Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Telepathy


When a friend sent this to me (and sorry I cannot remember who it was) I snickered.

Do I believe in telepathy?  It joins the legion of things to which my only answer is 'I am not sure.'

I hope it doesn't exist though.  I think that our minds are one of the last bastions of privacy left to us.  I don't want someone rummaging through mine, and I am pretty sure I wouldn't like a lot of what I found in other people's heads either.

Just the same, I am happy to take the credit if you do think of something funny today...

118 comments:

  1. Nice to see a midweek funny from you EC.

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    1. Carol in Cairns: I have been a bit of a lazy blogger. Thank goodness for River's Sunday Selections. I hope you are still in your happy place.

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  2. Heads - I win, Tails - you lose? I think that intuition, reading body language, (whether consciously or not) and knowledge of a particular person accounts quite nicely for most of what we can telepathy. Then again, there is that one in one hundred happenstance which can't be accounted for quite so easily.

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    1. Jacquelineand...: Yup. Backing the horse both ways. And I think you are right about the body language and personal knowledge. And about the inexplicable bits as well.

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    2. I fail completely at body language and personal knowledge. I just CANNOT read people. Totally clueless.

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    3. River: Sometimes I am good - and other days I have spectacular fails.

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  3. I do believe in telepathy but I don't think everything in a person's mind can be read, only bits and pieces.

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    1. Linda Starr: But which bits? Do I get to choose?

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  4. I wouldn't want to read everything in everyones heads either. I might get shocked!!! lol. Good to see you here today!

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    1. Teresa: I don't want to read everything in my head - let alone other people's. How are you and your mama?

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  5. Mine's a bit of a dustbin...

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    1. dinahmow: Yup. A cluttered, dusty dustbin full of what my father described as 'ill-considered trifles'.

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  6. wow! That was absolutely amazing! I laughed for no apparent reason! Wow! ha ha ha ha

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  7. Ha! You get the credit! :)

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    1. Lynn: And I will take any credit (no matter whether it is deserved or not) that I can get.

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  8. So, do I get to give you credit for all the bad ideas I've had today?

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    1. lotta joy: Since you could NEVER think of any bad ideas, I suppose I will have to take credit for them. And if those same bad ideas made you laugh I will definitely claim the credit.

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  9. Hi EC,

    I've just thought of something rude - was that you too?

    :0)

    Cheers

    PM

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    1. Plastic Mancunian: Did it make you laugh? If so, yes, it was me.

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  10. No, I would not want to read another person's mind, and they ought not to like what they see if they try to read mine. You're right, its the last frontier... personal frontier for a human being who can think.

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    1. Furry Bottoms: Anyone rummaging in my mind deserves anything they get. And some of it isn't pretty. Or nice. Or safe.

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  11. Oh yes I think it's quite possible. There's a great deal of our brains we have yet to make use of, or have forgotten how to, one way or the other, though the last thing we need nor want is it to be something that comes easily as we would no longer have even the freedom of our minds, the last bastion, to escape into. Everything gets abused so far as privacy goes. I can 'read' other people's minds at times, certain people, at times, but I may well be just very intuitive. I know what people want for Christmas anyway.
    Hahahaha.

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    1. All Consuming: You are certainly intuitive. And perceptive. And observant. And, fortunately, discreet.

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  12. I agree with you, would like to keep my mind private....you describe it like I thought so does that count? :)

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could: Perhaps just two minds sharing a wave length for a time? Which works for me.

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  13. So I keep waiting for the funny thoughts to pop into my head and nothing is happening ... sorry EC, you haven't reached me with your telepathy, but your words memsmorize me regularly ... I think I'll just believe in a wonderful long distance friendship and let the telepathic thoughts float right on by.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Andrea Priebe: That long distance friendship is worth more than a funny thought or two. Though I do hope some smiles cross your path today.

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  14. Oh, good. So if I suddenly start giggling out of the blue, I can blame it on you.

    My father used to always tell my mother to "get out of his head." He thought she was reading his mind, but she was just very intuitive. (And he was kinda transparent...)

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    1. Susan: Always nice to have someone to blame those inappropriate giggles on.
      I wonder about those intuitive people. Careful observation - or telepathy? Powerful either way.

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  15. Scary to think about...true? I have no idea for sure.

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    1. Bookie: I don't either. There are always unanswered questions.

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  16. I used to wish I was Telepathic when I was a kid, I used to wish for several super powers. Now I'm happy that I don't have them.
    I'll be sure to thank you mentally if I think of something funny.

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    1. River: This is a bit of a fraught day for me - so if I do get a telepathic thank you I will be grateful.

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  17. I don't believe it exists, but I did write three books that featured characters who communicated that way. I think it would be really cool to speak to others that way.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Only if I had an off button as well. Or a mental barricade.

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  18. Oh, that was YOU this morning?? :D

    I believe in a deeply subconscious connection through the ether.
    And, intuition... I depended on it as a child. It got me out of some potentially very bad situations.

    We can pick up even the tiniest (almost) imperceptible inflections in others. Those who hone these skills can "read" and feel the auric energies of others that reflect our inner thoughts/feelings/emotions.

    It's fascinating.
    The air around us can be very palpable with signals.
    Cognition beyond the physical.
    There's definitely something to it. Look at animals, for instance...

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    1. Vicki: I am very, very grateful for intuition - and grateful that it has kept you safe. However, I don't know whether it is observation and interpretation - or something deeper.
      And animals are skilled observers and access facilities we no longer have - scent for one.
      But I still don't know.
      I do feel a connection with some people which I trust - and an aversion to others - which I also trust.
      So much we don't know...

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    2. Wait a minute now, let me rewind my earlier statement. There are people I instinctively distrust, with good reason as I've later learned, so that's intuition that I've never really taken much notice of, just always managed to get myself out of a potentially bad situation.

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  19. The day I break out laughing for no apparent reason is the day the hubs sends me to the funny farm. I'll be sure to blame you lol.

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    1. Delores: It that was the only criteria my room would already be reserved.

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    2. He would send you to the funny farm without first asking why you are laughing?
      That's harsh.

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  20. I don't think it exists...but I gotta say, you just never know! I certainly hope it does not!

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    1. Optimistic Existentialist: It is the potential invasion which frightens me. I can see the benefits - but they are outweighed by the fear of intrusion.

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  21. When my brother was at University, and 3 hour drive away, he tried to commit suicide, at the moment he took the pills my mother sat up right in bed and called out his name. Is that telepathy?

    Oops that wasn't very funny was it?

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    1. LL Cool Joe: It is precisely because of things like your mother's experience that I won't say it doesn't exist. And I hope she was able to help him.
      Not funny - but important. Thank you.

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  22. I did indeed laugh out loud this afternoon- for no particular reason..I assume that was you. HA HA No, I don't believe in that, and hope it isn't true. You are so right- it is our last refuge of privacy.

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    1. Terri @ Backwards B Ranch: That privacy thing is huge isn't it? For me, for you - and for a lot of us.

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  23. I think couples can sometimes have ESP if they are on the same wavelength or that may be familiarity. . It's invasive if everyone has it, so like magic it may be a skill only a few are gifted with. It's fun to speculate.

    And I could use a funny thought or two, EC, I had to lodge a formal complaint at the hospital, to be settled with the nurses being told how to better deal with my hubs care. (I named one nurse in particular and listed all the items in question). Grrrr. . .

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    1. D.G Hudson: Familiarity has at least something to do with it, but possibly not everything.
      When my partner's bowel ruptured and he was flatly refusing to get medical attention I don't know why I ignored him. I am grateful - but don't know what made me over-rule him.
      I am sorry that you are having to exercise eternal vigilance at the hospital. It is exhausting, frightening and frustrating.
      Nail their heads to a coffee table...

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  24. I'll let you know at the end of the day.

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    1. Andrew: Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  25. I consider it amazing that I can read my own mind.

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    1. Geo.: And often I don't like want I find in my head either...

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  26. I'm with you on the intrusion of telepathy. I don't want anyone in my mind. Sometimes I don't even want myself there, it can be scary. Ha.

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    1. Myrna R.: My head can be a scary place too. Sometimes full of magic, and at other times the beasts have control.

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  27. No wonder that shopper at the supermarket this morning was looking at me with an odd look on her face!!! I'll have to be careful from now on what I'm thinking about while out shopping!!!

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    1. Lee: Good luck. I have very little success in controlling my wayward thoughts.

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  28. You know I love you and am convinced that whenever the phrase "Down Under" is uttered in my presence, you are behind it. :-)

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    1. DJan: How I would love it if you could come Down Under. Hugs.

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  29. I love that graphic! Hilarious. I don't "not believe" in anything. I think as a fiction writer, it's my duty to keep my mind open to any and all possibilities. It's MUCH more fun to go through life thinking, "What if?" then shutting my mind off to interesting concepts.

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    1. Stephanie Faris: I am decidedly a doubting Thomas - but don't rule out a great deal. There is soooo much I don't know. And yes, the what ifs can be fun.

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  30. So glad I found out who that was...

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  31. Should I worry that you're going to end up poking needles into voodoo dolls? I mean, once you decide--if you decide--that telepathy works, wouldn't you want to use it for more than sending jokes around the world? You know, things like requests for large gifts of money, placing curses upon your enemies, and so forth.

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    1. Snowbrush: I think I would want a more personal involvement in curse placing, and would rather see the results of my ill-wishing immediately. And funnily enough a large sum of money isn't high on my want list.
      So far, I remain unconvinced about telepathy though. I do wonder whether extreme emotion (see LL Cool Joe's comment) has the necessary power though.

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  32. Not sure about the telepathy thingy but it's funny sometimes when you answer the phone and have to admit laughingly 'oh were your ears burning, we were just talking about you'.
    Cathy

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    1. Cathy: Co-incidences which aren't sometimes fascinate me, and sometimes scare me a bit.

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  33. Aha! So it was you who made me snicker (twice) during that very boring staff meeting after school?
    Thanks! :)

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    1. Alexia: If I could relieve a boring staff meeting, I am grateful. That is a very positive use for telepathy.

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    2. Parents would sure use telepathy if they could hahaha.

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    3. Guyana-Gyal: And I am sure they would regret it if they got an uncensored view of what goes on in their child's head.

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  34. Problems in the home and problems in the world all come from people thinking they can read minds.

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    1. You are so right, Granny Annie. I have been guilty of just this thing, too.

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    2. Grannie Annie (and jenny_o): Thinking they can read minds, or thinking that they know better.

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  35. I'm with you. I don't want to read minds and I don't want anyone reading mine either.

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    1. mail4rosey: I suspect that we would find out a lot of things we really, really didn't want to know - and would have trouble forgetting.

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  36. I know that you can tell what I'm thinking. Yes. No, that doesn't suit. Well, really? You think so?
    See? We just had a whole conversation in our heads and now you understand where I'm coming from.
    I'll pass that along to her. ;)

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    1. River Fairchild: You win the prize for the scariest comment. It has set the hairs on the back of my neck on edge.

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  37. I'm with Granny Annie, above!

    But ... the power of suggestion is strong ... I'll think of you today whenever I smile, EC. I hope your day is going better than you expected (per your reply to a comment).

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    1. jenny_o: The day as every bit as confronting as I feared - but is done and dusted. Much relief.
      And yes, Grannie Annie was right. And I hope you got lots of smiles yesterday (and today and every day).

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    2. Sometimes done and dusted is the best we can do. Here's to a new day on its way.

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  38. Ha ha! Loved this! But I'm with you. I'd only like it if I could use it to help the justice system, if I had control over who I listened to, and that no one could read mine in return! I'd love to be the "lie detector" who never failed... sounds like a story coming on...

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    1. Lisa: Control over who I listened to, and how much of what was in their head I listened to. And yes, stay out of my head. I don't always like it in there either - and I don't want to share it.
      And I would love to see the story you could make of this. Please.

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  39. Hi EC, thanks for stopping by... no, I'm not discontinuing my photoblog, just the meme I've run on Wednesday/Thursdays for the last year and a half called 'Rurality Blog Hop.' I will just post whatever on those days as I see fit w/o the meme. I do still run an almost 3 year old meme on Saturday/Sundays called 'Weekly Top Shot.'

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  40. So! Are you responsible for the penis enlargement offer I got at work? :) I think the contents of my head might make people run away screaming...either that or I'd get punched more often. ;)

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    1. Riot Kitty: No, I won't claim credit for any penis enlargement offer. And I am sure that the contents of my head would make people run. Marathons. Possibly after punching me.

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  41. If people could read my mind, I'd have no friends. Well, except my blogger friends. I think the world of you all, but if we saw each other on a regular basis, and telepathy existed, I'd get lonely fast.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Or perhaps you would have lots of friends. Kindred spirits. Each of us thinking we were alone...

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  42. I always thought it might be fun, but then I think now maybe not as I really don't want to know what is in their head....

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    1. Donna@LivingFromHappiness: Some days I don't want to know what is in my head - let alone anyone else's head.

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  43. I remember at school willing a girl to put up her hand to answer a question, I concentrated very hard and her hand went up ... and she didn't know the answer which was hilarious to me at the time. I believe there are many things we don't understand, and coincidences that we credit with more import than they deserve, but that aside I think today's quote could help me with my post next week :)

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    1. Kim: No arguments here. There are many, many things we (or me certainly) don't understand.

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  44. Dear Sue, on Wednesday, when you posted this, I can't think of anything funny that you/I thought but I did have an enjoyable day that made me grateful for my home and my friends and my life. Grateful that I am retired and have the time to blog and write. Grateful that my health is good and that I'm losing the weight I put on while on vacation in July. Grateful for sun and moon and stars and . . . of course . . . the cats! So if telepathically you felt inundated by gratitude on what would have been your Thursday--then that was you/me together in Oneness. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Gratitude is a wonderful thing. Gratitude for the big things, and for the small. And my cats at least tell me they are a BIG thing.

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  45. Well, technology is changing all the time and some scientists say that it might be possible to communicate via brain implants in the future. It's called radio enhanced telepathy. I like new ideas and inventions but everything has a flip side too. It could be fun to call my friends directly from my head but I certainly wouldn't like anyone to HACK it! :)))

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    1. Marielle Collins: I wouldn't even want my friends to have unfettered access to my head, let alone hackers. Yes there would be pluses, but I suspect I would be a slow adopter of radio enhanced telepathy. But then I am a slow adopter of many things.

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    2. It's definitely interesting as an idea, but in real life the advantages might not be worth the disadvantages. That's how I see it.

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  46. I can only answer "I am not sure" either. Sometimes I think there is when my friend tries to ring me the exact same time I try to ring her. Could be just coincidence, though...

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  47. I knew you were going to say that...

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  48. I am with you on the telepathy thing. In this cyber world of there being no secrets, I want to have my own private world in my head :). Love the quote.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Not only do I need my private world in my head, it is better for everyone around me if it stays that way.

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  49. Like you, i put telepathy in the category of "i have no idea", but add a caveat of "probably not..." This did, however, give me a chuckle!

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    1. daisyfae: And chuckles never go astray.

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  50. Funny:)
    Loved this.
    Love you.
    (I believe in love)
    :)
    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: You believe in love - and it shows. In the best, most colourful way.

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  51. Ha, this is cute! When it comes to telepathy, I keep ~ ahem ~ an open mind. :-) Based on some intriguing experiences of my own I can't dismiss the possibility. (And as Caroline Casey advises, "Believe nothing. Entertain possibilities.") :-)

    I'm sure being able to read someone's thoughts could come in awfully handy at times, but more often than not it would probably be hurtful, confusing, and/or boring, and would certainly ruin many a fun surprise. As for others being able to rummage through mine, I can think of some upsides to that (think of all the time I'd save and typing I wouldn't have to do if people could just read all the emails I compose in my head! Blog posts too, for that matter!) :-) But I also must recall one of my favorite Pinterest pins that says, "If thought bubbles appeared above my head, I'd be screwed." :-)

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    1. Laloofah: Oh yes. I can see some uses, but the down sides would out-weigh them for me. And I am lazy enough, without having an extra incentive to do nothing.

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  52. I know what you're thinking...

    No, not that, but just before... Yes, that :)

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    1. Andrew Maclaren-Scott: Oh good. At least one of us knows what I am thinking.

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  53. I've always loved the idea of telepathy and was convinced I was telepathic as a child. I felt like I could communicate with or influence my sister telepathically, but I think that is actually just empathy and a close relationship. It's a fascinating idea though.
    I snickered at that image too - very funny!

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    1. Jackie K: I lean towards the empathy, shared experience, observation explanation myself. But haven't shut the door on telepathy either. Or not locked it anyway.

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