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What's your super-power?

I have a super-power. Mine isn't the sort of thing you think of when you hear the term. It's not flying or invisibility or the ability to rearrange subatomic particles. My super-power can't be boiled down to a single word or a simple phrase. Nothing quite so grand, though I would like to believe it has saved many of my friends and family from pain and suffering.

My super-power is the ability to find bones, stones, fragments of metal, shards of glass, chunks of plastic, and so forth in my food.

"Sounds more like a super-weakness," you say. Well, consider it from this point of view: People who go out to eat with me have a much lower chance of finding said junk in their food. I figure that, although it could be seen as a super-weakness from my point of view, if I instead view this as a service super-power, I'm helping save the teeth of people everywhere.

Those of you who have dined with me know what I'm talking about. Some have argued that I find so much stuff in my food only because I chew so thoroughly and bite down rather more firmly than most gourmands. Granted. But how many of you have bitten down on part of a blender in your McDonald's soft-serve ice cream? Or a half-inch piece of a steel measuring cup in your gumbo? Or what appears to be a cube of tempered glass from a shattered windshield in your pasta? Or pea-sized stones in your salad? Seriously, I find something that doesn't belong in my meals - especially in restaurants - almost every time I dine out with people. I am not exaggerating.

I'm posting this now because I just found... an unidentifiable thing in my pasta. It would not give under great biting pressure. Looks like a pebble.

So: What's your super-power? (Super-weaknesses accepted.)

EDIT: Ooh, and what's your superhero name?

Chris

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the_themiscyran
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
I'll play!
Finding "lost" things. Usually works best when I'm the one doing the looking, but I also have a fairly high success-rate with "Have you looked under the ...?" suggestions.

I also have a natural anti-entropy field, but it takes a really long time to notice the benefits of that one. :D
mckitterick
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Re: I'll play!
Oooh, finding things is a useful one and without drawback. I'll remember this next time I lose something.

Anti-entry field... goes well with the finding lost things; I suspect they come from the same source, or one feeds the other ;-)
shsilver
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Now if you could only combine that super power with the abilities of he famed Tenzil Kem, you'd have it made.

Extra credit for knowing the reference without following the link.
mckitterick
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yeah! (But I had to look it up. Wow, now that's a superhero I wouldn't have thought was real. Found a working link here.)
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mckitterick
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
So how do you use your super-power to serve humankind? Sounds vaguely Ludditesque....
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radcliffe
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember the times you have found things in your food. The twist tie in the pasta was memorable.

Criminy!

My super power is sewing related, surely. Not sure how to define it, but yeah. Or, it is a kind of craft magic, passed on to me by my family. :>
mckitterick
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'd forgotten about the twist-tie. Ick.

Ooh, yeah: Craft Magic Lass!

Hm, editing my post to request your superhero name. So what would you be called?
astein142
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
I make street lights go out.
mckitterick
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
You would be a handy cohort for other superheroes, keeping them hidden in shadow.
mrissa
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
My ex-boyfriend has dubbed me The Great ComplicaTOR for my superpower. timprov calls me The Non Sequitess.
mckitterick
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
:-D
newroticgirl
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm Reminding Girl.

I always remind people of someone they know... and it's usually obscure. "Oh! You look like my cousin's dog walker!" O RLY? :)
mckitterick
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
!

So you stimulate memory. Hm, could help cure Alzheimer's.
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ex_paulskem
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
I fear that's not actually your superpower, at least not with regard to the stuff you find only after "placing" it in your mouth. I put "placing" in quotes because the truth of your situation is much more dire.

Four years ago, your dentist -- who, unbeknownst to you, dabbled in the occult before disappearing -- used an unusual amalgam in one of your fillings, which filling has a peculiar harmonic that attunes it to the subsurface of a necropolis in a nearby but quite horrifying dimension. The amalgam, when struck by your upper teeth while chewing, creates a tiny, temporary portal that opens in your mouth (you've felt the sensation, I'm sure, not unlike pop rocks, but probably chalked it up to overly spicy food or bad beef) and closes again almost instantaneously, but not before drawing forth some tiny thing buried in the unholy earth of the other-dimensional necropolis. So the pebbles? From the gravesites, or perhaps chips from sarcophagi. Bits of wood and the like? Coffins. Bits of bone? You can imagine.

On the plus side, it all tastes like chicken. Unholy, evil, putrescent chicken. :-)

Edited at 2008-11-12 07:43 pm (UTC)
mckitterick
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
You made me laugh out loud!

Then I considered your comment more soberly. Unfortunately, this is no laughing matter. Damn, there must be some way to harness this access to the other dimension! Perhaps I should contact the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense; they'll know what to do.
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cmt2779
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
My superpowers all seem to be speed-related. I wrote about my typing superpower in my journal, but I can also read faster than just about anybody I know. Fortunately, both turn out to be really useful as an English grad student.
mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
I would gladly trade my super-power for one of yours. Either one, but especially the reading one.

Let me tell you how much it sucks to read not-fast when I gaze upon dozens of linear feet of books to be read for the Campbell....
roseconnelly
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...the few that I can think of

1) Naming things--I'm good at giving things names. Names can be powerful, and I can deliver good ones.

2) People Always Know Me From Somewhere -- It happens to me a lot, and not just as a cheesy pick-up line. People are convinced They Know Me From Somewhere and will keep suggesting how until I just pick something so they stop. It would be great to use as a networking tool should I become a spy or evil. I can align myself to anybody just because They Think They Know Me From Somewhere.

3) I break alarm clocks. My current one is going on 5 years, and it is the longest an alarm clock has ever lasted in my hands. One even started running time backwards. It is just one variable in what I call MellyStu Time.

My super hero name is MellyStu, of course.

Let me know when you write your Heroes story about ordinary citizens who don't wake up one day with super powers, but start to realize they had them all along, and by linking together our seemingly unimportant idiosyncrasies, we can destroy/save the world.

mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
1) That is seriously powerful.

2) Awesome! I can imagine how you would be the perfect spy or infiltrator.

3) I take it you don't mean you break them by hurling them across the room, that they simply stop working?

Of course!

What a great idea! Hm.....
steve98052
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
I can recognize anyone I've ever met by voice – but only after embarrassing myself by failing to recognize them by sight.
mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Cool!

I'm great at recognizing by sight and even recalling context; names, on the other hand....
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scottakennedy
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Little did I know I had a superpower until I got married. Thankfully, my wife drew my attention to my unique ability: with no prompting at all, I can State the Obvious. Often in minute detail. This power causes those around me to feel as if they're being treated like little children.

Superhero Name: Obvious Man
Superhero catchphrase: "It's not surprising really that...[fill in any topic]"
mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Y'know, I think this might be inherent in the male of the species. Many, many attached human males discover this super-power at some point during a long-term relationship.
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mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Oh, come now, just ask your girl. I bet she'll help.
siro_gravity
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
OMG I LOVE THIS ENTRY!!!!!
first to comment on your super power ability to find errant bits of inedible flotsam in food...my comment will be very deep. are you ready?

EEEEEEEEKKK!!

i guess that "comment" is really about the flotsam and not about your sassy super power. (which is NO weakness, by the way!!) now to comment on your icon. this comment, too, will be very deep. are you ready?

LOLZ!!! i love it!!

ok. i do, indeed have a super power. my official name is:

Magnacatrix!

i am a cat magnet -a veritable homing beacon for every stray cat on the planet and probably the moon, all other planets, their moons and the stars, too. that's right; my power is great!! my reach is wide!!! all homeless kittehs in the universe wind up on my doorstep! everyone is jealous of my super power. i know it for a fact.
steve98052
Nov. 12th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
My wife has that one too.
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nottygypsy
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
My Name is DOOM and my powers are legion!
1. I can usually supply the name of "that actor in that one movie" for the person trying to remember.

2. I put in the word people are searching for so that they can finish their long boring story already.

3. Street lights also go out as I drive under them, but better than this, Stop lights go green as I approach.

4. I have serious park-fu as inherited from my Dad, we call it, "Chuck Luck".

In unrelated news last week I found a twist tie in my Sonic Chicken Wrap, I do not want this power.
mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Re: My Name is DOOM and my powers are legion!
1. Cool!

2. Hahahaha! I wonder if this is more a self-preservation thing than a super-power ;-)

3. Whoah. Seriously creepy and cool.

4. Awesome!

Yikes! See, if I'd been dining with you, you could have avoided the discomfort of discovery. For me it would have been just another day enjoying my powers at work.
clevermanka
Nov. 12th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
What's your super-power?

Um. I'm always right? =D

Seeing your super-power in action on a regular basis is great. It's a daily reminder that cutting down on the amount of processed food I eat is A Very Good Thing.
mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
There is that!

Yeah, I think that without eating in restauraunts (or eating processed-food), I might never have proved my powers.
ziactrice
Nov. 12th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
My superpower? Everything I touch ferments well.

Not such a great superpower, you say? I reply, "Mead, bear, wine, sourdough, pickles, sauerkraut."

My name? The Brew Queen.

Plus, I can challenge the other super-fast reader to a duel - I could read 9600 Baud back when computers were that slow.

I don't just knock out street lights - this morning, every light in my apartment quit working without warning. AND the circuit breaker refused to lock back into position, so evidently it is a pretty strong ability (it has shift-lock).

Edited at 2008-11-12 09:02 pm (UTC)
mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Without super-powers like yours, the world would be a much poorer place.

I wish I could read so fast!

Wow, now that's some serious electromagnetic juju.
weaselmom
Nov. 12th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
"The Ghost Who Trudges." When I want to be, I am invisible and soundless. This keeps me from being pestered by salespeople. The drawback is that it's hard to turn off, and sometimes you *want* help, you know?
mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Nice for sneaking up on super-villains!

Yeah, I think every super-power comes with a super-weakness. Most aren't as obvious as mine.
selinker
Nov. 12th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
I have two superpowers, and they have been proven beyond any shred of doubt.

Power Number One is the ability to walk into a restaurant in nearly any country and order food. I don't speak any languages other than English, but I eat just about everything. So I know a word or two for food in just about every cuisine possible.

Power Number Two is the ability to perceive everything about a beautiful woman's appearance in a quarter of a second. This means I don't crane... my... freakin'... neck like my other idiot male friends, and so I appear to be the polite one. Which is a superpower all its own.
mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: Number One: I want to go out to dinner with you in foreign lands!

Re: Number Two: Lovely!
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pamelonian
Nov. 12th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
I can hear a whisper from across the classroom. I have caused many red faces when I walk up to students and say, "I heard that and you shouldn't say things like that!"
mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
!

Students try to assist the rest of us to gain your power, too, I've noticed, by assuming 90db conversation is inaudible to a teacher at the front of the room
dichroic
Nov. 13th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Mine is information, though in general the more useless it is the more likely I am to know it. (I think this may be shared by a lot of people on my flist.) Seriously, I've had friends who would call me instead of googling or cracking a dictionary because it was quicker. The super-weakness, obviously, is the ability to bore people senseless, and the superhero (supervillain?) name it Knowitall.

My husband's superpower is far more useful; the ability to get vast amounts of stuff in a limited space. We were the only people I know who could easily park both cars in a two-car garage, even with bikes, an old dryer, three windsurfers, a quantity of boards and unistrut, an old dresser, assorted rowing gear, a dolly, and I don't know what all else in there. When we pack the car for a trip, I just stand back and let him doing, helping as requested. Now he's in management, it turns out to work (though possibly to a lesser extent) with budgets and schedules as well. The only associated weakness I know of is the tendency to turn into a whirlwind and pack *everything*, including things we need to use before leaving.
mckitterick
Nov. 13th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Ooh, I bet you're a whiz at Trivial Pursuit!

If you ever move, be careful about putting your husband in charge. I suspect he is enchanted with whatever makes a Bag of Holding work, and you might never find where everything went.
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justaqt
Nov. 13th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
What would a good name for me be? -thinking-
My super power, which in the past I've called my mutant ability, is that very hot or cold temperatures don't effect my hands, feet or mouth like other people.
I don't know when it happened but it must've been early on because I've NEVER been subject to an ice cream headache (this means I can eat ice cream at an ALARMING rate!! --In fact some people might think that's my ability. haha) plus I remember walking over a mile in the snow to high school day after day with my friend, and having my toes survive fine.
And ask orin2, I'll turn a steak over in the frying pan with my hand. It's so much faster than looking around for a spatula.


Sabella's superpower is like the Black Canary. That girl can seriously screech!
Pharaoh can cry at the drop of a hat. I'm not sure this constitutes as a power though. -frown-
And Fred.... hm
justaqt
Nov. 13th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Re: What would a good name for me be? -thinking-


OH! I thought of one

FROSTBURN
emessar
Nov. 14th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
I think I have two:

1) parallel parking - I once parallel parked into a space and when I was done, my front bumper was touching the car in front of me and my rear bumper was touching the car behind.

2) temperature resistant - I'm usually the last one to notice that a room is too warm or cold.
mckitterick
Nov. 14th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Very useful super-powers.

I had a pseudo-version of your first one when I owned a beater 1968 Lincoln Continental in Seattle. I would place myself gently against the car behind me, then let off the brake pedal. That huge 460's torque at idle was enough to push a car back the few inches to allow me to fit within the spot. Heh.
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