Wednesday, April 25, 2012

If you could fly...

... It wouldn't be nearly as cool as teleportation. Sure, the idea of soaring like a bird is neat. And it certainly sounds wonderful to never have to sit next to that smelly obese man on the plane, fight over the arm rest, and awkwardly squeeze by him to go to the bathroom. But teleportation is one step better.

Just think about all the time you spend travelling. On average, Americans now spend more than 100 hours per year commuting to and from work. Add to that the time you spend driving the store, movie theater, and restaurants; flying on vacation; and even the time walking to the mailbox and you begin to understand the value of quicker modes of transportation. Well nothing is faster than teleportation.

Yet, more often than not, the ability to fly beats out teleporting in super power surveys. In a recent poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, 16% of U.S. residents stated they'd want to fly -- while only 11% said they wished they could teleport. Millennials responded similarly, 22% and 18% respectively.

I'm not surprised. But I am disappointed. So now I am wondering, what super power would you most like to have?

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