July 7th, 2010


Turning While Riding Bareback

Hi, everyone - me again.  I hope I am not spamming this community.  Okay, I'm working on a bareback horse chase, using all of the great material I've gotten here, plus lots of YouTube and ask.com.  Here's a question that none of them seem to be able to answer:

The heroine is riding on the front of the horse, the hero behind her holding onto the leather strap around the horse's withers.  Would it be possible for her to turn completely around while riding, or would she have to dismount?  Assuming the hero does not get off the horse.

Thank you so much.  I've also tried Google "turning body while riding a horse,", "turning while riding a horse," "riding a horse backwards", but none of these have answered my questions.  They tend to be about stunt riding or turning the horse itself.

ETA: Question answered!  Thank you!

Vampire Feeding and Transfusion Questions

Back again folks, with a question that deviates from my previous vein (no pun intended). While I still do have some questions in my New Orleans thread here: http://community.livejournal.com/little_details/2710673.html#cutid1, I started reading some backdated posts here and found a thread relevant to my interests.

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Thanks again for all the help!

Edit: I'm considering the infected people using leeches as containers and the infected people alternating between them before the leeches can fully digest the blood, and glass containers. However, if I go with the 'glass container and anti-coagulant' method, I'd need a way to create suction between the wounded person's wound and the glass so the blood could be drawn in. Not everyone would have access to needles, especially outside heavily inhabited areas.

I'm also looking into blood storage methods that predated freezing them, but haven't been able to find much. What were they? How effective were they? How suitable was blood for use after it was stored with some of these methods? I know that these days when blood is frozen it's more complicated than sticking it into a freezer then thawing it back out later.

Also, how safe is it to feed from the brachial artery? How fast would bleeding out occur and how fast could it be controlled? Thanks again!

Guard schedule on POW guard duty

First of all: Thanks to everyone who answered my questions regarding USAF reservists. You were a great help, all of you!

Now, today's question:

Time period: present day
Question: What's the usual protocoll for changing guards on prison duty (i.e. there's a prisoner of war who needs 24/7 guards in front of his door and during interrogations)? Is there a general schedule that's used in all military installations (i.e. every 3 hours for example) or is that left to the CO's judgment?

Previous research including search words like prison guard duty, change of guard etc. only revealed either statements that were too general or were only about how to go about guard duty, not about schedules. I'd be very happy if someone could help me out here :)
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Physical Impact of Holding Arms Up

I am writing a romantic suspense novel set here and now. I have used my Google fu, but most of the results involved bondage or restraints, and that is not the case here. I think that this is more of a personal experience thing and I believe that this community has a lot of folks with a lot of interesting experience.

I am trying to find out if I am correct about the physical impact on a relatively healthy 30-something male of holding his arms up for a long while without restraints. Translate a long while to an hour or more. He is simply being forced to "keep his hands up" and not to move them (hands or arms). The penalty for lowering them is, basically, death.

I looked up "holding hands above head" "holding arms up" on Google (oddly, I got alot about pregnant women worrying about strangling the baby) and I looked at bondage sites. I did get this: "Keeping the hand(s) above the level of the heart during work or sleep can prevent appropriate blood perfusion of the hands, and cause numbness, tingling or partial paralysis of the hand(s) within few minutes."

My assumptions are that (1) the shoulders, neck, and upper back would begin to ache, then really hurt, then be agonizing, (2) shrugging the shoulders a bit might help, but not for long, (3) the arms and hands would go numb no matter how hard he tried to keep them from going numb, (4) once he was allowed to put them down it would take a while to regain sensation, and (5) even after he could feel them, his arms would be weak for a while. I don't think any permanent damage would result without restraints, but I may be wrong.

Thanks in advance for any help.