Search attempts: googled 'violin exposure extreme temperatures' & its permutations
Hello! I have a question about a violin (takes place now, if that makes any difference) being exposed to extreme cold for a period of approximately 16 hours. Specifically, it would be in its case on a completely unheated train while the outside temperature is probably somewhere around zero Fahrenheit, possibly colder. If it makes a difference in figuring out what kind of case the violinist would own, she takes the violin on 3 hour round trip train ride once a week, although the train would usually be heated, and otherwise only travels with it rarely.
The websites I found about violin care mentioned exposure to humidity and temperature causing cracks or open seams, but they didn't mention how extreme the cold would have to be or for how long to cause this.
I know what I'm about to ask probably is common knowledge, but I honestly have got no experience with babies nor do I know anyone who does (except my mother of course, but she's not exactly available right now).
I'm looking for tricks you use to calm a baby. You know, when you've got a screaming, upset bundle squirming in your arms and you somehow want to calm it down. I'm sure parents have figured out a lot of awesome tricks they use. I want something that's creative and not so common. I mean obviously I could go for the bouncing on arm and singing a lullaby routine, but I was looking for something a little different, like, dunno, tickling the ear or so. Not sure if that works...
So, would anyone share their secret baby calming tricks with me? What worked really well with your baby?
Setting: Modern-day America Terms searched: none, since I'm looking for personal opinions/input
So, this is for a fanfic I'm planning in which Character was "magically" transported from his original fantasy world to good ol' Earth about oh, anywhere from three months to a year before this fic takes place (still trying to decide on the specific time frame). He's a very literary-minded fellow, so when he gets laid up with a pretty bad injury he decides it's a perfect opportunity to get acquainted with Earth-literature.
I was thinking that he's already read a couple of Shakespeare's plays and thumbed through some religious texts, but that's about it (he hasn't had much leisure time since he got to Earth, fighting bad guys and all XP).
My list of what he would read so far includes: Hemingway and the code hero/nada concept; Waiting for Godot/theatre of the absurd/existentialism in general; The Waste Land and The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock by T.S. Eliot; maybe Ayn Rand? But I was realizing that's a bit of a limited list as far as like, themes/literary movements goes.
So! Say this guy walks up to you and asks you for a list of the most famous/influential works/authors of all time. What would you suggest? Any genre or length is fine (I'm thinking there'll be a humorous part where he's trying to wrap his head around the Harry Potter phenomenon). Any country-of-origin is fine too, as long as there's been an English translation somewhere along the line. He's a good guy, though a little jaded and fairly melodramatic, if you think that matters at all.
I'm very curious to see what you guys will come up with. X3 Thanks in advance for any replies!
Edit: Golly, I went to watch Lost and when I came back a mini-explosion had occurred in my inbox. I've got some excellent ideas now, thanks everybody!