January 29th, 2008

What would you find in an autopsy room?

I'm currently participating in an RP where a couple characters are scrounging through an autopsy room for equipment and possible weapons. I've looked through a few websites to try and figure out the layout and supplies in the room (Google + various combinations of autopsy, equipment, tools, room), and I'm sure it's a safe bet to find scalpels, bone saws, shears...

What else would there normally be in an autopsy room? Would there be extra equipment stored in cupboards? Anything to stab six-foot spiders with?

(The setting generally has just barely outdated technology, though there's no set year. I'm guessing anything from 1990's onward is fair game to find?)

ETA: The spiders were just an example. XD;; There don't seem to be any monsters in the room with us~ I'm looking more for things the characters could pick up and carry away.

Transporting Bodies From Home

Hello, all! This may seem like a bit of an odd question, but does anyone know the protocol, as it were, for removing a dead body from the person's home for transport to a morgue? My female MC is far enough in a coma that she appears to be dead, and needs to be removed from her home. My other MC and his father, both doctors, have come back to her home in order to take her back with him to his medical practice (and then proceed to smuggle her out of the city), but I don't know how exactly this would be accomplished. I've googled "moving bodies" (which got me some interesting stuff on reanimated corpses...), "corpse transfer protocol", "body removal", "body removal+paramedic", and "body transport", but I haven't really been able to find anything. Can anyone help?

The story takes place in the mid-1920s in New Orleans, for the record. Thanks!

(Also, I have no idea how to tag this. Mods...?)

ETA - I mean more along the lines of how exactly she'd be taken from her bed and out of the house. Picked up and carried, stretchers...?

ETA2 - Brilliant! I'll be going with the wrap-in-sheets+put-on-stretcher method, probably before dawn to minimize neighborly exposure. Thanks so much, everyone! =)

Police cars?

This is for a play I'm writing that's set in mid-1950's America. My question is: what year/decade did American police cars start using the red & blue flashing lights and/or the sirens?

I've tried Googling several things to come up with the answer, and checked the Wikipedia page on police cars, but couldn't find anything. Any help anyone could give would be fantastic ^_^

Thanks in advance!

Forgotten book title and lost image of building.

I have two unrelated queries that I hope you can help with.

The first is a book title and author, where I can only remember a plot outline. It was set before WW1 or WW2. Two men, one English, the other German had been at school together and were so similar as to be mistaken for each other. Later they meet in East Africa and go on safari together, but only one returns saying the other had died and been buried out in the bush. The one who returned claims to be English, but is he? No-one is sure, he could be a German spy.

I know it was serialised on Woman's Hour getting on for 20 years ago.

Edit The book has been recognised. The Great Impersonation by E Phillips Oppenheim.

I've tried googling for Woman's Hour serials, but nothing useful has come up.

The second query is about a building. Last year I saw a picture in a book of a building that had been designed to look as if it was falling down. It was brick built and I believe it was a store in Florida, or at least South East USA. It had been built to look as if one corner had collapsed and all the fallen bricks had made a heap next to it. It was a striking piece of modern architecture and I don't remember which book I saw it in. If anyone recognises the description can they tell me where it is and who designed it.

I have googled images of modern architecture, Florida, buildings, store and bricks in various combinations.