22 thoughts on “Weekend Question Thread

  1. OMG! I was going to ask this question of Athenae last week!
    I just watched the movie Memoirs of an Invisible man last week. It was ok, the book was much better.
    In that movie and book they point out all the weird downsides of having the power (and the power not to turn it off and on a will.)
    What that movie and book also point out is the people who don’t have the super power who will want to use you.
    Here’s a super power that might be useful. The ability to take all 250 plus million weapons in the United states disappear.
    If nobody has guns even outlaws won’t have guns.

  2. I’d settle for a little less chronic-pain-resulting-from-being-middle-aged…but instant teleportation anywhere would be nice. Lunch in Paris, afternoon wandering around NYC, dinner in New Orleans…
    Not bad.

  3. Teleportation. I would really prefer to use my own bathroom rather than public ones or even the ones at work.

  4. I can’t decide between teleportation (instant anywhere), or the ability to fly (enjoying the scenery).

  5. Teleportation vs healing, so hard to choose. I think healing. You’d have the time you need to travel using the slow methods, plus you’d be able to eat and drink whatever was around on the way.

  6. Snapping my fingers and making whatever amount of high-grade marijuana I want to instantly appear, useful on many levels.

  7. I want vampire powers. They do OK with immortality. And don’t give me the ‘drinking the blood of the living is wrong’ lecture. Power corrupts whether it’s immortality or teleportation or a having a rad foreskin shooter.

  8. The USSR. Their ships looked way cooler than ours and they had those cast iron Mig 25s. And Khrushchev.

  9. To smite evildoers, bankers and politicians with needing to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about everything in their lives to anyone who asks.

  10. All my best dreams are flying dreams.
    And we tried painting a big “S” on a towel and pinning it around our throats on the hypothesis that the cape was the secret of Superman’s flight. It seemed logical: the only guy that wears a cape is also the only guy that can fly. We jumped off the chair with maximumbrio and noise, and with disappointing results.
    And Peter Pan : “You can fly.”
    And that enormous pressurized sub-Lunar cavern in Heinlein’s “The Menace From Earth”, where people fly in one-sixth gee and one atmosphere.

  11. I’m going with the grossly underused Bullshit Detector and Eradicator.

  12. I’d have to go with omniscience. You could expose the crooks and liars, and make a lot of money. Of course, I’d probably end up being assasinated.

  13. I’ve always thought it’d be cool to be a human version of the Star Trek replicator.
    But that’s not exactly a superpower, so I guess I’d go with being a Green Lantern. They get to do all the cool stuff most of the superheroes do, they get to wear one of my favorite color schemes, there are lots of them (so I’m betting they have a good benefits package–there has to be a GLRA, right?), and they hate the color yellow (as should all right-thinking peoples).
    Plus, having the ability to slap around freepers with a giant, glowing green copy of Atlas Shrugged (the book, that is): priceless.

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