January 1st, 2009


Title question

I'm writing a short story tentatively called "Snap, Crackle, Pop." The title is a pun, because the main character's father has a strange psychotic episode in the events of the story. Can I use that title, or would it be some kind of infringement of the slogan for Kellogg's Rice Krispies? I have no idea how to Google this question.

Also, another Google-fu failure: If the main character's father had only two psychotic episodes in his entire life, separated by 18 years, and his second episode caused him to create a bizarre but essentially harmless scene in a large toy store (details - as hilarious as they are - would be spoilers, but let's just say the cops show up to find out what the fuss is about, and the man's wife and daughter are there about a minute later), would he be in any danger of being institutionalized, if even just overnight? Or would his wife be able to take him home? Also bear in mind that this man is drunk, for the first time in his life. And his first incident was even tamer than the second one was (talking to street signs, etc).

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: The story takes place in Iowa, in the US.

EDIT the second: Got my answers, thanks everyone! :-)
take shelter
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Haydn waltz

search terms: various combinations of haydn, waltz, walk out, leave, and nicolas

I swear there's a waltz written by Haydn where the instruments drop out, one by one, allowing the players to leave. I think a protest against something Nicolas II did was involved. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

edit Got it, thanks guys. Problem was I was searching for a waltz when it was a symphony.

Pre-Linnean animal names

I am looking for a list of pre-Linnean names for various animals and birds, to be precise the classical latin names for these animals. It's actually quite hard to find this since any search for latin names gives you the Linnean names. I am particularly interested in the term for the white-throated dipper, Cinclus Cinclus in Linnean terms.
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1920s Treatment/Education of the Blind

Hello, everyone! I am at my wit's end at trying to find resources for this topic.

I'm looking for the history of the general treatment and education of blind children in America, specifically in the 1920s and the decades leading up to it. I know that the white canes didn't come into use in the States until the 1930s, and that's as far as I've gotten. Most of the educational institutions I found weren't founded until decades after the 20s.

When it comes to treatment, I'm interested in the perception of the blind in society, any possibly employment opportunities, or whether or not it was common to institutionalize them in that decade. As for education, I'm interested in methods, options, and chances for blind children to be education outside of the home environment. Was the teaching and usage of Braille common?

I've tried googling various phrases using 'blind history,' 'blindness 1920s,' 'education of the blind,' and other various similar phrases with little success, and the same goes for Wikipedia. I've kicked around JSTOR using the same mixture of phrases with even less success. I've tried looking for books on the general subject through the local library, but I haven't dug up much so far.