As with any MS-QOTD, there’s a complex process in which it gets written, edited and posted fresh each morning.  This time, though, things got weird, as it was suggested nearly a week ago by my wife, then forgotten, then remembered on Sunday night, then forgotten again only to recur today.  Many superheroes can fly, while far fewer are amphibious, even if it might be more useful in day-to-day situations.  You’ll never fall to your doom out of a pond, for one thing.  But it’s not that easy to choose wings or gills, leading us to today’s Navy SEAL query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds the differentiation between land, sea and air to be the axes on which all superheroes turn, and wants to freakin’ fly, maaaaan, asking: Would you rather have wings or gills?


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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! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Hard to choose. Wings would be more useful in most situations but not concealable. In a world where super heroes exist, wings. In our regular dystopian one, I wouldn’t wanna be a science experiment, so gills & scarf.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Gills. If I had wings, I’d be knocking things over every time I turn around. Getting into cars and riding in elevators would be awkward at best. This world isn’t made for people with wings; the ADA doesn’t cover that.

    • If I was born with them, and flying was as intuitive as walking, wings all day. I wouldn’t want to acquire wings in my 30s and have to learn how to use them like riding a bike, tho.

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