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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 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.
 
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