September 26th, 2006

Grades in med school

All right, after Googling for a while and getting nothing but admissions information, I decided to come here.

1] Is it characteristic of a university to post semester grades and ranks in a public place for all to see? I haven't decided whether this is undergraduate or med school yet -- but does this happen at all? If so, would they post something like "97.6" or "3.8" or just "A"? How often a year would this happen? Once per semester?

2] What sort of grades are considered "good" in med school? Silly question, but I constantly hear about how difficult it is. Do people actually graduate from med school with 4.0 GPAs?
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The Serpentine, London

After searching high and low, through Google, Wikipedia, and the official London parks website, I cannot find out how deep the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park gets. If one were to approach it from Hyde Park corner on Rotten Row, and one were to fall (be thrown by a horse) into the lake, how far would one fall? I need to know if a person would have to dive in to save the victim, or run in and drag them out.

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Smoking help

Or quitting, rather. Is there anyone who can tell me what it's like to quit smoking cold turkey after several years of smoking? I have a general idea for the first day or two, but I need to know what it's like long-term for something I'm writing. Thanks in advance. :)
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Tomato liquor?

Google has failed me, despite my best attempts. All I can find are things about germinating tomato seeds by fermenting them, and Mexican drinks made from tequila and tomatoes. Which aren't what I'm after. The closest thing I've found is in Steve, Don't Eat It!'s entry on prison hooch, but again, it's not exactly what I'm after.

Is is possible to ferment tomatoes to produce an alcoholic drink, in the same way as you can with grapes, apples and pears?

If so, any suggestions on what this drink might taste like?

(If I had the time and equipment, yes, I would try it for myself. But alas...)

EDIT: Thanks, everybody- I should be all set now. :-) (And I never knew you could ferment carrots...)

EDIT 2: Now I have the Um Bongo jingle stuck in my head. Thanks a lot, blacknarcissus2. (:-p)
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Using Real Names in Memoirs

One of my characters(henceforth G) is writing a memoir of the summer he turned 18. The other main character in his memoir is his then-lover(henceforth C), who G has not spoken too since the end of that summer(atleast 10 years). I was wondering if G could (legally) use C's real name in the book.

C is now married with children and holding some sort of public office and is politically on the rise. G does not know any of this. The memoir contains liberal drug and alcohol abuse, as well as several unreported crimes, quite a bit of dirt on both their families, and would out C. G took photographs documenting the entire summer because at the time he wanted to be a photographer, which he would like to have included in the book. It's also relatively sexually explicit. It would be enough to smear C's career and (probably) ruin his marriage.

Even if C's real name or even the name of his and G's hometown were not used, the details of C's personal life (his brothers and sisters, his runaway-dad and his older brother's suicide) as well as the photos would probably be enough to identify him to anyone who knew him personally.

C would refuse any contact with G, barring a forced personal confrontation.

So, legally, what can G disclose? What names, if any, would have to be replaced? What would G's editor say? What about the photos?

Thank you in advance, and if you have any additional questions I'll try to answer ASAP.

Famine Era Ireland

Ok, I am a google-failure.

So, in the town of Westport Ireland, during the later years of the famine, what profession would be likely held by someone that still brought in a decent amount of money.

Also, how much would passage to America cost for a single person?

Thank you guys in advance.