January 5th, 2005

Are there any catacombs under London?

Hello, first time posting here, the community looks very informative and useful!

My question is - aside from the sewers under London, England, are there any catacombs? I'm unfortunately from the States and searching for any information has proven fruitless. If so, does anyone know how vast any catacombs there are, how far they go under the city? I'm particularly interested in the area around Bow Street and Covent Garden.

Edit: An important note I forgot to mention - the story I am working on take place in the 19th century (between 1813 and about 1889), so anything underground would need to be existing during that time period.
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Chicken

Does anyone here know what one could do to a chicken (particularly a cornish hen) that while in the process of cooking it in the oven, would cause it to explode? Things such as TNT or bullets notwithstanding. I'm talking about a _seriously_ novice cook.

With that in mind, what else are commonly made mistakes by novice cooks in reguards to whole chickens in general?

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Does anybody have the link to a site that has charts on average weight for certain heights and ages? I'm trying to get my story as realistic as possible, and I'm afraid that a couple of bodies are humanly impossible (or at the least, unhealthy).

Also, can somebody point me out to any mythology (European, African, Latin, it doesn't matter) concerning fallen gods and angels?

Thanks in advance.

Two medical questions

I'm working on a story and have suddenly realised I forgot to research a fairly important plot element. Our hero has had the crap beaten out of him and was in a coma for over a month. I've done the research on head injuries, so that part is only faintly relevant to the rest of the problem. The problem is, he also had his back broken in three places (his spine is undamaged- far-fetched, I know, but not as bad as some stuff that's actually canon), along with his right leg, his left hand, and 4 ribs. Now, taking all of this into account, how long are we talking about for a hospital stay after he wakes up? And what about physical therapy? I know that he'll be convalescing for months, but I'd like to get a bit more specific.

My other question is this- in another story I have somebody damaging their vocal chords by screaming too much (at a concert- I only torture half of my characters). How long would they need to keep from talking in order to heal?

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I'm looking for a fairy tale wherein the hero does something thoroughly selfless and gets rather promptly screwed over, preferably not for trusting the wrong person. Everything I think of seems to not quite fit what I want to do, and I don't want to change the basic story so much that it's hard to connect to the original tale. I really would prefer to use a story where love is not a major factor -- family would be much better.