"If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" Will Rogers
Question #92354 posted on 06/11/2019 10:48 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What’s the best candy distributed by Hershey?

-meow

A:

Dear cat, 

Almond Joys or York peppermint patties. 

However, you should know that there's a world of better candy (especially chocolate bars) up north, and Hershey's has nothing on anything manufactured in Canada. They don't mix wax into their chocolate so it actually has flavor and doesn't leave a gross feeling in your mouth. You should try Crunchies, Wunderbar, Smarties... and Mr. Big... and I could keep going but the point is that Hershey's is sub-par. 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

A:

Dear nyan,

Okay so my placeholder for this question was very harsh because I misread the question. I thought it said "Why is the best candy distributed by Hershey's?" and I was quite shocked. I know you didn't read it (unless you're a writer or alumnus), but I'm still a little bit sorry for that.

Anyway yeah Reese's is pretty much the only Hershey's brand that is really good, but not including Reese's Pieces or anything that has them in it. Hershey's Special Dark isn't nearly as bad as their milk chocolate either. Most of the other typical American candies that I really enjoy are Mars or Nestle.

-The Entomophagist

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Dear person,

Reeses are good. I also don't hate the cookies and cream bar. 

-Sheebs

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Dear meow, 

Pay no attention to these candy snobs above me and go buy yourself a Take 5. Milk chocolate, peanuts, caramel, peanut butter, and pretzels. Perfection.

Best,

The Man with a Mustache

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Dear Symphony Milk Chocolate with Almonds and Toffee Bars,

I'm with The Man with a Mustache.

Fellow writers: there is a time and place for choco-snobbery, but whom among us would not eat a Hershey's item when encountered in a dark alley?

If we seek esoteric, rich chocolates, let us seek them well: Callebaut's exclusive ruby chocolate, Chocolate Naive's Dark Chocolate with Porcini Mushrooms, single-origin 85% cacao bars from Nacional cultivar cacao by a Kichwa cooperative in the Ecuadorian Amazon, entirely new chocolates made with cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum)--a sister species--instead of the familiar Theobroma cacao.
If we seek chocolate, seek these, and be happy.

But don't you shame my Hershey's. I heard you say "candy,"  and therein there lies latitude for more accessible, attainable and affordable pleasure.

There for me when I want it and need it, and often encountered on steep post-holiday discounts, Hershey's fills an unassuming, comforting role, one where I don't always have to consider my candy carefully as I consume it.

To my compatriots, I suggest you take five and reconsider your opinions.

As for TMwaM, El-Ahrairah, and I, we'll just Take 5.

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz

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Dear cat,

I respected The Man with a Mustache and Ardilla Feroz, but never so much as when they defended the honour of the Take 5 bar. It is missing from far too many stores.

-El-ahrairah

A:

Dear meow ~

The one that was made in Europe instead of the US. 

Let’s take wax out of chocolate!

~Dragon Lady

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Dear friend,

I was going to concede that European Kit-Kats are pretty decent, but apparently those aren't even Hershey's. Everywhere else except the U.S., Kit-Kats are made by Nestlé and that's why they taste so much better! Which does go to show how much Hershey's is missing the mark.

Why is our country the only one deprived of delicious tasting Kit-Kats? Why do I have to travel all the way to World Market just to get some Kit-Kats made with decent chocolate? It's not fair.

-Van "Kit-Kat Snob" Goff

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Dear you,

Before I even read Van Goff's answer, I too was going to go off on Kit-Kats and how they're better in other countries. Particularly Melon Mascarpone cheese Kit-Kats are wondrously scrumptious. By the way, did you know Japan has over 200 different kinds of Kit-Kats (including, of course the aforementioned melon-mascarpone ones)? 'Tis a truly magical place.

~Anathema

Question #92353 posted on 06/11/2019 10:48 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is international cinema on break during spring and summer? Their coming soon page still has the winter 2019 poster up.

Thanks,

Pirate

A:

Dear pigsquatch,

International Cinema, the longest-running program of their kind in the world, recently commemorated their 50th(!) anniversary. They shows two or three curated international films of artistic, cultural or historical note for free in the SWKT (KMBL, for ye uninitiated) most weeks during fall and winter semesters. As to their current availability, they say on their website:

Dear IC patrons,

Thank you for your support this past winter semester! Fall semester starts with the Encore Weekend on 6-7 September 2019.

We look forward to seeing soon again this fall!

From the IC team

A call to their offices affirms their summer hiatus, but if free showings of films are what you seek, be sure to check out the Harold B. Lee Library's summer film series, which has a showing of the 1939 Sherlock Holmes classic Hound of the Baskervilles,
showing this Friday, June 14 on original archival film.

Suerte,

Ardilla Afilmcionado

P.S. To film lovers in Salt Lake City I'd recommend the Utah Film Center, which shows a number of independent films and documentaries Tuesday evenings free of cost in the Salt Lake City Public Library. Filmmakers and directors are often present for panels after the showing.

Question #92333 posted on 06/11/2019 10:48 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just turned 30 and am single. I feel like many of my friends who are married aren’t unhappy, per se, but a lot of them talk about how hard marriage is and don’t seem any happier as a result of marriage. I can’t decide if I just have unrealistic expectations by this point, but it makes me wonder if it’s actually worth it, and if there are actually enough benefits to outweigh the work. Most of the time, I’m happy as a clam being single.

I know that many of the alumni are married and range from newlyweds to much longer than that, so what are your thoughts? Is marriage worth it?

-All the single ladies

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Dear Rory,

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Marriage is work, simply because you have to be more or less constantly aware of someone having a different perspective and priorities than you.

But at the same time, you have someone to depend on and someone you can enjoy being with. I love being married. I love having another person that I get to be completely open with.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear ladies,

For me I figure, every time I add or deepen a meaningful relationship, life gets harder but I get better. If you haven't already seen the other recent question about marriage, Board Question #92320, you'd probably be interested in that too.

-Owlet

A:

Dear All ~

In my experience, marriage is 100% worth it. It has been extremely fulfilling and Yellow is truly the perfect complement to me. I am awed often when I think about how incredibly lucky I am.

I have also been realizing after almost 11 years of marriage that our marriage is very unique. We did not have a hard first year. I don't have things to gripe about Yellow at girls' nights. Yellow's goal truly is to make me happy. The more I talk to other people, the more I realize I am in a uniquely incredible marriage. 

If you can find someone as awesome as Yellow, who will put you first, and be your perfect complement, then I would very, very highly recommend marriage.

~ Dragon Lady

A:

Dear Beyoncé,

For me, it is worth it. I'm a very introverted person who doesn't need many friends, but I was not really happy being single. Having someone to share my life with makes life meaningful to me in a way that being single never could. If you can be truly happy and fulfilled being single, then go live an awesome life. If you happen to meet someone along the way, then bonus awesome.

The part I really want to address, though, is this idea that marriage is hard work. I've been married almost 13 years now and never has it felt like hard work. I'm convinced that if marriage feels like hard work, one or both of you is some combination of selfish/immature/irrational/lazy, and it's not the marriage that's hard work, it's changing yourself (or helping your spouse) to be a better person. Marriage is just the lens that magnifies your faults. If you're willing to be humble, admit you're wrong, forgive, discuss things rationally, compromise, do things you don't want to do, and be nice to the person you ostensibly love, then marriage is just hanging out and solving the puzzle of life with your best friend forever. If you can get to that point, it's very much worth it.

-=Optimus Prime=-

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Dear singular,

This going to sound so corny, but I was just watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and it summed up my feelings on this subject: "Romantic love is not an ending. It's just a part of your story."

Agreed.

Your friends are right, marriage is hard. After reading Dragon Lady's and Optimus Prime's answers, I want to clarify that "hard work" in this context to me doesn't mean "work I hate" or "fighting with each other." My actual job is also hard, but I enjoy it and keep doing it. But relationships are a constant effort.  It can be hard to compromise, to be humble, to put another person's needs above your own. On the other hand, in a good marriage and any good relationship that person is also trying to compromise with you and support you, etc. So, plus-one to Tally M.'s points as well! 

It's important to me to point out that being single is also hard. It seems to be that life just always has something difficult to throw at us! It's rare indeed when there isn't some aspect of my life that needs work. Relationships of every flavor are hard. Absolutely I think relationships are worth it despite their difficulty and complexity -- romantic, platonic, familial, all worth it. They all give us different, valuable things. I'd say, don't write off romantic love, but also don't worry about "being married" just to say you've done it. 

-Mico

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Dear All The Single Ladies,

Whining about your marriage (in most cases, not talking about abuse or addiction or affairs) is like whining about your car: it’s not great conversation but it has its issues that kind of come out in conversation to no one‘s benefit. 

That being said, being married to the WRONG person can make life very very difficult.

-married and happy

A:

Dear Put Your Hands Up,

I saw some psychology research once that graphed happiness against amount of time being married, and while there was a definite happiness spike around the time of engagement/marriage, it eventually drifted back down and settled at more or less the same level as it was when the person was single. To me, that suggests that if you are miserable as a single person and expect marriage to solve all of your problems, you will be gravely disappointed and unfulfilled. On the other hand, if you find happiness as a single person, you will hold out for someone who is uniquely suited to you, and when the excitement of marriage inevitably wears off, you will still be able to find sources of happiness as both an individual and as part of a couple.

- Katya

Question #92356 posted on 06/11/2019 10:06 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Alumni week is nearly over, but I have a last question: any recommendations for books that have strengthened your belief in Christ (or spirituality in general, really)? That's something I've been struggling with lately and would love recs.

-veggietales didn't prepare me well enough for my faith crises

A:

Dear friend,

The Book of Mormon. It's an obvious pick, but it has done so much to build my faith in Christ. There's great power throughout that book.

Believing Christ by Stephen Robinson. This book was a very important read for me as I was figuring out my faith. It talks about grace and our relationship with Christ, how we can not only believe in Him (that He exists), but believe Him (that He'll do what He says He'll do, that is provide salvation).

Saints, Vol. 1 by the Church. This is a recently-published history of the early Church told in narrative form (rather than as a dry biography). It's a good read, and nearly every story helped me see in a new way how Christ helps us on an individual basis.

-Kirito

A:

Dear Veggietales,

Here are a few recommendations:

Here If You Need Me, by Kate Braestrup. (Memoir of a woman whose husband died in a traffic accident, so she decided to carry on his dream of becoming a Unitarian Universalist chaplain for the Maine State Warden service.)

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Father Gregory Boyle. (Memoir of a Catholic priest working with gang members in LA.)

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church, by Rachel Held Evans. (Memoir of a woman raised as a conservative Evangelical Christian who came to question some of her church's teachings while wanting to maintain a relationship with Christ.)

Dendo: One Year and One Half in Tokyo, by Brittany Long Olsen. (Diary in graphic novel format of a sister missionary in Tokyo. Covers the highs, lows, and averages of missionary service.)

A Book of Mormons: Latter-day Saints on a Modern-Day Zion. (Collection of essays on the idea of "Zion": as a physical place, a group of people, a spiritual ideal, etc.)

- Katya

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Dear yosef, 

The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture by Yoram Hazony, particularly Chapter 6 and 7. I read it for a social theory class and it may not have been as impactful without a professor to facilitate discussion about it, but I really have appreciated learning that wrestling with God is an important part of my faith, as well as understanding different ontological approaches to scripture. 

People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture by Terryl L. Givens. This is a bit more reader-friendly than the first. I liked learning about how theology has affected culture, and vice versa, and taking a somewhat anthropological look at something I've been immersed in since birth. I felt better able to approach contradictions and concerns I've had. 

Take care,

-Auto Surf 

A:

Dear Larry the Cucumber,

I second Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans. I also look forward to reading her Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life by Fiona Givens and Terryl Givens.

The Five Books of Jesus by James Goldberg is a nice novelization of Jesus's ministry.

-El-ahrairah

Question #92349 posted on 06/11/2019 4:30 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In the waning hours of Alumni Week: What's your favorite Carly Rae Jepsen Song?

-Frère Rubik tries to give other songs a chance but he just feels something when "Your Type" starts playing

A:

Dear Frère, 

Obviously, my favorite is the anthem of BYU's dating scene: 

It's way too soon, I know this isn't love
But I need to tell you something

I really really really really really really like you
And I want you, do you want me, do you want me too?
 
*flash forward 3 weeks* 
"I can't wait to spend forever with my best friend!" 
  
Cheers, 
 
Guesthouse (who likes Feels Right)
 
A:

Hello Kitty,

Cut. To. The. Feeling.

-M.O.D.A.Q.

A:

Dear Bro, 

"Cut to the Feeling" and "More Than a Memory" are hands down the best. 

-Ms.O'Malley

A:

Dear Brother Cube,

I think that "Call Me Maybe" wins narrowly over "I Really Like You". Fun fact, I've listened to both of those songs over 20 times in a row. For some reason I was really feeling it during some all-nighters for engineering projects my freshman year.

Peace,

Tipperary

A:

Dear Frere Rubik, 

Want You In My Room

- Chad. 

P.S. NCMO? 

A:

Dear Chad, 

Call us maybe

- The Honor Code Office

A:

Dear Hot Tamale,

"Cut to the Feeling" is PURE JOY, and I can't think of any pop song that surpasses it. That's my pick for best CRJ song of all time. Frankly, it may be my pick for best song of all time, period.

Honorable Mentions: I think "Want You In My Room" is the best track from Dedicated, and I would give stand-out track from Emotion to "Run Away with Me."

This is a tough question, though, given that THERE ARE NO BAD CARLY RAE JEPSEN SONGS. 

P.S. Rubik and I WILL be in SLC for the Dedicated tour, and I hope to see all you other CRJ fans there. I saw her a few years back for the Emotion tour and she is fantastic live.

Love,

Vienna

A:

Dear you,

"Cut To The Feeling" is a fantastic single. "Now That I've Found You" is a banger. But that saxophone synth riff opening to "Run Away With Me" is pretty incredible too.

Everyone should have a little more CRJ in their life.

-Cognoscente