September 1st, 2006

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Size of farm/employees

I'm not looking for a definitive answer, just for pointers to references which can let me figure out at least a ballpark number.

For a moderately sized family farm (not agribusiness), how many hands (including family) would work on it? Conventional vs. organic? How many seasonal workers? What if there are free range cows and chickens?

Googling got me answers like "A dozen plus farm hands", or were ambiguous about whether the number included hands or not. Obviously, the number would vary based on the size of the farm and the crops, but those elements are not plot points in the story. How large the farm 'family' will be would make a difference.

highest-ranked female RAF and USN officers?

I am normally very up on military history and have tried to locate this information on Wikipedia and other sources, but it's escaped me thus far:

Who is the highest-ranked woman in the Royal Air Force? What about in the US Navy?

I think for the Navy, it would be Vice Admiral Patricia Tracey but not certain.

For the RAF I have not found any leads at all.

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Of comas and jewelery

Wow this is just about the dumbest question to ask ever.

Okay, my character is getting her ears pierced for her birthday. Almost exactly two weeks later, she gets attacked and ends up in a coma for nine months.

I know you're not supposed to like replace earrings after you first get it done for, what, a month, right? Cuz they close up really fast if you do?

Well, I'm wondering if the hospital staff would be required or at least inclined to take her earrings out while she was comatose. No damage done to her ears, really, back of her head mostly, if that'd have a bearing on the doings.

Either way works for me, I just need to mention whether she'll need to get them re-pierced after she comes out of it or not.

[Edit] Okay so the final answer seems to be that yes, they'd be removed and she'd have to get them re-pierced after she came out. Thanks for the help, folks.

Languages in WWII; Slavery in Tokugawa-era Japan

I have two unrelated questions for you all today:

1) I need an Englishman working together with the French Resistance in WWII to have a conversation with a German officer. What language would they be using?
I know that Britain sent men fluent in French to work with the Resistance, but I have no idea what languages the German officer would speak. Would he know French or English? If so, how well? (Even limited knowledge would work--it's a very short conversation. XD)
I already Googled variations on the theme of "education under Hitler," since the officer is very young and would have received a lot of his education when the Nazis were already in power. There wasn't anything about foreign languages being taught in schools (although I suspect that might have stopped due to rabid German nationalism...?).
(EDIT: Thanks for the help on this one. I think maybe I'll go with French, since they're actually in France.)

2) Does anyone know anything about slavery in Tokugawa-era Japan?
According to Wikipedia, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his successor Tokugawa Ieyasu abolished slavery in the 16th century. However, my fandom, set in the 19th century, canonically contains slavery. Presumably, then, it's illegal slavery--but both books I have on Japan don't mention slaves at all, illegal or otherwise.
Ideally, I'd like to know what these illegal slaves were used for (field labor? house servants? um...prostitution?), but frankly I'll be happy if anyone can even prove that they existed and the fandom's creator didn't just goof. XD
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Heart transplants

I'm searching for the statistics of heart transplant.  What percentage of those on the transplant waiting list will actually receive a heart, and for those who do, how many survive?  I'd love as much information I can be given about what it's like to live in need of a heart when you're a twenty-something woman.  My search through google gave me information I can't decipher correctly, so anything would be fabulous.


The novel occurs in Australia, and a caucasian woman with [currently] no other organ failure is waiting.