November 27th, 2005

How long does air last?

I have no idea how to start looking this up or doing the math, so maybe someone here can help.

I have a person (average adult male, ~180lbs/80kg) locked in a completely sealed room.

The room is 10 by 10 by 10 feet (one thousand cubic feet, 28.3 cubic meters) and at the time of sealing, was filled with typical fresh air.

Assuming he stays calm... How long would the air last?

How would size/age of people affect that rate? I don't need precision, but just rough numbers like "A ten year old would only use 0.6 times as much air" or whatever.
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Pheromones and pregnancy

So uh. Pregnant women produce extra pheromones, right? Because of...I dunno, stuff. It's not anything consciously sensed, of course, but I'm certain that it can be subconsciously sensed in some...way. Or form.

I have an FtM who is pregnant. Not obviously so, so there are no physical signs in his appearance. Up until this point he's passed fairly well as a man, not ever really getting a "ma'am" from anybody, even though he is a very pretty young man.

The question here is, would the pheromones be anything serious enough to subconsciously affect his passing? People who are borderline on his androgyny sensing it somewhere in the back of their minds and leaning toward ma'am rather than sir?

More a point of curiousity than anything else, seeing as how a first-person narration wouldn't cover it, but you know >_> Inquiring minds need to know.

Irish/English language in 1740s Galway

Hello all.

I'm writing a scene set in a small town in County Galway in the 1740s. My 17-year-old character is the son of a Catholic merchant. The family are falling on hard times. Can anyone tell me whether this character would be likely to speak to his family in Irish (Gaedhilge) or English? I know that both languages were spoken there at the time, and that Irish was more common, but I can't find enough information to establish the situation for this character.

For a bonus: would it be plausible for this character to be proficient in both languages?

Many thanks for any help you can offer!