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(Sun Sentinel)   Sixteen year-old girl believes she has superpowers because of synesthesia   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 162
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2013-03-23 03:06:45 PM
Cool kid.

I wonder what she sees and hears when "penis" is read.
 
2013-03-23 03:40:35 PM
Synesthesia is facinating to me.  I sort of have a very low-grade version of it.  Digits have colors in my mind.  Not words though.
 
2013-03-23 03:49:30 PM
www.sun-sentinel.com

An interesting fact, hypnosis can induce synesthesia in normal people, no LSD required.
 
2013-03-23 03:53:57 PM

downstairs: Synesthesia is facinating to me.  I sort of have a very low-grade version of it.  Digits have colors in my mind.  Not words though.


My mother is the same way, although she attributes it to doing lots of color/paint by numbers things as a kid
 
2013-03-23 04:00:14 PM
One of our editors at work is a synesthete. She's a particularly good editor because typos make the words the wrong color to her.
 
2013-03-23 04:00:54 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Cool kid.

I wonder what she sees and hears when "penis" is read.


Probably the color 'flesh.'
 
2013-03-23 04:29:54 PM
I had that.  Then I came down.
 
2013-03-23 04:40:15 PM

xanadian: BarkingUnicorn: Cool kid.

I wonder what she sees and hears when "penis" is read.

Probably the color 'flesh.'


That's racist

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2013-03-23 05:03:22 PM

Shostie: One of our editors at work is a synesthete. She's a particularly good editor because typos make the words the wrong color to her.


So she has the power of spell-check subconsciously.  That would have been an even bigger boon before the digital age. It could qualify as a minor superpower.
 
2013-03-23 05:18:03 PM
A superpower it may be, but it would make for a really boring comic book hero.

"Put that detonator down, super villain, or I'll read this in mauve"

/it's a boring comic book, of course the bad guy is named "Super Villain"
 
2013-03-23 05:19:33 PM
Fark SunSentinel
 
2013-03-23 05:20:00 PM
www.famousscientists.org
 
2013-03-23 05:20:54 PM
Listen... do you smell something?
 
2013-03-23 05:20:56 PM
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2013-03-23 05:21:33 PM

Metalupis: downstairs: Synesthesia is facinating to me.  I sort of have a very low-grade version of it.  Digits have colors in my mind.  Not words though.

My mother is the same way, although she attributes it to doing lots of color/paint by numbers things as a kid


Remembering that blue was a 3 and green was a 5 is a lot different that synesthesia.
 
2013-03-23 05:22:22 PM
So maybe they can tell us what purple tastes like?
 
2013-03-23 05:22:37 PM
Somebody stole the plotline of Alphas....
 
2013-03-23 05:23:28 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Cool kid.

I wonder what she sees and hears when "penis" is read.


Better yet: how does it taste?

/i bet it tastes like rap
 
2013-03-23 05:23:56 PM

FuryOfFirestorm: So maybe they can tell us what purple tastes like?


it tastes like successful Americans
 
2013-03-23 05:24:11 PM
Take it up with the discovery channel, subby.
 
2013-03-23 05:25:23 PM

FuryOfFirestorm: So maybe they can tell us what purple tastes like?


Snozzberries
 
2013-03-23 05:25:44 PM
What a coincidence, I often see red after reading shiat on fark too.
 
2013-03-23 05:28:40 PM
The only real superpower that 16 year old girls have is the ability to attract a guy like me.
 
2013-03-23 05:29:12 PM
She'd have a great job working for Zombo.com
 
2013-03-23 05:30:11 PM
I know Cytherea has super powers. Sister of Synesthesia?
 
2013-03-23 05:31:17 PM

FuryOfFirestorm: So maybe they can tell us what purple tastes like?


blogs.villagevoice.com
 
2013-03-23 05:32:11 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: FuryOfFirestorm: So maybe they can tell us what purple tastes like?

it tastes like successful Americans


sees what you did there  jvpoll.home.xs4all.nl
 
2013-03-23 05:32:30 PM
My mundane superpower is the ability to fold a standard 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper in equal thirds just by eyeballing it.
 
2013-03-23 05:33:52 PM
Synesthesia is the next thing everyone's going to have, like OCD or assburgers.
 
2013-03-23 05:34:20 PM

encyclopediaplushuman: Somebody stole the plotline of Alphas....


I was going to say that the first season was awesome, then the Writers Strike came and everything went to hell.

/save the cheerleader, save the Opry
 
2013-03-23 05:34:45 PM
I have a few forms of synesthesia, and people find it endlessly fascinating. Numbers have colours for me, making it very difficult to math, because some colours look awful together. 7+8 is difficult because it's red and purple, and makes 15 which is white and yellow, and it drives me crazy.

Days of the week have colours for me, Monday is blue, Tuesday is red, etc.

The best one is the ambient noise synesthesia though. Music doesn't do anything for me, but ambient sounds have colours and shapes. The sound of a lawnmower makes an extremely fast moving green pinwheel. Brown noise on oscillate makes a sort of expanding and contracting shiftless grey shape.

It was weird to find out not everyone has colours for numbers, or sees static when they hear a fan!
 
2013-03-23 05:35:16 PM
And yet no one cares about us anosmatic folk.
 
2013-03-23 05:36:38 PM
I'd like to see what she thinks about hot lesbian sex.... I'll start by kissing the nape of her neck while pressing my boobs into hers. Next I'll #^&^^ [DISCONNECTED]
 
2013-03-23 05:37:15 PM

VTGremlin: And yet no one cares about us anosmatic folk.


Get out of here stinky!
 
2013-03-23 05:38:20 PM
I'd goto jail for it.
 
GCD
2013-03-23 05:38:55 PM
Justin Chancellor - the bassist for Tool - has claimed that he has synesthesia.

I bet that's a total mindtrip in the studio.
 
2013-03-23 05:39:46 PM
I have some weird association with colors and certain smells. Never thought much about it.
 
2013-03-23 05:39:49 PM
Can she taste the rainbow?
 
2013-03-23 05:41:10 PM
I must have a mild version of that. Guy called me an asshole the other day, and I saw read.
 
2013-03-23 05:42:57 PM

StrikitRich: Can she taste the rainbow?


I'd like to taste HER rainbow...

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2013-03-23 05:43:42 PM
That's nothing compared to Changnesia.
 
2013-03-23 05:43:55 PM

Matthew Keene: I must have a mild version of that. Guy called me an asshole the other day, and I saw read.


What you see if someone calls you a moran?
 
2013-03-23 05:44:42 PM
Superpower?
You're a retarded version of Dazzler.
And you thought everyone saw like you did until 7th grade?  Do you no have parents, siblings, or friends?  It seems like that conversation may have come up one time.
 
2013-03-23 05:46:48 PM
Using the color-letter association data, Laura has come up with her own neurological theory: ... excess connections in the brain

IANAN, but isn't that the obvious first theory to check? So... her theory is more detailed than that? A search doesn't turn up anything yet.

This is why you don't get your serious science reportage from regular newspapers.
 
2013-03-23 05:47:05 PM

encyclopediaplushuman: Somebody stole the plotline of Alphas....



www.thetvaddict.com

agrees.
/Damn I miss that show.
 
2013-03-23 05:47:06 PM
 
2013-03-23 05:47:06 PM

LewDux: Matthew Keene: I must have a mild version of that. Guy called me an asshole the other day, and I saw read.

What you see if someone calls you a moran?


Chartreuse.
 
2013-03-23 05:48:03 PM
News flash 16 year old girl is stupid, more at 11.
 
2013-03-23 05:48:42 PM
I used to think I saw music as colors, then I realized I was imagining the color of the album art as I listened to the music.
 
2013-03-23 05:49:07 PM
If you are interested in synesthesia, read Born On A Blue Day and A Mango Shaped Space.

I have it very mildly, days and numbers have shapes (hard to explain) but I know a kid who has the full blown version. It can be an incredible memory tool. The guy who wrote Born On A Blue Day can memorize a huge series of numbers, because they turn into a picture landscape for him, and he can just walk through it in his mind whenever he needs to recall the numbers.
 
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