Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus
Question #45055 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

About Board Question #44961, if you're interested in going to outdoor (relatively cheap/free) movies during the summer, I know of at least a couple of events in the Provo/Orem area. The Scera theater in Orem usually shows outdoor movies, usually a mix of old and new, and their schedule can be found here: http://www.scera.org/events/schedule (ooh, they are showing The Birds, creepy!)
Also Provo City usually has some in the summer, and theirs are free: http://www.provo.org/parks.moviesinthepark.html (if you haven't seen Charade, you should)
Hope that helps!
-Movie fan

Question #45033 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have never really understood this, but why doesn't Puerto Rico, or any other US territory want to become a state? What privileges would they lose by becoming a state?

- Guam's One Democratic Delegate.

A: Dear One,

The real reason is because the US already has 50 states-and 50 is such a nice number. Meanwhile, 51 wouldn't sound nearly as nice. That is why Washington DC isń’t a state and why all those other US territories haveń’t been claimed as states either. However, the Puerto Ricans might have you believe there is another reason...

Consider that Puerto Ricans are salutary American citizens. This means that they are free to migrate back and forth with as much ease as if you wanted to go from Utah to Nevada (although there is a lot more water and a lot less desert required). Puerto Rico is also covered in U.S. Customs laws, so that means that there are no limits or tariffs on imports or exports between Puerto Rico and the United States. Puerto Rico is also protected by the United States military from all those angry neighbors down there in the seas. And to boot, Puerto Ricans do not have to pay federal income tax.

Imagine that- getting all those wonderful benefits without the costs. Now why would you want to pay taxes when you can get all those things for free?

-The Cheeky Chickie
Question #45032 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is the Honesty Box application on facebook really anonymous? Or is it a trap that reports comments back to the owner?

- fiddlecricks

A: Dear Fiddlin',

So far as I can tell...yes. My wife and I played a fun game of rapid login/out to settle this. Here's how it went:

We added Honesty Box to her Facebook. I then logged onto my account and wrote in her Honesty Box. When she logged in again, we saw that there was no evidence of who sent the message. When she responded to it, I got the message back and could tell it was from her (which makes sense...after all, you know that you wrote it) but she could not tell who it was that she was responding to.

So, based on simple trial (not on getting into the code), I'd say yes, it probably works.

Planning on starting a flame war? Or just wanting to admit a crush?

I vote flame war.

-Claudio
A: Dear all,

Just remember, flames wars are only fun if real fire is involved. Until your house gets burned down, then I doubt it's fun anymore.

-Azriel
Question #45031 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Please help me! For the next six weeks I am working at what may be the most boring job ever. I will be filing lien notices for eight hours a day, five days a week. I'm doing it to earn some spending money for the study abroad that I am doing in Brazil during summer term.

Anyway, I need suggestions for things I can do to entertain my mind somewhat. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to listen to music, and I don't really feel like asking for a different type of assignment, because I'm happy the company hired for such a short period of time, and I don't want to seem ungrateful.

I've only been working three days so far, and I don't know how I can do this for another five and a half weeks!

Thank you!
- Anticipatory Coarticulation

A: Dear Anticipatory ~

First, you should ask if you're allowed to listen to music.

I assume that your job requires you to be constantly doing things that require thought, so you can't really play computer games or the like.

Do you have other coworkers doing equally mundane tasks? In the Dungeon, we used to play games with each other that allowed us to work while keeping our minds entertained. For example, someone would pick a letter and we'd go around the circle naming as many movies as we could think of that began with that letter. When you couldn't think of one that hadn't already been said, you were out. Last one in wins. Or another game, one person picks a word. Then we'd go around the circle listing songs that had that word in the lyrics (you had to be able to sing one line (5 words at least) if no one had heard of the song. If you couldn't think of a song that hadn't been been used, you got a letter. Once you spelled out S-O-N-G, you were out.

Or, you could plan the details for a secret take-over of the world.

Or, you could brainstorm ideas to get past the tunnel worms. (Please pass that list on to us when you are completed. We can always use new ideas. Once they get used to our tactics, they become less effective.)

Or, you could go through the alphabet, listing as many words as you can think of for each letter. Or maybe as many names as you can think of for each letter.

Or, you could count to three billion.

~ Dragon Lady
Question #45030 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Women of the 100 Hour Board,

When is the last day of the week that I can ask a girl on a date for the weekend (while still being considerate)? I've always heard that Wednesday is the last day to ask a girl on a date for the weekend, but I'm realizing that I've only heard that from guys.

Obviously I should ask early to better ensure that the girl doesn't already have plans, but what is the last day I can ask a girl without her feeling pressured or anything like that? Does it make a difference whether the date is for Friday or for Saturday?

- Afraid it's too late for this weekend

A: Dear George,

I think Wednesday is a good deadline, but I'm kind of lenient so I think that if the date is for Saturday, Thursday should really be fine as well. That's my two cents.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Wall E.,

I'm kind of with K&G on this one. If you're planning the date for Friday, ask by Wednesday. If it's Saturday you're looking for an outing, then I'd say ask by Thursday.

Only, I don't actually believe in dating, so take my opinion for what it's worth.

-Polly Esther
A: Dear Afraid,

Of course, if you suddenly score tickets to some awesome event at the last minute, don't let that deter you from asking someone out, but do explain the situation and apologize for the short notice.

- Katya
A: Dear Afraid ~

Although I firmly agree that you should give notice to a girl to ask her on a date, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you can ask up until time to go. The key point is, the closer you get to time of date, the higher your rate of rejection will be. Thus, the more tolerant you have to be of getting rejected and the less you can hold it against the girl. I mean, if you ask a girl out 2 months in advance and she says she's busy, chances are, she doesn't want to go out with you and you shouldn't ask her again. (Unless, of course, that's the day of her sister's wedding in Florida. That's valid.) If you ask a girl an hour before the date and she says she's busy, you cannot hold it against her. You most definitely should ask her out again.

Also, I've heard guys complain that they asked 17 girls out on a date and got rejected by every single one of them. Of this I have pity and despise my own sex for their thoughtlessness. However, often it turns out that 15 of those were asked on the day of. Maybe the day before. If you're going to wait until the last minute, you have to expect large numbers of rejections. If 17 girls shoot you down a week in advance, then talk to me and I will soapbox about the insensitive nature of womankind for you.

So, ideal last minute is probably Wednesday or Thursday. However, there are girls sitting around Friday night hoping for something to do. So if on Friday you get an urge to go on a date, go ahead and ask around. Just don't feel bad when you get rejected, and be sure to ask the girls who had to turn you down on dates further down the road.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Scaredy Cat,

In my opinion, it depends on how much you like the guy. The more I like a guy the more acceptable it becomes for him to ask me to do things whenever he wants, and I'll move heaven and earth to say yes. On the flip side, if I don't really know the guy or if I'm not all that crazy about him then I like a good solid day or two.

-The Cheeky Chickie
Question #45026 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Madame Mimm-

Are you a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan?

-Swordless Stone

A: Dear Swordless Stone,

I think I caught part of an episode one time. I thought it was dumb. Does that count?

Wait. I have to be fair. I do like the idea of vampires et al beating the snot out of a talentless and interchangeable Hollywood bimbo. Make it a "Buffy the Vampire Victim," and I'm in.

-Madame Mimm
Question #45022 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I would like to buy a sewing machine in the near future. I don't have a ton of experience in this area, so I'm not sure what to look for and what to avoid.

I'm a pretty casual seamstress, so I don't need anything with crazy features--just the basics. While I don't want an industrial strength one, I do want want that will give me a lot of use.

I've noticed that several of you have mentioned sewing at one time or another. Do you have reccomendations?

-Mary II

A: Dear Mary II,

I have a few recommendations:

1. Go with a known brand. Bernina, Viking, Husqvarna, Pfaff, and Singer (with reservations) are some that are known for quality and have been around for a long time. I've used all of these at one time or another and been pleased with them (my current machine is a Singer CG-550, and I love it.) To save money, you can buy a better-brand sewing machine used. Some tips are here.

2. Things to look for in your machine might be automatic tension adjustment, easy bobbin threading, free-arm sewing, easy button-hole feature, and number of stitches (you'll want straight and zig zag, but you may want to forgo more fru-fru ones to keep the price down.)

3. Go to a fabric store and ask them for recommendations. Even if you don't buy from them, you can see and try out lots of different machines and figure out what you're comfortable with.

4. In Provo, they often have school surplus sales at sewing stores in the area. These are heavy-duty machines that aren't really fancy, but are designed to hold up through lots of use. That's where I got my machine, and it's been very good to me. You can call around to local stores and see if they can tell you when their next one will be.

Hope this helps.

Sincerely,

The Cleaning Lady
Question #45020 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am EXTREMELY prone to motion sickness! Sometimes all it takes is a 20 minute car ride around Provo. However my motion sickness manifests itself in headaches, i don't usually get nauseous. But i can't really function for the next few hours until i take a nap to get rid of the headache. What are the reasons for motion sickness? Do any of you have this problem or any suggestions on how to solve it? Thanks for everything you do!

- Is my brain loose?

A: Dear I know mine is,

Your question brings back awful memories of a very long, winding road in Hawaii. Motion sickness is no fun at all.

The reasons behind motion sickness involve the brain receiving conflicting sensory signals. Simply put, we all have tiny sensors in our inner ears which help us keep our balance and detect motion. Usually the signals that your brain receives from the inner ear correspond with the signals it is receiving from your eyes; for example, if you're running, your brain receives signals from your inner ear, telling it that you are moving. At the same time, your eyes are also sending messages to your brain, telling it that the things around you seem to be moving because you are moving past them. Motion sickness occurs when your brain receives conflicting signals from your inner ear and your eyes. When you are in a car, for example, your inner ear tells you that you are moving, but often your eyes do not, especially if you're sitting in the back seat and can't look out the windshield. Sometimes, as may be true in your case, the brain can associate being in a car or airplane with feeling motion sickness, causing you to feel ill before you even start moving.

Here are some suggestions on what you can do about it:

-Try relaxation techniques upon getting in a car. Anxiety only makes motion sickness worse.
-Avoid eating while riding in a moving vehicle, or eating high-fat foods before riding.
-Look at a fixed point on the horizon in front of you.
-Avoid reading and winding roads in Hawaii.

Best of luck to you!

~Hermia
Question #45019 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I would like to ask the board, men in particular but also women, for an honest answer.

I have never seriously dated anyone. I have never kissed a boy, or even held hands. And no, I am not fresh out of high school - I am closing in on 30. I am pretty sure there is nothing spectacularly wrong with me. I am not drop-dead gorgeous, but I take care of my appearance even if I have no one to impress, and I have been told by girls and even a couple guys that I am cute, even pretty. I am kind of quiet, but I don't think I am painfully shy, and I am pretty social. I am a nice person, reasonably intelligent, active in my ward, a good cook, well-read, optimistic... I have my problems, but overall I feel okay about myself. I think the reason I have not dated is probably partly because I am sort of quiet and maybe hard to get to know, and partly because of circumstances (there is not a very big dating pool where I live).

But the longer I go without ever having had experience being in a relationship, the more I am concerned that this will actually get in the way of being able to have a relationship in the future. I am afraid to tell anyone other than very close friends that I have never been in a real relationship, and especially that I have never been kissed, because I'm afraid they will wonder what is wrong with me. I am afraid that if a guy I was interested in happened to be interested in me, he would wonder why I have never been in a real relationship and hesitate to get involved because of that. I am deathly terrified of my first kiss because I know that first kisses are awkward and it's going to be painfully apparent that I don't know what I'm doing, and that at my age there is something wrong with this.

Sorry for the lengthy intro. I'm not asking for advice for my situation. My question is whether my fears are valid. Would you hesitate to get involved with someone you knew had never been in a serious relationship? Would knowing that someone of the opposite gender had been in the dating pool for so long and never dated anyone cause you to reconsider that person as a dating prospect? Please answer honestly - I get plenty of reassurance from my friends and that's not what I'm looking for here.

- Miss K.

A: Dear Miss K,

No, I would not hesitate to get involved with someone who had never been in a serious relationship. How do I know this? I've dated someone before who was in a situation almost exactly like yours. I was the first person she had ever actually dated, and she was close to your age. I was her first kiss (and I knew this beforehand). I didn't think it mattered then, and I still don't. Knowing that she didn't have much experience only made me more careful to try to do things right as we started dating.

You sound especially terrified of your first kiss, and that you won't be good enough because you won't have any experience. I can understand your being nervous, but it's not the handicap you seem to think it is. Yes, first kisses are usually awkward, but guess what? You get over that pretty quickly. Also, no decent guy would hold it against you that you don't have kissing experience yet. If he's upset that you aren't an expert kisser, he's not interested for the right reasons.

Finally, just because someone has been available for a while and never dated doesn't mean there's something wrong with them. It doesn't mean you have some sort of hidden defect. The girl I dated certainly didn't, and I never assumed she was somehow flawed because she hadn't dated. There are a lot of reasons someone might not have dated yet, and if I'm interested in a girl, why should I care that others haven't been interested yet?

I asked this girl if she had anything to tell you, and she said "What would I tell her? Probably just to not worry about it. Things will work out for the best. And even when the best isn't what you think you want, it's okay. Really and truly."

It's hard to not date; it's probably frustrating that you've been single so long and never in a serious relationship. Some people might judge you the way you fear, but I feel quite sure that many will not. Simply keep going, keep trying to date, and don't worry about what some may think about your lack of dating. It won't matter at all to the right people.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Miss K~

You'll forgive if this response is a little hasty but I'm in a hurry.

I agree with LJ, but only partially. If I'm approached by a girl who seems over-eager to get into a relationship and I learned that she's never been in a serious relationship in her late twenties, I would be a little alarmed and wonder why that was. Would it stop me from dating her? Absolutely not.

So, if you think the reason you haven't been in a relationship is because you're shy, you're going to want to learn to defeat your shyness, but don't overcompensate by being psychotic. It's true, some guys probably will think it's strange that an almost-30 has never been in a relationship or kissed, but assuming you really are all those things you said you are, that fact alone won't be enough to prevent them from dating you.

As for the first kiss being awkward: Mine sure wasn't. I think the awkwardness is beaten out, perhaps, by the overwhelming bliss.

~Hobbes, learning to be a whale-trainer in San Diego
Question #45017 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have regrettably missed too much of the BYU baseball season so far. Is there any place where I can see the players' stats, and possibly catch up on specific games?

--Dodd McNaughton

A: Dear Todd,

No BYU sports fan should be without byucougars.com. Just go to the baseball section to see up-to-date stats and check out the Schedule for links to recaps of each game.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #45016 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the average class size in BYU-Provo? What class is the smallest? biggest? How does it vary?

- Jen

A: Dear Jen,

What is the average class size in BYU-Provo?

It depends a lot on your major. If you're in a small major, you'll have smaller upper division courses. If you're in a huge major, you'll have larger upper division courses. GE courses tend to be larger, but even those can be small if you take honors sections or unusual courses to fill the requirements. From my experience, the median class size was around 20 students.

What class is the smallest?

There are many types of special classes that can have just one student enrolled, such as directed readings courses, academic internships, and music lessons. I think the smallest "normal" class I was ever enrolled in had 5 students, and I had a number that were under 10.

biggest?

The biggest classes I know of are GE or other freshman classes, such as Physics 121 or Biology 100. These classes can be as large as around 300 students.

How does it vary?

Like I said, GE classes tend to be larger than major classes, and different majors have different class sizes. When you go to register for classes, you'll actually be able to see what the maximum enrollment is for each class.

- Katya
A: Dear Jen ~

My second semester in Biblical Hebrew had 5 students registered. One came about 25% of the time (actually, he may have been auditing), one came about 50% of the time (she was pregnant and had morning sickness) and the other three of us came all the time. A three person class. Awesome.

~ Dragon Lady
Question #45014 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I asked a relationship question question a while ago and there are still some repercussions that I would like your opinion on.
I broke up with a girl some years ago and it was MESSY. Dirty, gross, bloody, leaving both our hearts scarred and decimated as a Civil War battlefield.
Problem is, while we were dating I was good friends with her little brother, and he really looked up to me as a confidante and mentor. I, ummm, didn't do a very good job of keeping in contact with him after the breakup and since it was about three years ago, I would hope he's over it, but he probably looks at me as a horrible person, as I know she does.
I just found him randomly on facebook and I want to know if it is a good idea to get back into contact with him just to see how he's doing.
I am hesitant because I really don't want contact with his sister at all and I really don't want remembrance of what a moron I was for dating his sister.
Advice?

- Dave Quackenbush and his good friend Warren Fitzgerald

A: Dear Quack,

I've actually been to several Civil War battlefields, and they're quite nice now. It's amazing what time will do, to battlefields and hearts.

You know the situation better than I, obviously, but I say just let bygones be bygones and don't get involved again. You have no obligation to this guy and my guess is he's doing just fine without you. I seriously doubt that after several years he ever even thinks about you. And if by chance he's still seething over your actions years later, trying to prove your goodness is likely an exercise in futility.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #45013 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, I have a little situation. Lately, my brother has been calling every day to talk. Sounds great, right? The only problem is, he says the same exact things every day, and it's getting boring. I love him and all, but I really don't have the time to listen to him talk every day. How can I tactfully tell him to stop calling? The thing is, I know he's home alone most of the time and bored, so I would feel guilty telling him to stop calling. He's done things like this before, and I know if I don't stop it, he'll just keep calling. So what do you think I should do?


- Hates talking on the phone anyway

A: Dear Hates ~

Introduce new conversation topics. You have a say in what you talk about, too, y'know.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear conversationalist,

I've come up with some options for you.

Option 1: Passive Aggresive - Ignore every other call. Interrupt conversations and hang up after lamenting how you just don't have time to talk right now. Say nothing but "Uh-huh" until the conversation gets really awkward.

Option 2: "Just kidding, but not really" - Say stuff jokingly, like "You again, huh?", "Didn't you just tell me that yesterday?", "Oh reeeeally? [with sarcasm]", and "Soooo, why did you call again?", but with enough bite that he knows you're serious.

Option 3: Tactful - Say something like, "Hey bro, I love talking to you, but I just can't do it every day. Can we cut back to a couple times a week?"

Option 4: Patient - Just deal with it. Try to make the conversations more interesting.

Option 5: Drastic - Disown your brother.

Option 6: Stupid - Destroy your cell phone.

Option 7: Silly - Permanently damage your hearing, eliminating the possibility of normal phone conversations.

Option 8: Unrealistic - Program an artificial intelligence capable of mimicking your conversational skills. Let it talk to your brother half the time.

Option 9: Supernatural - Develop a telepathic link with your brother, rendering cell phone conversations unnecessary.

Option 10: Psychological - Act as if you don't know who he is until he's convinced he's crazy and doesn't actually have a sibling.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #45012 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I need to get away. How far could I get with a UTA bus pass?

--Dodd

A: Dear Dodd,

Assuming that you start in the Provo/Orem area, the farthest you can go on UTA is 900 N. in Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah.

- Katya
Question #45011 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a balcony! Uh, sort of...more like an overgrown window box. I have imagined with great anticipation the warmer spring days, when perchance I could roll out a towel, slap on some sunscreen, and bask in the sunlight on my baby balcony. I'm not generally a lay-out-and-bake kind of girl, but my usually tan skin craves the sunshine like water in this wintry desert.
However, a shadow has been cast over my plans. Literally. The flowering tree nearby or the angle of the buildings or some astrological miscalculation places my balcony in full afternoon shade--by about three inches. Not one to be deterred by a little less cancer, I think some outside time might still be beneficial.
I want to know if it's worth the sunscreen/swimsuit getup though. Can I get noticeably tanner (albeit slowly, sure) by lying in the shade regularly? The other effects of sunlight--endorphins or serotonin or vitamin D and whatnot--will I still get a dose of those as well? I'm hoping to escape a deathly winter funk. Thanks for sharing some omniscience!

Almost not pastily yours,

--Dodd

A: Dear Dodd,

You're not going to see much effect from lying in the shade. Although it may not look a lot darker, the light in the shade is actually many times weaker. Our eyes see on a logarithmic scale, so light that looks, say, half as bright is a lot less intense than that. If you're determined to find a way to get some rays, consider finding a spot that will be in the sun.

—Laser Jock
Question #45010 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am a returned missionary and always find it so interesting when I meet other young men on campus who claim that the mission they served in is the "Best mission in the whole world."

I must say, it's frustrating on many levels - is it not? What are they trying to accomplish with that statement? What do they want me to think when they say that? More importantly, am I obligated to respond that the mission I served in is the "better" than theirs or even "the Best?" Do I appear ungrateful or less spiritual if I do not publicly defend my mission?
Is there a mission ranking system I'm not familiar with? What categories or "key indicators" would make one mission better than another? Is there a way to verify that these schmucks ever even served a mission?

- dojo

A: Dear dojo,

I think when people say things like that, they're mostly just saying that they loved their mission. There's clearly no way to really judge one mission to be "better" than another, and I don't think they're trying to get into some sort of competition over whose was the best. No, you don't have to say something similar. If you want, you could say how much you loved your mission, or you could congratulate them on serving, and ask about their mission.

I really don't find statements like "my mission was the best" offensive or annoying. These people aren't trying to put anyone down; they're just excited about the wonderful experience they had. I think if you interpret their comments this way instead, you won't get nearly as frustrated with them.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear dojo ~

When someone says they have the best family in the world, do you take that as a personal attack on your family? Do you appear to love your family less if you don't counter with a statement about your family being even better? No. That's silly. (Well, you can. But it's silly to think that you have to.) Really, they're just saying that they loved it. So, instead of trying to counter, maybe ask questions about their mission. Find out why it was so great. "My mission was the best ever." "Yeah? What made it so great?" (said in an actual interested tone... not in a skeptical tone.) You can even talk about your mission, when appropriate. Use it as a conversation starter and to find out more about them instead of using it to build a wall and build up your defenses.

~ Dragon Lady
Question #45009 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I love Charles Dickens. Actually, I love his books. What are your favorite books by Dickens?

- Martin Chuzzlewit

A: Dear Martin,

A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol.

- Katya
A: Dear Martin,

A Tale of Two Cities, as well.

-Olympus
A: Dear Marty,

I love Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.

-Claudio
A: Dear Martin,

Great Expectations.

—Laser Jock
Question #45008 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I want to transfer to another college, but only have about 20 credits. All of the colleges I have looked at require 30 credits to transfer. Do any of you know information about transferring that could help me? Do most colleges require 30 credits to transfer?

- Needs a change.

A: Dear needing change,

There are a lot of colleges and universities in the country, and I don't have the means to look into transfer requirements for all of them. However, I did look at the transfer requirements for around a dozen schools, both public and private, in different areas of the country.

Of the schools I surveyed, only one had a minimum transfer credit requirement, and they required 60 units. (This seemed very high to me, but they may have been on the quarter system.)

Some schools had no minimum transfer credit requirements, although they did have a minimum transfer GPA and / or required ACT / SAT scores.

Most schools had a two tier transfer system, where students under some credit hour amount (typically 24-30) had to submit a high school GPA and standardized test scores, and students over that limit could just submit a college GPA. Also, some schools required that a certain amount of credits be completed at their university in order for them to award you a degree (i.e., you had to complete half your credits at the new institution, regardless of how many credits you'd transferred with).

If I were you, I'd double check the schools you looked at to make sure that they're not actually on a two tier system, since this was by far the most common scenario I encountered. Or you could just stick it out where you are for another 10 credits. (If you're at BYU, bear in mind that you can earn those credits through independent study, if you're just looking to leave Provo.)

- Katya
Question #45006 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I understood the noun 'money' to be an noncountable noun. (like milk and rice) But I have heard the word 'monies' before. Can you help me understand in which situations 'monies' is appropriate to use, if at all?

-Thumbellina

A: Dear Thumbellina,

I checked with the OED, and here's what it said about using the plural:
In pl. (now chiefly in legal and quasi-legal parlance). Sums or quantities of money. Also (occas.) with sing. concord: a sum or quantity of money (now rare, perh. obs.). The use of the plural for the singular was formerly attributed to Jewish speakers.
So unless you're trying to speak legalese, it would probably sound odd to use "moneys" or "monies."

—Laser Jock
Question #45003 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Who do you think is the hottest animated guy? As far as animated movies go, no video games. (I was thinking about asking for the hottest Disney guy character, but one of my favorites technically isn't Disney.)

- I vote Dimitri from Anastasia, or Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty

A: Dear Gertrude,

This question has been addressed already, in Board Question #36461 and Board Question #7378. We collectively agree with you.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Reader,

If you include stop motion animation, I've kind of got a thing for Jack Skellington.

- Katya
A: Dear I vote ~

Also, Board Question #43416. Here I vote for Shang Li from Mulan. Though, let it be noted that my second choice is Dimitri.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Girlie,

Be it his eyes, his boyish grin, or his infectious personality: Dimitri has my vote as well.

Blast this question! Now I'm going to go home and watch that movie so I can fall in love with him all over again.

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear I,

Dimitri's okay, but he has a weird butt. Rasputin is more my type.

-Madame Mimm
Question #45002 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

The archives have quite a bit of information on cold sores, but I didn't see any suggestions for cures. I'm using Abreva as we speak, but do any of you have any voodoo or home-spun remedies that have worked for you?

-unclean

A: Dear leper,

There isn't a cure for cold sores. There are antiviral drugs like Abreva and Zovirax (aciclovir), but they only help your body get rid of the current outbreak of the virus.

I've never had a cold sore, but looking around online, some home remedies include:
  • Licorice (glycyrrhizic acid, not anise)
  • Ice
  • Cold milk applied with cotton ball
  • Zinc lozenges (to boost immune system)
  • Lysine supplements
  • Vaseline/Carmax
  • Lemon Balm
  • Reishi (a mushroom) and Astragalus (an herb)
  • Resveratrol cream
  • Peppermint oil
  • Propolis (from bees)
  • Echinacea
  • Black currant extract
  • Rhubarb and sage cream
Apparently people have tried just about everything. Which probably goes to show that nothing is going to work really well. Have fun experimenting!

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #45000 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

"Professors . . . don't want us to go to ratemyprofessors.com" (Board Question #44913). True or false?

Waffle Werf

A: Dear Waffle Werf,

I found an article from July 2005 in the Daily Universe archives, which talks about the early stages of the plan to give students access to professor ratings. It seems that part of the reason for this was to give BYU students a better resource than ratemyprofessors.com. The article explains the problem with ratemyprofessors.com quite nicely:

"Larson and Sant [former BYUSA president and vice president] said they are aware that there are services such as www.ratemyprofessor.com available; however, they do not believe such a website can really substitute for a system within the university, emphasizing that only a minority of BYU faculty members are rated on the website and that there are too few comments posted for each of the instructors listed.

'It́’s just not a consistent and accurate way of telling about a course or about a certain professoŕ’s teaching style,' Larson said.

[Richard]Williams [associate academic vice president] agreed, saying it is preferable that information is released through a BYU-developed system that has been put together from the best research and can boast large samples and better data.

'The question is whether we use the system developed at BYU and have some control, or use a system that is just on-line at whoeveŕ’s Web site and leave it to chance,' Williams said."

The rest of the article can be found here.

~Hermia
Question #44999 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I suddenly find myself interested in typography. On top of Katya's heartwarming suggestions in Board Question #36777, do you know of any good, approachable references I might get into?

-the abecedarian

A: Dear abecedarian,

In addition to my previous feel-good suggestions (you'll laugh! you'll cry!) I recommend the following:

Thinking with type / Ellen Lupton
Anatomy of a typeface / Alexander Lawson
The new typography / Jan Tschichold
The designer's lexicon / Alastair Campbell

In addition to the above, I also recommend reading the Typefoundry blog and heading over to Identifont to practice identifying type faces. (I don't know that Identifont always use standard terminology, but it'll give you good practice in terms of looking carefully at type faces.)

- Katya
Question #44996 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

If the lost 116 pages of the original Book of Mormon manuscript had been published, approximately how many printed pages would it add to our modern edition?

- Quizzical

A: Dear Quizzical ~

According to Dr. J:
1 Nephi to Words of Mormon in the Printeŕ’s Manuscript (Oliver Cowderý’s backup copy that was taken to the printer for the typesetting of the Book of Mormon) takes up about 116 pages. If the density of the writing on that manuscript was about the same as on the Original Manuscript (the manuscript that Oliver Cowdery wrote from Joseph Smith́’s dictation of the translation), then the material from the small plates (1 Nephi to Words of Mormon) was about the same size as the material on the lost 116 pages. So subtract 1 Nephi-Words of Mormon and add the lost 116 pages, and the Book of Mormon would be about the same length as it is today.
So there you have it. Same length! Keep in mind that the small plates of Nephi are basically a repeat of the Book of Lehi. Remember Nephi saying, "Dad already wrote this... but ok, I'll write it again. God told me to." If you're asking how much bigger it would be if we included both the lost 116 pages and Nephi's summary, we would have an extra 144 pages (approximately). (That's how many pages 1 Nephi to Words of Mormon cover.)

~ Dragon Lady
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I asked Board Question #44870. Now, I knew that that is what the story lead up to. What I wanted to know was how that's related to birds and bees. Thank you.

Still MIA,
Moroni's biggest fan

A: Dear MIA,

Wikipedia provides results in less than 100 hours.

-Madame Mimm
Question #44993 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, I recently moved to a new place. A couple of weeks after I got here, this guy in my ward called me and asked me if I wanted a ride to a party that same night. I was busy, so I said no thanks. The same thing happened again a couple of days later, and I was busy again. It happened a third time, and I wasn't busy, so I said yes, thinking it would be a good way to get to know people in the ward. We were supposed to go some ward member's apartment and he was picking up three other people. When he came to pick me up, however, he was alone. He said the other people couldn't come after all.

When we got to the party, we were standing around, and I was talking to someone else, and all of a sudden he kind of snuck up in front of me and kissed me. On the lips. Then he giggled and ran off. At this point I feel like I should tell you that we are both in our late twenties. I was a bit shocked to say the least. A few minutes later, I heard him telling another girl in the ward, "It took me three tries, but she finally went out with me!" It slowly dawned on me that he thought he was asking me out all this time and that this was supposed to be a date.

I let him drive me home, which might not have been the smartest thing I've ever done. I had found out enough about him on the way over to know that we really didn't have any common or interests or values, and I really wasn't interested in dating him, especially after that weird kissing episode. But as soon as we got into the car to drive home he started talking about marriage and about how he was so excited that I was his girlfriend now! I told him, as politely but firmly as I could, that I really wasn't interested in dating him and that I thought we should actually just be friends. Amazingly, he didn't freak out or anything.

That was all fine and good for about a week. Now whenever he talks to me he says, "I know you said you weren't interested in dating me, but I still want to date you if you change your mind." I keep telling him that I'm still not interested.

I guess I have two questions about all of this. First, should I have figured out that he was trying to ask me out those three times and was I somehow leading him on? Second, is there some way that I can get him to understand that I'm not interested in dating him and I never will be?

- not my usual 'nym (sorry this is so long!)

A: Dear Long Story Girl,

First, should I have figured out that he was trying to ask me out those three times . . .

No. "Do you want a ride to a party?" does not equal "Do you want to go out with me?" ("Do you want to go to a party with me" is arguably more of a gray area, but still subject to interpretation.)

. . . and was I somehow leading him on?

Nope. You answered the question he actually asked, and did so in a direct and honest way.

Second, is there some way that I can get him to understand that I'm not interested in dating him and I never will be?

You may have a hard time getting through to him, because it sounds like he's living in his own strange world, in a lot of ways, where he's free to pretend that giving a girl a ride to a party entitles him to kiss her and that they're going to get married. However, if you're consistently direct and honest with him, you're doing all you can to communicate your intentions. (And if he takes things to any sort of weird, stalker-y level, don't hesitate to take things to the proper authority, be it legal or ecclesiastical.)

- Katya
A: Dear Attracter of Strange Boys,

Just remember that, in this situation, you are the victim of one very strange dude.

If anyone happens to question your intentions toward the "weirdie" just remind them that you have never advertised the ability to read minds, interpret the actions of others, or figure out the male species.

Males are a mystery to us all (speaking as a female)…it́’s just that we want some of them to remain a mystery while others we have a desire to figure out. A piece of advice: let this guy remain a mystery to you.

-The Cheeky Chickie
A: Dear Not,

One of my sisters had a guy who was similarly...awkward in social situations. He just didn't seem to understand social norms, and even direct, blunt (but still kind) statements like "I'm not interested" and "please don't call me" (he would sometimes call over a dozen times in one day) just didn't register. He was a nice guy, but there was something that wasn't working quite right in his head. My grandma is a social worker who has many, many years of experience dealing with children who have behavioral and learning disorders. When we described the way he acted, she said it sounded quite a bit like he could be somewhat autistic. Clearly I don't know this guy you're describing, but behavior as odd as his may have an underlying cause.

—Laser Jock
Question #44991 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've been reading the board for a LONG time. And I've noticed recently that writers have become more . . . succinct. Instead of the 1000 word diatribe on miscellaneous drivel, the writers are keeping it nice and short. And most questions are getting 1-3 responses. Perhaps I am just imagining this, but a few years ago, a person could ask a ridiculously lame question and still have many writers write in with totally useless comments. Now it's the librarian citing to something in the archives or a simple "I don't know." I'm not whining, I'm simply observing. Well, maybe I am whining a little. I know, I know, I'm getting what I paid for, but in any case, here's my question: what has happened? The tenor of the board has certainly changed. Who can we point the pointing finger of blame at? The latest crop of writers? The increasing lameness of questions asked to the board? The questioner registration system? The recession? I was wondering if perhaps there is a writer shortage, and the current workload for any given writer has significantly increased, meaning that any given writer's considerable talent will be spread like too little butter over too much bread. I just want this place to be the circus it was a few years ago. Make it happen, please!!!!

Love always,
Your Adoring Fan Lucy

A: Dear Faithful Fan,

I can think of a couple of factors that have changed things. First, you're right: our question count is up quite a bit compared to several years ago, and we're pretty busy trying to keep up with everyone, and make sure they get good answers. That doesn't leave as much time for the kind of answer you're talking about.

The other factor is that we've been trying to focus on quality answers. I can remember several times when the editors have sent out messages reminding writers to try to keep it on-topic, and to refrain from posting answers like "I don't know the answer, but I think horses are cool." This doesn't mean we don't have some lengthy, fun-to-read answers that spice things up—just check out some of the recent stories by Rating Pending or Dragon Lady. Lots of writers chip in with other funny or brilliant answers, but not every answer is that way, and I think that's okay. If we became more obscure and had a lighter question load, we could do this more, but we like reaching a wider audience.

Finally, you're also partly referring to what we call the "Golden Age of the Board" syndrome. To quote Uffish Thought from Board Question #36420:
I've long believed that there's never been a "golden age." Everyone remembers the "good old days" of the Board, and I really think they don't exist. Everyone remembers the days when they first started reading with fondness--it's the version of the Board they fell in love with. But there were people then wishing that we'd go back to the way we were when they started reading. Of course we won't remain constant. We choose writers who will bring themselves to the answering, so that they can be passionate about doing this, and enjoy it, since yes, it comes out in our answers. But that means the feel of the Board is always, always changing. Even if we only kept the same writers, they're growing and changing, too. You can't read the same Board twice. (Ha!)
With all of that said, we really value feedback from readers; for most of us, it's been a while since we were on that side of the Board, and we forget exactly what it's like. We frequently discuss this exact type of thing, and we're always trying to figure out what we can do better. Please feel free to e-mail us at theboard@byu.edu any time; I promise that we carefully consider any suggestions or thoughts you may have, including this one. Thanks for the suggestion!

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Lucy,

If you can pinpoint a specific time frame for this "Golden Age," I'd be happy to give you more information in terms of relative staff size, number of questions submitted on a daily basis, or general tone of question answering.

It should also be noted that our older writers tend to be more succinct in their responses, while newer writers tend to give longer, more detailed responses. That said, some of our newest writers haven't been answering much lately, which may explain any recent dip in answer length.

- Katya
A: Dear Lucy,

Í’m going to weave you a tale that will cause your eyes to brim with tears, then you will soon find that your sides are ripping with laughter, and finally as you conclude my story you will breathe a slow sigh of contentment. It is a magnificent and heroic epic of the brave men and the wise women of the Board.

However, in favor of being concise, Í’m just going to say that the different writers come and later leave. They all have different writing styles and this causes changes in the types of answers that yoú’ll get. The Board itself changes as some new writers come and old writers go. It́’s the natural order of things.

-The Cheeky Chickie
Question #44970 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear Omniscient Astronomers,

How do we get pictures of the Milky Way, since we are inside it? The first analogy I think of is asking someone who's permanently housebound what their house looks like from the outside. I'm not coming up with any logical solutions.

Thanks!

Cassiopeia

A: Dear Cassiopeia,

If you're talking about pictures that show the "pinwheel" shape of the galaxy, you're right. We can't see that, since we're in the same plane as most of the rest of the stars. We can still see the stars around us—for instance, when you see the Milky Way in the sky, you're actually seeing the galactic core and the other stars in the galactic plane, spreading out from it in a band. But if you see a picture of the Milky Way Galaxy as a spiral, it's just an artist's depiction of what ours probably looks like, based on other spiral galaxies.

You could also be asking how we know our galaxy is a spiral galaxy in the first place; that's a very good question. From studying other galaxies, we know what types of stars tend to be found in the arms of spiral galaxies. Looking at our own galaxy, then, we can see where these types of stars are the densest, and look for patterns in where they're grouped. By so doing, we can tell that the Milky Way Galaxy is a barred-spiral galaxy. (See this site for more, which is where I got much of the information in this paragraph.)

—Laser Jock
Question #44950 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Me and some friends were wondering what some terrifying titles would be for a Death Lord, you know, something that strikes fear into the hearts of men?
I try to think up titles, but it seems that I only make up ones with double entendres by accident, such as The Twisted Nether.
So can you provide a list of titles that would deal with doom, destruction, anarchy, etc? Thank you.

- The Envoker of Diefic Paroxysims

A: Dear The Lover of Fancy Words,

So this question has been sitting here for a while and nobody's answered it. I think the reason is that any such title, out of context, tends to start sounding kind of cheesy. I just think of titles like The Master of Disaster, The King of Sting, The Dancing Destroyer, The Count of Monte Fisto... ok, wait, maybe I'm just thinking of Apollo Creed, not a so-called Death Lord. Fine, let's see what I can come up with...

The Harbinger of Hades
The President of Paralyzing Pain
The Fomenter of Fear
The Eruption of Destruction


Hmmm, ok, too much alliteration and rhyming. How about...

The CEO of Death, Inc.

Ok, seriously, I'm going to come up with a serious one now...

The Master of Malevolence
The Incarnation of Desolation
The Apparition of Decomposition
The Hoarder of Disorder
The Stalker of Styx


Dang it! Ok, for reals this time, this is going to be a good one...

hmm...

uh...

The Guru of Screw You?

Look, I'm sorry, but I don't think I'm going to be able to help you. Unless you need a boxing promoter.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #44928 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a great ideas for inventions or ways to make products better or more user-friendly. However, I have no way of making these products or improvements myself. Is there any way I could tell a company about this and have them do it? Would I get any money from suggesting an idea to a company?

- TM

A: Dear TM,

Unless you worked for a company or you have gotten a product/idea/invention patented, then there isn't really a very good way to make money off of your ideas. If you'd like to make suggestions, then most companies have e-mail addresses where you can send them comments. And sometimes you will see those things come to pass. My mom one time sent in the idea for a Halloween themed porcelain doll. The next Halloween, they came out with the very thing she suggested! It was very cool but my mom sure didn't get anything out of it.

If you keep on having good ideas then maybe you should consider getting a job for one of these companies where your ideas can be listened to while you are getting paid!

~Krishna
Question #44893 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Life savers wint-o-green mints are my favorite candy. For various reasons.

1. They taste good.
2. Sometimes you get 1 and 1/2 in a single wrapper.
3. They spark.
4. When you get the ones that practically dissolve in your mouth, you're in heaven.

My question pertains to #4. Lately, I've been having trouble finding the soft ones that crumble in your mouth. Why? Have they changed the way they make them? Or could it be that the mints have to be a certain age before they go soft?

- xkcd 205

A: Dear xkcd205,

I also love the Life-Savers mints and they are my brother's favorite candy as well (we sent him on his mission with a big bag). I think I know what you're talking about...but maybe not. While they all dissolve in your mouth, I think I may have had one or two dissolve at a faster rate. No information I can find indicates they have changed how they are made and I had one that was almost a year old the other day (my brother had left a bag in his truck) and I didn't notice faster dissolving. So, I guess it's up to more trial and error. Any excuse to get more, right?!

- steen
Question #44683 posted on 05/12/2008 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are the top five most awkward moments (or top 1, but Rating Pending said top 5), in your life? (Board Question #44547)I don't go out in public enough to have any, otherwise I would share.

- Recluse

A: Dear Brown Recluse,

Well, I've listed most of my worst ones already...see here and here.

And just to clarify, yes, I do associate awkward with embarrassing. But that might just be me.

-Claudio
A: Dear Recluse,

The funniest one I can think of right now happened in a conversation with my mentor:

Him: So, how's your love life?
Me: Fine, how's yours?
Him: Just great!
Me: ...
Him: Wasn't that awkward!

-Whistler
A: Dear Rupert Bleakley,

1. The time I rode up the escalator by accident
2. That one dinner party where it was assumed I was engaged (or soon going to be)
3. When I was at work and screamed so loud the entire class heard me the next room over
4. Squealing at IHOP because my water had a black floaty in it
5. Dragon Lady pretended her fingernail was a booger, wiped it on my arm, and I squirmed

-Azriel
A: Dear Recluse,

5. The time I started to sneeze in the middle of a test in eighth grade, but stopped just after a few really loud intakes of breath. So it was pretty much the "ah-Ah-AH" without the "CHOO!" People looked at me like I was nuts.
4. Sitting next to a Russian business man on a plane while he was staring endlessly at a REALLY inappropriate ad in a newspaper.
3. Explaining to the people I babysat for how I'd managed to get a huge red stain on their beige carpet.
2. Eating lunch with my ex-boyfriend, the girl who liked him, and that girl's fiancé. The fiancé would ask awkward questions about my ex-boyfriend's and my no-longer-existent relationship when he wasn't pretending to throw knives at my ex-boyfriend, who he perceived to be some sort of rival.
1. The time my date and I got to my door and my crazy roommate opened it from inside. A very awkward conversation ensued, during which my date gave me an awkward one-armed hug and tried to sneak off. My crazy roommate would have none of this, and said, "I'm going in. Now kiss." She then slammed the door in my face. My date turned back toward me with a huge grin on his face. My roommate had locked the door. I couldn't find my keys. Somehow I made it inside in time.

~Hermia
A: Recluse,

I don't find many things awkward. I guess I just take them as a given and try to move on. The times that in my mind seem to come closest would likely include these:

1. After a long hiatus of seeing a girl I cared for, I was invited to come over and play some games and watch a movie as we had regularly done in the past. We played various things, looked at the stars, and finally went in to watch a movie. About half way through the movie she fell asleep in the arms of her boyfriend. Yeah, I was there as a sort of 'chaperone'. Not what I had envisioned.

2. While on my mission I was teaching a first lesson to a young man we had found tracting when his friends decided to come in from his pool and find out what he was up to. I think he was somewhat embarrassed to as a couple of them derided him for being 'churchy', but one of them was genuinely interested and we ended up teaching her the first lesson then and there as well. She was kind enough to have a towel on for the last half of the lesson, her cavalier attitude towards nudity apparently was not compatible with what she was feeling as we taught her.

3. Ala Brian Regan: "Have you ever guessed somebodý’s gender wrong? Theré’s no recovering from that."

4. Hmmmm. I know I have had plenty of other stories where my friends have exclaimed their surprise at the awkwardness of a situation, but none are coming to mind.

-TINMAN
A: Dear Recluse,

So, I'd just gotten back together with my boyfriend the night before, and stayed out really late with him...talking. The next morning at around 5 am, I sort of woke up, but was still asleep...and I kind of got out of bed and started sleepwalking, and I was still dreaming about our getting back together. I dreamed that he was there talking to me, just asking me how my night was, and I was smiling and flirting really hard with him...and as my mind started to get clearer, I realized all of a sudden that the person I was talking to, for real, was not my boyfriend, but my roommate. Who was wide awake, and really, really weirded out.

-Still embarrassed about it