It's amazing the things we want to find out to make a novel read believably...and how hard it is to find some of these details. I've spent half an hour googling trying to figure out how far a person can see out over the ocean: i.e., distance to the horizon. And here's the answer!
You'd think I should be writing already, but I also got majorly sidetracked researching Pop-Eye.
Yes, it's all needed. I wrote Quest during Nano, remember? I just *wung* it.