July 14th, 2008

removing a bullet

Couldn't find anything on this in the memories.

I have a pair of characters in 18th century technology setting, and one has been shot in the shoulder by a musket. I intend it to be a relatively non-lethal wound, but the other character needs to remove the musket ball without any access to medical equipment or doctors. She'd boiled water to sterilize the pair of needle nosed pliers she's found, I just need to know if there's anything crucially important she would need to know about removing a bullet. The character who's been shot would likely know, and tell her if there is, but as is, I've got him saying, no, it's pretty straightforward, just get it out as gently as you can.

I mostly just want to check if I'm missing something that completely blows the believability of this scene, because it's an important scene.

Edit: it's a fantasy world, so no fuss about historical accuracy of sanitization methods; just that approxmate level of technology. The guy was shot escaping from military barracks, and the distance the shot was fired at is fairly ambiguous, and not critically important to the story. They are hiding now in someone's appartment while they're not home, and the guy's a woodworker, and has a shop in an adjoined room. Pliers was the first thing I could think of that would likely be in there that would be useful. There's silverware in the drawers too, so she could use a butter knife as a probe if there's not likely to be anything better in the shop.

Killing a character: impalement

Hi.  Uhm, this is my first post here, and what better way to start off with than a little bit of murder?
I've scoured the archives here for something that could answer my question.  Google answered "impalement" and its synonyms with mostly historical accounts or wonderful happy stories of saving people from death by impalement.  Wikipedia was helpful.  I looked up impalement itself, and then just sort of went through everything I could think of, from torture killing to Christian martyrs.
For the bit about the fence, Wiki was unhelpful, and I'm unsure how to Google it.  Everything I tried gave me people trying to sell me fences.

Anyway, the setting is a moderately sized, fictional city in Virginia, US.  The present.

On to questions?

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ETA: Got what I need.  Thanks again to everyone who helped!

Oklahoma crimes/disappearences in the 60s

Searched: crimes in 1961 +oklahoma; disappearences in 1961 +oklahoma; and incarnations of both with other dates in the early to mid 60s, with and without oklahoma attatched.

Scenerio: (for a Supernatural fanfic, guys; don't be hatin') Ellen is relating to Sam how she knew Mary, and it goes down basically like this: they were both little kids in the early to mid 60s (Ellen older than Mary, but only by a couple of years), there was a rash of SOME CRIMES OR DISAPPEARENCES OR SOMETHING, and Mary's older brother Joseph ended up protecting them from the THING that was causing the issues, leading to their vested interested in Mysterious Creepy Things and their eventual work as Hunters. And the rest is, uh, cool history with lots of salting and burning and lesbian sex craziness, until Mary met John in 1979, got herself knocked up, got herself married, got herself knocked up AGAIN, and then ended up pinned to the ceiling on fire.

Question: Since I know all the rest of my headcanon mythos for Ellen and Mary's combined backstory, my question is: Were there any consistent crimes/disappearances in the early/mid 60s that could be blamed on a supernatural beastie (though I suppose I could find a beastie to blame it on, even if it doesn't seem like there should be one)?

terms for male impotence/ED in the 1930s (United States)

If you were a young man in your 20s in the United States in the 1930s, how would you refer to your impotence/inability to achieve an erection? I mean, you wouldn't, really, because it's shameful and something not talked about, but was there some kind of slang/euphemism for it at all? Or was it just called "impotence?"

All I've been able to find, through various combinations of impotence + erectile dysfunction + 1930s + great depression (and your usual wiki lookup), are "treatments" (mostly folk lore and pseudoscience, back in the day, and it seems like surgery was just beginning to be explored as an option) and, like, one scientific paper.

I hope this request makes sense. Thanks!
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Latin Word for "Hybrid"

 So, I searched  the "freedict" translator and some other translator (which I couldn't find the actual site name for) for the Latin translation of the word "hybrid" (if there is one) and neither one could find one, so I'm a little stuck considering I speak no Latin (well, I can say a few phrases that most know, but nothing of actual use). So I'm asking if anyone knows or knows where I can find a fairly accurate Latin equivalent of the word "hybrid".

Um...setting for the story is a bit scattered location wise (it's mostly in the midwestern US, but also occurs for a chunk of the story on a vampire-controlled island [royal vampire family has a palace, and I wasn't going to put it in the US with everything else] that is uninhabited by humans), but the time is roughly modern-day (give or take a couple years).

Anything that basically means that the person is of mixed origins is fine, but hybrid is the only word in English that I thought of to describe it.

If you can help, thanks!


Werewolves in literature

Setting: Czech Republic, near future, urban fantasy
Terms googled: werewolves/ lycanthropy in literature, famous/ well known werewolf characters, and variations thereof

One of my characters - a werewolf, you might have guessed - is a secret agent. He's using plenty of aliases, all of them anagrams of the names of famous fictional werewolves (he's the kind of guy who considers something like this a brilliant idea). 

The problem: 
I've found so much material on this topic, but I'm currently having a hard time figuring out which of the characters and novels are quite well known (or, at least, not totally obscure), so that in the course of the story the antagonist could - based on the choice of pseudonyms - draw his assumptions about Mr.Secret Agent's true nature.
(The only characters I've come up with so far were Bisclavret from the 12th century poem, Terry Pratchett's Discworld werewolves and and Lupin from the Harry Potter -series. Yes, I'm an expert *le sigh*)

The big question:
So, to put it quite simple: which fictional characters pop into your mind when you think "werewolf"?

Any help would be highly appreciated! 

Edit: I guess, I have what I need now. Thank you so much, you have been incredibly helpful. Merci!