15 Responses to “If You Could Have One Superpower…”

  1. Jesse 29 April 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    Superpower: I think I'd just be ok with invincibility? Like a superman type invincibility. You don't have to worry about getting shot, falling off things, etc. I think that'd take some stress out of your life.

    • brianmcculloh 29 April 2009 at 7:36 pm #

      So, you fall off a building and land on your arm at 200 mph. You're invincible, so it doesn't break. BUT… would you still experience the pain of landing on your arm?

  2. Jesse 29 April 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    Well, yeah it probably still hurts. But I think i'd bruise a little maybe.

    • brianmcculloh 29 April 2009 at 8:13 pm #

      Why didn't you reply to my reply? That's the whole reason I installed this whole damn comment system. Don't make me vote you down and/or block your IP address from commenting. Because I HAVE THAT POWER NOW.

      • Emilee 30 April 2009 at 12:26 pm #

        This comment system does a very swanky fade from green to blue as my comment is posting. I like it. :) Very nifty.

        • brianmcculloh 30 April 2009 at 3:47 pm #

          I know. It's the only reason I'm replying to your reply.

  3. Emilee 30 April 2009 at 12:24 pm #

    I want to fly. I know it's a little lame, but seriously, how stinking COOL would that be?

    • brianmcculloh 30 April 2009 at 3:46 pm #

      Thanks for using my new comment system! I'll be honest, I voted both of your comments up just so I could push the little green thumbs-up button. Not that they're not deserving of being voted up…

      So, flying. That's pretty far up there for me. But I wouldn't stop there. I would expand that super power to include high speeds. I would want to be able to fly faster than the speed of light so I could go anywhere in the universe. So my power would officially be called "Way Faster Than Light Flying Power" or something like that.

      • Chris 4 May 2009 at 4:34 pm #

        Problem with flight being that you would either have to have some sort of limited invincibility, or something like that. Otherwise, you can't really go very fast. Sure, maybe about 20 to 30 mph at low altitudes without too much discomfort, but beyond that you will have to wear thermal clothing with some sort of wind-breaker quality to it, as well as a streamlined helmet…

        But heck yeah! Flight? Way awesome…

        • brianmcculloh 4 May 2009 at 4:42 pm #

          true, there are a lot of physics strings attached to flying. i was thinking about all the things that could go wrong with flying – the cold of high altitudes and heat of going really fast, the wind in the face, the g-forces involved with going really fast and then stopping/starting abruptly, etc. then i pondered how cool it would be just to be able to fly from my desk chair to the vending machine to buy a code and i realized just that superpower would give me unlimited joy.

  4. @Bradjward 1 May 2009 at 12:53 am #

    Just had to reply to see the whole reply thing.

    • brianmcculloh 4 May 2009 at 4:39 pm #

      i'm doing it again too. wow i just noticed the little time indicator for each comment updates automatically w/o a page refresh – ajax style. i was typing and i saw one of the replies above switch from "3 minutes ago" to "4 minutes ago" right before my eyes. nice!

  5. Chris 4 May 2009 at 4:41 pm #


    I would probably go for some sort of super intelligence. Like, maybe an IQ of at least 200+ but preferably in the 1000+ range. At least as much intelligence as is possible, meaning, nearly God-like intelligence.

    Reason being? I could do anything with that intelligence. Flight? Check. Invincibility? Check. Wolverine-like immune system? Check.

    Problems? I might just do nothing. If I had the amount of intelligence that God had, then maybe I'd decide that I should just live exactly like a normal human and not actually help "humanity" in any way. Cure cancer? Well, maybe there's a reason I shouldn't that I don't understand at my current intelligence level. Flight? Well, maybe I'd come to understand it's bad or something and that's why we can't do it. Perhaps, gaining that amount of intelligence I would forsake everything and go live in a stick built hut in the middle of the jungle…

    So, that begs the question of do I want to fully understand everything, or would I rather just have Tony Stark like intelligence? Maybe one would be more fun, but the other more eternally fulfilling?

    • brianmcculloh 4 May 2009 at 4:47 pm #

      sounds like the whole dr. manhattan quandry to me… very good questions to be answered.

      i just figured out the ultimate superpower. it seems like the whole goal of everything is ultimately happiness, right? why are we choosing super powers here – to figure out which would be the coolest and most fun, right? well, if you could have unlimited intelligence as a super power, why not unlimited happiness? i think my ultimate superpower would be to have unlimited happiness in any situation. i don't even know if that makes sense though…

  6. Chris 4 May 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    My second choice would be natural energy manipulation and adaptive healing. Like Goku from Dragonball Z. Shoot me in the leg, and when I recover, I will have adapted in a way that if you shoot me again, the bullet will not harm me. Jump off a cliff, and if/when I recover the next jump will not harm me. See, the trick is so push myself to within an inch of death, and when I recover, I can do the same thing over again with no negative impact. Add to this adaptive invincibility the ability to manipulate natural energy fields (the oriental concept of "chi") to the point where I can manifest a large ball of flaming light which I can control and throw at people and destroy planets with, as well as lift myself into the air to fly with (encompassing myself in a buffer bubble so I can flight at any speed safely) and I've got an awesome power. Shoot, maybe this should be my first choice…

    My third choice would be that I'd chose perfectly flawless DNA (with flawless cellular reproduction), with an accelerated immune system and cell growth/repair. Sure, I might have to eat more, but is that really bad? Plus I'd never get sick, and if I wanted to get all muscle-y, it'd probably be able to happen fairly quickly. So, in short, I'd like to be wolverine please (or Claire from heroes if you're more familiar with that).

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