April 12th, 2009

Death by appendicitis?

Oh, joy! Another death question. How long would it take for an otherwise healthy person (male, somewhere from 27 to 31 years old, if it matters) to develop symptoms bad enough to cause death?

I've searched google for time frames, but they don't seem to have the information I'm looking for, exactly. I need him to... wait at home for a ridiculous amount of time, and when somebody finally calls the ambulance on him, it's so far gone that he could concievably die. It would be cool if he could stay awake to rant incoherently at the paramedics, though if he'd most likely be passed out from pain by then, that's okay too.

I also want to know if doctors in the 80s would have always taken your appendix out even if it resolved itself without intervention (which happens sometimes, according to Wikipedia).

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The Empty Quarter

Time and Place: Real world here and now-
Searches:Empty Quarter. Rub al-Khali, + geology, desertification, history,

I found on reference to desertification in wikipedia- that it used to be easier to get across the Empty Quarter. But nothing substantive. The geology hits talk about it's formation and the shifts in the humidity of the region in Precambrian times.

What I want to know is- has it always be sand seas, or has it changed in human history?

This is one of those questions that result from following too many links while doing research.

Paternity/Maternity tests in kidnapping case, justifying parenthood without mother

So, I have a question.

Setting: A made up city somewhere in the East Coast, USA, 2009. The state can be ambiguous.

The Situation:

Character A and Character B have sex.

Nine months later Character B gives birth. Almost immediately afterwards, the baby is kidnapped. The kidnapping is widely publicized.

At the same time, Character A surfaces with a newborn baby.

Basically, what I want is this: An investigation into A's baby in connection with the kidnapping, but because A can provide a paternity test which proves he is the baby's father, the investigation is dropped.

What I don't want: is for A and B to be revealed as the parents. B herself is not going to speak up.

So, here are my questions: 1. Would a detective accept a paternity test provided by A's doctor? Would he insist on a maternity test as well, or would the paternity test be enough to discourage the investigation? (The investigation would have been seen as an extremely long shot to begin with--Character A and Character B both have such high profiles that any connection between them would look absurd. Probably what the detective would suspect to begin with is that A had been somehow set up, not actually guilty of kidnapping.)

2. How does A justify the sudden baby without producing a mother? Would claiming the mother hid her pregnancy and gave up her child be enough? Or should he claim it was an adoption publicly, but admit to the detective that he is the baby's father, but the mother was inappropriate--(implying a relative or something) so he hid the pregnancy for fear of scandal? A is both famous and old money wealthy, so this could work?

Sorry, I know this is really complicated, but I have no idea how to google this! Any help you can give me is extremely appreciated.
elegant lady

Italian pet names, nicknames and casual terms of endearment

Googled all of the above terms, got some great and useful hits but mostly lists of words with literal translations none of which really told me about the use of said words in context. So...

Say you have an Italian-American gent of the 1930's. He throws out some words now and then directed to a young lady who he finds at times both greatly annoying and amusing but there is no real romantic attraction involved in this relationship at the time. So the tone of these little pet names can be at times gently mocking, even contemptuous and exasperated but not necessarily hateful or mean-spirited. Think of how the hard-boiled noir detective might call the dame involved in his story something like " honey " or " sweetheart " or " darling " or " kid " and you'll get the tone I'm trying to go for.

some words I've mulled over for possibilities (and not sure of the translations/spelling please forgive my ignorance)

caro-my dear(?)
tresorino-little treasure
dolce mio-my sweet(?)

in addition to that, research seems to indicate that Italian pet names can be completely made up as well and I've also taken in consideration the fact that the region he hails from may have even more variations/independent terms to play with (he's Sardinian although this may change the more I work out his character)

so...in lieu of that information any other suggestions of names I could use? either in Italian or heck maybe even Sardinian for a little variety?

thanks in advance