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If you could have a super-human gift, what would it be?(27 posts)

If you could have a super-human gift, what would it be?DougSloan
Apr 25, 2002 9:05 AM
If you could have one super-human ability, what would it be?

*The ability always to tell if others are telling the truth (or better yet, the ability to make them tell the truth - what a great lawyer that would make)?

*Ride a bike fast?

*Heal people?

*Read minds?

*Communicate with dead?

*Immortality?

*
fly - nmMJ
Apr 25, 2002 9:11 AM
Ditto: fly - nmBrooks
Apr 25, 2002 10:11 AM
Absolutely: fly! - nmmr_spin
Apr 25, 2002 10:26 AM
The power to inflict instantaneous karma on someone.Sintesi
Apr 25, 2002 10:14 AM
The rude kid who blares his car stereo would instantly get a flat tire or his electrical system would short. Same to the jerks who harrasses cyclists from their cars.

People who let their dogs crap on the sidewalk would be thunderstruck with unstoppable diarrhea (before they can make it back to their house of course).

People who try and hit their kids would miss and break something priceless in their home instead. If they try again they'd fall and break their hip.

People who swindle and fleece others will in turn be swindled by a nigerian banking scam of some sort, or be dealt an embarrassing, but just, sexual harrassment lawsuit that bankrupts them and exposes their animal sex fetish to the world.

Donald Trump will suffer from a profound itchiness and will be forced to go into hiding.

There are others on the list, but there's a starter set.
I like that; ultimate justice nmDougSloan
Apr 25, 2002 10:35 AM
beware of unintended consequencesmr_spin
Apr 25, 2002 10:49 AM
You break the parent's hip, the kids end up having to take care of them later in life. Double punishment.

And who is going to clean up the diarrhea?

I do love the idea. There should be a superhero with this kind of power. Karmaman. The Karma Kid.
Me, too: The fickle finger of fate would be safe in my hands...cory
Apr 25, 2002 3:13 PM
Nothing lethal, of course. But the instant diarrhea, the snap of the crankshaft...I especially like the broken hip for people who hit their kids. Man, if you can't outsmart a 6-year-old, that's just SAD.
I'd vote for you. nmRoyGBiv
Apr 26, 2002 12:00 PM
See the futurePaulCL
Apr 25, 2002 11:06 AM
Not for years becuase I wouldn't want to know that much. But maybe just a month or two.

Enough time to prepare for events. Enough time to make billions in the stock market - give me Monday's Wall Street Journal today and watch out!

Immortality? No way. I wouldn't want to outlive my children. Heal people? No one could say no to that. Read minds?? And know what they really think of me, NOT! Communicate with the dead?? Hell, I don't want to communicate with most of the living. Ride a bike fast?? What a waste of a good fantasy.
Heal people..DINOSAUR
Apr 25, 2002 12:10 PM
Heal people and practice compassion. I probably would have enjoyed being a doctor, couldn't put up with all that schooling though...My wife can read minds (mine)...
Be happy (nm)Jon Billheimer
Apr 25, 2002 4:54 PM
Foodmickey-mac
Apr 25, 2002 7:31 PM
I'd love to have the ability to generate food for everyone in the world who needs it.
So you are Ray Krok? :-0 nmDougSloan
Apr 26, 2002 5:34 AM
So you are Ray Krok? :-0 nmmickey-mac
Apr 26, 2002 6:02 AM
Right, healthy Chicken McNuggets soaked in beef tallow for all the hungry children of the world.
seriously, thoughDougSloan
Apr 26, 2002 6:15 AM
I was joking, of course. I do realize that most everything there, in fact most everything fast food, is pretty disgusting and fattening. Subway turkey sandwiches for me.

This is the paradox (maybe) that I have always pondered. If all of the starving people in the world are fed, and they grow up to have even more children, and will we be able to feed even more, and more, each generation? Does there need to be some type of birth control, too? I don't intend to sound cold hearted about this, but isn't this a real problem?
Anthropoligists have concluded that.....Len J
Apr 26, 2002 6:49 AM
when a populations basis needs for food, healthcare and sanitation are met, the normal result is less propagation as the population can spend more time on education and other "Higher" uses of thier time (Then just survival).

The highest historical surges in population growth have been when a population is under stress from famine, war, disease etc.

So to answer your question, History would say that population growth would go down with better food availability.

Len
now that makes senseDougSloan
Apr 26, 2002 7:05 AM
I never thought of it that way.

Does that mean I've lead a relatively stress free, educated, well-fed life because I've not had a child until age 42? :-)
now that makes senseLen J
Apr 26, 2002 7:23 AM
Maybe the opposite. You've not had a child until 42 because you've lead a relatively stress free, educated, well-fed life. ;-)

Incedintally, I got interested in this subject when I came across some material on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This is the entire premise (almost) behind thier focus on 3rd world health care as the beneficiary of thier money. It makes for some good reading & led me to other reading on the topic. Thier logic is well thought out, practical and appears to be beginning to have some impact. Worth reading about, it's interesting. They have some interesting criteria for when they will & won't give money, mainly around wether or not the local gov't will match funds & commitment & wether or not there is a local "owner" committed to the project. There will be great learning out of thier successes and failures.

Len
Time Travel (nm)terry b
Apr 26, 2002 5:45 AM
hear others' thoughts (selectively, at will). nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 26, 2002 6:24 AM
re: If you could have a super-human gift, what would it be?empacher6seat
Apr 26, 2002 9:26 AM
SUPER HUMAN STRENGTH!!!
Oh wait... got that one already! =)
just kidding.

I'd probably go for the mind reading.
I don't know about that mind readingDougSloan
Apr 26, 2002 12:58 PM
It seems that most people can't handle the 5% of truth others think about them that is verbalized. I think it would be horrific to read minds. What if everyone thinks you're a goober?
re: If you could have a super-human gift, what would it be?John Ryder
Apr 26, 2002 8:03 PM
Weather control so that I could have more sunny and hot days to ride on. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and the Winters here suck.
re: If you could have a super-human gift, what would it be?AlanE
Apr 29, 2002 9:35 AM
Ability to predict the future.
super-human giftTurtleherder
Apr 29, 2002 11:57 AM
I see alot of mind reading posts above but I would rather have mind control. I don't care what they think, I just want them to do what I want! Boy, that doesn't say too much about my personality does it? I and a few friends have had this conversation over a few adult beverages before and one wanted to be able to mentally invoke organization on everyone, said it would make her life easier if everything ran smoothly. Always kind of liked that one.
Twilight ZoneDougSloan
Apr 29, 2002 12:13 PM
Wasn't there a kid in the Twilight Zone movie who could do that? It didn't make him/her(?) happy.