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Question #89975 posted on 06/28/2017 1:32 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Everyone knows that bleach is great for cleaning up a crime scene. But, does the type of bleach matter? Should I go brand-name clorox? Or will the generic-brand stuff work just as well?

By the way, please respond ASAP.



Dear oh sure I totally believe you,

For some reason I had a hard time convincing someone to be murdered so I could test out different kinds of bleach to clean up the scene (go figure). So I decided that actually analyzing the active chemicals in bleach would be the best route to go down. As I do not have any chemical knowledge beyond one class taken my sophomore year of high school, I posed your query to my dear friend Black Forest Cake (who has considerable chemical knowledge). Here's what she had to say:

Dear Potential Serial Killer,

Regarding your inquiry about bleach brands, I would first assess and compare the active ingredients between the Clorox brand-name and the generic brand-name. The magical ingredient responsible for exterminating such nefarious evidence is the lovely compound known as Sodium Hypochlorite. Not only can this lovely substance disinfect, sanitize, bleach, and deodorize, but it can also develop into a dangerous nerve gas if mixed with the correct chemicals. i.e. Ammonia. Anywho, going back to your question, the active ingredient of Sodium Hypochlorite in traditional Clorox bleach is 6%, and so if the generic brand-name has the exact amount of this active ingredient as the traditional Clorox bleach, then it should be just as effective. But of course, certain Clorox products have different percent ranges regarding to this active ingredient, so you will have to research to find the product that fits you the best. I personally enjoy the lemon-scented Clorox, since it leaves a pleasant citrusy scent, which definitely helps relieve the anxiety and stress of having to clean up a murder scene… Regardless, happy hunting!

~Black Forest Cake 

So there you have it; just look for a high concentration of Sodium Hypochlorite.

~Anathema (who hopes she and her friend don't become complicit in a murder case due to this answer)

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Question #89923 posted on 06/27/2017 11:20 p.m.

Dear Auto Surf,

Did you ever break something that belonged to your sibling? What happened?

-Little Brother


Dear yosef,

I couldn't remember, but I knew I was an annoying kid (home movies are a gift and a curse) so I asked my siblings. Two things came from that:

-The story of my sister enlisting my brother to wreck my Barbies by ripping off their arms and trying to replace their hair with troll hair. I have no memory of this, and that's probably a good thing. 

-The story of me writing in the same sister's journal. One day she opened it to find a note that read something like, "[Sister], as I've been reading this I've just been thinking about what a good person you are. It doesn't matter what people say, you really are a good sister and I'm so lucky to have you. Stop worrying about what other people say." Surprisingly, my good intent was shot in the foot considering I had written it in her journal. Nobody remembers what happened as far as retributions, but, again, that might be a good thing. 

Lesson learned: Presentation is important, folks. And stay outta people's stuff. 

Take care,

-Auto Surf

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Question #89970 posted on 06/27/2017 8:14 p.m.

Dear former electrical engineering majors,
(I'm 99% sure there's at least one of you on the Board.)

Why did you change your major? How different is what you are studying now? What do you like about it? Feel free to share anything you'd like about your experience.

- aleus


Dear Aureole,

It seems as though there are not any former electrical engineering majors among us. However, being in ACME, I've met several former engineering majors (though I currently can't remember if the ones I specifically talked to were electrical engineers). The common theme I've found between these ACME converts is that they liked the skills ACME provides its students with better than engineering. Also, it's common for them to all have liked the math portions of their classes best.

I think that people change from electrical engineering for the same reasons people change from any major; they found something they liked better, or something that puts them in a better position for after-graduation plans.


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Question #89976 posted on 06/27/2017 5:56 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What species of fish is at the 1:00 mark?

-Oceanic Park


Dear Oceania,

Not being learned in the types of aquatic creatures myself, I handed your question over to my very aquatically learned cousin. According to her, it is a sarcastic fringehead. (Looking over these beauteous pictures of the thing reminds of nightmares I had as a small child.)

~Anathema, currently grateful to be in a landlocked desert state

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Monday, June 26, 2017
Question #89973 posted on 06/26/2017 8:50 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, I'm planning on auditioning for choir when I arrive at BYU this fall. The thing is, I'm not sure if I've got it right--when I was registering for classes, I registered for women's chorus, but should I not have done that until I auditioned? If I audition and don't make it, do I just drop the class? If I audition and they put me in a choir other than women's chorus, what happens then? Thanks in advance.



Dear Lillian,

You will need to sign up for auditions before you register for the class. If you make it in to the choir then you will register for the class. If you don't make it in to Women's Chorus you can join the University Chorale which doesn't require an audition.

The reason it doesn't require a code to get in to the class is because the audition process happens during the first week of classes so once auditions are over they want everyone who made it to register for the class as soon as possible and I'm assuming they had problems with people not getting the add codes when they should have and stuff so they just got rid of that. I mean, if someone signed up for that class and didn't make auditions, the choir presidency would know because they keep their roll completely separate from Learning Suite.

For further questions you can check out the BYU Choirs Auditions FAQs page. There's lots of good info there (and some funny videos). On there, it recommends signing up for University Chorale early but waiting to register for auditioned choirs. Also, they will eventually post a link to a Google form or something of that sort where you can sign up for an audition. 

So, you don't need to drop that class right now, just know that if you don't make it you will need to drop it. 

Good luck!

-Spectre (who really misses singing in BYU choirs)

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Question #89962 posted on 06/26/2017 8:32 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Love Doctors,

Which reader has been involved with the Board longest? I saw Lady Doomfiyah asked a question the other day and I'm pretty sure she was asking questions when I was still in high school. And not a senior in high school, either. Pretty impressive!

-One-Winged Angle


Dear Sephie,

My first thought was to do a database query on users and questions and sort it by smallest user id and most recent question but then I would see what user had asked the question and that sort of defeats the purpose of asking questions anonymously. I mean, maybe I could query the database for users that logged in within the last month and sort that by the smallest user id but I honestly don't think that it's worth it. Just know that there are some people (our Patron Saint included) who knew about the Board when it was a physical board and still read the current version of it.


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Posted on 06/26/2017 4:11 p.m. New Correction on: #89950 Where are the largest Institutes of Religion located? I'm looking at options for non-Utah/BYU schools and ...
Question #89950 posted on 06/26/2017 10:26 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where are the largest Institutes of Religion located? I'm looking at options for non-Utah/BYU schools and was curious about where the largest ones outside of Utah/Idaho/Arizona are... My guess is U of U, Utah State, Idaho state schools, and Arizona state schools are the biggest, but who comes next? Is this listed anywhere?



Dear you,

The largest Institute is Utah State University. Other than that, I haven't been able to find any information, but I assume that California has fairly large institutes. I also know that Calgary, Alberta has a pretty large enrollment.


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Question #89961 posted on 06/26/2017 10:26 a.m.

Dear Writers and Readers of the 100 Hour Board,

I've somewhat recently been called to the young men's presidency in my ward and am in charge of the deacons. I've been wanting to teach a lesson on modesty, a proper one, where they learn it's a heck of a lot more than measuring hem lines. This will likely be their first lesson they've had on modesty in church (beyond primary anyhow), and I hope they can come to understand the principles and healthy ways they should approach the subject, as well as pitfalls to avoid. Over the years I've heard and read many comments regarding modesty, and I have lots of thoughts, but no conclusive encompassing definition or description. Fair enough, it's a complex subject, it's not going to have a slogan that sums it all up.

Are there any particular articles that you could link me to that you think are enlightened on this subject? What points would you want to see addressed? How about common mistakes made in teaching modesty to avoid?

Also, I realize modesty is for all genders, though I know it usually gets talked about more as a thing females have to follow. I definitely want to address that and how they should treat and view women, and I always want to discuss what it means specifically for them as well so they understand it isn't just for young women.

They're a good bunch, this lesson won't be lost on them.
Thank you for your expertise and help!

-Corsica S.


Dear you,

Dr. Julie Hanks has a two-part article in Meridian Magazine that I think is fantastic.

Part 1

Part 2



Dear Corsica,

There's a lot of aspects to modesty. One I like to focus on is temple prep, which is really good for the youth. A lot of the "rules" we have about modesty (e.g. shorts should go to the knees) are designed to prepare us to wear the temple garment.

I think too often we get that turned around and teach that garments set a standard of modesty. That to show anything the garment would cover is immodest. I disagree. Saying that it's immodest to show a little skin above the knee seems a bit arbitrary to me. Garments have changed over the years anyway. Rather the "rules" exist so we can be ready to make those covenants.

These are the big points for me:

  1. Don't use your body to get attention in inappropriate ways. You can't control how others see you, but be aware of what messages you're sending.
  2. Respect your body and respect your future temple covenants. It's not about rules, it's a symbol to God of your respect (kind of like observing the Sabbath).
  3. It's not about fear. Your body is not evil, it is beautiful. Save the most important things for marriage, where they can be best enjoyed.
These core principles apply to both men and women. When it comes to application, it's definitely different between the genders. But really, we should leave the applications up to everyone to figure out individually with the Spirit.

Good luck!


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Question #89944 posted on 06/26/2017 10:26 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What would likely happen next if the following happened in New Jersey or Oregon?

An employee of Gas Station employed as a gas pumper pulls in, but before he parks and punches in to start his shift he notices his tank is empty, so he pulls up to a pump while the pumper on duty has gone to the bathroom without getting prevented by any other Gas Station employee. But a policeman across the street sees it and pulls up for the ticket. The guy then says "Officer, I am a gas pumper employed by this gas station to pump gas."

Do you think that guy would get a ticket?

How about the case that differs only in that dude ran in, punched the clock, and ran back (but the cop missed that part)?



Dear you,

I'm not sure there's a hard-and-fast policy about this. Probably it would depend on the police officer and how understanding they were feeling. I also feel like the gas station would have policies about whether employees could pump their own gas; if they were allowed, I think most people would rather punch in and be paid for their time.


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Question #89952 posted on 06/26/2017 8:32 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When you're counting how many countries or states you've visited do you include places where you've only been in the airport for a layover or driven through without stopping?

-World traveler


Dear wind,

Never with states. Too many road trips when I was little means I have no idea what states I've driven through. Plus, it's not like I know what they're like just by driving through them. (Except for Kansas maybe.)

With countries, I'll clarify the rules of the game with whatever crowd I'm with. For the same reason as above, though, most people (including myself) don't really care where I've had layovers. But other times the game is just airports, so it evens out. 

Take care,

-Auto Surf

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Question #89958 posted on 06/26/2017 8:20 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm having a hard time understanding why a couple of the same gender is less worthy or okay in a religious sense than a heterosexual couple. Why would loving someone be wrong? What makes a homosexual couple inherently different from a heterosexual one?

-struggling with testimony


Dear friend,

This is a hard issue. Answers can take time to find, so it's okay to be confused about it. Hopefully you can find some answers as you study, ponder, and pray about it.

You might not be aware, but the Church has an official website called Mormon and Gay that can hopefully answer some questions and help you understand the Church's stance. I've seen the Church be quite diligent in reaching out with love to that community in the last few years.

I have a few thoughts myself on the subject. Rather than state them myself, I will express my thoughts in the words of several Apostles.

Elder Holland: "But I plead with each one of us to stay permanently and faithfully in the choir, where we will be able to savor forever that most precious anthem of all—'the song of redeeming love.' Fortunately, the seats for this particular number are limitless. . . . There is room for those with differing sexual attractions."

Elder Christofferson: "Surely no one would accuse the Savior of not loving these scribes and Pharisees—after all, He suffered and died to save them too. But loving them, He could not let them go on in sin without clearly correcting them. One observer noted, 'Jesus taught his followers to do as he did: to welcome everyone but also to teach about sin, since love demands warning people about what can hurt them.'"

Elder Bednar: "The power of procreation is spiritually significant. Misuse of this power subverts the purposes of the Father’s plan and of our mortal existence. Our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son are creators and have entrusted each of us with a portion of Their creative power. Specific guidelines for the proper use of the ability to create life are vital elements in the Father’s plan. How we feel about and use that supernal power will determine in large measure our happiness in mortality and our destiny in eternity."

There's nothing wrong with love. But love alone cannot justify sexual relations, no matter your sexual orientation.

Having said that, I sincerely hope that everyone would feel welcome in this Church. There really is a place for all.


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Question #89900 posted on 06/26/2017 8:20 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
How do I teach my children about the LGBTQ community so they are loving and tolerant, but also have a good gospel perspective. My oldest is 9, I have kept things simple to this point, but as they get older I struggle to keep conversations gospel centered but not judgemental.

-Just a parent


Dear you,

Quite honestly, I don't think I'm equipped to answer your question. However, I can direct you to helpful past questions from the archives. This question was asked last alumni week, and it deals with treading the line of teaching children to not approve of sinful behavior, but to still love others regardless of their actions.


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Question #89965 posted on 06/26/2017 8:14 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

There's a clip I see a lot from "The Newsroom" about how America isn't the greatest country anymore. Do you agree? If not America, who then and why?



Dear you,

I've seen the clip. I remember not agreeing with all of it, but thinking that it made some good points.

My feelings about America's greatness are best summed up by this Langston Hughes poem:

Let America Be America Again
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home—
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!


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