February 15th, 2007


Shark Skin

Okay, so what does a living shark feel like?

I've seen drawings of the backward-facing scales in sharkskin, read descriptions of hides feeling "rough," "raspy" or "sandpaperish." But has anyone here ever actually touched a shark (*), run their hand along one, or otherwise had a tactile experience with an actual shark's skin? Because I haven't, but a character in my new story does.

Any impressions you can convey are welcome.


* = By "shark," I mean a 6+'-foot-long full-sized sea-swimmer, not a home-aquarium-sized breed.
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Arrest Procedure

If a character were found sitting naked in an alleyway by a pair of uniformed police officers, what exactly would happen next? I understand he would be arrested for indecent exposure, read the Miranda warning, and taken in to the station-- but what would happen there? Would he be placed immediately in a holding cell, or is there some sort of intake procedure? If so, what does it consist of? If he resists in no way, gets up when he's told to, etc, but refuses to speak, give his name, etc, what effect would that have? There's also likely to be some question as to whether he was deliberately breaking the law, or just crazy: he was sitting naked in an alley in a light freezing rain. What effect would that have on their handling of the case? Basically, what steps would be taken to take him into custody, and what would happen then?


EDIT: USA, Present day. More specifically, if necessary, the state of Washington. Apologies, I could have sworn I'd included that.

Re-Edit: As for what searches I've tried, I've looked up arrest procedure, indecent exposure, and police procedure, and pretty much worked out that it's a mild misdemeanor, the difference between indecent exposure and public indecency, that the perpetrator can be arrested immediately without a warrant, etc., and lots and lots of information about the trial procedure. But everything I found seemed to sort of fade out between the point where he got out of the cop car and got into the court room.

specific injuries common to pilots in helicoter crashes

*delurks*  Greetings!

I'm trying to find specific types of injuries that pilots would sustain in a helo crash. I have found a general trend of leg injuries (which, is kinda obvious) but i would like more specifics. The crash would be over land, any terrain is fine as is any location or type of helo, although i would prefer 2-pilot crafts. I'm after currently used helos, eg rescue/military craft.

There is no specific cause of the crash and i don't know if this will affect the types of injuries that can/will be sustained...

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If someone has a really terrible migraine and passes out because of it, and they're taken to a hospital, what kind of treatment would they recieve? This is for a story I'm working on that is set in the present day, in Europe (Belgium, if you want to be particular). Thanks!

ETA: I've been talking to people who suffer from migraines (they run in my family, although I'm lucky enough to have excaped so far), and done basic read-throughs in Wikipedia and Bookrags. I should add that there's dehydration, etc, involved. Thanks again!