[Anon Post] Swapping Bodies at the Hospital, Not Getting Caught

I have a complex scenario that my mystery story hinges on. The setting is present day Chicago.

The police and medical examiner need to believe that B's body is actually A's body, but it can't look like the hospital lost B's body. How can my ER doctor and a handful of accomplices pull this off?

The Swap
1. Character (A) attempts to strangle a woman in a hospital parking garage. She fights back and he hits his head on the concrete.
2. A security guard arrives and calls for the hospital to send help. A is unconscious and either not breathing or struggling to breathe.
3. Staff rush A to the ER, but he dies within a few minutes from bleeding into the brain.
4. When police detectives/the Medical Examiner arrive, they are shown a different body (B) and told this is the man who died in the fight. The body is taken for autopsy and the investigation proceeds, only the ER doctor and a handful of other people can know the swap has happened.

About B - B is a homeless man of the same race as A, and around the same build, height and age. He hit his head when he fell down stairs while intoxicated or high. An ambulance crew take him to the hospital. He can die in the ambulance or just as he reaches the hospital. The ER doctor is the one to declare him dead.

Research so far - I've googled what deaths are investigated by the Medical Examiner's (ME) office in Chicago/Cook County. It appears that all accident victims are taken by the ME for autopsy. The hospital is supposed to report these deaths to the ME, but I can't figure out exactly how that plays out in practice. I'm guessing that B's accident and transportation is going to leave a trail (911 call, some kind of statement by EMS about where they took him) but I don't know what all the pieces of that trail would be, or how my bad guys can cover the trail so it doesn't lead to the hospital.

Experience of Polish refugees coming to/settling in 1940s America

I wrote an earlier post about a noir I'm writing set in NYC in 1947. Today I'm looking for specific information for two of my characters, a brother and sister from Poland who flee to the US during WW II. While I've been able to find out a lot about the Polish communities in New York at the time, it's all been about immigration in the 1800/1900s, and I've found almost nothing about what it would have been like in the 30s and 40s.

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Thank you so much! Your answers were great help last time.

another medieval resource

Is your main character a peasant farmer? Or maybe you just want to have some farming activity going on in the background? Make sure the correct activity is happening at the correct time of year with this:

http://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/articles/the-medieval-agricultural-year/





(I do not remember this being posted before. If it has, pre-emptive apologies.)
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Sick food in Australia

This should be an easy one, I'm hoping. What do you eat when you're sick? Or better yet, if a child/friend is sick, what might be something you could make them?

I searched "Australian comfort food" and "Australian sick food", "food for a sick person Australia" and various, but my results were kinda weird and I'm hoping to get some answers from some actual Australians. I'm hoping there'll be something I can use that isn't something I'd find in America (chicken soup, saltines, things of that nature).

Setting is present day... Japan, actually, but the non-sick character lived in Australia for several years (when he was a kid, so something his host parents would have given him).

Thanks in advance!

Edit: Thank you everyone for your input! It was very much appreciated, as always. I think I'm going to go with Japanese comfort food after all, but I'll just work the Australia part into it.

Looking for casual Japanese translation.

Hi.  I’m trying to find a casual translation of a greeting for a message left on an answering machine.  The characters are sisters of Japanese descent that were born and raised in contemporary America.  The younger sister has made some attempts to connect to her Japanese heritage and speaks Japanese moderately well.  Older sister knows only a handful of phrases.  The use of casual Japanese (as opposed to formal) is a type of code between them to prove identity.  (both are in high risk jobs)   Unfortunately, my Japanese is limited to what I picked up from Anime and NHKWorld.   I know not to trust Google Translate, and the other translations I can find do not combine the words. 

The greeting (from younger sister to older sister) that I am trying to translate is “Afternoon, Sis.” 

Looking for a disaster to order

I'm trying to strand a couple of modern-day healthy, 40-year-old, decently competent American men in a situation where

(a) one of them is hurt in a fashion that accepting help from strangers is required; bonus if the situation leaves him somewhat disoriented, or in too much pain to be clear-headed; and
(b) communication is cut off from the world at large.

My first thought for (a) is some sort of chemical in the eyes - the help from strangers could take the form of accepting water (his friend would take care of actual eye-washing). Some sort of all-over exposure to something that requires washing off could also work. My first thought for (b) is an EMP or a solar event. If I go with these I have plenty of sources; I just can't figure out how to tie these to (a).

I can see how widespread disruption could lead to being e.g. pepper sprayed or tear gassed, but I want them to be somewhat isolated (I'm thinking California desert, but I can move them pretty much anywhere on the planet). I could have my hero looking up right when a high-altitude nuclear explosion occurs, which might cause the right amount of damage, but I can't figure out how to work in the accepting-help scenario.

An EMP-caused crash of a plane carrying something caustic would work, but the internet tells me that losing control doesn't cause planes to just DROP; and, anyway, why'd they be flying, idk, lye in the first place?

I just feel I'm overlooking something obvious...

[Anon Post] Veterinary Surgery on Large Animals, Recovery Time

Hi.

I'm writing a--well, you probably already have the general idea.

Anyway, let us say, for the purposes of a story, that an adult horse (think thoroughbred or Arabian mare, if the exact size or conformation matters, say around fifteen hands and about 800 pounds, a young adult in very good overall health) is subjected to complex and invasive emergency abdominal surgery in order to save her life. (let's say that her owners regarded her as a beloved pet, or a tremendously expensive investment in a brood mare from a champion bloodline, and didn't want her put down, and someone guessed, correctly, that she could be saved, if you're wondering why she wouldn't just have been euthanized there and then).

How long would it likely take the mare to recover? How long before she regained consciousness after the surgery, how long before she could walk or run? What complications are likely? What would her care involve, in the hours and days after the surgery? Would she be on any kind of medication after the surgery, and if so, what types are likely or at least plausible, and for how long?

Thanks.

[Anon Post] Places to dump a body near Chicago, faking accident

Setting: Chicago, present day. I'm thinking this event happens right around Memorial Day weekend, but I can adjust that if needed.

I'm writing a book where crooks take a dead guy and dump him on an isolated hiking trail, making the death look like an accident. The dump needs to happen in the daytime - between around 9 am to 1 pm on a work day. It's raining that day.

What I need: an isolated wilderness area that has steep and or slippery paths with things like rock formations or rocky outcrops/canyon walls or just lots of large rocks - so that someone dying after slipping and hitting his head is believable. It would be best if the crooks don't need to show ID when arriving at the park/trail entrance.

Research so far: Googled hiking trails near Chicago, places to hike near Chicago, least crowded hiking trails near Chicago, Challenging hiking trails near Chicago. I looked at the websites for Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park and Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, but these areas are popular/crowded.

I also Googled places where bodies have been dumped Chicago. Came up with Humboldt Park - not a rugged wilderness area, so not suitable.

Extra details about the death: guy fell backwards during a struggle and hit his head on the edge/top of a short (think waist height) concrete wall. There was bleeding into and around the brain. He died within minutes. I'm going with a closed head wound (mo mess at the scene).

Japanese translation....

Hello -
I posted in multilingual and have got nothing, so I'm hoping someone here can help.

I'm trying to find the Japanese word for 'Ma'am'. The character is an older woman, very respected, and the person 'in charge' of a group that is basically militant freedom fighters.

She is, herself, ex-military, but she holds no rank currently. Her title, if she had one, would be 'Director', but I simply want her to be called 'Ma'am' with utmost respect.

Thank you!

Googled all over, have found nothing that is specific, just tons of stuff in Japanese characters that mean 'head of this' 'older aunt that' and etc. Please give me the word in Roman letters and not characters? Thank you.

Hindi translation requested

I ran through Google Translate, but as always I trust actual human speakers for the proper construction of a full sentence. The line is this:

“Seriously, why were you looking for this airhead?”

And by 'airhead' I mean I am happy to accept whatever colloquial insult Hindi may have for a twit, a doofus, someone who is clearly not bright. By 'looking for' I mean searching for or hunting for.

The setting is not in India, but in a future sci-fi type setting. If it matters, both of the speakers are adult male of equal social standing. Neither is actually from India or even of Indian ancestry, but the speaker is using the language because he and the listener both know it and it enables them to communicate without a third party in the room understanding them.

Thanks for any assistance!