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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Question #93205posted on 06/24/2020 2:22 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

When I buy a chicken strip basket from Dairy Queen it comes in a box with holes that can be punched out for how many pieces there are, but there are two other holes labeled "Special" and "LTO." No one in my family can figure out what "LTO" stands for. Can you help me?

-Edie, age 6


Dear Edie,

After a quick search to confirm my suspicions, I can confidently say that LTO stands for “Limited Time Offer.”?

Stay curious, and keep reading the Board!

-Frère Rubik, contentedly eating Mexican food with Vienna in their car after a good day of hiking, visiting family (from a distance), and reading in the park

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Question #93168posted on 06/24/2020 10:45 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board Alumni,

It's me again! (Board Question #92311) Thank you for all of the wonderful advice. Now Carl Jr. is turning 5 months soon. Any advice or knowledge you wish you knew as a first time parent about your baby's first year?

Bonus question: Carl Jr. has bad reflux so spit up is inevitable. I nurse him due to his cow's milk protein allergy. I didn't know spit up caused yellow stains on clothes. Do you have any personal experience on getting out spit up stains even if they've been in the dryer?

-Goldie Rose


Dear Doctor,

I'm not going to address the stains because A) I never really cared about them, and B) the writers below have more answers.

My biggest piece of advice I want to offer is "if you're wondering if you're being a good enough parent, you probably are."

-Tally M.


Dear Nanny,

Hi, yes. In the realms of advice, go with your gut and don't worry about how someone else is parenting their kid. Easier said than done, but year. Also, we NEVER have co-slept with our babies, and the bigger ones NEVER crawl into our bed in the middle of the night. It is bliss because I get a full-nights sleep. Highly recommended.

In the realms of stains that have been through the dryer, I have significant experience with two toddlers and one small baby in the house. My trick (which has worked probably 99% of the time- I still have issues with red dirt) is to pour BIZ (liquid detergent- I haven't tried the powdered one yet) onto the stain and rub it in really well a few hours (preferably a day) before washing. After rubbing it in, I add cold water and let it soak until throwing it into the wash. I have succeeded in getting out spit-up stains, poop stains, red jello stains, blood stains, and grape juice stains using this method. If it seems like a particularly nasty one, I'll pour BIZ into the pre-wash dispenser, too. I have never used oxiclean, but my mom claims BIZ works better, so take that for what you will.



Dear Goldie,?

I don't have a baby but my mom had 10 of them and she always gifts people a huge box of Biz detergent for baby showers because it's the best way to get spit up stains out of baby clothes.?

If it's extra bad, she lays out the clothes and sprinkles it on, then sprays some Spray-n-Wash on it and leaves it for 10 minutes, then washes the clothes.?




Dear?Goldie ~

Lay the clothes out in the sun. I was constantly shocked at how well that removed spit up stains. So simple; so effective.

~ Dragon Lady

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Question #93140posted on 06/24/2020 10:45 a.m.

Dear friends,

Can you tell me about an underrated historical figure? Living or dead is fine, but not both please.



Dear el-Ahrairah,

Madame CJ Walker! She was the first self-made woman millionaire in the United States, and made her money by selling Black hair care products. She was born in Louisiana just two years after slavery was abolished, and ended up orphaned at age 7. Her life was HARD, but what she ended up achieving, virtually on her own, is amazing. She also used her money to donate to a lot of social causes, like a scholarship fund for Tuskeegee University and war relief during WWI. Netflix made a mini-series about her called Self Made that debuted earlier this year, and I would strongly recommend it! It has some inaccuracies (they make her relationship with her biggest hair care rival seem very acrimonious, for one thing, when it probably wasn't quite so bitter and her rival probably wasn't so villainous. And for another thing, based on all available evidence her daughter wasn't really lesbian), but it's really good!

Another good underrated figure is Henry "Box" Brown. Henry was born into slavery in Virginia around 1815. He ended up marrying a woman named Nancy, and although a lot of enslaved people weren't allowed to live together at the time, Henry and Nancy actually did live together and had several children. Henry worked at a tobacco factory, and Nancy worked on a nearby plantation, where her slaveholder extorted Henry into paying him to keep him from selling Nancy and their children. Finally Henry didn't have the money, so the slaveholder sold Nancy, who was pregnant, and their three children, to a plantation in North Carolina. Henry was devastated, and decided that because he had nothing to lose now, he might as well try to escape slavery. He convinced a free Black friend named James Smith, as well as a sympathetic white man named Samuel Smith, to help him. Henry came up with the idea of mailing himself to freedom, and Samuel Smith contacted the Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society to let them know that Henry would be arriving in the mail at their office. Henry poured sulfuric acid on his hand to get out of work, and then crammed himself into a 3'x2'x2'6" box, which Smith addressed to Philadelphia and wrote, "This Side Up" on (although apparently most workers ignored the "This Side Up" message). The box had one hole for air, and Henry brought a little bit of water, a few biscuits, and a little tool for making more air holes for what ended up being a 27 hour journey. In his own words, he described being upside down in the box thusly: "I felt my eyes swelling as though they would burst from their sockets, and the veins on my temples were dreadfully distended with pressure of blood upon my head. I felt a cold sweat coming over me that seemed to be warning that death was about to terminate my earthly miseries." Luckily eventually someone turned the box (and Henry) on its side, and he made it safely to the offices of the Anti-Slavery Society in Philadelphia on March 30, 1849. His story became very famous and widely publicized, and he made a travelling road show to tell it.?He looked for Nancy and their children after reaching freedom, but never found them, and in 1850 the Fugitive Slave Act was passed that made it legal to capture Henry and sell him back to slavery. To avoid that, Henry moved to England until 1875, where he remarried. He ended up moving back to the US, and then Canada, and died in Toronto in 1897. As an epilogue, Samuel Smith tried to mail more enslaved people to freedom a few months after Henry successfully did it, but he was discovered and sentenced to 6.5 years in jail. Henry remained free for the rest of his life.



Dear rabbit book dude:

Google Dr. Bronner. Keep clicking. It gets weirder and better.

---Portia, fake manic doctor

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Question #93169posted on 06/24/2020 10:44 a.m.

Dear Drs* 100 Hour Board,

When I go to the doctor and report something unusual and the doctor says "WOW!" and seems disturbed by it, are they just being politely shocked or are there things that still shock doctors?

-Mico, who can make disturbing popping sounds from my shoulder on command forever and doctors don't seem to like it

*If you are not a doctor of medicine but still a doctor of XYZ, you're welcome to answer this alternative question: what's something from your field that shocks you?


Dear Susan,

You're not alone. I specialize in being a medical conundrum.



Dear Mico,

I'm still sometimes truly shocked and/or disgusted by things. I'm the thinking kind of doctor, not the chop-em-up kind, so I'm not totally hardened against things like infected wounds or horrible injuries or bad smells.?

That said, usually if I say "Wow!" when a patient is telling me about something, it's just to show empathy and indicate that I understand that whatever they're telling me about is probably very unusual and disturbing to them. If I say "Wow!" while I'm examining them, there's probably something genuinely odd or surprising--not necessarily gross or disturbing, just out of the ordinary. If I see something gross I actually try not to say "Wow!" because the patient already knows it's gross and I don't want to make them feel bad.

- Eirene thinks you should stop making that disturbing popping sound

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