Monday, October 23, 2006

Super surprising

In a recent, rigorously controlled, peer-reviewed, double-blind study (OK fine, it was a poll on People.com), more than 35,000 people revealed which of five superpowers they would want. They chose among the following abilities:
  1. Stopping time
  2. Reading minds
  3. Flying
  4. Painting the future (apparently you have to watch the show Heroes to know what this means)
  5. Cheating death

The winner by far was: mind-reading (36%). Huh? I cannot think of anything I would want less. Have these people not heard of a chick named Pandora? If someone has something good to say, they'll probably say it out loud. If they have something not-so-good to say, why would I want to know? Yes, I'm as voyeuristic as the next person (why else would I read so many blogs?) so I can see the appeal of reading random strangers' minds. But knowing other people's unfiltered thoughts about me is a huge downside.

But stopping time? Now that's something I can get behind. The possibility of a month--even a week or a day--in which I don't have to prioritize, to decide which of the 5 or 10 or 20 things on my list (both fun and not-fun) will have to be set aside for later? That sounds pretty incredible to me.

What would you pick?

12 comments:

Lady M said...

I think I'd rather have the power to change people's minds rather than read them. I agree - it's scary enough what folks will say after they've had an opportunity to filter, so I don't need to know the raw thinking!

Karianna said...

YES! Absolutely "stopping time." I can think of so many, many reasons how this could come in handy.

Is it wrong that I misread the title as "Sugar..." when I saw your list of five things? I must really be hungry: I thought you were posting a recipe!

But time-stoppage? That's good too.

Summer said...

Stopping time, definitely, especially if it came with the ability to rewind or fast-forward time. (If I could fast-forward time, I might be brave enough to try a brazilian wax.) Flying would be nice, too, but I think I'd prefer to do it in an invisible jet than Superman-style. The invisible jet would have heating, you see.

mothergoosemouse said...

I watched "Heroes" for the first time last night (not surprisingly, Kyle is a fan), and not only did "painting the future" take place, but so did the mind-reading. It was a scene all too similar to the Mel Gibson/Marisa Tomei sex scene in "What Women Want".

I like the idea of stopping time, but with that superpower I'd feel responsible for stopping evil in progress. But flying? I could just zip all over the planet, visiting everything and everyone - complete leisure.

Mom101 said...

Forget Pandora; didn't you see "What Women Want?"

I gotta go with flying. Me and MotherGM, hitting the seven wonders of the world together in one day. Ah, I can see it....

TB said...

If you're not watching Heroes, definitely check it out. It kicks ass.

Jeff and I have both already decided that the guy who can stop time/teleport/time travel is the best of the heroes. It trumps mind reading any day.

nomotherearth said...

oHeroes is one of the best new tv shows out there! I, too, toyed with wanting to read peoples minds and decided that I didn't really want to know what people thought of me. I was blasé about stopping time, but you make a VERY good point at being able to get so much more done! I will have to rethink

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

If I'm going to die at any point before my youngest child turns -- oh, 25, I think -- then I want to cheat death.

Otherwise I would *definitely* stop time. Then I could be ALONE! Ah, to be alone, w/ no one pulling on me!

me said...

assuming "painting the future" has something to do with deciding your own destiny, i would have to go with that. Cause really then you would have almost everything else, except the flying thng.

Movin mom said...

Couldn't I paint myself flying???

I'd like to be the wise one and say that I would like my superpower to be a healer, however, I am sure that this would be one exhausting job.

Stopping time would only enable my procrastination issues, and reading peoples minds?? YUK no way I don't take criticism well even if it is constructive....

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Telekenesis or the Jedi Mind trick.

I'm really lazy.

Anonymous said...

I love "Heroes"! It's a fantastic show and my husband and I are hooked. I don't know which super power I would want, though. Power would mean more responsibility towards humanity and I'm too lazy for more work...