October 19th, 2009

Cas: Epic

Quick, Fatal Abdominal Stab Wound

Location- America, in a dark alley surrounded by federal agents
Time- Now/Current

Hey, me again with another question. About Stab Wounds to the abdomen. I'm like a one trick pony. O_o

How do you quickly kill an adult male within a few minutes via a stab wound to the abdomen? I need the character to be dead before an ambulance could have a chance to arrive, but long enough to say his parting words. Thanks.

Googled: Abdomen, fatal, stab wounds, artery, death
robot rock

How long does it take to learn to use a gun?

Previous Googles/Research: "how long does it take to learn how to use a gun", "length of time" "learning how to use a gun", variants of that. I can only find tips on how to learn to use a gun.
Setting: Modern setting, fictional city

1. How long would it take to learn how to use a handgun? My character's an adult and not completely naive about them but he's never actually fired one before. He's quite perceptive and has good reflexes but I'm not really sure about the qualities that make someone good with a gun. I don't want him to be a perfect or even very good shot, just to be able to hit a target.

2. In your experience, what are the most difficult things about using a gun for the first time?

3. Lastly, he'd be learning from a colleague as opposed to learning from an instructor. Again, this person hasn't got perfect aim but he's quite good so how far would this effect him? If the person's not a bad teacher would it make any difference at all?

EDIT: Added Subject. Sorry, guys, I totally forgot.
fanfiction/fanart, eureka

Stanford University official mascot

I have a question for a Stargate Atlantis story, so the setting is present day, in the Stargate universe. I already tried Wikipedia, Stanford University's homepage, googled Stanford mascot, Stanford Cardinal and Stanford battle cry but didn't get any satisfying answers. So:

What's Stanford University's official mascot and are there any pictures? I know about the Stanford Tree but Wikipedia tells me it's the unofficial mascot with a pretty complicated history. I'd also like to know Stanford University's battle cry. It's not "Go Cardinals!", right? Is it "Go Stanford!"? I'd really appreciate your help with this :)

Old financial documents?

My NaNo idea this year is based on a lengthy nightmare I had a few months ago. It gave me a lot of the details, mostly in the beginning.

Setting: Though it doesn't have much to do with the topic itself, the setting is the US, modern day.

At one point my character is having an item appraised, and the antique dealer notices a hidden drawer filled with some sort of document. Whatever it is, he tells my main character that if there are more of them, they could be worth a lot of money.

This was a dream, so I'm not really sure if there is anything that would fit that description. But if anyone can help, I'm looking for some sort of old financial documents that would be used around the late 1800s in the United States. It has to be something that wouldn't be worth a whole lot on its own, but would suggest that there was something of value elsewhere. I don't know how that stuff works, really. Financial documents from the days before computers, I mean. Anyone have an idea?

Searches: I have no idea how to even search this sort of topic, so search ideas are helpful, too.

Edit: Just for clarification, the thing she finds doesn't have to be a document, but it has to make her want to search through an old attic. The antique is from her grandparents house, so she figures that would be the place to look. I thought a document would work best, since she would feel compelled to look through all of the old papers. But anything that would get her digging around in the attic might work. It just has to be something you could hide in a box or something like that.

ETA: I think I've found what I need! Thank you all for some great suggestions!