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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  
img39.imageshack.us
 
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...

24.media.tumblr.com
 
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.
 
2013-03-23 05:50:56 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.


Mine's pretty low-level--I don't outright hallucinate the colors--so sometimes I miss a typo and just stop writing and stare blankly at the screen until my brain tells me what's wrong.

/Side note: The University of Granada found a potential link between psychic empathy--i.e. 'mind reading--and mirror-neuron synthesia, and I'd bet more than a few other psychic abilities are just cultural expressions of synthesia (for example, aura reading can be migraine-based, but is probably more commonly synthesia based on the brain associating  people with colors).
//So yeah, synthesia's actually a fun neurological fark-up to have. You can actually do shiat with it.
 
2013-03-23 05:51:30 PM  
"I have a special connection with colors," says Laura, a student at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale. "It's my special superpower."

That sounds better than, 'disease', I suppose.
 
2013-03-23 05:53:09 PM  
I wonder how subliminal messages affect her? Does she notice it more, because she gets flashes of color?
 
2013-03-23 05:55:16 PM  

Ryker's Peninsula: 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.


You'd be surprised. I didn't tell anyone until I was 14 that I couldn't smell, and even then my parents didn't believe me. I'm not sure they do even today.
 
2013-03-23 05:56:39 PM  

Ryker's Peninsula: 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.


Wow.

That's just a really bad take. Even worse than the subby's caption and choice of tag (should have been "COOL" and not "FLORIDA")

FTFA, she's an 11th grader who is doing research on synesthesia with Harvard University.

Are you so pissed off about life and the world that you have to take out your anger on some 16 year old in a news article?

i.qkme.me
 
2013-03-23 05:57:13 PM  
Oh man, I have never encountered or read about anybody else who has the tickertape thing.  I feel so much better and less like a freak right now.

I don't get colors on letters, though, I just see spoken words with different fonts (for lack of a better word).  So a particular person gets their own general font, and then words will adjust depending on tone or meaning (the more angry a person is, the more jagged the words appear, for instance).  Also, certain words have very specific fonts because of logo association.  I can't think of Coca-Cola without seeing it as the fancified logo, and it always feels muzzy when I see it on a screen in a normal type font, like it isn't quite the same thing.

/I'm a freak, anyway, I know it, shut up
//Also have synesthesia in a few other ways
///Runs in the family like whoa
 
2013-03-23 06:01:17 PM  

Fell In Love With a Chair: 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!


I never knew it was a thing until a few years ago.  Mondays were always black, wednesdays were orange.  Even when reading those words the color came up.  I also have an interesting (to me, anyway) variety where if I close my eyes and listen to music various faces are there.  Opera and opera-ish music is actually the best for this.  I wonder if it exists more commonly among opera enthusiasts and performers?

I'm guessing that somehow audio is cross wired with the part of the brain that processes facial recognition.
 
2013-03-23 06:03:16 PM  
I'm looking for a woman who can get me a sandwich. You know, someone with supperpowers.

/Have to get my own sandwiches.
//*cry*
 
2013-03-23 06:05:14 PM  

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


[www.thetvaddict.com image 385x514]

agrees.
/Damn I miss that show.


I'm really angry it was cancelled. It was the best handling of an X-Men type story I've seen.
 
2013-03-23 06:05:36 PM  

Snarfangel: I'm looking for a woman who can get me a sandwich. You know, someone with supperpowers.

/Have to get my own sandwiches.
//*cry*


28.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-23 06:08:15 PM  
Criminal Minds did an episode on this   If the Words are red you are lying  and must DIE!
 
2013-03-23 06:11:19 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-23 06:13:25 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.


I refuse to believe that it is a thing, since I can't imagine anyone NOT always having the experiences synaesthetics describe. Unless, absaically, synaesthesia is the absence of smells linked to sounds, so people ONLY get colours, and so on and suchlike.
 
2013-03-23 06:13:25 PM  
heroeswiki.com

Groovy :)
 
2013-03-23 06:16:04 PM  
I have that, too.  It'd be a great program, if there were better midi files available for the songs I'm trying to learn...
 
2013-03-23 06:17:19 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: 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.

I refuse to believe that it is a thing, since I can't imagine anyone NOT always having the experiences synaesthetics describe. Unless, absaically, synaesthesia is the absence of smells linked to sounds, so people ONLY get colours, and so on and suchlike.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-23 06:19:27 PM  
Synesthesia was a plot-sticker in The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester.
 
2013-03-23 06:20:23 PM  

steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula: 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.

Wow.

That's just a really bad take. Even worse than the subby's caption and choice of tag (should have been "COOL" and not "FLORIDA")

FTFA, she's an 11th grader who is doing research on synesthesia with Harvard University.

Are you so pissed off about life and the world that you have to take out your anger on some 16 year old in a news article?

[i.qkme.me image 256x192]


You might want to check your Snark Detector.  I think it needs recalibrating.
And really, bro... Steely Dan?  Did you confuse paint chips and potato chips as a child?
 
2013-03-23 06:20:45 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: 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.

I refuse to believe that it is a thing, since I can't imagine anyone NOT always having the experiences synaesthetics describe. Unless, absaically, synaesthesia is the absence of smells linked to sounds, so people ONLY get colours, and so on and suchlike.


I must have synesthesia...I could totally smell bullshiat when reading that.
 
2013-03-23 06:28:11 PM  

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


[www.thetvaddict.com image 385x514]

agrees.
/Damn I miss that show.

I'm really angry it was cancelled. It was the best handling of an X-Men type story I've seen.


Quite true. The incredibly lame Lost Girl should have been given the axe instead.
 
2013-03-23 06:30:06 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Cool kid.

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


Well for yours I guess it would be "It's a small world after all"
 
2013-03-23 06:32:00 PM  
Mine is mostly sound-taste, with some mild sensation tossed in, though it seems to work particularly well with the human voice; men tend to have a wooden or metallic flavor, and women are on the citrus spectrum for the most part.

It does work kind of well while doing physics; if I don't get too distracted, I can feel when the equations are headed in the right way and don't do silly things like misplace my signs. Mostly, heh.
 
2013-03-23 06:32:06 PM  
Synesthesia  - Isn't that a type of marijuana without seeds or something?
 
2013-03-23 06:36:23 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Bennie Crabtree: 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.

I refuse to believe that it is a thing, since I can't imagine anyone NOT always having the experiences synaesthetics describe. Unless, absaically, synaesthesia is the absence of smells linked to sounds, so people ONLY get colours, and so on and suchlike.

I must have synesthesia...I could totally smell bullshiat when reading that.


i saw a troll typing while reading Mr Crabtree's post.

/must have a special form of synesthesia
//farkesthesia?
 
2013-03-23 06:36:51 PM  
Dain Bramage.
 
2013-03-23 06:37:35 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: Synesthesia  - Isn't that a type of marijuana without seeds or something?


your thinking of G13
 
2013-03-23 06:39:54 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: Synesthesia  - Isn't that a type of marijuana without seeds or something?


I think it's actually an artificial sweetener.
 
2013-03-23 06:40:26 PM  

Apos: The incredibly lame Lost Girl should have been given the axe instead.


Ksenia Solo is the only thing keeping that show going.
 
2013-03-23 06:41:51 PM  
Using the color-letter association data, Laura has come up with her own neurological theory: A fusion between two lobes in the brain causes synesthesia.

"This is all novel," said Gordinier


I doubt that...I'm just a SW engineer and a mis-connection between two parts of your brain seems like the only logical cause of this.  I can't be the only other person besides her to think that.  Be proud of her accomplishments there, miss teacher-person...but don't go nuts.
 
2013-03-23 06:41:54 PM  

Ryker's Peninsula: steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula: 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.

Wow.

That's just a really bad take. Even worse than the subby's caption and choice of tag (should have been "COOL" and not "FLORIDA")

FTFA, she's an 11th grader who is doing research on synesthesia with Harvard University.

Are you so pissed off about life and the world that you have to take out your anger on some 16 year old in a news article?

[i.qkme.me image 256x192]

You might want to check your Snark Detector.  I think it needs recalibrating.
And really, bro... Steely Dan?  Did you confuse paint chips and potato chips as a child?


Oh, silly me. My snark detector was set for "funny", not "jackass"
 
2013-03-23 06:44:55 PM  
I have a  very low version of synthesiea.
With my eyes closed trying to sleep, a noise is seen as thin
diagonal lines, grey on black.

I always thought it was leakage of audio data into the vision center of the brain.
Am I seeing sound waves?

PS:
Ghostbuster reference.
Futurama reference.
Thanks respective Farkers.
 
2013-03-23 06:46:08 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-23 06:46:29 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Dunno if Top Ten has been referenced yet.
/Lukewarm/
 
2013-03-23 06:46:32 PM  

J. Frank Parnell: Apos: The incredibly lame Lost Girl should have been given the axe instead.

Ksenia Solo is the only thing keeping that show going.



I stopped watching three episodes into Season 2, but I'll take your word for it.
 
2013-03-23 06:47:17 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


I used to hear numbers. There's a reason I like US measurements.
 
2013-03-23 06:47:27 PM  

J. Frank Parnell: Apos: The incredibly lame Lost Girl should have been given the axe instead.

Ksenia Solo is the only thing keeping that show going.


Lost Girl isn't an original production, it's a Canadian import. All Siffy has to pay for is syndication rights. And Ksenia was ALMOST enough to keep me watching (dear God those eyes!). Almost.
 
2013-03-23 06:50:01 PM  
jayessell:
Am I seeing sound waves?

according to facebook that only happens when you make coffee with redbull instead of water.
 
2013-03-23 06:51:21 PM  
Synesthesia? Meh - here's someone with a real superpower.
 
2013-03-23 06:51:35 PM  
For me, different foods have different tastes and when it's dark I can hardly see.
sometimes when I smell bacon it triggers a growling noise.
 
2013-03-23 06:59:35 PM  
My superpower of prediction tells me that one day she will be able to tell us the color of a blowjob.
 
2013-03-23 07:00:05 PM  

puckrock2000: Synesthesia? Meh - here's someone with a real superpower.



Heh, heh.  My husband is a supertaster/supersmeller; too bad we can't have kids, because they might end up actual superheroes.


/or curled up in a corner due to total environmental overload
//either way, FOR SCIENCE!
 
2013-03-23 07:00:28 PM  
Its like having all the fun of schizophrenia with out having to be full blown schizophrenic.
 
2013-03-23 07:00:48 PM  
She should call up all her past sexual partners and notify them that they should be tested.
 
2013-03-23 07:01:10 PM  
The worst part about the number 7 is how it shifts from grey to lavender. At least the other numbers stay the same.
 
2013-03-23 07:01:24 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.


Or she is just using Microsoft Word.
 
2013-03-23 07:11:03 PM  

VTGremlin: Ryker's Peninsula: 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.

You'd be surprised. I didn't tell anyone until I was 14 that I couldn't smell, and even then my parents didn't believe me. I'm not sure they do even today.


It's not that they didn't believe you. There were being honest.

"Oh, you smell, alright. Trust us. You smell"

/ kidding
 
2013-03-23 07:16:58 PM  

VTGremlin: Ryker's Peninsula: 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.

You'd be surprised. I didn't tell anyone until I was 14 that I couldn't smell, and even then my parents didn't believe me. I'm not sure they do even today.


You didn't play with machetes when you were a kid did you?
 
GCD
2013-03-23 07:19:04 PM  

jayessell: I have a  very low version of synthesiea.
With my eyes closed trying to sleep, a noise is seen as thin
diagonal lines, grey on black.


If that qualifies as a "low version of synthesiea", then I'll be damned if I don't have it too, although mine involves color and various shapes.

I've had diagonal lines, I've seen circles, I've had what looks like a snowy TV, lightening bolts, fireworks, basically it runs the gauntlet.

It's more frequent when I am sleepy, but it has happened when I've closed my eyes while I've been wide-awake.

My parents never believed me at all and chalked it up to being an over-active imagination. I've always thought it's been really cool, except for times when it's extremely active and every noise I hear creates a visual.
 
2013-03-23 07:22:52 PM  
Dude! I have it too! They said the words on that page were just black--but I saw red, blue, white and black words! Holy sh*t I'm a rocket surgeon! Fark you Hawking, I'm'a get me all the black hole I want now! I'm headed uptown, baby!
 
2013-03-23 07:23:03 PM  
The snozzberries taste like snozzberries

bbsimg.ngfiles.com
 
2013-03-23 07:23:12 PM  

GCD: jayessell: I have a  very low version of synthesiea.
With my eyes closed trying to sleep, a noise is seen as thin
diagonal lines, grey on black.

If that qualifies as a "low version of synthesiea", then I'll be damned if I don't have it too, although mine involves color and various shapes.

I've had diagonal lines, I've seen circles, I've had what looks like a snowy TV, lightening bolts, fireworks, basically it runs the gauntlet.

It's more frequent when I am sleepy, but it has happened when I've closed my eyes while I've been wide-awake.

My parents never believed me at all and chalked it up to being an over-active imagination. I've always thought it's been really cool, except for times when it's extremely active and every noise I hear creates a visual.



What you guys are experiencing are actually hypnagogic hallucinations.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnagogia#Sounds
 
2013-03-23 07:24:30 PM  
Magister Ludi.
 
2013-03-23 07:25:39 PM  
i145.photobucket.com

"She is SO lucky..."
 
2013-03-23 07:26:28 PM  
balisane:
What you guys are experiencing are actually hypnagogic hallucinations.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnagogia#Sounds

Ugh, sorry; i meant to link directly to the "other sensations" part of that article, but the whole thing is a very interesting read.  I also have a lot of hypnagogic experiences, but they're often not very nice; morphing faces, people calling my name in panic, etc.
 
2013-03-23 07:27:28 PM  
I have superpowers because when I rub my eyes really really hard I see light flashing... and no one else sees it.
 
2013-03-23 07:30:58 PM  

LDM90: Synesthesia is the next thing everyone's going to have, like OCD or assburgers.


I read Oliver Sacks' Musicophilia. The hard part was how credulously he handled the torrent of snowflakes who came to him with unverifiable synesthesia. People have a desperate need to distinguish themselves.
 
2013-03-23 07:31:43 PM  

gravespinner: Magister Ludi.


Beneath the Wheel.
 
2013-03-23 07:31:52 PM  
Sometimes when I taste cooter, I see pink. Other times, the lights are off.
 
2013-03-23 07:33:24 PM  
16 year old girl thinks rap tastes salty?

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2013-03-23 07:35:29 PM  

steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula: steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula: 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.

Wow.

That's just a really bad take. Even worse than the subby's caption and choice of tag (should have been "COOL" and not "FLORIDA")

FTFA, she's an 11th grader who is doing research on synesthesia with Harvard University.

Are you so pissed off about life and the world that you have to take out your anger on some 16 year old in a news article?

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You might want to check your Snark Detector.  I think it needs recalibrating.
And really, bro... Steely Dan?  Did you confuse paint chips and potato chips as a child?

Oh, silly me. My snark detector was set for "funny", not "jackass"

There's your problem.  Those don't have to be mutually exclusive.
 
2013-03-23 07:38:02 PM  
I have that too.  Whenever I submit a headline I read it as green, but something always seems to change once a modmin gets a hold of it.
 
2013-03-23 07:43:18 PM  

ByOwlLight: Oh man, I have never encountered or read about anybody else who has the tickertape thing.  I feel so much better and less like a freak right now.


I have this, too.  Until I read this article (and your comment), I didn't know anyone else besides me had this.

In my case, I have trouble understanding spoken speech.  To compensate, my brain converts spoken words into written words and I end up "reading" those words on the "ticker tape" much like one reads subtitles when one watches a foreign language movie.  It makes it somewhat more challenging to carry on a face-to-face conversation with someone since I always have to look away in order to read their subtitled words.

\H and K are always green, but most other letters are color-neutral
 
2013-03-23 07:50:39 PM  

Ryker's Peninsula: steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula: steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula: 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.

Wow.

That's just a really bad take. Even worse than the subby's caption and choice of tag (should have been "COOL" and not "FLORIDA")

FTFA, she's an 11th grader who is doing research on synesthesia with Harvard University.

Are you so pissed off about life and the world that you have to take out your anger on some 16 year old in a news article?

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You might want to check your Snark Detector.  I think it needs recalibrating.
And really, bro... Steely Dan?  Did you confuse paint chips and potato chips as a child?

Oh, silly me. My snark detector was set for "funny", not "jackass"
There's your problem.  Those don't have to be mutually exclusive.


Well, mine was just calibrated by Mona Lisa Vito to be dead-on-balls-accurate (it's an industry term), and all I'm getting is "jackass"...
 
2013-03-23 07:55:14 PM  
Subby's superpower is the inability to read context.
 
2013-03-23 08:03:16 PM  
I never had it, then someone called me boring, then bam! Next day I had it. See how unique I am?
 
2013-03-23 08:07:55 PM  
Isn't that special.
 
2013-03-23 08:15:34 PM  
There are some real aholes in this thread. I am intrigued about this condition and am happy some Farkers realized they are special, but not alone.
 
2013-03-23 08:25:23 PM  
I have tetrachromacy. I see colors most people cannot. I can see infrared up to 1080nm or so. Sunlight bothers me ( everything washes out ) and I can see in virtual darkness as long as there's a tiny tiny bit of light. LED lights and monitors have been a godsend. Fluorescent lights flicker like hell to me, and incandescent lights are too bright.

Now for the cool parts, I can see through any camouflage. Those guys in ghillie suits stand out like crazy to me. Bugs birds animals, can spot them easy. I'm an awesome hunter. I hunt with basset hounds and I'm known for being able to walk into the field and just kick rabbits that no one can see, before the dogs see them. They don't run they squat and hide unless you are right on top of them.
 
2013-03-23 08:30:05 PM  

aseras: I have tetrachromacy. I see colors most people cannot. I can see infrared up to 1080nm or so. Sunlight bothers me ( everything washes out ) and I can see in virtual darkness as long as there's a tiny tiny bit of light. LED lights and monitors have been a godsend. Fluorescent lights flicker like hell to me, and incandescent lights are too bright.

Now for the cool parts, I can see through any camouflage. Those guys in ghillie suits stand out like crazy to me. Bugs birds animals, can spot them easy. I'm an awesome hunter. I hunt with basset hounds and I'm known for being able to walk into the field and just kick rabbits that no one can see, before the dogs see them. They don't run they squat and hide unless you are right on top of them.


Uh huh.
 
2013-03-23 08:37:02 PM  

aseras: I have tetrachromacy. I see colors most people cannot. I can see infrared up to 1080nm or so. Sunlight bothers me ( everything washes out ) and I can see in virtual darkness as long as there's a tiny tiny bit of light. LED lights and monitors have been a godsend. Fluorescent lights flicker like hell to me, and incandescent lights are too bright.

Now for the cool parts, I can see through any camouflage. Those guys in ghillie suits stand out like crazy to me. Bugs birds animals, can spot them easy. I'm an awesome hunter. I hunt with basset hounds and I'm known for being able to walk into the field and just kick rabbits that no one can see, before the dogs see them. They don't run they squat and hide unless you are right on top of them.


I suspect you are a half-elf, or have dwarven blood. Also, kicking rabbits is a dickish thing to do. You're supposed to tenderize them after you kill them.
 
2013-03-23 08:38:57 PM  

diaphoresis: 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]


This needs an immediate research grant.

You know. For... Science.
 
2013-03-23 08:45:02 PM  

etherknot: diaphoresis: 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]

This needs an immediate research grant.

You know. For... Science.


/agree
/full body agree
 
2013-03-23 08:51:43 PM  

LDM90: assburgers


mmmm, assburgers.

/tasty
 
2013-03-23 08:54:40 PM  
worthless without bikini pics
 
2013-03-23 08:58:07 PM  
 
2013-03-23 09:03:13 PM  

suburbanguy: Ryker's Peninsula: steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula: steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula:
You might want to check your Snark Detector.  I think it needs recalibrating.
And really, bro... Steely Dan?  Did you confuse paint chips and potato chips as a child?

Oh, silly me. My snark detector was set for "funny", not "jackass"
There's your problem.  Those don't have to be mutually exclusive.

Well, mine was just calibrated by Mona Lisa Vito to be dead-on-balls-accurate (it's an industry term), and all I'm getting is "jackass"...


Heh.  Thanks, internet.  You're the only place on the planet I would respond to someone who admits enjoying listening to Steely Dan and also makes "My Cousin Vinny" references.  You, good sir, have no taste in humor, music, or movies.  I want to help people that are suffering from these connections that I benefit from.
 
2013-03-23 09:09:24 PM  
Here comes the science (video).

One theory is that 1:200 to 1:40 people most likely have some form of synesthesia. So, yes, now that there is more public discussion you will here more and more people acknowledging having these experiences; and yes, some of those will be bullshiat but probably not as many as you'd think. Also, if the prevalence rate is really that high, it's not really a super power. It may be more like whether or not you can curl your tongue or if you have Morton's toe.


 /also, just for fun, some more V.S. Ramachandran love here (Ted talk) and here (.pdf).
 
2013-03-23 09:23:07 PM  

Ryker's Peninsula: suburbanguy: Ryker's Peninsula: steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula: steelydanfan: Ryker's Peninsula:
You might want to check your Snark Detector.  I think it needs recalibrating.
And really, bro... Steely Dan?  Did you confuse paint chips and potato chips as a child?

Oh, silly me. My snark detector was set for "funny", not "jackass"
There's your problem.  Those don't have to be mutually exclusive.

Well, mine was just calibrated by Mona Lisa Vito to be dead-on-balls-accurate (it's an industry term), and all I'm getting is "jackass"...

Heh.  Thanks, internet.  You're the only place on the planet I would respond to someone who admits enjoying listening to Steely Dan and also makes "My Cousin Vinny" references.  You, good sir, have no taste in humor, music, or movies.  I want to help people that are suffering from these connections that I benefit from.


Put the vodak down. I'm not a Steely Dan fan. Just someone else calling you put for being an arse.

/Also, MCV is a classic.
 
2013-03-23 09:26:05 PM  
CSB:

My girlfriend had a classmate in her intro to Psychology class that realized she was different when they began discussing  synesthesia in class. Said the chic almost broke down in tears.

/Chic in question is hot
//No pics tho :(
 
2013-03-23 09:32:36 PM  
My superpower is being able to shiat in a bag. I can shiat anywhere, anytime. Just try and stop me.
 
2013-03-23 09:38:33 PM  
 

Pharacyde: CSB:

My girlfriend had a classmate in her intro to Psychology class that realized she was different when they began discussing  synesthesia in class. Said the chic almost broke down in tears.

/Chic in question is hot
//No pics tho :(


So, you're saying the Chic was Le Freak?
 
2013-03-23 09:50:56 PM  
i2.kym-cdn.com
I am seeing colors and I have the weirdest boner
 
2013-03-23 10:02:29 PM  

fusillade762: Listen... do you smell something?


Tastes like chicken

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2013-03-23 10:06:09 PM  
It's believed geniuses like Albert Einstein had this, too.

Albert Einstein was more than one genius?
 
2013-03-23 10:28:43 PM  
imageshack.us
 
2013-03-23 10:30:29 PM  

Cubicle Jockey: 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.


Mine are being able to pour two drinks to the same volume by sound and to be able to figure out any electronic gadget within minutes after picking it up.
 
2013-03-23 10:33:53 PM  
Super powers??? I will show you super powers

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2013-03-23 10:38:40 PM  
This synesthesia thing is where I think a lot of avante garde artists must come from. Probably low-grade undiagnosed levels of it, anyway.

I was talking about this condition to an artist friend of mine, mentioned a composer I learned about in school who had it and who saw sound as colors. He stopped, and completely seriously asked me, "wait, that doesn't happen to you?"
 
2013-03-23 10:46:38 PM  
I used to have this when I was a kid and I just assumed everyone did. It started to fade away when I turned 8. I used to see scents as colours. I remember the scent of chocolate was maroon and the scent of gasoline was a bright orange.
 
2013-03-23 11:05:54 PM  
I apparently have synesthesia -- whenever I hear an Obama supporter say anything, it makes my ass itch.
 
2013-03-23 11:15:46 PM  
Numbers are male and female, right?
 
2013-03-23 11:33:49 PM  

Ghastly: I used to have this when I was a kid and I just assumed everyone did. It started to fade away when I turned 8. I used to see scents as colours. I remember the scent of chocolate was maroon and the scent of gasoline was a bright orange.


those were crayons dude.
 
2013-03-23 11:38:21 PM  

swangoatman: Ghastly: I used to have this when I was a kid and I just assumed everyone did. It started to fade away when I turned 8. I used to see scents as colours. I remember the scent of chocolate was maroon and the scent of gasoline was a bright orange.

those were crayons dude.


They didn't have scented crayons in the 60s, but a gasoline scented crayon would make an awesome prank crayon.
 
2013-03-23 11:39:33 PM  
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Brock: "Hank, what color is my tongue?"
Hank: "It's kind of a wednesday... Like a light wednesday?"
 
2013-03-23 11:44:35 PM  

Rustblade: Dain Bramage.


Yes, clearly Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman and Leonard Bernstein were all victims of horrible brain damage.
 
2013-03-23 11:48:18 PM  

Dadoody: Its like having all the fun of schizophrenia with out having to be full blown schizophrenic.


Actually my autism comes a lot closer to that one. :)
 
2013-03-24 12:01:45 AM  

Hot Panda Milk: Numbers are male and female, right?


Heh.
 
2013-03-24 12:17:15 AM  

Elegy: Fark SunSentinel


In a word: THIS^
 
2013-03-24 12:29:23 AM  

Apos: J. Frank Parnell: Apos: The incredibly lame Lost Girl should have been given the axe instead.

Ksenia Solo is the only thing keeping that show going.

I stopped watching three episodes into Season 2, but I'll take your word for it.


I think you and I gave up about the same time. It got far too stupid for the pretty to compensate for.
 
2013-03-24 01:31:45 AM  
Most sixteen year-old girls have superpowers, they just don't realize it yet.
 
2013-03-24 01:33:25 AM  

Ghastly: swangoatman: Ghastly: I used to have this when I was a kid and I just assumed everyone did. It started to fade away when I turned 8. I used to see scents as colours. I remember the scent of chocolate was maroon and the scent of gasoline was a bright orange.

those were crayons dude.

They didn't have scented crayons in the 60s, but a gasoline scented crayon would make an awesome prank crayon.


I did. they all smelled like my brothers ass. don't ask me why OR how I know what his ass smelled like.
 
2013-03-24 01:56:16 AM  
i wouldn't call it super powers, but super gay
 
2013-03-24 06:13:09 AM  
If I'm about to walk into something in the dark, It sounds weird amd tastes like a 9v battery.

What's up with hearing electronic devices? Can "hear" a tv through walls, without volume.
 
2013-03-24 08:30:58 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: If I'm about to walk into something in the dark, It sounds weird amd tastes like a 9v battery.

What's up with hearing electronic devices? Can "hear" a tv through walls, without volume.


A CRT TV?  I can hear the electron guns firing on those from quite a distance as well, LCD/LED/Plasmas not so much.
 
2013-03-24 12:44:43 PM  

BumpInTheNight: StoPPeRmobile: If I'm about to walk into something in the dark, It sounds weird amd tastes like a 9v battery.

What's up with hearing electronic devices? Can "hear" a tv through walls, without volume.

A CRT TV?  I can hear the electron guns firing on those from quite a distance as well, LCD/LED/Plasmas not so much.




Yup, CRTs.
 
2013-03-24 02:20:14 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: BumpInTheNight: StoPPeRmobile: If I'm about to walk into something in the dark, It sounds weird amd tastes like a 9v battery.

What's up with hearing electronic devices? Can "hear" a tv through walls, without volume.

A CRT TV?  I can hear the electron guns firing on those from quite a distance as well, LCD/LED/Plasmas not so much.

Yup, CRTs.


i can hear the CRTs emitted from the cell phone
that's why i don't put them NEAR my head
 
2013-03-24 02:41:02 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: If I'm about to walk into something in the dark, It sounds weird amd tastes like a 9v battery.

What's up with hearing electronic devices? Can "hear" a tv through walls, without volume.



Hell, I thought I was the only one who could do that. I can ALWAYS tell when a tv is on, even with the volume at zero.
 
2013-03-24 03:03:58 PM  

Sharkster: StoPPeRmobile: If I'm about to walk into something in the dark, It sounds weird amd tastes like a 9v battery.

What's up with hearing electronic devices? Can "hear" a tv through walls, without volume.


Hell, I thought I was the only one who could do that. I can ALWAYS tell when a tv is on, even with the volume at zero.




You are not a unique little snowflake.

Wish I could see better rather than hear some useless shiat. Security systems in department stores annoy me, too.
 
2013-03-24 05:20:40 PM  
Big fraking deal. She doesn't have a superpower. She has an always-on acid trip. Can she type 115+ WPM? I can. I can also figure people out astonishingly well. Make correct connections to things other people would never dream of. I have a real superpower. She has a circus sideshow talent. I bet when she reads the word "cum" she tastes bleach or something.
 
2013-03-24 05:55:14 PM  

ParagonComplex: Make correct connections to things other people would never dream of. I have a real superpower.


So you never have to turn the USB cable over? That truly is incredible!
 
2013-03-25 06:19:34 PM  
You hearing ( or should I say 'hearing' ) CRTs are sensing the flyback transformer.

That's why not LCD or Plasma so much.

LED sets should be silent.
Even to you.
 
2013-03-25 07:35:24 PM  

jayessell: You hearing ( or should I say 'hearing' ) CRTs are sensing the flyback transformer.

That's why not LCD or Plasma so much.

LED sets should be silent.
Even to you.




Thanks.
 
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