December 20th, 2008

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Business crisis; having to work on a holiday

ETA: Wow, so many awesome replies! I definately got what I needed, now it's just a matter of deciding which idea to go with *laughs* I'm planning on replying to each and every one of you, but it'll have to wait -- the story I'm writing is due tomorrow, and I need to writewritewrite like crazy (not to mention the RL stuff I have lined up to do, argh). So yeah, please don't think I'm not appreciative of your help if it takes me a day or two to reply to you personally!

Question: What kind of sudden work crisis would make a businessman have to go to the office on New Year's Eve, and be stuck there for around six hours?

...And before someone asks "What kind of businessman?", I'm embarrassed to admit that I have no clue. It's not really important to the story; I just need to get rid of the character for plot stuff to happen. He needs to be fairly elite though, just not the boss/owner/whatever. Maybe the chief financial officer, or a close subordinate thereof...?

Setting: Present day USA. When it comes to which state, I -- again -- have no clue. Doesn't really matter, as long as there's snow during winter.

Search terms: Various combinations with the words "businessmen", "crisis", "problem", "office troubles", and so on. It strikes me as being the kind of thing you can't really google, though :\

Thanks in advance for any ideas and/or experience you might have, and sorry for being so vague!

Effects of sitting still for hours?

Setting: Medievalesque fantasy world

Googled: sitting still + physical effects, immobile, motionless, not moving, side effects, many variations and combinations thereof. The only thing I found remotely useful was about blood clots in the legs from sitting on long airplane trips; most articles on sitting too long assume you're doing it more than once, like at the office, and anyway you can get up to walk around. I also tried to find survival stories, but the only ones I found involving being stuck somewhere had to do with animals, or it seemed the person in question was able to move around where they were stuck.

Question: I have a couple of teenagers who fall into a river gorge and end up stuck on a pretty narrow outcropping for something like 13-15 hours before they're rescued. They aren't going to try to move much to avoid falling further, though they can probably shift around a bit, so it's not total immobilization.

Apart from the injuries from falling, I figured they would have some stiff muscles from not moving, but would there be any other obvious immediate problems they might have coming from being stuck? They're both in fairly good shape before this happens (and have some water with them to avoid dehydration). They're stuck during the afternoon until near midnight, and it's early fall.

Alternately, if anyone knows of better Google search terms for this, I'd really appreciate it.

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Police at music festivals

Hey guys!

Previous searches: police at music festivals, police at rock against racism, police presence at music festivals.

London, 1976-77

Question: I'm wondering how many police might show up at three music festivals that occur in my novel. They occur in 1976 and 1977. At the first festival, it's very new bands, just known in London, and an audience of about 20,000. The second one has a crowd of 45,000, and the bands are now known throughout England. The third one has 75,000, and the bands are now just beginning to be known in France, Germany, and NYC. The bands are very rebellious punk bands, so there's a very deep suspicion and dislike of them in England. Also, the second festival has a theme of anti-racism, anti-National Front, and anti-Nazis.

I hope this is enough info. Thanks!

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Resource: fashion

iI found through StumbleUpon. So far I've only browsed the 1920s section, which has brief summaries of fashion developments during the period and some images from things like McCall's patterns. It looks like it could be useful for people trying to get a basic idea of what their characters might have worn.

(Especially the women.)
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Police questions: old unsolved cases and processing a death by sudden heart attack

Two scenarios.

Location: Modern Pacific Northwest, small mountain town northeast of Seattle.

A 34-year-old groundskeeper returns after a regularly-scheduled night of sociable drinking at the local bar to find the sole resident of the house, a very old woman, dead in the front garden area without a mark on her. He calls 911. The paramedics arrive on the scene, pronounce her dead, and the police arrive shortly after.

What happens then?

How quick would they be to exonerate our groundskeeper of suspicion? She died of a heart attack while walking in the garden at night, which was a little bit unusual for her, but not unheard of. There is no evidence of foul play of any kind. I am assuming there would be an autopsy. Would our groundskeeper be detained or questioned? How painful are they going to make this process for him?

Factors: She was very, very old, but still pretty vigorous. She had recently been complaining to her groundskeeper of intermittent chest pains/heartburn, but had not seen a doctor of any kind in at least thirty years and thus has no known GP. Her nearest kin are in London.

Her groundskeeper is an ex-con who served jail time in for sexual assault ten years ago in a different state, but who is not a troublemaker now, and keeps a very low profile. He does not habitually overindulge, and is not over the legal limit to drive when he returns to the manor. He would have been in an obvious state of distress when the authorities arrived, as he was quite upset about the woman's death -- they were good friends. He would not profit from her murder in any way. In fact, it puts him in a pretty bad situation.

Location: Same time, same place, details below.

Second, a series of ritual-type murders committed 77 years ago remain unsolved. A police lieutenant specializing in bizarre/occult cases believes they have a direct connection to both the old woman's death and an assault that took place on a young man currently in the care of the heiress. Our lieutenant is going to share details of these cases with the heiress, including photos, files, everything. He has reason to believe she may be able to help him solve the cases. The heiress is known to him by reputation, and trusted. Would he be breaking rules to share these case files with her?

Given that these were clearly murders, but the murderer was never found, would these cases be considered open, closed, unsolved, cold, what? I'm not sure how these things are classified.

Please forgive me. I have tried Googling what I can think of re: heart attack, cardiac arrest, cardiac death, explained, sudden, etc., and I've tried adding things like police procedure but I don't get much that tells me anything about what would happen to the person who called it in, or how suspicion is assigned. I may simply be using the wrong terms. For the latter, I really have no idea what terms to search under to find out how a case like that would be classified, and whether sharing details would be against the rules.
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Japanese Urban Legends and the Equivalent of the Bogeyman

Hey guys!

Okay, the time line is current, and the place is New York.

What I need is a some kind of Japanese Bogeyman. The story is basically about four young siblings studying to be ninjas and something starts trying to lure one away. I don't know, just something or a creature that would lure children away to eat them, possess them, etc. Any suggestions would be appreciated.