Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. -John Barrymore
Question #45180 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Regarding Board Question #44930, hahaha! I knew it! The Eyring Science Center ghost strikes again! They laughed! They laughed at me when I said that the Eyring ghost was real! They wouldn't even post my theory on that 100-hour board! But now others are noticing too! He's a smart one, he is! He's a smartie! He won't show up for those who might blow the whistle on him! But he's there! Here's the proof!! Mad, am I? We'll see what happens when the Eyring ghost gets sick of haunting elevators and goes on to DESTROY THE WORLD!!! MUAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA!

- That's not a man, that's a giant chicken!

P.S. Don't post this, obviously.

Question #45135 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the largest group on facebook? I would assume it would be one of those "LET'S SET A WORLD RECORD AND MAKE THIS THE LARGEST GROUP EVER!!" groups. The largest I've been able to find is a group with 2,788,560 members, but they seemed to imply that there was a group in existence with around 4 million.


A: Dear Jamie,

The largest one I can find is "Six Degrees Of Separation - The Experiment," currently with 4,701,771 members.

—Laser Jock
Question #45134 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are some excellent things to do with pickle slices? I just got a whole case for my birthday!

-Importer of foods from other states

A: Dear Food Importer,

Make Raclette, the new fad to hit Switzerland! You don't need the fancy machine (though it is fun) and you can pretty much use any cheese as long as it's not greasy American types like cheddar. I had my doubts as well...cheese, sausage, potatoes, pickles, and onion/peppers is what we first tried. But it is yummy and is replacing fondue parties all over.

- steen
A: Dear George,

Here are some ideas:

1. Eat them straight.
2. Put them on burgers that you grill up this lovely spring.
3. Eat them straight while sipping the juice. Mmmm.
4. My personal favorite. Two words: fried. pickles. Seriously. Be sure to dip them in ranch.


-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Pickles,

Dude...I second K&G on fried pickles. Those things are incredible. I was introduced to these in the South, and they're extraordinary.

Question #45133 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm interested in getting a side job or some temporary work to supplement my income...but I'm already a full-time BYU employee who has maxed out on hours. I guess I've just never looked for this kind of work before. Where do I start? What kinds of jobs are available to me?

Oh, and I can't travel super far. I don't have a car, but I have a bike and strong legs.

-Free Nights and Weekends

A: Dear Free ~

Fast food, custodial, telemarketing, etc. Y'know, all the jobs that no one else wants.

You can also try any retail stores that are open later. Or wait(ress) at a restaurant. You can get great tips nights and especially weekends.

Check the classified ads in the newspaper. That's often a great start. Then you can get options like looking after autistic kids or tutoring at schools.

Good luck job hunting!

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear AT&T,

I will always recommend BRG Research. (Boston Research Group.) It's located directly south of the Provo Library, and a typical shift is 3-9p.m. and often a Saturday shift (always, maybe ... I can't remember). It's way easy to get hired there if they have space, and it's an AMAZING job. It's a research call center where you don't sell anything and you don't have to dial, so you can read or play Solitaire or study or whatever until someone picks up the phone. In the few weeks I worked there, I managed to read Harry Potter 5,6 and 7, parts of several other books, and Slaughterhouse 5. Plus they pay decently well and have fun people to work with. Reach them at 705-5299.

Question #45131 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you think Jesus is a great singer?

- Thomas

A: Dear Thomas,

Yes. The way I read the scriptures, there's nothing he can't do, so singing superbly naturally falls in the list of things he can do.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Tommy Boy,

Would you not like Him anymore if He wasn't?

-The Cheeky Chickie
Question #45130 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Who is the guy who has his picture painted on the back of Alaska Airlines planes?

- Just wondering

A: Dear JW,

The Eskimo featured on the tail of many of Alaska Airlines' planes may be Oliver Amouak, although there is some debate about his identity. His family claims it was him, anyway. For a story of how that picture was decided upon, see this account by the creative director who was responsible for the ad campaign that first used the Eskimo picture.

—Laser Jock
Question #45129 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Aside from the fact that people may want to sleep, what other reasons exist for dimming the lights inside an airplane when flying at night?

- Frequent Flyer

A: Dear FF,

Do you need another reason? They don't want it totally dark in there, of course, because people still need to be able to see. But a lot of people sleep at night, and that's easier when it's darker. Seems pretty simple. I guess it also saves a little power, but considering how much energy it takes to keep the plane flying, I don't think the saved electricity makes a significant difference.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear FF~

Looks like the gig's up. It's to prevent drawing attention from the alien warlords who are constantly orbiting the earth, striking at any luminescent target that comes into range.

Well-spotted, dear reader!

A: Dear Frequent Flyer,

I always thought that it had something to do with controlling the temperature. Those lights are pretty close due to the small space of the airplane... so if they were on the entire time then that plane would be wicked hot! So I figured it was also an attempt to keep the plane a bit cooler.

A: Dear Albert Selachii,

Now that speculation is out of the way, here's the real deal. Like, seriously, from the mouth of an Airline Employee to my ears to your eyes.

Lights in the cabin need to be dimmed so that the flight crew (which includes the flight attendants and so forth) can see the conditions outside on the runway. Should there be an emergency during take-off/landing, the flight crew needs to be able to assess the situation and be able to determine whether or not it is safe to evacuate the plane should the need arise. Same reason some airlines require the shades to be open during take-off and landing. Simply put, it's a safety thing.

And there you have it. Doesn't get much more official than this.

Question #45128 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have noticed that almost every time I walk through the BYU bookstore there is a rather foul smell of a men's locker room permeating the entrance by the cougar eat. Is it perhaps because of the near by shoe try on area? Is there a stinky Martian that hides in the BYU merchandise area? I have always wondered why and was curious for your input.

- ScottGuy

A: Dear ScottGuy ~

I have just taken a poll of three people and none of us have ever smelled such a smell at that location. Maybe your nose is just a wee bit oversensitive.

~ Dragon Lady
A: Dear Scotty,

I'm with DL on this one. I've never noticed anything foul-smelling in that area.

A: Dear ScottGuy,

Having previously worked in the mentioned area for 21 hours a week for more than a year, I can't say I've ever smelled mens locker room there before. I will say though that a lot of different smells mix in that area. I remember many long work shifts when the aroma of fudge came from the candy counter, the stench of grease from the CougarEat, and whatever outside smelled like came from the exit doors. Maybe such mixtures remind you of mens locker rooms? Or maybe you're bringing it with you...

A: Dear ScottGuy,

I have never smelled anything either.

Maybe there is a special chemical in the air that somehow makes the smell of your feet more potent when you walk by that specific spot. Since no one else smells it then I am betting that it must be some smell coming from you.

-The Cheeky Chickie
Question #45127 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Someone told me that this galaxy is slowly rotating towards Kolob, as we approach the millennium. I also understand that Kolob is the place where the Lord lives. Furthermore, my understanding is such that if we were in the presence of the Lord, we would feel an overwhelming feeling of warmth radiating from His love. Plus, is it not true that the wicked cannot stand the presence of the Lord? So, my question is.... if we are moving closer to Kolob, and thus the warmth of the Lord, could this be why we are experiencing Global Warming? If so, shouldn't Global Warming be embraced by the rightous and feared by the wicked?

- Sloppy

A: Dear Sloppy,

That's an interesting chain of thought; I've never heard that idea before. One important thing to keep in mind is that the Lord has never chosen to reveal where Kolob is. Thus, whoever told you that the Milky Way Galaxy is slowly rotating toward Kolob must have been speculating, in a big way. I'm really not sure where that came from. The rest of your line of reasoning could sort of work, maybe, but I don't think there's really any need to turn to wholly speculative doctrine to explain something like global warming.

—Laser Jock
Question #45126 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's the fastest most reliable free way to get videos off of youtube and converted into a MP4 format and onto my i-pod? I'm using vixy.net but the servers get overloaded a LOT so it often doesn't work.

-walrus tamer

A: Dear walrus tamer,

I'm sorry, but that's illegal, so we can't be of much help to you. But, um...good luck?

—Laser Jock
A: Dear walrus,

Maybe this would help.

Question #45125 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I recently watched the anime movie princess mononoke and I actually liked it. Are there any other good anime movies like it?


A: Dear Reacher Gilt,

Allow me to recommend to you all the other Hayao Miyazaki films.

A: Dear Blendtec,


Miyazki's Spirited Away is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I love it.

A: Dear bledtec,

Stay tuned to The Board! I have an upcoming answer with more information about anime movies. While you're waiting, see if you can find EYES of Mars. I think I saw it on the Sci-Fye channel once. It's a movie set in... the far past, but it's about an advanced society on Mars. If you can't find it, you could try to find a torrent of it (it's a way of downloading big files). There was another good anime movie I've seen, about a guy who travels through the past, but I can't remember very many details about it... but rest assured that there are some anime gems out there.

Question #45124 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

For a while now this has bothered me. In the girls bathroom in the bottom of the SWKT (First Floor outside the computer lab) there is this beep every once and awhile. It kind of sounds like the beep that a phone makes when it is running out of battery power...but the bathroom has been haunted by that beep for a long time now so I doubt that it is a forgotten cell phone. It sounds like it might be coming from a metal box in the wall of the bathroom. Regardless...it drives me crazy not knowing what in the world it is! By any chance would you have any clue as to what it is?

- Iam Distraught

A: Dear Distraught,

I've heard beeps like that before in bathrooms around campus, and I believe they're a sign that the batteries in the air freshener on the wall are running low. Presumably the custodians will notice and replace the battery.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Iam,

Don't forget the wise saying: Every time you hear a mysterious, random, and unexplained beep- your picture was just taken.

Maybe they are taking bathroom security a little more seriously these days.

-The Cheeky Chickie
Question #45122 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

What's up, 100 Hour Board?

It's been a while. I was just cruising around in the archives, reliving the glory days, and I realized it would be a lot easier to do if there were links at the bottoms of the pages to the next and previous days. I don't know whether that would be a hard thing to do, but I think it would definitely be worth it.

My question is, how many of you writers are still around from when I used to write on the Board. I saw Uffish and Katya on today's post, so that's cool. Uffish, remember when nobody knew your gender? Good times. Do any of of you newbies remember me? Writing for the Board was such a happy thing for me, and I'm definitely a better writer because of it. It's nice to see you guys going strong.

--The Smurfs, Shoebox of Lies, The Confessor, the drama queen, The R.M. (before some other guy started using that name), Krycek, half of The Hudswinger, Robert the Boggart, et al.

A: Dear Smurfs,

Yeah, we used to have that feature, but apparently it broke and got removed. We'll see what we can do about your suggestion. (It would certainly be a nice feature to have.)

You already named the only two that are still around from when you were on: Uffish and Katya are the two most senior writers. After them there's quite a gap, and the rest of us came on after you'd been gone for a while. I read some of your answers in the archives, but I started reading the Board before you got on (before my mission), and by the time I came back you had retired. Thanks for coming back and checking us out, though. I think most of us agree that writing for the Board is tremendous fun.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear The Smurfs,

We've met! Remember, you gave me a ride that one time? You've done some hilarious things (at least from my point of view). Also, you're the reason my aliases can't directly insult each other. THANKS.

Question #45120 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear Hobbes,

Any final advice?

- Craig Jessop

A: Dear Craig-O~

Nah. I always tell missionaries not to get too caught up in "last advice", but its an addiction I can understand. You're going in a big, slightly scary unknown, and that's just kind of how it is.

I love New York; you'll have a good time there, I'm confident. But the mission you're going to is not the mission I went to, it's not the mission habiba went to, it's your mission, so you'll have to learn and adapt in ways I never had to.

For that reason, the only advice I can reliably give is pretty general: Be obedient, love your companions, the President and the Work, and more than anything, cement your relationship with the Lord so much as possible, because He is the best and strongest ally you have. Perhaps you believe that already, perhaps you aren't as sure, but I can promise you he is, and New York is the city where I learned that the most.

Good luck.

A: Dear Elder Jessop,

Ditto to everything Hobbes said. I hope you or he don't mind if I add a few words of my own...

Don't ever leave the subway without talking to at least one person. Don't kick the pigeons. Eat lots of chino bakery. Keep a really really good journal. Use your study and 3-5 time wisely. Learn to look past the hard New Yorker exteriors and love the people underneath. Play handball. Write your mother. Never complain about your area. Don't eat gum off the street; it's not free candy. Pray every minute you can.

You can't possibly understand how excited I am for you. Best wishes. Hug President for me.

Question #45119 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In Sunday School last week we were talking about the Urim and Thummim, and how they were in the box with the golden plates and sword of Laban, etc. The teacher said that the Urim and Thummim was given back at the same time the plates were given back to Moroni. But then someone raised his hand and asked if we know that for sure. He asked where it was written that the Urim and Thummim was given back. We all realized that we all kind of assumed it was given back, but none of us had read it anywhere.

So, do we know for sure whether the Urim and Thummim was given back? Is it written anywhere? Or does it fall in the category of things that we just don't know?

- Queen of Hearts

A: Your Majesty,

In Doctrines of Salvation (v.3 p. 225), Joseph Fielding Smith said that:

"We have been taught since the days of the Prophet that the Urim and Thummim were returned with the plates to the angel. We have no record of the Prophet having the Urim and Thummim after the organization of the Church. Statements of translations by the Urim and Thummim after that date are evidently errors. The statement has been made that the Urim and Thummim was on the altar in the Manti Temple when that building was dedicated. The Urim and Thummim so spoken of, however, was the seer stone which was in the possession of the Prophet Joseph Smith in early days. This seer stone is now in the possession of the Church."

I'm going to stick with him.

Question #45118 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How did Google avoid getting squashed in its infancy like Netscape? (I know Google and Netscape do different things, but obviously both faced Microsoft and we know which one survived.)

- Occasional Tech History Buff

A: Dear OTHB,

The best book I've read on Google's history is John Battelle's The Search: How Google and its rivals rewrote the rules of business and transformed our culture. Essentially, Google did to Microsoft what Microsoft did to IBM and other hardware producers, which was to gain ascendancy in an area which was largely being ignored by other players. In Microsoft's case, they came to dominate the OS market while everyone else was focusing on hardware.

In the case of Google, they came up with a way to optimize search returns while sites such as Yahoo! and MSN styled themselves as portals, with search as an afterthought. (In fact, MSN and Yahoo! outsourced the search engine parts of their portals as late as 2002.) By the time Microsoft noticed what was happening with Google, they were well behind in the game.

The issue with Microsoft and Netscape, as I understand it, was that Internet Explorer came pre-loaded on Windows machines for free, while you had to pay for Netscape until the late 90s. That said, the rise of Firefox has once again proven that if you build a better mousetrap, they will come (to mix metaphors).

Anyway, I highly recommend Battelle's book. It's tech-y enough to be interesting without needing a CS degree to understand it.

- Katya
A: Dear Muscles,

What Katya hinted at but didn't mention explicitly is that Google's mousetrap was also fundamentally better. There were two big ideas essential to their success. First was their page ranking system that ranks pages higher in search results if more pages link to them. Other search systems returned all sorts of junk. Google gave you what you were looking for. Second was the minimalist design. Instead of being barraged with picture ads and celebrity gossip news, you simply got a search box and a search button and clean, tidy (desired) results. They focused on what others ignored and came up with a much better product.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #45114 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So...I feel like a bad kid for doing this, but I just made a really big purchase without telling my parents. I bought a $500 guitar.

I already have a guitar that might be worth about $200, which I could try to sell. And I'm supposed to be getting something like $300 from the government this week...so it should be covered. But my brother gave me a HUGE guilt trip today about how my parents are helping me pay for school and I go out and make stupid purchases like this. What do I need it for, I already have one, students can't afford things like that, etc etc etc.

It's not like I won't use it. I play so much that I've got blisters on my fingers. But it's true, my parents are footing the bill for my tuition because I can't afford it. I do have a guitar already (though it's not the greatest). And my bank statement tells me my credit card bill is greater than my checking account at this very moment. (I've also got some large full-time paychecks rolling in shortly, so the temporary debt doesn't bother me as much as the principle of it.) But I've got a few questions I guess.

Was that horridly irresponsible of me?
How do I tell my parents?
How can I start eating really really inexpensively, while avoiding disgusting ramen?

They were already somewhat aware that I was planning on spending that economic stimulus money on something guitar-related, but that was more in the $250 range. Maybe 21 year-old college kids aren't as responsible as they think they are.

-Might be stupid

A: Dear Maybe,

A few important questions come up in your scenario. I'll answer them as they jump to mind:

Did you ever have a deal with your parents that you would help them pay for your schooling?

If the answer is no, you didn't need to feel obligated to use that money to help them. While it's indicative that you're probably taking them for granted, it's not a betrayal of trust. If yes, then you probably crossed the line.

You seriously didn't use it to pay off your credit card?</B>

This is about the most irresponsible thing ever. You need desperately to learn how to manage debt. If you have less money than you owe and then spend all the money that comes in, you're being foolish. No questions about it.

If you feel this bad about it, why are you asking US?

God gave you a conscience so you'd be able to follow it. If you feel you have done the wrong thing, undo it.

Don't lump all 21 year olds in with you!

That's not so much a question as an observation/command, but don't call all 21 year old students irresponsible simply because you have no sense of priority or propriety.

Look, now is the time to learn how to handle money. You have no obligations and some sort of decent income. You could be saving right now. In fact, I bet that's the track that your folks would most endorse, if they insist on continuing to pay for your education. You could be setting yourself up for when you get married and the gravy train suddenly stops rolling. If nothing else, you could be establishing a foundation of good spending habits that include, first and foremost, paying off debt whenever possible (ESPECIALLY credit card debt. It's horrible to have hanging over you!). I won't tell you purchasing the guitar was a terrible thing (OK, so I already did, but you know...I believe in guitars), but the habits it indicates are pretty bad.

Telling your parents is as simple as it sounds. Tell them what you did. Assuming you decide to keep the guitar, tell them why and explain your reasoning. If they tell you that they deserve better, then you listen to them or prepare to be footing your own tuition bills.

I wish you luck. I think if you look at this honestly, you'll know what to do and how to handle it. But if I leave you with anything, let it be a warning voice: handling money does not get easier with age. Take care to set up good habits now, or I guarantee you will regret it.

A: Dear George,

I want you to know that I agree with Claudio 667 million percent.

Also, I'd like to draw your attention to alleluia's answer in Board Question #35870. You are 21. You can make your own decisions without asking your parents for the permission, opinion, or blessing (although sometimes that is nice). Take responsibility for your own life.

That said, you weren't quite in the position to just lay down $500; you didn't just have the money on hand. So, think carefully from now on about what you're spending your money on.

-Kicks and Giggles

p.s. Check the archives for tips on how to eat for less money.
Question #45108 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, I have a roommate. (Who doesn't?)

She's the kind of person I've been trying to figure out what to do with for a long time... and now I have a chance to, so I'm looking for some input.

You've all met this kind of person: The Socially Awkward.

She has an interesting life-story and knows a lot of random things that are fun. She's a great story teller and I think she's awesome... however, she has no idea when to stop. The idea of a conversation being two-way is foreign to her. This makes group situations terrible because she's either not saying anything or saying absolutely everything. I would like to introduce her to my friends in the Ward and such (because she just moved in for the Spring/Summer), but don't want to feel obligated to bring her along because she needs friends... and (I know I'm a terrible person) don't want to sit there and listen to her dominate the entire time I have with my friends. In some ways, I feel like I just want to befriend her so I can change her socially awkward ways... show her the light, if you will.

So... the question(s): have you known socially awkward people? What happened? Were they successfully introduced to society? Or are they still sitting on the fringe? Any advice?

- The Social Butterfly

A: Dear Social Butterfly,

First, I want to point out that there's more than one way to be socially awkward besides a "feast or famine" conversational style, but, yes, that particular style of social awkwardness can be very tricky to work with. My suggestion would be to try and find a very polite, kind way of letting her know when she's talking too much. When she starts to dominate the conversation, try saying something like "Cindy, you've got some great stories, but I'd like to hear what some of the other people in the group have got to say" or "Can you hang on? I think that Matt was going to say something and you interrupted him." These tactics sound like they're more appropriate for a class setting, but sometimes you have to be that direct with someone who isn't picking up on conversational social cues. Just try to rein her in a little before you get really annoyed with her, because then you'll be more likely to snap and say something mean instead of kindly letting her know that she's monopolizing the conversation.

Good luck!

- Katya
Question #45103 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I plan to go to Rome this summer to study abroad with the University of Dallas before heading off to my first semester at BYU. I'm super excited! I realized, though, that I will be there for three weeks, and three weeks is a long time. I don't really want to go three weeks without any church. Since the program is through a very religious school I imagine they will be okay with me going to church, even if I'm not Catholic (I'll double check with them, of course).

My question is this: Are there any LDS churches in Rome? I googled and checked the lds.org site but was unsuccessful. According to the UD website I will be staying in their campus, "just off the Via Appia southeast of Rome".

much thanks,

- Mico, who knows Latin, not Italian... yet!

A: Dear traveler,

Mormon.org thinks there are four. (Select the country and then the four Roma wards.) Contacting the mission office should also help with any questions:

Italy Rome Mission
Piazza Carnaro, 20
00141 Rome RM
Phone: 39-068-719-3443

A: Dear Mico,

I know from experience that there's at least one. I went to sacrament meeting there, wearing the only shoes I had with me: a pair of broken flip flops that were taped together with red electrical tape I'd found on the side of the road. I figured, if dusty sandals were good enough for Jesus, they were good enough for me, right? Well, one lady in the congregation didn't think so. In the middle of the meeting she went and got some nice dress shoes out of her car and instructed me as only Italians can to put them on. After the meeting, she insisted that I keep them. I did. The end.


The Cleaning Lady
Question #45088 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How many miles per gallon does a fire engine get?

- Ivy Halls

A: Dear Ivy Halls,

First, let me congratulate you on one of the most brilliantly random questions I've seen lately. I'm not sure why, but I got a kick out of it. Anyway, I called the Provo Fire Department, and got transferred to Brent, the man in charge of maintaining the city's fleet of vehicles (for all their departments). He said they have two different sizes of trucks (with either a 55-foot ladder, or a 105-foot ladder); looking at the statistics for both together they average between 2.5 and 3 miles per gallon. I also found this site, which claims 5.44 miles per gallon for the trucks they were considering.

—Laser Jock
Question #44969 posted on 05/19/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I grew up in Utah and I remember seeing a story on one of the local news channels (KUTV, KTVX, KSL) about one of the reporters trying to join the Tabernacle Choir. My question is this: which reporter was it and when did this story air?

--Idiot Control Now

A: Dear Idiot Control,

I searched the online websites for all of the stations you mentioned (plus the local Fox affiliate), but didn't turn anything up. I'm assuming that it ran on KSL because that station is owned by the Church, so they tend to do a lot more, well, "puff pieces" about the MoTab. I sent an email to KSL to ask if they remembered any such piece, but it's been over a week and I haven't heard back from them. Sorry.

- Katya