July 20th, 2010

trek: team

size of theme parks

This is a kinda stupid question, but I have a tendency to be terribly off about judging distance/space, so...

How much space (like in square miles) does a pretty big theme park take up? I tried googling a lot of info on the Universal Studios resorts and other places as examples, but I'm not coming up with anything.

Hogan's Alley

Hi I am writing a fan fic where two FBI agents have a rivalry going. It takes place between 2000 and 2005. One is a sniper and instructor with military combat experience. The other is a SAC with Fugitive recovery experience.

In said rivalry the sniper is up two for two. One game of darts and one suspect recovery (Did I mention the sniper was also a tracker?).

Anyway I figure the SAC's best chance to win anything would be at Quantico while participating in some exerciser/re-certification/training.

At the moment I have them participating in a training or re-certification (which ever if either fits RL in anyway) where they do one team scenario and one individual exercise.

The SAC's team scenario is a bank robbery gone bad. The individual exercise is clearing 3 buildings shooting bad guys and not getting killed.

I have no idea what to Google and am fairly certain I am not going to get the answers there anyway.


1. Would there be a situation where the SAC would be at Quantico and complete the above team scenario/ individually clear buildings? a. If so what kind of situations. b. are they graded and or given points. c. if graded/given points how are they assigned? d. are scores posted?

2. Does the FBI use situations that were scene as screw-ups to train with i.e. Waco (I am guessing yes.)

3. Could, knowing the sniper was on hand, the SAC request the sniper be on his team once he learns the scenario he's facing? I mean if he were in the field and said sniper (who gets around) were on hand he'd most likely check and see if he were available.  So I am wondering if he request the sniper in the exercise.

Edit for Clarity:  In responding to the second comment below I think think I stated the intent of my post more accurately and have pasted it here:

I am looking for more details on why my SAC (Don Eppes) would be at Quantico and what kind of training/re-certification he would be doing. I also am looking for how exercises are graded ie: time, shooting accuracy, tactical skill, successful conclusion. It would also be helpful to know how different grades are weighted. For example is tactical weighted more heavily than fine point accuracy. Time is a tricky thing and I would expect in a tactical exercise quickness could count for and against you. I hope this helps.

And forgive me for not saying it before but thank you in advance :)
Pizza where it says machine gun

Range of possible injuries when shot while wearing bulletproof armor

Setting is modern USA. My details are a little sketchy because I'm a long way off from writing this, and I'm looking to know what my plot options are after this event.

My victim is a woman in her late thirties/early forties, and she's wearing a ballistics vest of some type when shot from about three feet away. The vest would not be the top-of-the-line version, but it wouldn't be a cheap one either. (Cheap being relative, of course.) She's wearing it under a trench or winter coat, so the shooter doesn't know she's wearing it.

The shooter is carrying a weapon that can be concealed relatively easily (also under a coat, I imagine, but we're not talking about a sawed-off shotgun here), but what that weapon is is not critical to the plot. I'm wondering what range of injuries is plausible in such a scenario. I know that at the least, she's going to be badly bruised and probably have broken ribs, and she'll be pretty uncomfortable for a few weeks. Assuming that armor-piercing rounds are not used, what's the worst that could happen short of death? I don't want her to be severely incapacitated for weeks or months, but I'm not opposed to her winding up in surgery.

I'm also open to the idea of her getting stabbed. My research to date has suggested that a ballistic vest would help protect her from a stabbing but not nearly as well as it would from a gun.

Searched for "getting shot while wearing bulletproof vest" and variations on that; so far I've learned that there are different levels of bullet resistance in ballistic vests and that women tend to have trouble getting concealable vests that fit and work properly. I've also seen a lot of anecdotes about getting shot, a lot of talk of how you don't fall over from the impact of being shot (thank you, Mythbusters), and inadvertently wound up in a TV Tropes article on bulletproof vests (farewell, productivity!).

Who is this saint?

I took this picture while on holiday in France a couple of months ago.
Collapse )It's a statue in the church of St Peter in Caen, so possibly it is St Peter and those are keys that he's holding. But what I want to know is, Why does he have his arm in a sling? And is it actually St Peter or someone else?

I've Googled all the obvious combinations of Saint, Sling, Broken arm. And read all the web sites for the church in English and French.

And no, I did look for a sign on the statue while I was there and couldn't see one at the time. There must be a story in that sling.
worth1k, flame spirit
  • lilya7

Drinking: a problem of taste

Rather complicated question, but I hope you can help me.


Setting: modern day U.S.


My MC originally hails from 17th century North Wales: according to my research, back home she would have drunk or seen other people drink ale, cider and beer, all home-brewed from all-natural ingredients.


So far, so good.


For most of the story, however, she is in 21st century USA and traveling all over the country.

My questions are:


1) What will she drink and where? (Es. are some drinks like, say, cider more easily found in certain parts of the country?)

Which brands/ “new drinks” might suit her tastes?


Vodka is pretty much out of question (too foreign sounding, she doesn’t trust foreign) and so are cocktails (too fancy), other than that I have absolutely no idea.


2) What is she more likely to complain about?

All modern brews will taste quite different from what she’s used to: I’m not asking for a direct comparison, I realize that’s impossible, just some suggestions on which brands will make her go “this is too bitter/sweet, what the hell did they do?” and which ones will make her go “beer? how dare you call this dog piss beer!”


Focus is, as the title says, on taste: it’s pretty much why I’m asking here since I can’t go out and sample myself – not only I’m a teetotaler, all alcoholic drinks taste exactly the same to me.

The same goes for smell, so if you have suggestions for complaints/comments in that sense, don’t hesitate to send them!