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I have some time so I thought I'd tell you guys about this and see if any of you share it with me. :3

It has come to my attention rather recently (within the last year or so) that I have synesthesia.  Synesthesia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthe…) is when two senses become mingled and cause the brain to perceive one concept from two different perspectives.  For example, I have ordinal linguistic personification (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordinal_…) wherein I give numbers, letters and some words personalities, genders and sometimes color.  To a lesser extent, I have number form synesthesia where I see numbers and different types of number organizations on a visual map around me.  Not many people know this about me since I didn't know it was unusual and I'm only now learning about it.  

I'm sort of worried you guys will think I'm crazy with all this and I swear I didn't know that other people didn't do this until recently.  Anyway, I thought I'd tell you about my numbers:

0 - This number is genderless and grey.  I refer to it as my 'God' number since it does not speak but knows all and sees all.
1 - He's a cool kid.  Young and with a baseball cap.  Sometimes I color him yellow or gold.
2 - She's a bitchy upstart.  A dull red.
3 - A haggard overweight girl who could be mistaken for a boy.  Pale pink.
4 - Heroic 20 some year old man.  Blue.
5 - 2's mother and an even duller red.  She reminds me of the Dutchess from Alice in Wonderland.
6 - A sly, sexy young girl.  Pale yellow.
7 - He's very similar to MJ-7 from Trying Human!  Sort of a dull dark bluish green and kind of emo.
8 - A dumpy overweight 40 some year old man.  I often see him as 3's dad. Orange.
9 - 6's mother and the same sort of sexy sly woman. Pale yellow.
10 - 1's father and like one of those sporty dads. Navy blue.
11 - 1's dumb cousin. No color association.

I'm not sure why but this is where my personification of numbers ends.  They just repeat after this with the number on left always being the dominant personality and then switching after 100 to the number furthest on the right being dominant.  There is also a hill in my spacial timeline with 11 dipping down to 12 and then continuing on a flat surface to 20 where it goes back up again to another number plateau.

I'd go over all my letters but it would be really tedious for me to type them all out.  I'll just give some examples of my favorite and not so favorite letters.

B - He's kind of overweight and cool.  Always joking around a lot.
F - Older man with a mustache.  He's really smart.  (I tend to associate the word 'if' with this personality as well.)
L - You're going to laugh but Longus is really close to how I see L's personality.  Cool and casual and kind of grinning all the time.
T - I love the letter T.  He seems like the kind of person I could go to about any problem.  He has a crush on S and U is his best friend who's always trying to get him a date with her.
X, Y, Z - I've always associated these three with an evil trio with Z being in control.  X is masculine and Y and Z are feminine.
M - I really don't like this letter for some reason and I think it's because she bosses N around.  She also wears a lot of expensive jewelry.
C - This is pretty close to how I see Rose but with shorter frizzier hair.  I also strongly associate 'C' with the color red and hide the letter 'C' in Rose's hair because of this. introducingemy.deviantart.com/…

If you have any questions about letters I haven't talked about, just ask me.  I think I might try drawing some of my favorites. X3  At some point, I'll try to draw my spacial timeline.  I have a few different ones for my age, world history, and number orders in general.

As a side note, it is confusing for me that my MAJESTIC 12 members (minus 7) don't look or personify how I see 'my' numbers.  I did this on purpose for design reasons rather than just trying to confuse myself. lol  Never in a million years would I associate the number 8 with a sexy young thang. X3
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LadyKuonji Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so cool!! I am doing a paper on this and I read about the Color/Letter combo but never personality/letter combo!
I would love to ask you some questions if thats ok?
If you want to here is the [link] to a journal asking about some of the things I woule like to know. Not everything is on there so if you do respond I may ask you a few more questions.... if thats ok that is....
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NEMC2 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Hey, so I was on news scientist today and I found an article on a new type of synesthesia. I thought since you research and are interested in it (in addition to having it) that you'd like to read it (if I remember/am on next time you are on Livestream I'll probably post it there as well).

Here's the link:

Or Copy & pasted:

Time Lords discovered in California

* 00:01 01 April 2010 by Rowan Hooper
* For similar stories, visit the Astrobiology and The Human Brain Topic Guides

Time Lords walk among us. Two per cent of readers may be surprised to discover that they are members of an elite group with the power to perceive the geography of time.

Sci-fi fans – Anglophile ones, at least – know that the coolest aliens in the universe are Time Lords: time-travelling humanoids with the ability to understand and perceive events throughout time and space. Now it seems that people with a newly described condition have a similar, albeit lesser ability: they experience time as a spatial construct.

Synaesthesia is the condition in which the senses are mixed, so that a sound or a number has a colour, for example. In one version, the sense of touch evokes emotions.

To those variants we can now add time-space synaesthesia.
I see… time

"In general, these individuals perceive months of the year in circular shapes, usually just as an image inside their mind's eye," says David Brang of the department of psychology at the University of California, San Diego.

"These calendars occur in almost any possible shape, and many of the synaesthetes actually experience the calendar projected out into the real world."

One of Brang's subjects was able to see the year as a circular ring surrounding her body. The "ring" rotated clockwise throughout the year so that the current month was always inside her chest with the previous month right in front of her chest.
Regenerating patterns

Brang and colleagues recruited 183 students and asked them to visualise the months of the year and construct this representation on a computer screen. Four months later the students were shown a blank screen and asked to select a position for each of the months. They were prompted with a cue month – a randomly selected month placed as a dot in the location where the student had originally placed it.

Uncannily, four of the 183 students were found to be time-space synaesthetes when they placed their months in a distinct spatial array – such as a circle – that was consistent over the trials.

A second test compared how well time-space synaesthetes and ordinary humans could memorise an unfamiliar spatial calendar and reproduce it. Time-space synaesthetes turned out to have much better recall than the time-blind majority.

Brang suspects that time-space synaesthesia happens when the neural processes underlying spatial processing are unusually active. "This enhanced processing would generalise to other functions of spatial processing – mental rotation, map navigation, spatial manipulation," he says.

Brang did not speculate on whether time-space synaesthetes could regenerate, or if they have two hearts: both key characteristics of Time Lords.
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NEMC2 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Sorry--here's the article link: [link]
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I-F Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
I don't have it but I think it's interesting/cool. I knew about it before but only because I read a book years ago - it's called A Mango-Shaped Space, you could try it if you'd like it. The main character has synesthesia.
I'd love to see your chacters!
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YourInnerDemons Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Dude! You too! I thought I was alone in doing that! I do it with letters. J has always been a bad guy.
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's very interesting, because back in grade school I ascribed personalities to numbers, my pencils, and a host of other unlikely things! 5 was and is my favorite--he's like me, a smiley smartalecky type but well-centered!
Just thought i'd share that:shrug:
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Honeykitten Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pfft, come on girl, why whould we think that? :D Of course we don't think you are crazy or anything :hug: Yes, I have heard about this ability before, I find it quite interesting how one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to an automatic, involuntary experience in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. The human brain sure is one mysterious creation, there's a lot about the mind that we don't understand yet :D
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Sphynxette Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wow. I thought this was completely normal and everyone saw letters and numbers that way.
It's weird how you think things are the same for everyone else until someone points it out. That's happened to me a couple of times this year. For example, I've had fructose malabsorption my entire life and never realised it until somebody got me tested. I thought that everybody felt sick after eating food, it was just how it worked :S
And aural hallucinations too. I hear music and voices in my head especially if I'm lying down or in a car. The voices never talk to me, they just ramble on and the music is always an orchestra with lots of violins.

It just goes to show how many different things we could have without realising it.
Btw, 3 is a jackass. Stay away from him >:|
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teenytinyturtle5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
Omigod, I thought I was the only one who did this :XD:
I used to make up little sitcoms with numbers. 5 I always pictured as male, usually dark red. thinks he's really cool and is always trying to get 13's attention. (she's a beautiful blond, usually pink.)
Glad to know I'm not the only one.
A little disturbed to know that it's a disease :XD:
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
5 IS cool! He's always smiling...my lucky number!
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chihuahuagirl88 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
We have the same form of synesthesia! X3 And I'm glad another person has been added to the small pot of people who know about it and won't think we're crazy! :dummy:
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dancingbetta Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I am so glad we did not get "your" 8 XD.

To be honest with you anyone who thinks you're crazy because of THAT is someone you don't necessarily need anyway. I am sure MANY people could be diagnosted with some kind of disorder if someone took the effort to "dig".

I don't know what it's like in the US but things like dyslexia and ADD only got big in Germany in the last decade (as in: parents are aware of it and are actually having their kids tested). Given that there are probably a lot of people my age running around with mild forms of such conditions without even knowing it.

I personally think that I suffer from dyscalculia, given the specific way I am having trouble with maths. Since it hasn't had any severe impacty on me though I won't even bother getting tested for it.

While I am not familiar with your disorder I remember some maths genius on TV saying that he does his calculations by turning them into stories... that might be either something similar.
Thanks very much for the "lesson", I certainly lrarned something new today.

Happy holidays!
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Ecmm Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
This is actually really cool, I don't think it's crazy! I have 'white' pain and things taste 'green', but it isn't synesthesia, I just draw a connection there for whatever reason cx Popcorn tastes metallic but that's totally off topic 8D

I want to draw some of those number/letter characters now! I'm actually a little jealous - It probably isn't, but I think this is a really awesome habit/condition cx
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Lampehannah Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Thats pretty cool I like it ^^ really
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marcsandroid Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
yeah synesthesia is pretty neat, for me it has alot to do with feeling, some letters, numbers, sounds ideas etc might be hot, cold, hard soft etc - certain things need to move through my head at a certain speed and rhythm to make sense.
makes me say some strange things though, one of the most notable was "that felt purple" when i was half asleep and someone poked me in the side and suddenly a giant purple fast forward sign flashed in front of me >.>
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stokerbramwell Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Crazy? More like crazy awesome! I've always been fascinated by synesthesia.
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NEMC2 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
That's actually pretty cool--I don't really have it, though sometimes the number 4 makes me think of green grapes and 8 as purple grapes and 2 just as the color blue.

But it's not constant or regular or anything--I think it just happened in a dream a couple of times (I think I might have had a brief one this morning, which is weird) and can't remember the other colors, but I think those three were constant. None of them have personalities though...maybe it's just related to the shape?

And I think I've once wondered why the colors weren't adding up correctly, but I can't remember what 5 or 3 or 1 were...
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Dragonizer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest, I never have, nor will I ever, understand this... But at the same time, it's still kinda neat.
<< You should totally do some sort of number or letter comic. XD
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Al-Durante Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, so there is a name for this sort of thing; I've always associated the first 10 or so digits with colors for a long time, and I know a few people who've thought of the same thing, but I didn't know that this "habit"(?) had a name for itself, I just thought we were slightly...off ''xD Neat to know other people think about this stuff too :D
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Dalal-N Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I remember watching a program on synesthesia that finished with saying that everybody on some level has it, because otherwise, we wouldn't be creative people, labeling colors with warmth and other such examples.
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MontyP Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Student General Artist
I've got synethesia as well. I taste colors. IT only seems to happen, or at least be noticeable, with bright, vibrant colors.

Light blue tastes like Parmesan cheese.
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Bilious Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Eh I've delt with crazier XD My uncle announced to my friends that the metalic taste in water comes from microchips and said it in EARNEST.

6 is the sexiest. I am biased because of your Majestic 12 >o> The new pages made me squee.
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NalaFontaine Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinating.
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artistic-minds Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Student Filmographer
Very cool! Nice to see how you view the numbers and letters. And it's not crazy at all, Synesthesia is very "very" common. Ironically enough, I have the same type of Synesthesia as you, Personification and what not.

And aside from the personality and colors that you view for the numbers, I see the same genders on them as you do @_@ weeeiiirrrdd.
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Katnyx Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Interesting. I also have this but minus the personification. Numbers 0 to 9 have different colors for me, and also the entire alphabet (sometimes I will accidentally write a number instead of a letter because they have similar colors). I can also see colors when listening to music or any sound, but not exactly like synesthesia (they actually do see it, like it's right there in front of them, while i just see it internally).

Don't be worried about it, and I doubt anyone is going to think you're crazy. Just think of it as a gift. The rest of the world doesn't see what you see, which is sad because your world is filled with color.
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JAKDumbass Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Student General Artist
Is this really a decease? Because, don't get me wrong, this seems just like i've imagined people with bright imagination think about letters. There's also a book character that almost has an affairs with letters :
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IntroducingEmy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nope! It's considered a harmless neurological sensory phenomenon. :3
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mr-author Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
I've always experienced sounds as bubbling geometric objects, colors as smells and tastes, and ideas and emotions as surreal creatures. I also don't think in words, instead in these endlessly mutating landscapes of smell, sound, and color. My doctor tells me this is pretty common among those with my particular neural ailment, however. It has something to do with the parts of the brain affected, I dunno. It's always cool to see other people who can know what you're talking about, though.

I have a funny feeling varying levels of synesthesia might be very common among the art community.
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CyanZack Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds more creative and imaginative than crazy to me. Yer cool. :3
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monde-fou Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
It's not crazy, at all :) My aunt actually has the same thing. One night I could remember she was doing the exact same thing, and naming off the numbers and what their colors were and/or how she views them personality-wise or just how she likes them ("3? Pf, he's a jerk, no one likes him").

I never really understood until recently, but I'm kinda the same way. While I don't place specific personalities with certain numbers, I more just state that I "don't like a certain number" because:
1)It's difficult
2)Just annoying.
etc.

I do, however, place colors to certain numbers. I always thought it was 'normal' until around last year xD; Even my late grandmother used to do it.
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dusk-hopper Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
i have ordinal linguistic personification, too! i love seeing the differences in number personalities from person to person, because they tend to be so different! this is how mine go:
0- sort of god-like, but more along the lines of a pagan god, he has a sort of primal energy about him.
1- a very sweet baby, always smiling, boy
2- a toddler, slightly temperamental, very stubborn, tomboyish, girl
3- about 6 years old, bossy, precocious, looks after 1, 2, and 4, girl
4- softspoken, kind, about 4 or 5 years old, girl
5- really goofy, slightly pudgy guy in his 30s, exceptionally clumsy, has a crush on 6
6- skinny, shy, late 20s, convinced she has horrible luck, doesn't like 5, but is too unassertive to say so
7- 6's cousin, sly, skanky, always trying to shanghai 6 into doing her dirty work
8- sort of the celebrity of the numbers, chivalrous, noble, kind, smart, but a little uncomfortable with all the attention he gets
9- sister to 1,2,3, and 4, daughter of 10, around 17 years old, spoiled brat, always complaining, hangs out with 7
10- king of the numbers, loves jokes and laughing, a little bit goofy, kind of like the sultan in aladdin (lol)
the numbers after that sort of become shadowy. they're more like supernatural beings.

it's really interesting (and pretty impressive to me) that you made the majestic 12 different from your number personalities. i wouldn't have been able to resist, lol!
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist
Do you associate full names with colors/etc? I remember one synesthetic I encountered online mentioning being confused that Christian was a boy's name, because it was pink to them.
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mastercntrol Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Crazy or not, I can't see the harm in it, so no reason to get upset. It actually reminds me of when I was a kid and would associate certain digits or letter of the alphabet as being one gender or the other. Not really sure what I was basing it on. As for the personification thing... it really just reminds me of a child's animism, where they see inanimate, non-living things as having feelings and treating them like living things, which I also used to do as a kid. Looking back, I find it sweet that young Ed was so tender and empathetic with all his possessions, even the not-breathing ones.

Point being, the condition sounds like nothing to be upset over, and I find it somewhat endearing because it reminds me of how I used to see certain things. <3
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MegSyv Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I've always seen M as the socially awkward letter of the entire alphabet family who always wants to hang out with N, O, and P, who thing themselves the coolest. They don't like M much, but they begrudgingly tolerate their presence because L tells them to, and she's kind of bossy.

It's weird to think that there's a name for this? It sounds like you've got a much more in depth and detailed idea as to what's going on, though. XD
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neilak20 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I've heard of synesthesia before, and that people who have it usually don't realize other people don't so it doesn't come up until later in their life. I think its neat that the little graphic on Wiki showing letters and numbers different colors has 0 as being grey and you perceive 0 as being grey.

I used feel different notes had colors, but then I'm not sure if that was my overactive imagination or actual synesthesia. Do you just get the impression of the colors and personalities, or do you actually see the colors in place of the things original color? (Sorry if asking this sort of question is bothersome, I haven't actually been able to talk to a real person with synesthesia to know).
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IntroducingEmy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The color thing is a lot less intrusive for me so I don't see the overlay like some folks do. I do however get the personality thing all the time so when I talk about or see numbers or capital letters, it's like they're people. Also, if I'm visualizing numbers (and some letters) I see their color.
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neilak20 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I still sorta feel notes have colors but not like I used to when I played sax all the time.
I also seem to give personalities to inanimate objects and animals, but I figured I was just weird. >_> Though I read on wiki that some Synethes give personalities to objects (I am probably just weird, so I try not to mention the names and personalities I feel things have, its usually only specific objects too, like my car, swords, or computer).
I'm probably not synestheic but I find it really cool that you are. ^_^
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's very interesting, I've never heard of it before. It's nice that you're learning more about it though and also that you're able to talk about it!
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tricksterchild Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Student
IMHO, it's not crazy, but quite cool. It's extra cool 'cause we talk about this A LOT in AP Lang. and Comp (for some odd reason...)

And my name starts with a C (Caitlin), so now I feel awesome :XD:
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Actually...that sounds pretty awesome.
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IntroducingEmy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I guess it's pretty neat. :meow: I've never really thought about it before. lol
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Honestly, I slightly envy it. It's like the world as you perceive it is just a little bit richer than the world as most people perceive it.
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IntroducingEmy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think everyone perceives the world in unique and interesting ways. I just think this version has a label. X3 lol If you're interested, this is the documentary I saw when I realized I had it: [link]=DvwTSEwVBfc For some folks it's not such a blessing since it can limit what they do.
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
(Your link. It is broken. D: )

Yeah...I first heard about it in a magazine article...there was a story in there about one woman who blew a job interview for a position she really wanted because the interviewer's voice looked like massive lumps of wet coal, and she just couldn't stand talking to her. Definitely not a blessing in that case.
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IntroducingEmy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
[link]=DvwTSEwVBfc <--- You'll have to copy paste that whole thing since DA is being a buttface and turning it into a smiley face.
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
All right. Now I got it to cooperate.
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Katwalker Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Whoo hoo, another synesthe! I got it too, although the closest to OLP is my conviction that Wednesday is a very feminine woman with long brown hair.

Mostly, I see sounds, especially music. Low notes are very dark blue, and the higher notes are gold, with the very highest a bright white.

I think the sensory nerve mixup idea is probably a good theory for why it exists. I know it runs in families, and my birthsister and possibly my birthfather have it. And hey, creative or artistic people are more likely to have it, so consider it a badge of honor!
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IntroducingEmy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I wonder if more musically minded people lean towards that kind of synesthesia. I know I'm not very good with music or musical concepts so that sort of thing would fly right over my head. X3 I'm excited since I'm going home for the holidays. I want to know if anyone else in my family does this too!
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Katwalker Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
(I wouldn't be surprised if that was it, I've been in professional choirs for nearly 20 years now)

Make sure to report back if they do! I think I'ma go quiz my birthfam about this when I meet them for the holidays back home, too.
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comp Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
For some reason this makes me want an Emy-themed childrens' book on letters and numbers with pictures and everything.
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