April 19th, 2007

Eyeing the title

Adult versus youth shoe sizes?

I've googled a bit and wiki'd a bit without great results, so I'm taking a chance that somebody here just happens to know about this:

What is the youth shoe size equivalent of a woman's size six?

Imagine a kid going into a shoe store trying on women's shoes, and the first time they fit it's a woman's size six, since that's often the smallest size on the display racks.

I've got the answers now, thanks!

And sorry I forgot to mention that I am in the USA.
Piandao eyebrow
  • arathe

Technicalities of a knife to the neck and a blow to the head.

Hey there!

I originally posted this at ask_a_nurse but due to the slightly violent nature of the question, made the mod there (understandably) a bit nervous about answering. So, I turn to you!

What I'm looking for is some information about both the body in terms of neck and head injuries as well as treatment. I tried searching: neck wounds, neck cuts, neck injuries, neck anatomy, etc, without much luck. Most of the stuff I found dealt with severe injuries and trauma, which isn't really what I'm looking for.

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flying in the sky
  • skullu

Seizures caused by flames + behavior of flames

Hi, everyone! I googled for an answer to this question and checked on Wikipedia; I've searched on Wikipedia for "epilepsy" and "seizures" and read the corresponding articles, and I've searched on Google for "flame cause seizure photosensitive -"search and seizure"", "flame seizure", "flame cause seizure", and I haven't had any luck.

I know it's a weird question, hence why I wasn't expecting any answers, but can a flame—from a candle, for example—cause a seizure in a photosensitive person? I know that I've looked at a candle burning, and sometimes it tends to jump up and flicker really rapidly, and the flashing light can hurt my eyes because it's blinking so fast. Doubly so if it's in a dark room, 'cause the shadows are more accented and the flashing is more noticeable.

How strong does the flashing have to be for a photosensitive epileptic to have a seizure? Does it vary from person to person? Would this situation even be possible? I figured that, well, if an episode of Pokemon can cause seizures in hundreds of children, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for a flame to do so, correct...?

Also, while we're on the topic, would anyone happen to know what's causing that flame to flicker so rapidly? There seems to be no connection to wind or the air movement in the room, as the flame can do this when the room is perfectly still. Is there something in the wick that can cause a flame to act in that way?

Thanks in advance for any and all answers!

ETA: Thanks for the feedback! While I can now figure out on my own whether the first is plausible (which it most likely is), personal anecdotes are always welcome :) And I found the answer to the second one here. Thanks for the help!
Woman on Couch

Specialty Knots and slipping out of them

Hi everyone! 

I am writing a short fic that revolves around a military woman being tied up with a specialty knot(s) and she has to free herself. Can anyone help me learn more about specialty knots that might be used by military personnel and how a trained gal would free herself from them?

Sherlock Slate

Minimum Morphine Overdose for Euthanasia Plausible Self admin?

I Have tried googling "lethal dose of morphine" and "Minimum lethal dose" and "Minimum Morphine Overdose for Euthanasia" to little avail. Or rather to nothing I could understand what the hell they were saying, most of the googled pages popped up weird symbols and way varying numbers. (I also looked through the tags here and it appears under none of the tags I'd expect it to be under.)

I have a character who is six two (roughly) and at the time of the euthanasia has been wasting away from a cancer (so extremely low body weight for one his height). He has chronic pain and is feeling like he's losing his mind to some degree. He feels his suffering is being a burden on his loved ones, and so he wants to leave before he gets too bad. He is close friends with his doctor and doesn't want her to get in trouble so he is looking for a device to do it fairly quickly and such that it looks like he could have done it to himself as a sort of self administered accident. Oh yes and it is a modern time so the references I found to late 19th early 20th cen. availibility of morphine is not helpful. I don't need a specific dosage answer I'm realizing.

I guess the question I'm looking for answers to is, Is it plausible that a patient would be given a prescription for morphine that he could abuse to a lethal level? And would it be plausible for that patient to OD accidentally without any serious concerns/questions being voiced on his doctor, nurses or housemates?

Thanks in advance.

ETA: It Is set in America (I'm pretty sure. I highly doubt that's going to change) in really close to darn near today. (or within the last or next year or so) The Patient is in his private home. His doctor makes house calls and he Does NOT have a nurse in the house administering to him. He is fairly wealthy, and is not paying for this with insurance.