June 4th, 2013

[ANON POST] Effects of falling on bodies/corpses

Setting: This isn't really relevant, except that I am referring to bodies falling off/out of buildings in a city (as opposed to airplanes)

Search attempts: I googled "what does a body look like after falling from a building" (surprisingly Google auto-filled this for me) and "how can the body survive freefall" and "from what height can a body survive a fall." I got forum posts with warning headings like "NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART" which unnerved me. I checked the "~forensics: corpses" tag and didn't find anything, BUT my Google search DID turn up THIS post: http://little-details.livejournal.com/2447392.html but it didn't quite answer my question. I also found this thing (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2004/may/20/thisweekssciencequestions2) in The Guardian which was sort of helpful in answering my second question.

Here are my questions:

1) What does a body look like after WALKING (not jumping) from a building that is say, 15-stories high? Would it look differently than a body that was thrown or pushed or the body of someone who jumped? I want to describe this in my story, where it is a traumatic incident witnessed by a character.

2) How many stories could a person survive a jump? Floors 1-3? What bones are likely to break? (Sorry if that's a dumb question, but I really don't know!) After suffering that kind of break, would the bones ever regain their original strength? I am assuming, but not sure, that bones that had been broken more than once or even twice are easier to break successively?

Thank you very much!

in need of Russian slang

I'm writing a science fiction story, in which AIs live alongside humans. The names for AIs are descriptive, like Native American names. Humans have a tendency to shorten AI names or give them nicknames, which annoys the AIs (one of the ongoing jokes in the series).

The protagonist is an AI named _Speak Truth to Power_, and she is hiring human mercenaries for a covert operation. One of them is an experienced Russian commando. Like many humans do, he gives her a nickname. I tried to find a Russian-sounding nickname based on her name _Speak Truth to Power_ and I came up with "Pravdova," which is supposed to mean "daughter of truth" or just "truth lady." But then I realized I don't know Russian and I might be getting it totally wrong.

What is the literal translation of _Speak Truth to Power_ in Russian?
How would this grizzled old soldier refer to a boss with that name?
Can you suggest a better nickname?

Other than that, he'd use slang terms for weapons, allies, enemies, camp food, and so on. I could use slang terms for those.