Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus
Question #47620 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

RE: Board Question #47549

While this may have varied from university to university, I was a member of Lambda Delta Sigma, the LDS sorority. Our brother fraternity was Sigma Gamma Chi (Service to God & Country). Shortly after I married, both were replaced with LDSSA. Either way, Lambda Delta Sigma was the sorority, not the fraternity.

- The Mathemagician

A: Dear Mathemagician,

Thanks for the clarification!

- Katya
Question #47600 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Regarding Board Question #47538.

Wow. You probably could have done more research on this one. I understand the Board’s lack of interest in answering trivial questions about specific cities in random states but, Prop 8 is a big deal in California right now.

Here’s my experience: My husband and I just moved back to Utah from California about three weeks ago. We lived in a suburb of San Francisco and while we were living in that ward, we were VERY exposed to everything Prop 8. Without fail, every week our bishopric read us a letter from the Church about the importance of marriage and families and becoming politically involved in protecting them. One week our bishop spent 15-20 minutes going over The Family: A Proclamation to the World—in Sacrament meeting. And, on several occasions, our third hour meetings were combined Priesthood/Relief Society to go over the same stuff.

At first, we were just being asked to donate of our time and means to help pass Prop 8. At first, no specifics were being given about how much we were supposed to donate. But as the organization of our efforts got underway, our stake was given a fundraising goal and in turn gave our ward a goal. As a ward, our goal was $10,000. Ten thousand. For our ward. Granted we did live in a decently affluent area but still. Imagine the stake’s goal.

In order to meet our ward goal, our bishopric set a general goal for every family donate no less that $100. Additionally, specific families were asked to donate substantially more. (I’ve heard of families that were asked to pay up to $5,000 each the last time Prop 8 was being vote on.) Those donations were to be made payable to, “a broad-based coalition of California families, community leaders, religious leaders, pro-family organizations and individuals… support[ing] Proposition 8.”

Finally, people were also being asked to help walk the streets, knocking on doors to talk to people about Prop 8. They were asked to participate in calling all registered voters and talking to them about Prop 8. They were asked to pass out fliers about Prop 8. And I’m not talking like, “Hey, do you think maybe you might be able to some time talk to your neighbors about how important families are?” I’m talking like, “Which of these days and times can you sign up for our organized effort to go down these specific streets to pass out these specific fliers?”

To be fair to those that tried to answer the question, I will admit that there would be some variation from ward to ward as to how much supporting Prop 8 is being promoted and what goals are being given to each stake/ward. The reason being that the Church is supposed to remain politically neutral . Because of that, there is only so much that the bishop of a ward can say over the pulpit about the subject. Our bishop was verrrry careful about what he said to the ward.

It’s unfortunate too because, once you know about Prop 8 and why it’s so important to the state, the Church, your family, you, your kids, etc., you’re more willing to help.

For more information, see

- Lavish

A: Dear Lavish,

Thanks for the follow up. You've effectively answered the questions originally asked. (If requests for specific amounts of money are being made, and to whom the money is being donated.) I would like to point out that it appears that "the Church" is not the entity making the request. It seems that each decision is being made on the Stake level, as my contacts in California are not few and I also came up with no evidence of specific requests for donations.

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.(LXXI,1-2)

A: Dear Lavish~

Now, in my defense, I did talk to two individual Californians, and each told me, in their way, that the Church was doing no such thing. I figured two first-person accounts was pretty good research, actually, and I will continue to pat myself on the back about it.

As a former Board writer, you also understand that there's really an infinite amount of research that could be done on any question, so that point is moot and a little baffling.

Nonetheless, thanks for that clarification. I suspected there wasn't a uniformity in how Californian wards and stakes were reacting, and the additional information is appreciated.

Question #47582 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Response to the daily universe question:

The reason I never took a paper from the 5th floor, and Im there quite often, is because of the sticker that suggests that we leave a donation to help cover printing costs :)

- Anonymous

Question #47578 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Regarding Board Question #47468, i just wanted to say that im not trying to forge a vendetta with any writers (and especially not against Hobbes' death squad). i was just curious...

- fujiwara tofu (who is content to wait as long as it takes, and very grateful for the board)

A: Dear fujiwara tofu~

Heh, it's cool. The vendetta was to make dang sure your question didn't go over hours and had little to do with the personal hatred we'd no doubt have for one another if we met.

As for the Death Squad, you're never really safe from them. (Heck, I'm never really safe from them!) It's a good idea to always watch your back with those guys roaming campus.

Question #47575 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I think most students are confused as freshmen when they walk into a building on campus and they're on the second or third floor. However, as a senior I'm still confused about why when one enters the MARB he or she is on the third floor with the lower floor being the second floor, and no apparent way to get to a first floor. Having spent a third of my college career in this wretched building (honestly, why are there no windows?), I'd like to explore the last crannies before I go.

- Bored out of my mind in 454

A: Dear Bored,

The MARB doesn't have a first floor. The ground floor of the MARB is labeled as 200s so it will match the adjoining floor of the Widstoe building, which does have a 100s level.

A: Dear bored,

See also Board Question #10480.

- the librarian
A: Dear Bored~

The first floor is the location of our secret lair. It's funny; we've been there for years and you're one of very few people to notice.

Anyway, I'd better post this answer before The Board's Secrecy Enforcement Team (SET) arrives and...

Oh, oh... oh NOOOOOOO!!!


~Hobbes (signed in blood, naturally)
Question #47574 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the average number of children in an LDS family?

- Abby

A: Dear Abster:

The Pew Forum has done recent research (I was linked to it from a February blog post) on many religious traditions in America, and I used this page to calculate the approximate number of children (admittedly, under 18 and living at home) per LDS adult. Using the formula

.50*0+.14*1+.14*2+.12*3+.10*5 (I approximated "over 4" to be "5")

we get 1.28. A mathematician told me to multiply by 2.5 ("Do most people have a bum uncle living with them?" I queried. Turns out it is to account for unmarried adults; i.e., "in other words, the number of adults is about 2.5 times greater than the number of families."), which brings us to 3.2. This seems like a reasonable estimate for number of children living in the homes of their American, LDS, parents. The number will go up if you take those not in the United States (our members abroad tend to live in countries whose families have many children, like Mexico, as opposed to, say, Finland) into account, and if you consider all children, not just those at home.

My ballpark guess, all things considered? Four.

Question #47572 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

You've all seen them. The random sportsfan that shows up at pro games wearing a rainbow afro wig and holding a sign that says John 3:16. What is the deal with these guys? What does the scripture have to do with sports?

- that girl

A: Dear the girl~

Well, I'm not sure what's up with the rainbow afro, but the sign is actually just a way for Christians to express their faith by publicizing what they feel is the most important scripture in the Bible. It's not terribly common here in Utah, but you'll see John 3:16 all over the place as you travel the United States.

I once saw it in the fine print of a restaurant cup. That's my running favorite.

Question #47571 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I currently have my recipes on index cards in a box. I'd really like to get a blank recipe book where I can write in my own recipes. But I can't find them anywhere. I did find this website ( but I really don't like the available covers. Where can I find an attractive blank recipe book for a good price?

- Pen Chef

A: Dear Pan Chef,

My mom got me a black recipe binder at Target, is that what you were thinking of? It had a picture of a pear on the front, but maybe that's not cool enough for you.

A: Dear Chef:


Question #47569 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My roommate and I were discussing last night the worst reasons to start a new relationship. (This came up because I found out that my ex-boyfriend is going to be in town next month, and much to my chagrin, my knee-jerk reaction was, "Holy cow! I'd better start dating someone else before he gets here.") So, O ye wise ones, what are some other terrible reasons to date?

- Emiliana

A: Dear Emiliana,

There are definitely some bad reasons to start dating someone. Here are a few I thought of, in no particular order:

1. Rebound
2. To cuddle or make out
3. Trophy girlfriend/boyfriend (looks/status/career)
4. By accident
5. Celebrity status
6. Admiration (without accompanying attraction)
7. For favors (like computer support)
8. Pity
9. Habit
10. Being pressured or manipulated into it (by them or others)

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Emiliana,

Because you're pregnant, you don't remember the name of the father, and your baby needs a daddy. (That's from My Name Is Earl, NOT from my own life, thanks.)

- Katya
A: Dear Emiliana~

For American citizenship.

Or a far worse reason:

For Russian citizenship. (A bad idea not only because it doesn't strictly work.*)


<tiny>*Вери мне, я попытался
A: Dear Ethel,

Because you fell in love with his masked, on-line personality.

-Polly Esther
A: Dear,

Because a mutual friend of yours really approves of the idea.

-songs of inexperience
Question #47568 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is the City of Enoch a Mormon attempt to connect with Christianity? if not then why is the city important?


A: Dear theotherone,



Huh???? What???

I'll be honest, I have no idea how your first question makes any sense. If the City of Enoch is a major point of doctrine in "mainstream" Christianity, I've never heard about it. The City of Enoch is not an attempt by any denomination to connect with any other denomination, as far as I'm aware.

It's just a city. Not a marketing campaign.

The City of Enoch is important from a Mormon perspective in that it shows that God is willing to bless those who are righteous far beyond what we traditionally consider to be "normal life." It is also important because, according to prophecy, it will again return to the Earth after the Second Coming. Further importance of the subject is entirely based on what individuals can learn from the story. In principle, it has the same importance as any other scriptural tale, such as that of Daniel and the Lion's Den—if you can learn something from it, great. If not, don't stress over it.

A: Dear theotherone~

If you think Mormons go out of their way to make their doctrine compatible with mainstream Christianity, you clearly haven't done your homework on the Mormons.

A: Dear theotherone,

Your question is confusing for a couple of different reasons; it might well be similar to asking a Catholic if the idea of holy relics was a Catholic attempt to connect with people who believe in the Bible. Or asking a non-denominational Christian if their use of the cross was an attempt to connect to people who had faith.

First off, the City of Enoch isn't a doctrine of the Church that is often referred to, and isn't often challenged by those of other faiths. Most who believe in the book of Genesis (Christians, Jews, Arabs) all agree that God took him from the Earth prematurely (see Gen. 5:24). The members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that Enoch had founded a city that was also taken up into heaven. -Here I am going to make a couple of assumptions, forgive me if I guess incorrectly. I presume you are not referring to a city that was taken from the earth years before Noah's flood. I would guess that you are drawing a connection to the Rapture and the Latter-day Saint's view that the City of Enoch shall return. The similarities exist (moreso in the minds of some than in doctrine), but I do not think they are all that alike. For those who do not know of the Rapture I will endeavor to elucidate: it is the name given to the time when Christ shall return to Earth, instigating the First Resurrection and then transporting all the righteous living up to Him and granting them the blessings of the Resurrection (much akin to the LDS doctrine of translation). The return of the City of Enoch is based off of a scripture in the book of Moses:
I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.
And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom... And there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest. (Moses 7:62-64)
The timing (pre-millennial) is similar, and the supporters of one idea will often point to the same verses of scripture to 'give evidence' of their belief as the proponents of the other. Shy of that, the doctrines are not too terribly similar.

Another reason your question seems odd to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that you mention an attempt to connect with Christians. You will note in my (admittedly rough) attempts at parallel questions, just as most Catholics consider themselves to be believers of the Bible and most non-denominational Christians consider themselves to be people of faith, so too do most 'Mormons' consider themselves to be Christian. It is a little startling to be asked if a certain minor doctrine is an attempt to connect to a group that you are already intrinsically a part of.

Anyway, that is a long-winded explanation as to why we (and perhaps anyone else you may have asked this question) may have reacted by being somewhat shocked by it. On to the rest of your question.

The City of Enoch is important to Latter-day Saints for a couple of reasons. As was mentioned before, its return is associated with the Second Coming of Christ, an event to be eagerly anticipated and dutifully prepared for. Historically it was a city of powerful import, as it was so righteous in a time of such wickedness. As Sodom and Gomorrah stood as the bastions of all that is evil in the world, so did the City of Enoch stand as a citadel of purity. (The city was named Zion which is the Hebrew word for "citadel" or "fortress" [צִיּוֹן, tzyon or tsion].)
And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them. -Moses 7:18
This Zion, like the other Zions in the scriptures, was a gathering place of those attempting to flee the sins of the world, a place where like-minded people could all strive to live in the safety of the Lord. In one manner, members of the LDS faith believe they are living in Zion, as their faith in Christ provides a shelter from the storms of Satan. In another manner, they are striving to build Zion, seeking to strengthen their communities and homes against the struggles yet to come. In yet another manner, the Saints are looking forward to the arrival of Zion, the peace and safety that will come only when Christ Himself returns and brings the world His rest.

Is not the way of heaven like the stretching of a bow?
The high it presses down,
The low it lifts up;
The excessive it takes from,
The deficient it gives to.(LXXVII,1-5)

Question #47567 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear Women of the 100 Hour Board (and any men that have anything to add),

How do you feel about Relief Society? I have a good friend who thinks it is a complete waste of time, and her views on the subject have recently gotten even more cynical, to the point that she now refuses to go. She still attends Sacrament Meeting, and occasionally Sunday School, but she always leaves before RS. I agree that there are some pretty ridiculous moments, but I think it does have something to offer. What are your thoughts about Relief Society? And is there anything I can do to help my friend enjoy it more?

- Dorothy

A: Dear D:

Relief Society does have its moments, from doily-clad centerpiece obsession to snarky, insensitive comments. However, I think this is the exception, rather than the rule, and some of my best lessons have been in Relief Society. I think it is a marked improvement over Young Women's.

As a seventeen-year-old, I got to see firsthand what my ward's Relief Society was all about by being instituted as its president for a summer. Sure, it never occurred to me to have a "good news minute," and I surreptitiously concealed that silly tablecloth in my scripture case while walking to church, but I really did try to help the women in my ward, and I really did pray about things as seemingly inconsequential as Visiting Teaching assignments or music conductors, and I did stay up later and get up earlier than I might have liked trying to balance everything. The point is, the Relief Society leaders are likely doing their best, and it's up to your friend what she wants to get out of it.

That being said, sometimes I need to take a break from various Church-type things (sometimes one more faux-friendly FHE seems like it could be enough to do me in, and I just need to go the Malt Shoppe, instead), so I think your friend would be more benefited by thinking of any hours spent outside the mauve-painted walls as temporary breathers, not a permanent boycott.

What can you do to help? By not being one of the women making doctrinally unsound comments, for one thing. (Sunday School seems much worse for that.) And hounding people usually only drives them further away: just be a supportive friend, and realize that she's still plugging through and renewing her baptismal covenants, which is more than many can say.

Question #47565 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I love the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's pretty much hilarious. I also love one of the songs in the movie and would like to purchase it, except it's not listed in the credits-tragedy. I was wondering if you could figure it out for me. It's the song they play as Ferris, Cameron, and Sloan are driving away in the Ferrari from Mr. Rooney at the high school. I know it starts off with a pretty sweet guitar riff, and then moves into the lyrics, "Beat city, now! now! Beat beat beat beat beat CITY!!..."

Thanks a million!
- Boardshorts

A: Dear Boardshorts,

The name of the song is (unsurprisingly) "Beat City," written and performed by Ben Watkins & Adam Peters (The Flowerpot Men).

FYI, if the credits don't have the soundtrack info you need, IMDb's soundtrack listing will often come through for you (especially for a cult classic such as Ferris Bueller).

- Katya
Question #47564 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Tell me how to say "Let's eat!" in every language that you can.

- I know that's technically not a question.

A: Dear person~

Давайте есть! (Davaitye yest!)

~Hobbes knows some others, but will let other writers cover those.
A: Dear stater of the obvious,

English- Let's eat.
Spanish- Comamos
Italian- Mangiamo
French- Mangeons

--Gray Ghost
A: Dear knower,

Well, le fantôme gris stole the French answer, so I'll give you German: "Essen wir!"

- Katya
A: Dear you,

دعنا نأكل

Question #47560 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Have any of you successfully changed yourself from a non-morning person to a morning person? I am SO not a morning person. I wake up the latest I possibly can to get dressed and be on time to where I am going, but never earlier. I rarely wake up before (or within any kind of time vicinity to when) the sun rises. Like, never. Those rare days when I wake up to have plenty of time in the silence of the morning I LOVE it. But those times are few and far between. No matter how early I go to bed, I can't pull myself out of bed at a reasonably early hour. Any tips? And has anyone else done this successfully? I want to have that time in the morning. Maybe I just don't want it enough though.

- Sleeping Beauty

A: Dear Sleeping ~

I wouldn't say I'm your ideal success case, but I'm definitely more of a morning person than I used to be. How did I do it? I married Yellow. (Please do not follow my example.) No matter how late that boy goes to bed, he's up with the sun. (Which, thankfully, isn't until 7 or 8.) Now that school has started, he's better at sleeping later because school is exhausting him. But when he'd wake up, it'd wake me up. This was bad for me because, unlike Yellow, I need at least 8 hours of sleep in order to have enough energy to get through the day. So I started to be really sleepy every day. One day I was having a bad day and fell asleep, clothes and all, at 9 pm. I woke up the next morning at 5 (8 hours later) and couldn't fall back asleep. So by 10 the next night, I was exhausted. So I went to bed at 10 and woke up at a decent hour the next day. I started to find that when I got to work at 8 or 9 instead of at 10 or 11, I got a lot more done. I started to feel so much more productive at work. I liked the feeling, so I started going to bed around 10 every night. And then the weekend hit... and that brings us to today.

So... I'm not a morning person yet. But I'm working on it. I'd suggest you get yourself into a habit of going to bed by 10. Then when your alarm goes off, get up. Don't hit snooze 10 times like I tend to do. Just get up. You may be a bit sleepy at first, because your body isn't used to such early mornings, but just keep going. See how productive you can be. Then do it again. Make a habit of it. It's not gonna be easy at first. But keep at it.

And yes, you have to want it, else your motivation will be gone when your alarm goes off.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Sleeping Beauty~

I agree with Dragon Lady one gajillion percent. I'm currently trying to make that difficult transition to a morning person, and boy howdy, it isn't easy.

Once I get there, though, I'll track you down and you, Dragon Lady and I will go celebrate with an early morning hot chocolate.

Question #47555 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I need student tickets for the Nov.8th football game against San Diego State. I don't live in the area. Where could I find someone willing to sell 2 tickets?

Mom of 7

A: Dear Mom,

I would try checking and re-checking Provo's If you hurry, there are currently (September 22 being "currently") three listings that may interest you.

A: Dear Ethel,

You can also try looking at Stubhub, which is owned by eBay. They have quite a few tickets.

-Polly Esther
Question #47551 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Thanks so much guys to the answers to question: Board Question #47418

However, unfortunately, the only replier that attempted a response lacked any informational substance. PLEASE, MARRIED PEOPLE respond to this question. You can share your opinion if you feel less comfortable. Or given the nature of the subject and the personal implications of the response, feel free to answer it anonymously. I NEED SOME REAL HELP AS MY BISHOP HAS NOT GIVEN ANY COUNSEL

Thanks in advance for sharing more than 2 sentences.

- Anonymous

A: Dear Anon,

OK, let me explain how your last question went down. I actually gave it a lot of thought. I asked the opinions of others. I talked about how every Board writer should post their opinions and how great this answer could be.

Then I went into the question, all set to write out a long list of my opinions, and then I read steen's response.

I stopped right in my tracks. I read and reread it. And I realized that it was the best possible answer someone could give to this question.

Here's the deal: the Angel Moroni is not going to show up in your bedroom, open a scroll, and read you a list of thou shalt nots. This is why God has given us the gift of the Holy Ghost and why he has given us the gift of agency. We have the opportunity to choose what we will and won't do, and we have the Spirit of God to approve or disapprove of those choices. Finally, in this case, he has given you a spouse who loves you more than they love themselves. What that means is that they will treat you with the respect and love you deserve and will say "OK" when you say "No." It also means that you can discuss things with them, and that if you're both comfortable with it, you can give it a shot. If you are staying close to the Spirit of the Lord, you will know when you are going down dark paths. When you feel that, realize that this is not something you ought to be doing, and correct it.

The Pharisees wanted a hedge about the law. They wanted an exacting list of everything that could be considered virtue or vice. That is not the system of the Kingdom of God, and not the way we should seek to be right now. Trust me, as one who has had a rather notable change of heart due to your last question, this question is not one that can or will be empirically answered for you by a bunch of BYU students. It may be answered by a prophet of God, but there are no such answers right now. You've been taught righteous princples; now govern yourself.

A: Dear Anon~

Am I the only person who can see Portia's response to that question or something?

~Hobbes, married to his ego
A: Dear anon,

Discussion of sex is a very sensitive topic, and as such I shall refrain from using actual words to discuss these matters. Therefore, I will answer this question through the ancient and sacred art of pantomime!



*cracks knuckles*



*big grin*

*thumbs up*

*air high-fives all around*

A: Dear anon,

Wow, you're coming across as very demanding. What's with the shouting (all caps)? First, you didn't address your original question to just the married people of the Board, so you have no grounds to get upset that an unmarried person also answered. And second, we already did try to give you the "real help" you're asking for once again. You hinted at the answer yourself in your first question, and steen nailed it. Like Claudio, I had nothing left to say after reading her response. Portia also gave her opinion, which you seem to be ignoring. For some reason you decided to ask again, but less politely. Just calm down, and if we make a mistake or overlook some part of your question, try writing in politely next time. In this case, though, I'm confused about what else you're demanding of us.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Hobbes:

Nope, it's out there for the world to see, but our questioner doubts my ethos, because of my unmarried status.

Or something.

Question #47542 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So you guys seem to always have interesting, very sarcastic relationship advice (especially Polly Esther), so I figured I might as well throw my hat in the ring. I'm friends with this girl, and the reason we know each other is because my best friend dated her before he left on his mission, and he talked about me all the time. A few months after I got home, she looked me up, and we've been hanging out a lot ever since. She was really unsure whether to wait for him or not, so he told her to go and date whoever she wanted, but he still likes her and hopes to get back together when he gets home. The thing is, we have a blast together, and she's been a lot happier. She was in this shell while she waited for him, and now she's really outgoing, and there's just a different light about her. I've told her that I like her, and she said she liked me too (rather High school I know), but she just needs a friend right now. So I guess the question is, do I pursue a relationship? Or do I just leave it alone, and ignore that I like her and just be her friend?

- Twisted and confused

A: Dear Twisted~

Yes. The rules of engagement are with you on this one. Kick-start that relationship and run with it.

A: Dear Not surprising,

I'm with Hobbes here. I think that if you were to attempt "ignoring that you like her", it would make "just being her friend" quite strenuous. If you care for her, do what is best for her. If he cares for her, he will want the same, even if it means he must find someone else.

This is called the mysterious female.(VI,2)

A: Dear Twisted ~

"I've told her that I like her, and she said she liked me too (rather High school I know), but she just needs a friend right now."

Ummm... what part of this conversation is confusing? Guys always complain that girls are confusing and they never know what to do. I applaud you for talking to her about it. However, I would strongly suggest that after talking to her, you listen to what she says.

I'm not saying that you will never have the chance to pursue a relationship with her. I'm saying that right now she has told you that she wants a friend. If you respect her at all, then you will live up to that wish. She will appreciate your respect for her wishes, and she will be more likely to trust you in future. And really, if what you want is a relationship, shouldn't you build it on respect and trust?

~ Dragon Lady
Question #47503 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When I type in my browser's address bar I start out with a view of the entire United States. Is this what happens when anyone from anywhere in the world first arrives at google maps or did they look at my IP address and show me the US based on that? I'm just wondering what people in Europe, Asia, Australia, etc... see when they first go to google maps.

- 3-D WorldRunner

A: Dear Ethel,

I tried a myriad of methods with Google Maps to understand how it works. I managed to route my IP address through Germany, Brazil, Australia, (even China), I changed my browser's locale to Spanish, French and Portuguese - all of these still returned a map centered on the USA when visiting

However, If you visit you get a map centered on Brazil or centers on Australia. So as it turns out, is always centered on the USA no matter where you access it from, but if you're in Australia, you're probably using and getting the Australian version (although it can be accessed from anywhere in the world, rather than just Australia). Also, China blocks google maps completely as far as I can tell, but that isn't terribly surprising to anyone.

-Polly Esther
Question #47498 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was watching a gent with an artificial leg and I thought "That is the coolest dang contraption!" It had a shock absorber in it and that got me to thinking, how much do our tibias and fibulae spread apart when we put ordinary walking pressure on them? They give me the impression that they are sort of vertical leaf springs, how much like leaf springs are they really?

- Le Vicompte de Chagny

A: Dear Ethel,

The fibula and tibia are not meant to be used as leaf springs. In fact, these bones undergo a process called ossification to make them stronger and harder than other bones in your body. The tibia is the larger and stronger of the two and supports the majority of the weight of your body. The fibula is smaller and is mostly used for attaching muscle to. Most of the impact when walking is absorbed by the movement of the ankle and knee and the muscles used to support them. Conversely, while running, since you land on the ball of your foot instead of your heel, most energy is absorbed and stored in your Achilles and other tendons in your leg. If you'd like to read more about the tibia, fibula and absorbing impact of running vs. walking you can check out these articles.

Since the gentleman's artificial leg doesn't have the needed muscles and movement to absorb the impact, the design is able to compensate for that.

-Polly Esther
Question #47483 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was watching X-Men: The Last Stand where the fire kid and the ice kid were fighting and it made me wonder, what are the most exothermic and endothermic reactions known to man?

- the cultured paramecium

A: Dear Ethel,

Currently, the most exothermic reaction known to man is nuclear fusion (which is what powers the sun). If you are simply referring to a chemical reaction, as opposed to the inclusion of nuclear reactions, then thermite is also quite powerful exuding 851.5 kJ/mol.

As far as endothermic reactions go, I couldn't find very many notable ones, although mixing solid barium hydroxide octahydrate and ammonium thiocyanate is the most endothermic of all the reactions I found. I would imagine reversing the flow of entropy would be most difficult (seeing as it would require an impossible amount of energy to do so).

-Polly Esther
Question #47470 posted on 09/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In Board Question #46386 Galinda asked about wicked tickets and I'm wondering if we've had any updates since then. Time is slowly ticking down to show time (too slowly for my taste, there are still over 7 months to go) and I want to make sure I get tickets early.


A: Dear Ethel,

Sorry this took so long, the days when they were there, I wasn't able to call and the times I called, no one answered. It was a little ridiculous for one phone call.

In any case, the tickets go on sale on December 12th and the guy at the office didn't say how much they'd be. I guess we can wait another three weeks and try again and see how long this game can go for.

-Polly Esther