"God blesses those who take out his sweet spirits." - Just Another Cassio
Question #45040 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Regarding Board Question #44927, about going to Planned Parenthood for birth control pills to be used to control bleeding:

Planned Parenthood's status as the nation's largest abortion provider would be a red flag to many. If the questioner is in Utah County, the Utah County Health Department has a Women's Health Clinic, for a minimal amount, discussed at this URL: http://www.co.utah.ut.us/dept/HealthFam/CommHealthSer/WomensHealthClinic.asp
Other areas would likely have similar health department programs for the disadvantaged.

Additionally, rather than paying Planned Parenthood for the pills, Wal-Mart Pharmacies and Target Pharmacies will fill the prescription for $9 monthly. As I do the math, the cost savings in one year's time would help defray the cost of a medical exam.

I am no doctor, nor am I a woman, but I think there are other alternatives than the one she asked about, with a great deal less possible anguish in the process.

- Daryl Gibson

Question #44975 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I would like to have an ivory wedding dress. The main reason behind this is that my very pale skin tone looks completely washed out in white--even with the most skilled of makeup applications. Ivory suits my skin and my style better. However, some people have told me that an ivory dress means that the bride is not "pure" or that it is only for second marriages. Is this true? Is there anything wrong with a temple worthy, first marriage woman to have an ivory dress?

Yes, I realize that for the temple ceremony my dress must be white. I was planning to wear my regular temple dress for that.


A: Dear Lily,

According to the wedding experts at The Knot, ivory is fine.

- Katya
A: Dear Lily ~

One of my good friends wore an ivory wedding dress to her reception, after wearing her temple dress to be sealed. She pulled it off quite wonderfully. Just be confident and if anyone asks, explain. If no one asks, don't worry about it.

~ Dragon Lady

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it true that all temples have a door on their eastern sides that won't be opened until the Savior comes again? I think it's just a Mormon myth but my roommate swears by it.

- Doesn't even know which side of the Provo temple IS facing east

A: Dear Mythbuster,

See Board Question #16768.

- the librarian
A: Dear You,

Also, for what it's worth, even the temples with symbolic east doors have been known to use them. A few years ago, my aunt and uncle went to the Washington D.C. temple to be sealed. There was some sort of construction going on that restricted access to the main entrance, so they were allowed to use the east doors.

Question #44973 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there anywhere that will make you a font using your own handwriting as a template for a reasonable price? (Reasonable in this case being defined as what I am willing to pay, which is around $20.)

I have looked around for some (Mac) software so that I could do it myself, but all of it that I could find was quite expensive. If you happen to know of a way to do it inexpensively (I have Adobe's CS3 if it matters) that would work as well.


- Fredjikrang

A: Dear Fredjikrang,

I found a couple of options. First, using a scanner and a trial version of a font-creating program, you can do it all on your own, for free. For something slightly easier (and still only $9), you can use Fontifier, as described in this tutorial. Enjoy!

—Laser Jock
Question #44972 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Any suggestions on mattress shopping? My fiancee and I are due to be married in a few weeks and we need to fill our vacant bedroom with a queen size mattress (with box and frame underneath). Do any of you know if online/big retailers have a significant advantage over local (or vice-versa?)


A: Dear wired ~


~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Wired,

Don't do this online. Mattresses are simply one of those things you HAVE to try before you buy it. So...do that. Oh, and for what it's worth, it's a good and perfectly legitimate excuse to lay down with your fiancee!

There are a few things to take into consideration. Bigger corporations tend to have lower prices due to the fact that they can buy in bulk. On the other hand, local dealers can occasionally run awesome deals (for instance, my wife and I bought a mismatched mattress and boxspring for a significant percent off).

I would look at the big places and get some prices down. Then go to the local places and see if you can find a better deal. Explore. It's a worthy investment!

Question #44971 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I know people ask lots of questions about what gifts to send missionaries, etc., but my question is what sort of gift would make a smashing 'welcome home' present to a young missionary? I'll be exiting our hometown a few days before he gets back so a good ol' date is out of the running. Other than a good looking girl, what things would a young fellow just returning from an overseas mission appreciate?

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater,
Diana Moon Glampers

A: Dear Diana,


-Madame Mimm
A: Dear Diana,

My missionary's welcome home care package will include blue hair dye and fishnet stockings, but she's a unique sort.

More generally, you might give him DVDs of the best movies that came out while he was gone, to get him caught up on what he missed.

- Katya
A: Dear Diana ~

If you were to have been gone the last two years, what would you have missed? What would you wish someone would give you or catch you up on? I would suggest that.

~ Dragon Lady
Question #44968 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it the patriotic duty of my wife and I to immediately spend our stimulus money from the government rather than save it? That's why we're getting it, right?
What would be the most stimulating (for the economy) use of it, in general terms? I'm guessing that the best uses would be ones in which all of the profit stays in the U.S., so purchasing foreign-made products would be out, but I don't know much about economics. How would investing it in stocks rank on the stimulation scale?

- Baksiidaa, the Lao Farang

A: Dear Laos,

You can spend it if you want, but frankly I don't think it has anything to do with patriotism. Remember, this money is not money the government is giving us, it is our money that the government is giving back to us. What you do with your money is completely up to you, and that's one of the great things about this country. While there is a hope that it will keep the economy oiled a little bit, I think it would be best for the economy in the long run to look after your own interests.

Your question reminded me of an article I read recently that said, "according to a recent survey, some 70 percent of people said they planned to save their rebate or use it to pay down debt." Basically, you would be in the minority if you did spend your stimulus money. I searched a little bit and in 2003, the last time this was done, "only one-third of the rebate was spent in the short run", with surveys saying 19% would spend, 45% would pay bills and 32% would save/invest.

I agree that if you did want to stimulate the economy, you should spend the money on American products. Investing wouldn't have the desired immediate effect, because it takes much longer for the money to be converted into increased production/service. Paying down debt would probably be more effective, because it would free monthly income dedicated to interest to become disposable income. So in decreasing order of immediate effectiveness: spending, paying down debt, investing, saving.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #44966 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I took a Dance 180 class in Fall '06 and I loved the music that we danced to. I was wondering where I could get a list of the music that was played (especially for the waltz and foxtrot). My teacher was Kim Acerson, if that helps.

- Southern Belle

A: Dear Southern ~

I would suggest contacting Kim Acerson and asking her.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear ma'am,

You could try Marci Edgington too. Teachers for 180 often use that CD with foxtrot stuff like "Life Could Be A Dream" and "Orange-Colored Sky" - if that sounds familiar, maybe mention those ones. However, before they can teach, they have to take the ballroom teaching class (Dance 386), and one of the class projects in there is to create a ballroom CD as a class. A lot of teachers use that CD their class made. Marci might be able to help you if she knows which semester Kim took the teaching class - I don't know if she keeps those CD's, but she might.

Question #44965 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
My family and I were just with our neighbors and I was holding their son and I got chocolate on my white shirt. I put stain stick on it but I just thought does stain stick work if you just put it on or do you have to wash it for it to clean.

- A-Z

A: Dear A-Z,

Stain stick helps stains wash out more easily, but it won't get your shirt clean by itself. You'll need to wash it as well to (hopefully) finish getting the chocolate out. If it doesn't come out in the wash, don't dry your shirt yet, and try another method.

—Laser Jock
Question #44964 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is this true:
I just heard that BYU used to do electric shock on gay guys. For example, BYU would show gay guys pictures of women, then slides of naked men or something. When the men slides came up, then the shock was applied and this was supposed to turn gays straight. But it didn't work, so now they don't do it anymore. I heard the last case was in '98.


A: Dear ZZ,

Yes, there was one dissertation done at BYU that included shocks accompanying photos of nude males (see my addendum to Board Question #27629). This was in 1976, and BYU wasn't the only institution experimenting with aversive conditioning - it was kind of a hot topic in the 70s. Many subjects felt that aversive therapy helped them, but aversive therapy as treatment for unwanted same sex attraction is rarely used as it has moral and political implications that many people disagree with. Other than this dissertation, I do not know of any other studies done at BYU on aversive therapy for men with unwanted same sex attraction.

-The Supershrink
Question #44963 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I, like you, see a lot of websites advertising kits that allow you to add a simple system to your car to boost its fuel economy by using hydrogen electrolyzed from water. I'm pretty confident that I would be able to install and use something like that, provided the technology is real and that they actually function. I would like to know:

1. Is this really possible?
2. If possible, where can I get a good system/plan?
3. If possible, why doesn't congress or the EPA mandate that we all use these things?

- Zkwhfts

A: Dear Consonantal,

You may want to check out Board Question #40481. Although I didn't post an answer to that question, I did look into the idea, and the explanation given wasn't credible at all. I couldn't find anything that seemed like it was believable, let alone scientific. I'm sorry to disappoint you; props for being good with cars, though.

—Laser Jock
Question #44962 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What one can do on a elevator?

- Mocking Bird

A: Dear Mocking Bird.

Go up.

Go down.

Stand on a spring-loaded scale and watch your weight change due to the non-inertial nature of the reference frame.

- Katya
A: Dear Arthur,

"Do you want to see my paper-cut?" For other great ideas, see Mary Ellen Edmunds' book MEE Thinks, page 52, available at your local Deseret Book, Seagull Book, or BYU Bookstore (also online).

A: Dear Mocking Bird,

Some people like to kiss.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear up and down,

Gary Booth of the Integrative Biology department quizzes the other riders: "What is the net ATP yield from glycolysis alone?" (The answer is 2, if you were wondering. The gross yield is 4, but two ATP are used in the process of glycolysis, so the net is just 2.)

Question #44961 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

The other day I was at work and heard in the distance a voice announcing that the movie Sandlot was being shown in the baseball stadium that night. I was unable to attend, but thought that, were BYU to make a habit of this outdoor movie showing, I could take advantage of this great date idea (because what my fiance and I do on Friday nights sometimes ends up being like that scene from Jungle Book with the vultures). So I've been searching the BYU homepage, which directed me to a few out-of-date news articles and board questions from 2005. I was wondering if you could find any information on these outdoor movies, and if any more are going to be shown around this summer (free to students, of course). Thanks!

Yours Truly,

Eponine (who wishes that the BYU calendar would actually show all the things going on at BYU)

A: Dear Eponine,

I didn't find any listing of other free movies to be shown this summer, but I did see that this showing was mentioned on BYU NewsNet, under the arts and culture section, so you might consider keeping an eye on that section in the future or subscribing to its RSS feed.

- Katya
Question #44960 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have heard some references to a brand of shoes/clothing company that calls themselves bathing ape. Where did that name come from and what does it mean?

- I don't have any bapes

A: Dear Lacking BAPES,

According to Wikipedia:
Deciding to start his own brand, he named it after the 1968 film Planet of the Apes. According to Nigo, the name "A Bathing Ape" is short for a Japanese saying "bathing in lukewarm water". Japanese people typically have daily baths in water at temperatures above 40 degrees celsius (104 degrees F). As such, bathing in luke warm water is to complacently overindulge. This is, ironically, a reference to the lazy opulence of the younger generation of Japanese, the brand's own customers.
So I guess it's a combination of a classic Charlton Heston movie and a jab at a lazy generation. Plus monkeys.

Sounds good.

Question #44959 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you guys have any good date ideas for a guy lacking a vehicle?

- peddling fool

A: Dear fool on the hill,

See Board Question #2306 and other questions in the Relationships: Dating Ideas category.

- the librarian
Question #44958 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there a mens restroom by the weight room in the SFH? I know that there is a women's one right next to it but it seems like the closest one is always the locker room.

- Gotta Go

A: Dear Gotta,

I checked with the weight room attendant, and she said the closest one is the one right by the door at the northwest corner of the track. (It's slightly closer than the one in the locker room.) In doing some exploring, I didn't find any others either.

I know this wasn't your intent, but apparently she also gets people complaining about how the men's restroom is so much farther than the women's. To that, she points out that the men have a locker room just downstairs, and at the near end of the Richards Building, while the only women's locker room is at the far end of the hall in the Richards Building. So for any guys out there who feel like complaining that it's unfair to have the women's restroom that much closer, at least you have a locker room in the same building.

—Laser Jock
Question #44944 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In my place of employment we have a list of "unfortunate names". It contains names of real people that we come across who have very...well...unfortunate names. For example: the last name 'Bunfaarder', the graphic designer 'Shepard Fairey', the last name 'Adelot' (ate-a-lot), etc, etc, etc. We all get the giggles every time the list comes out.

What are some unfortunate names you know of?

-la princesa

A: Dear Princesa,

I swear that I read this name while I was doing filing at work:
Elektra Fika-data

Dead serious.
-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear princesa:

A friend's mother is named Gay-ann Wilde.

I also know an Ann Conda.


The Cleaning Lady
A: Dear princezna,

Call me juvenile, but I've always had to laugh at the names of Pro Football Hall-of-Fame linebacker Dick Butkus and NASCAR driver Dick Trickle. Hehe.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #44904 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I have heard that there is a new major under RMYL for Non Profit Organization Work and I was wondering if you knew anything about it or if you could point me in the right direction of who I could contact to find out more.

- chancho

A: Dear non-profit,

Contact Brad Harris at 801-422-3698, or by e-mail at brad_harris@byu.edu.

He was a nice guy to talk to on the phone, and he can help you with whatever questions you have. Good luck!

Question #44881 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the average GPA for each individual college at the university?

- 3.34

A: Dear 3.34,

I'm not sure what the average is, but you can get an idea of how they differ by looking at the GPA needed to qualify for scholarships from each college (see here). I estimate that the GPA for full tuition is probably in the the top ten percent, and then the half tuition is probably the top twenty percent or so (that's my guess; the BYU website says that they rank applicants in respective colleges by total and BYU GPAs and then allocate funds based on how many students are in each college). I'm not sure what the distribution and standard deviations of GPAs are like; it probably differs slightly for each college (although I imagine the distribution would be fairly normal and skewed to the left). There might be a way to estimate the averages from the scholarship GPAs, but I don't remember it and I have a feeling I would need more information. The averages also do not include people who already have scholarships (4-year), or students who did not apply for scholarships but might have qualified (students who didn't qualify but applied wouldn't change the averages). So, sorry I could not directly answer your question.

Question #44765 posted on 05/09/2008 3:01 a.m.

dear one hundred hour board,

a friend of mine posed an interesting question in regards to the recent attempt to move the remains of parley p. pratt from arkansas to utah. i figured if anyone could help him out, it would be you folks!

he says: "There is a biblical precedence for the disinterment of bones. I'm thinking particularly of Joseph's bones being buried with his fathers. This makes good sense to me, but perhaps only on a superficial level (it's a nice thought to be buried with loved ones, and it would be nice to be resurrected among them). Can anyone speak more on this tradition, perhaps from a Hebrew perspective?"


A: Dear lanada ~

Many resources later, I'm pulling up dry here. There actually isn't a whole lot of Hebrew tradition on this. Joseph is the only one I can think of off the top of my head. And really, he most likely was mummified. Thus, they wouldn't have had to dig up his bones to move him. He probably had himself a nice little burial tomb that would have been simple to collect him from. Considering how much the Egyptians hated the Israelites at that time, moving Joseph was probably the safest thing for them to do. I'm sure the Egyptians weren't a fan of having an Israelite in a burial place of honor. The Israelites may simply have been afraid of what the Egyptians would have done to the body of Joseph had they left it there. (Note: there is a large percentage of speculation here.)

So... knowing nothing else about this so-called tradition... I can't tell you any more than that. Sorry.

~ Dragon Lady