October 24th, 2006

Film - The Old Guard

Sexual harrassment in a Catholic high school

I apologize if this is too detailed or specific or something (I blame NaNoWriMo):

Basically, a high school junior or senior at a Catholic school falsely accuses a teacher of sexual harrassment/assault (I haven't worked it out exactly yet) -- it's a complete lie, he's just a really snotty kid getting back at a teacher who won't let him get away with anything. However, the teacher is in fact gay, and had been attempting to hide it as much as possible. I'm sort of aiming for some scenes with a trial or a deposition or something like that; specifically, where a fellow teacher/friend of his is questioned about him and stuff like that. How far would this go, most likely? The ending is that it's proven that he's innocent, but he still leaves the school for another. What would need to happen to prove his innocence 100%? (I have some ideas, but what's convincing?

Legal specifics are awesome, but any help at all is great! :)
brand new, blood in my veins

Baby gifts in 1982? And who owns hospital gift shops?

Part One:
What sort of gifts would be given to the mother of a newborn in 1982?
Were those balloons that say 'It's a Girl/Boy' readily available? What about those stuffed animals that are similiar?

Part Two:
Who would own the hospital gift shop?
Would they return items if you bought an item for a girl, and they actually had a boy?

I wasn't born until '87, google doesn't tell me anything and my mother doesn't remember.

Deprivation of a specific colour

Googling this helped, but didn't yield exactly the right kind of results, so:

I'm wondering about colour deprivation. Google gives me a lot of results about monkeys that were raised under a red light, or in a dull room, but I'd really like to know what would happen if a person grew up having never been exposed to a particular colour.
Does anyone know if there are any theories on this, or could someone at least suggest some better search terms than 'colour deprivation'?

Mindset of Nazi youth

Hello! I found this group through fsu_noles. :)

I'm writing a historical fiction piece based on... something I actually don't know much about. It's concerning WWII and the Holocaust, revolving around two characters who meet by happenstance. However, I don't know an incredible amount about the young adult mindset of a Nazi soldier. Are there any websites y'all can point me to that has the exact reason why young adults (think, 21-24) would be Nazis? Parental influences, society, anything would be helpful. I've tried searching, but in vain. So now I'm turning to you all. :)

Thanks for the help.


I see there's a lot of confusion surrounding whether or not this is going to be compelling, and my motives for writing a story that I don't know too much about. :) To elaborate on my idea: I was thinking more of a children's or YA fiction novel, based around a Jewish girl and a young (24?) Nazi whose paths cross while at a concentration camp. (Please let me know if a 24-year-old Nazi as a Kapo guard [sorry, wrong word -- it was late, lol] or in some other position would be unbelievable!) When they meet, it's the typical Jew-and-Nazi relationship (i.e. they hate each other, though in different manners, of course), but then she starts to show him the true atrocities of the camp, etc...

I need some sort of introduction as to why the boy is there, why he's a Nazi in the first place, and how he eventually changes his mindset to the point where he's willing to risk his own life to save another. So the background was very important. :)

However, I also see now that there are lots of reasons, influences, and sources that I could incorporate, so thanks so much for the suggestions! I truly appreciate everything. :)
  • shadowa

Car crash

Oh dear and knowledgeable friends, I have a question for you: if a car crashed into a telephone pole, is it conceivable that the front of the car would burst into flames, or is that completely unrealistic?
  • rikoshi

Slovak pronunciation

Would anyone out there be able to indicate the correct pronunciation of the name 'Berzeviczy'? Either IPA or some other phoenetic spelling-out would be fine.

I'm using the name as a Slovak name, but maybe it also exists in other Eastern European languages. As far as I've been able to discern, there are no diacritical marks or accents.