January 8th, 2007

Middle Eastern food

I've done some research, looking up different Middle Eastern dishes and whatnot, but I haven't been able to find quite the right bit of information that I need. Basically, a character of mine wants to buy a small, Middle Eastern appetizer, preferably something very flavorful, spicy, or with an otherwise.. interesting taste. The man who is selling it jokes with my MC that he probably wouldn't be able to handle it.

What sort of food would work well for this situation? Personal experience stories are very much welcomed. I'm looking for anything very spicy, as I mentioned, or something with a taste that the average American tongue wouldn't be used to or handle very well. Would Muhammara (a spicy red pepper dip for veggies) work?

Thanks in advance.

Cauterization of a gun wound

Hi, ya'll! I was hoping someone could help me. I'm writing a one-shot about a character being shot (don't laugh) in the ass; right buttock, as a matter of fact. The character can't go to the ER, so a friend helps. They are both trained soldiers, so what I really want to know is: what's the process of getting the bullet out? After the bullet is taken out, do they need to cauterize the wound? Are stitches necessary??

Thank you!

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"Act of God" in school contract

Is it at all legal to, in the housing contract for a public state university, have something similar to the following clause:

"In the event the University is prevented from completing the obligations of this Contract by an act of God or any other occurrence beyond the control of the University, the University shall be excused from the performance of such obligations."

More specifically, I'm wondering about the mention of 'an act of God' - I wouldn't think that that would uphold in a court of law. I'm trying to come up with a legal-sounding, exclusionary-if-necessary contract for a nonfiction story, and basing it off of my University's contract is proving difficult.

EDIT: Sorry, I haven't posted here since the whole place/time update to the comm.
United States (where else would be bloody anal retentive about mentioning religion in legal jargon?), modern times.

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MOD POST ... again

This used to be on the user info, but somehow it got deleted. That was my bad, so I'm not going to give anyone a warning or single anyone out.

Criticizing other posters' choice of subject matter is not allowed.

This just isn't the place for it. It causes too much tension. If you're disgusted, baffled, or angered by someone's story, keep it to yourself.

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I know that some of you have posted similar comments intending them to be taken as a joke, or at least not as criticism, but if you don't know the poster you're responding to, it's not a good idea. If I post a question about lube, I don't want your thoughts on yaoi, I just want to know the helpful info about buttsex, yeah?

Being arrested.

Thanks for the help on my last question, guys. I have another less-complicated question about police procedures in general.

When you are arrested, what happens afterwards? Are you put in a cell right away, or you given your phone call? And when do they remove the cuffs? Those arrested in my story are a man and a woman. Is it safe to say that they would be put in different cells?

Questions about buying things in mid-to-late 1990s upstate NY

#1: I know that paper foodstamps were at least somewhat still in use. Were there any identification requirements related to their use? Specifically, if someone who didn't look like an adult was using them, would this attract a whole lot of suspicion?

#2: Would it be entirely unreasonable for an unmarried pregnant woman to have her 14-year-old daughter as a proxy for WIC checks?

#3: What would there be in the way of catalogs for relatively inexpensive clothes? JC Penney comes to mind, but what else? What about ordering (again, inexpensive) furniture and housewares?

#4: Would direct deposit for Social Security surviors' benefit checks be available at this point?

Buying a house in 17th-century England

How much would a house cost in 17th-century England? My story deals specifically with a small but expensively decorated house on the outskirts of a good area in a major city, but any pricing information is useful.

How would the buyer go about it? Was it usually between the buyer and the seller, or were there intermediaries like lawyers? Would a bank be involved? Would the whole sum be expected up front, or would it be spaced out like it is today?

Also, how were large cash transactions managed in cultures that had no paper money? Spaced out over time to make up for the difficulty and lack of security of hauling around large amounts of coins? Did the people just assume that large transactions meant bringing extra servants and guards?

ETA: Ack! It seems that I've asked the wrong questions. I'm writing about a secondary world that I'm basing very roughly on 17th-century England. From your extremely helpful advice, it seems that the real English housing market of the period was full of complications and variations that make an accurate historical answer difficult. I'm not looking for a history-quality answer, though, just a general idea of how much a house was worth to buy or rent in an economy similar to 17th-century England.

The house itself is a small townhouse with no land but a tiny back garden. It's richly decorated, but only the immovables come with the house--mosaics, murals, etc. It's located on the edge of the university district.
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