May 27th, 2005


Dread diseases.

What disease could an American (in America) pick up that would almost certainly be deadly? Hep C? What else? It's got to be something you acquire from an outside source, rather than just happens in you. Like becoming a vampire, as opposed to becoming a Slayer. Yeah, that's the ticket.

But enough about that. Come on! It's Friday! I can mash potato! I can do the twist ::dances on your coffee table::
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Herbs to fake a heart attack?

Does anyone know what (if any) natural herbs someone might give in order to kill someone and hope it'd get passed off as a heart attack? Or some other natural cause would probably work just as well, come to think of it.

I'm looking at a fairly low-tech setting, which means that both the preparation of medicines and the tools to autopsy later are on the low end of things.


Basic Southern(Us) Dialect

I have been watching this group since its start or so and tried to help when I could (though in most cases when I did have some information I was also too slow and so I’d just be repeating) however, until now I haven't had any questions. My question is: what are some words that are used for objects in the South that may not be used in the North(United States to be exact)? Any words, really, that you wouldn’t hear in the North but would once you reach Sweet Tea country?

I admit I am a horrid person, not picking these things up and living in South Carolina myself, but I know I miss things or just don’t realize that they aren’t called that elsewhere because it’s normal to me. Also my speech patterns, typically, reflect a more northern choice words because of my parents and their own so perhaps that either explains it or makes me that much more oblivious.

Examples that have noticed for my general area:

Outdoor house hook up thing = Spigot
Cart (Shopping cart) = Buggy
Hose = Hosepipe
Bucket of water = Pail
Pop/coke = Soda

"Oh sh*t" bars

This is a weird question, but you know that handle-type thing on the ceiling of the car? What's it called? My friend calls it an "'Oh shit' bar," but for the story I'm writing, I need to know the real name for it. Thanks :-)
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