"My brother is too kind. He was eminent when my eminence was only imminent." -Niles Crane
Question #37322 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In board question Board Question #36941, you said that women's shirts are never seamless because they are fitted. They can be fitted by decreasing the number of stitches. With hand knitting, you just knit 2 of the stitches together, or with machine knitting, you remove one of the hook posts.

- Kissables

Question #37312 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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In regards to Board Question #37060, "A" lots numbered 18 and up are also available for parking to anyone with a current permit, with the exception of lot 51 by the MTC and 27 by the Snell Building according to BYU Parking Services supervisor, Treena Bolingbroke as noted in the Daily Universe June 4th.

- Miss Katria

Question #37304 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I feel sympathy for the girl in Board Question #37134. It reminds me of when my best friend and I would brainstorm ways to avoid the "Goodnight Kiss." I can't remember very many, but I have a few suggestions for her.

-Become a gum chewer. Chew and chew and chew. How can a guy kiss you with a wad in your mouth?

-Carry garlic in your purse. If you think he's about to put the moves on you, pop a clove in your mouth and tell him it's good for the immune system. Offer him some.

-Maybe you could combine the first two suggestions, and get garlic gum?

-Keep your lipstick bright and fresh and sticky. Renew it often. Maybe that will keep him away!

-If you start to get any vibes (I know you said it was usually a surprise attack) start talking about your brother/dad/dog/biker boyfriend. Might help.

-Learn to burp on demand. If he comes in for the kill, let rip a big one.

-Remember that you are supposed to call your mother. Right now.

Pansy, dear, I'm sure once you think about it, you can come up with some pretty fun ways to avoid these forward boys. And remember, pansies keep their beautiful faces toward the skies, not scummy guys.

~Pansies are one of my favorite flowers.

Question #37301 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Regarding Board Question #37080, about the cost of wedding rings, I just have to put in my two cents! (Hah!)

Twenty-three and a half years ago, I got engaged. My boyfriend was not well off at all, and neither was I. When the subject of rings came up, I told him I did not need an engagement ring, all I really wanted was the wedding band. Three weeks later he surprised me with a beautiful engagement ring--complete with a cubic zirconium! I loved it, and still do. The ring did not cost much--I think both of my rings cost about $125-- and we are still just as married and I am just as happy! My point is, the ring is not the important part of an engagement or marriage. An engagement can be just as valid even if there is no engagement ring. (I had a hard time convincing my BYU friends of this for the three weeks I was engaged without having a ring!) There is also a lot to be said for staying out of debt going into a marriage.

I have never regretted having a very cheap ring--having a priceless marriage is what is important to me.

I hope that no guys out there feel like they HAVE to spend a lot to impress/woo/whatever the girl of their dreams. I know there are girls who feel like I did--they want the GUY, not a rock.

-Still crazy (about him) after all these years

Question #37288 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board and Deep Gimshee,

First, the type of turn you were describing in Board Question #37107 is definitely legal in Utah. I moved there right after getting married and when I took my drivers license test this was confirmed to me by the kind lady who graded the test.

Second, as a Boise native, I'm a bit surprised/confused by your assertion that this type of turn is not common here. (Yes, I'm back in Boise.) Not only do I do it on a regular basis, but so do my husband and children who are old enough to drive (who, admittedly, are not native Boiseans). I'm always surprised when someone does NOT take that opportunity. As for the legality in Idaho, it's a standard practice in drivers training cars here to do so, so I'm taking that as a pretty good sign that it's legal.

A Mom, but not yours

Question #37185 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

The question about Elder Holland's "Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments" prompted me to find my copy of the talk. I did, eventually, and it seems it was printed from the BYU speeches website, so I would imagine it's a transcript of the original. If you think it's appropriate, I would gladly send the questioner a copy by contacting me at miz.beaver.the.washerwoman@gmail.com

- Miz Beaver

Question #37170 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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To the guy in Board Question #36994 with the marriage questions:

One of the writers suggested you figure out which of two scenarios you fall into...he's right on. Be honest with yourself if you are working too much...that isn't fair to your wife, and not worth the extra money. However, if your wife is just extraordinarily needy right now, I might have some suggestions.

My husband is in professional school, and I work full-time. However, many of the other LDS wives here are stay at home moms. During our first year here, many of them would make outrageous and unreasonable demands of their husbands...they just didn't get that their husbands could not be home at their beck and call. My feeling to girls like this is that they just need to suck it up and deal. That's life, and it happens. These guys are full-time students, plus some of them work, and they are trying to keep their heads above water.

However - I can't say that to them, and you can't say that to your wife. What CAN help is helping your wife feel valued, and finding things for her to do..things that will be "her" thing, like working is your thing right now. Does she have friends in her same position? Once the wives here all started hanging out, they started to plan things at least a couple times a week. This may be shopping, and may come at a small monetary cost to you, but that's ok. Does she work? If not...why??? Your wife having a part-time job doing something she likes will be the best thing that could happen. Even the worst job is better than being alone and sitting at home with nothing to do...believe me, I know. Maybe she could join a gym and take classes when you work. The bottom line is, she needs to find something that she can do that isn't dependent on you, and that you support her doing. I really think having a job (if that is feasible) helps you feel slightly more integrated into society.

I think a lot of marriages go through this awkward time. My husband and I had the whole summer to play before we had to come back to school. All of a sudden, we weren't together 24/7, and we had to do grown-up things like work and run errands. Realizing that sucks, but then it just becomes normal, and you really value your time together.

This will get better...as she adjusts to how marriage really is (versus the idea we all have that it will be fun and games 24/7), you both will have your own things you have to do during the day, but be able to plan fun things and time together at night...and your time together will be that much more awesome. Good luck!!!


-Happy she has a job

Question #37165 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, I've been teaching with the sisters here in my home town a few times (it is good preparation for my own mission, which bytheway is coming up soon) and I've come across a question, from an investigator, that has thrown me for a loop. I've taken Brother Bott's 130 class, and I know we covered this, but I left all of my notes from his class in Utah so I have no real resource to look at. So, anyway...if you have an answer...sweet!! So, Adam and Eve were in the garden, and they were commanded to "multiply and replenish the earth" (see Genesis 1:28) right...well the investigator was arguing that the Fall was not necessary, that Adam and Eve would have gotten along just fine and we would have all lived in a perfect world forever. (see Genesis 1 again) She also stated that the Fall basically just caused child birth to be hard on women...and that was it (see Genesis 3:16). I know without a doubt that the Fall was necessary for the whole plan to work. Brother Bott told us to pay close attention in the Temple and we would understand that more fully. I've been to the Temple...and I understand why the Fall had to happen. But, how do I go about explaining this to my (well, the sisters) investigator? Do any of you have a good explanation?? I am sorry to say, I came up pretty short with mine. Thanks for all your help...you guys are the best!

almostmissionary

A: Dear almostmissionary,

It's interesting. You'll discover that your investigators can come up with all sorts of questions, and in the end, it all comes back to the fundamentals. 2 Nephi 2:22-23 says:
And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.

And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin.
So, in the end, it all comes down to the Book of Mormon. Is the Book of Mormon an inspired book of scripture given by revelation? If it is, then the concern is resolved; they couldn't have had children, and the Fall was necessary for the progress of mankind.

It's important to understand that the Gospel is a package deal. Nobody can simply accept the parts of the Gospel with which they agree. If Joseph Smith was really a prophet, and he really translated the Book of Mormon from ancient writings through the power of God, then everything that follows from that is true. If he wasn't a prophet, then nothing else we teach has any greater claim to validity than anyone else's doctrine. Help your investigator understand that the specific questions are all answered by the Gospel, but only if the Gospel really was restored by Joseph Smith. That's the crux of everything.

As you're preparing for your own mission, remember that. Some missionaries get caught up in trying to resolve concerns principally from the Bible, and others try to resolve concerns with their own personal testimony tying it to the Restoration. That is our message. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored by divine revelation. Everything else we have to say is basically irrelevant if that's not true.

Remember that. Everything comes back to the Restoration. Our understanding of Jesus Christ, his doctrines, his life, his atonement, everything comes back to the Restoration. Learn to tie things back to the Restoration, and you'll be a powerful missionary.

-Yellow
Question #37163 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm on a mission; I need me some Agro Craig! Where can I go about procureing a "Piece of the Craig" now that I am no longer 12 and GUTS no longer exists?

- Bleser

A: Dear CJ,

Ebay? Oh, and it might help if you search for it under "Agro CRAG."

-Kicks and Giggles
Question #37162 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In the DC 115:4 the lord names his church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
My DC teacher said that the capitalization is important. So why is it that on my scriptures it is all capitalized, and not done according to the scripture? If God wanted it to be called THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS would he not have said so? And if it doesn't matter then why my DC teacher not like it when I get bored and write
tHe cHuRch of jEsuS cHriSt of lAttER-dAY saIntS

- The heretic

A: Dear Saul,

In most books the title page is set in all caps. It's just become kind of a standard for how publishing does the capitalizing of titles for title pages and such. In any text, the capitalization of the Church's name as it is specified in the scripture is crucial, however, so don't get too creative.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Heretic,

If I said "The capitalization of the name 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' is important," I would mean that that exact name, with the lower case "d" on "day" (and the hyphen between "Latter" and "day") is the official, copyrighted name of our Church.

If your teacher meant that there was something of great spiritual or doctrinal significance in the capitalization of the name, then I have no idea what he was talking about, and you'll have to go back and ask him.

Like K&G said, choosing to put the name in all caps on your scriptures is just a typographical choice.

- Katya
Question #37159 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a question about the BYU Bookstore and its policy of not releasing course textbook requirements information until a week before classes start. My assumption is that this is to make it more difficult for students to buy used books from other sources, specifically online book dealers, and still receive the shipped books in time for class. I could be wrong on that. So, intentions aside, does this practice have the effect of artificially giving the Bookstore an advantage over its online competition? Do you think that the Bookstore will eventually figure out how to compete with its new online rivals without resorting to these type of practices? I know that's two questions, but I want to know how you all see this issue before I make any decisions about where to do my business. By the way, I have purchased at least 7 or 8 used textbooks from various online sources, and I do think, if used wisely, they pose serious competition for any school bookstore.

Thanks!

-Easily distracted, but thoughtfully worded so as not to sound like a complaint letter to the DU editor

p.s I know many professors happily give out text requirements whenever you ask them, but that is not what my question is about

A: Dear Easily Distracted,

Let me see if I can clear your head on these foggy expectations of yours. First of all you must understand that the textbook information for classes is not released online until a week before classes. However, text book information for the upcoming semester can be obtained by going into the bookstore and looking on the shelves as early as about half-way through the previous semester. (Example: for the Fall 2007 semester the bookstore will start to set up during late July.) Therefore, if you would actually take the time to go into the bookstore then you would find that all the information that you could want is right there for the taking, several weeks before the semester begins.

You may ask why they then don't go ahead and make this information available online if they have it in their systems. There are two obvious reasons for this: first, professors are notorious for changing their book lists, deciding on a different edition, or accidentally ordering the wrong thing or nothing at all. This makes it hard for the bookstore to keep an updated and accurate list of the required books online. Second: the BYU Bookstore is a business establishment so why are they going to provide you with even more opportunities to shop elsewhere? I believe that you should be grateful that the BYU Bookstore provides that information to you online at all, instead of believing that it is their duty to do so. Do other stores that you shop at provide you with lists of their competitors' information? I don't think so. So stop acting as though the BYU Bookstore owes it to you to help you get your books elsewhere.

As for my thoughts on the online competition of the BYU Bookstore- the bookstore does not have the luxury of going online to Amazon and buying up all of the cheap books that they have for sale and then selling them to students. Have you ever seen a place on Amazon where you can place an order for 1500 copies of Words We Live By for all of the upcoming American Heritage students? It isn't practical or economical for the bookstore to go online and to buy as many books as they can from various sources at the cheapest price. The bookstore has to buy their books through publishers—unfortunately, it means that they will not be able to offer you prices as low as Ebay or Amazon.

However, the BYU Bookstore does have a few things to offer that online stores do not: you can usually get your books for your class in a timely manner, you know that if the teacher changes their mind that you will be able to get your money back, you know that you are going to get your books and that you aren't going to get scammed, you know that you are getting the right edition/version and that if you don't that you can return it, and you know that if your book or materials are defective that you will be able to replace it in a timely manner and at no additional cost.

So do I think that the BYU Bookstore will change to adapt to the rising number of people who are buying their books online? Who knows. I can't predict the minds of those who are in charge at the Bookstore. I can, however, tell you this: if you are continually buying your books online instead of the BYU Bookstore then the bookstore will, in turn, be forced to purchase less text books because they anticipate that students are shopping elsewhere. So next time you are at the bookstore and are upset that the book that you need is sold out, take a good long look at yourself and realize that you students are to blame.

~Krishna
Question #37158 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What do you think of board writers that try and make a come back to writership only to fail?

- branflakes

A: Dear branflakes,

Personally, I think of General Douglas McArthur's Farewell Address. I'll modify it.

"I am closing my [X] years of [board] service. When I joined the [Board], even before [it went online], it was the fulfillment of all of my [werfish] hopes and dreams. The world has turned over many times since I took the oath [inside the lair next to the Tunnel Worms], and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that "old [writers] never die; they just fade away."

And like the old [writer] of that ballad, I now close my [Board] career and just fade away, an old [writer] who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty.

Good Bye."

I love you branflakes (in a straight and manly fashion) I don't even know you that well, but there is love.

-Castle in the Sky
A: Dear branflakes~

The only way to fail that I can think of is to stop writing, in which case the comeback was made, and then a second departure from the true path occurred.

So I think said writer, whoever werf may be, should consider if werf enjoys writing for the Board. If so, werf should just start answering questions again, no problem. If not, werf should probably consider retirement, and depart with all of our affection for werf intact.

~Hobbes
A: Dear branflakes,

I think that they probably didn't really remember how much time it takes, and in a desire to be helpful hoped to come back and answer more questions. Then, however, they realized that real life sometimes catches up to you, and they got too busy.

No hard feelings involved.

-Yellow
Question #37153 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Thanks in advance for your help. I am hoping to move to a ward/apartments with "older" single people like me (i.e. around 25 and up). At one point I heard Old Mill fell into this category. Does anyone have any thoughts/general impressions of Old Mill in relation to this? Or comments on other facets of Old Mill? Or does anyone know of other places not too far from BYU with a higher concentration of "older" singles? I have looked at the archives and I know the general rule of thumb is that the farther away from BYU and UVSC you go, the older the average age of singles tends to be. However I work at BYU (and enjoy walking there) so I am hoping to find something a little closer. Thank you again for any opinions.

- Only at BYU is 25 "old"

A: Dear Only at BYU,

It's true that older people tend to live further from campus. However, I've heard of a few places that seem to have some older students in them. Old Mill does have a number of older students living there and I have also heard that Old Mill has an amazingly social atmosphere. I have been to some of their activities and was happily surprised. I have also heard good things about the complex called Windsor Park, which is also an area that has a number of older people living there. Some wards in Centennial have older people living within their boundaries. I would just check around and see what different areas have to offer, maybe go ward hopping for a while.
Good luck!

~Krishna
A: Dear ancient,

25 is old in elementary school too...

I don't know that you're going to be able to have your cake (older ward) and eat it too (walk to campus). Even Old Mill is a little too far to walk for my tastes (I rode the bus when I lived in Carriage Cove) and even there, 25 is starting to get a little old. Older people just tend to venture farther from campus to get away from the younger people, who don't know where else to go.

I have it on good authority from several people I know in the area that the place to be for older people is in the wards just north and northwest of Provo Rotary Bicentennial Park. They say the average age is in the upper 20s. So you can take your walks in the park, drive to campus, and live around people your age. Problem solved.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #37152 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How did you overcome homesickness as an incoming Freshman?

-Fill in the blank

A: Dear,

By never experiencing it. Strange and unexpected, but not unwelcome. In fact, the only time I got close was when I went home, and couldn't wait to get back to Provo and my friends. So, just hope you're like me.

-Uffish Thought
A: Dear Blanky,

By being busy. I threw myself into classes and other activities and soon, I didn't have much time to be homesick. It was still hard sometimes, but having things to do definitely made it better.

Nike, who can't believe how long ago she moved out of the house
A: Dear shorted creative juices,

I would just call my family members frequently and make really good friends. Those two things are what helps me not to miss my family as much. Good luck-I hope that your homesickness isn't too bad.

~Krishna
A: Dear Martha,

Like Krishna, I immersed myself in my new ward and made some really good friends. I'm not necessarily still friends with all of them, but they served a good purpose of keeping me distracted from homesickness for a while.

I also kept in good touch with my friends in high school for a while and was kind of still living in high school. That was okay for a year while I was making a transition, but eventually you have to let it go if you really want to become comfortable at college. The acceptance and realization that that part of your life is over and you need to embrace this new stage of your life is crucial.

Also, I found that keeping pictures around helped me a lot.

Good luck to you.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: My dear,

When I left home for college, I realized I would not be getting hugs from my family anymore. And I need hugs. Boy, do I need hugs! So I built up a base of friends that I could obtain hugs from. :) It was very helpful in making me feel un-sad.

- The Defenestrator
Question #37151 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have an ebony statue of a giraffe that got its nose accidently broken off. As I have never worked with ebony before, I was wondering the best way to fix it. Will wood glue be OK, or should I use something else?

- I want my giraffe back

A: Dear IWMGB,

The short answer is - I think so.

The long answer is this - While most harder woods contain oils, some (including ebony) contain wax, which poses a problem for glue adhesion. Reportedly, this can be removed by wet sanding. I would take a medium-grit (200 or 300) sandpaper, wet it, and scrub at the two surfaces of your joint a little bit, then dry it and try the wood glue. The biggest problem I see is the color - most wood glues I've seen are tan, pinkish, or grey. If you use an epoxy, you can probably get a little more control over the color, but I don't know if you want to go through the trouble. Just be sure to wipe away any glue that squeezes out with a damp paper towel as soon as you can - sanding after it's dry probably isn't a super good idea with finished ebony.

Best of luck to you.

-krebscout

Question #37150 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Recently, I have started asking missionaries in this area where they thought they were going on a mission before they got their call. I've heard everything from Italy to Africa, and they ended up in an US mission.

Has there ever been someone who has guessed their call right? I think the blessings I've had have been very blunt about it.

- Just wondering

A: Dear Just wondering,

I guessed that my sister was going to go to Argentina, and she went to Chile. That's pretty darn close.

-Tangerine
A: Dear Just Wondering,

I guessed that my friend would go to Arizona and that's where he went. Of course, I was kinda being sarcastic when I guessed that place so I don't know if that counts.

~Krishna
A: Dear wondering,

I had a friend whose family lived in Taiwan during high school and then he went back there on his mission. I don't know if he actually predicted his call, but I think he wasn't terribly surprised.

- Katya
A: Dear Just Wondering,

I didn't <I>predict my call, but I did secretly hope that I'd be called there. I just didn't think it had any chance of actually happening.

-Yellow
Question #37148 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Fiesty Females of the 100 hour board,

What is your favorite men's cologne? I know this question was asked before, but it was back in 2004 and I trust the current writers more.

Smelly guy

A: My dear,

I basically had to answer this, since you addressed it to "fiesty females"...hahaha...

The problem is, I'm not sure. Old Spice is good. Pretty much anything I've smelled a guy use is fine; the important thing is to use it SPARINGLY. It's HORRIBLE to be in a car with a guy, or dancing with a guy, and hardly able to BREATHE because his cologne's too strong!

Aside from that, I think guys with good hygiene have a nice smell of their own. :)

- The Defenestrator

PS-My mom hankers after the smell of Ivory soap.
A: Dear Fragrant,

Really, the only cologne I can identify on smell is Old Spice. However, recently I've taken a liking to "Sexy Coconut." Heh heh...

-Whistler, a fiesty female

A: Dear Smelly Guy,

Why must you ask this question after I have forgotten some of my favorite scents? Lets see, I do enjoy Old Spice, there is the cologne that they sell at Aeropostal that smells very nice, Tommy Hilfiger has a wonderfully smelling scent for men, and that stuff they sell at Victoria's Secret for men is great smelling (although I think you should get your female friend to go get it for you instead of going in there yourself).

Just so you know-a good smelling guy is a wonderful thing. *Sigh* I do love manly scents.

~Krishna
A: Dear George,

Definitely "Very Sexy" for men by Victoria's Secret. Yeah. Definitely. Also, I do really like David Beckham's new fragrance. I don't know what it's called, but it was a sample in my ESPN Mag once. It was good. I approve.

-Kicks and Giggles
Question #37144 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have always LOVED Nutella (the ultimate chocolate hazelnut spread). It has become one of my staple food groups, and I will eat Nutella on just about anything (though a peanut butter and nutella sandwich on toast is pure heaven), or eat it straight from the spoon. Because it is one of the best foods ever invented, I am always surprised by the number of people that have never even heard of Nutella.

That said, my questions are:

How many of you Board writers have heard of Nutella?

How many of you eat Nutella, or have ever tried it?

If you do eat it, what is your favorite food to eat it with?

- Nutella Addict

A: Dear George,

I have heard of Nutella, I have eaten it, and I love it with peanut butter and banana slices on toast. Mmmmmmmm.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Addict

1. Oh yes.
2. I eat it regularly.
3. Bananas (recently while in Canada I came across a jar that had nutella mixed with a banana cream...I regret not buying it). The future Mrs. Master recommends nutella on graham cracker dipped in milk.

-Humble Master
A: Dear Nutella,

I served my mission in Germany. They put Nutella in/on everything. When I came home I promised myself that I would never eat it again. Just thinking about it gives me the jibblies. I hope this helps. Please don't hate me.

-- Brutus
A: Dear Nutelladdict,

I served in the Czech Republic, where they also down a fair amount of Nutella and other hazelnut flavored foodstuffs. I don't miss it at all.

-=Optimus Prime=-
A: Dear Nutella Addict~

My home-teaching companion once described Nutella as "peanut butter that has been exalted." I thought that was an appropriate description.

I love Nutella on graham crackers with a slice of banana. Or if you can get those vaguely-sweetened Mexican tea cookies, those are great, too.

~Hobbes
A: My dear,

I have indeed heard of Nutella. I usually just eat it on toast, nothing too creative. My dad brought me some from Germany. Mmmm.

- The Defenestrator
A: Dear Nutella Addict,

I like Nutella on white bread and on bananas, but I think I'd eat it on pretty much anything. (A friend of mine even tried it on an old pizza crust, and said it wasn't half bad.)

- Katya
A: Dear Nutelladdict,

1. Yes, I have heard of Nutellaâ„¢. It's EVERYWHERE!
2. I eat Nutellaâ„¢ on at minimal annual basis.
3. I like it with animal crackers --- not too sweet so I can focus on the Nutella™ goodness but it's not as bland as bread. It's a complimentary sweetness. Nutella is also good on Pepperidge Farm Pirouette® Rolled Wafers. Oh sweetness! Pun intended.

-Castle in the Sky
A: Dear NAA,

1. Yes.
2. Yes I've tried it, no not on a regular basis.
3. ::shrugs:: I've had it with crepes. To me it's just chocolate peanut butter. I'm not overly excited about it, but I don't really dislike it. Given the choice of having Nutella or not, I'd generally choose not.

-Olympus
Question #37132 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I had a buddy tell me about a dude that he knows that was selling these tablets that you toss in the gas tank and they increase your gas mileage.

I got looking around on the web and found that the easiest way to improve fuel economy is to make sure that your car is working well [ie. proper tire pressure, new air filter, new fuel filter, new (correctly gapped) spark plugs] and drive economically (not accelerating/braking, less AC). These are all things that I have done and I have experience more than satisfactory results.

I also found websites that praised the effects of acetone (CH3COCH3). Ummm... So here comes my question: Does adding a little bit of acetone to my fuel tank really improve gas mileage?

-El Esquimal Flaco
PD Si funciona con mi auto tal vez debo intentar usarlo con mi trineo.

A: Dear El Ephant,

Good for you for doing the practical things first, like actually taking care of your car. Personally, I think that's the only really worthwhile thing to do.

I'd also heard about the acetone thing, but decided to go internet searching to find the truth. Unfortunately, nobody seems to know it. This page is representative of the usual discussion on the topic. Either people swear by it, or they think it's bunk.

The basic idea is that it improves the vaporization of the gasoline, which in turn improves gas mileage, but only when used in correct proportions. Detractors say it erodes cheap plastic and rubber in your fuel lines and causes gas to produce less energy, which requires you to burn more fuel.

Some say the bad-talking of acetone is basically a conspiracy from big oil and that it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Overbearing sites like that tend to convince me of the complete opposite.

I think it's very possible that in the correct amounts it could give a small increase in gas mileage, but I couldn't find a single reputable source that gave scientific evidence to back it up. I think your best bet is to buy a fuel-efficient car, keep it well-maintained, and limit your driving. You'll save much more money in the long run and you won't have to worry about painstakingly measuring out ounces of corrosive liquid.

I wouldn't, however, recommend feeding it to your sled dogs.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #37110 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What websites/books/authors would you recommend for the most unbiased version of history? I'd like to read up on some late-twentieth century political figures, as well as get more information about the conflicts in the Middle East.

- p.j.

A: Dear p.j.,

If you'd like my opinion, then I will tell you that anything that has ever been written by mankind is going to be biased. Therefore I don't really have any good suggestions for you. I could tell you what some of my favorite readings on those subjects in history are, but of course those opinions would be biased as well. I think that the best thing for you to do would be to read several of the different views on those aspects of history and to decide for yourself what you think.

~Krishna
A: Dear p.j.

So I think we've all heard at some point or other that history is written by the winners, and therefore inherently biased. But let's imagine for a moment it was written by the losers. Does it seem like it's going to be less biased? No, not really. It seems like it's going to be bitter and angry, and probably biased to make it look like the losers had every right to win. What we really need, then, is some neutral third party that observes everything but has no personal interest in the outcome, and simply observes and records events. What we need is a Watcher. But since we don't happen to live in Marvel Comics, I suppose we have to settle for what we've got.

Which is pretty imperfect (the reason books such as 1776 and Team of Rivals are such big deals is because we don't have unbiased records of history). Now, ironically, the oft-maligned Wikipedia does sort of offer an opportunity for a less-biased version of history, because so many people contribute to it. There is less chance for personal bias after a page has been through several edits, especially if both apologists and attackers are trying to get their point of view in. In the case of political figures and the mid-East, you can be certain that both sides have tried to get their views in, so perhaps Wikipedia might be a solid option.

-Humble Master
Question #37104 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was wondering which nym's belong to the same writer. I have checked the archives but there is not much on current writers. Can you tell us any nym's that belong to the same writer? (besides uffish thought and songs of inexperience)

- nymph!

A: Dear adult!

You might want to see Board Question #33275. It doesn't exactly answer your question, but it ought to help a bit. Basically, we usually don't publicize which aliases are written by the same writer. Occasionally one of us will chose to make other pseudonyms public (like Uffish did), and some aren't too tricky to figure out on your own, but there's usually a reason we're signing as something else.

There are a couple of reasons for different 'nyms. First, to create different personas. If we want one alias to have a certain image, we may create another alias for the answers that don't fit with that image. Also, there are times when we may be concerned an answer will compromise our identity, so we answer under a different alias. That way if someone knows who answered that question, it won't help them figure out our main alias. And there are some times when we share some pretty personal things that we don't want people linking to us, so we use a throw-away alias.

So anyway, if you figure out a few linked aliases, go ahead and feel clever. But we're not likely to just tell you which ones are written by the same people.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear nymph!,

I also answer questions as "the librarian."

- Katya
A: Dear,

Hey, I wasn't sure if any of the current readers had even picked up on that. Cool, and congrats. Glad you know. It makes everything so much tidier. I used to have more, but I like it this way.

-Uffish inexperience
A: Dear nymph,

I think what Laser Jock is trying to say is: why on earth are we going to tell you? Why do you think that we use a different aliases? It is so you wont connect it with our other aliases.

~The Mischievous Madame
Question #37098 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've been researching anti-depressants lately and I've got a question (obviously). What is the difference between Celexa and Zoloft? They sound like they're the same thing to me, just different names.

- Miss Katria

A: Dear Miss Katria,

Celexa and Zoloft are both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which means that they work to increase serotonin by blocking its reuptake at neuron synapses. Celexa comes from Citalopram, while Zoloft comes from Sertraline. They are very similar but do have differences. Since they are chemically different, one could be allergic to one and not the other. Citalopram may also help decrease blood pressure. In a study on patients with PTSD symptom clusters, "Citalopram treated subjects significantly lowered systolic and diastolic blood pressures, while sertraline and placebo treated patients significantly lowered only systolic blood pressure reactivity to individualized trauma scripts" (Tuker, P., et al., 2003). Dosage of Citalopram is a little smaller, but other than that, they are pretty much the same in side effects and primary usage.

-The Supershrink

References

Tucker, P., Potter-Kimball, R., Wyatt, D.B., Parker, D.E., Burgin, C., Jones, D.E., Master, B.K. 2003. Can physiologic assessment and side effects tease of differences in PTSD trials? A double-blind comparison of citalopram, sertraline, and placebo. Psychopharmacol Bull, 37(3): 135-49.
Question #37090 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do any of you know the story of the homeless guy on University Avenue up north by the Chevron?

At least, I assume he's homeless. I always see him with what looks like a sleeping bag and a backpack and a cart. He's an older man with a gray beard and he's always sitting in the same spot each afternoon on University Avenue. I never see him talking to anyone and he doesn't seem to be pan-handling or anything like that. He almost seems content to be there in his spot, reading the newspaper every afternoon.

Have any of you had an encounter with him or know someone who has?

- Governor's Mansion

A: Dear Governor's Mansion,

If you are talking about "the bag man," then my ex-coworker once talked to him. He said that he owned a bunch of land and is a multi-billionaire. His house was taken away from him by the government. That's about all I remember, and I'm afraid this ex-coworker has disappeared from the face of the earth. Sounds like delusions of grandeur to me... either that or we have a very wealthy homeless person in our midst.

-Whistler
A: Dear Governor's Mansion,

He's told some friends of mine that he owns Alta Apartments.

-Just Another Cassio
...who wouldn't mind playing hobo when he's old and rich.
Question #37013 posted on 06/26/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it possible to double major in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering? It looks to me like they're only a few courses different from each other, and so if I took those few different courses (Math 214, Physcs 281, the CS courses, etc), would I therefore qualify for both degrees?

-Overzealous

A: Dear Overzealous,

I asked my friend Janalyn (Student Advisor for the department, here is what she had to say)

"This question does come up from time to time as students realize how easily they can meet the requirements of both degrees. Unfortunately, the college does not allow you to double major in CpE and EE. If you stick around for graduate school, our MS and PhD programs award degrees that read Electrical and Computer Engineering."

Second, my suggestion is if you want to make your life harder go with the EE route and get a CS minor. Then you can add another line to your resume. Or, my real suggestion: just choose one and stick with it. They are nearly equivalent and, depending on what you want to do with your life, employers won't care.

-Castle in the Sky