December 3rd, 2005

well MY characters...

Broken noses.

Broken nose. I broke mine too long ago to remember. What does it feel like? Quirks? That whole blood-pool-around-eye thing: what's that sensation like? If you poke it/leave it alone?

Also: with minimal but adequate healing (think mild 17th century, speical herbs, no magic) what's the rate of healing/healing time to be expected?

Also also: In the way of said injury, sleeping on your side is a yes, but on the back is a no, correct? Or is this utter nonsense?
talking w/ hands- snowpenguin545

Attitudes toward and knowledge about homosexuality in the mid-1970's

Google and Wikipedia have failed me, so I turn to the collective knowledge of this community in hopes of some insight!

The character in question is 13 years old in 1975 and living in an upper-middle class suburban community on the American west coast. Her family is very politically conservative and they are actively church-going Protestants (although they don't belong to one of the more fundamentalist denominations). She goes to a private, although not religiously affiliated, school.

My question is, generally speaking, how much would a girl like this know about homosexuality? Would it be something that she would be warned against in church or would it just never be discussed? Would she hear anti-gay jokes or slurs in school, or was that not common behavior for kids at that time?

If she had a crush on a girl, would it be realistic for her to have a vague notion that this wasn't right or normal (or based on her background, would she instantly think it was 'sinful'?) Would it be too much of a stretch for her, if someone asked her if she was a lesbian, to not have a clear understanding of what that even meant?

Anything you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
rose

Tattoos and bruises

Tony hits his Pretty Lisa. Everything is fine. The tattoos they hide the bruises every time.

This is the line from a Tiger Lillies song, and I'm wondering if it's true. Would a tattoo hide a bruise? (Pretty Lisa is covered from top to toe in tattoos)

Distinguishability of menstrual blood

So.

I've got a character under criminal investigation for the kidnapping/possible murder of a girl. He's innocent, but I'm trying to figure out just how incriminating some incriminating evidence would be.

What I want to know --

- Would menstrual blood (smeared on a towel) be distinguishable from "normal" blood from a cut? Assume it's a few days old, and there's none of the dark eggy bits, just blood. Would testing be able to prove it was menstrual?
And -- would testing be able to determine how long the blood had been on said towel? This one doesn't matter quite as much, I'm just wondering.

Ta much!
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