June 4th, 2007



google has provided no answers.
anyone know why the names john and jack can be interchangeable, especially when the man is of irish descent?
how that started, where it's most prevalent, any relevant information.

love with snarky sprinkles...
Sandra Bullock

'Returning illness'?

Time : 1980's
Fandom : Harry Potter.

What would be a possible illness/disease that would suddenly pop up, make person seriously suffer for an extended length of time, only to 'go away', and to come back after a considerable amount of time? (Let's say, oh, over ten, twenty years.)

Cancer and variants thereof are a definite option, however, that isn't the way I'm willing to go. Does anyone have any idea? Character in question is a 17 year old boy (and no, it's not Harry Potter himself.) who is from 1986, to be precise.

I'm pretty much scratching my head at this one, really.

Googled: returning illnesses, recurring illnesses. My English vocabulary is severely lacking.

The life of a mobster daughter

What: Poor looking "apartment buildings"
When: 1935 - 1949
Where: New York City ('The mafia installed/ poor side of town' AKA Little Italy and the alike)
Searched for:
                        Google:  Little Italy, New York / Apartments of 1940
                        Corbis.Com: Poor, New York City / Apartments B/W 

I have a teenage girl growing up in a heavily mafia populated part of the city. I was thinking of a old apartment building/ hotel being the living quaters for the several familys that live in the area. (All of Ukranian/Russian decent) I'm just not sure how old the rooms would be , how many rooms etc. Since they would be quite old, what would be problems with the building? (Water leaks, Paint chipping etc.)

Regency/early American warehouse construction, esp. doors, locks

In particular, doors. What kinds of doors and locks did warehouses have, around the Regency and/or early American period?
How old are sliding doors?

I've googled on warehouse doors and regency warehouse doors and sliding doors (and got a lot of movie hits on that one), and historic warehouse doors... Historic warehouse got me some interesting stuff, but nothing about doors that I could find.

EDIT: Yes, I hit Wikipedia's entry on "door." No, it didn't seem to help unless I skimmed over some really relevant sentence, hidden somewhere. O:(


EDIT2: Looks like sliding tracks, on barns at least, show up around 1850. Now to research that lock-link.

Bow and arrow, shooting to kill and injuries therein?

Setting: Fantasy, loosely based on 1400s in an area resembling Croatia.
Searched variations on: archer, "shoot to kill", non-fatal wound to neck, bow and arrow, bow hunting, recurve bows, arrow wounds, ancient medicine,

I've managed to track down almost everything I need for this, but this last bit is eluding me.

What would a mounted bowman aim for if he wants to instantly kill a stationary mounted man?

To give you some background:

My hero is sitting on a horse. He has a sword, which isn't drawn but is wearing no armor. Three soldiers are watching him, also on horseback but only one has a bow (short, recurve bow). They've told him to disarm. He tries to draw the sword because he doesn't see that one of the soldiers on the sides has a bow. (Either side will work.) They are about fifteen feet away.

I thought the archer would aim for head. I plan on having the archer miss, but in order to figure out where he'd plausibly hit at that distance, I need to figure out what he'd aim for.

For bonus points--
From this, my hero needs a wound that is life-threatening if untreated, but something from which he can recover if treated. And the treatment needs to be something that his wife can provide in the middle of the woods. She has something like an ancient greek medical kit. I would prefer for his speech to be impaired severely after this, but can work around it.

Edited to add: Sorry, I didn't think this was needed, but I should clarify that this fantasy world uses a magic system in which the closer a sorceror is to death, the more power he has. So, when facing My Hero the soldiers want the fastest, surest kill possible. When the archer misses, he has seriously screwed up by giving My Hero the power to toast all of them.

As always, thanks for your help.

Abdominal lacerations, ICU/Surgery procedure

Set 2 years in the future.

The character in my story suffers from extensive injuries such as abdominal lacerations, deep and some shallow, injury to the kidneys from being kicked in that region, broken wrist and nose, and fractured ribs.

I tried googling "abdominal lacerations, blood loss and ICU", but nothing helpful came up.

I have a few questions...

1. With all those injuries, would there be internal bleeding? If so, how much?

2. Are the injuries bad enough for the patient to be placed in ICU, or just a regular room to recover?

3. After losing so much blood, mostly before arriving at the hospital, would the patient need to be placed on a breathing machine?