April 30th, 2007


Drug that is administered easily and knocks out a grown man instantly

Setting: present time, USA.
Searches run: I've tried googling for "drugs injected act instantly" and "drug inject knock out" and so forth, but none of these searches really bore any fruits. I've leafed through Wikipedia, too, but I don't really know what to look for exactly. I found a link to an article to Straight Dope, but that only covered whether it's possible at all to knock someone out quickly which I know it can from experience ^^;.

My character is a doctor who is allowed to practice medicine in the US. In my story, he needs to knock out a character who is a friend which means that he'll be able to get close to this person and doesn't need to overpower him or anything. I want a fast acting drug that will manage to knock a grown man out instantly. Basically like chloroform is usually used in fiction. I seem to remember reading somewhere that chloroform doesn't actually work like that.

Right now I'm thinking along the lines of injecting something either into the arm or maybe intravenously into the jugular or so. To have it fast acting it would have to be IV, no? Would that work, if we simply assume he manages to administer it in this way. Inhaling would be okay, too, if that exists. Since the character is a doctor and doesn't mind forging signatures or so in case he wouldn't be able to fill the script for himself, it should be possible for him to grab the substance from a pharmacy, wouldn't he? I'm willing to bend reality to a certain extent to make it work. I just want a drug and a way to administer it that would work. I hate dicking around with vague terms that shows I have no idea what kind of drug he's actually using.

Thanks in advance!

Scottish colloquialism, maybe?

Or at least a niftier dialected way of saying something.

Is there a way that a native highland Scotsman might tell someone they "look like hell" without using those exact words? I'm sorry if this question might offend but my character is Scots and though I've been learning the dialect to help me write, I don't know how I'd look that up in any of my glossaries/dictionaries.

So far I've looked at these two "dictionaries" as well as a google search for "you look like hell" scots dialect which came up with nothing.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Moving from US state to another US state

I'm not sure how to google these two questions. I tried but... nothing useful. :-\

-When you move from one US state to another (namely New York to California), what are some things required to change? For example... do you need to register your car for that state, or is having your car registered in a state not of your residence okay?

-What sort of job can require relocation? I know military, but that doesn't quite fit into the story. Again... a New York to California move would be ideal. But if you can't think of one to fit that criteria, just throw out ones you know. I can always mold my story into another location :-)

(Hope these made sense. I greatly appreciate this!) Also, it doesn't matter what area of New York they're from, but I'd really rather them move to Northern California (the San Francisco Bay Area)

Edit: I googled things such as "residence changes," "moving between states," "documents required when moving," "moving stress," and things like that for the first (though not in quotation marks). For the second I tried things like "jobs requiring relocation," "job may require relocation," "job relocation" and the like (again, not in quotation marks)
Film - The Old Guard

Location of the Director of the CIA's office

This is probably too specific and/or shady, but I'm working on a fic involving the CIA headquarters, and I was wondering, where would the Director's office be, more or less? I'm looking for a reasonable title for the wing that it's in, or whatever (like, my character see a hallway with a sign over it, and that's where his office is). Weird question, I know, but please help! :)

EDIT: I looked all over cia.gov and Wiki, and did "layout of CIA headquarters" and stuff like that on Google, but nothing was really specific enough. (And sorry if I submitted this a dozen times; I was having internet issues.)
Tasty as a Cupcake

Is it possible for a poison to work like this?

Hello everyone, I am once again at your mercy.

I need a poison with a particular property, and I don't know how to look it up. The story is set on another planet, so it doesn't have to be a poison found on Earth, but I need particular and plausible effects.

Basically, our poor hero gets hit with a poison-tipped arrow, and it... Does something really bad to him. He's hovering near death for a few days (at least two, but I'm easy), then he appears to be recovering, and well enough so that he's allowed to go home (or at least leave his hospital room for awhile--again, I'm easy). But then he has a relapse, and this time he's definitely on the way out.

Again, I don't need an actual, existing poison, but I need a plausible way that some kind of toxic substance could work like this. I'm willing to go with a virus or possibly a bacteria if I have to, but I need the doc to be able to tell the other concerned characters why s/he missed the fact that the hero hadn't actually gotten farther away from Death's door than the welcome mat, although he seemed to be on the mend.

Any help with this would be great! Thank you.

Edit: You guys ROCK! I have many possibilities now, ranging from poison-mushroom-like toxins to effects similar to a drug overdose, to radioactive arrowheads to vicious parasites! The poor hero is doomed, and I am so happy! Thank you!