August 18th, 2008


Long and sultry space

It's been a long time since high school science and I'm blanking. Embarrassingly so.

Googled: planet rotation, axial tilt, sun angle, various combinations thereof.

Is it possible for a given region of a planet to have longer nights than days, all year round?

EDIT: I love you guys. I think I'm going to go with the "multiple sources of light/moon orbiting a planet" scenario—thanks for all the great ideas!
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Lovelife for the son of an MP?

Setting: London, Present Day
Searched: wikipedia (house of commons, also various members by name), googled (house of commons)

My MC is the son of a Member of the House of Commons, which I'm assuming would make him from an older, upper class family, quite proper and all that. His girlfriend is the daughter of a famous rock star, so she has money (they met at public school, she's now going to art school) but her family is of not upper class origins. (Which, actually are a bit difficult, as her father is an American, although he's lived in London since before she was born.) Not only that, but she is rather infamous, a unique dresser (mostly a mix of party dresses with punk accessories), has some tattoos, and also a tendency to wind up in the tabloids (often linked to various different guys) for being drunk and generally partying a bit too hard. How much resistance is my MC likely to get from his family, both as the son in an upper class family, and as the son of an MP (I believe that's the correct term?)?

Irish references

American here, so I'm not quite sure which word would work.

How would an Irish guy address an older woman whom he is trying to be kinda suave to? I had originally used the word "missus" (as in, "most assuredly, missus," like that), but I realize that probably wouldn't be appropriate, since it's not his missus.

Any ideas? He's sort of old fashioned-ish, but not old. Kinda mid-twenties. Oh, and this takes place in present day America.

Diseases/Conditions that cause tonic-clonic seizures

Setting: modern day America, eastern side of the mid-west

Scenario: There is a family, in which father is no longer present and hasn't been since shortly before the birth of the youngest child, ten years ago. Mom has Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP), and perpetrates on the youngest child; the middle children (a fraternal twin set), due to the attention given to their younger sibling--and the attention garner from the MSbP before their brother was born and while he was still very young; before they hit puberty--have begun to develop Hypochondriasis; the boy has been diagnosed and is being treated, but still displays a preoccupation under stress. The eldest child, Nico, is actually ill.

During one of their stints at the hospital, Nico gets into a fight with his mom. He's been having aura symptoms all day, particularly having inappropriate outbursts (which, of course, Nico's mother doesn't appreciate). Most of the doctors at the hospital don't think much of Nico behaving like this, because his family is ~*~crazy~*~. When he goes down to the cafeteria to get something to drink, he slips out of the aura--and then goes into a tonic-clonic seizure, which nobody responds to for a minute because his family is ~*~crazy~*~ and they think he just wants the attention (a guy who doesn't know him finally gets that he's having a seizure and drags one of the nurses over to, uh, do whatever it is you do with seizing people? I can figure that out later).

Question: I know that tonic-clonic seizures--that any seizure, really--can be induced due to elevated stress levels, hormonal imbalances, fatigue, and things of that sort. I also know that tonic-clonic seizures are (classically) a symptom of Epilepsy. Wikipedia offered some other epileptic and generalized seizure conditions, but none of them really seem to fit Nico's situation. Are there any other diseases/conditions that produce tonic-clonic seizures that may not have developed until this sudden onset?