February 10th, 2007

YST - seachild
  • torsui

damage due to repeated electric shocks to the throat

and once again i turn to this wonderful community for answers. ^_^

my character has been collared with something akin to an electroshock collar used for dogs, only it's meant to inflict severe pain whenever he screws up (in a variety of ways) as opposed to a more minor 'don't do that'-type of dissuasion. i'm trying to find what sort of damage repeated shocks of this type would inflict on the poor kid, especially to his laryngeal area/vocal chords, as well as skin scarring and anything else you lovely people can think of (nerve damage?). there is magic that can heal him if the accumulated damage becomes life-threatening, but the shocks themselves aren't intended to kill him, just be very damned painful.

search terms used on google: electric shock to throat, electric burns, electricity damage vocal chords

i've been finding a lot of stuff on skin burns but not so much how it would affect musculature in the long run. maybe i'm not reading carefully enough. ^_^; but anyway, any help would be appreciated.


German word for Deja Vu?

Title says it. Is there a German word or phrase equivalent to Deja Vu? I know zero German, and am reluctant to use online translators because of it. My character is a native German, born before 1930, but the story is modern day (within the last 20 years, I'd say). He probably won't use kid slang, but if you know of a young slang word for it, throw it my way, too.


Sunday School in a Catholic Chuch in 1980?

I'm writing about two children (about eight months old and four years old) in Iowa in the mid-1980s. They're visiting an aunt who takes them to her Catholic church. I was wondering if they would go to Sunday School/nursery or stay for the whole service.

I'm protestant (United Church of Canada), and kids always go down to Sunday School right before the Bible readings, but I don't think it always works like that.

I've tried looking up church services and Sunday Schools in different places, but I'm not sure how representative they are.

ETA: Thank you very much everyone! I think I've got it figured out now.

Compensated Dating for Boys

It's a typical scenario in Japanese manga and stories about young girls that receive money and gifts to date men old enough to be their fathers, but what about the opposite sex? I'm sure girls aren't the only gender to want expensive stuff their parents refuse to fund, but after hours of research I haven't been able to find any publicly known instances of male compensated dating, if such a scenario existed.

The point of this is that my story is based on a young high school male that gets roped into it, but I'm not sure exactly how to step around this problem I see to be having. Can anyone be of assistance?