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(Sun Sentinel)   Sixteen year-old girl believes she has superpowers because of synesthesia   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 36
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2013-03-23 04:00:14 PM
3 votes:
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 06:17:19 PM
2 votes:

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.


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2013-03-24 01:31:45 AM
1 votes:
Most sixteen year-old girls have superpowers, they just don't realize it yet.
2013-03-24 12:29:23 AM
1 votes:

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.
2013-03-23 11:48:18 PM
1 votes:

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. :)
2013-03-23 11:44:35 PM
1 votes:

Rustblade: Dain Bramage.


Yes, clearly Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman and Leonard Bernstein were all victims of horrible brain damage.
2013-03-23 11:39:33 PM
1 votes:
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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 11:38:21 PM
1 votes:

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 10:46:38 PM
1 votes:
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 08:30:05 PM
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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 08:25:23 PM
1 votes:
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 08:15:34 PM
1 votes:
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 07:55:14 PM
1 votes:
Subby's superpower is the inability to read context.
2013-03-23 07:43:18 PM
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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 07:23:12 PM
1 votes:

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 07:01:24 PM
1 votes:

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 06:47:27 PM
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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 06:40:26 PM
1 votes:

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 06:32:00 PM
1 votes:
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 05:56:39 PM
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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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2013-03-23 05:50:56 PM
1 votes:

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 05:49:07 PM
1 votes:
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 05:42:57 PM
1 votes:

StrikitRich: Can she taste the rainbow?


I'd like to taste HER rainbow...

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2013-03-23 05:39:49 PM
1 votes:
Can she taste the rainbow?
2013-03-23 05:37:15 PM
1 votes:

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


Get out of here stinky!
2013-03-23 05:36:38 PM
1 votes:
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 05:34:45 PM
1 votes:
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 05:32:30 PM
1 votes:
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 05:29:12 PM
1 votes:
She'd have a great job working for Zombo.com
2013-03-23 05:22:37 PM
1 votes:
Somebody stole the plotline of Alphas....
2013-03-23 05:22:22 PM
1 votes:
So maybe they can tell us what purple tastes like?
2013-03-23 05:21:33 PM
1 votes:

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 05:20:56 PM
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2013-03-23 05:20:00 PM
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2013-03-23 05:19:33 PM
1 votes:
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2013-03-23 04:40:15 PM
1 votes:

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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