This is part of the weekly Blogging Challenge over at Long and Short Reviews. If you'd like to participate, you can find the prompts here. They also put up a post every Wednesday where you go and link your response -- and see everyone else's. Check out their homepage to find it.
The challenge for this week is The Weirdest Thing I learned Reading Fiction, and my friends I am having a hard time with this -- partly because at my age, I have a hard time remembering what I've learned, let alone where I learned it.
In fact, there's really only one that sticks in my mind that I can specifically trace to reading fiction. It's from one of the Stephen King books, and to be honest I don't remember which one. (He tends to drop bits of his research directly into his writing, and the didactic quality of this is probably why it stood out to me.) I know it makes an appearance during the Dark Tower books, but I think he actually explains it in another book entirely:
It is possible for a gunshot wound to the head to fail to penetrate the skull, and instead, make a loop around one side beneath the skin -- this giving a very good impression of a killing shot, at least if you don't look closely at the body.
I'm really kind of baffled that I can't think of any other examples to pair it against -- I know there are a lot of things I've picked up from reading fiction, and I'm sure some of them are at least as weird (and macabre) as this one, but apparently that's the only one I'm going to come up with.
I'm looking forward to see what everybody else comes up with for this one.