January 6th, 2010

Question about post-mortem bruising

Hey all :) New member here (a friend very kindly referred me to this comm, and it looks brilliant for fiction writers!)

Anyway here's my question. 

Setting is present day. My character's been performing a lengthy heart massage on a man (but it failed and he didn't survive). Question is, would bruises from the heart massage appear on his chest, post-mortem?

I've been looking it up all around google and all I could find is answers that don't reassure me fully:

One source says that bruises can appear post-mortem (apparently a body that had drowned had a bruise appear on its forearm from being grabbed out of the water).
Another source says that post-mortem bruise needs great force to appear, so I'm wondering if a heart massage would be enough to make bruising appear. But since the other website seems to say that grabbing someone out of the water created post-mortem bruising... I don't know what to think any more.

So um... help? Please? :)

Pregnancy After 50

Search terms: Pregnancy after 50, women in fifties pregnant, conceiving in the fifties
Setting: Wisteria Lane, 2015

Situation: The character is fifty-three years old. I've looked it up, and there are women who have conceived naturally in their fifties. How likely is it for the fifty-three year old to get pregnant? In canon, there's a pregnant forty-nine year old, so I was wondering about the possibility of the fifty-three year old getting pregnant naturally.

I know there a lot of risks (That I'm thinking of using) in pregnancies for women in their forties and fifties, but I'm hoping the woman can go full term. Would that be possible?

Thank you in advance!

Bad Roman Epic Poem

When I was at university, my lecturer mentioned a Roman epic poem that was pretty much the worst surviving piece of classical literature and hilariously bad. I can't for the life of me remember the author or the title, I think it was some sort of attempt at a heroic pastoral, but don't count on that. All my googling for "roman epic" "bad" etc just gives me essays about morality in the Aeneid and so on. Does anyone have any idea what the poem I'm thinking of is?
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Commonality of casket locks

Setting: Modern day North America
Googled: "casket lock" "casket lock how common"

This is more of a personal-experience question than anything. I've got two characters temporarily trapped in a casket and am trying to figure out the likelihood of a lock mishap being the cause of their confinement. How common are locks on caskets in North America, and is it at all likely they would snap closed on their own if the lid slammed down?