Sometimes, even I find myself hidebound by dogma, trapped in the boring mindset of an adult.  That’s why I find it fascinating (and necessary) to experience stuff with my kid, who doesn’t have the same sort of baggage that I do.  Our recent watching of ‘Jem’ together has given me a new perspective on a show that I never really gave a chance back in the 80’s, and half the fun of sharing a show like Power Rangers is in her reaction to it.  This evening, the child offered me a deal: If I would put up a cool picture of the Holograms, she would give me a super-awesome Question Of The Day.  I told her I’d have to hear the question first, and she once again completely tweaked my melon with her query…

Her MS-QOTD (pronounced, “misquoted”) is as follows:  If you could have ANY super-power in the world, but only for ONE WEEK, what would it be and why?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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19 Comments

  1. JoeM
    May 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    Hmmm, This is a tough one. How about transmutation? I could go up to the upper peninsula of Michigan. Buy the mineral rights on a bunch of land that had gold at one point but isn’t there now. Then create good gold deposits. Then get start mining. I might have to make some costume jewelry into real gold, silver, whatever in order to fund the mine. I could make a lot without destabilizing the economy. This could work for other elements too. Copper, Silver, etc.

  2. Russ Catt
    May 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    That’s a surprisingly tough question. Please congratulate your daughter on crafting this introspective exercise.
    I think they key question comes down to “Do I want to use this power for selfless or selfish purposes?”

    If I was to go the selfless path, I believe I’d want a healing touch. The amount of good I could perform to the terminally ill would be completely worth it.

    If I chose to be selfish, I’d want the badly defined Kryptonian power set. I want to be able to propel myself into space and directly behold and grasp the majesty of the universe.

    This is an awesome question!

    • JoeM
      May 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm — Reply

      :D As you can see I went right for selfish.

  3. Robbie
    May 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm — Reply

    I actually put a lot of thought into this…I would pick Forge from the X-Men. I would spend the week inventing prototypes and drawing plans for things I could build when the power lapsed. I guess if I cobbled together plans for a cold fusion reactor or some sort of sustainable energy source, some medical equipment, and a way to terraform land, the week would be well spent…giving me just enough time to re-invent one of those special pans Pizza Hunt used to make those awesome Priazzos back in the 80s….

  4. StellarLeader
    May 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm — Reply

    Something that allows me to be in all the places I need to be as well as being able to see and hear what’s happening somewhere else. Not exactly being able to “be” in two or more places at the time, but be aware of multiple places with my physical body in only one place and fully operative.
    Is there anyone who has that power? Has that power a name?

    • May 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm — Reply

      Omnipotent awareness?

    • Navarre
      May 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm — Reply

      Clairvoyance

      That is not to be confused with anomalous cognition (“seeing the future”). Clairvoyance would be the ability to perceive someplace other than what the present location of your physical senses would allow.

  5. Lindsey
    May 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm — Reply

    I’d want to be invisible for a week.

    Spy on a bunch of people and then, once I’m visible again, call them out on the stuff I’d seen. Or to know what people really think about me, or just to see what people do when they think no one is watching.

    This question was outrageous. Truly, Truly outrageous ;-)

  6. ~wyntermute~
    May 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm — Reply

    Future sight. If it’s going away at the end of the week, I can use my week of superness to better map out the rest of my unpowered life. :) (And I could help people if I wanted to, or be selfish about it if I wanted to. Or a mix of both! Yayyy for variable moods!)

  7. May 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm — Reply

    No-rules use of a Green Lantern ring. Why no rules? To bypass the “personal gain” rule and selfishly use it to both “fix” myself (clear up all my health problems as well as restore my hearing to that of a normal human, something it hasn’t been since I was 4) and to sorta “download” a bit more knowledge than I currently have. The second selfish reason also ties into what else I would do with the ring’s powers, which is to set up not only an advanced communications system but also to build a series of semi self-sufficient habitats on the moon and Mars (and possibly a couple other planets) to help jump-start the human race’s expansion outward in the galaxy. That way we still have to develop the tech to get there reasonably, we’ll just have a nice place to stay when someone finally arrives.

    The sad thing is I’ve actually had this plan in my head for years (I have WAY too much free time to think about weird stuff on my frequent hospital visits).

  8. Rome
    May 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm — Reply

    Wow! All the posters really put a lot of thought into this.

    I was just going to say ‘Flying!”

    But after all that brain work, I better come up with something more elaborate. Like flying while investment banking or something. How’s that?

    • Robbie
      May 15, 2012 at 7:30 am — Reply

      Flying while investment banking in my new favorite power set :)

      You could join the Legion and be Buy Lo Sell High Lad :)

  9. Antonio Sanciolo
    May 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm — Reply

    I’m going to be THAT guy and ask for the power to stop time.
    That way the week doesn’t ever have to end.
    Plus I could make a mint from picking pockets and burgling houses.

  10. Trampicus
    May 15, 2012 at 12:52 am — Reply

    I would take the Reed Richards level super genius route and invent and register all kinds of patents for amusement, profit, and the betterment of mankind. I would also be working on a way to keep the intellect going full time. When time was up, and if i couldn’t figure out a way to keep my new found brain power, I would be happy with the knowledge that i have given back to the world (and more importantly myself). Also my giant mech would be a great consolation prize >;).

  11. Ryan
    May 15, 2012 at 5:40 am — Reply

    Teleportation. I’d BAMF in and out of some banks and travel the world. Or I’d want mind bullets.

    • May 15, 2012 at 10:48 am — Reply

      That’s telekinesis, Ryan… But how about the power…

      …to MOVE you?

  12. Xian
    May 15, 2012 at 11:12 am — Reply

    I wonder how these conditions interact with time-traveling powers.

    • Xian
      May 15, 2012 at 11:20 am — Reply

      Or various conceptions of omnipotence….

      For example, if you adopt theological omnipotent (rather than philosophical omnipotence) you would have “all powers that exist”- minus the power to have the power beyond a week- without running into the nonsense paradoxes of philosophical omnipotence (like creating rocks your power can’t lift). If you adopt philosophical omnipotence, then you would have “all conceivable powers, even if paradoxical” meaning you could, inside the terms of your 1 week, then change the terms to go beyond the week.

      Then again, what is a “week”? Who or what defines a week in the face of omnipotence? Under either model what is to stop the omnipotent being from reshaping the entire universe such that an eternity is packed into a week making the restriction irrelevant?

      Not that I have any particular interest in omnipotence, but it seems like a lot of the Spoilerites are looking for maximum exploitation of the powers so it raises the question in my mind.

  13. Ian
    May 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm — Reply

    I can’t decide between super-venriloquism and “Split!”

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