October 26th, 2005


Forms of address within Japanese families

Okay, I've tried Googling this and checking a Japanese textbook, but no luck. I know that children usually address older siblings by title rather than name. However, everything always shows a lovely little balanced family from the point of view of a child with one older brother, one older sister, one younger brother and one younger sister. My question (and maybe it's silly) is what if a child has two older brothers? Would he address them both as onii-chan/onii-san? WOuld it change depending on if they were both present? Would the eldest brother be onii-chan while the second is called something else?
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Spider Identification

I don't need this for a story, but I'm curious. Having spent the morning staring at spider pictures it's driving me nuts.

I have a spider. It is currently residing, in a web, in the doorway to my kitchen.

The body, which is yellow-orange-brown-ish in colour is about 1/4 of an inch long. I can't tell how many eyes it has, but the legs --which are the same colour as the body, have dark brown bands on them at regular intervals. It's made its web in the corner of the doorway leading into the kitchen.

I live in Northeast Ohio, and given the spider's location I know it isn't a brown recluse. Does anyone have any ideas what this stupid thing might be? If not, I'm seriously thinking of shipping it down to the guy at OSU.

I hate puzzles like this.
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Bronze Age Breasts

This might be a bit of an odd question even for here, but I'm coming from a family full of very early bloomers and all the websites I've looked at are understandably broad on the subject of ages, so...

As it pertains to a slender girl, what would be the latest age at which you would think she could pass for a boy without a shirt on? I know breast development is usually one of the first signs of puberty, so in practical experience, what is the farthest age of the range when it might normally begin?

(I'm writing about a young Minoan girl in the Bronze Age who's mistaken for a boy after travelling to Egypt, and who then has to maintain her disguise with a bare chest throughout her journey -- I'd just like to know how old I could plausibly have her be by the end of it.)

ETA: Wow, that was quick - thank you very much, all!


I'm looking for a disease. It should be all of these things, though it could conceivably lack one or another:

a childhood disease (or one children get, at least)
fatal, but not always
a type of cancer
susceptible to chemotherapy.

I'm looking at kinds of leukemia right now, but other suggestions would be welcome.
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Dreamtime < or > or = realtime?

Do dreams take less or more time than real life? (Like all of them are only seconds long, or a 15 min dream taking 15 min, etc.)

I've googled all over and gotten both answers. I've gotten both answers from different teachers, both credible. Does anyone know for certain?
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