February 23rd, 2008

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Gemstones and jewellery (price and size)

I need to create a family heirloom, and I'm leaning towards jewellery. Ideally, a necklace, but a cameo/brooch/badge or even a hatpin would be fine.

The question: how big is $4 500 000 (contemporary USD) worth of rubies? At that price, would I have one large ruby, or several smaller ones? (Or several large ones?) If these rubies would be way too large to set comfortably in any of the aforementioned types of jewellery, would diamonds work better? Is there another gemstone I'm overlooking?

If it's important, the jewel(s) were set into a necklace (or what have you) circa 1916.
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Average reaction to a weird situation

This isn't a question that can really be Googled; I want to be able to make an educated guess as to what the average reaction to the situation would be, determine what the odds are that a given person would react under these conditions.

This won't affect the main characters; I've already worked out who they are, how they'd react, and what bits of their background would let them react the way they have. This is more for side bits on how random background characters are inclined to react, or comments on how the population as a whole is dealing with the situation.

Time: Now

Location: Worldwide, with a focus on first-world countries.
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Any reference about a "poison maiden"?


I'm working on a dissertation for university. The subject is the "poison maiden", a figure of young woman nourished with poison and therefore poisonous herself (I'm talking about either plant poison or snakes - or whatever). A common example is Poison Ivy (Batman's villainess).
Does anybody know any piece of art (preferably literature, but paintings and music are fine too) that contains this character (or any mention to it)? I can read Italian, Spanish, English, Latin, Ancient Greek and a bit of French, but German is okay too (in case I'll look for a translation). It can be anything from Ancient Greece to 19th century.

Here below I'm listing what I've already found:

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Thanks in advance for any help!

Fake Obituaries

Setting - UK, mid 1990s
Seaches done, fake obituaries, obituaries of none real people, obituary checks, obituary guidelines, obituary writing, obituary research

How likely is it that someone could get an obituary of a none-real person into a UK broadsheet newspaper? What kind of checks do editors do, would the person have to have proof the deceased was real before they published the obit? Also how long would it likely be before he was found out? This is set just before the internet and forums and dead pools and the like became popular so there were probably fewer people scanning the obituary sections and so news is less likely to spread quickly.

I know there have been cases were obits have been published of people who've not actually been dead but has one ever been published of a person who never existed.