September 11th, 2008

Analgesic herb that induces sleep

Googled: analgesic herb, herbal analgesics, herbal painkiller, natural painkiller, herbal sedative
little_details tags: medicine: knockin' em out, medicine: premodern, medicine: historical

It's 1700 or before, in some vague Caucasian-dominated setting, and Rapunzel's mama has aching bones. She needs something for pain relief she could put in her tea--preferably something she could grow in her garden, or at least something found in the marsh at the base of the tower. The catch is, it needs to be strong enough for Rapunzel to sneak extra doses into mama's tea and knock her out.

I have found a lot of natural remedies that seem to be too wussy to knock anyone out (willow bark, skullcap, etc.), and while Valerian seems strong enough, it doesn't appear to have been used for anything BUT knocking people out. They don't have a lot of room in their garden, so they're only going to grow things they specifically need.

Any suggestions?



...If I can't find a drug that's properly strong enough to induce sleep, I'll need to make up a name. If you can't think of an herb that fits my requirements, feel free to throw me some cool-sounding -wort names that aren't taken yet! ;)
Obsession

When did the children's book "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" become popular?

Does anyone know (or remember!) approximately what year kids began reading the book "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" in school? And what age kids it was being assigned to? I know the book came out in '77, but I don't know if it immediately caught on with the scholastic set. I need to know if a (reasonably precocious; she could've skipped a grade) kid somewhere between 8 and 11 would have been familiar with the book any time between May of 1979 and December of 1982.

Things I Tried
Googled various combinations of "Thousand Paper Cranes" / Sadako / school / kids / children / read / teach OR taught / book
Googled "Sadako" OR "Thousand Paper Cranes" in livejournal.com only, hoping to get something from one of the book, reading, or education comms.
Did a "Find on Page" search of Amazon reviews for "school", "7" (thinking someone might have mentioned reading it in the '70s), and "elementary" (the age my character would be when she reads the book, if it fact it was being read in schools in the late '70s/early '80s), and checked the profiles of the few people who mentioned reading it when they were the right age to see how old they were in the right time frame (one is about ten years too young, one wrote as a guest, and the third, I can't find any age info for). I also did the math for the two people who mentioned in their review how old they are; they also were both too young.

Thanks to anyone who can help!

Edited to add that the book doesn't actually have to have been "assigned", as it were. I'm more interested in just whether or not a kid would be familiar with it. So if your teacher read it to you, or it was in the school library, or even on display at your local public library, that would all be fine. :-)
dean writes

Visual memory/spatial memory

Is there a term for the ability to know where a line of text would be on a page? This would not be "photographic memory" - instant and accurate recall of the line - but rather, more along the lines of "I know the line was on a left-hand page, in the top quarter of the page."

I've Googled "visual memory," "spatial memory," "text," "page," and combinations thereof. I also found pages where people mentioned they had this ability ("where is text on a page?") but no one used a term for this ability.

Thanks!
keyword-32

Words used by an army colonel in WW1


Not entirely sure how to phrase this question...

This character is was (and sort of still is) an army colonel in the first world war (from either England or America).

Would he be on the battlefield, and what would he be doing?
More importantly: what kind of stuff would he be saying on the battlefield? What sounds would he associate with it? And what phrases would he be likely to yell out at someone?

I don't need him to say (or hear) anything specific. I just need a whole bunch of noises and sentences that would be associated with the army in world war one, so that someone hearing them might be able to recognise where they're from.
Actually, stuff said in training, or in the barracks (are they barracks?) would be just as helpful.


...hopefully that makes some kind of sense.