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Saturday, March 17th, 2012
6:55 am
Question about park rangers
Anyone a park ranger? Or know a park ranger who's willing to talk to me? Or at least know what life is like for a park ranger, especially in the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado?

I can find information about the park itself, but less about the rangers, so that's what I'm looking for.
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
3:54 pm
Open wound across the chest
I was wondering if anyone knew the immediate effects (besides death) on a person who receives a massive open wound running diagonally from shoulder to abs. The person would be about the size and healthe status (minus any modern day stuff) of Brok Lesner from WWE. The wound would be deep enough to have contacted and even broken some ribs. I am thinking just a major case of system shock just before death, but that is only speculation.

I tried to find a medical sight to ask this question but couldn't find any that has that type of Q&A.

Thanks a bunch.
Saturday, April 5th, 2008
9:49 pm
Medical Questions
 I'm doing research for a fic right now. 

How long would it take for someone to recover from the following injuries? What kind of treatments would be needed? 

From 2-3 gunshots.

severe liver trauma
irreparable damage to one kidney, had to be removed
one collapsed lung
spinal damage
multiple fractures of one rib sending fragments into the heart
2 fractures in pelvis
subdural hematoma
trauma through ocular cavity causing possibility of loosing an eye
probably brain damage
Saturday, December 30th, 2006
4:50 pm
A bit of a strange question...
I am writing a story in which a character gets punched in the nose and has a nosebleed. Is it possible or plausible that his nose isn't broken or dislocated? Or that he might not even have a visible bruise?

Thanks in advance!
Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
6:39 pm
teaching assistants
Regarding teaching assistants, what are their duties? (Specifically, does it involve grading papers?) Are they assigned to profs, or do profs pick them? How long would one have to be working at a college to get one? Do they get paid? Are they always grad students?

Thank you.
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
5:45 pm
Anyone know how strong are polar bears supposed to be (or at least give a reasonable estimation of their strength)? I've been looking all over the Internet for some info about this, but got bupkiss.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, February 9th, 2006
1:11 pm
Does anyone know when the December-January school vacation started in California in the year 1985?
Thursday, December 15th, 2005
9:34 pm
Middle ages?
Hi again. I'm presently in the process of working on a fic which partly occurs in the mid-1300s in England. Anyone know of any good resources or websites with info on this period (particularly on how pple lived and so forth)?
Saturday, November 5th, 2005
2:53 pm
Puzzle Boxes
If anyone remembers the first episode of Xiaolin Showdown or the second season of Jackie Chan Adventures, does anyone remember the mystic puzzle boxes that appeared in both (to contain Wuya and the key to the demon portal, respectively)? The ones that the characters solved as if they were crosses between Rubik's Cubes and actual Japanese puzzle boxes?

Yes? Alright, good.

Now, does anyone know the name of that sort of puzzle box, or were those simply pulled out of thin air by the writers?

And if, by chance, they weren't, then where might I find information on such puzzles?
Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
9:24 pm
Is there a website that lists names of colors (azure, cerulean, turquoise, vermilion, ruby, etc) and which shades they correspond to?
Saturday, October 15th, 2005
9:28 pm
Running an estate?

I'm writing a character who's an English Lord in modern times, and I'm looking for info on what he would do in the running of his estate. I'm sure it's still as time consuming as it was historically :)
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
12:18 pm
*raises hand*
Hi, first time poster here with a few questions.

First, would an assistant historical professor make enough to be able to afford a decent apartment in Manhattan, NYC? Or would an apartment there out of their price range?

Also, I’m not really sure if this is the place to post something like this or not, but is anyone out there familiar with tarot cards? I have a mage character who uses tarot cards as weapons – basically; he can summon a different power from each card. However, I know jack about tarot and need a little help in coming up with powers based around them. There was a guy helping me a while ago, so I do have a few powers on hand, but lately I’ve tried to talk with him several times and basically gotten no response in turn.

A big fat thanks in advance. ^_^
Friday, April 22nd, 2005
6:14 pm
You're Under Arrest! (In Tokugawa Japan)
I've been lurking, for the most part, in all the comms I'm posting this to. However, here's the question. Or rather, here are the questions.

For all means and purposes, my fandom follows medieval/Tokugawa conventions. There are yoriki, doushin, shitappiki and okappiki; most places maintain old names such as Shinano, Echigo, Oumi, Hitachi etc. Just ignore the random handphones and vending machines. *cough* With that in mind:

1. Person N is ambushed and beaten up pretty badly. He loses a lot of blood and would have been killed if not for physical intervention before the final blow was struck. Should the police get on the case, would a suspect be charged with attempted murder, assault and battery, or something else entirely?

2. Due to certain patterns to the wounds received by Person N, Person D is named as a suspect. Person D's friends are aware he was probably the intended target. Should they explain this to the arresting officer, would it affect the charge?

3. What would the process of arrest be in the Tokugawa era? Would a suspect be bound? Tied? Tried? Put in a lockup?

Thanks in advance for any help received.

(x-posted to fanfic_research, japanophile, japanophiles, little_details and madsqueeble)

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, April 19th, 2005
11:28 am
This place is so cool!
And also very empty. There are an awful lot of people, but they're all so quiet...

Can I recommend a book? Maybe this is as silly as all those people who come into the grammar communities and recommend Eats, Shoots & Leaves. If everyone already knows about it, I apologize for the spam.

The book is called Body Trauma: A Writer's Guide to Wounds and Injuries, by David W. Page. It has information on bone breaks, internal injuries, hypothermia, heatstroke, drowning, animal bites, and first aid, surgery, and hospital care (among other things). Anyone who writes in a 'realistic' fandom where there isn't any healing magic or super-special alien regenerative powers needs to read this.

Current Mood: content
Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
4:31 pm
Hypnosis, anyone have any knowledge about it?
I just discovered this place, and just in the nick of time.

Does anyone have ANY knowledge of hypnosis. The scene is this: six year old girl breaks her arm. She is allergic to most anesthesia AND pain medications, our hero thinks he may be able to help by using hypnosis.

I know hypnosis can be used in surgery, I new a woman years ago who had major abdominal surgery using only hypnosis for anesthesia. However, I no longer know how to contact her. I think she had to have several sessions with the therapist before the surgery to get ready.

I need to know if it would be possible to:

1. work with a child that young.

2. work with someone already in pain.

3. if the answers are yes to 1 and 2. Would our hero then be able to tell the girl "fairy tells" while she was "under" to keep her mind occupied while the Doctor would be setting her arm?

If someone could point me in the right direction I would really appreciate it.

Ok, I got it finished. Thanks everybody!

Current Mood: determined
Saturday, February 12th, 2005
10:16 am
Sorry if this isn't allowed...

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Sunday, January 2nd, 2005
12:16 pm
Two on the surface completely unrelated questions...
Well, one out and out question. Does anyone know anything about motorbikes? I need a Japanese model, street bike, built in 1990 or not too long before, known for hard-wearing qualities (specifically, the owner's supposed to have used it for street racing and stunts, a la Onizuka from GTO).

The other thing's more a matter of opinion. You see, I'm not big on the night life, and I realized the other night that I have *no* idea how this character would dress to go clubbing... Our subject is about 30, seriously hot and aware of it, bi, and doesn't dress "obviously gay". Or obviously straight, if there is such a thing. Oh, and he thinks leather pants are for biking, if then.
Friday, December 10th, 2004
3:03 pm
Confused about an allergy...
In one of my stories, I'm trying to include a point where one character gets violently ill from an allergy. Unfortunately, the character I speak of is canon, and though it's known that he has an intolerance to milk, I'm not sure if that would actually do it. A friend of mine once told me that lactose intolerance (which I've always assumed to be the same thing as an allergy to milk) isn't actually dangerous; it just makes dairy products go through the digestive system quickly because the body can't them down.

So, my questions are these:

1. Is lactose intolerance the same thing as a general allergy to milk?
2. If not, can an actual allergy to milk be dangerous in the same way an allergy to peanuts can be?
3. If lactose intolerance is a different condition than the one described in question #2, is there a specific name for the latter?

Thanks in advance!
Tuesday, December 7th, 2004
1:02 am
Medical Question
Hi! :)

I'm kind of wondering if anyone knew how long cracked ribs would take to heal. (ie. from getting punched and such)

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