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2014-06-19 11:26:21 AM  

Barnstormer: The ability to generate a superpower at will, whenever needed.

With a caveat, though. No super-de-dooper-powers when drunk. That would cause no end of trouble.


*Scene: A roof top bar in NYC*
First Guy Sitting at Bar: "Hey, you know the winds between skyscrapers here in New York are so strong you can fall off a roof and they will blow you right back up."
Second Guy sitting at Bar: "No way."
First Guy: "No, really.  Here watch."
First guy steps over the side of the building, and a few seconds later comes floating back up and settles gently to the roof.
Second Guy: "Whoa!  That is so cool!  I gotta try this." *Steps off side of roof*
Bartender: "Superman, you're a mean drunk."
 
2014-06-19 11:27:26 AM  

Skyrmion: studebaker hoch: Time travel.

This if I'm going to break physics, I'm going all out.


I never, ever want time travel. The responsibility alone would break my brain.

I mean, you have the ability to save everyone. From everything. Does that mean you also have that responsibility? Is it OK for you to not jump back and save random person after random person from mundane accidents, diseases that went without diagnosis, their own bad choices (Hi Jim Henson)? At what point do you just become a tyrant that's denying people free will?

fark no. Time travel with no limitations would drive me farking bonkers.
 
2014-06-19 11:27:30 AM  
Why is it none of these upper management douches picked common sense?
 
2014-06-19 11:28:55 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: gopher321: Anybody who doesn't answer "flight" is a moron. There, I said it.

I've always skewed toward nigh invulnerability myself, but flight would be up there.

I did notice, though, that no one said "Not being a super douchebag", though.


You'll need a good battle cry.
 
2014-06-19 11:29:10 AM  

Cheron: Interview answer, I want the ability to work well on multiple projects, meet deadlines and fill out my time card.

Real answer, be Sylar from Heroes


Wait.... if you're psychopathically evil it would be great to have Sylar's ability in the World of Heroes, where there are plenty of people to mine abilities from, but in this world, getting Sylar's ability gets you ... no where special.

I suppose there's an argument that you could mine normal people's brains and become super smart about all things normal....
 
2014-06-19 11:30:36 AM  

Ned Stark: duffman13: Teleportation for me, but barring that I could go for the power that girl had in the new X-men movie where she essentially could make portal gun style holes in time-space.  That way anybody can come on my teleportation journeys with me.  Either way, no waiting for air travel or commuting ever again.

Power 2 would be to rewind time 30 seconds at will.  I'd rack up a crapload of legal winnings at casinos this way, best bet would be maybe try and go high roller on a few roulette wheels until I hit big.  $1000 x 35 a few times would add up.

That's exactly the kind of thing I mean. If you're alone, all well and good, but if powers are a Thing all of a sudden the casino will know to watch for that stuff and have literally superhumanly intelligent people dividing ways to catch you and suddenly instead of winning million you're getting dragged out by Lenny and shot in both knees.


But you could rewind time 30 seconds and they'd never be able to catch you in the first place. You'd end up being like (to the outside observer) Nick Cage in that movie Knowing.
 
2014-06-19 11:31:07 AM  

sendtodave: Eskaminagaga: I would choose Wolverine style healing. You would get the immortality with it as well as the ability to live forever. With all of the time in the world, you could accomplish whatever you set your mind to.

The problem with being a badass is that people will constantly put that to the test.

The problem with being (near) immortal is that you can be thrown in a hole forever.  And everyone you care about dies first.


One of the awesome side benefits of being a shapeshifter like Mystique is that, when you got tired of being a superhero, you could just make yourself look like some anonymous average person and take a day off.  Nobody would know it was you, so your vacation wouldn't be interrupted by assassins who tracked you down or fans seeking autographs.

Also shapeshifting would seem to go pretty logically with being unaging, which would be another benefit.
 
2014-06-19 11:32:44 AM  
Mind control is the only way to go.

Invisibility? "You don't see me."
Flight? Get a pilot to take you where you want to go.
Invulnerability? "Don't attack me."

toraque:
Shapeshifting beats flight.  You can turn into anyone.

"I am Bill Clinton."

About the only thing mind control doesn't cover is interaction with the actual environment, but you can probably get people to do what you need to handle that.
 
2014-06-19 11:33:12 AM  

mongbiohazard: Ned Stark: duffman13: Teleportation for me, but barring that I could go for the power that girl had in the new X-men movie where she essentially could make portal gun style holes in time-space.  That way anybody can come on my teleportation journeys with me.  Either way, no waiting for air travel or commuting ever again.

Power 2 would be to rewind time 30 seconds at will.  I'd rack up a crapload of legal winnings at casinos this way, best bet would be maybe try and go high roller on a few roulette wheels until I hit big.  $1000 x 35 a few times would add up.

That's exactly the kind of thing I mean. If you're alone, all well and good, but if powers are a Thing all of a sudden the casino will know to watch for that stuff and have literally superhumanly intelligent people dividing ways to catch you and suddenly instead of winning million you're getting dragged out by Lenny and shot in both knees.

But you could rewind time 30 seconds and they'd never be able to catch you in the first place. You'd end up being like (to the outside observer) Nick Cage in that movie Knowing.


I believe you are thinking the Nicholas Cage movie "Next". "Knowing" was another Cage movie where everyone dies, including Cage.
 
2014-06-19 11:36:12 AM  
I'd like to control people's emotions.  Flood a hot chick's mind with feelings of love, safety, affection, horniness.  Make men pants-pissingly terrified of me.  You could so easily rule the world.
 
2014-06-19 11:36:41 AM  

GDubDub: sjmcc13: Though if you are not fighting crime, then knowing major stock market changes a day or so in advance would be great as well..

Well, there's a rub here.  You would end up with a temporal causality paradox caused by a form of the Observer Effect.  The act of knowing what the outcomes will be, it will be impossible to avoid that knowledge having some affect on the outcome, negating the advantage of the foreknowledge.   The further in advance the outcome is known, the larger effect the knowledge, or any act based upon that knowledge, will affect the outcome.

If you know that in two days, American Airlines stock is going to drop 50% on market open, and you sell (or short sell) stock due to this, that sale will have an effect on the outcome.  The larger the position, the larger the effect.

Then consider the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Lets say that you know the outcome (50% loss on open).  But you don't know why.  Are you going to get anywhere near an AA flight, or AA terminal in the next two days?  Are you going to go into any government buildings? Are you going to let your loved ones do so, and will they also stop their loved ones? Does that fear start rumors, ripple out to the markets, and send investors running on fears that something majorly bad will happen.  Did your knowledge that there was going to be a 50% drop, actually cause the 50% drop?

That's a whole can of worms.

/too much Star Trek


There can be only one... Kwisatz Haderach
 
2014-06-19 11:41:25 AM  

gopher321: Anybody who doesn't answer "flight" is a moron. There, I said it.


www.hospitalwing.com

I'm a goddamn superhero!
 
2014-06-19 11:43:00 AM  
I've always wanted the power to make people crap their pants.  Cut me off in traffic? Crap your pants.  Act like a jerk on the phone?  How bout some crap in those pants?  Wouldn't be long before everyone knew what you were all about either.  Then people would be falling over themselves trying to be helpful, so I wouldn't make them crap their pants.  Just saying, you could use that super power several times daily.
 
2014-06-19 11:43:14 AM  

durbnpoisn: It would suck to be vulnerable, and teleport inside a brick wall.


But of you also had a giant cock...

Mad_Season: Pyrokinesis you sissies.

// I just want to watch the world burn.


"Give me what I want or I'll make the burning of Dresden look like a melting ice cream at Disney World."

"What is it you want?"

"I'm not sure yet. Bring me a little of everything."

DerAppie: Or at least wish for knowledge, intelligence is nice but ultimately useless if you have to spend the next 20 years studying everything just to get the knowledge you need.


You have a point. I've been studying for decades and look where it got me.


duffman13: Power 2 would be to rewind time 30 seconds at will.


Wow, then I might last for 33 seconds!

KoolAidDust: the power of persuasion

i can convince anyone to give me whatever i want, or do whatever i want or need at anytime.


"You know Megarian, it wouldn't kill you to hold me captive for one measly weekend..."
 
2014-06-19 11:44:47 AM  
I suppose I'd like the power to be free of unrealistic, narcissistic and sociopathic fantasies and desires.

Oh, wait,...have that already.

/jk
 
2014-06-19 11:47:21 AM  

stonicus: I'd like to control people's emotions.  Flood a hot chick's mind with feelings of love, safety, affection, horniness.  Make men pants-pissingly terrified of me.  You could so easily rule the world.


Meh, I just wield Mindsword

The Mindsword spun in the dawn's gray light
And men and demons knelt down before.
The Mindsword flashed in the midday bright
Gods joined the dance, and the march to war.
It spun in the twilight dim as well
And gods and men marched off to hell.
 
2014-06-19 11:47:30 AM  

gopher321: Anybody who doesn't answer "flight" is a moron. There, I said it.


I would NOT want flight. If the power worked that you had to exert energy to fly, similar to running, you wild tire and fall to the ground. If you fly too high, the thin air would cause you to pass out and fall to the ground. If you fly too fast, the G-forces would cause you to pass out and fall to the ground. If a bird happens to fly in front of you while fly fast, it couls case major injury and likely cause you to fall to the ground. Flying through bad weather would cause you to be too cold or get hit by lightning.

There are too many things that could go wrong.
 
2014-06-19 11:48:22 AM  

SpiceWeaselElzar: I've always wanted the power to make people crap their pants.  Cut me off in traffic? Crap your pants.  Act like a jerk on the phone?  How bout some crap in those pants?  Wouldn't be long before everyone knew what you were all about either.  Then people would be falling over themselves trying to be helpful, so I wouldn't make them crap their pants.  Just saying, you could use that super power several times daily.


Well you win!

golfclap.jpg
 
2014-06-19 11:50:10 AM  
Eternal Youthful Vitality.

There,now I have all the time and mental flexibility I need to figure out how to get the rest of the desirable superpowers as well.
 
2014-06-19 11:50:25 AM  

SpiceWeaselElzar: I've always wanted the power to make people crap their pants.  Cut me off in traffic? Crap your pants.  Act like a jerk on the phone?  How bout some crap in those pants?  Wouldn't be long before everyone knew what you were all about either.  Then people would be falling over themselves trying to be helpful, so I wouldn't make them crap their pants.  Just saying, you could use that super power several times daily.


This is great.  You could also control what kind of poop they pooped in their pants.  Minor infraction?  Big old log.  Bankers?  Pretty much constant projectile diarrhea.
 
2014-06-19 11:53:01 AM  

Felgraf: Skyrmion: studebaker hoch: Time travel.

This if I'm going to break physics, I'm going all out.

I never, ever want time travel. The responsibility alone would break my brain.

I mean, you have the ability to save everyone. From everything. Does that mean you also have that responsibility? Is it OK for you to not jump back and save random person after random person from mundane accidents, diseases that went without diagnosis, their own bad choices (Hi Jim Henson)? At what point do you just become a tyrant that's denying people free will?

fark no. Time travel with no limitations would drive me farking bonkers.


My power is time travel/manipulation, but *only* into the future... you can only alter the speed at which you flow through time into the future (asymptotically, you can freeze time).

First, that gives you teleportation (from everyone else's perspective), and super speed.

If you have a positive view of the future, then time travel beat all other powers... because eventually all other possible powers would be discovered and analyzed.

Immortality?  Just jump far enough into the future that they've fixed what ails you/install you in a computer/do whatever.

Invulnerablility?  Jump far enough into the future they've designed Iron Man suits.  Or figured out genetic modification...

Plus, there are no paradoxes, and you are not breaking any fundamental physical laws.  And no pesky weird ethics either.

The central conflict with this power is: what do I skip over/how much do I skip forward?  You can't go back and try again if you overshoot or miss some Golden Age of Humanity.

Also, you get the benefit of having slow-motion-capture on demand.  It'd be like that show on Discovery, but whenever you wanted.
 
2014-06-19 11:54:54 AM  
Superpower: Fiscal responsibility
My biggest weakness: I'm a bit of a perfectioniiiiist, derf herf am I a boring successful rich person yet?
 
2014-06-19 11:55:28 AM  
I'd be the dad from "Firestarter:" telling people whatever and they'll DO it.
 
2014-06-19 11:55:58 AM  
Though his wife might appreciate it, Iron Man is kind of a lame superhero.
www.mkayeironing.co.uk
 
2014-06-19 11:56:22 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Y'all are thinking too small. Why just ONE superpower? Why not flight, invisibility, knowing the future, AND a giant cock?


I too want to be a Dungeon Master
 
2014-06-19 11:57:42 AM  

Clever Neologism: My power is time travel/manipulation, but *only* into the future... you can only alter the speed at which you flow through time into the future (asymptotically, you can freeze time).

Plus, there are no paradoxes, and you are not breaking any fundamental physical laws.  And no pesky weird ethics either.


You might speed travel 1000 years into the future and carry with you some virus or bacteria that doesn't exist in that future, and you could start a pandemic that wipes out humanity.
 
2014-06-19 11:57:49 AM  

R.A.Danny: MaliFinn: Those aren't superpowers, they're traits.

If your traits make you billions they can certainly be considered superpowers.


Agrees

img1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-06-19 11:58:59 AM  
Well, the one's who made it to the 1%.....not so lame.

There has to be villains, too.
 
2014-06-19 12:00:23 PM  

DerAppie: Or at least wish for knowledge, intelligence is nice but ultimately useless if you have to spend the next 20 years studying everything just to get the knowledge you need.


This is one of the ideas behind Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy.
 
2014-06-19 12:00:24 PM  

Eskaminagaga: mongbiohazard: Ned Stark: duffman13: Teleportation for me, but barring that I could go for the power that girl had in the new X-men movie where she essentially could make portal gun style holes in time-space.  That way anybody can come on my teleportation journeys with me.  Either way, no waiting for air travel or commuting ever again.

Power 2 would be to rewind time 30 seconds at will.  I'd rack up a crapload of legal winnings at casinos this way, best bet would be maybe try and go high roller on a few roulette wheels until I hit big.  $1000 x 35 a few times would add up.

That's exactly the kind of thing I mean. If you're alone, all well and good, but if powers are a Thing all of a sudden the casino will know to watch for that stuff and have literally superhumanly intelligent people dividing ways to catch you and suddenly instead of winning million you're getting dragged out by Lenny and shot in both knees.

But you could rewind time 30 seconds and they'd never be able to catch you in the first place. You'd end up being like (to the outside observer) Nick Cage in that movie Knowing.

I believe you are thinking the Nicholas Cage movie "Next". "Knowing" was another Cage movie where everyone dies, including Cage.


Oh yeah, that's right. I mixed those titles up!
 
2014-06-19 12:01:49 PM  

Clever Neologism: Felgraf: Skyrmion: studebaker hoch: Time travel.

This if I'm going to break physics, I'm going all out.

I never, ever want time travel. The responsibility alone would break my brain.

I mean, you have the ability to save everyone. From everything. Does that mean you also have that responsibility? Is it OK for you to not jump back and save random person after random person from mundane accidents, diseases that went without diagnosis, their own bad choices (Hi Jim Henson)? At what point do you just become a tyrant that's denying people free will?

fark no. Time travel with no limitations would drive me farking bonkers.

My power is time travel/manipulation, but *only* into the future... you can only alter the speed at which you flow through time into the future (asymptotically, you can freeze time).

First, that gives you teleportation (from everyone else's perspective), and super speed.

If you have a positive view of the future, then time travel beat all other powers... because eventually all other possible powers would be discovered and analyzed.

Immortality?  Just jump far enough into the future that they've fixed what ails you/install you in a computer/do whatever.

Invulnerablility?  Jump far enough into the future they've designed Iron Man suits.  Or figured out genetic modification...

Plus, there are no paradoxes, and you are not breaking any fundamental physical laws.  And no pesky weird ethics either.

The central conflict with this power is: what do I skip over/how much do I skip forward?  You can't go back and try again if you overshoot or miss some Golden Age of Humanity.

Also, you get the benefit of having slow-motion-capture on demand.  It'd be like that show on Discovery, but whenever you wanted.


The only problem i can come up with  for slowing down time would be the fact that if you, for example, half the speed of time around you, suddenly the speed of all particles moving would half which would cause temperature to half in reference to absolute zero. You could freeze yourself pretty fast. This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark. If you are saying that this will not happen as a result of some sort of "time bubble" at the surface of your skin, then just the interaction of the environment at these slow speeds would cause enough friction to heat your body up, possibly causing it to spontaneously combust.

If you completely disregard the physics, it would be a cool power, though.
 
2014-06-19 12:01:56 PM  
its been a while since ive seen one of these threads but basically I'd take Jesse Custer's Word of God over any other power.  I could compel anyone to do anything I want, no matter how absurdly literal the phrase compels them.

static.comicvine.com
 
2014-06-19 12:02:22 PM  

GameSprocket: ...
About the only thing mind control doesn't cover is interaction with the actual environment, but you can probably get people to do what you need to handle that.


That and robots/cyborgs...
 
2014-06-19 12:06:01 PM  
When my daughter was young, I discovered the truly horrible reboot of The Electric Company on PBS. The characters all have some sort of magic powers related to spelling. (Yes, really.) One, or maybe all, of the characters can magically rearrange letters on signs and grafitti at will. I'd choose that power. I would cause no end of mischief, and finally be able to silence the voices in my head. Seriously, multiple times a day I see something printed and think how much better it would be if it said something slightly different.

Failing that, I'll have plot armor.
 
2014-06-19 12:07:08 PM  

NoSugarAdded: DerAppie: Telek

Having enough telekinetic power to close a fridge from across the room would make you an effective assassin. Stop a person's heart, pinch a vein and cause a stroke, or go for the classic Darth Vader force choke.


Sure, you'll still get to do a lot of cool suff, but there is quite a distance between having telekinetic powers worth having and being able to redirect trillions of photons going the speed of light and manipulating matter at the sub atomic level. You know, the reasons why a lot of people here claim telekinetic powers are superior to all others.
 
GBB
2014-06-19 12:07:47 PM  
i1.ytimg.com
As I look around the room, I see a lot of superheros.
You have a superpower, and ...
You have ...a ...super....
oh boy.
 
2014-06-19 12:08:33 PM  

Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.


You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.
 
2014-06-19 12:10:47 PM  

stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.


You would stop light?
 
2014-06-19 12:13:15 PM  

AFKobel: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

You would stop light?


"still see".  It's called a typo.  The intent should have been obvious, but here on Fark, ya never know.  You might actually be that dumb.
 
2014-06-19 12:13:44 PM  

stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.


I agree with 'c' approximately being 300,000,000 meters per second. Now if one of those seconds is equal to two of your seconds, then the speed would be about 150,000,000 meters per second. Considering light is made of photons, those would slow, thus less would hit your retina per second. This is a similar reason as to why cameras need a longer exposure time in darker environments to get a decent picture.
 
GBB
2014-06-19 12:16:25 PM  

stonicus: AFKobel: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

You would stop light?

"still see".  It's called a typo.  The intent should have been obvious, but here on Fark, ya never know.  You might actually be that dumb.


Personally, I thought you were talking about distilling light at it's normal speed.  That would be some wicked brew.
But, i get it now.
 
2014-06-19 12:17:04 PM  

Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

I agree with 'c' approximately being 300,000,000 meters per second. Now if one of those seconds is equal to two of your seconds, then the speed would be about 150,000,000 meters per second. Considering light is made of photons, those would slow, thus less would hit your retina per second. This is a similar reason as to why cameras need a longer exposure time in darker environments to get a decent picture.


Nope.  You'd still see it as 'c'.  That's how relativity works, and it's been verified.  No matter how fast or slow you move through spacetime, you will perceive light as travelling at 'c'.
 
2014-06-19 12:19:18 PM  

Joe USer: DjangoStonereaver: gopher321: Anybody who doesn't answer "flight" is a moron. There, I said it.

I've always skewed toward nigh invulnerability myself, but flight would be up there.

I did notice, though, that no one said "Not being a super douchebag", though.

You'll need a good battle cry.


Pity the best one's been taken:

3.bp.blogspot.com

I'll go with -burp- then.
 
2014-06-19 12:21:30 PM  

stonicus: Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

I agree with 'c' approximately being 300,000,000 meters per second. Now if one of those seconds is equal to two of your seconds, then the speed would be about 150,000,000 meters per second. Considering light is made of photons, those would slow, thus less would hit your retina per second. This is a similar reason as to why cameras need a longer exposure time in darker environments to get a decent picture.

Nope.  You'd still see it as 'c'.  That's how relativity works, and it's been verified.  No matter how fast or slow you move through spacetime, you will perceive light as travelling at 'c'.


Yeah, it is part of the particle/wave duality of light. It still doesnt change the fact that there would be less photons interacting with your retina which you would percieve as a darker environment. You would still percieve it moving at the same speed.
 
2014-06-19 12:23:11 PM  

stonicus: AFKobel: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

You would stop light?

"still see".  It's called a typo.  The intent should have been obvious, but here on Fark, ya never know.  You might actually be that dumb.


It's called ribbing.   The intent should have been obvious, but here on Fark, ya never know.  You might actually be a humorless twunt.
 
2014-06-19 12:24:27 PM  

AFKobel: stonicus: AFKobel: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

You would stop light?

"still see".  It's called a typo.  The intent should have been obvious, but here on Fark, ya never know.  You might actually be that dumb.

It's called ribbing.   The intent should have been obvious, but here on Fark, ya never know.  You might actually be a humorless twunt.


If twunt means "lazy, judgemental, sober, not-wanna-be-at-work trolling ass", then you nailed it.  =)
 
2014-06-19 12:25:37 PM  

stonicus: AFKobel: stonicus: AFKobel: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

You would stop light?

"still see".  It's called a typo.  The intent should have been obvious, but here on Fark, ya never know.  You might actually be that dumb.

It's called ribbing.   The intent should have been obvious, but here on Fark, ya never know.  You might actually be a humorless twunt.

If twunt means "lazy, judgemental, sober, not-wanna-be-at-work trolling ass", then you nailed it.  =)


I'll add that to Urban Dictionary.
 
2014-06-19 12:27:17 PM  

Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

I agree with 'c' approximately being 300,000,000 meters per second. Now if one of those seconds is equal to two of your seconds, then the speed would be about 150,000,000 meters per second. Considering light is made of photons, those would slow, thus less would hit your retina per second. This is a similar reason as to why cameras need a longer exposure time in darker environments to get a decent picture.

Nope.  You'd still see it as 'c'.  That's how relativity works, and it's been verified.  No matter how fast or slow you move through spacetime, you will perceive light as travelling at 'c'.

Yeah, it is part of the particle/wave duality of light. It still doesnt change the fact that there would be less photons interacting with your retina which you would percieve as a darker environment. You would still percieve it moving at the same speed.


ah, wait, now that i think about it, you may be right. It may do a red shift and some of the light would leave you field of vision, but some infrared or other higher frequency light may shift into your field of vision. It would be a cool light show in this case.
 
2014-06-19 12:30:02 PM  

Carn: SpiceWeaselElzar: I've always wanted the power to make people crap their pants.  Cut me off in traffic? Crap your pants.  Act like a jerk on the phone?  How bout some crap in those pants?  Wouldn't be long before everyone knew what you were all about either.  Then people would be falling over themselves trying to be helpful, so I wouldn't make them crap their pants.  Just saying, you could use that super power several times daily.

This is great.  You could also control what kind of poop they pooped in their pants.  Minor infraction?  Big old log.  Bankers?  Pretty much constant projectile diarrhea.


I just haven't worked out the range/delivery issue yet.  Can I do it to anyone?  Anywhere?  Is it the sound of my voice, or some "mind wave"?  I guess I'd take it how ever I could get it.  Would be a shame not to be able to cause deaf people to crap themselves though..... might even be discrimination.
 
2014-06-19 12:32:20 PM  

Eskaminagaga: Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

I agree with 'c' approximately being 300,000,000 meters per second. Now if one of those seconds is equal to two of your seconds, then the speed would be about 150,000,000 meters per second. Considering light is made of photons, those would slow, thus less would hit your retina per second. This is a similar reason as to why cameras need a longer exposure time in darker environments to get a decent picture.

Nope.  You'd still see it as 'c'.  That's how relativity works, and it's been verified.  No matter how fast or slow you move through spacetime, you will perceive light as travelling at 'c'.

Yeah, it is part of the particle/wave duality of light. It still doesnt change the fact that there would be less photons interacting with your retina which you would percieve as a darker environment. You would still percieve it moving at the same speed.

ah, wait, now that i think about it, you may be right. It may do a red shift and some of the light would leave you field of vision, but some infrared or other higher frequency light may shift into your field of vision. It would be a cool light show in this case.


It's hard to say, since the scenario itself violates the laws of physics.  =)  Fun to speculate on though...
 
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