Holiday Food/Drink and Teaching Secondary Education in England Circa 1970s

Hi guys,

I've recently been looking into the educational systems and holiday customs of different countries for something I've been working on for awhile. Background and setting under the cut:

Questions and links to things I"ve found as well as background.Collapse )

Any and all help appreciated, and I'm sorry if I've misunderstood anything. Thanks again!

Edit: I also had one more question about what school uniforms would have looked like and at what age(s) they were worn. What did they generally look like? It seems to vary a lot, but what do male and female uniforms usually consist of?

Losing checked carry-ons and having them returned in weird circumstances.

Hi. Long time lurker, first time poster. I have some questions about a scenario I'm working on, one of which mostly needs rubber stamping and one of which I need help developing. I hope this is ok.

Setting: Christmas 2014 in a modern superhero setting (thing DCTV or MCU pre-AOU)

Search Terms: "lost checked carry on," "lost luggage" "delayed luggage," "checked carry on" "return lost luggage to origin" "lost luggage policy," "checked baggage reimbursement", "how long delayed baggage"

Search Terms for Secondary Issue: "temporary custody" "runaway law" "michigan runaway law" "new york runaway law"

TLDR: I've figured out how to strand my teenage character without clothes on an emergency holiday trip to a relative's, but I've never flown and am not sure where the missing bags will turn up. I need them to go back to the origin, not the destination, or to reach the destination in 24-36 hours but the minor not to show up to claim them until reaching the airport 36 hours later. I also have some tentative conclusions about the custody situation with the kid that I need rubberstamped.

Scenario: I have a 17-year-old AMAB nonbinary character, let's call them M, who attends a high school in NYC and lives with their gay brother C. C is attacked and his family threatened, and so from his hospital bed he directs a few friends to take M home to pack a bag and books M a flight to stay with their only living relatives, an estranged Uncle and Aunt in Detroit. M packs a carry-on, which is checked due to late boarding and full overheads, and travels from Newark to Detroit after a layover in either Orlando or Atlanta. The luggage doesn't make it to Detroit.

Trigger Warning for Transphobia and Child Abuse in regards to secondary concern re: custody. Also lots of detail not necessary for travel question.Collapse )

My main issue is, if M's lost bag goes back to Aunt and Uncle in Detroit, M will never get it back. It would be helpful storywise if they eventually got it. If M reports the bag stolen, will it be sent to Detroit or Newark? If it's sent to Detroit and it was delayed because of a tight layover, would it arrive by the next day, or the day after? Could the evil Uncle prevent M from finding out about the missing bags when they come in, but S&G find a way to help them pick the bags up when they head to DTW to fly back to New York? How worried do I need to be about Aunt and Uncle, delayed luggage reimbursement, and fraud claims?

From the custody point of view, does what I have make sense given Michigan law? Would the police permit the child to go with two unrelated adults with a reputation for protecting children and a long personal history with the kid? And if so, would they insist charges be filed against the uncle or a hospital trip be made with the teenager?

Thanks for your help.

colloquial Russian speaker needed

As usual, I dare not trust Google Translate for an accurately constructed sentence. I'm looking for someone comfortable in Russian to translate the following:

"Well what was I supposed to do?"

This is being asked in the rhetorical, defensive sense, after a small emergency has broken out and the listening character is not exactly happy with the actions the speaking character took. Neither character is actually Russian, but the speaker is using it so others in the room won't understand. If it matters, both characters are adult male, the speaker is of lower social class than the listener, but they've been together long enough and are close enough that in this mild state of emergency the rules of decorum can be ignored.


I have a fake solar system from a fictional canon setting that shall not be named on my hands and I'm in over my head on how sentient humanoid life on such planets might work. The homeworld(s) of a particular species in this setting isn't featured much, as they just sort of show up on present-day Earth at a dramatic plot point.  

Nine non-Earth planets whizzing around some star are spread out in an average distance of about 1.8 billion miles apart per planet. One planet, in the goldilocks zone, is home to an advanced space-faring humanoid species. It's had the time to expand/colonize the other planets in the form of distinct civilizations unified under a monarchy from Planet Goldilocks.

In particular, I'm looking at the seventh planet, whose size, satellites, and other characteristics are yet undetermined. At about 12.6 billion miles from its sun (O_O), what are the options for habitable circumstances here? Would it be possible for humanoid life to exist at the surface without biodomes/or terraforming, assuming it's terrestrial? Or would is the distance (possibly amongst other things) just too much? If it's a gas giant, could the planet support life on its moon(s), assuming the moon(s) in question is/are big enough for an atmosphere/magnetosphere, not a tectonic mess, etc. Terraforming, biodomes, and other handwaving are options, but I wondering about other stuff for the sake of variety.

I've been looking up planet-building resources and reading in general - stuff like this seemed helpful - but, as I said, I'm in over my head to the point of not being sure what to do with options I might have.

Thanks Little Details! <3

Is this short and ridiculous Latin conversation correct?

Modern day, America. This is a first meeting between Natasha Romanoff (a former Russian spy who is inexplicably fluent in Latin) and Stiles Stilinski (who is taking Latin in high school). She is helping him with his Latin, they have been texting each other in Latin for a while, and they are meeting each other in person for the first time, after his flight from California to D.C.

I used a combination of Wikipedia, Latdict, and GoogleTranslate to come up with this:

Nat: "Sum placuit occursum tibi. Quam fugae?"

Stiles: "Mea fuga erat comosus."

Nat *raising an eyebrow*: "Your flight was 'leafy'?"

Stiles *grumbling*: "Latina est linguam stulta, usquam."

What it's supposed to say:

Nat: "I'm pleased to meet you. How was your flight?"

Stiles: "My flight was leafy."

Nat (in English, raising an eyebrow): "Your flight was 'leafy'?"

Stiles *grumbling*: "Latin is a stupid language, anyway."

The idea is that Stiles was thinking of 'commodus' ("comfortable, agreeable") but ended up saying 'comosus' ("hairy or leafy") instead. With the exception of the intentional error, is this correct?

Knife wound to order

Hi all, I'm trying to check the feasibility of a situation while maintaining maximum drama levels!

Setting: Earth-like fantasy world, pre-industrial. Healing magic exists, but it's very limited, and the character won't have access to healers for an hour or so. Specific setting has a lake and trees.

I want a character (seventeen-year-old girl) to get a knife wound, then alternate among running, hiding, and swimming for a total of about thirty minutes, and then faint or otherwise become incapacitated. She needs to survive, but permanent effects (such as some loss of function in the affected area) are fine.

Originally I had her getting stabbed through the hand, pinning it to the floor until the assailant pulls the knife out. But honestly, I'm not sure this is bad enough. My Googling turned up a bunch of stuff that makes me think this is a relatively minor injury. I want some peril going on. Blood and fainting! On the flip side, she does need to do some physical exertion. She's a good swimmer, and I know adrenaline can do crazy things. But I don't want it to be ridiculous. She's in pretty average shape.

So, basically I want to hit this sweet spot and I'm not sure a hand-stabbing could do it. Or could it? Modifications and alternatives welcome!

Search terms I've tried: stabbed in the hand, stabbed through the hand, bleeding from stab wound, running with a stab wound, how much does a hand wound bleed (that last one felt very silly and, indeed, was not useful)

Jumping off a bridge (with supports)...injuries and recovery process?

Setting: [Cold War era, fictional country] Isaac, a 20-30 something physicist is being chased down after doing something that he wasn't supposed to do. He knew beforehand that the possibility of getting caught/something going wrong was high, so he planned to jump off the bridge into the deep, moving river. However, knowing the physics behind it, he prepares by setting up a wire rope pulley. He attaches himself to it and jumps, thus reducing his speed so he wouldn't die on impact. However, he neglected to calculate things like wind, air resistance, river velocity, and miscalculated surface tension. As a result, he hits the water faster than he should have, injuring him. Additionally, he gets tossed around in the river and maybe hits rocks?

What injuries would he get? (Unfortunately most bridge jumpers die, so it's hard to find data. :( ) I would imagine lots of bruises, broken ribs, maybe a ruptured organ (from the impact), maybe a sprained/broken wrist/ankle if it was in a weird direction upon entering the water. I think he would have landed belly-flop style given how the pulley system attaches to him.

After using the bridge as his escape method, he eventually returns to society. (Everyone thinks he's dead -- the threat has passed and he is no longer being chased down) He intended to come back sooner, but his injuries impeded his movement - he's probably in worse shape than after the initial event. :( What injuries would get worse or appear given the fact that he has to move? (Assume he has basic medical supplies and first-aid knowledge)

He gets rushed to the hospital (would he be put in ICU?) and once he is stabilized, he gets morphine to fall asleep. Is this the right medication? How long would it take for it work when administered through an IV? Would it immediately knock him out or would he slowly start to fade out? Is it possible to have some kind of fleeting moment of panic right before it starts working? How many IVs will he have? [All of the searches I've done only talk about either smaller doses where it's only used for pain management or people trying to get high off of it, not 'there's so much pain and he needs sleep'...maybe I'm thinking about this wrong.]

Inheritance of a courtesy title down the line of brothers - UK 19th Century

Standard inheritance, Earl created in the dim distant past, no odd clauses, all legitimate.

(Please let me know if I have got any of the establishing parts wrong.)

Walter Walls, Earl of Myra, Viscount Park, has three sons - Albert, Bunty and Charles.

Albert would hold the first level courtesy title Viscount Park, and be known as Albert, Lord Park.

Bunty and Charles would both be Hons, but would be known as just Bunty Walls and Charles Walls.

Charles marries, and has a son, Harry.

Charles dies (oh noes!). Then Albert and Bunty die, with no known children. This makes Harry the heir apparent to the Earldom, as even if old Walter did have another son, they would be further down the line than Harry's dad was.

1) Does the courtesy title pass down to the next heir apparent? When Albert died, did his brother Bunty become Viscount Park?

2) As Charlie died before both Albert and Bunty, he never had more than an Hon to his name. Thus, as he was never Viscount Park, does Harry still get to be Viscount Park, or does he have to wait as young Harry Walls until his grandfather passes away?

Research done: Laura at Chinet, Jo Beverley, general search on "does the second son inherit the courtesy titles?" and all that led off that...