"It's kind of fun to do the impossible. " - Walt Disney
Question #83665 posted on 09/02/2015 4:22 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are all the situations in which a That Was Easy button would be inappropriate?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YmMNpbFjp0

-EZ-BRZY

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Dear you,

  • The first day of class
  • The second day of class
  • The third day of class
  • etc...

-Zedability


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Question #83737 posted on 09/02/2015 3:56 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I heard that the BYU student insurance isn't going to be good enough to meet the requirements for Obamacare starting fall semester. Is that true? how could that happen? Did the BYU insurance change or did Obamacare change?

-I don't even use health insurance

A:

Dear Doctor,

You will use health insurance at some point. Guaranteed. It's worth it to have.

A former Board writer actually posted a link on Facebook to a blog post that pretty well sums up how BYU losing ACA status may affect your situation.

Unfortunately, even the post writer couldn't find much on why BYU insurance no longer meets the requirements. Zed mentioned that it's possible that BYU insurance never qualified, but there was a bit of a grace period that recently ended.

-Tally M.


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Question #83728 posted on 09/02/2015 3:19 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What do you think of the Dunning-Kruger effect? Do you think it's happened to you? What side were you on, the unskilled or skilled side?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

-Sapiosexual

A:

Dear Attractive/ed Person,

Two stories:

-When I was younger, I used to be into magic a lot. I had a few tricks I could do which I thought were pretty neat. When I went to my second year of EFY, I figured I could get into the talent show pretty easily. I was so confident that I didn't practice one bit. When I found out the audition time was a lot earlier than I'd anticipated, I rushed to the place and, very flustered, tried to do my routine. Basically nothing worked. The experience was so embarrassing that I largely stopped performing after that (but there are still a couple of card tricks I like to keep handy for parties and stuff).

-When I was a freshman at BYU, I went to HumorU shows a lot. It was basically my go-to date, actually. At one of the shows, they mentioned you could try out to join the club at one of their open-mic nights. So, I started developing some bids in my head. I spent a long time thinking about how funny it all was and how I was basically going to kill it at my audition. Before I actually did, though, I figured that I should at least practice it once (that magic incident really scarred me, I think). So, one day when I was alone in my Helaman Halls dorm room, I closed the door, grabbed a flashlight, stood in front of the mirror and started going through my jokes.

I didn't finish the routine. Everything sounded far less funny outside of my head. I didn't end up auditioning, and I don't think I ever will. Better to leave that stuff to the professionals.

-Frère Rubik

A:

Dear Sapio,

I think there is some truth to it, but I feel like a person's personality has the most influence over their self-perception, not necessarily their intelligence level. 

However, this happens to me all the time with tech stuff, especially at work. I'm the youngest person on my team by at least 15 years which means that I know how to use iPads and AppleTV. I'm so good at solving computer issues (read: Googling our issues and emailing I.T.) that my teammates have literally nicknamed me "The Wizard." Sometimes it goes to my head, thinking that I can fix all our phone and Internet issues, but in reality all the troubleshooting I know how to do consists of restarting something. 

Also, if I binge on Grey's Anatomy, I sometimes think that I am a super cool surgeon or medical prodigy. But it's just me...in my pajamas...going on my third hour of Netflix. 

-Ms.O'Malley

A:

Dear Jo,

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

-El-ahrairah, who often feels much wiser than he actually is

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Dear Yosef,

I have an unfortunate amount of self-recorded VHS and cassette tapes of me "performing" that can prove this happened to me a lot as a kid. (And if you can't tell from that sentence, I was on the unskilled side.) Thankfully, no one uses those things any more so the embarrassing evidence is all but gone. At least, I hope it is. 

-Auto Surf


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Question #83732 posted on 09/02/2015 2:08 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Therapist Recommendation Experts,

What do you do when seeing a therapist was a bad experience? Like, things just got worse instead of better? And you really don't want to see another therapist because it's really hard (emotionally) for you to explain your problem and you don't fully believe they'll do better than the last guy?

-I don't want to talk about it

A:

Dear Don't Want,

I am truly sorry that you had a bad experience with therapy. I think it's really quite commendable that you went, and that even though it was not a positive experience, you haven't completely written off therapy as an avenue for healing and improvement. As a therapist, one of my soapboxes is, of course, how therapy is a worthwhile endeavor. The other soapbox, though, is making sure that people know what they're getting into as far as therapy goes. Especially if you're new to therapy, you may have some misconceptions about what therapy will be like as well as how to know if it's going well. That being said, I have a few thoughts for you that may help answer your questions.

First, therapists are all human. Just like the humans you find in any other profession, not all therapist humans will be a good fit for you. This makes sense, given the likelihood that not every professor or teacher you have ever had has taught in a way that works the best for you; not every hairstylist you've ever been to has given you a stellar haircut; and not every person you met in your kindergarten class turned out to be your BFF. This doesn't necessarily mean that any of these people are bad or incompetent. It really could just be a matter of fit. Something about the two of you just didn't click, or they don't have much expertise in that particular area. I've experienced this before from the therapist's perspective. Sometimes you can work through it together, but sometimes the best option truly is for the client to move to another therapist. Other times, the fit may be okay, and the professional in question may be competent, but they make a mistake (or several) that are really difficult for the client to move past. Unfortunately, though hopefully rarely, you may run into a therapist who is truly incompetent. If this is the case, know that the odds of your next therapist being a competent one is decent. The training process for therapists is grueling enough that by and large, most of them know what they're doing (though they may have very different opinions on how to do it). You have the right to try as many therapists as you need to in order to find one that fits for you, and you also have the right to report any therapist who you feel is being unethical. 

Secondly, know that good therapy can be painful. It is astonishing to me the number of clients who come into therapy wanting to overcome a past trauma, process a painful experience, decrease their anxiety, get rid of a phobia, address their depression--you name it--but somehow expect that we can do this without things getting raw and real. This simply isn't the case. Therapy can be really tough and emotionally exhausting. The cliche "things will get worse before they get better" applies to therapy often. For many clients, it seems like therapy is a mixed bag, especially in the beginning stages. They leave the session feeling both better and worse at the same time, because the discomfort and the healing are wound tightly together. An increase in distress after starting therapy does not mean that it isn't working. It's because therapy often involves digging up stuff that you've tried really hard to wall off for a long time, and it involves facing a lot of painful emotions. That being said, a good therapist will not force you to go deeper or faster than you can handle. Discomfort is okay, but everyone has limits, and if yours are being exceeded then either therapy needs to slow down, make a course correction, or it may be time for you to look for a new therapist. 

Lastly, try as many therapists as you need to, keeping the above in mind. Finding "the right therapist" does not mean therapy will be sunshine and daisies and you'll leave every session feeling like the king of the world. What it does mean is that you feel a good connection with the therapist and hope for things to improve. Good therapists and effective therapy is out there, I promise. Don't give up because of one bad experience, even though it was truly painful. Your mental health and well-being are worth more than that.

-Divya


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Question #83731 posted on 09/02/2015 1:38 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have another canning question. Let's say I'm canning peaches at Provo's altitude of 4,550 feet and transporting them to California at sea level. Because I'm going from a higher to a lower altitude, there is more pressure on the jars at sea level thus creating a greater vacuum seal on the jars. Conversely, when going to a higher elevation I'm more likely to get jars that could leak because of less pressure. Am I correct in this assumption? Does this have anything to do with Boyle's law and pressure equilibrium? It has been a while since I took chemistry and physics but hopefully my memory is correct. Thanks as usual.

-Salty Dog

A:

Dear you,

Yeah, I think you're totally correct on all counts. It's kind of like how shampoo bottles can leak all over your clothes when you fly - the pressure is so much lower. Similarly, if you've ever opened a carton of yogurt in Utah and had it squirt all over you, that's why; the pressure is lower. And Boyle's law definitely illustrates this.

Man, I feel like this is a boring answer, but I can't really think of anything to say other than "you're right!"

-Zedability


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Question #83705 posted on 09/02/2015 1:04 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

After 5 years, I finally became brave enough to leave a relationship where I felt belittled and often put down. He wasn't happy about it, but oh well. Thanks to all of you for sharing what you are looking for and what you see as normal or important in a relationship. You all helped a ton.

I don't have access to a counselor right now, but have spent the past 6 months focusing on me. The problem is - scary dating possibilities are here. And I have a really hard time accepting attention or thinking I'm worth it. If a guy asks me on a date, I think he must be broken, because why on earth would he be interested in me?

Any of you have any suggestions of ways I can approach this normally? Is it normal to expect or be comfortable with someone liking you? Or thinking you are cool? Does that ever stop being extremely weird?

I am pretty comfortable with myself normally and my esteem isn't too bad when I'm on my own, but it seems to dip really fast when it gets attention, which I don't think is normal.

-Trying really hard

A:

Dear you,

I think most of us sometimes undervalue ourselves, and the amount and frequency to which that happens probably changes for different individuals and at different times in our lives.

For example, I struggled more than I might normally during my period of engagement. My husband is a great guy, and I was dealing with some difficult personal issues during our engagement that at times made me feel so mismatched - like he was not going to end up with the person he deserved if he married me.

I agree with the idea that sometimes we are our own worst critics. You're not unusual for being that way, but that doesn't mean it isn't something it would be good for you to change. We all deserve to be loved, and that includes to love ourselves. Being prideful and being like "Yeah, I'm super cool, everybody thinks I'm great" isn't the goal, but being comfortable with the knowledge that we deserve love and happiness matters.

To this end, I suggest that you undertake specific behaviors geared towards improving your self-love. Pick some of the following and focus on them:

  1. This one is mandatory. When we would go on vacations and one of the kids would complain about something, sometimes my mom would require us to then say two nice things about it. We were snarky and pretty useless about this, but the idea is sound. Next time you catch yourself having a thought that is negative about your self worth, you are REQUIRED to come up with two positive thoughts about yourself. Example: "Wow, why would he want to date me? I am totally breaking out right now." "Oh, wait..." "Well, I am a hard worker - I did all of my homework tonight and made time for this date! Also, I'm a good cook - I made my own dinner and it even had vegetables in it!"
  2. Make a journal in which you require at least one positive thing about yourself daily. It can be something good that you accomplished or just something good about who you are.
  3. Request validation. I had a time in the fairly recent past where I actually sent out an email to some people and told them I needed validation. It can be hard to ask for this, but if you're really getting down on yourself, consider talking to a few close family and friends, telling them you're trying to improve on this, and then asking them what they appreciate about you.
  4. Make and succeed at a little goal every day. Something tiny that you know will make your day a little bit better: today I will eat at least 3 serviings of vegetables. Today I will remember to say my morning prayers. Today I will smile at at least 5 people. Make ONE goal, and then at the end of the day, congratulate yourself for achieving it - you are making progress a bit at a time to becoming who you want to be.
  5. Review gospel resources. The Young Women's theme beings "We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us and we love Him..." There are countless talks and scriptures that echo this proclamation of our divine loveableness. Find them. Challenge yourself to find something every day, or even every week - a quote, a scripture, a whole talk, a bible dictionary entry, etc.
  6. Be patient. Sometimes when we struggle with something we put ourselves down for the struggle itself. It is okay that you are struggling. It is okay that it is going to take you time to get better. God is not mad at you because you aren't getting better fast enough when you are really trying to keep getting better.

Feel free to email me if you'd like to have a personal conversation about this. Self-love is really hard sometimes, especially when we're struggling with other things, and I'd be happy to chat at anne.certainly (at) theboard.byu.edu.

Love,

~Anne, Certainly


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Question #83714 posted on 09/02/2015 1 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'll be working 20 or so hours a week to support my husband going through school (he'll be working Friday and Saturday nights). We have a 15 month old daughter. I feel absolutely terrible for having to work. Can you tell me I'm not a bad mother? Can you tell me other moms work? Will my daughter miss me? Will it feel like ages to her while I'm gone? Our wonderful neighbor will be watching her. Can you tell me I'm not a failure for not being a 100% stay at home mom? Will my daughter turn out ok? Will she know I still love her? Please help a troubled heart.

-Mother

A:

Dear you,

Step 1: Breathe. It sounds like you're dealing with a lot of anxiety and guilt about this. That is totally understandable, but doesn't make it helpful. Pause RIGHT NOW and sit for like a minute and just breathe in and out.

Step 2: Remember and recognize. There are a ton of mothers who love and take care of their kids but have to (or choose to) spend some of their time working. My mother worked ~15 hours a week when I was quite young. Do I even remember it? No. Do I feel traumatized by it? No. Did she still teach me to read and help me grow up? Yes. Do I still know she loves me? Yes, definitely. 

Step 3: Talk. It may help you to talk through your anxieties and fears with your husband, your own mother, a friend in a similar situation, a bishop, or another appropriate source. You are far from alone in this situation, although it may not feel like it. There are lots of people out there who love you and can reassure you.

Step 4: Pray. And this step you really ought to take as soon as possible even though I've listed it as Step 4. Pray to Heavenly Father to know if what you've decided to do is going to be okay. Ask for the specific blessings you're concerned about (that your child will not be lonely, that you will know how to best spend your time with your child while at home, etc.) 

Step 5: Plan. The future is often the scariest when we don't know how we're going to deal with it. Sit down at your computer and make a calendar. Look at your schedule and realize that 20 hours a week of work plus an extra 5 hours for commuting and picking up your child from the neighbor still leaves you 143 hours a week where you will be the primary caregiver for your child. Granted, your child and you will both sleep a substantial portion of this, but the point is that you are not going to be absent from your child's life with this work schedule. Take time now to look at when you'll be home when baby is likely to be awake. Plan some activities you can do together (e.g. having daily "story time" or weekly "bake with mommy" day.) Think of ways you can make the most of this time, while recognizing that that also includes just relaxing together and spending some unstructured time.

You can be a great mom while still helping take care of your family financially. Be patient with yourself. Do what you can. Trust God and trust in the Atonement to give you grace in a world where our situations are not always perfect.

Love,

~Anne, Certainly


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Question #83622 posted on 09/02/2015 11:50 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

A woman's menstrual cycle occurs, on average, every 28 days. How did the uterus end up aligning almost perfectly with the calendar month? It's convenient, and I love it, but there's no way that the length of a calendar month was measured and determined according to the menstrual cycle. From what I understand, the Gregorian calendar month was created according to the moon. Did women just magically sync up with the moon? Is the moon a woman? The moon is made of cheese, so are women cheese-people? Is this just the greatest coincidence of the universe?

-Cheese Person

A:

Dear Human,

I don't know how well this answers your question, but there is a study called "The regulation of menstrual cycle and its relationship to the moon". The abstract says the following: 

A synchronous relationship between the menstrual cycle and lunar rhythm was confirmed by: Investigative data: Among the 826 female volunteers with a normal menstrual cycle, aged between 16 and 25 years, a large proportion of menstruations occurred around the new moon (28.3%), while at other times during the lunar month the proportion of menstruations occurring ranged between 8.5-12.6%; the difference was significant (p less than 0.01).

Super-interesting! 

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger 


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Question #83730 posted on 09/02/2015 8:56 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I like a girl, and I want to ask her out. We're friends, but I feel like I still don't know her very well. For that reason, I think, I'm really shy about asking her out. For some reason, I feel like I really have to impress her, but all of my date ideas seem decidedly...unimpressive.

100 Hour Board ladies, what do you think? Do you like to be impressed? I mean, obviously you want to have a good time with a guy, but do you think I need to absolutely wow her to have a shot?

(And any date ideas you might have to offer would be appreciated.)

-Nice Guy

A:

Dear Nice Guy,

I think the best dates are the simplest dates! For me, the most important aspect of a date is simply being able to talk to and get to know the other person better. The activity itself doesn't much matter, as long as it's something that allows for conversation. In other words, going on a hike or going out to eat are great ideas! (I especially like hiking on first dates.) Going to see a movie, on the other hand... not the best.

Don't worry about trying to "wow" her. If you really are a nice guy, she is probably already wowed by that alone! The more you worry about impressing her, the harder it will be for you to be yourself. 

In conclusion, I just want to leave you with the following advice:

ASK HER OUT!

ASK HER OUT!

ASK HER OUT!

DO IT!

THIS WEEK!

I may not know who you are, but in my mind you are a lot of guys that I know, and I would tell them all the same thing.

Men of BYU, do you realize that you really can ask out any single girl that you want to ask out!? The vast majority of BYU girls I know will (for the most part) always say yes to a first date, and honestly a first date is such a casual thing that you really don't have to overthink it! So even if you just think you might be interested in getting to know a girl better, ASK HER OUT!

Seriously, us girls want the nice guys to ask us out, because often they have already impressed us. With their niceness. 

Okay, I think I'm done now.

ASK HER OUT.

Love,

Vienna

A:

Dear Nine,

Most of the time, I genuinely don't care where you take me on a date.* The biggest thing that matters is the quality of the conversation. If I didn't like the date, it's usually because the conversation was boring or one-sided.

-Tally M.

*Unless it's a haunted forest/house, especially if I don't know you very well.

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Dear Larco,

I was going to say that I don't like it when a guy tries to impress me, but I don't think that's quite accurate. I guess I am just impressed with different things. For instance, if a guy takes me on a hot-air balloon ride that ends in a secluded field with a perfect picnic and a live band playing just for us (or in other words, every Bachelor/Bachelorette date ever), that would be pretty cool. But if the conversation doesn't flow well, or if he doesn't treat the hot-air balloon guide kindly, I won't be very impressed. Regardless of the activity, I think you can impress with sincerity, honesty, and kindness. At least for me, those qualities (and other Christlike attributes) are way more likely to get me interested than an extravagant activity. 

Take care,

-Auto Surf

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Dear you,

I'll just throw out there that my first date with my husband was walking to a place for dinner and then walking to a different place for dessert/candy (that part being my idea) and then going home. 

You matter more than the activity. That being said, shake it up and do different things with different levels of craze factor over time, but it's fine to be chill sometimes - even at the beginning.

~Anne, Certainly

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Dear Human,

Yeah Yeah, But How Many Pull Ups Can You Do.

-Jaden


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Question #83733 posted on 09/02/2015 8:26 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

There's this girl I'm interested in. We met three nights ago and have really good chemistry, and have since gone on a group date with friends and hung out with a couple times. I really want to ask her on a one on one date but don't want to seem too forward. When's the best time to ask?

-AHHHHHHHH

PS: Bonus question: Good date ideas?

A:

Dear AHHHHHH,

THE BEST TIME TO ASK IS RIGHT NOW.

Do you have her number?

CALL HER NOW AND ASK HER OUT.

I understand where you are coming from. Asking someone on a date can be a very stressful and nerve-wracking thing to do. I've done it and it was terrifying! Also, I seem to remember Ardilla saying one time that asking a girl on a date can be scarier that giving a speech in front of an entire graduating high school class. Oh yeah, here it is. So you are not alone!

Part of your stress may come from the idea, too prevalent in our culture, that asking someone on a first date means something, like that you want to seriously date this girl or that you think she may be "the one." When we are immersed in that kind of thinking, guys like you end up worrying that asking a girl on a date may seem "too forward."

It doesn't have to be that way at all! If you just want it to be a casual date, act casual about it and it will be.

To better answer your question about when to ask (though I also stick by my previous answer), I would honestly say any time you two are alone together is a good time to ask. Start with a simple, "Hey do you have plans this weekend?" and go from there.

I do however think it's totally acceptable to call her up, as well, if you feel more comfortable asking her that way. In fact, I'd say that's the most common way that I get asked to go on dates.

Good luck, and seriously, don't overthink it too much! You totally got this!

-Vienna


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Question #83527 posted on 09/02/2015 7:38 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What state or area has the LEAST amount of bugs?

-packing my bags

A:

Dear phobia,

According to this Business Wire article, A BASF Pest Control Solutions telephone survey determined the states with the fewest number of pest complaints per capita were (in order of more bugs to fewer): New Mexico, Utah, Illinois, North Dakota, Delaware, New Hampshire, Idaho, Connecticut, South Dakota and... Washington D.C. 

As you'll see below, yayfulness's response notes this survey is probably worthless. Perhaps the only state where bugs can be said to not exist is the state of Denial. Maybe you should just learn to eat them instead

Unsympathetically,

--Ardilla Feroz

A:

Dear reader,

As a South Dakota native, let me assure you that my home state has MANY bugs. As the Board's resident cartographer, I hoped that I could find enough data to make some sort of population density map. However, the data I needed was impossible for me to find, and it looks like insects are so thoroughly present in every ecosystem that a map would be pointless anyway.

If you want to get away from insects, you really only have two choices. The first is Antarctica, with only one native species and a handful of invasive hitchhikers courtesy of humans. Unfortunately, Antarctica is pretty inhospitable, and your only real option that doesn't end in death is working there as a researcher. The second choice is the subtidal zone of the oceans, which as far as anyone knows has no insects. Unfortunately, it also has no air, which could be problematic.

Arguably, insects are some of evolution's most impressive creatures. If you define success as generating an untold number of species that have lasted for millions upon millions of years, then insects are pretty hard to beat.

That said, I totally understand where you're coming from with your question. My wife and I are living in a basement that is overrun with spiders (even more frustrating than insects) and I'd do just about anything to get them to stay outside so that I didn't have to keep killing them. Best of luck in your quest.

-yayfulness

A:

Hey there,

Yay's right. Insects live almost everywhere and are extremely important to the earth's ecosystems. There's just no getting around bugs. You can, however, choose to avoid habitats where insects tend to be larger than average size, such as tropical and/or humid regions, and choose to visit places that are in the middle of their cold seasons because insects often have a period of dormancy or hibernation or death (as their eggs overwinter) during that time.  My advice for what's left of the summer break would be to avoid the equator and vacation in a tundra in the northern hemisphere, or desert in the southern hemisphere since it's winter there now. i.e. anywhere both cold and dry. Also, you should also try to avoid places where there are warmth and/or moisture within those climates (such as houses and other buildings) because bugs tend to congregate in locations that ensure their survival during harsh conditions.

Alternately, you could just douse yourself in peppermint oil as direct contact kills wasps in five seconds flat (as well as a number of other hard-bodied insects). If you carried around a portable mister, you could even take your vacation to the rainforests of South America, home to the terrifying Goliath Bird-Eating Spider (I don't actually know if peppermint oil works on tarantulas or not, I'm just assuming it does. Experiment at your own risk) Come to think of it, better results could be achieved with a flame thrower. 

Wherever you choose to go, I hope you have a good time.

Please note that The 100 Hour Board is not responsible for any fees, imprisonment, capital punishment, or other legal action taken against persons for destroying native wildlife and habitats.

-Squirrel


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Question #83736 posted on 09/02/2015 5:14 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

If the US had a British-style parliament rather than our presidential system, do you think that would increase or decrease Donald Trump's chances at becoming head of state?

-blah

A:

Dear yaddah yaddah,

I may very well be wrong, but I think it would decrease his chances. American parties are weak enough that anyone with sufficient money and popular support can run for president, but British parties are strong - strong enough, in fact, that in order to become an MP representing a mainstream party, a candidate must first be approved by party officers.[1] And no mainstream British party would give Trump a seat as an MP, let alone appoint him party leader.

He would have a hard time partly because the UK has a winner-take-all, single-member-district system for its legislature like we do; therefore, it ends up being a (mostly) two-party democracy in which he wouldn't get enough votes in any single constituency to win a seat. (We can talk about the Lib-Dems if you want, but maybe in another question.) If, however, our system were like many continental European democracies that use forms of proportional representation, his chances might actually increase. Such legislatures lend themselves to the development of fringe parties, and Trump, with the following he has, could definitely build one. Parties in proportional legislatures have to form coalitions in order to get a majority of votes, so it often happens that a fringe party will be part of government - and sometimes (if rarely), it will actually be the largest party in the governing coalition and get to put up the prime minister. (Ahem, Greece.)

Yours, &c.

Heidi Book


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Question #83735 posted on 09/02/2015 5:14 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do they make more seedless grapes? What do they plant?

-Sour

A:

Dear herbivore,

According to this article from How Stuff Works,

It turns out that most fruits today do not come from seeds. They come from cuttings instead. This is true of grapes, blueberries, apples, cherries, etc. (pretty much all fruits except citrus, although scientists are working on that, too). A piece of a vine or branch is cut off, dipped in rooting hormone and then placed in moist dirt so that roots and leaves form. Because they come from cuttings, new grapevines are essentially clones of the vine they were cut from.

Seedless grapes actually do contain seeds at some point. But a genetic error prevents the seeds from forming hard outer coats like normal seeds do.

Before we go any further, I'd like to clarify something. New grapevines are not "essentially" clones of the vine they were cut from, they are clones. Cuttings are a from of asexual reproduction, which doesn't mix up genetics at all. When you've got a plant with good traits (i.e. your grape or watermelon has no seeds, your piranha plant suddenly can shoot fireballs), your only way to preserve that trait in the next generation is by propagating that plant vegetatively. Many crops with seeds are generally grown this way, because seeds are the result of sexual reproduction. Sexual reproduction tends to mix up genetics. A seed from an excellent apple tree may yield decent apples, but they might be awful instead. Each seed is genetically different from the parent plant and may exhibit different characteristics. If you're a fruit farmer, it's a much safer bet to go with something you know will be financially sustainable four or five years down the road when it begins to produce fruit.

Of course, growing plants from propagation has its drawbacks. Genetically identical plants are susceptible to disease. Take bananas. For whatever reason, bananas ditched the whole seed thing a long time ago, and usually grow by sprouting off the base of the parent plant. These sprouts can be and are removed and planted in other places. Almost all bananas in international trait are of the Cavendish variety. As these are all genetically identical, they are very susceptible to disease, including a nasty number called Panama disease that ravages entire plantations. Says Wikipedia about the whole deal,

Because cultivated bananas are propagated by conventional vegetative reproduction rather than through sexual reproduction, each of the Cavendish clones are genetically identical and cannot evolve disease resistance. As there is currently no effective fungicide against Panama disease, some have speculated about a future where Cavendish cultivars are not usable for farming. In such a scenario, a separate cultivar may be developed as a replacement (as happened with [a previous banana cultivar]). 

The bananas you eat basically everywhere today could be gone in five years. Let's hope things hold, eh?

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz


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Question #83734 posted on 09/02/2015 5:08 a.m.
Q:

Dear 百時間のボード,

Is there a Kendo or Samurai club at BYU or in Provo? I have absolutely no experience with it, so I couldn't possibly start one myself.

If there are none of those, are there any martial art clubs that focus on swordplay at BYU or in Provo?

--サムライの男

A:

Dear way of the sword,

It looks like there historically have been few people who do kendo around BYU, and there's nowhere in Utah Valley that teaches it. As far as I'm aware, Salt Lake City is your closest option. If you'd like to study iaido instead you can begin your education with Jake Sorensen at the Iyawama dojo, a member of the Toyama Ryu Iaido Kai USA organization. You can email him at jsorensen@toyamaryu-usa.com or read more about his work at iwayamadojo.blogspot.com.

If you ever decide you want to learn Western martial arts swordplay at some point, BYU has a club named True Edge that teaches historically accurate broadsword fighting on the lawn north of the Wilkinson Center.

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Question #83672 posted on 09/01/2015 10 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Are there any beds on campus?

-ZZzzZZzzZZzzZZzzZZzzZZzzZZzzZZzzZZzz

A:

Dear sleepy kitty,

Technically there are thousands of beds on campus. Between Heritage, Helaman, Wyview, and Wymont, I figure there's somewhere between 3,500-6,000 beds, give or take a few thousand. (Math is not my strong suit.)

But we don't recommend sleeping in those ones because, you know, privacy and freshmen cooties and stuff. 

Ardilla notes there are some beds in the Nursing Learning Center in the basement of the SWKT, but they are full of creepy simulator mannequin things. Divya also said that there used to be awkward leather mattresses in the Widstoe before it was torn down. Neither of these options sound too appealing. 

Luckily, there are ample bed-like accommodations around campus. In fact, I believe that anything can be a bed if you really believe in yourself and try hard enough. You might even say that in as much as the world is our campus, the campus is our bed.

With that said, there definitely are places more preferable for sleeping. A few other writers and I took it upon ourselves to venture forth and identify some of the best options, which we will present to you now. We begin our journey with...

The Simplest Choice

When you need a quick nap, your best bet is to plop down in a chair, set an alarm for 20 minutes, and check out. I'm a big fan of the library chairs if you get a foot rest, but campus is polka-dotted with a plethora of good chairs in most buildings. For example:

These chairs in the Brimhall let you nap and peek out the window periodically. 

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A great example of the footrest technique in the JKB. 

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If a foot rest is nowhere to be found, you can utilize multiple chairs, as modeled here by Tally M.:

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In case you need to fit a nap in between lesson-planning in the McKay building. 

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Here we can see M.O.D.A.Q. snuggling up in the Memorial Hall on the east side of the Wilk. (You can also see my awful Photoshop skills but let's just pretend you can't.)

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Benches: The Good

Chairs are okay for cat naps, but what if you're ready to be more committed? For that you'll have to find something more similar to the following: 

Small but convenient benches litter the basement of the JFSB...

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...while these nifty things can be found in every basement corner. This is an ideal spot in theory, but it's usually filled with students and faculty sitting just far away enough from each other to leave little half-spots, too wide too ignore but too small to fit in; the wasted potential is agonizingly taunting. 

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This one may require some flexibility or bodily deformation, but the good news is that benches like these are usually unoccupied due to their strange form. You can find them both in the JFSB...

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...and in the JKB. 

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Throughout campus, the size of the benches will vary. Most will require some creative contortions on your part...

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...unless you are Tally's size.

When combined with the bunk bed technique (as modeled by Frere Rubik below), benches can be great for group naps.

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(The ESC is not the best for napping, but we wanted to note that there are some options for those poor science majors who live there.) 

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(Not only is this not a great option, but it's suuuper public. Even I avoid it. Overall, the Board is not impressed with the Science Center's nap accommodations. 2/10 would recommend. Maybe it's best to just study in this building.)

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Beds and Couches: The Better

The Honors Reading Room/Lounge is by far one of the cushiest places on campus. They probably frown upon random students coming to nap here, but really; who can resist? Just look at that corner booth and jewel-toned pillows. 

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(These are technically chairs, but they look puffy and voluptuous enough that they might as well be couches. Plus, footrests.) 

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This might be as bed-like as you're going to get without being surrounded by creepy nursing things or frowned upon by the public. It's really comfortable, especially if you bring a pillow like we did. The only catch is that you have to be passing through the 3rd floor of the ASB, and be a girl, as it is nestled into the entrance of the women's restroom there.

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(In general, one can find couches and bed-like things in plenty of women's restrooms throughout campus. They are definitely for expectant or nursing mothers but if you act like you know what you're doing no one will know so you should probably leave them open.)  

If you're a man and need a bed, the LSB is loaded with these CouchBed things. 

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If all the CouchBeds are occupied (and they probably will be after everyone reads this answer and flocks to them), there is a wide variety of actual couches that one could rest on. As shown, they're quite a bit shorter but still provide quality comfort. 

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Bonus Round: *Literally* The Best

Under the Benson stairs, M.O.D.A.Q. enjoys the privacy and shelter from the harsh lighting. 

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The Benson cannot be matched in its good light-blocking nap spots.  

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Turns out there are a ton of empty classrooms all around campus. I figured that I can usually fall asleep in class, so why not take it to the next level? 

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For those days when you want to sleep outside but don't want to lay on the grass, the skylight near the ESC is more comfortable than you would think. 

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Admit it; there have been times when you've just wanted to drop to the floor and sleep.  As a sociology major, I encourage you to break free from those social constructs that suppress your true self and just do it. 

Also, those guys in the back are definitely not confused; they are just jealous of my prime nap spot. 

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Along with CouchBeds, the LSB has nice little human-sized nooks along various hallways. Plus, it was getting super stuffy walking around with a paper bag over my head, so the plant was refreshing.

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So there you have it. Now go forth and sleep! 

-Auto Surf, Tally M., M.O.D.A.Q., and Frère Rubik


This post does not necessarily reflect the beliefs or actions of all Board writers or of BYU students. The pictures included do not depict actual events. THE 100 HOUR BOARD is not responsible for missed classes, angry custodial workers, embarrassed students, or that events that may result after reading this answer. No animals, furniture, or writers were harmed in the making of this answer. Not recommended for children under twelve or those in adherence with proper codes of conduct. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to see if these beds are right for you. 
Please sleep responsibly. 

A:

Dear everyone,

I would just like to add that I am aware of a comfortable, padded bench in the E.S.C. that exists in a secluded area. Will I tell you where? No.

-Zedability


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Posted on 09/01/2015 9:22 p.m. New Correction on: #83677 How often does BYU hold IT surplus sales? When would the next sale take place? - ...
Question #83726 posted on 09/01/2015 6:44 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is your funnest class this semester?

-This guy

A:

Dear font family,

I think I signed up for some sort of yogurt-tasting class. Apparently it's super healthy or something. Also there's girls there?

--Ardilla Feroz is actually looking forward to this "yoga" thing

A:

Dear Guy,

SCUBA DIVING, BRO.

-Vienna

A:

Dear guy,

Recess! It's okay to be jealous.

-Ms.O'Malley

A:

Dear This Guy,

Heh. I have eight classes this semester. Six of them start with the word "Physics." It's going to be so much fun. So. Much. Fun.

(I really wish there was a better way to express sarcasm through typing.)

But, I'm also taking the English Department Reading Series class (ENGL 321R) again. That's a good time. You get to hear cool writers/poets, and there's food after every reading. It'll be a nice break from my otherwise Physics-centric world.

-Frère Rubik

A:

Dear guy,

Owlet insists it's Linguistics 201. We'll see. At least that one will be the easiest, hopefully.

-El-ahrairah

A:

Dear Professor John Smith,

It's hard to say. It could be morphology, surprisingly. Or my ballroom dance class. Or my Natural Language Processing class. Or my D&C class. Or the CS grad class I'm taking. Basically, I like my whole schedule except for Stats 121 (which, ironically, I'm technically taking "for fun").

If I had to pick just one, I'd pick ballroom, since it'll be the least amount of stressful work.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear Yosef,

If I'm not too awful at it, I think Zumba will be pretty fun. 

Mostly, though, I'm just excited for all the classes I will go to on Fridays, which is to say I'm excited for this: 

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-Auto Surf


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Question #83725 posted on 09/01/2015 6:38 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In the OT, there's a story where Moses smites a rock, and water spews forth. Right. But before he does it, the Lord tells Moses to SPEAK to the rock, commanding it to bring forth water. Instead, he hits it. And because of that, the Lord tells him he can't go to the promise land.

Do I have this right? Why would such a seemingly small difference make so much difference for Moses? What's going on here?

--Jen Asis

A:

Dear Levi Ticus,

Neal A. Maxwell has talked about this a couple of times, and there's another detail he likes to focus on when he brings it up. Let's look at Numbers:

And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. (Numbers 20:10-12)

What was that, Moses? We? Must we fetch you water out of this rock? Elder Maxwell's point is that Moses is aggrandizing himself at this point, making it seem like he is just as vital to the whole water-coming-out-of-the-rock process as God is. This attitude can also be seen in the decision to smite the rock instead of just speaking to it; Moses plays more of a physical role in bringing it out, making himself seem more important. His sins were those of pride and disobedience.

Admittedly, that still seems a bit harsh to me. One seemingly small slip up (under what Elder Maxwell in yet another talk calls "exasperating pressure") cost him the opportunity to see the promised land. To help us understand a little better, let's consider a couple of ideas:

-We don't know everything that's going on here. It's possible that more happened than Moses just saying "we" and hitting the rock that further demonstrated his pride, or it's possible that this was the culmination of several, smaller events where he demonstrated the same attitude. As reliable as the Bible is, it can't tell us everything about everything.

-As prophet and leader of the tribes of Israel, Moses was in a position of great responsibility. In this position, he was able to experience incredible blessings, but as D&C 82:3 says,

"For of him unto whom much is given much is required; and he who sins against the greater light shall receive the greater condemnation."

(A brief pause to recognize that this is essentially the same as Spider-Man's theme (With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility), making it the most inspired line in all of comic history.)

A slip-up from the likes of you or me is one thing; a slip-up from the head of the church is another. Moses could be seen as abusing his position, an act which God does not take likely.

-In the end, let's think about what happened to Moses. No, he didn't get to enter the promised land, but he was blessed with incredible health; at the age of 120, "his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated." (Deuteronomy 34:7) Plus, he didn't even taste of death; we believe that he was transfigured at the end of his life, changed in the twinkling of an eye. In this transfigured state, he appeared to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration and to Joseph Smith in the Kirtland Temple. Clearly, his mistake was not big enough to deny him these incredible blessings, even if it did cost him one in mortality.

Hopefully that sheds a little more light on the situation. Happy scripture studying!

-Frère Rubik 


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Question #83677 posted on 09/01/2015 6:04 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How often does BYU hold IT surplus sales? When would the next sale take place?

- solemn magnolia

A:

Dear tawdry tulip,

"Periodically" is the official byword. From the BYU Computer Surplus Website

Computer and furniture surplus sales are held periodically in the Ellsworth Building.   If you would like to receive an email notice prior to each Computer and Furniture Surplus Sale, please send an email to surplus@byu.edu and you will be included in the email notification list."

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz


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Question #83724 posted on 09/01/2015 5:20 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there an appropriate way to tell a girl who you have asked on an ambiguously defined date that you meant it to be a date rather than just hanging out? Telling her while you're doing whatever seems weird to me but I feel kind of the same way about calling her the day before and being like "Hey, so are you still ok for our date tomorrow?" when I didn't specify before. Is it a big deal either way?

-Trying

A:

Dear Joey,

OH MAN YES! Just tell her! Seriously, ambiguity in dating is annoying and it just makes things SO MUCH EASIER to be open and honest. Might it be awkward at times? Definitely. But it's worth it. 

Your suggestion of calling her the day before sounds good, but I would make the focus of the phone call something else so that it's not as awkward. For example, along with asking if she's okay for your date, you could say something like "Is it okay if I pick you up a little early/[small change of plans]?" or "You're not allergic to this dinner we're going to eat are you?" or "I forgot to ask before; do you have your own bear trap or should I bring an extra?" 

Are those suggestions great? Not really. Did I answer the question yet? Not really. Sorry, this has been something I've wanted to rant about for a while so I got a little distracted. 

But okay, here's an actual answer: I think it is best to tell her before. It gives her time to understand the situation correctly, and, more importantly, it sets a good precedent right off the bat of being clear and honest about your intents. You might not have a good chance to bring it up during the date, and there are a lot more opportunities for awkwardness if you wait. 

Good luck! 

-Auto Surf


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Question #83723 posted on 09/01/2015 5:08 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I work in an office building on the 12th floor. I recently got moved into a new office, and there are two GINORMOUS spiders that like to hang out outside on my window. I desperately want to get rid of them, but since it's an office building I can't like, open the window and suck them up in a vacuum, or hose them down, or anything. What is a practical way to scare them away?

-Lady Doomfiyah

A:

Dear Mz. Doomfiyah,

Websites say that spiders don't like peppermint oil. If there's any cracks around the window, I'd recommend spraying some peppermint oil in them or around the window. That's probably the most pleasant-smelling repellant you could use.

In all likelihood, though, your window is probably well sealed-off and the only effect that the peppermint oil is going to have is making your workplace smell minty fresh. You might try the following suggestions instead:

-Buy a bunch of red, orange, and yellow construction paper. Cut it into fire shapes. Tape them in your window, then find the nearest firefighter and tell them there's a fire in your window. Hopefully they'll grab a hose and blast the spiders off your window.

-Masquerade as one of the window cleaners for your office building and assassinate the little buggers yourself.

-Using magics (though preferably not the black kind), conjure up a storm. Either wash the critters away with rain or zap them off with lightning.

-Using construction paper, construct small trendy restaurants, coffeeshops, and art galleries. Place them in your window. The spiders will be convinced that their neighborhood is becoming gentrified and they'll look for other places to live. 

-Stare for long periods of time at the spiders. Ask them how much spider-income they're making. Continually pester them about when they're going to have some spider-babies. Talk to them non-stop about obscure books or movies that you've read and how great they are. The spiders might get annoyed and decide to move to another part of the building.

-Obtain a flute. These are usually dropped when you are victorious in a fight against wizards or, in some cases, middle school band students. Stand in the middle of town, and start to play the Spider-Man theme song on the flute. Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin did with rats, the song will begin to attract all of the spiders in the surrounding area. Making sure to remain calm, continue to play until you see the spiders come down from your office window. Then, leading them all in a merry dance (this requires you to perform said merry dance, just so you know), climb to the rim of the nearest volcano and direct all of the spiders to jump into it. 

Hopefully at least one of the above methods works out. If not, just wait it out. Unless you live in a place like Florida ("Land Of the Giant Banana Spiders!"), they should die/leave when cooler temperatures roll around.

-Frère Rubik


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Question #83722 posted on 09/01/2015 4:43 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I remember McDonald's having a bunch of different McFlurry flavors (Reeses, Kit Kat, etc) from around 2002-2005. Now they only offer Oreos and M&Ms. When did they decrease the McFlurry options?

-Chef N

A:

Dear Swedish Chef,

A reader commented they remember McDonalds having a bunch of different McFlurry flavors (Reeses, Kit Kat, etc.) from around 2002 until 2005, when McFlurry options decreased. The reader adds McDonalds now offers only Oreos and M&M flavoured McFlurries.

For more information, a writer recommends the highly authoritative and almost certainly peer-reviewed McDonald's Wikia entry on McFlurries. Watch out, it gets deep.

Cheerfully,

--Ardilla Feroz


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Question #83690 posted on 09/01/2015 4:42 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Which members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are strongly affiliated with Scouting? I know President Monson and Elder Holland are. Any others? Are there any previous Church leaders that had especially strong ties to Scouts?

-Blythe

A:

Dear mburicao,

Fortunately for you, the organization LDS-BSA has already compiled a list. I present to you "Significant BSA Awards Presented to Distinguished LDS Members." There's 139 all told, so I'll leave you to peruse those at your leisure.

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz 


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Question #83720 posted on 09/01/2015 3:14 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

If you could be in any reality TV show... let me rephrase. If you HAD to be in a reality TV show, which would you choose? Which would be your last choice?

- Imma Survivor

A:

Dear Range 79,

Top choice: Survivorman
Please Save My Soul: Say Yes to the Dress 

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz

P.S. Survivorman could theoretically be held in a Chuck-a-Rama, right?

A:

Dear Reader,

SURVIVOR.

Would I last long? Probably not. I think I would be fine with the whole outdoorsy/survival aspects of the game, but I'm terrible at lying and I'm not exactly what you would call a strategic mastermind. Still, I think it would be the coolest experience ever.

As far as the last reality TV show I would want to appear on... can I just say all of them?

-Vienna

A:

Dear Survivor,

The Amazing Race! I love that show! It kinda stinks that you have to rush from one spot to another, but what a great way to see bits and pieces of the whole world. Also, a lot of the rewards they give are trips back to a certain country so that's an added bonus.

Survivor is my favorite reality TV show, but there would be no way I could last that long without running water and soap.

You could not pay me enough to go on Big Brother or The Bachelor/Bachelorette. It's just a bunch of drama!

-Ms.O'Malley

A:

Dear Imma,

Yeah, Amazing Race is the best—it actually sounds fun. Or Shark Tank, since that would mean I would've invented something cool.

The worst reality show to be on? Any of the following:

  • Keeping Up With The Kardashians
  • The Bachelor/Bachelorette
  • America's Next Top Model
  • Real Housewives
  • The Apprentice
  • Naked and Afraid

-El-ahrairah

A:

Dear you,

I wouldn't mind a small appearance on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Something like:

*wifi stops working*

*Kylie and Kendall start freaking out* (those are their names, right?)

*Zedability shows up*

*Zedability turns modem off and turns it on again*

*Zedability rolls her eyes*

*Zedability leaves and is never seen on the show again*.

The competition inherent to most decent-to-watch reality shows sounds stressful and I'm not sure I'd want to commit that much time to appearing in one, which eliminates most of the other options, so I had to get creative.

-Zedability


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Question #83719 posted on 09/01/2015 3:06 p.m.
Q:

Ardilla the beloved,

In Board Question #83243 you compared being a writer to being Mario with star power. Invincible, sparkling, a little faster than normal, and with your own, special, theme song (ok, maybe I extrapolated your metaphor a bit). Yet in Board Question #83243 hawkeye, instead of fearing your powers like a normal goomba [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCPA4DHbi4w"] , ended up not only jumping on your head, but your heart.

That being said, now that you've been a writer for a while, is it everything you thought it'd be? Was your star power metaphor correct?

-Matrim

A:

Dear Cheesesteak Jimmy,

Hey, what's up? Regarding Mario and the ever-evasive star power, I think you meant to link to Board Question #79382.

It seems my understanding of writer powers in that question was sadly mistaken. You spoke it best, but perhaps the 'level up' of writership was less star and more an extra mushroom that made me... gain twenty pounds. Whoops.

Here's some observations I made about writership last year, and my commentary on those from today.

  • People ask some really random questions. I've seen many a strange query, but when you suddenly have to answer them you really start to wonder.
    I thought I'd seen it all, but I was rather mistaken. Lookin' at you, Aficionado... 
     
  • Writers genuinely care about readers. It's really neat to be working for a secret organization, but you'll run out of steam and compassion points if there's not sincere love for readers in there.
    'Steam and compassion points' are in short supply at present, though your kind query has granted me a few extra. Thanks. 
     
  • Though that doesn't mean people aren't puzzling and boggling sometimes.
    Sing it, Past Ardilla. In the words of some beetles, "Lizards speaking wisdom, letter 'B."
     
  •  WRITE EMAILS TO WRITERS! IT'S BETTER THAN, LIKE, CHICKEN NUGGETS FROM SPACE!
    I have received approximately five so-called 'chicken nuggets from space' in the last year. Apparently the readership just doesn't like to give them. I couldn't tell you why.
     
  • I told myself I would not care in the least about those silly thumbs-up below questions. Like that would make me feel better about a hard-researched question, I whispered into my pillow as I drifted off to sleep one night.
    "Why does no one love me?" I cried out in my room recently, heart full of loneliness. "Have you called that girl yet?" questioned my roommate from the darkness. "No, why?" I asked confusedly. "Then shut up!" was his irrational reply. "He's right!" agreed Kevin from beneath the bed.
     
  • I was totally lying to myself. Internet validation from strangers, guys--for better or worse, it's a thing. If you like it, turn it green.
    An unusual bit of prescient clarity.
     
  • Every time a question goes over hours, it's because we have to drop what we're doing and go stop a tunnel worm breakout from spreading. Every. Time.
    We've reached an uneasy peace with the worms that will last as long as our remaining supply of imprisoned EFY students... 
 
I've been writing for about eleven months now, so I'm still relatively new at this. I don't know how much longer I will write, because I don't really plan ahead much. Heck, I don't even know what classes I'm taking this semester. I'll find that out approximately three to five minutes before the Add/Drop Deadline. Writership has been good, though, and I feel like my writing is improving steadily. I can hardly wait until my power level is over 9000.
 
Reminiscently,
 
--Ardilla Feroz

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Question #83640 posted on 09/01/2015 3 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
When I was a teen 17 years ago I remember canning peaches at the local Church Cannery in Orem/Lindon. It has been a long time since then, Do they still can peaches there? I know there were some changes in 2013 about canning. I can't find peaches anywhere on the provident living website. Perhaps this is only a seasonal item or are they no longer available? Thanks,

-Salty Dog

A:

Dear halite canine,

While it still packs dry goods (dehydrated milk, potatoes, rice, etc.) Lindon Cannery has discontinued its wet canning operations.  This means things like cream of mushroom soup, chili, and sadly peaches are no longer processed at this facility. Nor are peaches processed at the Murray cannery, which processes a number of other wet canning goods.

The representative at the Murray cannery informed me a facility in Boise, Idaho still processed peaches. Some internet digging revealed the cannery in question was very nearly in Boise but is actually located in a municipality surrounded by Boise called Garden City. When I called these guys, they informed me their peaches' priority destination was always church welfare centers across the country. They'll occasionally sell the peaches at the cannery itself when they encounter a surplus, but this year yielded a poor harvest. Consequently, no peaches would be available at the Cannery. I don't know if a surplus would end up on the Provident Living website in a good year, because  even now most of the goods there appeared to be dry stuff that transported easily and could be found at any Home Storage facility.

I surmise Church peaches can only be obtained in Utah through a Bishop's Storehouse (in limited quantities). 

Sorry,

--Ardilla Feroz

P.S. As a consolation prize, here's an article about the Garden City cannery's peach process.


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Question #83691 posted on 09/01/2015 1:43 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why does Uber get out of regulations that taxi companies are subject to? If the answer is "they have a different business structure" or "their drivers are a different class of employee/private contractor," what if Joe's Taxi Co. changed itself on paper to follow suit?

-Juan

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Dear you,

Essentially, if I understand correctly, Uber drivers aren't considered "employees," because Uber functions to simply hook people who need rides up with people who are willing to drive them. Uber then requires a 20% fee for this service. Uber has put a lot of work into avoiding regulations, such as changing their name from "UberCab" to just "Uber." However, in the wake of all the controversy, a lot of areas are trying to change their laws to apply to Uber as well.

I suppose Joe's Taxi Co. could change itself on paper to follow suit, but it would require a massive shift in their business model that would ultimately not be very cost effective. This is especially true given that Uber's exemptions aren't likely to last beyond a couple of years anyways, as laws close the loopholes they've been using.

For more information, see this article in The Boston Globe, this article in The Daily Signal, this article in the Las Vegas Review - Journal, and this very extensive Wikipedia article.

-Zedability


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Question #83708 posted on 09/01/2015 1:43 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Whatever happened to tolerance? (Not acceptance, acquiescence, or endorsement, just tolerance)

-Not easily offended

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Dear you,

In my experience, the word has been co-opted by people who are actually intolerant. Nobody wants to say they're intolerant, and so they try to define some minimum of halfway decent human behavior as "tolerance." Alternatively, other people try to claim intolerance whenever they feel the least bit questioned or uncomfortable. Since it's impossible to not fall at least a little bit on one side or the other of the spectrum, which makes it difficult to effectively call for tolerance. In general, I feel like society has become very polarized, which exacerbates this issue. Tolerance requires mutual charity, and many people of all political beliefs and ideologies want to have their opinion protected by tolerance without extending charity to the opposite side. Whether or not we're being charitable in our quest for tolerance is a question we could all do to ask ourselves on a regular basis.

-Zedability


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Posted on 09/01/2015 7:48 a.m. New Correction on: #83712 I am about to start a beginning clogging class and am in need of clogging shoes. ...
Question #83715 posted on 09/01/2015 6:02 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How often are questions kept over 100 hours?

-Curious Stats Major

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Dear Curious Stats Major,

All day, every day, there are questions being kept over hours. Mostly by me! Heck, I'm keeping four questions over hours as we speak. (If the editors are reading this... yeah... Imma get on that soon...)

The only time I have ever seen our inbox have zero overdue questions was during reunion week when we had three times as many writers.

In fact, Yayfulness says he has only seen zero overdue questions on two occasions in the three years he has been a Board writer.

Overall, I would say roughly a third of the questions submitted to the Board get posted late.

Sorry, readers! When I was just a reader I always wondered how a question as simple as "What's your favorite restaurant in Provo" could take longer than 100 hours to answer.

Now that I'm a writer, I still don't know why it takes so long to answer such questions. I just know that it does.

-Vienna


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Monday, August 31, 2015
Question #83712 posted on 08/31/2015 11:32 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am about to start a beginning clogging class and am in need of clogging shoes. Rather than pay out $70-100 for a pair to only find out that I don't enjoy clogging, where might I find a used pair at a discounted price.

Thanks!

-Person

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Dear sixty-nine and counting,

Stop by the Department of Dance office on Floor 2 on the north end of,the Richards building.  In former times, at least, they used to keep a book that listed dancers trying to sell old/lightly used gear. If that doesn't pan out, try KSL or Craigslist.

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz

P.S. You might also consider asking your teacher where they would recommend purchasing shoes.


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Question #83711 posted on 08/31/2015 10:44 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

This is probably an easy question, but I haven't found an answer yet. So there are many parking lots here on campus with a time associated with the type of parking lot. (Most seem to be school hours, like 7-4) I have deduced that during this time the parking lot belongs to those with that designation. But does this mean anyone can park there outside these hours, or that nobody can park there outside these hours? I'm sorry if this is a pointless question, but I'm not getting anywhere reading the pages about BYU parking.

-The Old Bookshop

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Dear Bookshop,

Anyone can park there after hours. Some specific spots will still have restrictions (like services or dean spots) but each stall is usually marked very clearly about being a permanently reserved spot. 

-Ms.O'Malley


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Question #83710 posted on 08/31/2015 10:22 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, Owlet and our resident Trickster are married--who's next on the Board Romance Ride?

Can I say: I hope that one day--if not now, in the future--there will be two writers whose real names are Carol and Kevin and it will basically be the Lifetime movie romance of Lifetime movie romances??

-I have my suspicions...

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Dear E'lir,

Who are you suspicious of?

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger 

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Dear have,

And why are you suspicious of them?

And how did you come to be suspicious?

And when did you become suspicious?

And where did your suspicions originate? 

-The Board

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Dear 'Spicous,

Let's face it, no Board romance is ever going to top that of Petra and Optimistic. Was it real? Was it fake? Was it blown out of proportion? No one will ever know.

Also, remember when someone thought Anne, Certainly was dating Professor Kirke? That was gross.

-Frère Rubik

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Dear Suspicion,

How many times do I have to tell you: we are all the same person!

-Matt Meese


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Question #83709 posted on 08/31/2015 10:20 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Scenario: you admit to a Male Friend that you find Russian accents highly attractive. Sometime later in the conversation, Male Friend, who served his mission in Russia, starts slipping into a Russian accent. Male Friend speaks in a light Russian accent for most of the remaining evening.

What is your interpretation of this scenario? Is he subconsciously madly in love with you and wants to impress you with his Slavic skills? Is he intentionally letting his mission language out to see if you start salivating all over him (which you consider, but thankfully stop yourself from doing)? Is he conciously in love with you and is taking up this carefully and strategically divulged information as a tool with which to win your affections, as you hoped he would?

-WWCD--what would Carol do?

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Dear Acronym,

Firstly, don't be like Carol. From what I hear, at the beginning of the relationship Kevin was not passive-aggressive at all. At all. Now look at him.

Secondly, I find it EXTREMELY unlikely that this boy "subconsciously" slipped into his Russian accent. I would maybe give him the benefit of the doubt if he was recently returned from his mission and tended to speak in an accent all the time, but if this guy was talking to you in pure, red-blooded American English before and a light, crisp Russian accent after, I'm calling shenanigans. It sounds like the sort of lame thing I would think of when talking to a girl but wouldn't have the guts to pull off convincingly.

So, my read on this is that he's at least partially interested in seeing where things go from you. Do I know anything about relationships? No. Do I know anything about languages? Also no (I'm a Spanish-speaker with a French 'nym, for Pete's sake). My suggestion is asking your dear Comrade what his favorite mission food was and seeing if he wants to make it sometime.

From Russia with love,

-Frère Rubik


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Dear 100 Hour Board,

When should I tell someone (friends or someone I'm interested in) about my mental illnesses? I don't want to tell someone too soon and scare them away or have them judge me based off of stereotypes. At the same time I don't want to upset someone or have someone feel like I was trying to hide it from them if I wait too long to tell them.

-"I may have [mental illnesses], but that does not mean I am [those mental illnesses]"

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Dear friend,

I think it's best to not give yourself a recipe or rule (i.e. only telling someone after [x amount of time] or [x amount of dates]). Instead, follow a principle of trust and connection. I think there are some relationships where trust develops really quickly and you know you're okay to share more personal things, while others take more time and it may feel more risky to divulge that part of you. In such cases, I usually have to feel it out, or wait for an opportunity to bring it up naturally. (Like that one time when someone asked me how my day was and I honestly told them that it was awful and I needed help. It surprised us both, but I felt that they really cared and so it seemed dishonest for me avoid reaching out to them.) 

Basically, it will be different for each relationship, but you can usually get a good feel of when the right time comes. For example, there was one time I casually mentioned therapy (and actually said therapy and not counseling like I normally do) to a person I had only just met a few hours before. We ended up having a three-hour conversation about mental illness and God and love and life, and it's one of my most treasured memories. On the other hand, I've associated with some people for years who still don't know about that part of my life. I don't really feel like I'm hiding it from them; it's just we haven't built that trust yet. The more you talk about your illness with others, the more you'll know when it's best for you to say something. 

I have found that most people are kinder than I would think, and more people can relate than I would have thought. Sometimes people don't understand, but I try not to take it personally; it's hard for someone to understand that sort of thing if they haven't been exposed to it before. When I'm in a good place, I feel grateful for the opportunity to show others that most stereotypes aren't true. 

It's possible that not everyone you tell will take it well, but don't let that stop you from trusting others in the future. Feel free to email me if you'd like to talk more.  

Take care,

-Auto Surf


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Posted on 08/31/2015 8:09 p.m. New Correction on: #83697 Before my mission I had an adiction to pornography that lasted a few months. While on ...
Posted on 08/31/2015 8:09 p.m. New Correction on: #83683 My iTunes died and ate all my music. I managed to get most of it back, ...
Question #83666 posted on 08/31/2015 7:58 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

In Elder Perry's April 2015 address he told of the colloquium on marriage and family at the Vatican in Rome, Italy they attended in Nov 2014. He said "One of my favorites was when a Muslim scholar from Iran quoted two paragraphs verbatim from our very own proclamation on the family." (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/04/why-marriage-and-family-matter-everywhere-in-the-world?lang=eng)

I am interested to know which paragraphs were quoted verbatim. In my own research I find that this description matches Dr. Ikbal Gharbi, listed on the program and featured on the humanim website. (http://humanum.it/2014-conference/)

Assuming that she is the one Elder Perry is referring you I have searched all over and unfortunately I cannot find a video or transcript of her remarks only that she followed President Henry B. Eyring. (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865615818/At-the-Vatican-President-Eyring-says-family-proclamation-key-to-renaissance-of-happy-marriages.html?pg=all)

Would any of your or your contacts have watched this or know how I can find the answer to this burning question?

-El Güero Totopero

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Dear Güero,

Unfortunately, I'm reporting back empty-handed. There just doesn't seem to be a lot of news coverage from the event. I found a decent amount of material from our representatives at the conference, but I couldn't find any excerpts from Dr. Gharbi's remarks (and I agree that she seems to be the most likely candidate for the person Elder Perry was referring to). Sorry!

If you've visited the Humanum website, you may have stumbled across their "Request Media" page. It might be worth a shot to ask for footage of the whole conference, or at least Dr. Gharbi's remarks.

-Frère Rubik


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Question #83695 posted on 08/31/2015 5:50 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I went to a Silent Dance Party last night, which was pretty cool. Someone sent out a playlist beforehand, which all the partygoers downloaded. Then, we all met up, put our headphones in, and hit play at the same time. So, we were all listening to the same music and dancing to it, but no one else could hear anything (which, admittedly, probably looked kind of weird to passers-by).

Afterward, a couple of my friends were talking about a party they'd been planning for a couple weeks into the semester. They were wondering if they could somehow make this work live (i.e., the tracks aren't picked beforehand). Do you have any ideas how this could work?

-Silent Dancer

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Dear Doctor,

Unfortunately, I can't think of any scenario in which this would work and not have it cost money. If everyone had Spotify Premium on their phones or devices (which they can get a free trial for) this would be fine. Unless they already used their free trial. (But apparently the student subscription is only $5.) You could have everyone subscribe to the playlist and then update as needed.

-Tally M.


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