February 7th, 2011


ant in your throat/windpipe

I tried different versions of "ant in body/windpipe/throat/nostrils" on google and didn't get anything.

I have a character who sleeps in a bed she doesn't know has ants crawling in it (not infested, just the occasional ant here and there). She was sleep-deprived and stressed and almost fell asleep the moment she hit the sack.

The questions: Is it possible not to feel an ant crawl up your nose or mouth while you're sleeping, especially if you're in deep sleep? Or would you wake up from that (I would imagine it feels like how an ant crawling up your arm would feel, only more irritating)? How would an ant up your throat or windpipe feel, and is it even possible for the ant to get as far as the bronchi, and if so, how would that feel? What symptoms would you have (if the ant's on the throat, maybe you'd have an irritating throat allergy-like inner itch, for example? Any chest pain?)? What would happen to you supposing the ant stays in there and you don't seek medical help (if the scenario's possible in the first place, the character doesn't know there's an ant inside her)? Let's make it crazier: if the ant died in there, what would happen?

Name help for American-born Russian Jew

Hey, all,

I'm working on a story right now set in present day Los Angeles, and am working on naming my main character's extended family members, and am utterly stuck on what to do about her (recurring character) grandmother. The family is Jewish, German on one side and Russian on the other.

The grandmother usually goes by the Anglo name "Carolyn" (much in the way my Italian great-grandfather went by Jack instead of Giacomo), but I'm trying to suss out what her real name would be. She was born in New York in 1921 to Russian Jewish immigrant parents.

I've Googled "russian equivalent of carolyn" and the result returned was this one, but as I can't read Russian myself, I'm not sure if that's a translation or a straight transliteration. I've also tried browsing the Russian and Yiddish names at BehindTheName.com and the Russian-English Name Cross Index at one particular genealogy site, but I haven't really come up with anything that works.

I'm hoping for something that makes a decent phoentic match, but so far, no luck yet, so I'm throwing myself on your collective mercy and asking for help. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Vlad the Impaler

Single Biome Planet

Setting: Far-future space opera.

Through a bit of psuedo-scientific gobbletygook (a planet covered in cloud that produces its own radiation), I am planning on introducing a planet that receives electromagnetic radiation in equal amounts on all parts of the planet simultaneously (and presently only has a day). As such, there is no gradiation that would cause seasons or even a change in climate. I'm mostly curious as to what would be a sort of baseline climate for an Earthlike planet (or even effects I hadn't considered in my brainstorming).

I've searched for "what if earth received equal amounts of electromagnetic radiation from sun," "earth one climate" "earth one biome," "one biome planet," and the like. I've primarily found an examination of what causes climate, or a discussion of climate change. I happened to come across the TV Tropes article on Single Biome Planet, and though it has loads of examples of planets with a single climate, it lacks an actual examination of the phenomenon. I'm more interested in a vaguely realistic examination of a planet that lacks latitudinal variations in climate. Any thoughts (and even better search terms would be helpful, as I'm not quite sure what I should be using for this subject)?