Let’s start this off with a mini-meme. Do you, or anyone you know, have apparent “superpowers”?
This request is not as weird as it seems – let me explain.
You see my wife has a superpower. And it’s awesome in its own mind bending way. Best of all (and the reason why it’s coming to mind recently), is that it appears that this same superpower has been passed on to my daughter. It’s like it’s hereditary or something, but whether this is an effect of genetics or environment, or (as the case may be) both, has yet to be determined.
So what is Kate’s superpower? (Pause for dramatic effect)
It’s the ability to know the real name of anyone you care to point at on the television. I tell you it’s freaking amazing, although not something you could join the Xmen with (maybe the Mystery Men though).
Seriously, I discovered this way back, whilst watching something like “Facts of Life” and pointing indiscriminately at pretty much every one on screen. She would know everyone – it was eery. Then we’d move on to a whole bunch of other shows, and it was the same freaking effect. It was like she was Wonder Woman, and I was zinging her with these questions, “Who’s the little boy in Who’s the Boss”, and she would fire right back with her magic bracelets, “Danny Pintauro!”
Anyway, a few weeks ago, we noticed my daughter Hannah doing something similar with a movie we were watching.
“That girl looks familiar – wasn’t she in this other show?”
“Oh yes, that’s so and so – she’s was in this and that movie…”
She’s only 6 though – so who knows how awesome her powers will get in the future.
Oddly enough, for me (sadly with no superpowers), it does get me thinking about the concept of things like genetic determinism (i.e how folks may be hard wired in a certain way), and certainly how easy it would be to fall into the trap of thinking that way (especially in light of a comments in the GAP Ad Celebrity post).
Anyhow, back to the meme. Anyone else has a superpower they care to share? No judgement here, as clearly the bar has been set pretty low (aka “knowing the real name of the boy in Who’s the Boss” – even though that sounds pretty awesome to me).