January 14th, 2005

Language/Culture question

What are some common children's prayers and/or religious songs in French? I'm thinking the French equivalent (or translations, if they're used) of stuff like "As I lay me down to sleep" (for a prayer) and "Jesus Loves Me" (for religious songs).

This would be Quebecois French. If specific context is needed, it's rural Quebec in 1970's.

In the same vein, what version/translation of the Bible would be in use?

Thanks in advance!
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Gunshot Effects on Hearing & Electricity Meets Human Body

Two completely unrelated writing project question topics! I'm wowed by the knowledge of this community.

1) One of my characters missed a bullet to the head, which blew off a chunk of the outer cartilage in a more or less rounded hunk on his left ear. The nick is about a centimeter in diameter, on the outside curve of the ear, which was delivered at point-blank range. So my question is: Would this be likely to permanently alter his hearing in that ear? If yes, then how so?

2) Another character is, to make a long scenario short, channeling a powerful, magical lightning elemental. This is something which has been living inside his body, and is now trying to get out by force, manifesting in the physical world. Assuming that the character himself may or may not be safe anymore as a conduit for this immense energy, what are some of the possible effects that he could have on his surroundings, or other people? What happens in cases of large electrical shock to the body? And would anyone be able to point me to a good visual reference for electrical scarring? I don't want to kill him outright, but a scare is just fine - and I can always wave that "it's MAGIC!" wand if I need to. ^_~

Thanks to anyone who can help me out!

tattoo pigments

I have been trying to find information about the pigments that were used in tattooing before the advent of modern inks. I have found plenty on Polynesian tattooing, but my setting is more analogous to southern France. I remember hearing that the “Ice man” found in the Alps had tattoos done with charcoal, and I’ve read about a Scythian chieftain with elaborate tattoos made from soot. And of course we often read about the Picts tattooing themselves with woad, although I think there may be some scholarly controversy over this. My character has access to some charcoal and ash, along with red ochre and perhaps some other dyestuffs. How much of this material could she potentially use for tattooing? If there are suitable pigments that could be made from tree bark, too, that would be helpful to the story. (Hmm... oak galls were used for making ink in the Middle Ages--could such an ink also be used for tattooing? Can any ink be used as a tattoo pigment?)

Any resources or insights that any of you might have will be much appreciated!

New York hospitals and anemia

Here's the situation:
Character A was attacked by another character in Central Park, who managed to give him a small gash on his side. They attracted a somewhat large audience, and so someone (or several someones) notices A go down and the quickly growing puddle of blood and immediately calls 911.

My questions are:
- Which hospital would the paramedics take A to?

- Say A was an anemic. What are some of the dangers associated with anemia and that kind of injury? What might his immediate reaction be, and what might he be feeling, say, two days later? The wound itself isn't very big or deep, it's just his superspeed heartbeat (he's a mutant) that forced a lot of blood out. All I'm finding on anemia websites are things about "Anemia and Diabetes" and "Anemia and Geriatrics" and "Anemia and Your Cat", which isn't exactly helpful.
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