June 8th, 2017


[Anon Post] Luxury Cigarette Brands, 1930s Germany

Which brand of cigarrettes would have smoked a wealthy woman in the 1930s?

Berlin, 1934, I would like to tell the brand my character (woman, 30 years old, well being but not traveled around the world) is smoking.
I've researched and found that Cigaretten Bilderdienst and Kurmark were popular, but I don't know their quality. Greta Garbo smoked Fatima cigarrettes, but I don't know if they were sold in Germany.

[Anon Post] Arabic and Polish Profanity Translation

Hello! I am working on a novel where the main character is interacting with Sudanese refugees. The men are speaking very casually but when the situation becomes more "heated," a few insults are thrown. I would like to find a proper translation for a word like "prick" or some similar word in Arabic that would be used as an insult that men might say to other men.

I would also like a translation of "mild" Polish profanity. I want something not-so-serious, more of a joking thing young boys might say to each other.

If there's anyone who speaks Arabic that would be incredible because I have a few Arabic-speaking characters and I would love to be more specific with what words the characters might pronounce differently when they're speaking English, i.e. what words they might skip over, alter, say differently than a native English speaker.

I have googled translations of Arabic and seen "shanbora," but I would like to make sure that really means "prick"! YouSwear says it means "dick," but not sure how reliable that is and if it's really used in a slang-profanity way.

For the Polish one, I've got "krasnoludek," which google says means "troll" so I'm hoping that will work.

This is tripping me up so much in the story. You have no idea how much this would help me!

[Anon Post] WWII-era Bar Fights, European Theater

I run a blog on tumblr as Bucky Barnes, and I'm often asked to tell stories from the 'good old days,' and bar fights have come up a couple times. Given that it's Marvel-universe, I'm not super concerned with getting every little detail right, but I would prefer to use historically correct information when possible. I ran some searches in google on bar fights during the war (1940s bar fight, pub fight, WWII bar fight), but there's a video someone made of WWII as a bar fight that makes it pretty difficult to find historically relevant articles. I did find some interesting stuff about women in America stepping in the fill the shoes of absent male bartenders during the war, but I'm more interested in things closer to the eastern front. So what I'd like to know is information in the following veins: how often did bar fights occur with soldiers on leave in Europe? How severe were sanctions for such fights? Were they common? Were they typically between same-country same-branch military members, or would it be likelier to happen between military and civilians, or different military members from allied countries?

I know there's probably not a ton of data on this, but even just a good impression of what happened in a few specific occasions would be helpful. This isn't a super pressing research topic--it's mostly to sate my own curiosity and keep from tiny misinformations in my writing, so unless it strikes your fancy, please don't feel the need to go out of your way for this issue.