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    Do you have a super power?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Wreybies, Jul 10, 2013.

    No, this isn't something for the Writing Prompts area. I mean in real life, is there something that you do or can do that seems uncanny to you or others?

    Mine is my internal clock, especially as it relates to knowing when the timer is going to go off on the microwave or the oven. With great regularity, I get up and go to the kitchen just seconds before the timer goes DING! I've not been watching the clock; I just know when it's time to go get the food. My hubby and my family have separately commented on it. :redface:

    Have a power?
     
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    How about a skill? Mine is writing bitchy letters to businesses who are not compliant with some sort of agreement we have made with them. My husband absolutely loves this. Right now we are having work done on our bathroom, and we have endured some big delays with insufficient communication from the installers. He has been dying for me to write a letter to them, which I did today. This has made him unspeakably happy and excited. We just joked that his version of porn would be a notebook of laminated letters I have written to businesses regarding their noncompliance with our agreements. It looks like it might be a good night tonight ;-)
     
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    Hate to break it to you sweetie, ;) , but a correct sense allowing you to judge the amount of time passing is not a super power. :p

    People often wake shortly before the alarm clock goes off on a regular basis. I can tell when the roast is done before the times goes off because I can smell it. My dogs think when I use the bathroom by the front door it's time for their walk. Some perceptions of time may have different cues you don't recognize, but also the human mind does have the ability to sense time passages.

    I have the super human ability to see the bigger picture. :)
     
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    [MENTION=38553]chicagoliz[/MENTION]: Ha! :D Yes, that totally counts. ;)
     
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    OMG I just bitched at the AT&T rep (I always make a point of saying it's not them personally) for the unethical business practice of automatically charging for a data plan for putting one's sim card into a Black Berry, regardless of the fact we never used any data services. I patiently explained to her the power company does not charge me for buying a more expensive light fixture or a nicer TV. They charge for the service I use. She just didn't get the concept I was explaining.

    This business model of ripping people off for the exact same service if they hook up different independently owned equipment sucks. I went through the same outrage when the friggin cable company made my picture-in-a-picture TV moot by not allowing it to work with their digital box I had no choice but to take. I could still use the TV feature if I paid for two cable connections to the same TV.

    I hate these people!!!!


    There, I'm better now, but some of this sleaze will be in my dystopia novel when I get that one written.
     
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    This reminds me of a short story contest I entered a while ago on another site, where the theme was a non-super superpower. It couldn't be something like flying or super strength, but something potentially not very useful. Mine was about a boy who gave women orgasms without touching them. It was problematic for him. I'm waiting to hear back on whether it will be published in an anthology by my local writer's group. If it is I'll make an announcement.

    Anyway, the super sense of timing could make for an interesting short story. Ginger, you might have a bunch of short stories.
    EDIT TO ADD: Ginger - maybe a superpower of making a communications company comply with your wishes?
     
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    Reminds me of Kramer from Seinfeld! :p
     
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    Mine is being a very nice person I suppose
     
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    But I failed. I got them to send us a free phone to replace the BlackBerry and when we get it, I will get them to drop the 2 months charges for the data plan we didn't use (two months just because the use of the BlackBerry crossed the billing period). Then I'm switching carriers. But it's a hollow victory, it won't change the fact these companies have a monopoly on the market and they all rip you off equally.


    Weird, Unreal's Seinfeld comment showed up in my post on my screen.
     
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    That is a true super human power.
     
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    That is weird - It might have been because when I was posting it, I may have accidentally screwed up the quote command? Or maybe just some bizarre glitch.
    Sorry if it was my fault. I remember accidentally doing something with the quote command to Wreybies original comment.
     
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    When I was younger, my dad and I participated in an NFL football playoff pool. We had to pick the winners (counting the spread) of each of the games before they were played, and ultimately predict who would win the Super Bowl.

    I managed to get every single pick wrong. I was laughed at by everyone.

    I tried explaining to them that it's just as hard to get everything wrong as it is to get everything right. It's the same odds. They were having none of it, though.

    But then it occurred to me that I might actually have a super-power: the ability to predict the exact opposite of the future!

    I'm ... WRONGMAN!

    :)
     
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    LOL :)

    An ex of mine used to call me only little. He was 6' 2". I'm 5' 6". *shrug*

    I wrote a theme song for my Only Little persona. He thought I was crazy.

    Only Little! Yes that me!
    Only Little! Small as a flea!
    When you need help and other heroes can't,
    Only Little, small as an ant
    will fit through the crack,
    give the bad guy a smack!
    Only Little, always got your back!
     
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    I'm sure it had nothing to do with you. For some reason when I post, sometimes the bottom of the screen is condensed and I can only see half of my avatar and post but it self corrects eventually. Only this time it was like our posts were merged. I was confused at first because there was something I hadn't typed in my post. But I think it was just this weird screen scroll issue illusion.
     
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    I can name any color I see and instantly associate it with a crayola crayon color. Does that count? hahaha
     
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    When I'm walking at night, sometimes a dead lamppost will flicker into life. It happens to my mom too.
     
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    I am immune to brain-freeze. Have never had one. Ever.

    I have no idea how to use this superpower for universal good.
     
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    Not a superpower, really, maybe just an anomaly, but I sprint 100m dash uncannily fast for my size (I only wish my thighs were as muscular and sinewy as sprinters' :(). The last I timed it, I made it in 13.32 secs if I remember correctly. I should time it again this summer...

    x)
     
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    Not sure if this is really a 'super' power but I can fall asleep anywhere - no matter how noisy, how uncomfortable, whether sat, laying down or standing, if I want to, I can fall asleep.
     
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    There is no way to use it for universal good. Just enjoy this beautiful gift. lol


    I am so jealous I can't even begin to articulate it properly...



    Short legs? I hear that. haha

    I'm sorry when you said sinewy thighs I immediately thought of Robert Muldoon in Jurassic Park. He had magnificent legs. :p
     
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    Actually I'm 5'7 so of average height, but "real runners" have muscular legs and I don't, so I'm not sure where the power comes from and why I'm faster than e.g. my husband... oh well, can't complain, considering I suck at a million other things :D
     
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    I'm able to, if I've read up to a point in a book, put it to one side for whatever reason, and then a few months later be able to pick it up again and remember everything up to the point I stopped. That's a superpower right?
     
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    I am, too. I heard that a certain percentage of people are -- it was reported as some sort of "news." I had never really understood what people were talking about. I guess I'm glad I'm immune.
     
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    Uncanny! I posess the same ability. It is very reliable and I cannot think of the last time it was wrong. I attribute my super power to years in a profession that requires timing various activities. At this point I regularly arrive at the timer seconds before the duration has expired. I wonder, does this make us allies or arch-nemeses?
     
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    Maybe one of us DC and the other is Marvel. ;)
     

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