March 27th, 2011


falling from a tree house

Two teenagers are visiting a tree house they built/ played in when they were young. One of them gets upset and pushes the other off the top step.

Setting: modern day small town in Ohio. The tree is in the forest near their houses.

My questions:

1. What kind of injuries could he sustain and how severe would they be? I'm mostly looking for ideas here, because the guy will get good care. I'm not sure how tall the tree is (average height I suppose), but I would guess the tree house is probably only about 15' off the ground (not sure about that either, I'm pretty awful with visualizing height xD ). The guy is 17, about 6'3" and muscular.

2. How many able-bodied men would it take to build said tree house in the first place? I want them to finish it fairly quickly, say in like 2 weeks. How much help could two 7 year old boys be?

3. What might the tree house look like? I think it's just a little one room shed, nothing fancy, but again, looking for unique ideas, like a chair nailed higher in the tree as a crow's nest.

4. The tree house is made out of plywood, scraps and packing crates, definitely not high end stuff. How well would this stand up to 10 years of Ohio weather? Is there any way it would still be in good condition?

Terms googled: tree house, fall from tree house, how high is a tree house, build a tree house. I went through the tags here.

Packing a motorcycle, picking a gun for monster hunting, specialty ammo

Followup for my previous post here. Time: near future, place: US, research: futzed around a bit on camping-supply sites and looking at guns and ammo, followed the links I was given last post, and asked things here and here. Other than that, not sure where to look.
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And if you have any other advice, or think I'm ignoring something important, please tell me that, too.
(I... may be overthinking this just the *teeniest* bit)

Texting under stress

 First post and all that. :)

How quickly and accurately can one text by touch while keeping their phone in their pocket?

The situation is this; Bank robbery in progress, character is an FBI agent who's caught in the middle of it, about to be taken hostage as the robbers establish control and round up everyone in the building. They have maybe a minute or two during which they can have their hand in their jacket pocket and be texting. Within that time frame would it be possible to get off a text containing the following information? The police code for "Robbery on progress", the address of the bank, the number of robbers, their armament, and the fact that they have body armor concealed under their coats. (Not a huge amount of detail is necessary, just the fact that they have automatic weapons and body armor.)

I'm afraid I don't text at all, so I don't know how fast you can send one nor what abbreviations would be used and understood by the recipient. Assume that the sender is a pretty frequent texter and has practiced texting sight unseen before as kind of a "You never know when it could be handy." experiment.

Any help would be appreciated.
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The elf in Anglo-Saxon England

Right; this is my first post here and may be something of a long shot, but I figured I have nothing to lose in putting the question out there to you good folk. :)

I am researching the elf in Anglo-Saxon folklore; specifically, I want to know what their powers were believed to be, any distinguishing features, just ... interesting facts, you know. Only it's been quite a difficult thing to research because it's such a narrow area. I don't want to know about elves - just elves according to the Anglo-Saxons.

So far I have discovered: that they were believed to be human sized and shaped, almost always portrayed as male, attractive, equally capable of either hurting or helping, similiar to elves in Norse mythology, linked with shapeshifting, and apparantly in some legends Weyland the Blacksmith was an elf. In German mythology the elf was more akin to the succubus and incubus (although I have nothing to say whether this belief pre-dates the Saxons, or comes after them).

While Googling I actually stumbled across a book entitled 'The Elf In Anglo-Saxon England' (yeh, I know. What are the chances? :P) which really excited me because it sounds like exactly what I'm looking for - only it costs £42! Or £28, second-hand. Which is an awful lot for a book that may be no help at all. So if anyone has it and can recommend it...

Story setting: Modern fantasy set in England (East Anglia area) - the fantasy element is intended to be grounded in historical fact, which is why I don't want to completely make it up. I'd like some recognised facts about what the Anglo-Saxons believed when it came to elves, and then weave them into my own thing.
Searched: "Elf in Anglo-Saxon mythology", "elves and Saxons". I found relevant (but not 100% helpful, hence why I've come here) pages on, Fortean Times and the WiccanWeb wiki.
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Coma patients memory

Firstly, the setting is a fan fic for the Dragon Age games. (Kings, assassins, warriors, mages, dragons kinda realm with no electricity or technology or anything for those unfamiliar).

I have already done some research (read: Googling) on coma patients and dreaming, so I know many people claim it is possible, and at least one person claimed it absolutely wasn't, but the general consensus was that it varies from person to person. My question is that assuming someone in a coma could hear snippets of the world around her, and did dream, and their dreams were influenced by what they could hear, is it plausible that for whatever reason they would not remember anything about the real world or who they were before fainting while they were in the coma? and under what circumstances could that happen? (The coma is caused by head trauma, if that helps.) I did already try to Google combinations of coma/dreams/memory but nothing came up on this issue specifically.

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So, thoughts?

-edit- Thank you to everyone who replied, you were all wonderful and helpful. I do beleive I have a believable premise and some new ideas on how to play with it :P

Burn/Branding on the back of the Hand

 I'm looking for the longer term effects. The story is set in the middle of a war, during our time frame or a few years in the future, in which the weaker side has very basic medical technology and almost no medical personal. After being caught the main character, who is on the weaker side, had sign branded on her. I am currently thinking back of the hand should be where it happened. The brand is circular and goes from the top of her wrist almost reaching her knuckles. She was branded somewhere between 16 and 19.

Would that make her unable to use it even say a year later? Where could she have that mark that is visible but wouldn't make her unable to use that part of her body?

I searched for "Burns to the back of the hand" "Long effects of hand burn" "Dangers 3rd burn" and "Branding the hand"