Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. -John Barrymore
Question #45081 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am a current BYU student and I have just received my mission call. Seeing as how I am at home for the summer and very far from Provo, how do I defer my enrollment?

- Una Hermana

A: Dear Future Sister,

Congrats on the call! All you have to do is go to this website. There's a link at the bottom of the screen that says "Download Missionary Deferment Form here." Just print it out, fill it in, and send it to the office at D-155 ASB. Good luck!


Dear 100 Hour Board,

My spouse and I just found out that we're expecting our first baby. We are very excited. However, I would like to make the announcement to my Best Friend in a creative way. Also, I must make sure that bf's mother does not find out before bf does, so this must be done quickly (Best Friend is a prankster that will seek revenge if finding out too late). Please give me suggestions of how I can do this.

Thank you, Goblin King

A: Dearest Goblin ~

I don't think you need ideas; I think you did a fantastic job. Especially if your best friend happens to be me write for the 100 Hour Board.

Also, the Heartless Siren applauds you.

More also, your best friend's mother happened to be in the room when the question was read aloud. Don't worry, though, your best friend read it first. However, Best Friend's mother has decided to take up the part of prankster since she did not find out first. Consider yourself warned.

Lastly also, Congratulations! You are awesome. I am well pleased.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Goblin King,

I think you should send your friend lots of chocolates, ever-so-slightly melted together in the shape of a baby. If you don't like that, a chocolate cake might work too.

If food isn't your thing, try writing a poem in which every 6th letter combines to spell out your secret message. Tell your friend about the hidden message by sending an e-mail which has been computationally translated to Japanese and back to Engligh and then converted to Pig Latin.

Question #45079 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

It used to be when a boy wanted to ask me out, he would call or ask me in person. Lately I have come in contact with a guy who, for what ever reason, would prefer to text message me instead of call. This frustrates me because sometimes he'll text, I'll respond and then have to wait for several hours before he gets back to me. Also I just never feel like our plans are really set until he calls, usually half an hour before he comes to get me. Is texting just the way single people communicate now? (He's my same age. . . this is just the first time its affected my dating life) Or is he just being lazy and not really that in to me? (To steal a line from Greg Behrendt's book)

- Strawberry Lemonade

A: Dear Strawberry Lemonade,

I hate this. I think using text messaging for any kind of important communication is a terrible thing to do to a person (Why do I hate it, you ask? Well, my wife actually used text messaging to let me know she was pregnant. I was sitting in chemistry class and got a message. Expecting it to be nothing of great import, I looked down at my phone and saw a picture of a pregnancy test with two lines on it. I just about wet myself. So...people, don't do that (my wife wishes me to state that she didn't INTEND to do it like that, she just wasn't sure whether the reading was positive or not and wanted my opinion. Still...)).

Anyway, back to your question. It's quite possible he really IS that into you, but he's just oblivious. If this bothers you a lot, just tell him you hate communicating with texts and would rather just talk on the phone. If he is into you, then he'll be happy to oblige.

A: Dear Mr(s). Gryle,

This is why all people should be like me and just disable text messaging on their phones. And it saves money!

A: Dear Strawberry Lemonade,

It seems like more people find it acceptable now, but I don't think texting is ever a good way to send an important message. Flirting is fine; random little messages, sure; but asking someone out? No. That should be via phone or in person. (Instant messaging is also out.) I second Claudio in suggesting you bring it up and see how he reacts.

—Laser Jock
Question #45077 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear Etymologists of the 100 Hour Board:

What is the meaning of the "two-by-four" to be planned in the Gershwin song "But Not For Me"? A doubled double date, perhaps?

---Portia doesn't think pieces of wood are very romantic . . .

A: Dear Portia,

According to the OED, another meaning for the phrase "two by four" is "(U.S.) fig. in attrib. use: small, insignificant." That helps a bit, but not entirely. However, I also found the following explanation to this line from that song: "A two-by-four was slang for a small, start-up apartment, typically the only thing affordable for a young couple with not much money." So it looks like he was talking about finding a house together, but not for him...

—Laser Jock
Question #45076 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is artificial insemenation against the Honor Code for single students?

- Baby hungry

A: Dear Baby Hungry,

As per Board Question #21457, single women who undergo artifical insemination to get pregnant can be subject to Church discipline, and I think it's safe to say that anything that puts you in that kind of trouble with the Church is automatically against the Honor Code.

Why don't you offer to babysit for a married student with a baby?

- Katya
Question #45075 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

I am a big fan of The Office. Well, this next Thurs is the season finale. On Jay Leno, Jenna Fischer (who plays Pam) said that someone will be leaving the show. Who do you think will leave?

-Hoping it's Andy, and not Jim or Pam

A: Dear wouldn't we all?,

Actually, according to NBC's "The Office" blog, it's Toby.

That's sad.

Toby, you'll always be the funniest, saddest human being ever in my book. Thanks for always making me feel like a jerk for laughing at your terrible, terrible life.

A: Dear Hoping,

The episode is titled "Goodbye, Toby." I suspect Toby. But it's just a suspicion. I could be wrong. But the plot synopsis says it involves Toby's goodbye party. So I'm probably not.

-Humble Master
Question #45074 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

TV and movie characters are always knocking each other unconscious with boat paddles and wine bottles and the like. Is it really that easy? Could an Average Jane like me knock somebody out with a single blow?


A: Dear Jane,

According to The Straight Dope, it's not as easy as our media makes it look. While you can definitely do some damage by banging on the top of the head, you're not likely to knock them out there.

If you DO want to knock them out, though, you can take a lesson from mankind's most evolved and civilized sport: boxing!

There is a nerve in the jaw that, when struck hard enough, will take someone down. That's the reason boxers are so careful to guard the chin. Here's some info from a boxing site:
This nerve runs through the lower part of the jaw known as the mandible....

When you are knocked out it is very similar to other times when you lose consciousness. What happens is you do not get enough blood and oxygen to the brain. Whenever this blood flow to the brain is reduced the brain does not get enough oxygen as it needs (as oxygen is carried in the blood). Unconsciousness happens as a result, as sort of natural defence.

The mandible nerve is very much interconnected with the digestive system of the body and so when the nerve is struck with force...it causes a chain reaction. The reaction travels through the nervous and digestive systems and can cause blood to accumulate in the abdomen.

The main thing is that oxygen flow to the brain is reduced because the blood flow has been reduced and unconsciousness happens, without fail.

This punch has very little to do with how strong or powerful you are, the majority of skill in the punch is technique.
So there you are! While a bottle probably won't do you much good, apparently some boxing lessons will.

Question #45073 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My roommate and I were having a discussion about some song lyrics and were wondering if we could get your opinion. We love Kirby Heyborne songs and one of his songs, Brown Eyes, has very curious lyrics. I always thought it was a cute love song but "I kiss your mouth and taste the ocean" just confuses me. I can't get over the thought of low tide. My roommate thought something like being in an ocean is fun. It sounds like it is supposed to be a compliment but...the ocean? What do you make of it? Also, if someone was singing you a love song and said when they kissed you they tasted the ocean...what would you do?

-brown eyed girl

A: Dear Brown Eyes,

Maybe he means that when he kisses her, he feels enveloped, as though he were swimming in the sea itself.

Or...maybe she should just cut down on her sodium levels.

A: Dear Moist,

I met Kirby Heyborne once. Cool guy. Pretty normal, even. Whoa. Imagine that.

Personally, I really don't know what to make of that line. I think it sounds like a compliment? I think if someone were to tell me they tasted the ocean when they kissed me, I'd blink at them a few times and say, "Umm.... Thank you? I'm sorry?"

A: Dear brown eyed girl,

Maybe it's because her kiss is noticably salty, and he's saying that her kiss isn't just a kiss, but rather something much bigger.

Question #45072 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I just got done seeing the movie 10,000 BC. I am confused because in the movie mammaths, sabertooth tigers, horses, and gazelles all lived in the same time period. Is it true that horses were alive way back when wooly mammaths were?

-=Movie Overanalyzer=-

A: Dear Needs a Bigger Imagination,

My friend Wikipedia told me that woolly mammoths went extinct in the end of the Pleistocene era. She also told me that in the Pleistocene era horses lost their toes and grew bigger. We can therefore conclude that woolly mammoths and ancient horses did in fact coexist. See? Hollywood isn't all lies.

Question #45071 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Recently a friend told me that the reason the gas station Maverick's prices are so cheap is because the gas quality isn't as good as the others. She said that the gas is thinner and therefore less expensive, but they get you because if the gas is thinner then you have to buy more of it. Is this true?

-This is a clever alias.

A: Dear cleaver,

The answer to your question is "sort of". I looked high an low on the internet for specific information about Maverik, but it is a relatively small company and there is not much about them. However, I will tell you what I know, having some experience with the industry.

There are federal standards (Clean Air Act) for gasoline sold in the US. The basic minimum is called "base fuel" and that is what gets piped out of all the refineries in the US to terminals (distribution centers) all over the country. Base fuel from one refinery is indistinguishable from base fuel from another. They usually send a low octane and a high octane base fuel.

The difference between gasoline brands comes from the additives used to keep engines clean. Additives are also required by the Clean Air Act. Off-brand gasolines, like you buy from grocery stores or Cosco, use the minimum standard "generic additive". Name brands use proprietary additives with fancy names like "Techron". These additives generally work better which is why they can get away with charging a few cents more per gallon.

At the terminal is where things really get interesting, though. Terminals are where the trucks that supply the gas stations come to fill up, and are owned by individual oil/gas companies. However, it is extremely inefficient to have a terminal for every single area where the company has a station. Think of the cost of building and maintaining a pipeline that's hundreds of miles long. What this means is that the gas companies contract with each other in places where they don't have their own distribution network. For instance, if ExxonMobil doesn't have a pipeline to Las Vegas, but Valero does, ExxonMobil will get its gas at the Valero terminal for its Exxon and Mobil stations. The terminal has different tanks containing each company's additive and when the truck driver swipes his ID, it mixes the appropriate additive with the base fuel as it goes into his truck. (Incidentally, medium octane is made at the terminal also by mixing low and high octane fuels.) A generic supplier of fuel can contract with Valero terminal and just request the cheap generic additive.

So if it's basically the same gasoline why is Maverik's cheaper? For one, they claim to be an independent gasoline distributor. This means they refine and distribute using only their own refineries, pipelines, terminals, trucks, etc. I was unable to verify how true this is (some claim they buy at least some of their gas from ConocoPhillips) but it would reduce some middle-man costs. Another reason is they are limited to a relatively small geographic area and because of this can get their crude oil primarily from local sources (Utah, Wyoming, etc) and use local refineries. This reduces transportation costs, but wouldn't be possible for a larger operation because local supply isn't sufficient. Finally, I was unable to determine if Maverik uses the generic additive or its own. The generic additive might allow them to reduce costs a little.

I'm almost certain it isn't "thinning", unless you mean they add a higher percentage of ethanol. If they do, then yes, the gasoline will be less efficient (1-3%) and you have to buy more. The amount of ethanol, however, should be clearly marked at the pump. This would not be some underhanded trick, as many urban areas are required to add a certain amount of ethanol, and many consumers are demanding it, thinking it is a "cleaner" fuel (which I think is up for debate).

The best explanation is probably much more simple, and has to do with economics, and it's the main reason all the cheap brands are cheap. This guy's opinion article sums it up pretty well, saying Maverik "uses their low gas prices as a marketing tool to get people to patronize their businesses and generate revenue through the sale of goods and merchandise. This stabilizes their profit margin, thus allowing them to sell gas a bit cheaper." Basically, they're selling fuel cheaper than they should be, banking on the fact that customers will buy into their "Adventure's First Stop" advertisements and buy lots of adventuresome beef jerky and sodas, which sell at a much better profit margin than gasoline.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #45056 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

The link to Board Question #21534 today reminded me of something. I remember reading that question in the past, and being highly entertained by the response, especially the pictures. It seems like there used to be a whole lot more intrigue and romance among Board writers, back in the day. So what's the deal, how come none of that seems to happen these days? Aren't there any romantic happenings among the current Board Writers? How come there aren't more illicit pictures of lovers' trysts (complete with paper bags)? Heck, there haven't even been very many dating applications been going on since Foreman's (Foreman, did you retire or what?). Not that I want the Board to turn into some paperback romance novel, I just refuse to believe that you guys are so lacking in the romance department, with such famed omniscience.

-devoted reader, who lives vicariously, apparently

A: Dear devoted reader,

It's true that past writers were often very open about their dating lives, especially regarding dating other Board writers. However, such relationships also had a tradition of being cursed to end in horrible breakups which left all parties wishing they'd never engaged in such frivolous, public, and now archived-for-all-of-eternity flirting.

We're quite happy that The Defenstrator and Castle in the Sky appear to have broken the "writer relationship curse" with their marriage last year, but, just to be on the safe side, most of us currently prefer to keep such things under wraps until there's something concrete to announce.

- Katya
A: Dear Devoted Reader,

I shall not divulge names, but I can personally attest to the fact that Board romances go on semi-frequently. I suppose you could accredit it to the fact that Board writers tend to have similar interests and therefore get along well. I've been there before.

A: Dear devoted,

Excuse me - need I remind you of my dating application? It came out three full months after Foreman's! Intrigue and romance, thy name is...

The Cleaning Lady
A: Dear hopelessly devoted-

Eh, I'm around. Kind of... someone else told me this question mentioned me, so I thought I'd throw something in. I'm not retired, but I'm apparently not writing too much so far this summer. Busy times, this making money thing. The dating, unfortunately, is also at a low.

Question #45051 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What makes punk music punk? I have a few Ramones and Clash CDs, and they don't sound all that similar, and today's punk is totally different from the old school punk.

Lost in the supermarket

A: Dear George,

Honestly, good question. It's hard to define genres, especially when it's a genre that has evolved and split and recategorized itself into many little subgenres.

That's basically what's happened with punk rock, and why current stuff (which is really more pop punk, to throw in a subgenre) doesn't sound much like the original groundbreakers like the holy Ramones or the Clash, (who we should all bow our heads to and worship.....I mean, something less sacrilegious...)

I'd love to give you a long detailed narration of the evolution of the punk movement, but who could do it better than wikipedia? Wikipedia's article on the topic is very good, so go there to read up on how to categorize punk, or at least understand how everyone else categorizes it. Here's some key ingredients, in a nutshell:

  • anti-establishment mentality/attitude/lyrics (stick it to the Man)

  • fast, driving rhythm that can be hard to keep up with

  • three-chord structure

  • short songs

  • lyrics often tend(ed) to be political in nature, though this is dying in the subgenres

For even more information after you read the wikipedia article, please to be checking out We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk by Marc Spitz and Brendan Mullen and/or Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Kicks,

Don't forget Punk Rock: So What?: The Cultural Legacy of Punk by Roger Sabin, Punk Rock: An Oral History by John Robb, and Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter's Guide to Underground Rock, 1970-1982 by George Gimarc.

-twice marked
A: Dear Lost,

You can also read about each of the sub-genres of punk as well as essential albums, artists, and songs at AllMusic.com.

Question #44998 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear married or engaged members of the 100 Hour Board,
How did you propose, or if you did not do the proposing, how were you proposed to?

- YourNameHere

A: Dear You,

You know, just because I'm not engaged, that doesn't mean I haven't had any proposals! I have been proposed to twice in a class by classmates (who were (mostly) joking), once by a mentally handicapped young man at a bus stop, and once in my home by my then-3-year-old brother (who later clarified that although he wanted to marry me, I didn't have to marry him).

- Katya
A: Dear Your Name,

Ok ok, like Katya, I'm not actually engaged or married but I've been proposed to a few times. Once, I was proposed to by a man that I dearly loved and the memory stays with me vividly.

It had been snowing outside and he knew that I really wanted to go play in the beautiful snow. Unfortunately, by the time I wasn't busy during the day and would have been able to play in the snow during the day-light, most all of it had melted. Knowing how much I wanted to play in a big field of snow, we went on a bit of a road trip in search of an untouched field of snow up in the canyons. The car was warm and full of heat, we were talking and singing along to every song that we knew on the radio, and I was happy. He made so many twists and turns on that drive and I had no idea where we really were anymore. Finally though, we drove up and came across a large and untouched area that was covered in snow.

The playing commenced! We made snow men, had a snow-ball fight, and ended up in an all-out brawl. Right before the playing was about to get a bit rough, he picked me up and swung me around. I laughed so hard that he picked me up and did it again. The second time, when me put me down, he immediately dropped to his knees. He told me how much he loved me, he spoke of how he couldn't stand to be away from me, and he asked if I would marry him.

So cold, dripping wet, and absolutely happy- I was proposed to. It was perfect.

A: Dearest YourNameHere,

Since none of the other young married gentlemen has seen fit to grace us with the tale of his engagement, gather 'round my rocking chair and I'll let you know how a long, long time ago, I asked Bonnie to be my wife. Gather close now, I can't speak as loud as I used to.

I reckon I was just a few years older than you are now. Bonnie and I had had our ups and downs, but we'd come to the point where we both knew that marriage was no longer a hypothetical "if", but an anxious "when". I called her father for his blessing, as any gentleman should, and set about the preparations.

Being both lovers of knowledge and the English language, Bonnie and I, among other "square" pursuits, would often conspire together in the completion of the daily crossword puzzle. Being thusly inspired, I carefully crafted a masterful puzzle, correct in both style and symmetry, containing clues whose answers were the personal ties between us - the laughs we'd shared, the experiences we'd had, and the future we'd planned. In true crossword style, the longer clues (First half of a question and Second half of a question) contained the proposal question (which conveniently subdivides equally), with the center clue (Answer to the question) corresponding to a three-square answer, leaving her only one correct choice.

I chose a Sunday for the occasion, after church. I told her I had a surprise for her, but she needed to find a pen, and a quiet place. Finding few undisturbed locations on campus during church meetings, we dashed through a light rain until we found ourselves in the downstairs of the Maeser Building. We had a reading room to ourselves. We sat together on the couch and I presented to her the puzzle. Ever the clever mind, Bonnie quickly ascertained the puzzle's meaning, but gamely played along, filling in the answers so as to leave the question penultimate, and the final three-letter answer as last.

As she raised her pen with a knowing smile and wrote her Y-E-S, into the room walked another gentleman who announced that this room would shortly be used for a sunday school class. As we watched on incredulously, not sure what to do, he began, for the purpose of mental preparation we can only assume, to sit on the floor, raise his arms, and perform rather noisy breathing exercises.

The absurdity of it overwhelmed us and I grabbed Bonnie's hand and led her out of the room into the hallway where we laughed ourselves silly. With composure regained, we found another empty room and on bended knee I proffered a ring and requested her hand in marriage. Luckily for me, she remembered the answer to the question.


Old Bald Guy
A: Dear YourNameHere,

About a year before my fiance and I got engaged, we had been taking online quite a bit. She was across the Atlantic for the summer on a Study Abroad program, and was trying to get a group together to do a bit of sightseeing after the program was over. I told her I simply couldn't come that summer, but in a moment of brazen silliness, I promised her that if she'd marry me, we'd go back together on our honeymoon.

She laughed, it went over pretty well, and the conversation moved on. I certainly wasn't going to bring it up again; it's just not the kind of thing that you keep as a running joke unless you're sure it's being received well, and it's hard to know for sure when your communication is entirely through a lossy Google Talk connection. So when we talked the next day and she immediately kept up our "engaged" game, I was surprised. I mean, it was fun and all, but I hadn't really expected anything to come of it.

Now, let me clarify that I did like her. I wasn't displeased at our little game. Just surprised. After all, we'd never even been on a date.

So anyway. A couple days later, she was out on a school trip and ran across a $1 wooden ring. She laughed, bought it, and called it our engagement ring. And since it's anathema for a girl to buy her own ring, I owed her. When she came back a month or so later, I took her on a date to "compensate" her. She was still wearing the ring, and we had a great time.

Fast forward to a year later. The wooden ring had broken in the intervening time, so she was no longer wearing it. I had a friend who was coming home shortly from the same place she'd first bought the ring, so I sent him an e-mail to see if he could find another one for me. He agreed, and brought a couple home for me in a few different sizes.

One night, my girlfriend and I went for a walk through the Tree Streets north of Kiwanis Park. Flowers and trees were blooming all around, and it was just a very pleasant night. As we began to make our way back, I turned to her and said:

"You remember how I promised you we'd go to [place] on our honeymoon? Well, I might not be able to follow through on that promise, so I instead I brought a little bit of [place] to you. Will you marry me?"

She said yes, we kissed, and happily finished our walk.


(P.S. For all you readers who are retching from the sappiness of this question... why did you read it in the first place? Did you not know that it would be sappy? I take no responsibility for your lack of vision.)
Question #44997 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was wondering if any of you guys or any readers know of anything fun to do in las vegas and surrounding areas, without going against the belifs of LDS church. My husband and I are living here with his brother and sister-in-law and two kids 6 and 9. We are looking for something to do every weekend. Preferably under 15 dollars a person. Thanks!

- stuck in the oven

A: Dear stuck,

Well, I don't live in Vegas, but I just mosied on over to Vegas.com, where they list a bunch of attractions - including "free attractions" and "kids activities" - that include the following (see actual site for details on each one):

Free Attractions
The Aquarium at the Silverton
Bonnie & Clyde Getaway Car
CBS Television City Research Center
Conservatory at Bellagio
Ethel M Chocolate Factory
Fountains at Bellagio
Fountain shows at Caesars
Fremont Street Experience
Las Vegas Preview Studios
Lion Habitat at MGM Grand
Marjorie Barrick Museum
Masquerade Village at the Rio
M&M's World
Neon Museum
The Sirens of TI
Sunset Stampede
Volcano at the Mirage
Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo

Kids Activities
Adventure Canyon
Big Shot
Canyon Blaster
Floyd Lamb State Park
Frog Hopper
Grand Canyon
In Search of the Obelisk
Lake Mead
Las Vegas Cyber Speedway
Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
Las Vegas Sportspark
Lied Discovery Children's Museum
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
MGM Grand Lion Habitat
Motion Rides at Circus Circus' Adventuredome
Mount Charleston
Nevada State Museum
Planetarium and Observatory
Red Rock Canyon
Rim Runner
Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
Shark Reef
Sling Shot
Speed - The Ride
Springs Preserve
Star Trek: The Experience
Stratosphere Tower
The Roller Coaster at New York-New York
Turbo Drop
X Scream
Zoological-Botanical Park

That oughta take up a few weekends, eh? Remember, though, what happens there, stays there.

Have fun,

The Cleaning Lady
Question #44992 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

My Dearest 100 Hour Board,

I was recently enjoying my evening constitutional in the Museum of Art and heard beautiful but unfamiliar classical music playing in the main gallery. What CD(s) are played in the MOA? Don't bother asking the security guards; they know nothing (about the music).

With My Sincerest Thanks,


A: Dear Smuci,

Ha! The first thing I thought of when I read the last part of your question was that immortal Star Trek episode: "A brain? I know nothing about a brain."

Anyway, I am sorry to inform you that the "security guards" you talked to were not security guards at all, but rather participants in a very elaborate art heist! They must have been, because the real security guards do in fact know something of the music. They are in charge of playing it, which they do by pushing the "play" button that starts a looooooong playlist of mostly classical pieces that are played in random order. This playlist is, in fact, so long, that it would be very difficult to figure out which recording you heard using that as a guide. You must seek other methods.

But why are we sitting around chatting when the MOA has obviously just been robbed?!? Somebody call Dick Tracy!


The Cleaning Lady
Question #44798 posted on 05/15/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear Foreman,

What exactly is the meaning of up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A-start?

- katydid

A: Dear Katydid,

Sorry, my brother has sort of taken a leave of absence for the summer. I can field this one, though.

Up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A-start is one of the first and greatest of cheat codes in video games. It is called the Konami Code, after Konami games, in which it was frequently used. When this exact sequence of buttons was pushed during the title screen of the NES game "Contra" it gave the player 30 lives. The code was programmed into other games too, but Contra was the most important of these. See this site for more info on the legendary code.

In a moment of awesomeness, this band also used it as their name. I haven't listened to them at all, but they get 500 awesome points just from the get-go.