December 16th, 2013

Steel safe, fire and papers

Hi, guys,

(First, I must apologize in advance for my poor English. It's not my mother tongue.)

My question is:

Could paper documents survive* a fire if they were inside a steel box? Not inside a modern safe (fireproof and all), but a much more antique type, like XV century. The fire is normal, not magic or anything alike.

Thanks for your input!

* The papers must be still readable, by the way.

Rural Postal Pickup, 1940s Arizona

Searches: rural mail pickup 1940s
rural mail pickup arizona 1940s
RFD arizona 1940s

OK, so Character A is a scientist on a fictional WWII-era military research project, and he wants to send a message to Character B without his superiors knowing. He knows his own mail is opened and read, but security is otherwise pretty lax -- he's previously been able to leave and come back without being caught. Can he simply slip away, walk to the nearest farm and put his letter in their mailbox for pickup with the rest of the mail, or is there some reason this would be implausible? He'd have to leave off the return address, but I don't think they were required in those days, just recommended.
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Strength and Recovery After Being Bedridden for Two Months...

Setting: Modern day UK

Searches: "months in bed," "muscle mass loss in two months," "regaining strength after being bedridden," "physical therapy after being bedridden," etc.

I have a previously-healthy (but not overly active; she was a secretary and not at all a fitness junkie) 27-year-old female character who was unexpectedly bedridden for two months. (I don't want to go into why—SciFi diseases.) In this time, she's not really going to be using any of her muscles at all. After two months, she gets the Magical SciFi Antidote and completely recovers from the illness that had her bedridden in the first place.

How weak is she going to be when she wakes up, and what kind of recovery time/process is she looking at, in terms of rebuilding her muscle strength?

Again, the disease didn't affect her muscle mass at all; I'm just concerned about the fact that she hasn't used a single muscle in two months. Some of what I was reading was saying that she'd lose 1% of her muscle strength for every day that she was sedentary, so if that's true then that's 60% of her strength gone, right there, but I don't know what that would actually translate to in terms of her mobility, or how long it would take and what methods she could use to get back to her previous strength. She does have a doctor working with her on this.

Thanks in advance for all help!