In this week’s episode of Top 5 (secretly my favorite of our shows, though they’re all a lot of fun to make), we discussed a list of super-powers that Rodrigo, Stephen and I would love to have, many of which fall under the heading of “useless.”  But in a world where there isn’t a Superman, anybody could make a living with their powers, out-magicking Penn & Teller with your minor telekinesis, out-thinking a computer with your ability to factor multiples of ten.  If you had even the simplest super-power, you could change the world, leading to today’s seemingly innocuous query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will remind you that Cypher’s power to read and understand any language would be incredibly useful in nearly any setting, asking: What super-power that others would call useless do you still want to have?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    Jack Hawksmoor, I think. His powers are really vague but I’d like to able to speak with cities, they probably got lots of great stories to tell.

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