Monday, May 19, 2014

Weird Research

I was going through my research links yesterday and it occurred to me that writers research some really weird things.  (And yes, I expect the NSA has me on some watchlist somewhere due to my extensive research of the Washington, D.C. area and various tunneling machines.  Bwa ha ha.)

So, in the interest of showing you just how weird things can get here in writer land, I thought I'd share some of these links with you. 

Behind the Name: the Etymology and History of First Names (not so weird, but hey, we're just getting started.)

The Centers for Disease Control

Dictionary of English Slang - and by English, they mean British English, not American English

Encyclopedia Mythica - "... the award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. Here you will find everything from A-gskw to Zveda Vechanyaya, with plenty in between..."

Gemstones - the gemstone identification page at Bernardine Fine Art Jewelry

Gulfstream - The commercial website for 'The World's Most Advanced Business Jet Aircraft"

The International Cocoa Organization

Mythical Creatures Guide - a list of mythical creatures with links to what they're all about.

Necrosearch International -"...a volunteer multidisciplinary team dedicated to assisting law enforcement in the location of clandestine graves and the recovery of evidence (including human remains) from those graves."

Nigeria - Language, Culture, Customs, and Etiquette - at a site called Kwintessential

Sonic Weaponry - the Wikipedia entry for "... weapons of various types that use sound to injure, incapacitate, or kill an opponent."

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Roermond Witch Trial - another wikipedia entry for one of the bloodiest witch trials in the world - where 64 people were burned to death.

It's been so long since I needed the tunneling information, I no longer have that link.  Sorry. 

What weird things have you researched?  Any good links to pass along?


Silver James said...

I have the FBI, CIA, and CDC sites on speed dial. ;) Oh, Irish Marines, Celtic/Druid religion, military insignia and pay grades, and currently, it's geology, oil rigs, and Trauma One centers. :) If I go looking for my links, I'll end up getting lost. REALLY bad RADD** today! I'll never get back on track.

**Research Attention Distraction Disorder

B.E. Sanderson said...

Naturally, Silver. And all of your links make perfect sense to me.

LOL on the RADD. Yeah, I try not to do any research once I've started writing a new book. Before? Sure. After? Certainly. But never during.

jblynn said...

LOL -- what an interesting assortment!

I spend a lot of time researching psychological things…I'm going to SAY it's because I'm trying to get a grip on what my characters are thinking ;-)

B.E. Sanderson said...

LOL, thanks, JB. Lots of different books = assorted weirdness.

Suuure it is. ;o)

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