Kissing is just cuddling with your lips. -Krishna
Question #88367 posted on 12/05/2016 7:06 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What exactly makes a hug an "amazing" hug? A friend of mine told me a few years ago that I give amazing hugs, and another friend within earshot agreed with her when she said it, but I never really found out what was meant by that. As a rather withdrawn and not very tactile person, I don't think I've ever really thought anything about hugging other than "avoid awkward side hugs."

Help me rectify my ignorance, board writers. Is there more to the dynamics of hugging that I don't understand? Do I unwittingly possess some mysterious gift? Or is this compliment as mystifying to you as it is to me?

- quiet belladonna

A:

Dear Quiet Madonna,

I too am often told that I give good hugs, and I've never known why. So, I decided to analyze different kinds of hugs to see if I could figure out what the common factor(s) in good hugs is. I apologize in advance for how dark the pictures are. Apparently my apartment is a black hole.

Exhibit A: The half couch/half standing hug.

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Rating: 3/10

Exhibit B: The crossed-arms hug.

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Rating: 8/10.

Exhibit C: The butt-out hug. This one usually isn't quite as dramatic as this, but we had to exaggerate the space between us for the sake of the photo.

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Rating: 3/10. 

Exhibit D: The side hug.

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Rating: 4/10.

Exhibit E: The upside down hug.

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Rating: 7/10. (I probably would have given it a lower rating if I were the one who had to do a headstand, though).

Exhibit F: The hand hug.

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Rating: 1/10.

Exhibit G: The third wheel hug.

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Rating: 4/10.

Exhibit H: Girls-arms-under hug.

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Rating: 10/10.

Exhibit I: The girls-arms-over hug.

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Rating: 10/10.

The results: The more body contact the better. The weird hugs were the ones where we made an effort to make sure our bodies didn't touch each other. People who give hugs but sort of lean away while doing it, or seem reserved in their hugging, aren't as comforting to hug as people who lean in. The tightness of the hug also matters, because limp arms are bad, stiff and robotic arms are bad, and squeezing way too tight is bad. The best is when the hug is tight, but not suffocatingly so. And finally, people can sense when someone they're hugging cares about them or not, so actually caring about the people you hug is good.

-Alta

Question #88340 posted on 11/22/2016 5:54 p.m.
Q:

Dear Doctor,

Of the main clothing stores (you can limit yourself to ten. Or you can do more and make me happier), what is the typical price range (with or without sales/clearance) and what kind of clothes do they normally sell?

-Tally M., clearly using her Board connection for evil.

A:

Dear Tally,

Full disclaimer: here you will find a list of 7 stores (plus Zed's). I had originally planned to do more, but the end of the semester is approaching and I don't want to hold the question over hours more than I already have.

I suppose it's up to interpretation what the "main" clothing stores are, so these are stores that I would consider "main" within the public consciousness, based on my own experience. I also did some rudimentary Googling about the top clothing stores, and tried to correlate my list with those the internet deemed the most popular.

A quick disclaimer about following data: I do not claim this to be scientific or 100% accurate. You might bring this list shopping then be horribly disappointed if everything is more expensive than you anticipated. 

Next, a few notes about method. For each category of clothing, I tried to use a minimum of five data points. Whenever possible, I tried to include a variety of different brands within that set of data. Certain stores like Old Navy had very few different brands, and fewer options than department stores like Macy's, so I lowered their minimum to three data points. I tried to include brands with different price points, so I didn't collect all my data from the Ralph Lauren collection and ignore the less-prestigious options.

I also tried to include a variety of styles within each clothing category. I figured it would be overwhelming for everyone involved (but especially me) if I included too many categories, like differentiating Men's Polos and Men's T-shirts. So instead of doing so, I lumped everything into Men's Shirts. Within this category, I included a variety of styles, including t-shirts, flannel, polos, and sports shirts. At each store I tried to include one shirt from at least those four categories. The same goes for Women's Tops--I tried to include a mix of casual shirts and more dressy blouses.

Likewise, I felt the need to distinguish between sweaters and coats. The coats category includes only heavier winter coats, where the sweaters category encompasses everything from light cardigans to pullover sweaters to hoodies. 

Sears:

Men's Shirts: $18-44, average $34

Men's Jeans: $36-70, average $50

Men's Coats: $30-120, average $94

Men's Sweaters: $20-60, average $42

Men's Slacks: $40-60, average $53

Men's Dress Shirts: $ 38-45, average $41

Women's Tops: $ 30-60, average $43

Women's Jeans: $35-40, average $38

Women's Coats: $50-140, average $90

Women's Sweaters: $15-42, average $37

Women's Skirts: $32-48, average $40

Women's Dresses: $60-100 average $84


JCPenney:

Men's Shirts: $38-55, average $46

Men's Jeans: $44-70, average $58

Men's Coats: $60-200, average $124

Men's Sweaters: $42-80, average $62

Men's Slacks: $70-120, average $85

Men's Dress Shirts: $36-50, average $44

Women's Tops: $30-48, average $36

Women's Jeans: $36-55, average $46

Women's Coats: $60-200, average $126

Women's Sweaters: $22-48, average $35

Women's Skirts: $36-52, average $43

Women's Dresses: $60-86, average $72

 

Dillard's:

Men's Shirts: $50-145, average $81

Men's Jeans: $40-99, average $81

Men's Coats: $89-200, average $137

Men's Sweaters: $50-75, average $65

Men's Slacks: $50-150, average $83

Men's Dress Shirts: $45-90, average $64

Women's Tops: $26-90, average $59

Women's Jeans: $58-136, average $96

Women's Coats: $109-199, average $153

Women's Sweaters: $79-159, average $109

Women's Skirts: $44-109, average $74

Women's Dresses: $69-189, average $126

 

Macy's:

Men's Shirts: $24-80, average $53

Men's Jeans: $50-70, average $62

Men's Coats: $75-220, average $144

Men's Sweaters: $30-99, average $80

Men's Slacks: $40-85, average $77

Men's Dress Shirts: $53-90, average $72

Women's Tops: $11-80, average $44

Women's Jeans: $49-90, average $67

Women's Coats: $59-400, average $189

Women's Sweaters: $44-100, average $61

Women's Skirts: $30-79, average $57

Women's Dresses: $59-144, average $101

 

H&M:

Men's Shirts: $6-30, average $18

Men's Jeans: $30-40, average $36

Men's Coats: $35-129, average $69

Men's Sweaters: $20-30, average $26

Men's Slacks: $35-50, average $40

Men's Dress Shirts: $15-30, average $23

Women's Tops: $10-30, average $22

Women's Jeans: $18-50, average $35

Women's Coats: $40-70, average $58

Women's Sweaters: $20-50, average $32

Women's Skirts: $25-50, average $38

Women's Dresses: $13-50, average $33

 

Forever XXI:

Men's Shirts: $13-25, average $18

Men's Jeans: $25-30, average $28

Men's Coats: $35-50, average $42

Men's Sweaters: $16-53, average $27

Women's Tops: $9-20, average $13

Women's Jeans: $18-30, average $26

Women's Coats: $16-60, average $44

Women's Sweaters: $16-33, average $25

Women's Skirts: $6-28, average $18

Women's Dresses: $13-33, average $21

 

Old Navy:

Men's Shirts: $13-35, average $26

Men's Jeans: $30-35, average $33

Men's Coats: $50-100, average $73

Men's Sweaters: $35-55, average $44

Men's Slacks: $30 average $30

Women's Tops: $15-30, average $21

Women's Jeans: $30-50, average $35

Women's Coats: $50-80, average $66

Women's Sweaters: $25-35, average $31

Women's Skirts: $20-30 average $25

Women's Dresses: $33-40 average $36

Shop away!

Love,

Luciana

Question #88339 posted on 03/28/2017 1:08 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My husband and I regularly go to different temples in Utah. In Oquirrh, you can do temple name baptisms while endowed, but in Draper you can't. Which temples in Utah are in which category?

-Lady Hermione

A:

Dear person,

I called all of the temples and this is what they said:

Bountiful: "I don't know, you should be able to, as far as I know you can."

Brigham City: Bring your own names.

Cedar City: Not yet open.

Draper: Bring your own names.

Jordan River: Being renovated.

Logan: You can do temple names.

Manti: Bring your own names.

Mount Timpanogos: Bring your own names.

Monticello: You can do temple names. Four, to be precise.

Ogden: I don't know if you can do actual temple names but there is apparently a place where people will drop off names for other people to do baptisms, so you should be able to do names that are not yours.

Oquirrh Mountain: You can do temple names.

Payson: You can do temple names.

Provo: You can do temple names.

Provo City Center: Bring your own names.

Salt Lake: Bring your own names.

St. George: You can do temple names.

Vernal: You can do temple names.

All mistakes in this answer are due to nice old ladies making innocent and pure-intentioned errors, so don't hate if some piece of information here turns out to be untrue.

-Sheebs

Question #88328 posted on 11/04/2016 12:02 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was reminded earlier today of when I was a child. My Scripture case has a Velcro opening, so at church I would pull it apart slowly to minimize the noise it made.

So now I ask you: taking into account the noise over the entire course of ripping Velcro apart, does one way make less noise?

- Zwerg zwei

A:

Dear you,

I took some measurements, and it appears that overall, opening Velcro quickly is louder than opening Velcro slowly.

For this experiment, I used a laptop webcam and some recording software. It would have been better to use calibrated research-grade microphones in an anechoic chamber, but that seemed like overkill, so I made do with what I had at home. First, I recorded Velcro being opened quickly 10 times over 24 seconds. Next, I recorded Velcro being opened slowly 10 times over 24 seconds. I then calculated an overall sound pressure level for each one, and the quick Velcro was 0.6 dB louder than the slow Velcro. Now, this is probably too small to be statistically significant. However, by looking at the background noise in the recordings, it appears that the webcam mic's gain may have increased slightly for the slow Velcro. By bringing those levels down so that they matched the fast Velcro recording, the quick Velcro was 2.6 dB louder than the slow Velcro, which is large enough to be significant.

Regardless, I think we can all agree that including Velcro in a scripture case is a poor design decision, considering that they're often to be used in churches.

-Kirito

Question #88295 posted on 11/06/2016 8:42 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can somebody please explain this to me? A guy in my ward is so excited but I just don't understand.

https://universalmodel.com

-My Name Here

A:

Dear MNH,

If you wanted to be told why you should also be excited about this, you came to the wrong place. But if you wanted people who know a thing or two about science to tell you why you shouldn't believe a word of it, then you very much came to the right place.

Frère Rubik told me that he was going to address (and debunk) at least one of the theories presented, and I would have liked to have done the same thing, but I couldn't find a way to read the actual arguments without paying $79 for the whole book. Therefore, I will explain all the reasons why I could never pay any money for it. Please keep in mind that I understand that ad hominem arguments are invalid and unethical, and that anything I say about the author of the book will be in reference to his qualifications, not his character. I'm sure he's a great guy.

Let's start with all the things that cause suspicion just in the main website. As a general rule, you should be wary of excessive unnecessary capitalization, like Nature, Scientific Revolution, and New Millennial Science. Incorrect grammar doesn't prove anything wrong per se, but there is definitely a correlation between trying to emphasize certain words in this way and making things up. Additionally, they "invite all to explore and experience the adventure of learning truth" but charge as much as the Digital Deluxe edition of Sid Meier's Civilization VI for it, which seems a bit disingenuous, and the numbers about a third of the way down the page are way too round to seem real.

Moving on the the Q&A page, we start to see some explanation for why these "discoveries" are coming through some random book rather than a peer-reviewed journal. They try to spin it to make the scientists look close-minded, but the basic idea is that they are unable to convince anyone who knows anything relevant, but they are confident they can convince normal people that it's true. They claim to do this based on empirical evidence, but unless one of them has actually drilled down to the earth's core and found ice or lived long enough to have witnessed the flood, I'm pretty sure they don't have any better evidence than the "scientific establishment" does.

Since we're talking about the "scientific establishment," let's discuss the basic tenet of the Universal Model that we're living in a scientific dark age and that truth cannot come through the existing channels of scientific discovery. Let me tell you a secret: scientists are always trying to disprove the null hypothesis. That means that it is a scientist's job to challenge commonly held ideas, because that's the only way you learn anything new. You don't become famous for providing even more evidence that someone else was right; you become famous by proving them wrong and providing an alternate hypothesis to replace the old idea. The scientific community has no incentive to stifle new ideas, but they do have an incentive to avoid embarrassment by ensuring that newly published hypotheses and theories are sound. In other words, if the author of the Universal Model has been unable to convince any reputable research publications to distribute his findings, it's because he has been unable to adequately show that the existing theories are false, not because there's some widespread conspiracy to keep the world from learning the truth. 

Finally, let's talk about the author's qualifications. According to LinkedIn, he graduated from BYU with a B.S. in organizational psychology. That would be fine if he were a well-known technical writer and had been asked to oversee the compilation of this textbook using contributions from experts in the field, but that's not the case. As far as can be determined from the website, he is the sole author of the book, and it was all his idea. There is not a single reference to contributing authors in the Table of Contents or in the first page of any of the chapters, which is where you typically find that sort of thing. The website says that he talked to lots of experts and researchers, none of them are getting any credit as far as I can tell. This is supposed to be written at a college level, but the author could have (and probably did) graduate with his most advanced degree without taking more than an introductory class (if that) in any of the topics discussed. It also says that most of the scientific community was "unaware and unconcerned with the evidences presented;" they claim that this is a result of the paradigm shift being to great for them to contemplate, but if I were to borrow Dr. Occam's razor, I would say that they thought it was ridiculous because it didn't adequately explain everything that has been observed about the world and the universe. Of all the reviews listed on the website, there's a suspicious absence of experts in the relevant sciences. Sure, there are a few people with advanced degrees, but they're in law, medicine, philosophy, and engineering, not science, and certainly not geology or geophysics, which is what most of the UM appears to be about.

Trust me, if there was any evidence for these claims, someone would have gotten a Nobel Prize.

-The Entomophagist

A:

Dear Magnetized and Nuanced Hydrosphere,

Here is my conclusion: The Universal Model is a textbook written by a man of faith in an attempt to reconcile contradictory arguments between science and religion. However well-intentioned he may have bee in writing it, I do not agree with his method of trying to accomplish this goal, and I find several of his assertions to be complete and utter bunk.

Having said all of that, I must admit that, like Ento, I haven't actually read the full text. I am drawing conclusions based on the one-page chapter introductions that are posted on the website, and I am inferring things here and there. I have tried to keep these inferences grounded and not speculative, but I do acknowledge the possibility for gross error.

Now that the disclaiming is done, let me talk to you about Mars. While I am by no means an expert, I did just spend an entire year reading about Mars so as to be better prepared for URC, so I know a few things about how things work over yonder. 

Here's a widely-documented Mars Fact: Mars' atmosphere is far less dense than ours. In fact, to be specific, it is 0.6% as dense as Earth's, but evidence suggests that it used to be just as dense. What happened? Solar wind happened.

Quick physics lesson: when things that have been electrically charged move around, they create magnetic fields. If you had a bunch of ice-skaters charge up (say, by touching a Van De Graaff generator for a few seconds) and then skate around a skating rink in the same direction without touching each other or otherwise charging, you would make a very small and very irregular magnetic field. 

With solar wind, you have tons of charged particles being blasted from the sun at incredibly high speeds, which then create magnetic fields. When these magnetic fields interact with atmosphere, they, in turn, create electric fields, and these electric fields cause particles to shoot out of the atmosphere, stripping it away. This is what happened to Mars; over time, the hundreds of thousands of solar wind particles bounced other particles out of the atmosphere until it became as thin as it is today.

So, if this is going on with Mars, why isn't the same thing happening to Earth? The answer is because Earth's magnetic field is strong enough to repel most of the solar wind; the wind still chips away Earth's atmosphere a little, but not nearly enough to cause a noticeable difference. Mars is atmosphere-deprived because its magnetic field is very, very weak.

Now, what determines how strong a planet's magnetic field is? Well, remember that ice-skating analogy I used? That's basically what's going on inside of the earth: the mantle and outer core are filled with charged metallic ions, and as these ions swirl around they create the earth's magnetic field (which is much stronger than the ice-skating field because there are billions of "skaters" here and they're all moving really fast). Now, we don't know a ton about what's going on inside of Mars, but we do know that whatever's happening, it isn't strong enough to create the magnetic field required to deflect the solar wind. We theorize that its core is much colder, which slows down the magnetic-field-creating process and weakens the field overall.

(I feel like I do this every time I write a science answer, but I should put in one last disclaimer: while I have spent a lot of time researching this kind of stuff, I can't claim to have understood it perfectly, so what I've described above is at best an oversimplification and at worst inherently wrong in some aspects.)

I bring all of this up because the Universal Model argues that the earth isn't filled with magma at all; it's filled with water instead (again, I haven't read it, but these pages certainly seem to point in that direction). 

This idea frustrates me to no end.

First, if there isn't magma in the Earth's core, then what is causing the magnetic field? And, no, it's not that all of the ions are floating around in the water and still creating the field, because if we want our core to be mostly water then there won't be nearly enough metals inside to make a strong enough magnetic field to stop the solar wind. And, no, I don't think that there's some other mysterious force at work that's causing the magnetic field that we haven't discovered yet, because we actually understand the field of electromagnetism fairly well and use it to make all sorts of nifty things like MRI machines and cell phones and other technology. It's pretty clear that there have to be a lot of little charged particles moving around inside the Earth to create such a strong field, and as far as I can tell UM doesn't offer an alternate explanation of what's going on.

Second, I'm frustrated by what I perceive as the author's motivations for writing such a textbook. It's the inclusion of chapter 8, "The Universal Flood Model," that's really prompting this reaction. One of the biggest arguments against the Biblical Flood of Noah is that there is simply not enough water on or in Earth to literally cover the entire surface in water. The highest point on earth is Mount Everest, which peaks at an elevation of 8,848 meters above sea level. If we wanted to put it underwater, that would require an additional 2.9x1012 cubic meters of water, or 2.9x1015 liters (actually less than that because mountains and houses and other things take up space and you don't have to fill that space with water but estimating that amount is a question for Randall Munroe, not me). That's more than twice the amount of water that the USGS estimates is currently in the Earth's "system" (on the surface, in the ground, in the air). Simply put, that is a lot of water, and we have no real way of accounting for where all of that water came from or where it went after the flood.

With this disparity in mind, most scientists assume that the flood never happened and leave it at that. The author of the Universal Model, though, doesn't seem to agree, and so it seems that they've created an entire scientific textbook that rewrites geology and several other disciplines of science in order to allow for the existence of a flood. They make room for other "Pseudotheories," as UM calls them (like climate change and evolution), but their main thrust seems to be the Great Flood.

Problems I have with this:

1) Starting a debate with the position "Actually your argument is fundamentally flawed but I have the true knowledge of how it's supposed to work so let me just explain to you everything you've messed up" does not tend to lead to a healthy, productive conversation.

2) It assumes that everything in this life, be it science or religion or whatever, has to be explained through rational and scientific means. I don't buy that. This is related to a big theme of Dr. Mackay's classes, in that we need to take back our miracles. There's a rant about that for another day, but put simply: I do not think that we should require that all of God's miracles be proved to us using our own knowledge and understanding. I think that leaving them as just miraculous events can help us maintain faith and be more spiritually resilient moving forward.

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So there's all of that, a rant by an undergraduate Physics student. Part of me wonders if it's even my place to make such arguments.

-Frère Rubik

posted on 11/06/2016 5:13 p.m.
From a lady in a relevant field:

The writers above have it right. The guy was so intent on proving one thing, he rewrote all the knowledge on the books to get it to work. This is fine, that's how discoveries work sometimes (see: plate tectonics, the discovery of no ether in space, microbes etc). HOWEVER; those discoveries usually bring existing data together and are based on empirical evidence. They help explain more stuff than they set out to.

This does not. For example, when digging into the ground, temperatures rise sharply, and lots of geology rests upon things melting at depth. How does that data fit with an icy core? Additionally, he describes the mantle as rock/water, but were that so, it would most DEFINITELY be visible in seismic data, strikingly so. Waves move and react differently with different mediums and interfaces between them, and so many changes between liquid and solid, even just a high saturation, would be readily apparent (see: discovery of the inner structure of the Earth). I'm also not sure how the "Crystallization Process" indicates that "rocks are made out of water, Celestial Water [???] and the abundance of water in the Universe and other planets [sic]". Because while some minerals do contain amounts of water (we've studied their chemistry extensively), you would not describe rocks as being made out of water. And the crystallization process mostly indicates that [igneous] rocks are made out of fractionally crystallized components of magma that precipitate in order of their cooling temperatures. I'm not also not sure how a rock would be made out of an abundance of water elsewhere in the universe, either.

Also, what the actual cuss is celestial water??

Ok, that was one page of that website discussed by a geologist. I have to go lie down now as I'm suddenly ill and have lost 10 IQ points, but if you'd like me to suffer through/analyze any more, post on the BCB.

Ouch,
Molybdenum
posted on 11/17/2016 4:13 p.m.
Thank you very much for your curiosity in the Universal Model. Because there is little space permitted to respond, here is a link to another spot on the BYU Board that will help clear some of the misunderstandings that came up on this thread.

http://boardcommentboard.lefora.com/topic/82/master/1/#.WC4twfkrJaQ
Question #88264 posted on 10/24/2016 4 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

For the past couple of weeks, I've played a little game with myself while singing hymns in church. I tried to guess what the second rhyming word in a rhyming pair would be. I've found that "word" and "Lord" are very common as a rhyming pair. So my first question is this: what are the top five most used rhyming pairs in the hymn book? I'm predicting that word-Lord cracks the top five.

A second, related question. What rhyming pair struck you as the most clever or interesting as you conducted this research?

Thanks--you guys are the best!

-Singer of Hymns

A:

Dear Singer,

I took up this challenge with much more optimism than I had at the end. There are a lot of hymns. Nevertheless, I persisted with the following caveats:

Other than the one specified in your question, I included only actual rhymes. So Word-Lord made the cut because of your qualification, but other "rhyming pairs" like Remove-Love and Good-Food were excluded.

Secondly, I only counted a particular rhyme once per song. So even if a certain rhyme was in a song's chorus, I still only counted it as one manifestation.

Last, I only counted each hymn once, even if there were separate arrangements later in the hymnbook.

Results:

  1. Love-Above: 53
  2. Lord-Word: 27
  3. Way-Day: 22
  4. Sing-King: 20
  5. Light-night: 16

If we eliminate Lord-Word because it's not an actual rhyme, that makes way for Praise-Raise, with 15 counted instances.

Actually, I found very few of the rhymes to be particularly clever. I suppose I was most impressed that Unfurled-World came up seven different times.

I won't profess that these counts are exact, as perusing 300+ hymns takes a long time, so I'm sure I made mistakes here and there. But as near as I can tell, those are the top 5.

Love,

Luciana

Question #88235 posted on 10/21/2016 5:42 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I am trying to figure out something and it just doesn't make sense to me. Lately, African Americans have been asking to be better represented and not be so marginalized in the media. One example of this is having more movies with black actors, or on TV shows. I think this is great, however, why is there so much demand to to help African Americans and recognize them, while there is very little to do the same for Latino Americans? Latinos make up 16% of the US population, which shows they deserve just as much representation as African Americans (who make up 12% of the population). But I haven't seen any protests in the medias, or on the internet that there need to be more roles for Hispanic Actors, or there should be more characters that are Hispanic or Latino. Please don't misunderstand me, I in no way am talking about the Black Lives Matter movement or anything about our justice system, this is purely about the entertainment industry. Why isn't there more push in the media to change things for Latino Americans as well as African Americans? Is there anything I can do to raise awareness or help? I know I can't change the world, but I really want to help if I can.

-El hispano más sano

A:

Dear person,

This is America's very basic race/ethnicity breakdown, as of the 2010 census: 

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(source)

I want to divide "representation" into 2 camps: racial discrimination, and Hollywood whitewashing.

Racial Discrimination

I know you were not asking about the Black Lives Matter movement, but I feel that this topic cannot truly be discussed without the addition of BLM.

While the Latino population faces a high level of police discrimination, it still pales in comparison to the issues of violence against blacks in America.  From PBS Newshour

Among minorities, the rate of police killings for Latinos is second to those of African-Americans. As of today, an estimated 94 Latinos have been killed by police in 2016 alone, making up 16 percent of the 585 police-involved killings this year.  In contrast, people who are black or African-American are only 13.3 percent of the U.S. population, but 144 black Americans have been killed by police in 2016. At 25 percent, those deaths represent a disproportionate number of officer-involved fatalities compared to the population.

There is a movement called Latino Lives Matter, but they do not get as much media coverage as the Black Lives Matter movement.  Many Latinos have spoken out in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement.  Essentially, "Black" is being used to denote all minorities within the movement and their struggles against systematic oppression.  It helps that "of the 57 million Hispanics living in the United States, about a quarter [or about 15 million people] identify as Afro-Latino [mixed race Latino and African descent]" (source), and therefore feel that they can relate to the oppression that many blacks are undergoing at this moment.

Hollywood whitewashing

When talking about Hollywood whitewashing, take a look at this graph below: 

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Hispanics are actually the only group within Hollywood whose representation is not representative of America as a whole; the ratio of blacks in film to blacks in America are about equal, as are Asians and "others" (Native American, Pacific islanders, mixed races, etc).  However, less than 5% of all major Hollywood actors are Hispanic, and this leads to what is called "Hollywood white-washing."

Many directors want the most noteworthy actors in their movies in order to get the most recognition for profits and awards.  It's how you end up with Andrew Garfield playing a Brazilian-born tech mogul in The Social Network, and Natalie Wood playing Maria (and totally botching a Puerto Rican accent) in West Side Story. If you want to learn more about white-washing across all races, check out "Hollywood Whitewashing: How is This Still a Thing?" from Last Week Tonight.

One theory about why they do not receive as much coverage is that there are simply more pressing issues in the Latino sphere to worry about.  Donald Trump's campaign, increasingly restrictive immigration laws, and the fact that Mexicans make up over half of all estimated illegal immigrants are all incredibly important problems within their community right now.  This is probably one big reason there is less push for more Latinos to represent the ethnic group within Hollywood.  I'm not saying that they cannot work on two issues at once, but when nearly 10% of a large group are under danger of being found, reported, and deported because they have outstayed a visa, it is understandable that some people would be scared of "rocking the boat" too much.  I do believe that pushing the Black Lives Matter agenda further into acceptance within the public eye will help all factors of under-representation for all minority races within our country.  

Or hey, it could all be a plot created by Salma Hayek in order for her to get the most award-winning rolls in Hollywood.  Which sounds more reasonable to you?

-April Ludgate

Question #88215 posted on 10/30/2016 7:42 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How many questions have been submitted each year to The Board?

-Including this question

A:

Dear One Q More,

Here's the full list. I found these according to the date they were posted, not the date they were asked. For the questions that are from the year NULL, I believe that means it was an archived question that was posted later. That's also why there are so few questions for the first few years. 

Year Num of Questions
NULL 4412
1998 48
1999 101
2000 32
2001 212
2002 960
2003 2823
2004 9170

2005

8808
2006 7509
2007 8910
2008 7152
2009 5289
2010 5632
2011 4539
2012 4199
2013 5178
2014 4548
2015 4439
2016 3164

-Spectre

Question #87920 posted on 09/22/2016 8:36 a.m.
Q:

Dear Auto Surf,

What were the reasons you spend a week in a psych ward this Summer? If it sounds like I'm judging, I'm not. I'm actually asking because man it feels good to hear I'm not alone in my mental health struggles.
Also, if you don't mind sharing, what was it like and did you find it helpful?

-Q

A:

Dear ueue,

Thanks for asking! I was actually hoping someone would ask. Mental health is a hugely important but underrated and under-exposed part of society; I'm trying to do what little I can to change that by being more open about my experience, so thanks for starting the conversation. 

How I Got There

In short, I went to the psych ward because I was massively depressed and suicidal, to the point of not feeling safe with myself. I also knew that I was in a bad enough state that any help from friends and family would likely require much more from them than they would be able to give, and I didn't want to put that on anyone. 

Of course, I'd been in similar states before, so what was the final kicker? An episode of Psych. It's the one where Shawn goes undercover at a mental institution and interacts with some crazy people. At first, it was a self-critical thought, something like, "Pshh, maybe I need to be in a mental institution mehhh." But then I realized that maybe that was actually a really good idea. 

Also, I had stopped taking my depression/anxiety medication, for like 2 or 3 weeks. I'd found out later that they were actually helping, but at the time I only knew that they weren't helping as much as I wanted them to. It was disappointing and discouraging, so I just got mad and stopped taking them. Of course then I got worse and that got me to a point where taking drugs to feel better didn't make sense; from my depressed perspective, there was no hope of improvement, so why set myself up for disappointment? 

I went to the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) at the University of Utah. I went there because a family friend had spent some time there a few months prior and had a really good experience. It was actually really helpful that she had gone before me because then I knew to bring clothes and such when I went to check in, I knew I wanted to go to the Mood Ward on the 4th floor, and I knew that I would be okay afterwards. 

Being There

When they were first processing, I was surprised that they weren't immediately willing to admit me. They asked me to weigh the pros and cons, and at first I couldn't think of any cons of getting the help I needed. Then I realized that staying in the hospital would legitimize my illness to a new level; I needed to be able to handle the consequences of that: namely, feeling crazy, or at least disabled. However, when I really thought about it, it was so worth it. I was mainly being held back by fear and social stigma (because what if people found out I spent a week in the psych ward? Good thing I'm not writing about it on the Internet or anything...), and I didn't want that to stop me from getting the help I needed. 

I finally got admitted around midnight, after about 4 hours of paperwork and processing. I had to leave all my stuff with the staff and get a full-body scan. They charted any scars or bruises that I had and asked about eating disorders and self-harm.

The first day I was in 2 North, a high-risk unit. High-risk in the sense that the beds have two layers of blankets instead of sheets because the thread count is high enough or low enough or something that you can't strangle yourself with them. I didn't feel I needed that level of protection at the time, but I can't say I've never been in that kind of state. 

I mostly slept that first day. I admittedly felt a bit uncomfortable around people who couldn't have a normal conversation or control emotional outbursts every other hour. I didn't think I was that bad, but since I was right there with them, I must be, right? 

Nope. I eventually remembered that it was a hospital. In other words, people were there with illnesses and other ailments. That didn't mean they were to be brushed off or thrown callously into a stereotype. 

Hmm. I have a lot of strong feelings about this, but I'm having a hard time expressing them. Another time, I guess. 

The Mood Ward

That night I was transferred up to 4 North, the mood ward, which is for people mainly dealing with anxiety and depression. It's low-risk, so there are sheets and a lot more autonomy, but there's still an isolation room and plenty of staff and night checks and no locks on doors and all that. It's a good mix of protection and independence. 

I had an awesome team of professionals, comprised of a psychiatrist, therapist, social worker, and a student or two in training. The student(s) mostly observe;  the social worker is there to help you transition once you get out of the hospital, setting up appointments with professionals who are covered by your insurance, setting up family meetings, etc; the therapist has individual psychotherapy sessions with you; the psychiatrist works as a sort of team lead, while also prescribing medication. He set me up with new medication (which was good since I had stopped taking the old ones) and helped monitor if it fit well with me.

A daily schedule was something like: 

  • 8:00 - Breakfast
  • 9:00 - Morning group check-in
  • 10:00 -Art/music therapy
  • 11:00- Meet with psychiatrist
  • 12:00 -Lunch
  • 1:00 - Group psychotherapy
  • 2:00- Recreational therapy
  • 3:00- Meet with personal therapist
  • 4:00- Tea time (sing songs and drink tea/hot chocolate)
  • 5:00 -Dinner
  • 6:00- Work with psychiatric technician
  • 7:00- Meet with team
  • 8:00- Evening group check-in
  • 9:00- Free time
  • 10:00- Lights out and all patients to their rooms
The nice thing is they have all this scheduled, but you're not required to go to anything. I slept through almost everything the first day and it was fine. The only thing you're really required to do it meet with your team, as a team and individually, and even then one time I told my therapist that I just couldn't that day because therapy everyday all day is EXHAUSTING. He was a super cool therapist. 

I never went to group psychotherapy (as opposed to art or music or whatever, this is what you normally think of for group therapy) because I had experienced it at BYU and just wanted this week to  be more...personalized? I don't know. Everything takes a lot of energy out of you. 

There was more free time sprinkled in. I mostly slept or did puzzles, got others to do puzzles, and generally just got really good at puzzles. 

The food was good. Meals were good bonding times, and the other patients were awesome. I really loved the group that was there with me, which I was told was pretty special. We had such a good dynamic. It's amazing how quickly you can bond when you're all so freaked out by life. 

Post-Hospital 

Did it "fix" me? No, and that's not really the point. The rest of the summer was still quite hard, and it's still hard now, but...I felt the hope of recovery and the reassurance that I wasn't alone. I wasn't so hopeless because I knew there were so many people ready and able and trained to help me, and lots of resources.

Coming back to real life was really overwhelming at first, and sometimes it still is. It was really nice to not have access to my phone or anything and essentially just do what I was told with little deviation. It was easy and I needed easy at the time. Sometimes I think about going back; sometimes I'm sure I will. 

Which is fine. There were people there that had been there before, even for their third or fourth time. That was discouraging at first, but now not so much. Now it just seems like a normal part of the recovery process. Like my dad says, it's all about a positive trajectory; I'll still have low points but I'm slowly but surely moving up.

Take care,

-Auto Surf

Question #87744 posted on 09/03/2016 12:46 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What funny name should I give my Wifi? Remember, this could be my ticket to impressing friends and potential spouses alike . . . my eternal marital status is at risk here. Oh, and I've already Googled ideas, there wasn't much.

-Wifi Woman

A:

Dear granadilla,

After looking online I agree there really isn't much I found clever or interesting. I therefore I reached out to my Facebook group and got fifty-some responses from acquaintances friends, and I'm rather hoping none of them are Board readers, because sayonara to what little anonymity I have left. It's tricky trying to share the Board on social media, because I want to share how cool I think it is without disclosing the extent of my involvement. Then again, does it really matter too much? I don't really know, but this isn't the place for this discussion. 'Cause today we're talking WiFi names, and I done rounded up a few.

I've sorted these into two main lists, the first being stuff I got from Facebook/other people and the second list being one I wrote myself. In both lists I've starred the stuff I like best.

For Internet Peeps, By Internet Peeps 

Film/TV References
Dennis Nedry (he's that computer systems guy from Jurassic Park what gets pwned by a Dilophosaurusis)
Routers of Rohan* 
Bill Nye the WiFi
Bill Wi the Science Fi
The Sith Lords
Not the Wifi You're Looking For
My Neighbors are Nasty Hobbitses
I'mNotAWitchI'mYourWifi

#justtechthings
RouterIBarelyKnowHer (after hours of considering this one I still don't really get it... sorry, roomie )
8 Hz WAN IP
Trojan Phishing Virus
BYU Secure
Hey Comcast. You Suck. (a message from the masses)

FBI Surveillance Van
FBI Surveillance Van
FBI Surveillance
FBI Surveillance Van #13
FBI Van
NSA Surveillance Van
We Are Watching You

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Music Refs and Such
DropItLikeItsHotSpot
Darn Kids, Get off my LAN!
There Is No Wifi
IDK Wi She Swallowed the Fi*
Hide Your Kids Hide Your Wifi (3 times)
Wi Believe I Can Fi
Pretty Fly for a Wifi (2 times)
TwistAndRoute

Assorted Things
NotYourMomma's Wifi
FREE WIFI
FreeWiFi.JK.LOL 
Get A Job And Get Your Own WiFi
Hike the Wifi
The LAN Down Under
LAN of Milk and Honey
The LAN before Time
The Overmind (reference to Zerg in Starcraft. "The password contains references to other sci fi things that have hive mind antagonists.")
The Promised LAN* (contributed by an alumnus writer)
Cleave Unto Your Wifi
PotipharsWifi
ISIS sleeper agent #4637
TERRORISTS ONLY
Sack of dead koalas (?!?) 
Wrong Password Gets a Virus
Porquefi 
All Your Bandwidth Are Belong To Us (had to include this, because CATS)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thanks to any and all who helped make the above list. Ya done good. Real good. You've also done well.

But what kind of website would this be if I didn't offer up some original content? I'll tell you, we'd be like Fuzzbead and Trashpanda and all those clickbaity websites with "readers" or whatever who apparently "visit" the site and I'm not jealous of these trashy websites that spread all their crappy pictures about "Things Grandmas Say While Knitting Acrylic Taco Cats" across like thirty slides and halfway through clicking them you're like "this is garbage" but it's 3 AM and you realize you're eating a gallon of "ShurSaving Vanilla Badger Chunkz Frozen Dessert (Now with Real Badger Chunkz!)" all by your lonesome so you just weep a little into it which makes you cry more because your tears are dripping into the melting concoction and you can see all the salt up in yo' eyerain just causin' more melting and so you just keep on eating the whole bucket and crying and clicking 'cause...

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...dang, my gallon's out. Guess I'd better get on with...

Stuff I Made Up (yay!) 

Router Puns
Clam Router
BostonClamRouter
NewEnglandClamRouter
UpACreekWithoutHerRouter
NeverDoubtHerBoutHerRouter
WiFi You'd Router Use...
...We'd RouterNot (great as a sequence of routers)
Rough Routers
Sr. Teddy Roosevelt & the Rough Routers

WiFi Puns
NoNeedToFlyByStayForWiFi
Will Trade Pie For WiFi
Versailles Wifi
NoEyesDryWithoutWiFi
WiFight The Feeling? (You want flirtatious? You got flirtatious.)
HoWiFind Friends 
SwipeRightForWiFi 
GoodbyeLiFiJustGotWiFi*
GetALiFiGetOffWiFi
ForgotMyLifiB4MyWifi
SciFiWiFi
SkyHiWiFi
Wi-Fidelity
WiFindUMostInteresting
WiFiAndDry
Seek, And You Shall WiFind

LAN Puns
ELAN Musk
Raisin LAN: Good and Good For You
Raisin LAN: Good and Good for Throwing Away
Out of the LAN and Into WiFire
LAN with a Plan
AtLANtis
One Huge Leap for LANkind
LAN of the Free, Home of the Paid
LAN, HO!*

Literary References
LAN of Green Gables*
Bingley's Bandwidth
NoWifi4Wickhams*
IProxy and Prejudice
PemberlyISP
Internet Proxy Of Pemberly
Regency Routers
BuckinghamBandwidth
Sr. Darcy's Domain
Austenholics Anonymous
WiFi oF Sauron
Speak, LAN, and Enter (just don't make the password "mellon")
Alice In WiFiLand
StupeFi
Wingardium LeFiosa

Film/TV
D.Zoolander WiFi For Adults Who Can't Internet Good
Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can't Adult Good*
Rabies Run 4 The Cure
Rabies Router 4 the Cure
Beets. Bandwidth. Battlestar Galactica.
To WiFinity And BEYOND!
Ron Swanson's Center for Bacon & Bandwidth
Give Me ALL the Bandwidth You Have
My Other Router Is A Tardis
Come Fi With Me/ Come WiFly With Me
Orphans Here Is Wifi, Love Nacho
UR The Scum Between My Toes Love Alfalfa
The Blur 2
SkyNet
Beauty and the Bandwith
House of LANnister*
Pace Yourselves WiFi Is Coming
LANdo Calrissian
milLANnium falcon
WiFortress of Solitude
You Think WiFi Is Your Ally?
Mario vs Browser
Transformers:RoutersInDisguise*

Internet Themed
Ctrl+Z
Internetervention
Karaoke Czar
WhenInDuressJustPinterest
Bushes of Love*
MALK
Buffering Tonight
#NeverWindows10
Buffering...
FreeWiFiForHarambe
Internaut Training Program
NASA Internaut Training Program
YoNoSpeakAmericano
Error 404: Pinterest Not Found
Blue Screen of Death
ImWatchingYouWazowski (bonus points if you can get a neighbor to name theirs "Always Watching" and yet another to name theirs "Always")
GoodByeShutEye
SleepNoMore
Less Drowsing More Browsing
Cats and Such
Cats Of Instagram
Good Sir Fluffernutter's Feline Center For Human Studies*
Internet Catservation Post
Servers For Servals
Linksys for Lynxes
Cat Video Factory, LLC.
Caturday Night

BYU
Whoosh, Cecil
Hey Baby I'm Worthen
YFi
YFindWiFi
YFindWiFiUFoundMe
Brigham's Bandwidth
Ready Set Net
Kickin' With Cosmo
Provo Speakeasy (?)

Band Names
Want your friends to know you and you WiFi are deep and mysterious, profound, yet groovin'? Look no further than a choice from the ultimate Board list of band names in Board Question #82025, featuring such gems as:
Autocorrect Strikes Again
Denim Sushi
Unread Books On My Nightstand
Magical Mystery Trout
P as in Terradactyl
The Dog Knows Our Secrets 
Your Best Friend's Myspace Band 
Puppy Vomit
The Three Counts of Monte Prejudice 
Creeping Prodigal
The Traumatizing Spider Incident
Project: Prometheus
Karate Chop Your Butt 

Pathetic attempts at those acrostic letter poem things
Wireless Is First Instinct?
Where Is Free Internet
Will International Fish Indulge?
(this is not working.) 

Scraping the bottom of the barrel
ISPWithMyLittle Eye Someone Who Is Bored
Will Trade Waffles For Pandas (I know I would)
Insomniac's Redoubt
Insomniac's Companion
Defenestrators Anonymous*
Defenestration of Prague
HelloInsomniaMyOldFriendICometoLookatCatsAgain
Yogurt Palace (my apartment WiFi when I came back from my mission)
Hairy Otter & The Secret of Dim Sum
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

When I came up with that last one, I knew it was time to stop.

I mean, there's no way you're ever topping that. Unless, of course, you let your inner connoisseur prevail and go with Good Sir Fluffernutter's Feline Center for Human Studies; it practically screams date-ability and positively reeks of good taste.

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After finally finishing this lengthy list, I re-read your question and saw you were concerned "this could be my ticket to impressing friends and potential spouses alike . . . my eternal marital status is at risk here." Daring not to leave such a thing to the whims of passing ruffians, I almost considered saying something like... like...

It has been a couple of days since I have tried to think of something witty to put in the preceding sentence. I'm at a loss. I think I spent too long on this question, to the point where I began to imagine I held some sort of connection to you, the person who had asked it. Knowing this to be untrue, however, I think part of me wanted to change that, figure out a way to say something dashingly charming, something brilliant, something that would sweep you and all the readers off their feet, but I eventually realized the more I tried to plan out anything elegant for this situation I realized anything I concocted would be less Mr. Darcy and more, well... 

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(source)

Yeah. Not good. This answer needs to be published, and fast. My greatest regret is in delaying it so long beyond the 100 hours in which it was promised.

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Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz

P.S. Should you or any other reader ever wish to reach me, I remain reachable via e-pigeon at ardilla(dot)feroz(at)theboard.byu.edu. It's always fun to hear from readers.

Question #87702 posted on 08/19/2016 8:22 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Recently I kissed a girl. So naturally I began to wonder how does one forge a ring out of their own blood? I mean there is iron and other stuff in our blood so hypothetically it could work, right? So how do I do it and how much blood will I need? I anxiously await your response.

Enamored

A:

Dear Hopefully-not-a-Murderer,

Conveniently, I just read an article similar to this not two days ago on Reddit.  The question is about forging a sword, but you can still extrapolate from their measurements how much blood is needed for an average ring instead of a sword.  In summation: a male of average height and health has 4 grams of iron in their blood, or 2.7g/gallon (average women have less blood in their bodies and also less iron in their blood [excluding menstrual blood], so for the sake of simplicity, we'll use men's blood as the benchmark).

Thank goodness Andy is into science and math stuff and can help with this question  (and our future income. #cha-ching).

Andy and I will use our own wedding rings as standards for this question.

Andy's wedding ring measure 9 grams, but it is made of titanium, a lighter metal.

My wedding band set is 7 grams, made of diamonds and white gold.

For our purposes, we'll just use Andy's ring.  His ring is made of just one material, so it is easier to calculate.  Also, you also sound like a dude, so I assume you want a manly ring.

Based on this chart [snipped for our purposes], iron is more dense than titanium:

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Therefore, let's imagine that Andy's ring is made of pure iron instead of pure titanium.  If we match volumes, Andy's ring would now be made of approximately 15.5 grams of iron.  This is our standard for all future formulas.

So, given our earlier estimate of 4 grams of iron in the human body, a ring made of 15.5 grams of iron would require roughly six gallons of blood. 

Let's split this question into 2 fields now.  You say you want to make the ring from your own blood, yes?  An average male can lose 1 pint of blood without adverse side effects, and humans can fully replenish that amount of red blood cells in 4 months (this is why you are only permitted to give blood once every 16 weeks).

6 gallons x 8 pints/gallon x 16 weeks/pint = 768 weeks, or 14.77 years. 

If you are willing to put yourself in more danger by taking more blood (maybe 2 pints at a time), or allowing less time to pass between replenishment (maybe 8 weeks instead of 16 weeks between extractions), you could easily have your ring much quicker.

Now, second scenario: Suppose that you're totally cool with murdering people and draining their bodies of blood entirely.

6 gallons/ring / 1.5 gallons/body = 4 bodies/ring.

Therefore, you must kill and completely drain 4 people to obtain enough iron in their blood.

As for how you make the actual ring after obtaining your blood: a centrifuge is useful in separating red cells and plasma.  Set aside the plasma and dehydrate the red blood cells.  Now take a big ol' magnet to the red blood cells, and voila.  Cast it using a mold and hot flames, and you my friend, will have an iron blood ring to terrify woo the ladies.

But why should we stop at iron?  There are many other trace amounts of metal in the human body, so let's find out how many people you need to kill and drain to forge rings out of those metals!

     Trace Metals             Amount found in the average 70 kg human          How many bodies needed for an average ring    
Gold 0.2 mg  193,200
Nickel 10 mg  1780
Zinc 2 g ~7 
Copper 140 mg ~128 

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(source)

Disclaimer: Steel is much stronger than iron, so may I recommend converting it into steel before forging it into a ring?  It's a simple process, really.

Secondary disclaimer: Don't kill people, you guys.

-April Ludgate and Andy Dwyer

Question #87590 posted on 08/09/2016 4:14 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why can't you bookmark songs on Pandora anymore? Or can you? On my profile it shows a list of songs I bookmarked a forever ago when such things were still easy... it taunts me like a pen that obviously still has ink, but refuses to function. What a punk.

Best wishes, Hephaestus

A:

Dear Heffalump,

I've never had a Pandora account.  I think Pandora is overrated, so I created a Pandora account just for you and this question.  You're welcome.  

I cannot speak for past generations of Pandora, but here's my findings.

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Here's my home page, with some radio stations I selected (long live Bowie).

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Here's the screen when I click on the David Bowie station (come on, Pandora, I've already got a Beatles station).

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Tap on the arrow that I've circled in order to pull up additional options.

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Tap again to bring up even more options.

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 On this last menu, you can now tap "bookmark."

Now I can go to my profile and see my bookmarks:

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There.  Now I can be done with this app.

Actually.  This app is pretty cool.  Dang.

-April Ludgate, finally being dragged into the 21st century of music listening by the Greek god Hephaestus.

Question #87410 posted on 10/17/2016 5:33 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My dad often voices the opinion that the world gets scarier every year. It's been easy to hop on that bandwagon these last few months, what with the conflict and humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, the racial and political tension in the US, escalating aggression from Russia and North Korea, and the fear of unpredictable, unpreventable terrorist attacks hovering in the air much like the nuclear threat of the Cold War.

I've been wondering whether this syndrome—longing for bygone days when humanity was less evil, violent, and corrupt—reflects real changes in the world or just normal nostalgia. I've generally thought the latter: I think we, humans, have a tendency to exaggerate the severity of present problems in comparison to past ones. I've always thought that there probably wasn't any more darkness in the world during my lifetime than, for example, that of my grandparents who lived through the Korean and Vietnam wars or my great-grandparents who survived WWII and the Great Depression.

But is there any case to be made for "this time is different"? Since terrorism as we know it today is a relatively new phenomenon, is it possible that the constant and arbitrary threat of violent death is simply going to be reality from now on? Is it possible that ISIS will continue to wreak havoc in the Middle East and elsewhere for years to come? Is it possible that the increasing friction between Black Lives Matter and police departments is only the beginning of an American race war? And even if all of these awful, awful conflicts continue, are they really worse than those our ancestors faced?

Just wondering. Obviously this isn't really a time-sensitive question, so don't feel bad about holding it over if you have to. No rush.

-Thusly

A:

Dear Thusly,

I don't think we have more problems now than ever before, but because of globalization and the internet we know more about all of them, even the problems not in our immediate area, so we care more. Also life is no longer about barely subsisting, so we have more energy for caring about world events. It's a lot easier to get riled up about world violence when you're not worried about just getting enough food to survive.

I decided to make an enormous list of the bad things of every era since Christ's death, because sometimes I think we dramatize events in our own lives so much that we forget we're really not that unique. Our specific set of problems are unique, but we're definitely not unique in that we face serious challenges. Some may argue that the challenges currently facing the world are "worse" than any from the past, but I personally don't agree with them. If we're just talking about number of deaths, our generation is actually doing pretty well in comparison to ages past. So here's the evidence of that, and you can make up your own mind if what we face in this day and age is worse than what people have dealt with in the past.

Disclaimer: I know this list is biased. It's pretty Euro- and Amero-centric, and I apologize for that. I tried to get a good sample from around the world, but I know the most about Europe and the U.S. Furthermore, I deliberately highlighted the bad from each epoch, because it would be ridiculous to compare the worst from our age with the best from another, so I realize that this list is biased in that sense, as well.

Late Antiquity: 0-400.

From an LDS perspective, one of the most tragic events of this time period is the fact that the true church of Christ was corrupted and lost completely from the earth.

From any perspective, regardless of religion, a horrific part of this time period is the bitter persecution faced by Christians in the Roman Empire. They were tortured, imprisoned, dislocated, and killed.

Also, everything in the Colosseum was pretty terrible, with gladiator fights being a main attraction.

Trouble brewed in the Middle East when Jerusalem was sacked, and most of the casualties from it were peaceful citizens, whose blood purportedly ran down the temple steps in a river. 

Various barbarian tribes raided and pillaged, leaving death and destruction everywhere they had been. Notable among them stand the Huns, the Vandals, and the Goths. Among them they conquered large portions of modern day Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, France, and North Africa. If we stop to think about what conquering means, we'll realize the enormous loss of life that came with this expansion.

Speaking of the Huns, they were so feared that when they started moving westward into Europe, they prompted the other barbarian tribes to move out of their way in the Great Migration, eventually contributing to the fall of the Roman Empire, as one of the greatest and longest lasting empires of the world crumbled into pieces.

The Three Kingdoms War in China was a protracted bloody conflict in which tens of millions of people died (somewhere between 36 and 40 million). The invading troops also plundered villages and raped women in their path, and some people had to resort to cannibalism after their food sources were completely wiped out by the invading armies.

The Middle Ages: 400-1400. 

The Black Plague swept across large portions of the world, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. It's estimated that 75 to 200 million people died from it in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It decimated about 30% of Europe's population. That's three out of every ten people dead.

Aside from the plague, medieval life in Europe was still pretty terrible. Hygiene and disease prevention was virtually non-existent, and there was a never ending series of petty conflicts over land. 

International terrorism was a pretty real thing thanks to the Vikings. They raided and pillaged, and tended to target monasteries. They helped expand trade routes and globalization, but they also left destruction took in their wake.

Speaking of international terrorism, let's not forget the Crusades! We worry today about violence in the name of radical religion, but the Crusades are a pretty good example of that from about a thousand years ago. The death toll from them is estimated to be anywhere between 1 and 3 million.

Of course, some good things happened during this time. The Byzantine Empire had a culture of scientific and philosophic learning, and they finally stopped persecuting Christians. Of course, they also went through a cycle of conquering, losing, and reconquering lands, so war was pretty constant.

Meanwhile in the western hemisphere, the Aztec Empire was in full swing. They had a very rich culture and a lot of scientific knowledge, but they also practiced bloody human sacrifices. They would ritualistically remove the still beating heart from their victims on an altar on top of their temples, and practiced ritual cannibalism on certain occasions. 

The Incan Empire was also doing pretty well, and was a high point (ha, literally. The heart of their civilization was high in the Andes) of society at the time. Of course, they would perform child sacrifices, so there's that. And let's remember that every time we say "empire," that implies conflict of lands and peoples as the empire expands.

In Asia, Genghis Khan was uniting the Mongols and laying the basis for the largest continuous land empire in all of history. In the process he became one of the most feared men of all time, racking up a death count in the tens of millions. China's population dropped by as much as half as a direct result of his pillaging, and it's estimated that his forces wiped out up to 11% of the total world population.

The Renaissance: 1300-1600.

When we think of the Renaissance we think of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, etc. Wait, maybe I'm thinking of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Either way, whether I'm talking about superhero turtles or famous Renaissance painters, life would appear to be pretty good. And it is true that the Renaissance saw the advent of a lot of new artistic and scientific methods, finally putting an end to the Dark Ages. However, the basic standard of living didn't actually change for most people. Remember the war and disease that ran rampant during the Medieval era? If you were a peasant, that all continued during the Renaissance, as the upper crust argued about the morality of depicting baby Jesus as a baby instead of a baby-sized man.

War was still a fact of life, especially with new technologies like gunpowder and muskets. During the Renaissance there were at least thirteen major wars in Europe, each with differing death tolls. 

The Catholic Church reigned supreme in Western Europe at this time, and it was rife with corruption. This, along with other corruption within the Church, led to the Protestant Reformation, which in turn led to the bitter persecution of various Protestant sects.

Not only was the Church corrupt, but many political systems were, as well. Henry VIII ushered in the era of the divine right of kings in England, giving royalty a blank check as far as how far they could go, because all their terrible actions were justified by the fact that they were royalty. 

Meanwhile in Italy, the Medici empire operated and ran the entire country through a complex system of corruption. Think of the Mob, and you have an accurate picture of the entire political system in Renaissance Italy.

If you want more specific examples of Renaissance-era gore, take a look at Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Count Dracula, so named because he impaled his enemies on spikes, and Elizabeth Bathory, a serial killer who tortured and murdered anywhere between 80 and 650 young women in the space of about 20 years.

Christopher Columbus "discovered" America, and subsequent explorers essentially wiped out various native civilizations. Entire empires were subjugated to the explorers, who had the military advantage thanks to the advent of guns. Many explorers, such as Hernan Cortes, saw it as their Christian duty to kill people they saw as pagans, leading to the wholesale slaughter of millions of people. It's estimated that about 80-90% of Native American populations were killed during the conquest of America.

Trade with the New World and the Old World commenced, and a big part of that trade was disease, with smallpox being introduced to the Americas, and syphilis being introduced to Europe.

1600-1700.

This era was characterized by widespread political and social upheaval and wars. Across the map empires were clashing in bloody conflicts, destroying old regimes and replacing them with new ones.

Europe was ripped apart by a seemingly never-ending train of religious wars, and members of religious minority groups faced bitter persecution. Perhaps the best known war of the time is the Thirty Years War, which started as a religious conflict, and eventually became a general European political war that lasted for thirty years and killed around 8 million people. 

European settlers started moving to America in larger numbers, which is cool because it led to the foundation of the United States, but also bad because they took land from Native Americans and laid the foundation for the idea that exploiting the native populations was fine. For example, Spanish settlers in Santa Fe routinely took lands from Native Americans, and used the natives as forced labor on their own encomiendas. 

The Cossack-Polish War in Ukraine was accompanied by atrocities committed against the civilian population, and millions of Jews were massacred.

The Manchu Conquest of China led to 25 million deaths as two empires warred for control of the country for decades.

1700-1800.

Wars in Europe continued as the norm during this period, spurred on by a complex system of alliances. So again, think of political instability, shifting regimes, and continuous fighting and death. 

European trade with Africa continued to introduce diseases to native populations, and several groups of African people were wiped out by smallpox

Slavery in a global sense took off during this epoch, reaching its peak late in the century. Slavery had existed before this, usually as prisoners of war were forced to work for their captors, but the need for cheap labor in the Americas led to the onset of race-based slavery. This was a particularly pernicious form of slavery, because it meant that even a slave's descendants would be consigned to a life of slavery. It also set the stage for centuries of racial tension and strife in multiple countries.

The French Revolution (the one everyone has heard about, but definitely not the only one) happened at the latter end of the century. It propagated values such as liberty, equality, and fraternity, and helped lay the foundation for modern liberalism. However, it also led to the Reign of Terror, in which tens of thousands of people were executed via guillotine, and even more were executed throughout the country. All told, around 40,000 people were killed by the state in less than a year and a half.

1800-1900

Napoleon led the French against various European powers during the Napoleonic Wars, which lasted about 15 years. The Napoleonic Wars are notable for their scope and size, and in addition to about 3 million soldiers who were killed, up to 3 million civilians also died as a direct result of the wars. They also led to the Holy Roman Empire dissolving, and helped weaken the Spanish Empire. 

Taking advantage of the weakened state of the Spanish Empire, almost all Latin American countries staged revolutions during this time. While they were able to gain independence from outside rule, the revolutions also entailed a lot of violence, and in many cases led to years of political turmoil and unstable governance, with many dictators establishing themselves in various countries. 

The Taiping Rebellion was an enormous civil war in China spanning over a decade. It holds the dubious honor of being the bloodiest civil war in history, and estimates for those killed during it range between 20 and 30 million, but some estimates are as high as 100 million (that's 25 million more people than were killed in WWII). Millions of people were displaced from their homes during this time, and even after the war ended, some groups of rebels remained fighting in some provinces for seven more years. 

The Second Industrial Revolution led to innovations in all sorts of technology and allowed for unprecedented wealth and an improved overall standard of living for many people across the world. However, it also set the stage for horrible working conditions for lower class workers, who were exploited and abused for their employers' gain. This is the era of child labor, of horrific work accidents, and the advent of the slums as urban centers tried to deal with a massive influx of workers. 

From an American perspective, this century is notable for the Civil War. The Battle of Antietam was the single bloodiest day in American history, with over 22,000 casualties.

The Trail of Tears was responsible for displacing hundreds of thousands of Native Americans from their lands, marching them across the United States in a dangerous trek, and relegating them to reservations on land that not even the government wanted. To this day, Native American tribes are officially confined to their reservations.

1900-2000

At the start of the century, Africa and Asia were heavily colonized by various European countries, with everyone wanting a foothold in those continents. The culture of colonialism was accompanied by a general lack of regard for native customs and people, as most Europeans believed they were civilizing savages. For example, in British India there was a marked effort to squash Indian culture and replace it with "more refined" British customs.

Even after European rule was overthrown in most countries, echoes of it remained. The Apartheid in South Africa is one stunning example of this, with the rights of black citizens being largely ignored.

World War I tore the world apart from 1914 to 1918, with almost 18 million people dying as a result of the war, and over 20 million wounded. It also heralded the beginning of chemical warfare, and is an example of total war, with intense hatred towards anyone from the opposing side, and the large impact it had on civilians as well as soldiers. The Ottoman Empire also used the war as a smoke screen for their ethnic cleansing of Armenians, killing about 1.5 million.

Not long after the end of WWI, the Ottoman Empire was completely dissolved, with a lot of accompanying political turmoil and violence.

The Great Depression caused an economic slump not just in the United States, but also throughout the world. Unemployment was at an all-time high, and suicide rates skyrocketed. 

World War II is perhaps the most well-known atrocity of the 20th century, having the highest death toll for a man-made event in all of history, at over 74 million deaths. Russia alone suffered about 11 million deaths. Prisoners of war who were taken captive by the Japanese were subjected to inhumane treatment and torture outlawed by the Geneva Convention. And of course we can't forget about the Holocaust. Jews across Europe were rounded up and killed, along with gypsies, homosexuals, and disabled people, in one of the biggest genocides in history. Virtually every country in the world was impacted by this war, and the consequences are hard to measure. If I were to go into detail about every horrific part WWII I would be writing for days.

Human rights in Central and South America were a mess. Almost all Latin American countries had at least one dictator during this century, and some of them had several. With these dictatorships came a long list of human rights violations, economic instability, and generally poor living conditions. Some of the more notable dictators include...

  • The Castro brothers. After overthrowing Cuba's totalitarian dictator in 1959, Fidel quickly became a dictator himself. Due to failing health he passed the ruling baton on to his brother Raul in 2008, who continues in power to this day. That's almost 60 years of two brothers being in complete government control in Cuba. They have enforced unlawful imprisonments, unfair trials, executions of citizens without trials, and widespread government censorship. Since the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Cuba has made the “list of the Worst of the Worst: the World’s Most Repressive Societies for widespread abuses of political rights and civil liberties” more consistently than any other country in the world.
  • Augusto Pinochet (Chile) and Jorge Rafael Videla (Argentina). Contemporaries of each other, they both led right-wing revolutions in their countries in the latter end of the 20th century, ushering in the so-called dirty wars, a period in which secret police hunted down, imprisoned, tortured, killed, and "disappeared" people with supposed communist tendencies. Tens of thousands of people were killed by their own government during this time period, with their families receiving no information about what had happened to them.
  • Rafael Trujillo (the Dominican Republic) led one of Latin America's bloodiest dictatorships from 1930 to 1961. Under his rule an estimated 50,000 were killed, including the genocide of up to 10,000 Haitians in the Parsley Massacre (so called because soldiers showed a sprig of parsley [perejil in Spanish] to everyone and asked them what it was called. Those who could pronounce it correctly were assumed to be Dominicans, while those who had trouble with the R were Haitians, whose native language is Creole. After mispronouncing the word, Haitians were then executed on the spot.) Trujillo also helped set the foundation for intense racism against Haitians in the Dominican Republic.
The Russian Revolution at the beginning of the century led to the creation of the Soviet Union, which was replete with human rights violations and atrocities. Joseph Stalin was responsible for more deaths than Hitler, thanks to the gulags (work camps for enemies of the regime), the Soviet secret police who were charged with suppressing internal discontent, his Great Purge, and the genocide of Ukrainians through a carefully orchestrated famine. The famine, Holodomor (Ukrainian for "death by hunger"), caused up to 7.5 million deaths and was indescribably horrific. Elsewhere in the Soviet Union there were near constant shortages of basic necessities of life for everyone, with the ever-present fear of arbitrary imprisonment looming overhead. The Soviet Union's immense political power also ended up leading to the Cold War, as the world lived in fear of nuclear annihilation for years.
 
China experienced turmoil throughout the century, with years of civil war and instability, which culminated in the dictatorship of Mao Zedong, who ushered in communism in China. Under Mao, China experienced the Great Famine, in which anywhere between 20 to 43 million people died of starvation, and some people resorted to eating their own children in order to stay alive. Mao's economic policies led to shortages throughout the country, and there was widespread censorship. The Tiananmen Square Massacre took place in 1989, in which anywhere between several hundred to thousands of students were killed by the government.
 
Pol Pot ruled in Cambodia, forcing people out of urban centers to work in the countryside. During the Khmer Rouge regime which he presided over, millions of citizens were marched to empty fields where they were forced to dig their own mass grave, and then killed. It is estimated that due to the combined effects of executions, malnutrition, poor working conditions, and lack of quality medical care, up to 25% of all Cambodians died during Pol Pot's regime.
 
The Korean War was accompanied by war crimes and human rights violations by both the North and South Korean governments, and ended with Korea officially being split into North and South, laying the groundwork for North Korea to become a communist stronghold with a totalitarian government.
 
The Vietnam War led to over 1 million deaths, including the deaths of many Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian civilians. Watching the footage of carnage, and feeling that it was all for nothing led to widespread American opposition to the war, along with a sense of hopelessness.
 
In general, Americans became largely disenchanted with government as a series of governmental scandals took place, notable among them being Watergate and the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. 

Many African nations faced dictatorships and bloody civil wars during the end of the 20th century, with widespread government corruption and political executions, torturing, and imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of citizens in each country. It's hard to emphasize enough the terror that became widespread in so many different countries during this time, and the extreme acts of violence that became commonplace for civilians of all social classes. Many of the African dictatorships started during the end of the 1900's continue to this day. For a pretty comprehensive list of the worst African dictators, and some of the specifics of what they did, check this list out.

 

So again, to repeat what I said at the beginning, I don't think we as Americans, or as a world, are doing worse than we ever have before. You might be tempted to look at how many horrifying things I wrote down between 1900 and 2000 and say that because I wrote more for that century than any of the others so far, our world situation really is getting worse, but that has a lot to do with the availability of information from that time period and the fact that the 20th century is my favorite one to study, so I know more about it than any other time period I wrote about here. But in light of the many, many atrocities that have happened throughout history, I think it's somewhat egocentric of us to think that we have it worse than anyone else. Yes, life right now is hard, and there's a lot of global uncertainty and problems, but that's the way life has always been. As it turns out, that's just part of life, and it's really hard to compare problems from different time periods. However, that doesn't make everything happening now any less tragic. As one of the websites I already linked to here said, for somebody's family and friends, the difference between zero and one deaths is infinite, and when we talk about death tolls in the hundreds, thousands, or even millions, we tend to forget the humanity behind every single one of those numbers. So even though death and suffering is a constant factor across all social classes, nations, and periods of history, let's all do what we can to try to decrease the suffering other people go through, and be empathetic of others' problems.

-Alta

Question #87236 posted on 07/08/2016 5:32 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are the most favorite colors used at Color Me Mine? Which ones do they go through the fastest?

-Liquid Paper

A:

Dear LP,

Andy and I went to their store in Provo for the purpose of answering this question.

The sales assistant said that these sets of color gradients are very popular (the top left shade is one coat of paint, the bottom right shade is three coats of paint):

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Also these colors:

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Last but not least, these colors are very popular for BYU paraphernalia:

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But hey, we couldn't go into Color Me Mine without painting our own creations:

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Me, sad, because I suck at painting.

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Andy, determined, because he also sucks at painting, but tries his best. 

Our finished products won't be fired and ready to pick up until Tuesday.  But hey, we answered your question (and surprisingly, neither of us used any of the more popular colors).

-April Ludgate

Question #87217 posted on 07/12/2016 12:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In the movies, women are able to skillfully wrap their body -- covering the important parts -- with one single towel. I've always been perplexed by this because I was never able to get a towel to do that for me, and stay up on its own. It's like a magic trick to me. Can you give me step by step instructions on how to wrap my bod in a towel and be able to tuck it just right so that it doesn't slip down? If it is possible...

-Vogue Villain

A:

Dear person,

Per your request, here are my step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Go to a store to purchase a towel.  Here is a list of stores in which you can buy towels.

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Literally anywhere

Step 2: Purchase said towel.  Ensure that it is not a washcloth or hand towel, but a true, full-sized, body towel.

Step 3: Bathe yourself, so that your wet nature is in accordance with correct towel usage.

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Using Andy as my model, because look at that glorious chest hair.

Step 4: In a towel-like fashion, wrap the towel around your body. 

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There's only so much of a towel I can show online.

Step 5: Tuck the top, open flap of the towel into the top of the wrapped portion.

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The final product.

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His blocked face really says it all in this picture.

Step 6: Continue your life as normal.  Never put clothes on again.  Become Rita Ora.  Embrace life in a towel, for now it is all you will ever know.

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Watch out for oil burns!

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Andy, in his natural state: reading.

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(Mind that you don't spread your legs too much.)

Ta-freaking-da.

-April Ludgate

P.S: Shout-out to Andy for modeling.  You're going places, baby.

Question #87125 posted on 06/26/2016 10:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Has the length of board answers increased over time? It seems that whenever I click the "I'm Board!" button and hit an older answer, the length is much less than the answers I see today. I wonder if there's a mathematical trend...?

-Λrchetype

A:

Dear Λrchetype,

Yes, indeed, the average length of Board responses has trended upward significantly.  Response length has increased from an average of ~750 characters in 2003 to ~1250 characters in 2016.  One influence would be that many of the early years would have had answers printed and posted on the physical board and this would have encouraged less verbose answers.

I tried to create a graph potting the number of characters in every Board response, but my spreadsheet really doesn't want to make that graph (over 140,000 rows is too much apparently) and I don't have time to to mess with more accommodating tools at the moment.  So instead, I took the average response length per day and plotted that.  But to make the plot useful I had to remove some outliers.  I removed any day where the average response length was greater than 5000 characters.  We had one writer, *ahem* Sheebs *ahem*, who made a mess out of the data by submitting a response with over 2.3 million characters in it.  My browser doesn't like loading that response either....

Anyway, on to the graph:

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-Curious Physics Minor

Question #87059 posted on 06/21/2016 5:24 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a friend who hides from me and another friend. He sends us a picture whenever he gets to his hiding spot. Apparently it's somewhere on campus, we just can't figure out where. Maybe helpful things: he's a chemistry major, he plays volleyball, he likes pizza. Can you help us figure out where he's hiding? Picture: http://imgur.com/uOuFLH6.

Sincerely,
-theguywhothoughtheknewbyucampuslikethebackofhishandbutdoesn'tapparently

A:

Dear Spacer,

If there's anything that Board writers pride themselves on, it's knowing things that other people don't, especially when it comes to BYU. As soon as this question hit the inbox, I was sure that we'd get an answer for it within a few hours. Collectively, we've walked all over this dear campus, and some of us (*cough* *cough* Ardilla Feroz *cough*) have made a point to explore hidden nooks and crannies that sometimes are not accessible to the average student.

It was infuriating, then, when none of us could find it. 

For those too lazy to copy and paste that link, here is the picture in question:

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I took a little walk around the athletic buildings on the day this question came in, suspecting it to be the Smith Field House or the Richards Building. TEN also took a walk, checking the Benson Building, the Nicholes Building, the Talmage Building, and the Eyring Science Center. Nada. I went home to Rubikland over the weekend, so I couldn't investigate further, but I watched as the placeholders and flagettes became a nearly incomprehensible soup of building acronyms: FB, CB, HFAC, BRWB, BYUB, CTB, ESC, HBLL, HFAC, JKB, JRCB, SNLB, TLRB, TMCB, WSC, TNRB, ITB, RB, MSRB, HGB, etc. TEN tried an analysis of buildings that offered student locker rental services, but to no avail. 

By Monday, I was back in Provo, and the spot still remained unfound. After work, I found myself with three hours of free time before FHE, and determined that I would take one final walk and discover this secret corridor once and for all (I also hoped to run into Vienna, who recently became the leader of a small tribe of pygmies that the locals call "EFY kids"). I printed out a map of campus and called for other writers to join my expedition; Luciana was the only one with enough free time/boredom to come help.

I started at the law building, working south through the ROTC, Snell, Brewster, and McDonald buildings. Luciana started by the McKay Building and swung around to check the Testing Center and the JSB and to re-check the Benson and the Nicholes Building. Nada. We met up at the LSB and determined to continue our quest together. We checked the Marb, then the Wilk, then the HFAC and the ASB. Nothing. Hot, sweaty, tired, and running out of time, we decided to make one last push into the athletic buildings before calling it quits at 7 (which is when my FHE started in the RB). We stopped by the FOB on our way, marveling at how thin it is in places. We checked out the Indoor Practice Field, which smelled wonky, and the Smith Field House, which smelled a different sort of wonky. The SFH gave us hope: the carpet was the right color, and in places the walls were made of white bricks which seemed to be the right thickness. Still, nothing. Our search brought us to the top of a set of stairs leading to a really sketchy-looking basement area; as desperate as we were, we decided not to go down.

Wearily, we trudged toward our final destination: the RB. We went upstairs and down, walking slowly, not talking much. We saw dark blue carpet, and we saw thin white brick (we often felt like real estate agents appraising homes), but not in the right combinations. When we reached the end of the last hallway, we sat down on some comfy chairs, feeling defeated. As a last resort (or a "Hail Katya," as TEN called it), we decided to post the picture to our respective ward Facebook pages and ask if anyone had seen a place like it. Admittedly, I wasn't too hopeful that this would work; if two Board writers couldn't find this spot, who could? Besides, the search had been pretty taxing, mentally. Several times we'd already ruled out a particular building, only to visit it when desperation convinced our weary brains that we might have seen the spot there before.

Within a few minutes, some of my ward members had commented on the picture, suggesting it was in the SFH. That had been what Luciana and I considered to be the most likely candidate, and I considered going back after FHE. 7:00 rolled around, Luciana went her way, and I played volleyball and Human Hungry-Hungry Hippos with the FHE fam. As we walked back to one of our houses to eat ice cream, I pulled out my phone and was surprised to find a few missed texts and even a missed call. They were all from another ward member who very emphatically stated that the other people who had posted on my picture were wrong and that he knew where the real secret spot was. As the night went on, a couple of other wardies commented on the picture and said that he was right. Feeling hopeful, I texted Luciana, and we agreed to meet up the next day to follow this new lead.

So, was my ward friend right? Did he know the true location of the secret spot?

See for yourself:

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(Taken with Luciana's phone)

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(Taken with my phone to prove we were really there. Our height difference made selfies a bit tricky.)

So, yes, we have found your friend's secret spot, and I have to say, it's a good one. It is completely open to the public (I've even been there before, but I didn't remember doing so), but it's off the beaten path enough that you almost certainly wouldn't find it if you didn't know where to look. 

Where is the spot? Well, for some reason, I'm a bit reluctant to put it on the Board for everyone to see. If you email me, I'll give you the exact location and instructions on how to get there, no questions asked. If not, here's a hint: it's in the Wilk, on the bottom floor. Think outside of the box a little on what constitutes the bottom floor of the Wilk, and I think you should be able to find it yourself.

Thanks for the adventure!

-Frère Rubik 

P.S. Just for fun, here's the map we were using:

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Question #87054 posted on 06/20/2016 2:51 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I think I might be having something like anxiety episodes (certainly not panic attacks). When I sit down to study, especially write, I feel this dread. I feel incapable and just want to get away (I'm really good at avoiding sitting down to study in the first place too).

I've tried listening to soothing music and deep breathing but I almost always fall asleep. That cures it but can take hours. Sometimes I just got to get down to business. Any more "active" ways to handle situations like this?

Extra info: Diagnosed with depression but not anxiety. Taking an SSRI.

-Run Away!

A:

Dear Knights of Camelot,

So I have been diagnosed with anxiety and am also taking an SSRI and also experienced what you described on a regular basis. So there's definitely things you can do to help deal with it, like caffeine - as mentioned by Luciana above - exercise, breaking it down into smaller chunks, etc.  Personally, I have realized that the times when I'm more physically healthy (eating well, exercising regularly, regular sleep schedule) that I have much more control over my anxiety and I'm far better able to be productive.  This is especially helpful when I have big projects like you mentioned, because instead of being filled with absolute dread, it's more of a general anxious feeling that's easier to overcome. Caffeine has also been helpful to me at times, but sometimes it just makes me more able to focus on the things I use to procrastinate, so it can be a two-edged sword. As for breaking it down, I know people who swear by this method of dealing with large, intimidating projects, but it has rarely ever worked for me. You may be different.

Now, the thing is, all of these suggestions may be helpful, but ultimately there's a deeper issue.  Get ready, 'cause I'm about to throw some science at you. Anxiety comes from the fight-or-flight response. Particularly, not being able to act on it. Remember, the fight-or-flight response originally was there to spike our adrenaline and some other hormones/chemicals in our body to either A) beat up that other caveman who's trying to steal my dinner, or B) run because that saber tooth tiger will straight up eat me. In both cases, the brain perceives a danger or threat and prepares the body to deal with the threat by either hitting it or running from it. Nowadays, especially in polite society, the things our brains perceive as threats are often not as concrete as they were several thousand years ago. Now, it's more like deadlines for school or work, bills, or asking that girl to Homecoming before someone else does. These things cause our brains to react in the same way as the caveman examples I listed above. The issue with that is that fight-or-flight can't really apply to them. Sure, you can procrastinate that assignment (essentially the flight response), but the deadline will still come, and you'll still have to deal with it somehow. You can also complain or make some sort of scene and try to argue your way out of it (the fight option), but the cases where that helps solve the problem are very few and even farther between. This leaves your brain unable to truly respond to the stressful situation and you get stuck in the fight-or-flight response.

"Okay Dr. Occam," you're probably thinking, "what does being stuck in the fight-or-flight response have to do with me being too anxious to start my assignment?" Well, the answer has to do with how procrastinating in this situation affects your brain. Remember, procrastinating is essentially the flight option; you just ignore the source of stress/anxiety and BOOM! no more feeling of dread. For the moment at least. But remember, unlike the saber tooth, you can't escape your assignment by running. The deadline will come because time moves forward regardless of how you feel about it. So basically, each time you procrastinate, you lower your stress level a bit which your brain likes. The more you do this, the more likely your brain is to say "Hey, stress? Lets avoid the problem, that always feels good," even about things that are typically  less stressful. You can see how this would be a bad cycle to fall into. By avoiding dealing with the causes of your anxiety/stress, you are actually teaching your brain to get stressed and go into the fight-or-flight response for lesser and lesser problems. Basically, you become a drug addict, and the drug you're addicted to is the combination of chemicals released when you get stressed and the chemicals released when you avoid the problem. Awesome right?

So how does one kick this addiction? Well, I'm sorry to tell you that this is the one case with mental health issues where the ever-repeated-by-mentally-healthy-people bit of advice to "Just do the thing!" is actually the solution. I know, it sucks. When my therapist explained this to me about a year ago, I was just like, "Seriously?!" But that's just how it is. To expand the addiction analogy, stress/anxiety is like having a a bunch of slivers in you, all over your body. When you procrastinate or otherwise avoid the causes of your anxiety it's like you're taking pain meds. Sure they make the pain go away for a little while, but every time it comes back, and the more you take, the less effective they become. The real solution to your problem is instead of using your Vicodin to kill the pain and help you ignore your slivers, you need to get a sharp knife (or a needle or something) and use it to cut out each individual sliver. Now, this is painful. More painful than just having the sliver there. I mean, you're cutting into yourself to get this thing out. But when you do it, you have an initial spike of pain that is higher than your general pain level from the slivers, but then your body is able to heal in that spot and the general pain level decreases a bit because you have one less sliver. It works the same with your anxiety. Doing the thing (whether it's asking the girl out, starting that big paper, or applying for that job) is like taking the knife and cutting out one of the slivers. Initially, it'll spike your anxiety way up above your baseline (that's that feeling of dread you get when you go to start the project), but afterwards - once your brain realizes that a 15 page paper is not actually as dangerous as a saber tooth tiger - your stress level will decrease because now the perceived threat is gone (or at least lessened). The sliver is gone and the body is able to heal itself. The more often you make yourself do the thing instead of ignoring/procrastinating it, the more of the metaphorical slivers you remove and the more your mind is able to heal itself and lower your stress baseline to a more healthy level where instead of being filled with dread at the though of starting a project, you just get the general feeling of "I have literally zero desire to do this" that everyone gets when they have to do a big project for a class.

I've created the graph below to illustrate this point. Note that while at some points actually dealing with the cause of stress raises your stress level above the level it would be at if you ignored/procrastinated, by the end, as you do the thing more and more each spike gets lower and lower thus lowering your overall baseline stress level. Having personally done this to deal with my own anxiety, I admit that it sucks at the start. You are basically detoxing yourself and having withdrawals. Your brain wants the quick fix gratification of ignoring the problem, and when you don't let it have that, it kinda freaks out. But just like with real drugs, you can quit, and after a while, the cravings will be gone.

Anxiety Graph.jpg

The last thing I would suggest here is to get people close to you involved. If you have a significant other, explain this to them and get them to support you in your efforts to "detox" yourself. Having that kind of support from and accountability to another person can really help when doing the thing just seems like too daunting a task. And speaking of support, pray. The Atonement is awesome in that it can enable and empower you to do things that otherwise seemed impossible. Ask the Lord to help you to overcome this difficulty. Ask him to give you strength to persevere when it gets hard, and to comfort you if it ever becomes more than you can bear in the moment. If you ask in faith, He will give you the help and strength you need.

Best of luck to you friend. If you want to talk or if you have any questions for clarification, feel free to email me at dr.occam(at)theboard(dot)byu(dot)edu.

Sincerely,

~Dr. Occam

posted on 06/20/2016 7:26 p.m.
Dear Run Away,

In addition do Dr. Occam's (awesome) theoretical answer, I wanted to share a practical approach that might help you with paper writing. As an undergrad, I developed a weird system of writing papers that was, in retrospect, a coping tool for then-undiagnosed anxiety issues.

Suppose that I have to write a 10-page paper. The first thing I will do is pick a crazy font, crank the size up to 96 points and write 10 pages like that. (Sometimes just the header information and title will take up 10 pages.)

Then I say to myself "You wrote 10 pages! It's time to take a break!" and I'll go and do something else for 5 minutes. Then I'm honest with myself and I say "Well, it might be 10 pages long, but it's also in 96-point type, so let's keep going."

Then I'll take it down to the next largest point size (generally 72-point type), pick another crazy font, and start writing again until I reach 10 pages, after which I'll take another short break.

I keep going like that and I keep having to write for longer and longer periods of time as the point size goes down. Eventually I'm having to put in some serious time at 16 or 14 points before I can take a break. However, by that point, my paper is usually more than halfway done, so finishing it doesn't seem nearly as stressful as sitting down to a completely blank page.

For me, one of the biggest stresses about this kind of situation is having to take the first step in a big project, so starting out in a giant font is just silly enough to take the edge off of my anxiety and help me actually take that first step.

Good luck and I hope this helps!

- Katya
Question #87025 posted on 06/18/2016 12:08 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So! There are nearly 87000 questions on the Board. How many answers are there?

-Would you, Could you

A:

Dear Would,

Including this one I'm writing right now, the database contains 142,406 answers.  The ID of this response is 158008.  The discrepancy is due to responses that were started and then deleted.  And, because I felt like it, here's a graph with the number of responses created each month throughout the Board's history:

Responses_by_month.png

-Curious Physics Minor

Question #86998 posted on 07/17/2016 6:57 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can you please make a pros/cons list for the various types of healthcare reform, including the pre-Obamacare system, Obamacare, single payer, hybrids like Australia, and maybe another type or two if they exist?

-Editor's Choice

A:

Dear Human

First of all, do you really realise how devilishly complex of a question you are asking? I don't think you do. I spent 4 months doing research for a professor on this very topic, and we didn't come to any really good conclusions. I have read hundreds of pages on this topic and came out with hundreds more questions than I went in with. I have friends who wrote their capstones on this topic and easily filled 30 double-spaced pages on only one of these systems. What's more, you aren't even asking for a specific basis of comparison! I mean come now! You could at least be specific and clear in what you are asking for.

That all being said, I have outlined the rudimentaries of each of these types of healthcare systems and discussed their pros and cons. 

Pre-ACA

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, we mainly had a private health insurance system. Most of the population under 65 was insured by their, or a family member's employer. Public sector employees were insured by Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, TriCare, or the Veteran's Health Administration. The poor and disabled were able to obtain insurance through Medicaid, and the elderly used Medicare. Some bought health insurance on their own, and the remainders were uninsured. Under this system, the US spent 17 percent of its total GDP on health care, which was the highest among developed nations, while ranking at #42 for health outcomes.

Advantages of this system:

  • You got to choose your own Doctor: In the private healthcare system, you often have more flexibility in choosing a doctor as well as medical facilities. For patients that want the same doctor all the time, this can be a very important advantage.
  • Shorter waiting times. If you are in need of s surgery that is essential but not life threatening, your wait time to get that surgery is a lot shorter in a private health system than it is in other systems
  • Improved facilities. Capitalism doesn't work extremely well in the health market, but it certainly helps improve facilities.
  • Lots of research and development.

Disadvantages:

  • Private health insurance tends to cost more than public health insurance.While the US government might be saving a marginal amount of money by having a private healthcare system instead of a public one; there is no doubt that American citizens are paying a lot more money to get a decent level of private health care coverage than they would be required to pay in a public system. Most Americans are paying around $200 or
    more for their monthly health insurance premium plus a co-pay and deductible. Public system costs: under $100 monthly with no co-pay or deductible.
  • Private health insurance promotes inequality. Unfortunately, when health care insurance is privatised the health care providers and insurance companies are always thinking about their bottom line. This means that if you are willing to pay, you can get priority treatment. In the public system, everyone is treated equal, money or no money; order of treatment is based on severity of medical condition and who was there first.
  • It can lead to gross coverage gaps in your personal policy. Because individuals choose their coverage in a private health insurance market, they may end up selecting a policy that foregoes coverage on important health benefits. 

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

In terms of the basics of the American health care system, the ACA did little to overhaul the system. From a bird's eye view, the system is essentially the same. However, when this reform was enacted in 2010, it completely changed the health insurance landscape in America. It was enacted to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage, and reduce the costs of health care for individuals through the use of subsidies and insurance exchanges. It also set up minimum standards by which all insurance companies are required to comply with in terms of basic coverage. It mandates that insurance companies offer these minimum standards at the same rates regardless of pre-existing conditions or sex. 

Advantages

  • More Americans have health insurance. More than 16 million Americas have obtained health insurance within the first five years of the ACA, many of whom are young adults.
  • It is more affordable for most people. Insurance companies must now spend at least 80 percent of insurance premiums on medical care and improvements.
  • People with pre-existing health conditions can no longer be denied coverage
  • There are no longer time limits on care, so individuals with chronic health problems will not run out of insurance coverage. 
  • Minimum standards for coverage all for more screenings and preventive services to be covered.
  • Prescriptions drugs cost less under this system.

Disadvantages

  • Many people have to pay higher premiums. Insurance companies now provide a wider range of benefits than before and cover people with pre-existing conditions. For those people who do not even need the minimum coverage requirements, this is all extraneous. Their premiums are therefore much higher than before.
  • You can be fined if you don't have insurance. 
  • Taxes are increasing as a result of the ACA, as there are a significant number of subsidies that accompanies this system. In fact, several new taxes were created to raise money for this system, including taxes on medical devices and pharmaceutical sales. 
  • Enrolling in the system is devilishly complicated. 
  • Businesses have cut the hours of many employees in order to avoid having to provide health insurance.
Single-payer system
 
This is a system in which the state, rather than private insurers pays for all health care costs. It collects all medical fees for individuals within the state, then pays for all services rendered through a single government source. In general, this means that the state has universal, or near universal, health insurance coverages. In concept, it is a pretty simple idea, but in practice, it is extremely varied and rather complex. 
 
Advantages
  • Guaranteed health care for all legal residents of the United States to the full extent as is required by their health.
  • Billings becomes non-complex, as there is only one source for billings
  • Physicians who give out great health care quality can be rewarded for such good doing in providing preventive care. In some countries, most doctors and physicians can receive bonuses after giving their patients a truly remarkable health care. These vary though depending on what country you are in.
  • No limitations to health care services, in theory 
  • No insurance premiums
Disadvantages
  • Bloated government bureaucracy 
  • Inability to choose physicians 
  • Longer waiting times for essential, non-life threatening procedures 
  • Physicians become government employees. They will likely get paid less, and there would be less incentive to go through 12 plus years of medical school to become a physician.
  • Single payer systems are notorious for reducing research and development as there is no more financial incentive fore people to produce better medicines and procedures 
  • The government would have a lot more of your personal information 
I think I am going to leave my analysis at that. If you are interested more in learning about the Australian system, in particular, you may consider looking into these resources
 
Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger 
Question #86949 posted on 06/10/2016 7:36 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why does Mountain Dew Baja Blast mixed half and half with Tropicana Pink Lemonade turn clear?

-You guessed it I spend way too much time in front of a soda fountain.

A:

Dear fountain fan,

I was super excited to answer this question because science and food are my two favorite things in the world. My first thought was that a change in pH was affecting the blue dye in the Baja Blast somehow, because that happens to natural blue dyes like anthocyanins. Then I looked at the ingredient list, and it turns out they use Blue #1, which doesn't have that problem.

My new hypothesis was that the Red 40 in the pink lemonade combined with the Yellow #5 and Blue #1 in the Baja Blast to absorb all colors more or less equally. I decided to test this hypothesis by measuring the absorbance spectra of pink lemonade, Baja Blast, and the combination and comparing them. If my hypothesis was true, I would see a similar spectral pattern between the combined drinks and the sum of the individual drinks. So, I took a trip to Taco Bell during happy hour and got a couple of drinks from the fountain. I brought them back to campus and got them ready to analyze.

I had to filter the lemonade and decarbonate the Baja Blast, after which I prepared a 50:50 mixture of the two. I got my cuvettes ready, warmed up the spectrophotometer, set it to 390 nm, and got to work. I looked at the absorbance of each beverage individually and combined at 10 nm intervals between 390 nm and 700 nm, which is roughly the range of light visible to humans. Here's a picture I took while setting everything up.

baja blast.jpg

Before we go on, I'd like to give a quick overview of color perception. When we see an object as having a certain color, that means that it primarily absorbs light of the opposite color (unless it actually shines, like a light bulb). So, if a compound absorbs red light, it will appear cyan (blue-green); absorbing green will make it look magenta (basically purple); and absorbing blue will make it look yellow. The opposite is also true, and most compounds absorb various colors of light at differing levels to make the color that they appear. If a solution (like our pink lemonade/Baja Blast mix) appears colorless, then it absorbs all wavelengths relatively equally. Depending on the degree to which it absorbs all these wavelengths, it could be completely clear, gray-ish, or even black. In our case, it looks like the mix is a pale gray color.

This is what the absorbance spectra looked like for the individual beverages. All the spectra have been adjusted so that the highest absorbance is 100%, because mixing the two together actually dilutes each one and makes them not really comparable otherwise.

baja blast chart 1.PNG

Here is what the absorbance spectrum of our mixed drink should look like if my hypothesis is true. I got these values by adding up the absorbances of the two drinks at each wavelength and, again, adjusting them so that the maximum absorbance is 100%.

baja blast chart 2.PNG

And now, for the moment of truth. Here's the absorbance spectrum of the mixed beverage.

baja blast chart 3.PNG

As you can see, it's nearly identical to the summed spectra of the two individual drinks. In fact, the only reason I didn't put them on the same graph was because they were so close together it didn't make much sense. I did expect the general trend to be more of a straight line, but apparently the mix still absorbs more violet and blue light than red and orange. However, this didn't seem to make a significant difference in the final color perceived. Maybe some day I'll try to repeat this experiment with purer dye solutions. For science.

tl;dr - Each drink absorbs the colors that the other doesn't, making it colorless overall.

-The Entomophagist

Question #86804 posted on 05/28/2016 11:44 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it true that people are leaving the Church "in droves"?

-Alone on the Pew?

A:

Dear Alone,

The Church doesn't release information about how many people leave so we only have conjecture and anecdotal evidence on the matter.  This website, by an author calling himself "kimballthenom", uses the Church's annual statistical reports, as well as other sources, and attempts to extract meaningful information about activity rates and resignations.  The methodology section is very thorough which allows you to read in detail how the statistics were used and argue whether it was appropriate or not.

According to kimballthenom, activity rates slid from ~41% in 2000 to ~33% in 2015.  With a reported Church membership of 15,634,199 at the end of 2015, that 8% activity drop would be a little over 1.25 million members.

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(Source: http://www.fullerconsideration.com/membership.php)

Estimating how many people have their names removed from the Church's records is a particularly difficult task, but kimballthenom seems to make reasonable assumptions in the methodology.  According to his work, resignations began ticking up dramatically around 1985 (which correlates with the scandal of the Salamander Letter).  Resignations potentially rose from a baseline of ~10,000 per year prior to 1985 to a peak of ~100,000 per year around the mid-1990's (which correlates with the September Six excommunications).  Resignations then began generally decreasing, potentially down to as few as ~30,000 per year around 2013.  But 2014 shows a potential spike back up to ~90,000 per year and, as far as I can tell, this data hasn't been updated after the 2015 statistical report was released in April 2016.  With the November 2015 policy change declaring gay couples to be apostates and banning their children from Church membership, I would expect to see the resignation number remain high for 2016.

rev2_Figure3_Annual_Apostasy.png
(Source: http://www.fullerconsideration.com/membership.php)

In April 2016 Elder Holland asserted, "We are in the midst of incredible growth, of staggering growth in the Church. It's the biggest problem we have."  Based on the Church's annual statistical reports, the Church membership growth rate from 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 was just under 2% for each year.  It would seem logical that if the Church has "staggering growth" somewhere (most likely Africa and South America) and that the total growth is ~2% then there must be an almost symmetric, "staggering," loss of members somewhere (most likely North America and Europe).

Anecdotally, Church leadership seems to be spending more time on messages of "doubting your doubts" and "staying in the boat" which may suggest that doing otherwise is a rising problem.

Does this qualify as "leaving in droves"?  I'm not sure, but I don't think it can be argued as insignificant either.

-Curious Physics Minor

posted on 06/01/2016 7:04 a.m.
This is a helpful perspective, but it is not the only perspective. Additional perspectives are found here: http://boardcommentboard.lefora.com/topic/50/BQ-86804-Leaving-the-Church-In-Droves?

-- Michael Worley
Question #86799 posted on 08/18/2016 3:03 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What would you write as Book of Mormon style chapter headings for each year of the Board archives?

-Would you, Could you

A:

Dear I will,

Because the Board is asked so many diverse questions each day and each year, there's really no valid way to sum up. However, as a team we've perused the archives and noted significant events or notable trends in the Board's history. Enjoy.

1998In the beginning there was a wall with "perfectly good blank wall space." BYUSA decreed that they must know all that happened at the University of Brigham Young, and thus decreed that from thence forth the wall would used for answering the inquiries of students. BYUSA spoke, and thus it was.

1999: And it came to pass that the physical Board moved to a new location in the basement of the Wilk. And verily, the policy didst emerge that silly questions will receive silly answers.

2000: The Board mostly fulfills its purpose of answering questions about BYU, but also attracts many random questions. Writers rarely stick to one consistent 'nym, but remain omniscient nonetheless.

2001: Question askers move quickly away from the original BYU-affiliation. Writers begin to use more consistent 'nyms, but there are also many snarky one-time usages. Frequently only one question per day is posted. Many questions were still asked via the original submission box in the Wilk, and were then emailed to writers who had the option (or obligation) of replying. The proofreading was spotty and inconsistent.

2002: The Board develops a reputation for near-brutal sarcasm, and the writers clearly don't take criticism well. Board writers begin to evade the question of how to apply. The habit develops of many writers responding to a single question, perhaps the first indication of just how many writers work for the Board. Instead of corrections, readers wishing to comment on questions that previously posted ask another question without a link to this original. This is a really annoying and inconvenient way of doing things. The first retirement question posts, suggesting that writers get attached to the Board and readers get attached to writers. Answers tend to be short and to the point, with limited citations.

2003: Answers tend to be short and often flippant. Questions stop posting on Sundays. Writers tend to use consistent 'nyms.  The Board receives between 5-10 questions per day. The Board takes breaks for Christmas, reading days, and finals. We learn that no writers had ever been "fired" (as of April 2003). The Board's answers post in Times New Roman font. Writers seem to feel no qualms about stalking those that readers are interested in dating, or in posting phone numbers on the internet. Writers frequently claim omniscience. Most questions seem to be factual rather than opinion-based. Harry Potter and Homestarrunner seem to dominate the Board pop culture. The infamous trend of "Search the Archives" emerges. Readers complain that the "Search" function doesn't work very well. The first reader to show a demonstrable obsession with the Board emerges. The glorious Katya asks her first question (under that 'nym, at least). 

2004: The website setup means that most questions actually post before they reach 100 hours to avoid questions going over hours. Writers are assigned questions from the Editors to ensure that everything gets answered. Writers at times purposefully try to antagonize the readers, usually with hilarious results. The Webmaster informs us that the Board receives around 271 visits per day. The infamous stair-counting question posts. Jokes about writer omniscience are frequent. Sometimes comments are allowed to post that don't seem to have anything to do with particular questions. There seems to be a great interest in individual writers like Ambrosia, Latro, and The captain. There is a controversy regarding movies that are rated R. The Editors confirm that there are 46 writers working for the Board. The Board is sponsored by/under the leadership of BYUSA. The first 100 Hour Board t-shirt is designed and made available. Kayta becomes an official writer.

2005: BYUSA shuts the Board down due to censorship issues. No one is happy with the situation. As a result, the Board moves under the jurisdiction of the Linguistics society. The internet women go crazy over Skippy DeLorean. The Board grows exponentially, requiring some tech updates and a newfangled writer application. The "Editor's Choice" option appears, and the criteria for reaching that distinction seems somewhat lax. Optimistic. creates the first dating application.

2006The Board moves from the Linguistics Society to the Daily Universe - Writers index and rate important on-campus services, such as motorcycle parking lots, statues, and restrooms - A writer exposes the secret of Board writer 'nyms - Writers subject themselves to immeasurable discomfort for the sake of the Board. All answers had to be written in HTML, prompting the editors and Webmaster to seek a new way of doing things.

2007The readers definitely don't find out how to become a writer - The great war between 100 Typing Monkeys and CATS begins - Hobbes and Tangerine kill off most of the other writers - Four writers team up to write the dating advice to end all dating advice. The Boardboard is created.

2008: Yellow and CPM start work on building and designing Board 5.0. Writer team-ups become a big trend. Writers like Claudio and Cognoscente are lauded for their musical taste and recommendations. Based on the volume of questions, writers admit to spending many hours a week writing for the Board. Board writers briefly adopt new pseudonyms for The Board Identity. There are few pictures/graphics posted, but lots of pure text answers. Katya retires, perhaps best known for her many years of active writership and for categorizing the archives. California's Prop 8 causes some controversy.

2009:  It is the Golden Age of HFAC experiments. Board writers are accused of being too liberal. The 100 Board iPhone app is developed. Commander Keen joins the Board, creating a writer dynasty that April continues today. There is continued controversy regarding gay marriage, and the Board seems to receive a lot of other contentious political questions.

2010: The Borg assimilates Board writers. July marks the official launch of Board 5.0. Questions begin to regularly post on Sundays (to the consternation of Uncle Vernon). Harry Potter questions still seem to play a large role in pop culture. Board writers mourn the finale of LOST. Political questions still seem quite divisive, especially regarding healthcare. There is a minor controversy regarding modesty. Compared to previous years, writers tend to spend more time and effort answering questions instead of relying on flippant or sarcastic answers. Writers record the first Boardcast.

2011: The Board loses its sponsorship with the Daily Universe, but thankfully finds a new home. The Boardboard starts to get a fair amount of hate on the Board itself. There is an uptick in questions about marriage and family. Writers are accused of being too judgmental. There is controversy regarding the Honor Code, and the dress code more specifically. There is also a controversial question regarding sex education in the Church. Long story short: 2011 is a controversial year.

2012Ardilla Feroz started promoting reader-writer meet-ups. We found out when most people are on the Board. There was an informal demographics survey about Board readers via the Board Facebook page, which mostly asked questions like, "Do you pick your nose?" and "Do you get belly button lint?" The sordid history of tunnel worms was uncovered. There was a hullabaloo about the 2012 presidential election, especially Mitt Romney.

2013: The first Alumni week is held, to critical acclaim. Readers notice a trend where writers merely provide contact information instead of contacting someone to find out more concrete information themselves, a trend they are not altogether happy about. A relatively large proportion of writers feel comfortable disclosing/discussing their struggle with depression. Readers notice a pattern of retired writers not being active members of the LDS church. People complain that writers are too mean (for real, search the archives circa 2003 and then complain). Writers confirm that all applicants must be current BYU students in order to be eligible to write for the Board.

2014: There is controversy surrounding the Ordain Women movement, and around gender roles as they relate to the LDS church. Board writers are accused of sexism. Concerns about gay marriage persist. Answers just seem to be controversial again, like in 2011.

2015: The Board welcomes a large host of new writers. There is a behind-the-scenes and somewhat in-front-of-the-scenes debacle with a reader. The FreeBYU movement generates some interesting questions. Current events play a large role in the questions that are asked. It becomes more acceptable to provide opinions that aren't 100% in line with Church doctrine.

2016: There is an unfortunate slew of retirements, including several long-time writers. The Board Bachelorette boasts its first season. Compared to earlier years, Board writers seem to expend much more effort in answering questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. The Board conducts a reader survey and adjusts policies to better serve our fan base. The Board Comment Board is created per reader request. We answer this horrifying question and it takes an embarrassingly long time.

I am well aware that these aren't exactly BOM style, but it's the best we can do.

Love (with only minor bitterness),

Luciana, The Entomaphagist, and Alta

Question #86793 posted on 05/28/2016 11:28 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What percentage of the adult membership of the church is single? What percentage of them are inactive? Please cite reference if possible.

-Disbeliever

A:

Dear Not a Member of Smash Mouth,

Other than the yearly statistical report given at General Conference, it is difficult to find resources that look into the more specific sections of the Church that you ask about.  I did my best, but some of this information is based on cross-sections, sample sizes, or is simply outdated.  Just a little disclaimer for you as we delve further into this subject.

Inactivity rates differ from country to country.  According to this helpful site:

"less than half of individuals claimed as members by the LDS Church worldwide identify the LDS Church as their faith of preference. The percentage varies from the mid-sixties in the United States to 20-27% in Latin America."

I know this is not part of what you asked, but I think this little tidbit of information is surprising: 

 "...existing data suggests that the number of Latter-day Saints attending church worldwide on an average Sunday cannot exceed 30% of official membership figures, and is likely closer to the upper twenties."

My reaction when reading this: 

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(source)

That number is way lower than I thought. 30% of LDS people even attend church regularly??  Whoa.

Here is my findings for single adults in the Church.  This statistic comes from the Religious Studies Center at BYU, and they get pretty detailed in this Vital Statistics Report.  However, this report is 24 years old.  It's also the most detailed and accurate finding I can get my hands on, so I think it is time for an update.  The chart below shows the average LDS household composition in 4 major countries, and is prefaced by this:

 "Less information is available on LDS household composition, but sample surveys show characteristics of the United States, Britain, Mexico, and Japan in the early 1980s. In fig. 4.16 (shown below), three types of households are distinguished: (1) married couples with one or both being LDS; (2) households headed by LDS singles (never married, divorced, or widowed); and (3) households with LDS children but in which neither husband nor wife nor single head is LDS. Married-couple households are the majority in the United States and Britain and form a slight majority in Mexico. Single households constitute 20–30 percent."

Fig. 4.16:

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That's the best information I can find.  I really hope that the Church and statistical analysts will create a more accurate and in-depth report of our members in the near future. 

-April Ludgate

Question #86723 posted on 05/21/2016 12:51 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where in Provo/Orem can I buy 7th Generation laundry detergent? The neighborhood Walmart and Macey's don't have it.

-dirty laundry

A:

Dear Dirty,

At first I thought you meant that you wanted laundry detergent that had already been used seven times, and I was like

1) How is that even possible?

and

2) Why would you even want such laundry detergent?

But then it occurred to me that you were actually referring to a specific brand called 7th Generation. That makes a lot more sense.

Teh Googlez told me that this mystical cleaner of laundry can be purchased at Target. 

Further searching claimed that 7th Generation detergent was available at the Orem Target. 

And so it was that Frère Rubik, having an abundance of free time (and having need of snow peas and coconut milk), ventured forth to the land of Orem in his Rubikmobile that he could verify Target's claims of 7th Generation-having.

And yea, upon entering the Super Target, he did proceed directly to the laundry aisle, whereupon he didst weather the Tide and sought not to get Gain, but did proceed down the straight and relatively narrow aisle until he came upon this sight:

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And these are the generations of 7th Generation:

Free and Clear (100 oz.)

Free and Clear (150 oz.)

Ultra Power Plus (100 oz.)

Fights Stains (100 oz.)

Fights Stains (150 oz.)

Energy Smart (100 oz.)

And a smaller bottle whose name Frère could not discern from his photo.

And it came to pass that Frère did venture down another aisle, and found further generations of 7th Generation, namely all-purpose cleaners:

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Thus satisfied, Frère left the land of households and ventured into the nearby foods section. Through much earnest searching and supplications to Sonya (who would not answer her phone), Frère did encounter snow peas and coconut milk, and was rewarded also with delicious-sounding herbal tea. And thus ended the travels of Frère Rubik in Target.

-Frère Rubik