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message 1: by J C (new)

J C Steel (jcsteel) See if anyone has time for this one :)

As authors, we research an eclectic range of things.

I've needed to know about everything from blood spatter analysis to how you can blow stuff up in vacuum to how you really throw a knife.

What's the weirdest and most likely to get you arrested thing you've ever researched? (Preferably for your books, but I promise not to judge ... ;) )


message 2: by Nabila (new)

Nabila Anjum (zarasantaf) | 1 comments I once researched the many ways we can drug someone using inhalational anesthetics and prepared a list of the most potent ones.


message 3: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Eyre (rachaeleyre) | 194 comments For my last book I researched how long someone could be buried alive before they actually died. Bet that looks fine and dandy to any third parties!


Tara Woods Turner I researched online child predators for the internet and social media chapter of my parenting guide. I tried to be pretty specific about my wording but I definitely felt extremely uncomfortable. Even proximity to the dark side can be disturbing.


message 5: by Zoltán (new)

Zoltán (witchhunter) | 267 comments Does history qualify? I mean the dirty little details that are left out of most text books.


message 6: by P.D. (new)

P.D. Workman (pdworkman) How much space a million dollars takes up, and what it weighs. Details on smoking meth and what it smells and tastes like. Steroids, where to buy them, what they look like, street names for various drugs, details on gang initiations, prison tattoos, murder and ways of disposing of bodies, grooming behaviours, kidnapping, stalking, how to hack various technologies in order to stalk someone, youngest person to commit willful murder, serial killers, bomb building, fingerprint evidence, domestic violence, sexual abuse and incest.

And on the not creepy, but still very interesting side, all kinds of mental disorders, medical conditions or diseases, munchhausen and munchhausen by proxy, parole/probation details, prison schedules, private detection, and much much more!


message 7: by C.B., Beach Body Moderator (new)

C.B. Archer | 1090 comments Mod
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No comment.


message 8: by Annie (new)

Annie Arcane (anniearcane) | 629 comments *pleads the fifth*


message 9: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) Departments under Homeland Security and what kind of bullets and crossbow bolts anyone can buy from Walmart searched back to back. I've flown internationally since, so I'm not too worried.


message 10: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) However..

Innocently looking for a particular Buzzfeed post by typing 'Baby giraffe don't give a f*ck' pulled up a red flag warning from Google about potential child pornography and how to report. Scared the hell out of me.


message 11: by Ben (new)

Ben Mariner How to infiltrate Canadian Parliament


message 12: by Ben (new)

Ben Mariner Where to buy a fake beard


message 13: by Ben (new)

Ben Mariner Sorry guys. Ignore those.


message 14: by Ben (new)

Ben Mariner How to delete stupid comments from Goodreads forum


message 15: by Ben (new)

Ben Mariner How to tell the difference between Google and Goodreads


message 16: by Marie Silk (new)

Marie Silk | 611 comments Haha, these are great! :)

I don't think it would get me arrested per se, but family members might raise an eyebrow to "in which states is it okay to marry your cousin?"

Turns out there are still 17 states where it's legal.


message 17: by Dwayne, Head of Lettuce (new)

Dwayne Fry | 4353 comments Mod
I'm not as sinister as most of you. *narrows eyes* But, the other day I was trying to find out how to go about keeping circus animals in Iowa legally if one is not a citizen. Seems near impossible, which has caused major changes in my novel. *grumble*


message 18: by Hákon (new)

Hákon Gunnarsson | 53 comments I searched a few days ago for information how corpses get processed in morgues, a usual day at the office. :-)


message 19: by Ian (new)

Ian Bott (iansbott) | 268 comments How far away you have to be to survive a small nuclear explosion.
How quick & easy is it to kill someone by stabbing from behind.

Oh ... wait ... you're talking about fiction ...


message 20: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments Ben wrote: "How to delete stupid comments from Goodreads forum"

There should be a Reply | Delete | Flag* thingy right under your own post. Chose delete to delete.

Note: unless you are a moderator, you can't delete other people's posts.


message 21: by Grace (new)

Grace Crandall | 79 comments Apparently when a government agency sees a suspicious search, the first thing they check is if the person searching has income from a publishing site. If so, they'll ignore it--just another crazy writer :)
So, I can safely look up the average price of a contract killer *rubs hands together villainously*


message 22: by J C (new)

J C Steel (jcsteel) These are awesome :) and yes - @Grace - great cover. Uh ... is actual income a necessity? 'Cos I might be in trouble on that ;)


message 23: by Micah (new)

Micah Sisk (micahrsisk) | 1042 comments Pr0n is legal in my state so ...

IT WAS RESEARCH


Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger) (sammydogs) | 973 comments I was going to say no, but I have researched knives, daggers, swords, bows and arrows, etc. Someone would think we were training for the apocalypse here. : D


message 25: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) G.G. wrote: "Ben wrote: "How to delete stupid comments from Goodreads forum"

There should be a Reply | Delete | Flag* thingy right under your own post. Chose delete to delete.

Note: unless you are a moderato..."


(Psst: there's a joke in there) ;p


message 26: by Charles (new)

Charles Hash | 1054 comments I read f'd up sh*t for fun...so probably.

Worst thing ever? Not even sure about that anymore.


Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger) (sammydogs) | 973 comments Micah wrote: "Pr0n is legal in my state so ..."

I see what you did there, Micah. That's how they sell illegal copies of Micros0ft 0ffice on eBay.


message 28: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Jensen (kdragon) | 468 comments I recently looked up whether or not a body that has been completely drained of blood can still have bruises. Last month it was Egyptian swords.


message 30: by Jane (new)

Jane Blythe | 112 comments Last thing I looked up was is it possible to break someone's neck with just your hands/arms to kill them, but always looking up some sort of crime related stuff! Although for my last book I also researched antique dolls and shock collars!


message 31: by P.D. (new)

P.D. Workman (pdworkman) Jane wrote: "Although for my last book I also researched antique dolls and shock collars!"

One of my plots hinges on a rag doll...


message 32: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Everson (authorthomaseverson) | 424 comments Hmm....this is a tough one. Would it get me arrested, nah. Put on a watch list. Likely.

I can't say they're weird topics, just ones not usually talked about openly unless you're a radical of some kind. Researching anything anti-Government. Explosives. Also anything hacking related.

There will be many more inquiries to Google for similar things as I gear up for my next book.


message 33: by Charles (new)

Charles Hash | 1054 comments I looked up the Island of Dolls but that was just for fun.


message 34: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Jensen (kdragon) | 468 comments Charles wrote: "I looked up the Island of Dolls but that was just for fun."

Is that the one with the old guy who would collect dolls that would wash up on the beach, and he would hang them up around the island to appease the ghost of a little girl? That one's interesting.


message 35: by Sherri (new)

Sherri Moorer (sherrithewriter) | 82 comments Arrested? Probably not. But surveillance is a definite possibility :)


message 36: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Jensen (kdragon) | 468 comments The FBI is giving us all the stink-eye right now.


message 37: by Charles (new)

Charles Hash | 1054 comments Melissa wrote: "Charles wrote: "I looked up the Island of Dolls but that was just for fun."

Is that the one with the old guy who would collect dolls that would wash up on the beach, and he would hang them up arou..."


Yep, that's it.


message 38: by C.B., Beach Body Moderator (new)

C.B. Archer | 1090 comments Mod
I changed my mind. I will comment after all.

The last thing I researched for writing was Terrible slang words for lady bits.

I learned a lot and really grew as a person.


message 39: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments ROFL! I meant you learned some 'awesome' words there CB. :P

I don't think I've ever searched for things that could get me in trouble, unless something would have happened not long after. I remember searching for the Mayor of Los Angeles house. I needed to know how it looked like. As long as the Mayor stayed safe, I am guessing I was not going to be in the hot spot. However, during that time I also searched for ways to put someone to sleep, preferably odorless and tasteless. I also did a lot of search on places like area 51. Used a lot of Google map and ended up inventing my own. Aside from that, I am a model citizen, of course. :P


message 40: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments Christina wrote: "(Psst: there's a joke in there) ;p ..."

Are you sure? lol


message 41: by Jane (new)

Jane Blythe | 112 comments P.D. wrote: One of my plots hinges on a rag doll..."

Sounds interesting!


message 42: by Dwayne, Head of Lettuce (new)

Dwayne Fry | 4353 comments Mod
I said something out loud that might have gotten me arrested yesterday, but I can't say it here. It involves a political candidate and some mean mod would probably ding me. (I'm more afraid of the mods than I am that candidate).


Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger) (sammydogs) | 973 comments Melissa wrote: "The FBI is giving us all the stink-eye right now."

Yup, they are making a list and collecting all our personal information.

Dwayne, You're in the wrong thread. Will some Mod please move his comment to wherever it goes? : P


message 44: by Dwayne, Head of Lettuce (new)

Dwayne Fry | 4353 comments Mod
Sue (Dog Mom) is a snitch!


message 45: by Annie (new)

Annie Arcane (anniearcane) | 629 comments @Mr Dwayne: She's tattle taling to none other than yourself, the Mover/Deleter of posts so do your job already! Hup, hup!!

^_~

Non-douchey hugs,
Ann


message 46: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) Charles wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Charles wrote: "I looked up the Island of Dolls but that was just for fun."

Is that the one with the old guy who would collect dolls that would wash up on the beach, and he would h..."


Ah! I know that story. It's really sad in a way.


message 47: by Christina (new)

Christina McMullen (cmcmullen) Dwayne wrote: "I said something out loud that might have gotten me arrested yesterday, but I can't say it here. It involves a political candidate and some mean mod would probably ding me. (I'm more afraid of the ..."

We're you talking crap about my bid for president of Earth? Because that is so wrong, Mister!

*Googles how to overthrow all the world governments*


Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger) (sammydogs) | 973 comments Dwayne wrote: "Sue (Dog Mom) is a snitch!"

No! Not me! It was the one-armed man... on the grassy knoll...


message 49: by Bernard (new)

Bernard Glover | 31 comments J.C. wrote: "See if anyone has time for this one :)

As authors, we research an eclectic range of things.

I've needed to know about everything from blood spatter analysis to how you can blow stuff up in vacu..."


If you are really worried about what might be found on your computer, delete your history. As to the footprint you leave on the internet, just make sure that you have something to show the powers that be (FBI et al) if they show up at your door.


message 50: by Michael (last edited Jul 29, 2016 11:27PM) (new)

Michael P. Dunn (wordboy1) | 86 comments While there may be some...questionable things in my browser history, I have nothing to fear. I'm protected...immune from prosecution, if you will.

I know things.

I know what really crashed at Roswell...and what they're really doing at Area 51.

If you think it has anything to do with UFOs...you're sadly mistaken.

Soon, though, my Illuminati masters will take over and protect us all from Fdlkfuois (he answers to Bob) and the Reptillians from Inner Earth. But I've said too much already...


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