August 11th, 2010

Dresden: Harry magicking

US Air Force Ribbons

Setting: 1990s-2000s, USA (Stargate SG-1)
Searched: many, many variations on united states air force ribbons, stripes, badges, honours, pins, etc.

The problem:

I'm trying to decipher the ribbons/medals on Major Davis' dress uniform. Some of them I've managed to find, but I'm still missing some. Pictures and my best guesses are below the cut.

ETA: SOLVED! With the help of awesome detailers. Full listing is below the cut.

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devilish suitor

Hearing Impaired Individuals in Regency England

I've looked for "deafness and Regency England," "hearing impaired IN regency England," combinations of those terms and "sign language in regency England" and "sign language in early Victorian England" as well as searches for "hearing impaired communication in 19th century England and Great Britain" with little success. What I'm wondering is... Would a woman of genteel birth be sent to an asylum as many differently abled individuals of the 18th century were or would she be spared, or possibly spared, by virtue of her birth, and in either case, would communication methods be limited to the old slate/paper and writing utensil/"homebrew" signing?

ETA: Thanks for all of the info, advice and leads! It's greatly appreciated!
John Locke

Premature Births in Medieval Norway

Hello, I was hoping someone would be able to help me out with some medical questions. My story is set in medieval Norway, specifically in the 13th or 14 century (haven't decided yet exactly). One of my characters is about to give birth to one of the book's central protagonist, and I want to make his birth a premature one (for several reasons, which I won't go into here).  He will be born about three months early (conceived in early-mid summer, born on Christmas Eve). 

I've tried researching online, specifically at Wikipedia's page on premature birth, and by using Google search terms ("premature bith in medieval times", etc.), but everything I could find applies to the modern day, or else just barely mentions that women sometimes gave birth prematurely.


So, basically, this is what I need to know:
  • When a woman gives birth prematurely, what kinds of dangers are there to her and to the baby?
  • In the medieval age, when there wasn't modern science to rely on, what kinds of precautions/steps/treatments would have to be taken to ensure that both the mother and child would survive?
  • What kind of folk remedies would have been used for something like this?
  • What kind of effects would this have on his later life?

Thanks so much to anyone who can help!

EDIT: Okay, so the consensus here is that 6 months is too early for that time period.  What about 8 months?  What answers would apply to the above questions under a circumstance of one month early? 

Blood Transfusion Device and Tooth Modification

Hey folks,

I've got a couple questions about vampire-related tooth modifications and transfusion devices under the cut.

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Edit: Thanks everybody, I now have a good idea on where to start. Also, one comment deleted for possible trolling. '....' isn't appreciated or helpful when it comes to any questions being posted, whether they're mine or someone else's. Show a little respect, please and thank you.
smoke

Fairy Penguins: Details on Chick Raising

Hi guys me again, after an obscure animal detail. 8} I'm writing something on fairy penguins, but an essential part of the story hinges on how they raise their chicks. I know that some bird species will prioritize one chick (usually the eldest) during lean seasons: is this true of fairy penguins? Most of the sites I came across will give me general facts about their lives and their child rearing (i.e. both parents raise chicks, they can have 1-2, etc.) But not necessarily how they cope during lean seasons, especially if there are two chicks.

Google terms: Eudyptula minor chicks; fairy penguins + chicks + starvation
Buzz Lightyear Andy's Version 1

Types Of Underwear In The Late 1930's

So basically I'm writing a fanfiction in the Princess and the Frog fandom where this French Prince ( I am aware France doesn't have a royal family, I made that part) is stranded in stuck in a New Orleans orphanage ever since his uncle staged his amd his father's death and stole the throne. He meets Tiana, Naveen, and their son. Much later in the story when he's back in France at his castle his twin brother steals his clothes and Pierre ( the main character) is chasing him in his underwear. And I wanted to know what type of underwear they would wear.

I searched "Underwear", "Underwear in the 1930s", "Mens Underwear", "1930s Mens Underwear", and a lot of other terms. The most I got was wikipedia (which explained a lot but didn't give me an answer), patents for different underwears, and advertisements from now and then. I'd greatly appreciate it if someone helped!

(NOTE) Pierre always dressed casually and even mote now after spending years in New Orleans. So please don't think that he wears fancy suits and stuff like that.

EDIT: Thanks guys! I got my answers! I can't believe how many people replied.

And I do know that there's no throne in France! I mentioned it at some point, and I think we're forgetting this is a Disney fanfiction. They made dogs talk, they made up countries. So I do know my history.
doorway

Male prostitution in Seattle. Also, pitching and its effects.

Hi everyone, I've been researching a couple of issues with little luck, so hopefully this comm can provide some assistance.

My first question is where one could expect to find male prostitutes in present-day Seattle? Googling terms such as "seattle prostitution", "seattle prostitution areas", etc. brings up Highway 99 as a possibility, but upon further research ("seattle highway 99 male prostitution" and various combinations thereof) I haven't been able to determine if that's necessarily a place where you'd find male prostitutes. Is Highway 99 a viable location, or is there somewhere else that would be more likely?

Secondly, I have a character (also present-day USA) who was a pitcher in high school and then went on to pitch for two years in college. After quitting baseball and being out of the game for a couple of years, I'm wondering if there would be any noticeable marks—remnants of calluses, scar tissue, something else—left on his throwing hand? He hasn't even been casually tossing around a baseball during that time, so he wouldn't be maintaining anything that was built up during his competitive days. Googling for "pitching calluses", "pitching scars", etc. and researching calluses in general hasn't yielded the answers I'm looking for.

Any info would be much appreciated :) Thank you!