1) How common is it for Japanese people to give blood? What percentage of the population, for example?
2) What is the minimum age for giving blood in Japan?
3) I've discovered that different countries have different rules about time periods about donations. What is the minimum amount of time allowed between whole blood donations in Japan?
4) What incentives are Japanese people given to donate blood?
5) What sort of places would blood donations be taken in. For instance, here in the UK you get collections taking place at churches, nightclubs (during the day, of course), football stadiums and hotel conference rooms, among other places.
6) Is there any kind of donor card that has to be shown or personal donor number that has to be quoted in order for a repeat donor's record to be accessed?
Research: Wikipedia article on blood donation, google 'blood donation japan'. Found several sites in painful Engrish and the English language Japanese Red Cross site, none of which were helpful.
It's about 1810 or 1820. Our Balkan baron has traveled to an inn at the top of a mountain pass somewhere in what used to be Thrace. In my writer's original text, the staff is described as annually vacating the place "when the first snow flies." Does this make economic sense? Or would at least some of them stick around doing maintenance? And where would the rest of them go?
Would it make a difference that there are bandit bands in the area, facilitated by the local populations' dislike of their Turkish overlords? Seems to me that abandoned buildings are an irresistible invitation for a band to break in and behave like pirates on shore leave. Even if they need to stay on good terms with their neighbors, said neighbors might not be certain WHICH band did the depredations . . .
Related: Is it plausible that the pass becomes impassible? The northern part of Thrace is southern Bulgaria, and there are Alps in the northern part of that country . . .
I have very little idea how to start on this. I'm willing to do research, but at this point my websearches have floundered uselessly, so I'm investing time in composing this query rather than continuing to flounder. Helpful suggestions on how to get info myself will be gratefully accepted. Not that I'm going to turn down prepackaged info, either!
I hope this query is nevertheless acceptable for this site.
Setting: Modern day
What's the record for the most criminals killed by a female law enforcement officer in the United States? I'm working on a Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal fic and figured it would be best to find out just how many kills it takes to make it to Guinness - the six canonically specified don't seem like enough.
My Google-fu is weak on this, I'm sad to say, as the closest I've been able to find is the record for kills by a female sniper, which is a different kettle of fish entirely.
The mountains that hold up the sky on the Eastern horizon are called the Bakhu, as opposed to the Western Manu. I'm having not much luck trying to find the hieroglyphics for the Bakhu though, and I'm wondering if that's because it would just be an alternate pronunciation for Djew/Akhet, which is 'mountain' and 'horizon' or if it should be modified with the hieroglyph for the East? When I try image-searches on 'Bakhu', I only end up the Djew hieroglyph, sometimes modified with a sun-disk nestled in the valley, which I think is a way to define it more specifically as Akhet rather than Djew. Is there anyone who can help me out here?
Alright, I'm at my wits end here.
I've got a story idea that might go nowhere, but I'm working on it anyway. It takes place primarily in modern day New York City (I might move it to Washington DC, which I am more familiar with, but I believe NYC has a larger collection of Egyptian artifacts..?) but there's flashbacks to the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.
Several of the characters are, in fact, mummies. I need to come up with both ancient Egyptian and modern-day Arabic names for them. I like my names to be symbolism-heavy, but I don't know if that's culturally accurate for ancient Egyptians or not (I know they believed that names have power, but I don't know if they gave symbolic names). Even if it isn't, I know that they've both changed their names over the centuries - they have original names, but they also have names they use. In truth, their original names can mean anything, but I need them to have symbolic use-names.
One character was an architect, the other a scribe; both were in direct line to the throne though separated by a number of degrees (cousins to the royal line). They are brothers; the architect is older, the scribe is younger.
The architect has a name he uses in the modern day that should mean, essentially "No-name" or "Nameless." If there is an Arabic equivalent of this that wouldn't sound too terribly obvious to a native speaker (ie, not like having an American who is literally named "no-name", but instead something analogous to the name "Nemo."), I'd like to know it as well. "Wanderer" or "Lost-one" also work equally well.
Both of the scribe's names should mean 'snake'. They should be slightly sinister, but not overtly so; ie, his Egyptian name shouldn't be something like Apep (which would make any person even remotely interested in Egyptian mythology go "Wait what?") and his Arabic name shouldn't be an overt reference to, say, the serpent in the garden of Eden; but neither should he be named for a protector goddess or something.
... hopefully that all made sense.
Things that I've searched for via Google and Wikipedia: English-to-ancient Egyptian dictionaries via Google, ancient Egyptian language, ancient Egyptian names, Arabic names, Arabic to English dictionary, word for 'snake' in ancient Egyptian, 'snake' in Ancient Egyptian, and various combination thereof.
... did this even make sense? Man I think I TL;DR'd again.