Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus
Question #44826 posted on 05/02/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

My wife and I recently watched the movie "Death Becomes Her" (1992) and we really enjoyed it. But one thing keeps bothering me: what the heck did the magic potion actually do??

Okay, so when the two main characters first take the potion it magically makes them young again. It's basically water from the fountain of youth.

But then, after one character breaks her neck and the other gets a big hole blown in her abdomen (btw, how does she remain upright with most of her spine missing?) the characters just sort of...keep living. Is this just an unfortunate side effect (i.e., "do not take magic youth potion if you are pregnant or nursing. Possible side effects include headache, nausea and eternal undeath.")

I mean, I don't exactly have a Ph.D. in magic potion-ology (...I was 5 credits short when they cut the program) but it seems like magic potions either:
1) Make you young
OR
2) They make you a horrible wrinkly zombie.

But a potion that does BOTH?? Yeah, I guess I'm just plain...

- Confused

A: Dear disturbing movie,

It was a mixture of the two, clearly. The maker of this particular potion figured out a secret, safe way to mix the potions with those two different effects without explosions or corrosive results (so to speak), and what you saw in this movie was the product.

Were you looking to try? Because without that degree, I'd strongly suggest against it. That last five credits are the most important of the whole program ...

-Olympus
Question #44824 posted on 05/02/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Linguistically Minded Humans,

I am stumped about the proper adjectival forms for general animal taxonomy.

Noun Adjective
Cat Feline
Dog Canine
Bird Avian
Horse Equine
Rhino ???

Please Advise.

Sincerely,

Odd-Toed-Ungulate

A: Dear Odd-Toed,

All of your adjectival forms for animals come from the part of the classification of the species. "Avian" refers to the class of the species, "canine" and "feline" the family, "bovine" and "equine" the genus. Since a Rhino's genus is "Rhinoceros," its equivalent adjective should be "rhinocerine." If you wanted to refer to a rhino by its family (of which it is the only surviving memeber, as you may know, Mr. Odd-Toed Ungulate), its adjectival form would be "rhinocerotidian." It makes more sense to me to refer to rhinos by their genus, so I think "rhinocerine" is my adjective of choice.

-Whistler
Question #44822 posted on 05/02/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why?

- M&M, seeker of all knowledge

A: Dear copycat seekers of originality everywhere,

Oh, please, for the love of the archives, stop asking this.

-Madame Mimm
A: Dear M&M,

This reminds me of one of my favorite responses ever. Enjoy.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear M&M~

I second Madame Mimm.

~Hobbes
Question #44820 posted on 05/02/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

hello! I heard a song and it was great but I can't seem to find it. I'm not sure who sings it or what it's called but I know some lines out of it.

"sweet and sour
sweet and sour
he's the last petal on the flower
I guess he loves me not"

any help you could give me, I'd appreciate! THANKS!!!

- lyrically challenged

A: Dear lyrically challenged-

Survey (and Google) says: "Let Go" by The Postmarks!

-Foreman
Question #44818 posted on 05/02/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How come sometimes I ask a question and it mysteriously disappears? (or did i just dream I asked this?)

- (sleepy head)

A: Dear Sleepy Head,

They shouldn't just disappear. If there's a problem with your question and we decide not to post it, the editors will leave a message with a short explanation attached to your question (in "My Questions"). If below your question it still says "Still waiting for answer," then rest assured, it'll come. If it's just not there, then most likely you didn't actually ask it yet.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Sleepy,

It's possible that you're navigating away from the "Ask a Question" page before your question is going through. Maybe you could wait a few minutes and then check that it shows up in "My Questions"? (But don't refresh the "Ask a Question" page, or it'll be submitted twice!)

- Katya
Question #44800 posted on 05/02/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a rather annoying problem. I dug a koi pond in my backyard a few years ago. It's nice! We finally figured out how to keep our fish (nice, twelve cent feeder goldfish) alive, and the current four we've had for, I think, two years.

The pond has attracted a new resident, however. A frog. A loud frog. A frog loud enough that I can hear it through my bedroom window (on the other side of the house) when the window's closed. If we leave a window on the pond side of the house open, it doesn't matter how many doors you have between you and the frog, you can hear it. I heard it over my Rock Band-ing the other night. Our neighbors have asked us about it (and probably would have complained if we hadn't explained we wanted to get rid of it too). It's a loud frog.

So, I want to kill this frog, or at least scare it away. I mean, when we yell at it to shut up, it does, but only for a minute or so. Whenever we go out there, we can hear where it is, but not see it. We're pretty sure it's hiding behind the rocks making our waterfall in our pond. Getting back there involves destroying the waterfall, and I don't want to do that; it was a huge pain to build in the first place.

I haven't had any luck finding out what local predators the frog has, and was thinking perhaps introducing (or just playing sounds from) one of its predators would scare it away. The bullfrog, western spadefoot, Pacific treefrog, and western toad are native to this area - I figure what's in our pond is one of them.

After all that intro, I guess my question is simple. How can I get rid of this frog without killing the fish? Also, what are some common predators of frogs (and, if possible, those four specific species)?

-MustacheBoy, who thinks being green will become a lot easier for Kermit if he stops singing about it.

A: Dear Kermit-harassed Mustache Boy,

It sounds like you've got yourself a bullfrog. The two toad species you listed aren't particularly drawn to water, so it isn't likely that they would have selected your koi pond as a new home. The Pacific tree frog can be very loud and annoying in large groups, but has a rather high-pitched, insect-like call. Bullfrogs, however, love water, have been known to move into koi ponds, and have extremely loud, carrying calls.

Even if we weren't sure what kind of frog you have, it would still probably be a pretty safe assumption that the water was the selling feature on your backyard. If you cut off the frog's access to the water, chances are he'll move on. I found a website that recommends installing netting around a body of water to discourage unwanted bullfrog populations. I figure that if you can work out a way to put some netting over or around your pond (and part of the waterfall, if necessary), Kermit will eventually give up. Best of luck to you.

~Hermia
Question #44784 posted on 05/02/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What would it take for me to start enjoying life more than I enjoy sleep?

- Cold With Nothing

A: Dear coldy,

Step One: Get your butt out of bed and sleep less. Usually people who enjoy sleep more than life are that way because they are always sleepy (which can be a symptom of getting too much sleep). Also, it is a psychological rule that you can become more attached to what you are around the most. So if you are spending more time with life rather than with sleep then you'll grow more attached to it than to sleep.

Step Two: Make sure that you are studying things you enjoy in school. When classes and studies are applicable and interesting, you enjoy them more.

Step Three: Make goals, come up with dreams, and accomplish them. If you are actually living out dreams then you'll have no need to have them in your head as you sleep.

Step Four: Get a spouse or a boyfriend/girlfriend. When you have a person that you are looking forward to being around all the time, you are more likely to want to be awake and around them.

Step Five: Get a fun hobby. Start karaoke singing, dancing, stamp collecting, volunteering--something that makes you happy. This can also help you to enjoy your waking moments more.

Step Six: Exercise more. Everyone I hear who exercises claims to feel more energetic. Maybe it'll work for you!

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear,

It this has been going on for a while, and you're feeling pretty crappy, you might check with your doctor. Sometimes that can help a lot.

Remember that "early to bed, early to rise" thing? It works wonders. Get a regular sleep schedule going that follows that pattern.

Get outdoors. Sunshine is a marvelous thing, and honestly produces chemicals that make you happier. While you're out there, get some exercise. Same concept, different kind of chemicals. Whee!

Plan in some time to do things you like. See a movie, hang out with friends, go raid DI and bring home cheap treasures. Life's not going to get more fun when this or that passes--learn to enjoy it now, and you'll be glad you did your whole life.

At the same time, you can't just do only things you like. When I've got free time, and don't do anything productive with it, I start to get really unhappy after a few days. Make sure you're making some real progress in your life every day.

I'm not positive if you're religious or not, but I find my days much better when I take time, especially in the mornings, to pray and read the scriptures and think about everything. I highly recommend it.

Other than that, try good music, houseplants, adventures/expeditions, rock climbing, yard sales, impromptu dance parties, cheap plays, cooking new dishes, playing with small children, and books on tape.

-Uffish Thought
Question #44769 posted on 05/02/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why aren't the keys on computer keyboards in alphabetical order? And why are they placed in the order they are placed in?

-Dorothy

A: Dear Dorothy ~

Laser Jock, Yellow, The Heartless Siren and I are all sitting here amazed that this question isn't in the archives. Congratulations, you are the first person to put this in there.

Originally, the keyboard was in alphabetical order. Keep in mind, though, the keyboard was originally on a typewriter, not a computer. As people learned to type fast, the keys that were typed often and were right next to each other would often get stuck, so the typist would have to stop and unstick the keys. Thus, it was decided that the keyboard needed to be rearranged so that the most commonly used keys were no longer right next to each other. Hence, the QWERTY keyboard was born. (Named for the top five letters on the left side of the keyboard.)

You can read more about it on Wikipedia.

~ Dragon Lady
Question #44766 posted on 05/02/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Does anyone know if our BYU-issued UTA bus passes are good for riding frontrunner trains?

- don't want to buy gas anymore

A: Dear Frugal,

According to the lady at UTA, the pass will be good on Frontrunner through September. She couldn't give me any information about what will happen after September because she doesn't know what kind of passes BYU will buy for next year.

~Hermia
Question #44727 posted on 05/02/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I used to buy the packaged Baja tuna and Southwest chicken sandwiches at the DT Creamery all the time for lunch. Now that it's being taken down, I don't know where to go to find those delicious sandwiches. (I haven't seen them in the Creamery on Ninth, but maybe I'm just not looking in the right spot.) Does anyone know if those are still sold in other campus grocery stores, i.e. Wyview or Wymount creameries? Thanks for any time you take with this questions, and also for the Board in general, I enjoy reading.

- lunchie munchie

A: Dear Lunchie,

Both of these delightful sandwiches can be found at the Twilight Zone at the BYU Bookstore. If you can get them before they're sold out, that is. They go fast.

~Hermia