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Question #91246 posted on 05/16/2018 6:54 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Protein shakes and the like always seem to have really high levels of cholesterol in them, would that usually be good cholesterol or bad cholesterol?

-My Name Here


Dear My Name Here,

So, there's really no such thing as "good cholesterol" and "bad cholesterol." There's just cholesterol. When you hear the terms "good cholesterol" and "bad cholesterol" being tossed around, what that's actually referring to is high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which are cholesterol transporters. Having a higher ratio of LDLs compared to HDLs is a strong indicator that something is wrong with your cardiovascular system. It doesn't cause the problem itself, it's a symptom of it. This is just a basic summary but if you'd like to dig deeper, you can always read the Wikipedia page on cholesterol. Also, be sure to check out this article from the Harvard Health Blog, this other article from ScienceDaily, and one last article from PubMEd on the current scientific conclusions about dietary cholesterol. Turns out, it might not be the enemy scientists used to think it was.

If you're trying to cut back on cholesterol in general, I'd recommend a protein shake sourced from plants. I drink Orgain Protein Powder, which has zero dietary cholesterol because it's sourced from plants; however, I typically mix it with cow's milk, which does contain some dietary cholesterol. My husband drinks Optimum Nutrition, which is sourced from whey, and does contain some dietary cholesterol on its own. 

-Sky Bones

Question #91257 posted on 05/16/2018 4:42 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm taking an intensive spring term at BYU that require a lot of reading and studying. I don't enjoy studying at the library as I'm far more productive at home. (Plus the library is far away and I'm hungry all the time) I require peace and quiet, and I'm unable to listen to music while I study. I have great ears, which is my downfall.

We have neighbors who have sex every 12 hours, loudly throughout the day. The only place I can't hear them is in the bathroom, but I'm not going to resort studying in the bathroom. I can't use ear plugs or headphones due to having a skin condition in my ears that make them painful to use. I use a fan as white noise, but I still can hear them even if I retreat to my bedroom (the bedrooms aren't stacked upon one another). The place I usually study (and is the best place to study), is closest to their bedroom. When I can listen to music, they still overpower the music. When I turn up the music loud enough, I can't study properly.

I don't know what to do.



Dear person,

That sounds frustrating. It may not be ideal but you could study somewhere other than your home or the library and bring snacks.



Dear Trapped,

You could leave your neighbors a note telling them how distracting it is to hear them have loud sex so frequently. It's possible that they aren't aware that their neighbors can hear them, and would tone it down if they knew. You could even leave it anonymously if you don't want to be super confrontational. 

If you want to be confrontational, though, this happened to a girl I visit teach, and she eventually took a recording of them to show them just how loud and distracting they were. Her neighbors were much quieter after that.




If it's every 12 hours like clockwork, you could plan to take a break from studying for that time slot. If it's less predictable, and you've got some flexibility, you could take an unplanned break from studying when it happens. If not...

  • Noise-cancelling headphones (especially plus music and fan in the background) may be helpful. I bought myself some to get through crunch grading times when my roommate is practicing her musical instruments, since she has a perfect right to do so in the house we share, and I didn't want to ask her to stop. They're not perfect, but they help. 
  • You can bite the bullet and study elsewhere (at another library, a quiet park, a friend's house, an empty classroom, whatever Provo's current Starbucks-analogue is, etc). 
  • You can (kindly, tactfully) request that they be quieter or inform them that they are audible in your apartment. It can be awkward (my friends once left a note for my neighbors on my behalf because I was too embarrassed and they correctly suspected the couple didn't realize their volume), but sex is also a normal part of life, and hopefully anyone who's having it regularly isn't ashamed of it. You can probably just leave a note that says something like "Hi neighbors, you may not be aware, but sound carries pretty well between our apartments, especially around 11pm [or whenever]. Thanks!" Of course, even after being informed of their volume, they may not care to adjust their style, and in that case you'll just have to find a passable way to get through the term. 

-Uffish Thought

Question #91249 posted on 05/16/2018 3:42 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

From what I understand, adultery used to be illegal in at least parts of the U.S. I'm assuming that's largely because of religious influence, but were/are there non-religious arguments for it?

Thank you


Dear you,

There are a variety of reasons for laws criminalizing adultery, many of which are indeed rooted in religious morality. However, there are also other logical reasons that are rooted largely in sexism.

On one hand, you could make the argument that criminalizing adultery would protect women, who relied on their husbands for financial security and had relatively few protections under the law. Punishing men who cheated on their wives could help limit the effect of wives and children left bereft of the traditional family structure and thus without a way to support themselves.

However, considering the long history of sexism, protecting women doesn't seem like the most persuasive argument. More likely, these laws were enacted in order to protect men. For instance, inheritance laws of past centuries usually left wealth and property to a couple's eldest son. Lacking the scientific knowledge for DNA testing and the like, criminalizing adultery could help ensure paternity. It also would allow a husband better grounds for divorce if he suspected or had evidence of adultery. In times when a wife was viewed more as property than a partner, it would also help protect the husband's investment in his wife by discouraging infidelity.




Dear you,

Personally, I think there's actually a decent, gender-equitable argument for making adultery civilly illegal. (Not going to go into criminal legality). Specifically, a legal marriage is a relationship willingly entered by consenting parties, generally with an understanding that certain conduct (including, as relevant here, divorce) will not occur within the relationship. Violation of those expectations is fundamentally opposed to the relationship, and often results in divorce, which often results in both concrete and intangible harm to the wronged party. Summary? I think you should be able to sue someone for committing adultery against you if they agreed not to. Basically a breach of contract. So, at least when it comes to civil liability, there's a good argument to me for making the person who violated the "contract" liable for the reasonably foreseeable damages (for example, the costs of both parties' attorneys in the divorce) resulting from the harm.

See also.

~Anne, Certainly

posted on 05/16/2018 5:28 p.m.
new york still has a law on the books for adultery. while it's rarely enforced, it does play a part in family law

Question #91203 posted on 05/16/2018 3:05 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was looking at http://100hourboard.org/questions/91191/. I thought that the policy was that you would answer the question within 100 hours. Indeed, you write this on your "About Us" page:
"The Board is a BYU online forum of volunteer students who answer any question they are asked within 100 hours."

However, on the link that I just provided, you said that the soonest you ever will answer any question is 100 hours. That seems to contradict your statement on the "About Us" page? Which is it? If it's the latter, at what point did the board change its mission from answering questions within 100 hours (with some exceptions for hard questions) to answering questions with a delay of at least 100 hours? Did I misunderstand how this works?

-My Name Here


Dear MNH,

Current Board policy is that all Board answers should post to the Board 100 hours after they have been asked. This is largely due to how the Board is coded; you can read more about that here. The posting-before-100-hours thing probably happened when the Board was physical, and also was a thing until at least 2004, as noted by Luciana in her abbreviated history of the Board. 

That being said, this year especially has been a bit rough as far as overdue answers go. We only had two editors for a long time, and in general people just seemed to be pretty busy. We're working on it, we promise!

Lastly, as far as inconsistencies in Board pages go...yeah, that's a thing. Sorry. Unfortunately, that's pretty low on our web team's priority list. We'll get to it eventually!

-Frère Rubik


Dear You,

You're right that we probably should update that sentence to be more clear, because we don't post questions before they reach 100 hours. But you know how in the Church we're told to prioritize the words of the living prophets over the words of dead prophets? It's the same principle on the Board. Listen to what the editors say the policy is currently, instead of one possible interpretation of a sentence written a long time ago. Yes, there will always be a delay of at least 100 hours before getting a question answered on the 100 Hour Board, and sometimes it may be longer depending on what else is going on. We apologize for that, but we do try to be as timely as possible.



Hi friend,

The official Board policy is to inconvenience you as much as humanly possible.

Have a nice day!


Question #91253 posted on 05/16/2018 1:12 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How often do you all get purchases on your Store? How long have those t-shirts been available? Who designed them? Where did they come from?

-Shirty Berty


Dear Shirty Berty,

Here's your answer! (Thank goodness it's Alumni week, because originally we writers (well, us newbies) were like, "we have t-shirts, whaaat?" and then Auto Surf popped out of nowhere and gave us the answer! This is going to be a really good week, I can tell you!)

-guppy of doom

Question #91250 posted on 05/16/2018 1 p.m.

Hey all,

In a a couple weeks I’ll have limited access to civilization. That means no internet, and no internet means I won’t be able to read the board. While that’s really tragic, I’m more concerned about not having easy access to a grocery store. I’ll have meals provided, but they’re not always the most healthy. I would like to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, but greens go bad fast and I’m not super keen about driving an hour to go to the store to buy groceries every week.

Luckily you guys are all knowing so you can let me know what fruits and vegetables and other foods will be able to be stored for more than a few days. Additionally, are there any healthy meals or snacks that you guys eat that you want to tell me about that I’ll be able to prepare and eat and love with relative ease?

I’ll have access to a refrigerator and a blender, but I’ll have limited to access to a stove and a freezer.

And if your feeling generous in your sharing, are there any workouts that you like to do without any gym equipment?



Dear Perugia,

As far as gym-equipment free workouts go, try yoga! All you need are clothes that allow you to move, and ideally a yoga mat (though for something like a vacation I wouldn't say a mat is strictly necessary).

For the food-related concerns in your question, I'd suggest getting a big bag of frozen berries for smoothie-making purposes, and another big bag of frozen veggies to cook up with your meals.

Good luck fitting in healthiness whilst away!



Dear Paganini,

I'm no expert, but here's what I found for long-lasting fruits & veggies (obviously these will keep best before you cut them):

  • Carrots (dip in ranch or hummus!)
  • Apples
  • Cabbage in place of lettuce on a sandwich, or make a shredded cabbage salad (you'd just be missing the tomatoes)
  • Oranges & grapefruit
  • Pomegranates
  • Applesauce
  • Limes & lemons (juice over foods, or make limeade/lemonade)
  • Raisins & other dried fruit
  • El-ahrairah's idea: bring a potted tomato plant, potted herbs
  • If you're a female on campus right now, talk to a nutritionist at Women's Services and Resources! The one I talked to gave me some great ideas about veggie snacks back in the day.

And for workouts:

  • Consider meeting with a student fitness trainer at the RB for a personalized workout plan
  • There are loads of bodyweight exercises you can do. I haven't explored them much, but I have used the Sworkit app; it could be fun to write down some of the different options they have (15 pushups, 20 situps, 30-second plank, etc.) and draw five options out of a hat each morning. The 5BX exercise plan that Zedability did on her mission seems really good too.
  • Will you have access to some kind of screen? Maybe download fitness videos ahead of time or borrow a workout DVD or the like. A few writers have recommended Jillian Michaels's 30 Day Shred in the past.
  • Run/walk/jump rope/dance to your favorite music or podcasts downloaded ahead of time

I hope that helps get you started. Have a great time!


Question #91251 posted on 05/16/2018 8:30 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I love listening to music by Adele and Lexi Walker, largely because I love how rich and big their voices are. Any suggestions about other singers with similar voices that I might like?




Dear Pear,

I too love a rich and nuanced female voice. Other than the artists you've listed, I would suggest checking out singers like Annie Lennox, Amy Winehouse, and Ella Fitzgerald. Their styles don't necessarily match that of Adele, but they have strong voices that I really enjoy.