December 3rd, 2006

Alchemy: Human/Plant chimeras

So, I had this odd idea pop in to my head. I've been watching Full Metal Alchemist, I and know that in the canon there are several successful human/animal chimeras, but like, what about human/plant chimeras? I don't recall any mention in the canon as to whether this would work at all (and seeing as how human/animal chimeras are very difficult, I imagine that human/plant ones could only be harder.) I know that within the universe I'm talking about this would be highly illegal and that the resulting chimera would undoubtedly be killed if it were ever discovered.

So I guess what I'm looking for would be thoughts on this from people who are more versed in what would amount to the splicing of DNA. If one successfully spliced a plant and a person, are there any expectations as to what the result would look like? In my mind I have this sort of mostly human-like creature, who occasionally will sprout branches and has foliage instead of hair, sort of like a dryad, I suppose. Also? I know that it's possible to "dye" the veins of leaves by giving a plant colored water, is there something that could make the clorophyll change color? And does it seem likely that such a person would have a greenish tinge to their skin from the clorophyll?

Changing the molecular structure of water with a label

I'm a long-time reader, infrequent commenter, and first-time poster. I can't come up with the proper list of search terms to spit out the name/info I'm looking for, and hoping the group mind here can help.

I remember reading about a fellow who did an "experiment" in which he put labels on large glass jars of water. The labels had various words written on them: love, hate, etc. After some time, he examined the water under a microscope and discovered that the molecular strucutre was altered or messed up or somesuch. The water labeled "hate" was now bad water, whereas the water labeled "love" was natural. And so forth. He exhibited large photographs of the supposed changes, which apparently "proved" that either words or labels can hurt.

Thanks for any better memories than my own.
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Suicide - cyanide, injuries from bridge jumper, half-ass suicide

Basically I need a successful suicide, a half-ass suicide, and a miracle for one person who should have died, but didn't. I need creative ideas because mine sucks. Here's what I have so far...

I thought about having my first character swallow a lethal cocktail of potassium cyanide, but how would he be able to obtain a lethal dose of it? Where would he get it? What if someone found him not too long after swallowing the cyanide? Would he be in the middle of convulsions/seizure and foaming at the mouth? What would he look like?

Shortly after his suicide, his friend decides to kill herself too, but the attempt is not successful and not as serious as my male character. She wants help, but no one’s willing to help her so she’s using her suicide as a last resort, hoping that maybe she’ll survive the attempt and convince her family to get her some help. If she took 25 or so pills with lots of Scotch, then called 911 shortly afterwards, what would be the likelihood of her not having any serious complications from the suicide attempt? I can’t figure out which over-the-counter med she should use, so feel free to suggest anything that comes to mind. Also, what would her experience at the hospital/ambulance be like?

And YET ANOTHER SUICIDE. I was reading an article about a guy who jumped off Coronado Bridge and survived with "minor injuries". I want this character to survive too, but what kind of injuries would he have? Neck injuries?

Kryptonian wedding rituals

I'm writing a fanfic where Superman is getting married, in a Kryptonian ceremony. Unfortunately, my Google-fu has turned up virtually nothing on the specifics of Kryptonian weddings.

I'm looking for details on the ceremony itself- is it religious? Is there just the bride, groom and the person marrying them, or are there family members involved as well?

In addition, if anyone has any other info on general Kryptonian customs, especially relating to the positions of the various Houses in Kryptonian society (canon has conflicting views, does anyone know which is currently accepted?) it would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!