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Posted on 07/25/2014 10:16 p.m. New Comment on: #78458 As the commenter pointed out in Board Question #77620 , there is fry sauce outside of ...
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

There's a Wendy's radio commercial on Z104 that I often hear when I'm driving home from work. In it, there are two girls and a guy doing a cover of a pop song that, for the life of me, I can't remember the name of. The only line that I can remember that might actually be in the real song is something like "I know you feel it too."

That's all I've got. Can you tell me the name of the real song?

-Wendy

A:

Dear Red,

While I may not be the most qualified writer to address the pretzel bun, I did immediately know to which ad you were referring. The one with this song, right? After a bit of searching I found that it is a parody of "To Be With You" by Mr. Big.

-M.O.D.A.Q.


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Question #78467 posted on 07/25/2014 4:36 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

My ward was just split. I got a week off of priesthood and sunday school because the bishop needed a week or two to get teachers in order for classes.

Instead of making everything a secret until all the sudden, why don't they split wards with a little bit of warning? This way people will continue to go to their old wards until new callings are made. Something like, "In three weeks, we'll split the ward. Until then, we're making prospective callings for both wards." This honestly doesn't make any sense to me.

Thanks,
Making New Friends

A:

Dear TARDIS cloister bells,

Father M. explains that keeping it a secret is a bit of a tradition, but it also prevents extra complaints and speculation. In the stake he's in the presidency of, they announce bishop changes two weeks in advance and ward splits a week or two in advance. The thing is, the bishop of the old ward can't call people to the new ward, and the new bishop can't start calling people until he's been sustained.

There's a method to the madness, as my English teacher used to say, but it's sometimes hard to see if you don't work with the behind the scenes details.

-Tally M.


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Question #78464 posted on 07/25/2014 2:48 p.m.
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100 Hour Board,

I was reading an article about brutalist architecture on college campuses and noticed some styles were similar to BYU... so I was trying to do some research on the construction and architecture of BYU buildings and couldn't find very much information on the subject- actually, none.

Thus my question is: when were most of the BYU buildings were built, and what style of architecture they are in?

-Architecurious

A:

Dear Architecurious,

I'm not sure where you were doing your research about the construction of BYU, but it seems you didn't come across the Wikipedia article "List of Brigham Young University buildings." That covers your first question, but the second is trickier because there is such a wide range in dates for these buildings. Wikipedia also has a Campus of Brigham Young University article, which notes that "The buildings feature a wide variety of architectural styles, each building being built in the style of its time." Board Question #30522 also mentions that there isn't one style of architecture that BYU buildings follow: "...walking through BYU's campus is a lesson in 20th century architectural history." I recommend you read through that answer, as it gives a great overview of the influences on BYU's architecture.

Like you, I noticed that our campus does have quite a bit of brutalist architecture, which I discovered while researching Board Question #75052. In that answer, I suggested that we see a lot of that style because many of the most common BYU buildings were built in the 1970's, when brutalist architecture was popular. Construction for that style of building was also relatively inexpensive and fast, so it was a great option for a growing university campus.

-Owlet


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Question #78458 posted on 07/25/2014 2:48 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

As the commenter pointed out in Board Question #77620, there is fry sauce outside of Utah. Besides a Burger King in Washington, I've had the privilege of having Utah fry sauce at Oahu's Kahuku Grill (yum!), and most recently, a Sonics in Boise. Where else, outside of Utah, can you think of that serves fry sauce?

-Chef N

A:

Dear Chefn,

I know in Eastern Washington, fry sauce isn't an uncommon commodity. I think I have found it available in gas stations there and many of the local fast food restaurants. 

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger (who had also seen it available at the WinCo in her hometown and has made it out of ketchup and mayonnaise in here kitchen) 

A:

Dear Rose,

According to M.O.D.A.K., it's common to eastern Idaho, and Arctic Circle—which is also the originator of fry sauce—serves it at all of its locations.

-Tally M.


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Question #78456 posted on 07/25/2014 2:42 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I may be a bit too sensitive when I watch movies/TV for my personal viewing pleasure or maybe I am just an odd duck, but when I watch entertainment, I not only think about the character in the storyline or who they represent in the broader society, but I think about that
actor as an individual. I think about who he/she is, what his/her day must have been like before filming, how he/she felt that night as they went to bed after a day of filming, etc. Does anyone else do this?

When I pursue my ADD thoughts, I begin to feel sorry for many of the actors.

It's no secret that many actors are chosen for their looks. Typically these "looks" are attractive, but often times these looks are because they are "overweight," "unattractive," they are of a certain race, they have a physical/mental disorder, etc in order to fulfill a role in the story. For instance, if a show/movie is about the harms of bullying, they may choose an overweight child in which people harshly criticize in the story and which to play the "victim" in the story. I think about that child actor and how they must feel knowing that they were chosen because they were "overweight," and even though the storyline is not real, and people are not truly bullying them, the statements about being "overweight" must still sting like heck. Am I right?

I know the actress that played Tracy in "Hairspray" says she is comfortable in her skin, and it didn't really affect her too much for her weight to be criticized in the movie, but what about other actors?

Do you know if acting cause them psychological problems because they were chosen for the physical qualities in which the story ridicules. For instance, like the little people in comedies.... people think it's hilarious when a little person gets angry and attacks an average sized person. Do you think this pains the little actor to know that he was chosen so people could make fun of him and laugh at him?

I guess... I'm rambling a lot, and my question isn't too clear. But do you know of any actors that are pained by being chosen for roles because they are fat, ugly, have a disability? or any roles that were particularly trying for them because they identified much with the character?

-Tim on a Kruse

A:

Dear Dorium,

From the various sites I've looked at, at least some don't seem to. They understand that they're playing a part, and they might even be more likely to get those parts because there are less people going for them.

I haven't found anything specifically that addresses the psychological detriments of being in such a role.

-Tally M.


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Question #78346 posted on 07/25/2014 2:36 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board Magicians,

I like secrets. Don't deny it.... you like secrets too!!!

I like Disney. Don't deny it... you like Disney too!!!

So, let's get together and talk about Disney (and by default, Disneyland) secrets!!!

I know the classic Disneyland secret about the bar above the Pirates of the Caribbean, and also the lame secret about the basketball court being in the Matterhorn (but turns out, it's a dinky, wimpy hoop -- hardly a court) so can you tell me more and better Disneyland secrets?

-Tinkerbell

P.S. Are there any future plans for "Frozen" rides, since they did so well? What are the next Disneyland rides in the making?

A:

Dear Cinnamon,

There are actually quite a few Disney secret blogs already out there with way more secrets than I could ever think of, and, best of all (to me, at least), there's even a Cracked post about the most unsettling Disney secrets (as a warning, it's Cracked, so there is language).

I also asked Azriel and Ace if they had anything not mentioned in the linked blogs. Azriel says there's an underground 50's diner back stage for cast members. Ace said that Doritos were invented at Disneyland. And she said that the Tiki Room was built to be a restaurant, but when Walt saw the birds, he knew people would just watch the show and take too long eating, so it became a show instead. Because it was built to be a restaurant it has bathrooms and since not may people know about them, they're the cleanest in the park.

-Marguerite St. Just


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Posted on 07/25/2014 2:32 p.m. New Comment on: #78449 What are good cleaning products/methods for when you have a baby in the house? How often ...
Posted on 07/25/2014 11:54 a.m. New Comment on: #78463 I will have more than 180 credits after fall semester. I heard rumors that BYU will ...
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Question #78463 posted on 07/25/2014 6 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I will have more than 180 credits after fall semester. I heard rumors that BYU will start charging you graduate student tuition when this happens. But I can't seem to find it anywhere. Is this true? What do you know about this? Thank you for your help!

-WorriedWarrior

A:

Dear friend,

As one who graduated with over 200 credits, I can attest that this is not the case. Though you do get to register for classes when the grad students do!

Peace,

-Stego Lily


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Question #78461 posted on 07/25/2014 2:06 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Regarding Board Question #78373 is Concorde back permanently?! She was my favorite writer of all time!

-Please say yes.

A:

Dear PSY,

When retired writers return, they pass through a probationary stage just like all other new writers. Assuming she passes this stage and doesn't set anything important on fire or quit to found a 99 Hour Board competitor, she will be around. I don't know if that answers your question, but we are happy to have her too.

-Editress

A:

Dear Editress,

...Does something smell like smoke to you? 

-Concorde


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Question #78453 posted on 07/24/2014 7:24 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have heard that all calico cats are female and that all orange cats are male. This seems to be true, what with all the observations of cats I've had throughout my lifetime. But I've been thrown a curveball because my neighbor's cat is an orange Persian whose name is Samantha. How can this orange kitty be female?! It totally throws that theory out the window...unless Samantha is an exception because she's a Persian and not a "normal" house cat...

-The Copacetic Duck

A:

Dear Daffy Donald Howard,

In cats there is a sex-linked O gene that determines the presence of red color variations. This specific allele occurs only on the X chromosome. In male cats with only one X chromosome, the presence of the dominant (O) allele creates orange-colored cats and the presence of the recessive (o) allele creates non-orange-colored cats. Similarly in females with with two X chromosomes, the presence of two dominant (OO) alleles creates orange-colored cats (like your neighbor's) while the presence of two recessive (oo) alleles creates non-orange-colored cats. Calico cats are created only when one X chromosome contains a dominant allele and the other contains a recessive allele, causing the two phenotypes to become mixed.

The majority of orange-colored cats are male because it is more likely for male cats to be orange colored. However, orange-colored female cats are far more common than calico male cats. The reason is because in order for a male cat to be calico he must have the chromosomal mutation known as Klinefelter syndrome, which means they have two X chromosomes and one Y chromosome, and then have one dominant allele on one chromosome and one recessive allele on the other. This is the case for only one in every few thousand calico cats, compared to a few of every ten orange-colored cats that are female. You can read more about cat coloration genetics at this Wikipedia page on the subject.

-M.O.D.A.Q.


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Question #78454 posted on 07/24/2014 7:24 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So everyone has been taught that "Nauvoo" is a Hebrew word for "Beautiful City," but both Modern and Biblical Hebrew do not use this word. To say "Beautiful City" is עיר יפה (Ear Yafae). But I understand that there are many ways to say beautiful city... synonyms... so it's all good. However, when I asked my Hebrew professor, she said she has no idea where the word "Nauvoo" comes from or why that word was chosen. She said that she suspects it must be an extremely obscure word -- a word she is not familiar with. And she wasn't sure why they would use that word over the common way to say "Beautiful City" or how they would know of this word to begin with if it's not used. So where exactly did the city get it's name? What Hebrew source did it come from? Is it from an obscure, not used Hebrew?

Also, can you tell me of the Hebrew names in the Book of Mormon? Lehi means "cheek," Mulekites comes from the word for "king," Laban means "white," Benjamin means "son of the right hand," but (for example) Abinodai seems Hebrew. What does it mean?

Abinadi?
Nephi?
Helemen?
Mormon?
Moroni?
Enos?
Alma?

**Note: I'm pretty sure not all of these are Hebrew, but can you tell me BOM Hebrew names and their meanings.

-Sage

A:

Dear Tessa,

Nauvoo comes from the Hebrew word נָאָה (naah), a verb meaning to be beautiful.  The reason Joseph picked a form of this particular word for renaming Commerce, Illinois is likely because it is used in the Old Testament. Sometimes we forget how familiar Joseph was with Hebrew-particularly biblical Hebrew. In his study and inspired translation of the Bible, he likely came across this word. Additionally, Joseph's Hebrew tutor Joshua Seixas used "nauvoo" as a form of this word in his A Manual of Hebrew Grammar for the Use of Beginners, which Joseph had in his library.

In my search for the meaning of Hebrew names in the Book of Mormon, I discovered the Book of Mormon Onomasticon which gives etymologies for all the names you asked about. However, most of the names could come from one of a few different origins and thus have one of a few different meanings.

-M.O.D.A.Q.


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Question #78448 posted on 07/24/2014 7:24 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

We aren't very messy, just average amount (dishes in the sink sometimes but we always take out the trash etc). We live in a basement and see spiders, centipedes, mites, and beetles. We have fumigated. Some of the insect varieties are still coming. If we are freakishly clean (like vaccum 2x/day and clean twice a week, not to mention not leavin ANY food out) would that help at all? Or are we doomed because we're in the basement of a 100 year old home that has open spaces in the walls?

-clean?

A:

Dear Clean,

Based on my experience, cleaner areas have fewer bug problems, even in circumstances where bugs are common. If you're having bug problems, you shouldn't be leaving any food out. If you have a dishwasher, just rinse off the dishes and put them in the dishwasher right away. If you don't have a dishwasher, at least rinse off the dishes before you leave them in the sink. Avoid leaving food out at all costs.

You mentioned vacuuming, but how often do you sweep? If you have hard flooring in the kitchen, be sure to sweep frequently. Crumbs in the food area are a huge attraction for bugs. On that note, consider where you're putting the garbage can. If it's right next to a wall area with a lot of cracks and other inviting entrances for bugs, consider moving it to another area of the room.

Also, when you say you've fumigated, what exactly to you mean? Do you mean that you've actually undergone the strenuous (and somewhat extreme) step of professional whole-building fumigation? If that didn't help, I'm not sure that there's much you can do. Something about your home must be very inviting to bugs. Or did you use a consumer-grade "bug bomb" product? If that's not helping and you're keeping the area clean (particularly in regards to food) it's time to call a professional exterminator. 

Good luck!

- Haleakalā


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Question #78445 posted on 07/24/2014 7:18 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Los Hermanos in Provo serves a drink called the Oasis Bliss, which involves "exotic Mediterranean flavor" and vanilla ice cream. The menu doesn't say what that flavor is and the employee I asked couldn't tell me either. I ordered it anyway, but though it's delicious, I haven't been able to determine what's in it. The flavor is very mild and I detect a little bit of orange-y citrus. Do you know what the alleged Mediterranean flavor is or could be?

-name your favorite Nsync song

A:

Dear Bye Bye Bye,

I found this recipe that calls for dates and yayfulness's wife knows someone who used to work at Los Hermanos and according to her contact the ingredients are pureed dates, Sprite, and vanilla ice cream poured over ice. Dates seem to be the most likely suspect for the mystery flavor.

-M.O.D.A.Q.


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Question #78396 posted on 07/24/2014 4 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do you find a purpose/calling/meaning in your life, a career you'll enjoy, life goals that you actually want, things that you're passionate about doing and/or achieving, and major?

Thanks,
potato

A:

Dear human,

Pray and press forward with your life's activities, even if you do not know what you want yet. I would avoid putting the goal to find your passion on a timeline or having an expectation that you will ever feel certain about what you want out of life. I think our lives and our desires change and that that's okay.

Like Anne, I do not believe in a "one true passion" for anyone. But I know that in my life, as I have been open to unexpected possibilities and willing to take the emotional risk of letting myself care about things really, really deeply, that I have found passions. But it didn't happen because I was looking for it, it happened because I was willing to let the Lord lead me.

-Sheebs

A:

Dear you,

Like Sheebs above, I think that focusing too much on this type of thing can be detrimental.

Additionally, being the heartlessly practical person that I am, I'll put in a few words against passion.

I think that the world wants us to find the "one true major/career/etc." that fulfills us in every way, but I don't think that's how it works. At the end of the day, what matters most are those things that the Gospel focuses on: personal progress towards God and one's best self and eternal families. I think that making these things our passion will allow us to find joy and fulfillment in many righteous and worthwhile efforts, even if we're not one of those people with an all-consuming passion for any particular career or vocation or hobby.

~Anne, Certainly


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Question #78452 posted on 07/24/2014 3:30 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why do women wear engagement rings but men don't? I think it'd be helpful if men wore something or had some kind of sign to show their love for someone else...

-Kanadian Angel

A:

Dear Angel,

You can read about the origins of the engagement ring tradition in Board Question #50185, in which Laser Jock also explains why the custom wasn't established for men. For more discussion about what men can wear as a "sign" of their love/engagement, see Board Question #74652Board Question #66832, and Board Question #33047.

The archives are a beautiful thing.

-Owlet


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Question #78415 posted on 07/24/2014 2:48 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What different events can an LDS wedding (not just the ceremony but other events that day or leading up to/after it) include and how common are they? So for example of what I mean: how common is a luncheon after the ceremony and who goes/what is it? What do you normally do between ceremony and reception if you choose to have them the same day? Family dinners, receptions, open houses, luncheons, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, etc. etc. Basically I want to know all the formats and options to pick from for a wedding.

Thanks,
clam chowder

A:

Dear Donna,

There are no definitive sources, neither do there seem to be any anecdotal sources regarding frequency of various occurrences.

However, I'll try to present the options for you.

What time of day of day do you want to be sealed? If in the morning, have a wedding luncheon after the ceremony. If in the afternoon, have a wedding brunch before the ceremony. If in the evening, have a wedding linner before (I've never heard of evening sealings though). 

Receptions and open houses greatly depend on family circumstances. Do you both have family where the sealing is taking place? Reception shortly following wedding, usually the day of. Do you both have family out of town? Different receptions/open houses dependent on locations. Usually takes place sometime after the honeymoon.

Family dinners typically happen the night before the wedding; according to the internet, bachelorette parties should be held at least two weeks before the wedding; the bridal shower can fall anywhere between two months and two weeks before the wedding. 

Who's invited to these events really depends on your relationships with people and your budget, e.g., a smaller budget means inviting only closer friends and family.

The buffet of wedding events is definitely a full one to choose from, and I highly recommend Pinterest to help you out.

-Tally M.


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Question #78449 posted on 07/24/2014 2:48 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are good cleaning products/methods for when you have a baby in the house? How often should you clean? Sanitize? Wash bedding? Vacuum? Etc.

-Mother

A:

Dear Mom,

Vinegar is actually a total cure-all in terms of cleaning and I recommend that if you're worried about chemical cocktails or fumes or anything like that. It doesn't smell great, but it's a perfectly fine all-purpose cleaner. There are also a variety of household cleaners on the market that style themselves as safe for use around pets and children. 

As for how often you should clean, I would suggest just cleaning as often as you feel needed. When things get dirty, clean them. If things don't get dirty fast or are not used often, a good rule of thumb is a quick weekly wipe down (bathrooms, for example) and a more thorough cleaning every two weeks or so. You want to build the immunity of your baby, so don't go overboard with things like sanitizing. It's perfectly normal and fine for children be naturally introduced to some germs so they can build defenses against things. Super sterile environments don't help children in the long run. Wash bedding as you normally do, unless it gets soiled earlier. Basically, just clean when needed and don't let the baby stress you out too much. They are hardy little goobers and will do just fine in any moderately clean (or even just straight up messy sometimes) environment. 

-Concorde


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Question #78417 posted on 07/24/2014 1:30 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are the arguments for and against bridesmaids for a temple wedding? Does it actually make people feel more included if they're too young to attend the ceremony or don't have a recommend? Is it a waste to do so? Is it the only way to guarantee some friends will come to town since they'll know they'll miss the actual ceremony? What else should be considered?

Thanks,
killian

A:

Dear killian,

There really isn't much for me to say here, except that I think you're more or less right about all of your assumptions. Having bridesmaids and groomsmen affords family members and close friends a position of honor that both they and the other guests will recognize.

So, to give a direct answer to the question in your first sentence... The argument for bridesmaids is that you'll be able to honor people who are significant to you, and they'll get a special place in pictures you'll be looking at 30 years from now. The argument against bridesmaids is that really, apart from being honored, they don't actually do or get anything.

As far as the other questions go, I think that your assessment of the situation is at least as accurate as anything I could write. Best of luck!

-yayfulness


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Question #78408 posted on 07/24/2014 10:12 a.m.
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Dear Board-100,

How many songs can you think of that were made on the principles described in Brett Domino's "How to Make a Hit Pop Song"?

-Board-M

A:

Dear friend,

For those who haven't seen the aforementioned video (and its sequel), here are the principles for making a hit pop song, divided into "Basic" (from the first video) and "Advanced" (from the second video).

Basics:

1) Instrumental hook: A catchy tune on an unfamiliar instrument, on top of a funky beat.
2) Vocal hook: A memorable sentence repeated throughout the song, doubles as the title. The words should be sexy.
3) Lyrics: They can be generic and meaningless, but they should also be sexy and provocative.

Advanced:

1) Chorus: The first tune that comes into your head
2) Lyrics: use rhyming words, make it cool and sexy. Extra points for using the names of capitol cities.
3) Autotune: somewhere between "natural" and "extreme".
4) Vocal Effects: reverb, pitch shifter, stutter...anything you can do to spice things up. Nobody wants to here your naked voice.
5) 808 Drums
6) Euphoric Buildup: this could sound like a drier approaching the spin cycle, an airplane taking of, or anything that quickly increases volume.

I haven't found many songs that use all of these techniques, but I've found a lot that use many or most. Were I more familiar with pop music, I could give you a massive list. As it is, here's what I've got:

  • Paradise, Coldplay
  • Sail, AwolNation
  • Can't Hold Us, Macklemore
  • Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Come With Me Now, Congos
  • Say Something, A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
  • Fancy, Iggy Azalea
  • Switch, Will Smith
  • Turn Down for What, DF Snake and Little Jon
  • Baby, Justin Bieber
  • Good Life, OneRepublic
  • Apologize, OneRepublic
  • SexyBack, Justin Timberlake
  • Happy, Pharrell Williams
  • Best Day of My Life, American Authors
  • Safe and Sound, Capitol Cities
  • Never There, Cake
  • Short Skirt Long Jacket, Cake
  • The Distance, Cake
  • Gangnam Style, Psy
  • Party in the USA, Miley Cyrus
  • Team, Lorde
  • Royals, Lorde
  • Poker Face, Lady Gaga
  • Just Dance, Lady Gaga
  • Hollaback Girl, Gwen Stefani
  • Who Let the Dogs Out?, Baha Men
  • Ain't It Fun, Paramore
  • I Love It, Charlie XCX
  • Friday, Rebecca Black
  • California Gurls, Katy Perry
  • Roar, Katy Perry

Like I said, none of these adhere one hundred percent to Domino's principles, but they're close enough to demonstrate that a catchy hook and repetitive lyrics are insanely important in pop music. 

Peace,

-Stego Lily


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Question #78440 posted on 07/24/2014 10:12 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Who thought it was a good idea to make white underwear? It seems to be the worst color possible since it shows everything, but somehow it's the default color? Seriously? Why?!

-Whitie Tightie

A:

Dear,

In the beginning (I'm not sure exactly who instigated it, sorry), the best way to clean underwear was to boil and bleach it. It makes sense that you'd only want to bleach white undergarments. When underwear started becoming more of a fashion item in the 1960's, manufacturers and designers began experimenting with more fabrics and colors. Additionally, current washing technology removes the need to boil and bleach, allowing other colors of underclothing to be successful. However, a lot of products still follow tradition, so the original white color is our default. It usually isn't meant to be seen, anyway.

-Owlet


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Question #78442 posted on 07/24/2014 10:12 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Who is your favorite super hero?

-The Exquisite

A:

Dear Exquisite,

Me.

-->Captain Obvious Ego

A:

Dear Fantastic Four #81,

Spider-Man, but I love a lot of superheroes. Here are a few of my favorites and why they're awesome:

  • Spider-Man The Spider-Man name has unfortunately been marred by the Tobey Maguire trilogy. If you have not seen the reboots with Andrew Garfield, do so now. Not only do they have Gwen instead of Mary Jane, the character of Peter Parker is not lame and annoying. Peter Parker has always been my favorite alter ego. He is far more relatable than a super soldier or Norse god. He sends a message that those who are weak and flawed can become something great. Additionally, he's a good person. He's hard not to like. For example, during the events of the Civil War series when he sided with Tony Stark and the Superhuman Registration Act, I wasn't upset with him because I was able to understand what would make him want to make that decision. Furthermore, his reaction upon recognizing his decision as a mistake showed humility and made me like his character even more. I'll stop with this because I could spend hours explaining why Peter Parker is amazing.
  • Wolverine The mutants are a great inspiration for social outcasts. There's a lot of allegory for racial issues in the X-Men. Some have even compared Charles Xavier to Martin Luther King and Magneto with Malcolm X. Unfortunately, many of the X-Men are really boring or annoying characters. Wolverine himself doesn't address these issues often but it's just an exciting character. It's interesting to see a character that has seen so much and how he copes with not only what he has seen but what he has done. It's also neat to see what issues compel him to work with others and how his abrasive personality fits in (or doesn't fit in) with the group dynamic.
  • Ant-Man (Hank Pym) My favorite thing about comic books is how important science is. The smartest people are the most important because they're the ones coming up with the ideas to save the world from imminent destruction. Among the top minds there are Reed Richards, Tony Stark, and Hank McCoy. While they are all great I find none of them as interesting as Hank Pym. While Hank makes some mistakes, there's a great storyline where he redeems himself for his wrongdoings. He generally comes across as caring and moral.
  • Hawkeye Honestly, I didn't much like the Hawkeye series until I started reading the most recent run. The storyline and artwork is amazing and both the Clint Barton and Kate Bishop Hawkeyes are fantastic. Just go and read the first few issues of it. You'll get what I'm saying.
  • Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) The original Captain Marvel was kind of boring but ever since Carol took over the mantle it's been much more exciting. Additionally, Carol is a character that frequently has interactions with other versions of characters, including herself, across the multiverse which can make for some really fascinating stories. There's a great time-travel storyline towards the beginning of the Captain Marvel run with Carol taking over and I don't usually like time-travel storylines so that's saying something. I've heard that the Ms. Marvel that replaced Carol is also a really fantastic series but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet.
  • Kitty Pryde Read Astonishing X-Men vol. 3 #1-24 and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1. It's impossible not to love Kitty Pryde after reading those. Also, she has a pet dragon who is an alien/informant for a secret government organization.
  • Deadpool Deadpool is a fun character. He frequently breaks the fourth wall and through his own insanity adds a lot of metahumor. While they both have similar regenerative abilities, he stands in contrast to the serious, gruff Wolverine and provides an interesting, humorous alternative to dealing with not being able to die.
  • X-23 Laura is a great retelling of the classic "created to be a perfect killing machine but now seeks to turn her life around" archetype. Without spoiling anything going on in the comics right now, I expect to see a lot more of her in the coming months.
  • Squirrel Girl Yes, she is a real superheroine. Yes, everything about her is rodent-themed. She's actually defeated a lot of really powerful baddies, a fact that has becoming almost a running joke with writers referencing how she defeated so-and-so even though that battle is never depicted. Squirrel Girl is as awesome as I'm sure you're imaging right now. I hope she gets a part in one of the future Avengers movies.
  • Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) I haven't read as much DC as Marvel because a lot of DC characters (especially Superman) are incredibly boring. The Batman family is a notable exception. I'm highlighting Barbara because her new outfit is the best superheroine outfit I've ever seen and also because she's a librarian, which is awesome in and of itself.

Additionally, there are a lot of characters that I hope get some screen time in this budding age of superhero movies. They include, but are not limited to, Black Bolt and the Inhumans, the Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda, Namor and the Atlanteans (I especially hope Namor gets a movie), Doctor Strange (let's hope the Doctor Strange movie rumors are true!), and Spider-Woman. For now, let's just keep our fingers crossed that the Fantastic Four reboot is as much of an improvement as the Spider-Man reboot was.

-M.O.D.A.Q.

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Dear you,

Perhaps ironically, Captain America.

~Anne, Certainly

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Dear Exquisite, 

Captain 'Murica. Not only does he start out in the armed forces (I have a major thing for military uniforms) and then become an awesome superhero, but he's just a really, really good guy. He's disciplined, he's loyal and he works hard and just genuinely wants to do good and help others, without any thought for himself. 

-Concorde

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Dear Exquisite,

Iron Man. He's full of himself, he's an engineer, he doesn't take life too seriously, he's morally-directed, and every super power he has is of his own design. In other words, he's just like me!

Or the Avatar. Because (s)he's an eons-old spirit who's lived thousands of lives and saved the world thousands of times.

-El-ahrairah

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Dear Exquisite,

Does the Doctor count? I think the Doctor should count.

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger  

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Dear The Exquisite,

Katya.

-Owlet


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Question #78444 posted on 07/24/2014 10:12 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board (not doctors),

Let's say I have really painful menstrual cramps. They aren't caused by endometriosis or anything. I'm not overweight by any means, but I am not strong (I can do... maybe three pushups). If I make a real effort to improve my core strength and start working out for once, will this lessen my cramps?

-avoiding dire pain would be the best motivation!

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Dear Painivation,

The pain you experience from menstrual cramps comes from contractions in your uterus as it allows the uterine lining to go out of your body. When your uterus contracts too strongly, it can cut off the supply of oxygen to nearby blood vessels and muscles (abdominals and back), resulting in pain. Generally women who exercise regularly tend to have fewer or less severe cramps. So yes, working to improve your core will probably help less your cramps, other forms of regular exercise will as well. 

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger (who thanks you for providing her with new motivation to exercise) 

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Dear motivation,

In addition, Board Question #42552 gives some great advice about relieving menstrual pain, including exercise! I really think improving your overall fitness, not just your core, will likely help—largely because of the emotional and hormonal benefits of exercise (which is why WebMD recommends aerobic activity to relieve menstrual pain, and other sources recommend yoga and stretches as well), and also because of improved blood circulation. Although experts disagree, it's definitely worth a shot. Best of luck!

-Owlet


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Question #78380 posted on 07/24/2014 10:06 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Gross question alert.
I know you're not doctors, etc etc.

I've had my sister and my wife tell me that my perpetual green/yellow snot and boogers is not normal. (I don't always have snot/boogers coming from my nose. Just when I do, they are green/yellow. This happens regardless of being sick or not.) My sister told me this years ago and my wife has recently confirmed the idea. Am I just a green booger freak? What's the deal?

Thanks, and sorry for the gross question,

Mucus monster
PS-my wife chose that 'nym

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Dear human,

I am happy to report that it is possible to have yellow or green mucus and be healthy! I did a bit of googling and found a website that suggests that the green color can simply be the result of the mucus sitting in your sinuses for an extended amount of time - it doesn't necessarily indicate an infection.

-Sheebs


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Question #78389 posted on 07/24/2014 10:06 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a super hard, super long question to ask, but here goes.

I have this friend, who is amazing. During the summer, we aren't in the same state. She has been through a lot in her life, and serves as semi- psychiatrist/counselor to people she meets who have undergone things like abuse, like I did. She never tries to fill in for a professional, but serves as an intermediary, helping people transition to seeing a full-time counselor. It's a lot easier to talk to a very wise friend with some training as a friend than it is to see a counselor, and it helps to start somewhere, but she always encourages people to get "real" help.

She has this friend. He was sexually abused at some point in time, and he needs a lot of help. I feel really bad for this young man, because I know what that's like. However, he refuses to even admit that he has a problem, and on some days he pretends like nothing ever even happened and he doesn't know what she's talking about, which is really sad. Except recently, it's been becoming a lot less sad and a lot more....scary.

One night, she was over at his place just talking, and as she went to leave, she went to give him a goodbye hug, and he was so out of control and in a bad place that he reacted like she was attacking him.

He assaulted her. Not badly enough that she has serious bruises or anything, but he definitely tackled her to the ground, and she was terrified and left right away. The next few times she's seen him, he keeps trying to act like everything's OK, and acts like he doesn't know what she's talking about - like he doesn't even remember.

She isn't going to call the police, because she's been friends with him for a long time, and because she is getting serious spiritual promptings to stay the heck away from everything to do with him, which I think is a good plan. I sent him a text saying that if he didn't begin seeing a professional counselor IMMEDIATELY, which is free/cheap at our non-BYU university, I was going to have to call the cops for the safety of those around him. I really feel like I should- he's deteriorated so much even since I've known him, and he assaulted another person, and either doesn't or refuses to remember it! I feel super worried about everyone that he's around right now.

He let me know that he still refuses to see a counselor. If I put my money where my mouth (and heart!) is, I should report this to the police immediately, but I have some concerns......

-I'm not the one who was assaulted. Does this matter?
-There were no bruises and no witnesses, just her word against his, although she (a) put together a very detailed record, (b) went to see someone immediately after and told them, (c) had discussed her concerns about this young man with the bishop several months prior (with me as well). Will this even work?
-I'm not going to be in the same state as them for over a month. I know I can call their local police, but will I have to be available for anything? How much do local laws matter?


And finally......
-Am I doing the right thing??!?!


-Between a rock and a REALLY hard place....

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Dear friend,

I'll answer your last question first: yes, you are absolutely doing the right thing. History of abuse or not, this man assaulted your friend, and I think it's good that you're planning to report him, for the safety of those around him.

However, I think you should absolutely talk to your friend first. I know she doesn't want to report him to the police, but how does she feel about you doing so? Would she testify against him if it went to court? I'm not a lawyer, so I can't comment on whether or not you have enough evidence to go on, but I highly doubt this will go anywhere unless your friend is willing to testify. It's perfectly legal for someone other than the victim to report an assault case, but generally nobody will be charged if the victim refuses to testify.

If this goes to court, you might be called in as a witness, in which case you would need to attend the trial. Other than that though, I don't think there's any reason why they would need you to be in the same state.

Good luck with everything! Readers, if you have any pertinent information to add, please do so. 

Peace,

-Stego Lily


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Question #78374 posted on 07/24/2014 10:06 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board Canadians (Is Sheebs Canadian?),

I'm a fan of "How I Met Your Mother," and I always think it's hilarious when they snicker and take jabs at Robin's Canadian heritage. I find it hilarious. (Partly because I'm an American living in Canada). But I was wondering how Canadians felt about these jokes -- do they find it offensive? Or do they laugh right along with the Canadian jokes because they ring true?

Can you tell me some Canadian jokes? Or a good website? :)

-Maple Leaf

P.S. When does the last season of "How I Met Youth Mother" become available on netflix?

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Dear American human,

I've never seen that show, but I imagine Canadians find them pretty funny because self-deprecation and being the butt of other people's jokes is a big part of the national Canadian sense of humour.

That said, there is a certain line that Americans may not cross in telling jokes about Canada. A big part of being Canadian is being not American, so we don't like it when Americans joke about how Canada is exactly like the US. Other than that, I think everything is free game. 

-Sheebs, who is indeed Canadian

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Dear you,

1. Back in the history of the Great White North, they needed to decide on what they would call their fair land. So, Sir John A MacDonald and his buddies got together to have a meeting about it.

After a few hours where everybody politely supported everybody else's suggestion, the group decided that the best way to choose a name so nobody's feelings were hurt would be by drawing it out of a hat. So, they put a bunch of letters into Sir John's toque and began pulling them out one by one.

Sir John pulled out the first letter: "C, eh?"

Sir John pulled out the second letter: "N, eh?"

Sir John pulled out the third letter: "D, eh?"

And that is how Canada got its name.

2. Take a fork. What is it? It is a fork. Now break off one of the four tines. What is it now? Well, when it had four tines it was a fork. It follows that now that it has three tines it is a threek. Now break off one more tine. What is it now?

 toque.jpg

(a toque)

~Anne, Certainly (who will be in Canada a mere few days after this question posts. Hurrah!)

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Dear Canadian Space Agency,

I'm not Canadian, but I'll just leave these here:

Canada Hat.jpg(source)

Canada War.jpeg(source)

-Tally M.

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Dear Acer,

Canada: has never had a girlfriend. Just saying.

Season 9 of HIMYM should be on Netflix at the end of the summer, most likely in September.

-M.O.D.A.Q.

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Dear Maple Leaf,

I love Canada jokes. But you know why we make them? I think it's because we're secretly scared. The United States has invaded Canada twice. The score so far? Canada: 2, US: 0.

Maybe this isn't totally illogical.

-yayfulness


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Question #78446 posted on 07/24/2014 4 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

When some of the English-speaking authors I follow reveal their cover designs for various countries, the Japanese ones are always in manga style. Is there any particular reason for this, or is manga art really that popular over there?

-Sokka's Boomerang

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Dear Sokka's Boomerang,

According to my friend who served his mission in Japan, almost all artwork over there is in the manga style. It is wildly popular in the culture, and everyone draws in that same style. Other styles of art in Japan are rare. 

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger 


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