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Question #88536 posted on 12/09/2016 12:18 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Soooo....is this for real?!?!?!

Apparently some YouTuber was trying to make a point about modern art...and sold a beanie for 10 million and 100 dollars. Is this a goof?

Furthermore, who actually bought it??

-Goofy-McGooferstein III

A:

Dear Goofy,

Well, like you said, he was just trying to make a point about modern art. That is actually the eBay listing that he posted in the description of the video, "HOW TO MAKE MODERN ART" (content advisory: some of the art shown isn't very Board-appropriate, and there is a considerable amount of language), but unless he framed another beanie to keep for himself, the deal never actually went through, as you can see it hanging on his wall in his most recent video.

-The Entomophagist


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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Question #88492 posted on 12/08/2016 11:47 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am terrified of getting married. Don't get me wrong, I love my boyfriend and can't imagine marrying anyone else at the moment. We have been dating for about 7 months, most of it seriously (we knew each other for awhile beforehand) and today we just went ring shopping. I should be happy and excited, but instead I'm starting to feel terrified. This is such a huge commitment, one that I'm not sure I'll EVER be ready for. Unlike most Mormons I didn't grow up romanticizing marriage. I'm 28 and I kind of enjoy and am used to the independence and autonomy of singledom. Not to mention that I have multiple friends whose marriages have already soured. But my boyfriend really wants to marry me, and I love him and have no reason not to other than my apparently irrational fear of commitment. Though part of me wonders if maybe this is God telling me it's not right...? How do I even know? How do I overcome this anxiety? Is this a sign I shouldn't get married at all? Did any married writers go through similar mental resistance, or am I just insane?

-Cold feet

A:

Dear Frozen Toes,

There are many different thoughts and feelings that can help us to figure out what the best course of action to take would be; fear is not one of those. I'm here, not to tell you whether you should get married or not, but to make it absolutely clear that fear doesn't come from God. As Paul wrote to Timothy, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). We shouldn't feel bad about having doubts, because faith would be meaningless without doubt, but we also shouldn't let fear or confusion prevent us from progressing, both spiritually and temporally.

In a stake conference a little while ago, one of the speakers told the story of Lehi's family right before they crossed the ocean to the promised land. She talked about how, after eight years of travelling through the wilderness and generally having a hard time, they arrived in this place that they called Bountiful because a lot of fruit grew there. Things were going pretty well there, compared to how they were before, but they hadn't reached the fulness of the blessings that the Lord had prepared for them. She then counseled us to not stay in our own personal land Bountiful, but to venture off into the ocean, even if we don't know exactly what's in store, to reach the blessings that the Lord has for us. That might be a good thing for you to think about as well.

-The Entomophagist

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Dear Cold Feet,

Fear can be really hard sometimes. It's something I'm working on myself. As said above, it's important to recognize that fear doesn't come from God.

Faith in a relationship actually has a lot of parallels with faith in the gospel. I try to live by the motto, "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." It's easier said than done, but it seems to be a good thing to strive for.

Satan works hardest against us right before we make our important covenants. Stand strong, because it will be hard. But you don't need to be too worried if fear is being thrust upon you from external forces. That's just the devil throwing a tantrum before you receive a wonderful blessing and covenant.

Sure, it's important to consider this decision carefully. Don't be rash. But focus on what you know rather than what you don't know. Giving something your best shot is usually better than letting fear hold you back.

-Kirito


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Question #88512 posted on 12/08/2016 11:46 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What Thanksgiving leftovers are usually the last to go? What are your favorite Thanksgiving foods?
If more of those foods were made, would they still have the same place in leftover-lasting-order?

-Run On Sentence

A:

Dear you,

In my family, we eschew turkey because frankly turkey isn't very good. Therefore we usually go out to eat at Thanksgiving, so the only real leftovers are pie. The pumpkin pies usually last the longest, but that's because we make more of them. If we made more chocolate pecan pie, I think the order would still be the same, because that stuff is freaking delicious (and constitutes my favorite Thanksgiving food).

Love,

Luciana

A:

Dear person,

I've never met anyone who is like, "Oh, I definitely want the cranberry sauce to take home!" because cranberry sauce is terrible.

Favourite foods of Thanksgiving are dressing and pecan pie. And roasted vegetables if they are done right. 

Favourite leftovers are turkey because meat is expensive. 

-Sheebs


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Question #88518 posted on 12/08/2016 11:46 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

If I time-traveled back to, say, England in 1800, would I cause people to get sick and die? I've been reading about those tribes in Brazil who have never been exposed to outsiders and would likely get sick and die if such exposure occurred. I've also been reading time travel romance novels where modern protagonists time travel to England in 1800. Wouldn't the same scientific principles apply? Wouldn't I make all those people in 1800 England sick for the same reasons that I would make the members of that tribe in Brazil sick?

Much love,
Amelia Pond

A:

Dear you,

It's very possible. Diseases evolve as our bodies build resistance, which means that even common diseases like the flu or pneumonia are very different today than they were a few hundred years ago. Diseases that seem non-fatal to us today often killed people back then.

-Zedability


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Question #88531 posted on 12/08/2016 11:45 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's some cool trivia that you know?

-Random Enquirer

A:

Dear Random,

I know a surprising amount of trivia about a surprising amount of serial killers. Creepy? Perhaps. But interesting as all get out? You bet!

For example, everybody knows about people like Ted Bundy and Jack the Ripper. But have you heard of the Teacup Killer? Or Katherine Knight? (She's not technically a serial killer because she actually only murdered one person, but she was so crazy I have no words for it. Also her Wikipedia page is pretty extremely terrible, so be read about her at your own discretion).

The US Marshall is currently searching for any information on an old man who died known as Joseph Newton Chandler. Turns out that was the name of a nine year old who died in 1945, and this unidentified man stole his identity for the decades leading up to the old man's death. The US Marshall is convinced that the man was a violent criminal on the run from the law, because he was incredibly careful to leave absolutely no information about his true identity. It's possible that he may have been the Zodiac Killer!

Okay, on to happier subjects.

The first woman to run for president was in 1872, and was called Mrs. Satan by the press.

Utah State University has spider goats. They spliced spider DNA with goat DNA so that the goats would produce spider silk in their milk, because spider silk is proportionally one of the strongest materials known to man.

Doctors can construct new noses for people whose noses have been destroyed, and usually the best place to grow a new nose is on the forehead. Check it out!

There's a thing called Zombie Ant Fungus that infects ants, takes over their brains, and essentially makes them act like zombies.

A beautiful tropical plant commonly known as split-leaf philodendron is scientifically named Monstera Deliciosa: delicious monster.

Also, I've mentioned this on the Board before, but it's important enough to repeat, especially while I'm on the subject of Latin names: There's a dinosaur known as Dracorex Hogwartsia, or dragon king of Hogwarts. 

That's all I can think of off the top of my head, hopefully there's at least something here that piques your interest.

-Alta

A:

Dear person,

God is the only character on The Simpsons to have 5 fingers on each hand; everyone else has 4. (considering I don't even watch the show, it's weird that I know that).

Legally hunting endangered animals for sport is actually beneficial to a species as a whole.

The July Effect states that mortality rates increase in the month of July in American teaching hospitals.  This is because medical students begin their residencies in July.

Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, was a socialist.

-April Ludgate


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Question #88535 posted on 12/08/2016 11:24 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

If you were in charge of picking out some legit, upbeat 70s tracks to be used in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, what would be some of your songs of choice?

-Aurya Ehlna Deneverns

A:

Dear AED,

I don't know much obscure '70s music, but here are some songs I love and would like to hear in the movie:

  1. Queen: "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Fat Bottomed Girls"
  2. AC/DC: "Highway to Hell"
  3. Journey: "Wheel in the Sky"
  4. Bee Gees: "Tragedy"

I think Guardians of the Galaxy could make interesting use of these songs.

Love,

Luciana

A:
Dear person,
  1. David Bowie: "Rebel Rebel" or "Suffragette City"
  2. Michael Jackson: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
  3. Fleetwood Mac: "Go Your Own Way"
  4. The Clash: "Tommy Gun" or "I'm So Bored With the USA"
-April Ludgate

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Question #88530 posted on 12/08/2016 4:35 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are you doing over Christmas Break?

-Homeward Bound

A:

Dear Homeward,

I'm flying out to visit Q's family. I've met them before, but Christmas is a really big deal and I need to be likeable and cute and fun for ten days straight while we're out there and I'm so nervous. But it will be good. He's getting nerf guns for Christmas, so at least we'll always have something to do!

I'll also be getting progressively poorer, because I won't be working very much. This is especially a problem this year because my laptop just broke and I need to buy a new one, and then I need to pay rent and tuition immediately after.

But the great news is, no matter how poor I am, or how hard I have to try to get Q's parents to like me, I won't have any homework or classes.

-Alta

A:

Dear HB,

Three whole weeks of not school will be fantastic. I'm headed home to Washington to spend some much-needed time with my family after an entire year straight of BYU.

-Kirito

A:

Dear person,

Go to Canada, spend time with some people that I love, eat Christmas snacks, rest my little poor little brain. 

-Sheebs

A:

Dear HB,

I'm graduating and I get to spend more than a month at home before my job starts!

My aunt and uncle are coming to visit, and since they spend a lot of time overseas I haven't seen them in years, so I'm really excited for that. However, I'm also genuinely terrible at quitting jobs so I agreed to keep helping the company I work for with anything they might need. But I'm hoping that won't take up too much time.

My family loves food, so Christmas is a time when we cook lots of things that take lots of effort but are worth it because they are delicious. This year we're adding goat cheese polenta to the mix.

I also plan to have a brief dance party every ten minutes when I consider the fact that theoretically I'LL BE DONE WITH SCHOOL FOREVER.

Love,

Luciana

A:

Dear The Incredible Journey,

I'm going home!  My parents have been living outside of the country for several years and finally moved back to the states about one month ago.  All of my siblings will also be there, so it's like a mini-Board reunion, too.

-April Ludgate

A:

Dear you,

Theoretically? I'll be visiting Argentina. I hear they have food there.

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz 

A:

Dear person,

I'm going home, and I'm not coming back for almost a month.

-The Entomophagist


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Question #88524 posted on 12/08/2016 1:12 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

My boss recently said that Book of Mormon names like Moroni can be commonly found in South America among non-members - which he framed as evidence for BOM origins.

Personally, I find this a little hard to believe, what with all the different languages and how they would have evolved over time. I haven't heard of any real linguistic significance to the names in any native American languages. I know Alma is a common name for women, but I'm pretty sure it has a Spanish meaning, and Spanish was obviously brought over much later.

Anyway, my question: Is there any evidence for a prevalence of Moronis, Nephis, and etc. in South America (who weren't born in the church), and is there any evidence of these name's existence in native languages?

-Curious Carolinian

A:

Dear CeeCee,

Andy served his mission in Peru where he taught many people with traditionally Book of Mormon names.  One guy, Mormon, had no ties to the Church, at least not with any members of his living family.  While this does not mean that there weren't LDS members in his ancestry, it had since been forgotten in his recent family history. 

Names such as Moroni, Alma, and Nephi have ties to several languages over the span of several centuries. 

Meaning of 'Alma' across languages:

  • Latin: Loving, The Nourishing One
  • Greek: Salt water
  • Aramaic: The world
  • Italian/Spanish: The spirit soul 

There are several other languages that have variants of the word 'Alma', mostly with different interpretations.

'Moroni' or 'Marone' is an Italian surname.  Considering the close relationship between Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, it probably made the jump between languages quite easily, especially in South America over the last few centuries of European imperialism.

'Nephi' (and the alternative spelling 'Nefi') are quite common in South American countries and are usually pronounced Nef-EE, instead of NEE-fy, as we commonly say in English.  Interestingly, this name is found in both Spanish and modern Icelandic - Nefi means 'nose' in Icelandic.  

The name 'Nephi' is believed to be of Egyptian origin by many Mormon scholars:

Mormon scholar John Gee theorizes that Nephi is a Hebrew form of the Egyptian name Nfr. In Phoenician and Aramaic inscriptions of Egyptian names containing nfr, the nfr element is rendered npy, and the closely related Hebrew language would presumably transcribe the name the same way. Hugh Nibley has suggested that the name Nephi is related to the Egyptian Nehri. Some Mormon scholars have proposed that the name Nephi is related to the Hebrew word nephesh (נֶפֶש), which literally means the "complete life of a being" though it is usually used in the sense of "living being" (breathing creature). Psyche is the equivalent New Testament Greek word from which the English word soul is only translated. In the Greek Septuagint nephesh is mostly translated as psyche (ψυχή). Other Mormon scholars propose that the term is a variant of the Arabic and Hebrew words for prophet: Nabi (source).

Many non-LDS scholars and historians have looked very little into the name, as they believe Nephi to be a fictional character created by Joseph Smith.

All of this simply means that sometimes languages adopt one another's words and reinterpret them.  Therefore, it is plausible that traditional LDS names can be found in non-LDS settings. 

-April Ludgate


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Question #88516 posted on 12/08/2016 12:14 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Did you just assume my gender?

-Mr. Or is it Mrs? I'll never tell.

A:

Dear you,

Sorry I don't have a funny answer, but I've never really seen why this meme is funny. Being misgendered happens for one of two reasons: either someone is assuming your gender based on old stereotypes (for example, assuming a doctor is male before meeting them or that a nurse is female before meeting them), or someone is referring to a trans person by the wrong gender.

In the first case, it's pretty obvious why that would be frustrating. It can be genuinely difficult to work in a field that isn't "typical" for your gender, and being reminded of that can make a person feel unwelcome.

When it comes to trans issues, I would hope that regardless of anyone's opinion on gender identity, we could find some common ground in believing trans people when they say that experiencing gender dysphoria is a genuinely distressing and stressful experience.

So when people get upset about having their gender assumed, what they're really upset about is being misgendered, and all the social issues that tap into that moment.

I don't know anyone, not even the most liberal person this meme is designed to make fun of, who arbitrarily freaks out at people for "assuming their gender." Meanwhile, this meme trivializes several difficult issues.

-Zedability


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Question #88519 posted on 12/08/2016 12:14 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Bored,

Who is the fairest of them all?

-Indecisive Mere Oar

A:

Dear person,

A brief discussion ensued:

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So if we are to take this at face value, Baby Z is the fairest child, I am the fairest grown-up, and Luciana and Kirito are also very fair.

I am sure this is the answer you were looking for. You're welcome.

-Sheebs

Disclaimer: screenshot edited in Microsoft Paint™ for temporal clarity


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Question #88532 posted on 12/08/2016 12:13 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do card makers eventually want all cards to be chip with no magnetic strips anymore?

-card

A:

Dear you,

Ostensibly, card makers do want all cards to be chip instead of magnetic because chip cards are safer. However, chip cards are more expensive to produce, which means that the producers of cards are reluctant to actually make the change (less profits for them). Eventually, even the card makers will want to only produce chip cards because that's where consumer demand is trending, and the market caters to demand. Regardless of what the producers want right now, it seems as though the government is focusing on phasing out the old cards anyways.

~Anathema


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Question #88506 posted on 12/08/2016 8:48 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Ok guys. I'm a new mom and I still have about 2 semesters at BYU. I am going to finish this degree, no doubt about that but it has definitely gotten more complicated with my adorable new baby. My question is WHY are there not better childcare options on campus? If you read this link [url="http://universe.byu.edu/2013/10/09/books-and-babies-students-with-children-balance-parenthood-and-education1/"] you'll see that just about every other Utah college has more options than BYU which does not make any sense to me because I'm pretty sure there are tons more student parents here trying to make this whole parenthood thing work while finishing a college degree.

-Tired/Happy Student Mom

PS: Who could I talk to on campus about this issue???

A:

Dear you,

I don't know why, but I find it frustrating. The article you referenced says, "According to BYU spokesperson Carri Jenkins, BYU does not provide child care under direction from the Board of Trustees." My guess is that it's some sort of a financial thing. They're super high up on the organizational structure, so if you wanted to talk to someone about it and try to change things, I would suggest starting with the Dean of Students.

I'm also trying to complete about two semesters' worth of classes with a baby, although I'm spreading it out part-time. If you ever need a babysitting swap one semester, feel free to contact me. We can meet each other and see if our schedules would work.

-Zedability


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Question #88509 posted on 12/07/2016 9:23 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What do you really, really need?

-Your Dad

A:

Deare$t Dad,

It'$ $o great to hear from you!  It feel$ like we haven't $poken in week$ or even month$.

My life i$ $uperbly fanta$tic.  I gue$$ the only thing I need i$ prayer$ and good thought$ from you and Mom.

Hug$ and Ki$$e$!

-April Ludgate

A:

Dear Dadelaide,

Snow boots, ski pants, and continuing financial assistance.

-Adelaide

A:

Dear Pops,

Money, a job, to be done with school forever... some new socks would also be nice.

~Dr. Occam

A:

Dear Dad,

More time to finish the semester would be nice.

-The Entomophagist


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Question #88495 posted on 12/07/2016 5:58 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've recently picked up woodworking as a hobby. I use SketchUp to make designs and plans, do you have any suggestions for how to facilitate (or motivate) this new hobby? Also, what are your hobbies?

-IamSam

A:

Dear Sam,

My biggest hobby is cross-stitching, as I've mentioned here before.  I just finished our Christmas stockings in time for the Christmas season!

2016-11-27 14.40.57.jpg

I'm not a woodworker, but Andy is.   He has made us many useful things, but his coffee table is my favorite, since I wanted this one in particular, but didn't want to spend the money on it, so Andy made it for me instead:

 20161111_162208.jpg

Alright, bragging over.

Andy recommends the design software platforms SolidWorks or AutoCAD, but SketchUp is perfectly fine, too.

Take advantage of rental tools, available at your local Home Depot or Lowe's.  They can be paid for by the hour or day, depending on the tool. 

Always use caution and proper protection when using tools.  I literally cannot emphasize that enough: 

WEAR GOGGLES, GLOVES, AND CLOSED-TOED SHOES AT ALL TIMES. 

Also, have fun!

-April Ludgate


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