present to interact with people who speak it.
- Thanks, obrigado, and gracias

A: Dear obrigado,

Hindi is a fabulous language! I am an amateur Hindi student and am glad to hear that you're interested in the language. May I recommend a few things? First (and most fun!), watch Bollywood movies. These are splashy, fun, clean (no kissing on screen by and large!), and musical epic movies in Hindi. You can easily find them online. Might I recommend some titles? Devdas, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Veer-Zaara, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Kal Ho Naa Ho.

Second, since you're probably looking to learn how to say more than "My love burns like the flame of a thousand suns beating upon the desert of my heart" the way that lyrics from movies would have you I would recommend a few good materials I have tried. The first is "Teach Yourself Hindi" by Rupert Snell. It comes with a CD and a workbook. The next is a CD packet called "Hindi Conversation" also in the "Teach Yourself" series. The other book I have tried is "Teach Yourself Hindi" edited by Mohini Rao. These are great resources and will teach you a lot!

Lastly, find some Hindi speakers! Practice, practice, practice, and best of luck! Can you tell I'm so excited to share my love of a language I don't even speak that well? I even have a Hindi Book of Mormon, a Hindi "The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles" hanging up on my wall, and a Hindi "Old Testament Stories" from the Distribution Center. No better way to learn a language than with the Spirit, is what I say.

-la bamba
A: Dear obrigado,

la bamba has already done a fabulous job, so I'll just add a few, possibly insignificant, other ideas. For listening practice--and this goes for any language, actually--there are some great online resources like Voice of America and BBC in Hindi. Listening practice will be very useful, as many of the sounds of Hindi are foreign to English-accustomed ears. And if you're looking for a more serious textbook (like, one that treats grammar a little more thoroughly), I used and liked Usha Jain's "Introduction to Hindi Grammar."

Good luck!

Petra
A: Dear Thanks,

For general independent language-learning advice, let me point you towards Board Question #26659.

Online resources for learning Hindi:

Wikipedia article on Hindi (see the links at the bottom for more resources)
Yourdictionary.com Hindi language resources

Since researching the above Board question, I've also come across MyLanguageExchange.com which is an online resource that attempts to connect people who want to learn a foreign language with native speakers who are willing to help them learn it (in exchange for help with another language). When I did a search on native Hindi speakers who wanted to learn English, I found over 3,000 people.

Good luck!

- Katya
Question #36942 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Word on the streets is that human male urine is sterile - theoretically, one could drink it without any adverse effects (other than, of course, a nasty taste in the mouth). Is this true? Does it apply to female urine as well?

Yellow, I'm looking at you here.

- THE RAINDROPS.

A: Dear Raindrops,

I've never heard anyone specify a gender before. Anyway, here's what Wikipedia says:
Urine is generally considered to be at least fairly sterile. When it leaves the body, however, the urine can pick up bacteria from the surrounding skin, which would contaminate it.
I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

—Laser Jock
Question #36940 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I don't plan on giving any girl diamonds any time soon. Unless...

But, are diamonds really a girl's best friend?

- Bleser

A: Dear George,

Not mine. My best friend is my dog. :) Perhaps I'm just a more sensible girl.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Bleser,

I'll give you a Lavish answer.

Depends on the size of the diamond. They're normally like second best friends. Her first best friend is usually whomever gave her the diamond.

- Lavish
A: Dear Bless,

I can't say my diamonds are my best friends, but they're pretty high up on the list... ;-)

Nike
A: Dear Bleser,

You know, I had always said that I didn't want a real diamond in my wedding ring and that I didn't care if I had a stone at all. For some reason, my fiancé insisted that I have a real diamond. He and his friend spent 3 hours looking at diamonds for my engagement ring (2 were after hours and they admit they liked looking at them so much that they lost track of time). He was so thoughtful about choosing my ring and thankfully kept in mind that I am a simple girl who doesn't want to take someone's eye out with a huge shiny protrusion from her finger. I love my diamond because of the thought my best friend put into it. So I'm going go with the Lavish answer.

- steen, who is finally in single digits and promises to be better at writing when crazy wedding planning is over!
A: Dear Bleser,

I know more than one girl who would categorically refuse any diamond on moral grounds. (Even if the diamond was certified non-conflict, they'd rather not support the industry.) I'm not that extreme, but there are a lot of things more important in my life than (admittedly very sparkly) hunks of carbon.

- Katya
Question #36937 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

There are two books I read in middle school, and I can't remember what their titles are. I'm quite certain they were both award winners, but I'm not sure what the awards were. Now that I'm done with college (mostly) I have time to read for fun, and I want to re-read some books from middle school. Perhaps you can identify these two.

-Book One: It's told in a somewhat abstract way, perhaps switching the narration from child to child. The book is about a group of students who are selected by a teacher to be on a team for some sort of academic competition. In the end, they win, and the answers that make them win are things that had happened in the book. One of the kids' dad owned a restaurant, so the kid knew what the word "tips" meant, or something. I'm pretty sure somebody, possibly the teacher, is crippled. I read this book about 1998 or so.

-Book Two: It's a mystery involving either an apartment complex or a hotel. There is a wealthy recluse involved, I think. I think the main character's name was Turtle.

I hope I've given you enough information to figure these out. I really want to read them again!

- some girl

A: Dear some girl

I have no idea what the first book is, but the second is The Westing Game (great book, I remember reading it a few times when I was younger, it was also made into a tv movie, though I've never seen it).

-Humble Master
A: Dear Gertrude,

The first book is probably The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg, a Newbery Medal winner (1997). It was published in 1996. You can find this book on the Newbery shelf in the Juvenile section of the Harold B. Lee Library. (Thanks to my coworker for amazingly knowing the answer to this as soon as I read her your description of the book).

-Kicks and Giggles
Question #36935 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I've been trying to find a RPG and found KOTOR is it any good?
what's it all about? Is it hard to play? Do you make your own charatcer ? if you could find a site and some reviews i'd appreciate it


Burglars & trees

A: Dear Burglars & trees,

Star Wars: Knights of the Republic is a great RPG (which is why it got a sequel). At least that's what people have said.

From the Lucasarts website: "Take charge and lead a group of freedom fighters in the final war between the Jedi and Sith that began more than 4,000 years before the first Star Wars movie. Your path lies uncertain before you, but your actions will determine the outcome of this massive conflict...and your destiny as a Jedi. Rated T."

It's not hard, I suppose. You don't make your own character like more non-linear RPGs --- you do help design your own characters and choose their decisions. Here's a site and some reviews.

-Castle in the Sky
Question #36934 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

hey i've been looking for a good RPG to play on my PC. Nothing to fancy with a huge learning curve , just something i can pick up and have fun with. any suggestions? I'd rahter not have to pay a monthly fee for it too...

cookies and cream

A: Dear cookies and cream

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Its sequel (Knights of the Old Republic II)
Elder Scrolls: Oblivion or Morrowind
Neverwinter Nights

For more suggestions check out IGN.com.

-Castle in the Sky
A: Dear cookies and cream,

You can get both Final Fansasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII for PC as well. I recommend both, though probably VII over VIII.

Enjoy!

-Yellow
A: Dear cookies and cream,

I add a second recommendation of Neverwinter Nights. It's lots of fun, and if I can learn to play it, anyone can.

-Tangy
Question #36933 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am an incoming freshman who will be attending this upcoming summer term and fall semester. I will be staying in Heritage Halls for the summer.

I THOROUGHLY searched the BYU website, but couldn't find a list of what the dorm offers, what to bring, and what not to bring.

I was hoping you could come up with the essentials for me, or show me a link with what I should bring/what the rooms offer. If the advice is in list form or just a link, that would be fine, as long as it shows pretty much everything I need.

Also include one thing you wish you would have brought or wish you wouldn't have brought from home.

- Mixmaster T-ro from Oregon

A: Dear Non-Finding Mixmaster,

Easy. Look here. Scroll down to Heritage Halls, and under Additional Information, see "What to Bring" and "What NOT to Bring."

That should help.

Nike
A: Dear Mixmaster,

Definitely don't forget a coat. I forgot that. Luckily, my family lives relatively close, so I could just stop by and pick it up. But trust me; you'll want it.

-Yellow
A: Dear T-rod,

I'll answer your last question, as the others have sealed the first ones up nicely. Since you just said you'd be staying in Heritage for the summer and I'm not sure where you'll be F/W, I'm going to go ahead and suggest the following (in case you live in Helaman or DT later):

I wish I'd have brought a hot plate water-heater. I, um, am actually not sure whether they're allowed in the dorms or not. But a lot of people around me had them and I sure borrowed them a lot.

I was really glad I had a clasping plastic soap dish, like you would use camping, for the shower. And I kind of wished I had some sort of shower caddy thing, to carry my wet shampoo bottles back and forth.

Find out for sure whether the beds have lights by them. If not, you'll want to get one of those $8 floor lamps or something, from WalMart.

-Olympus
Question #36931 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear Yellow,

This summer I am an intern/receptionist at a company which basically advises non-profit organizations on how to fundraise money. On the switchboard for the phones, it naturally lists all the employees names and their extention number. One of them listed is "Yellow 307."

Are you secretly working here and I just keep missing you?

- Cinnamon, "Thank you for calling (long and surprisingly somewhat difficult company name) how may I help you?"

A: Dear Cinnamon,

I'm not Yellow but THAT'S WHAT YOUR COMPANY DOES?!? I'm totally into that type of stuff. Send me some info will you?

-Just Another Cassio
...always looking for money to fund things.
A: Dear Cinnamon,

Actually, that's my clone. Or rather, one of my clones. The 307th clone, to be precise. You see, in an effort to increase my research capabilities, I've taken to sending clones of myself into various organizations. That way when I get questions about, say, Gatorade (clone 37), Universities (clones 18, 92, 438, and 125-132), Spain (clone 2), or BYU Websites (clone 177), (to name a few examples,) I've got a guaranteed contact.

I should warn you, though, that my clones have had their memory modified. They're always willing to talk to me, but they have no insider knowledge about myself or the 100 Hour Board in general. As a result, consulting with Yellow 307 may be a pleasant experience, (he is, after all, my clone,) but you'll still have to come to the Board for the real thing.

Smile!

-Yellow
Question #36930 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was interested in reading the answer to Board Question #36832, but I don't think the real question was answered. Obviously a person with paralyzed legs can't move. I think that goes without saying. However, I think the real question is this: are the electric effects of the taser felt throughout the body, even though the area where the taser is directly put won't feel anything?

- Algernon

A: Dear Algernon,

Personally I don't think your interpretation of the previous question was so obvious. At least it wasn't to me or any of the other writers. I'll go ahead and answer your question, especially since I see it as a similar yet different question from the first.

Let's say a person is only paralyzed from the waist down. If you shot them in the leg with a TASER then the electrical current would incapacitate the body. The electrical shock would cause the muscle fibers to twitch and shake much like a seizure. Despite not being able to feel the pain associated with being electrically shocked, the paralyzed person would indeed shake because the muscle fibers would each contract individually. Pain very well might be felt in the upper (non-paralyzed) half of the body (depending on the strength of the shock).

Hopefully that answers your question.

-Just Another Cassio
...still hoping you don't TASER anyone.
Question #36928 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm thinking about buying tickets to see "Mama Mia" when it comes to Capitol Theater. My little sister is a huge ABBA fan, and I think it would be a great sisters' night out. However, I don't know much about the actual plot or the, shall we say, appropriateness level of the musical. Have any of you seen it, or know someone who has and could give me some info on it?

- Wisteria

A: Dear Wisteria,

I asked around. The most informative response:

--

Yes, I've seen it in Las Vegas and Madrid (yes, it was in Spanish). It is a fun show with good music. Pretty simple stage design and costumes. It is set in Greece so it has sort of a beachy feel to it. Good story line, funny and entertaining.

The plot is about a girl who is traveling to Greece for her wedding. Her mom lives there and owns a small hotel. The girl grew up fatherless and while reading her mom's diary she figures out that one of three men could possibly be her father so she invites all three to the wedding. [Apparently she wants her father to walk her down the aisle.] The story unfolds as she tries to figure out which of the three men is her real father. The parts where she reads from her mom's diary about the past sexual encounters with these men could be offensive to some. It is done in a clever, upbeat and musical way. I enjoyed it and didn't think it was too inappropriate, but I guess I could see how someone who is really conservative could. Hope this helps!

---

Thanks a ton to my friend.

-Olympus
A: Dear Wisteria,

I saw Mama Mia with a friend about a year ago when it came to Capitol Theater. The music was very enjoyable, but you're right to be a bit concerned about the appropriateness of the plot. The story revolves around the undetermined paternity of Sophie, a young woman about to be married, and naturally involves humor of a sexual nature. I enjoyed the show's music, but the story itself made me a bit uncomfortable. I don't know that I could really recommend it. I won't tell you more in case you decide to go see it yourself, but just be careful, okay?

-Yellow
Question #36927 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I have a quote question. I keep remembering parts of this quote but I can't remembr the whole thing, or what it's from. It might. . .. drive me crazy. Here is what I remember.

2 men. One is really smart and the other one is trying to prove that he's smart too. And the first man says something with the phrase "me thinks" in it. And the second comes back at it telling him that he's not so smart after all becasue it's actually "i thinks" and feels so proud for outsmarting him.
That's the memory I have.

It might be from a movie. . .maybe a stupid tv show. .. . does anyone recognize it? I'll keep thinking. ... .
Thanks, i thinks.

A: Dear thinking,

From an episode of "Cheers" (although I'm not sure which one):
Diane: Methinks the man does protest too much.
Woody: Excuse me, Miss Chambers, but shouldn't it be "I thinks?"
Carla: Not in your case, Woody.
- Katya
Question #36925 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My roommates and I are moving for Fall. We'd like a place with an older (meaning the majority of the members have been through the majority of school) ward, and we're kind of looking for houses, but anything will do really...is there a good way other than attending all these wards to determine the general age range of these places?

- Somewhat Human

A: Dear,

My old roommates J and E, (you remember them, right?) live in a ward full of older kids. You might try getting in touch with them, and hearing what they have to say about their ward and area. In many cases, I think the further you get from BYU, the more likely it is you'll have non-students in your ward. Think outside the box, right? If you really want to get away from younger students, I'd impose minimum distance from campus, and then start looking for houses there.

But really, I think you should just live next door to me. I'd love to be neighbors with you all again.

-Uffish Thought
Question #36924 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just finished a game of Scattergories. The letter was W. For the subject "nicknames" I put Wilhelmina Wafflewitz. The others playing the game objected, but I argued that since it wasn't her real name, it counted. Who was right?

I lost the game either way (oh well).

-Go Go Gadget Galoshes

A: Dear Go Go Gadget Galoshes,

You. Completely and 100% you. In fact, that's a really good one.

I l-o-v-e love Scattergories.

- Lavish
A: Dear Gggg,

Here's the OED's definition of nickname:
A (usually familiar or humorous) name which is given to a person, place, etc., as a supposedly appropriate replacement for or addition to the proper name.
Is "Wilhelmina Wafflewitz" a humorous, appropriate replacement for that Board writer's real name? Absolutely.

(I have to say, I'm impressed. Even at a Board party that would get you kudos.)

—Laser Jock
A: Dear G^4,

Yeah, you. Way to go.

One time someone guessed I was Wilhelmina Wafflewitz, at a party. I wasn't a writer then, so it was a rather happy moment. Must have inspired me.

Don't worry. You won in our eyes.

-Olympus
Question #36921 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

At one point I remember the BYU Bookstore sold BYU cuff links, but have subsequently learned that that item has been discontinued. Being a man who is in the minority by only owning french-cuff shirts, I'm always on the prowl for new cuff links, but alas, I cannot find any that have BYU's logo on them. Do you know of any place (online or off) that I can find a set of cuff links that will let me represent BYU? I'd be happy if I could even find someone who would convert lapel pins or something to cuff links.

- The Economizer

A: The Economizer

I've poked around, and all I can find are these silver pendants which the site claims "can also be made into rings, earrings, tie tacks, cuff links and key rings" (I couldn't even find any on ebay, which surprised me).

-Humble Master
A: Dear Econ 110,

If you're willing to spend upwards of $58 you can get a pair of custom cufflinks made here. And it gets cheaper if you order more than one pair.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #36920 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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dear one hundred hour board,

what did you have for breakfast today? what do you usually have for breakfast? what is your favorite breakfast food? what is your favorite mom-cooked breakfast food? what is your favorite eat-out breakfast food (fast food or otherwise)?

--lanada, who ate cheerios on her way to work but is still going to get some grits and toast from waffle house in about five minutes

A: Dear lanada,

1. Honeycomb cereal and orange juice.

2. Some kind of cold cereal.

3. Depends on the day, usually something from the following: waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, cream of wheat.

4. See above.

5. For sit down type places, see above. For on-the-go meals, usually bagel, egg, and bacon sandwich.

-Curious Physics Minor
A: Dear lanada,

This morning I had a glass of orange juice followed by a glass of apple juice. I generally have juice and banana for breakfast, or sometimes a bowl of cereal. My favorite breakfast is a glass of orange juice and a banana but I hear that I ought to include protein into that. Ah well. My mother makes wonderful oatmeal. Once we had stuffed pancakes. My dad makes great Scrambled French Toast (I do too).

That answer doesn't flow too well but it certainly contains my answers to your questions.

-Just Another Cassio
...reporting on 06/12/2007
A: Dear lanada

This morning I had a bowl of Rice Krispies: with REAL Strawberries. I sprinkled some sugar on top, because Rice Krispies need a little kick to make them desirable (the sort of kick provided by melted marshmallows...). My favorite cooked breakfast is scrambled eggs with sausage (or bacon...depends on my mood) but I don't make it terribly often.

-Humble Master
A: Dear lanada,

Following CPM's format...

1. A nectarine and three chocolate chip cookies.

2. Nothing.

3. Waffles with strawberries and whipped cream or french toast.

4. My mom doesn't generally make breakfast. Maybe... muffins?

5. French toast with strawberry syrup. Mmmm...

- Lavish
A: Dear lanada,

This morning I had that passion guava whatever juice that the creamery offers along with a banana and some banana bread.

Just Another Cassio
...reporting on 06/13/2007.
A: Dear lanada,

1. Cranberry juice, a bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwich on an English muffin, and a doughnut with white frosting.

2. It depends. Right now, I usually have what I had this morning, plus a banana, and sometimes a bagel instead of the doughnut. When I'm not eating out of a cafeteria, though, it depends on what I have time for. Usually either cereal (Frosted Mini-Wheats or something like Post Selects Great Grains, often, because those are the most filling), oatmeal (filling and CHEAP), or French toast. I used to have a lot of eggs but I got sick once and now I can't eat many of those.

Lest you wonder about me, I always eat a big breakfast and then eat small things for the rest of the day. I heard it's healthiest that way, and I like it the best, too. Win-win.

3. I really love good oatmeal. I boil water and spices on the stove, and then add the plain oats to the thickness I want, take it off, and add brown sugar with a little bit of heavy whipping cream on the top. Mmm, boy. I am a huge French toast fan, too, and also stuffed French toast. Also crepes.

4. Apple turnovers. We have these for our Christmas breakfast every year ... they're like big, flat pies with a lot of glaze. mm boy.

5. IHOP's stuffed French toast.

Thanks for touching on one of my favorite things ever. haha. :)

-Olympus
Question #36919 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I watch cartoons. A lot. So please indulge me on this question, even if you are too mature for the stated programing.

What do you think of Spongebob Squarepants? I've heard of people who are offended because this sponge can be seen in the nude on a few episodes of the show... and a naked sponge is incredibly offensive to some people, I guess. I, for one, do enjoy the show, though it is not my favorite cartoon of all time. So for my second indulgance from you of the day: What is your favorite cartoon?

Yours Truly,
Eponine

A: Dear Eponine,

SpongeBob can be annoying at times but, I still like the show. It's made me laugh a lot. The only real problem I have with it is the seizure-inducing nature of the show.

Favorite cartoon? Oh that's hard. I'm going to have to go with Disney's Tale Spin. That show was just amazing and I love the opening song. Oh-e oh! Oh-e eh!

Runners up:
Ninja Turtles, GI-Joe, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, Ducktales, Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers, the REAL Ghostbusters, Sonic the Hedgehog (not the "Adventures of Sonice the Hedgehog which was lame), Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, and Pinky and the Brain.

-Castle in the Sky
A: Dear Eponine

Please...it's a sign of immaturity if you can't enjoy a show because it is animated.

I haven't watched many episodes of Spongebob, but those I saw did make me laugh. And every time I hear the word "imagination" I see Spongebob saying that with a rainbow stretching between his hands.

As for what is my favorite cartoon of all time...that is tough. The Tick is quality entertainment. But I have a soft spot for the original Scooby Doo, Where Are You? The early nineties Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a classic. I assume another writer here is likely to make the required reference to Transformers, but if not I'll go ahead and say that was a great show. I also greatly enjoy: Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, Darkwing Duck, The Smurfs, Goof Troop, Masters of the Universe, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, X-Men, Batman: The Animated Series...and many more.

-Humble Master
A: Dear pine,

I don't know much about SpongeRobert except the ubiquitous marketing, but I do have some favorite cartoons.

I am, of course, a fan of the old Transformers cartoon, but I also enjoyed X-Men, GI-Joe, He-Man, Smurfs, Thundercats, TMNT, Animaniacs, and the classic Looney Tunes.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #36918 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

It's summer in the city, which mean they've been repaving half the roads. My question is, why do they wait so long between scraping the old asphalt off and pouring the new road? Is there some reason for the delay or is it just a scheduling issue?

-Kaneeneenie

A: Dear eeneebeeneemeenteemee,

First off, the scraping that makes the roads all bumpy is called milling. I emailed my brother, who used to work for a paving company, and asked him about this (and also why the milling machine has a treadmill that goes up, because I was curious) and this is what he had to say:
I don't know about expertise, but I'll offer my thoughts anyway. For starters, the milling crew and paving crew are usually completely separate…partly due to skill sets needed to operate the machinery but mostly due to the nature of the work. You can't really have one waiting around for the other to be done, and space on the road is limited as it is. This means they get scheduled independently of one another, i.e. the milling crew made it out to get the job started but the earliest the paving crew will be freed up from the work out on county road 26 will be next Tuesday (but hey, we got the milling taken care of). Also, milling makes a big mess, so you have to schedule time for the sweeper trucks to come in and do their job (usually subcontracted). Weather and supplies is also a factor. Tack trucks have to be full and hot and on site at the same time as the paver & paving crew, which on larger jobs requires synchronization with supply of aggregate and other production materials. If the weather is not sunny, but will be in a couple days, it may be worth the wait to get a better bond between old & new pavement. If aggregate is cheaper this week from a site close to the paving, the job may get pushed through even though better weather isn't until later in the week.

All that aside, the number one reason roads are not paved right away is that the ratio of paving crews to the number of roads ready to be paved is way too low. They are simply overbooked (like a good doctor, popular airplane flight, or capable IT technician) and expensive. The work is hell and high paying, so crews are sometimes hard to gather and keep together, and they can only work at the speed of the paver.

The treadmill on the milling machine is to clear the chunks of broken up asphalt as the machine moves along. Otherwise the mess to clean up would be much bigger and the machine would have to run over all the chunks as it tries to smoothly move forward in a clean line with the curb & gutter. And it usually drops into a dump truck that moves right along with the milling machine. When the dump truck is full, it pulls away and another one backs in. Aaah, the good old days of watching paving jobs all day.
So there you have it.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #36914 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why does it seem that men (versus women) are more prone to behavior such as: gang membership, being a pedophile, getting addicted to pornography, drug addictions, etc. I understand that a true answer to this question would probably be fairly complicated, so really I'm looking for a link to a website or book that outlines the problem. I have been unable to find an adequate source that addresses the problems.

- Dazed and Confused

A: Dear Dazed and Confused~

This might not be the best answer for you, for which I apologize in advance, but I am trying to win the most obscure source award.

The quote of my life: "Male rats often fight one another, but female rats are peaceful."

~Hobbes-san
Question #36891 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear Krishna,

Are you having fun at home without me?

- Your ex-wife daughter

A: Dear confused,

I'm sorry, do I know you?

~Krishna

P.S>
Yes, I am having a lot of fun at home. However, your presence here would just make an already great trip even better.
Question #36861 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What was up with all the Homeland Security buses at the Orem Wal-Mart on Friday the 8th?

- Knew Wal-Mart was trying to take over the world, but didn't think it was that bad yet

A: Dear prophet~

You are in grave danger, my friend; you know too much.

As you are perhaps aware, some time ago the American Democratic Party declared something of a political war on Wal-Mart, because they were outsourcing employment or something like that. Lots and lots of blue politicians were throwing out anti-Wal-Mart propaganda, warning them that once Democrats took Congress, Wal-Mart would have a little surprise coming their way.

Wal-Mart, in an act of what they called self-defense, said that they would cheerfully notify their shopping bloc concerning any political party that was trying to raise Wal-Mart's prices.

Most of America thought this was the end of the fight, but in actuality, it merely took the conflict underground.

Democrats did take Congress, and in their secret meetings, began deploying vegetarian ninjas to dispatch the Wal-Mart threat. However, the Republican administration backed Wal-Mart, and sent the Homeland Security department to defend Wal-Mart from the Left-Wing extremists.

Why the Homeland Security Department, you ask? It turns out that the military was tied-up dealing with Left-Wing extremists in other countries.

When you were there, then, you got to see the Homeland Security boys (and girls) in action. Did you notice the shoppers glaring at each other? Did you notice the employees were all particularly edgy? It's because in their very midst, ninjas and secret agents were battling one another between the aisles, arming themselves with the low-priced foreign merchandise all around them. The fate of the capitalist universe hung in the balance.

Who won the fight, then? Well, it's hard to say. The Homeland Security department became a bit scattered when they received a order directly from President Bush telling them to "Attack Communism." Unsure of how to wage war against a philosophy, they wandered in utter confusion through the store, only regrouping in time to see John Kerry flying off in his Midnight Chariot cackling, "I'll get you, Wal-Mart, if it's the last thing I do!</I>"

If I were you, I would mention these events to no one.

~Hobbes, who doesn't want to go back into Witness Relocation
Question #36858 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
My daughter is attending BYU and is in her sophomore year. She has never held hands, never kissed, and been on perhaps three "real" dates ever. She is a wonderful and and witty young lady but she is handicapped, quite shy, super spiritual, and exceedingly smart - all of which seem to drive guys away. She will not ask guys out under any circumstance (she considers it un-lady-like). So how can I get her some dates? (Or get her to get some dates?) Everybody loves her, but nobody asks her out! You can imagine how lonely she feels, and you know how a dad hates to watch his daughter suffer! She would even celebrate a mercy-date at this point.
~The Dadster

A: Dear Dad,

While I understand your concern I think that if she's only a sophomore, maybe it'd be better to help her focus on getting to know herself more before she stresses about finding someone to marry. We get enough pressure up here from our church leaders and friends to hurry up and get married. And then, when we don't find someone by the time we turn 20, we feel like we're doing something wrong or we're not good enough for someone else. Sometimes it'd be nice to have a cheerleader, even if he's back home, that doesn't think that because we haven't gone on a date this week we're doomed to spinsterhood.

I think that if she's doing all that she should to be the best person she can be, she'll eventually find someone that loves her for who she is and that'll be way better than some "mercy-date."

(Also, on the subject of "mercy-dates," if I were a father I might worry that if my daughter doesn't know that it's a mercy dates, she might develop interest in someone that's not interested back.)

On the other hand, I'm sure that you know your daughter and hopefully have her best interests at hand. If she's really concerned or discouraged about her lack of dating, encourage her to be more social in general. The more she gets out and gets involved the more people will be able to see and appreciate who she is. You may be able to see all of your daughter's amazing qualities but if she's "super shy," others may not have had the chance to yet.

Best of luck to your daughter. Sounds like you guys have a close relationship. That's awesome.

- Lavish
A: Dear Dad,

Encourage your daughter to make the most of her time when she's not on a date. Instead of sitting around feeling discouraged because she's not on a date, she could find other people in the same situation, play some games, make some food, watch a movie, etc. I think the ability to turn empty time into fun time is a very attractive trait.

There are also many, many questions in the archives that deal with this very issue. I'm surprised it is not on our FAQ list yet. You might want to look at Board Question #35267, Board Question #35089, Board Question #33504, Board Question #28436, Board Question #34286, and Board Question #32303 to start off with.

Also, (and I'm not trying to become FCSM II here), I think there is nothing wrong with being a sophomore and never having kissed a guy.

Cheers,

-Tangerine
Question #36840 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I'm one of those people who is not down with the whole "camping with members of the opposite sex" thing. But I was wondering if there are any groups out there that are specifically dedicated to female-oriented outings. I know BYU Women's Services does some stuff on occasion, but is there anybody else?

It doesn't have to be just camping...it can be rock climbing, hikes, mountain biking. Or anything involving overnighters and far away places. You know, fun stuff.

-Camping Chick

A: Dear CC,

Well, you could just get over the whole "camping with members of the opposite sex" thing. But, if you really want just a group of girls, take your roommates. Or make it a Relief Society activity. Wait, no, don't do that--they make you take a priesthood holder and that's against your principles.

You could try checking with the Outdoors Club and see if they have any activities that are gender discriminatory. Contact them at byuoac(at)gmail(dot)com.

-twice marked
Question #36558 posted on 06/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I read a talk (I think from General Conference) that, in part, discussed whether the Lord or Satan knows more about evil. My first thought was that it would be Satan, but the talk reasoned quite wisely that it is the Lord. I have been looking for this talk. Do any of you know about it? I think it was Conference, but it may have been from somewhere else. Thanks so much!
- Te doy gracias

A: Querido amigo,

I tried really hard to find this obscure talk but without more information I really couldn't come up with anything. I'd need a year, or a speaker, or something. That said, I'd feel bad leaving you empty handed. So here are a few sources, doctrinal and not, about why the Lord knows more than Satan. Keep in mind this is based somewhat on my own opinions but founded on scripture.

One thing is clear though: God is omniscient and Satan is not.

"All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made" - John 1:3

God created everything. Just as darkness is the absence of light evil is not a new creation, it is the twisting and distortion or loss of something good. So all of Satan (the "father of lies") existence is based on what God already created. It stands to reason that He knows His creations rather well as He has showed repeatedly. A good example would be counterfeit money. You don't study all the counterfeits: you study the original. God knows His work and therefore He can recognize distortions of that work.

"And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not" - John 1:5

I think this is a pretty good statement. Satan cannot comprehend light but the light can be there amongst the darkness. Satan just doesn't get it. He doesn't comprehend all that God does.

Finally, a quote by C.S. Lewis because, although a lot of his doctrine was just wacky, I think he has some really good insights to discipleship that should be heard:

"the right direction leads not only to peace but to knowledge. When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. This is common sense, really. You understand sleep when you are wake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly: while you are making them you cannot see them. You can understand the nature of drunkenness when you are sober, not when you are drunk. Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either." - CS Lewis, "Mere Christianity", Morality and Psychoanalysis

Good luck!

-Castle in the Sky
posted on 06/05/2013 2:14 p.m.
Here is another Lewis quote which may be what "Te doy gracias" was thinking of. It is from Mere Christianity: “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness — they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means — the only complete realist.”

Lee Crowther