October 9th, 2010


tetanus toxoid and dangerous drug combinations

Setting: present day

Are there any drugs that would be harmful when combined with tetanus toxoid? Or would make them, tetanus toxoid, or both ineffective? My character has been having a nightly fever she ignored for two nights (along with a sore throat), which turned into an actual fever the day she went out to get a tetanus toxoid shot, as she got injured and wasn't sure when she'd had her last shot. She has a relative who's a doctor but she's keeping the tetanus toxoid episode from her. This relative prescribes paracetamol (Biogesic) and gets my character an antibiotic (don't have any names as of yet) a bit later.

I tried googling any combination of "tetanus toxoid + paracetamol/Biogesic/antibiotic + harmful/dangerous", but didn't get anything relevant.
Teh Default

Intracranial injection & external effects (i.e., what would this corpse look like?)

Reassuringly, I haven't been able to find much about this.

If you had a criminal who committed murder by injecting bleach into his victims' brains, what signs would be visible on the body, pre-autopsy?

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Setting: present-day U.S., no supernatural/fantastic elements

Searches tried: intracranial/intracerebral injection, (death by) caustic injection, penetrating head trauma, stroke/cerebral hemorrhage + autopsy, stroke/cerebral hemorrhage + cadaver, intracranial pressure + fatal, related.

Most results dealt with internal autopsy findings (useful, but still leaves me in the dark about what it would be like to find such a body). Some veterinary examples suggest that blood in the eye is a possible result of severe head trauma, but I don't know if that would apply here. The balance was mainly results about metal bands.

Presentation at the court of Louis XIV

Setting: 17th Century France
Research Conducted: Google searches for "Presentation at Court 17th century France"; "Presentation at Court to Louis XIV"; "Presentation at Court Versailles" as well as reading passages from the book Versailles: The Biography of a Palace

Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, the only information I've been able to find on this subject has been more tantalizing than informative and there's far more information available about being presented to Marie-Antoinette than to Louis XIV. I know from my research that in order to be eligible for presentation at the French court, one had to be able to prove one's family's nobility at least to the year 1400 and one had to have a sponsor who would actually make the presentation. According to the book listed above, for women, this was usually performed by one's mother-in-law while men would be presented to the king by their fathers, usually during the royal hunt. However, if this is the case, then it makes it seem as if only married women were eligible for presentation which to me seems...off, at least for the 17th century. If that were the case, then how could a woman like Louise de la Vallière have resided at court as one of Madame's ladies-in-waiting since only presented nobles were even allowed in the presence of royalty according to the sources I've found on the subject.

So my questions...

1) Were unmarried women eligible for presentation, and if so, how was this handled?
2) Given that one had to prove the nobility of one's family to the year 1400, were foreigners ineligible for presentation? Common sense seems to reject this idea since one would assume that the wives of ambassadors were received at court as were foreign nobles who traveled to see the wonders of Versailles. Did the rule still apply, however? And, if a foreigner wanted to be presented to the king, queen and princes of the blood, did he/she have to bring a genealogy with him/her that proved nobility of suitable age?

My protagonist is a Scottish woman whose family is in self-exile in France (during the Commonwealth years) and who chooses to remain there even after her family returns to Scotland. Eventually she does marry a French nobleman but if she's ineligible for presentation at court, then it will require a significant rethink on my part in order to maintain plausibility of the story's events. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
Fluffy Vulcan

U.S. Miltary Slang (Green Berets) circa 1990

Googled: Military Slang Glossary, Green Beret Slang, Green Berets
Other: Checked with a couple of friends with relatives in the armed forces

I'm writing a Batman fanfic.

I have a former Green Beret. He's just caught someone breaking into a property he owns. The man is wearing an army jacket with a sergeant rank insignia on the sleeve. The man has no ID on him.

Wiki'ing the Green Berets tells me that, in all likelihood, my ex-military ex-cop was also a sergeant.

Is there a derrogatory term that, as a former GB, might have for a 'mere' army sergeant? If it matters, he neither knows nor cares whether his prisoner is actual army or just picked up the jacket and insignia at a surplus store. The character is a bully and a blusterer.