February 14th, 2007

Sex on a train

Setting: Scotland, on a regular train (not, say, the Hogwarts Express or something ;). The not-too-distant future, so any details about the present-day can likely still be applicable if I want them to be.

Searches: various combinations of 'train', 'scotland', and 'sex', which haven't led anywhere fruitful. I think this probably just needs the input of someone who's travelled on Scottish trains.

Question: On your average train travelling through Scotland, where could a couple reasonably have sex (if anywhere)? Let's assume that the train is not too busy, and that they have a (magical) way of not being noticed by most people, but they still need to be somewhat discreet, because there's no guarantee the magic will automatically work on everyone who might happen by. Would the bathroom be too small and cramped? (I know it probably would on most Canadian trains I've been on...) Is there any part of the train they could get into that would have more privacy? A berth or baggage storage area or something?

If there's nothing that's feasible, I'll just move the sex scene somewhere else, but it would amuse me to have it be on the train if it's possible.

ETA: Thanks for the input, everyone! I think I'll be better off having them wait until they reach their destination to shag like crazed weasels ;)

New York City Real Estate

Setting: NYC, present day (well, 2005/2006-ish)

Question: Where would a well-off family with four kids live? Money's not really a problem although they're not filthy rich, I'm perfectly fine with the home being an inheritence, but would prefer them to actually live in the city. If you could give me a neighborhood and even a street I would adore you forever

I've checked real estate websites, but nothing really helps as it all depends what's on the market

Cost of a flute + Italian?

How much do flutes cost in Italy in this day and age?

And while I'm at it, I Babelfished the word "butterfly" into Italian spoken language and it gave me "farfalla"... I tested this against this site and got the same. I'm terrible at any language besides English, so if the translation is wrong, could somebody correct me on it?

Thanks again.
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African eyebrow hair texture

If someone has very finely coiled, kinky hair (in this case a man from coastal western Africa), what texture are their eybrows? I know eyebrow hairs differ from other types of body hair, but are they always fine and straight, like eyelashes?

Search crawl attempted: Googling for "kinky hair", "eyebrow hair", eyebrows, eye, African, black, face, man, woman and such combinations, in the hope of Google image search turning up a reference. Have crawled Wikipedia for info and pics too — everything I find is too low-res to tell!

Edit: Right, I think I can do straight eyebrow hair and have it be normal, then.
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  • Current Music: Firewater - Dark Days Indeed

Astringent and Moisturizing Properties of Aloe Vera

I remember learning in primary school that aloe vera was a natural astringent but I keep seeing tons of beauty products that have "moisturizing aloe vera" or other such variations. For example I see many lotions for very dry skin claiming to contain aloe vera for this moisturizing effect. I could see how possibly it could "medicate" damaged skin but actually moisturize?

I've wikied this and googled it (searching with aloe vera, properties, astringent, moisturizing etc) and found both stuff claiming that it's an astringent and that it moisturizes (but not both). Does it have both properties? Or is it that companies put aloe vera in stuff knowing that most people have no clue about what the plant really does?