being tossed off a cliff: injuries & recovery

Hey hey, guys!

Setting: Complicated parallel universe with slightly malleable physics and late-Qing/pre-industrial tech; "magic" is available with strict adherence to internal physics.

Got an injury/medical question for you guys. I've got a character who just got thrown, hands tied behind her, off a cliff. (Cliff height is adjustable and unimportant - it's meant to be an execution, though.) She bounces off a rock ledge, cracking a few ribs, then hits the ground on her back.

My questions:

1) what's going to break and how? I'm assuming arms, and that's probably flexible what I want for extent -- she's already walking around with a broken wrist n collarbone from a shorter drop earlier. But how's this going to exacerbate that? What horrible things are going to happen to all her armbones?

Note: I need her not to die, so she can't have fatal-level internal injuries.

PS: is she getting a concussion from this? I've done a lil research on those, and know they can be super-dangerous. I want her to live. OTOH, it's a big fall.

2) What kinds of medical attention would she need, and at what speed? I understand that this depends very much on what her injuries actually are, but broadly speaking: is this like hospital immediately, oh-shit-pneumothorax-level stuff, or is this "get her safe, immobile while things heal, etc"-level? She's going to be there a could hours before help can arrive, so I need to work with that.

PS: can she - carefully - be moved? She kinda has to be...

3) If it were a modern hospital in a developed country she went to, what kind of medical care would she receive? I know, again, very injury-dependent, but ... but I need answers! and all the Goog is telling me about what percentage of persons 65 and older fall every day.

4) Recovery time?

5) What does it feel like to have a ton of bones heal? Hell, what does it feel like to have a healing fracture, & wait for a bone to heal? All my breaks happened with nose n head when I was a kid, so I don't remember.

6) What drugs or medicines would modern science use? I can look up what they're extracted from, or find the older equivalents?

7) Aside from broken bones (obvs the big thing), what kinds of muscle issues/tearing/etc might she have? I don't know if this applies.

And finally... 8) Long-term effects? How will this ache her years from now?

Personal experience and knowledge are best for me, since I write from very close third-person. So even if all you can contribute is how much this break or that itched, or how long after the injury it hurt how much, or what the cast was made of, or if it was even in a cast - anything helps!

Thank you, folks!

Already Checked Sources: Googly and the Wiki; this website's tags n posts, The Free Fall Research Page and a lotta stories on that, this/a>, and various articles off Googly. Also, searchign what kinds of triage or care often happens after falls and accidents.

PS! Wait, not finally: 9) is she going to bedridden after this? How does that work? That is, from the angle of someone who can't get up to clean up or go to the bathroom? Uh. Um?

Okay byyeee~

Russian Tattoo - NON CRIMINAL

Hello, yes, me again ^^

I'd like to thank all the kind helpers, I have learned so many things thanks to my previous post. Stay awesome, LD community.

I hit another snag in my story, but I'm afraid this one will be a lot harder to answer.
I'm still giving it a try, tho.

So. In canon, the Russian man working for the KGB in the early 1960s has a tattoo on his wrist. (They didn't bother to cover the actor's own, very real tattoo, because it's actually russian looking.) (picture of the tattoo here.)
Now, now, now.

I actually know quite a lot of things about the underworld tattoos in Russia, as I read Danzig Baldaev's books a couple of years ago. Alas, it mostly covers the underground tattoos. Like, in the criminal world, tattoos done in the Gulag camps, etc.

Is it realistic for a KGB agent with NO criminal history to have tattoos? If yes, which kind?
I discovered that Stalin had a tattoo on his chest (a skull), so I guess it's not that far-fetched, but I'm really curious about military/KGB tattoos in the 1950s/60s.

I tried all kind of google-fu, but sadly I don't have access to Russian, and the englishWeb only seems to care about criminal tattoos.

[Bonus point] Actually, I'm curious about the actor's tattoo. It's supposed to say "hammer", but is it the russian word, or a phonetic transcription of the english word?)

Washington DC areas/neighbourhoods and their reputation

Where in Washington DC would there be...

1) A neighbourhood where someone who doesn't care is a neighbourhood is 'bad' would live if they wanted to live as cheaply as possible

2) A business neighbourhood (where one might rent office space) that's cheap but not dangerous

3) A place where a travelling church might put up their tent

Googling has only brought up articles aimed for tourists (i.e. bad neighbourhoods to avoid at night, cheap neighbourhoods to stay in, etc.) and real estate pages that aren't always exactly truthful, so I'm looking for the viewpoint of someone who actually knows Washington DC.

Russian questions & popular songs in the 50ies.

Hello, dear LD.
Long time no see! I hope you are all doing well.

I have a few questions about Russian. (Can you spot when a movie with an interesting Russian character comes out? By the flurry of Russian asks? Hehe :) )
(The movie is Man from U.N.C.L.E and the character is Illya Kuryakin, if that helps.)

The action takes place in the early 1960ies.

1/ I was wondering, what kind of endearing terms would a Russian man born in the 1930ies use for a woman he loves? I see kitten/котенок being used a lot in fanfics, is it accurate?
What sweet nothings could he say to her? In my own language (French), I’d have him say some things like “My heart, my pretty, my little one”, “You make me dream, [I love you so much]I could fly etc. I’d like to have him say some “typical” Russian things, as each language has its own sweet talk. I want something that sounds "natural", not a basic translation. :D

2/ I need to have him hum a song under his breath as he makes tea. Anything springs to mind ? I was thinking, maybe something by Leonid Utyosov or Georg Ots? Or maybe Moscow Nights? But I admit I know absolutely nothing about Russian music from that time, so all suggestions are welcome.
He is in a good mood when he hums it, happy.

3/ I’d also need four sentences translated. I (shamefully) used google translate, could you tell me if it is accurate (Snip Snip)

Sentences, context and horrible Google!Russian behind the cut.Collapse )

Thank you all for your kind help! Stay awesome.

Reversable Sabotage of antique radio telegraph?

My story is set on a private island in the UK in the early 1930's. There is a mix of the latest/greatest technology (for the bosses) and run-of-the-mill/slightly out of date technology (for the support staff).

A wrongdoer is disabling their communications systems in order to control the flow of information to the authorities. One of these systems is a wireless telegraph. I would like to have the wrongdoer steal an important component, which can be easily hidden and replaced later.

It appears from my reading that taking the moveable contact of a Perikon detector would do the job, and it would be fairly quick and easy to steal and replace. But:

1) would a commercial-grade (not homemade) system from, say, the mid-20's to early 30's have a Perikon detector, or would it be some other kind of crystal system, or perhaps most likely to be a vacuum tube?
2) Would a crystal contact or vacuum tube have to be handled very delicately, or could you carry it around in your pocket?

Google search terms:
antique radio components
History of telegraphy
antique radio components crystal
1930 wireless crystal
1930 wireless telegraph crystal
perikon detector
history of perikon detector
commercial radio telegraph 1930
commercial wireless telegraph 1930

First-time drunk on cheap Scotch - experience from char's POV?

I'm writing a fanfic in which the main character is a teen girl that decides to drink something for reasons. My interpretation of a canon detail is that she's seen her mom drink Scotch (it's canon that she tries--unsuccessfully--to get herself a bottle of it at some point, instead ending up with something entirely different). Therefore, logically, I decided to have her be successful at acquiring it this time. (From my research, it sounds like she might regret that choice and choose differently the next time she has the option, but she doesn't know that yet.)

What I haven't a clue is what specific details are related to the fact that it's Scotch (and probably quite cheap Scotch, given circumstances). She's only been drunk once before, and on who knows what, and she's relatively small in body, light and short. I have never tasted alcohol myself, and my friends online who have drunk it have never drunk much Scotch (particularly not the cheap stuff) and certainly not enough to get drunk off it.

What I need to know is:
- Would she likely think anything besides "ugh, this stuff tastes NASTY"?
- Are there any specific details of her experience that should be included, from taste to other physical sensations? (One friend told me that it feels different to be drunk on different beverages, searching online got me conflicting results on this, so it'd be helpful to have anyone willing weigh in on it.)
- How long might it take her to get drunk? She's probably about 5 feet tall and is quite slim. Assuming she has just the one bottle (unspecified size, purchase location is London if that helps) . . . (Would she even be able to finish the bottle?)

I tried searching for "what does cheap scotch taste like" (got a few answers along the lines of "burnt cork"--but would this girl even know to make that analogy?). Also, "what does it feel like to be drunk on scotch", to which I ran across the discussion with conflicting views on the "does being drunk feel different depending on the beverage" question. Searching for "how long does it take to get drunk" just gets varieties of "it depends", which is quite logical but unhelpful in my situation. Guesses from people who actually have experienced some things in this area will be more helpful than nothing.

In short, I know too little in this area to even really trust what I see as the results of the searches, mostly because they simply don't address the full range of questions I have. I have someone who can help with the general "this is how drunk people act" (particularly since this is where canon steps in with some unusual things), but she pretty much suggested I ask here because she wouldn't be helpful for the questions above.

Edit: You guys are really helpful, thanks!

I should note that in this case she's going to have just the bottle (because she's sitting in a hallway outside her flat and can't go in for reasons storywise), and she doesn't need to down the whole thing, either, so that's good. From what I'm reading of your comments, it sounds like (on an empty stomach) a few swallows of the stuff straight would get her tipsy, and a few more flat out drunk without the resulting alcohol poisoning that downing a good portion of the bottle would induce. For the story, she just has to get drunk enough to have it affect her psychic abilities, and lower her inhibitions enough to start insulting this character she really doesn't like.

I should also note that the character is a Caucasian female, who's only tasted alcohol once before (she had a small bottle of something unidentifiable--in eastern Asia--and has got drunk enough to stumble about, toss around some negative language at people she was annoyed with, and promptly pass out). She has also eaten recently (they just had supper at an Indian restaurant). This time I need her to get sick before she can pass out, so she'll probably drink slower? Plus since her stomach is full, it'll take a bit more, I guess? She's also American, grew up in the US and is only temporarily in London, so she's approaching this from a very American mindset--but she's also not at ALL a typical teen; has had to take care of herself quite a bit and is a lot more mature in many areas. The only reason she's trying to get drunk has to do with her psychic abilities. (I also suspect she has no idea what she's gotten herself in for with regards to this particular booze, and I may have her go "ugh, I have to find something better tasting next time!")

All of the descriptions of taste and sensations and all that are perfect; I can get back to writing this scene now. Yay!

Need Korean translation or place to obtain one

I speak some Korean, but I wanted to double-check with natives and/or people who speak it far better than I do.

My main character this year for NaNoWriMo is going to be a prophet of sorts. Think Cassandra from the Trojan War in that he's also going to be widely disbelieved. However, the term he and others with similar abilities are going to use to describe themselves needs to be a Korean word, because their abilities first appeared in people living on what is now Jeju Island, and thus the headquarters of this Order will be in Korea. I was going to go with 예언자, as in, the Order of 예언자들. However, is that correct? Or would something like 신탁 be better? I'd even thought of something like 마녀 or 마술사, but those I think mean more like "witch" than "seer."

If anyone can advise, I'd really appreciate it. My Korean is at maybe a four-year old's level, so those who know better are obviously the ones to ask. 감사합니다! (Also, of course, if the Hangul doesn't show up, I will transliterate.)

Passing as male in 1970

It's 1970 in Los Angeles. The MC is a 23 year old trans man deeply involved in hippy culture who's starting to come out as FTM (in an environment that my late-90s-born FTM self is damn glad he didn't live in).

I imagine that it would be easier in some ways for him to do this than it would be for a trans man today to do so, given that older adults would spend all their time complaining about these damn kids and their androgynous fashion choices combined with the fact that zero trans awareness = 'that guy with a feminine voice and soft features is probably pretty young or just lost the genetic lottery'. On the other hand, I have no idea how he would change his style of dress and grooming to be read as male amongst his compadres.

What would he do with his hair? What items of clothing could, with their presence or absence, discern his gender? How would he bind in an era before mass-produced binders without destroying his ribs? Would he try to train his voice down to a lower register or put lifts in his shoes or anything along those lines?

I've searched early 70s fashions for both men and women, and over the years since I first came out in 2012 have collected an amazing amount of information on early trans history (from which I've learned that people only paid any real attention to trans men a few years after the MC comes out).

Thanks in advance!

Blinding, impermanent, and its effects on the appearance of the eyes

Okay, so this is my first time posting here, hope I'm doing this right. Mods, please let me know if there's something I'm not including.

I'm working on a story (present day, set in/around Hollywood) in which a celebrity character is kidnapped and held captive by a deranged stalker type character. After several almost-successful escape attempts, the stalker uses some means to render his captive blind, to prevent his trying to escape anymore. I'm not really picky about what that means might be  (chemical probably), though it'd be better if it's something that at least has the potential to eventually heal after he's rescued and treated medically. It's okay if they're not SURE if it can heal or not, too, and it's okay as a last resort if the blindness is permanent, though I definitely prefer something that he has a chance of recovering from.

But here's where it gets tricky for me - I also need something that would leave his eyes looking more or less normal, even if he can't see out of them. And that's the detail I can't seem to find. I'm actually having a hard time coming up with ways to word this kind of a search that give me the information that I need. Can anyone help me with this? :)