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Psychic Ability

Psychic Ability is a scary riddle about a homeless man and the strange things he says. Read the story carefully and think about it for a while. Try and figure out what the hidden meaning is and then scroll down to the comments to see if you were right.

Psychic Ability

Psychic Ability

I live in Osaka, Japan and often use the subway to go to work in the morning. One day, when I was waiting for the train, I noticed a homeless man standing in a corner of the subway station, muttering to himself as people passed by. He was holding out a cup and seemed to be begging for spare change.

A fat woman passed by the homeless man and I distinctly heard him say, “Pig.”

Wow, I thought to myself. This homeless man is insulting people and he still expects them to give him money?

Then a tall businessman went by and the homeless guy muttered, “Human.”

Human? I couldn’t argue with that. Obviously, he was a human.

The next day, I arrived early at the subway station and had some time to kill, so I decided to stand close to the homeless man and listen to his strange mutterings.

A thin, haggard-looking man passed in front of him and I heard the homeless guy mutter, “Cow.”

Cow? I thought. The man was much too skinny to be a cow. He looked more like a turkey or a chicken to me.

A minute or so later, a fat man went by and the homeless man said, “Potato.”

Potato? I was under the impression that he called all fat people “Pig”.

That day, at work, I couldn’t stop thinking about the homeless man and his puzzling behavior. I kept trying to find some logic or pattern in what he was muttering.

Perhaps he has some kind of psychic ability, I thought. Maybe he knows what these people were in a previous life. In Japan, many people believe in reincarnation.

I observed the homeless man many times and began to think my theory was right. I often heard him calling people things like “Rabbit” or “Onion” or “Sheep” or “Tomato”.

One day, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to ask him what was going on.

As I walked up to him, he looked at me and said “Bread.”

I tossed some money into his cup and asked him if he had some kind of psychic ability.

The homeless man smiled and said, “Yes, indeed. I do have a psychic ability. It is an ability I obtained years ago. But it is not what you might expect. I can’t tell the future or read minds or anything like that.”

“Then what is your ability,” I asked eagerly.

“The ability is merely to know the last thing somebody ate,” he said.

I laughed because I realized he was right. He said “Bread”. The last thing I had eaten for breakfast that day was toast. I walked away shaking my head. Of all the psychic abilities someone could have, that one must be the most useless.

Did you notice the horror of this story?

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  • I totally get it. When the man said human when a man walked over him that meant the man who walked over him ate a human!! Which meant that he was a cannibal and he could be searching for the next victim. And maybe he could be new at the lady’s work place and MAYBE he would eat the lady. Or he could sneak behind her and eat her…but then everyone would see. Or he could invite her to a date and then to his house then he could eat her.

  • the tall businessman, as the homeless guy muttered “HUMAN”. that means he ate human in his last supper. VERY SPOOKY. my dad is a BUSINESSMAN too. that means… oh no dad’s home and he says that he ate outside.

  • I didn’t get it at first I was like cool some random guy knows what they last eat,but ……… I stared reading the comments and literally yelled omg in the middle of class ……. so business men eat human…. cool

  • This is quite a story, but you see even though the business man at a human, it is not all that uncommon. It’s like donating your body to science. you just sign some papers and your body can be eaten. (That only happens on the black market. DO.NOT.TRY.)

  • Is it weird that the second i read the part about his ability i instantly figured the puzzle.

  • Calm down guys people pay lots of money to get human meat from black markets.It doesnt mean they kill.Some people actually say when I die I can be eaten.They sign like paperwork so you need to stop overeacting.

  • OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!! THAT MAN WAS A CANNABLE!!!! HE ATE ANOTHER HUMAN AND THAT IS JUST PLAIN SCARY!!! I’m glad that I am scared of trains and subways and plains because I would be totally werided out if I found that out.

  • I NOTICED! I NOTICED! I NOTICED THE HORROR OF THIS STORY! Here is it:
    > When the beggar looked at the tall businessman, he said “Human”. That means, the last thing the businessman ate was human.

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  • I’m usually horrible at riddles but I got this one first try the first time I read it. It’s because I was thinking in my head the whole time:

    “What? How come the business guy’s just a plain old human when the others are animals and food? He’s missing out!”

    And then I read the last bit and I was like:

    “OH. MY. GOD…”

  • Very clever story, although i would like to hear what happened afterwards. Where is the business-man now?..

    – Things are not always like they seem

  • Took me forever and a bunch of readthroughs to realize the cannibalistic businessman. Lol me-sa stuipid ^~^

  • I wan to eat my dog but my parents will not let me. The funny thing is he has three legs.

  • the tall guy ate a human u idiot remember that next time u see the homeless guy

  • Cannibal businessman? When, sometimes they do seem blood thirsty… But he brought it to a literal…..

  • aT first I thought that person just smells their breath as they walk buy but then I was like how the heck does he know what a human smells like unless he goes around sniffin people. But then it said figure out the horror. :O

  • Scary for kids you just gave the answer away straight away and didnt even let us answer the riddle anyway I was thinking he would actually kill the sidekick because he said I need time to kill and anyway my answer is one of the homeless people was human meaning he was a cannibal
    lol that explains what a homeless person eats when starving and has not got any money.

  • i have a psychic ability, i can look in someones eyes and SEE what they have been through, and i can see a persons facial exspretion without looking that there face, but by their voice and i tell the future in dreams

  • OMG! O.O as soon as he said the last thing someone ate I remembered the comment about “Human” Oh crap.

  • Yay, I was able to figure this one out!!! It’s too bad I ain’t the first one…

    Answer: The businessman had eaten a human…>.<

  • If I walked by, he would be like “Chocolate and marshmallow nyan cat”
    XD
    Aka, s’mores poptart :D

  • the tall guy ate human :o this took me not very long to understand as i read through O_O

  • “Human” •_o Not really that useless though… If you wanna know who ate your to-go plate that you so eagerly waited for when you got home… There you go! ;D

  • The tall business man ate human!! The guy said human and he tells you what you ate last!!! Ew!!

  • WHY DO YOU GUYS THINK THEY WERE ANIMALS IN DISGUIES!! HOW IS AN ONION, BREAD, AND POTATO ANIMALES

  • This is so obvious it’s not even funny.

    If his phsycic ability is to tell the last thing somebody ate and he said “Human” as the business man walked past him, then the business man is a cannibal.

  • When the business man walked by, he muttered, “Human.” He’s a cannibal.

  • Me too DEAD scary! Although I don’t know I dreamed it until it happens so it’s not very useful….

  • When the business man walked past he said human,so that means the last thing the businessman ate was a human O.o

  • whoohoo the first out of many more.when the buisness man passed he sayedHUMAN that means he eats humans. whooa totally gros

  • Um ok so the bizznis guy ate a human?
    Gosh thats….thats……messed up
    Disturbing….

    CALL ME ROSEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • :O DEAD SCARY U HAVE THOSE DREAMS TO? I ALWAYS DREAM ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN THE NEXT DAY because i was watching 13 real asian horror storys and in one of the scenes it was so familiar thats when i realized i saw it in my dreams O.O

  • :O DEAD SCARY U HAVE THOSE DREAMS TO? I ALWAYS DREAM ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN THE NEXT DAY because i was watching 13 real asian horror storys and in one of the scenes it was so familiar thats when i realized i saw it in my dreams O.O

  • OMG! I couldn’t think of anything at first, but now as I knew the answer…eerie!!!

  • The tall business man ate a frikkin’ human? THE HELL. DAS’ MESSED UP. And btw, that guy’s an idiot, you make toast with bread ._.

  • This freaked me out for a second. When he said he could tell what people last ate I was like “OMG! A person ate a potato! CARB ALERT!” then I relised that someone was a cannibal and I was like ” Wow………WHAT!?!?!?!”

  • I knew that the homeless man was able to tell what somebody last ate when he said Potato…….

  • When I read that the man said his power was to know the last thing somebody ate I already know it (without reading the real answer) that yeah… THERE IS A CANNIBAL BUSINESSMAN ON THE LOOSE!!!

  • I FOUND THAT STRAIGHT AWAY THE BUSINESS MAN ATE A H-U-M-A-N THAT’S JUST FREAKY!!!

    Yeah I ALWAYS have Deja Vus they can be freaky though and sometimes I can tell what people are thinking by their faces, most of the time. And since I can tell they can be upsetting things so I get upset and my friends call me sensitive.

  • i knew right away that that man is a cannibal creepy
    although a human does seem pretty tasty right now
    :p

  • omg @deadscary i sort of have dat feeling like when something happens i think back when i had a thought that this will happen but only when it happens it so dayshavue

  • That’s funny. The man said human for the business man. The business man is a cannibal.

  • I knew the answer as soon as I heard what he’s ability was. The businessman ate a human. lol XD

  • Haha the business man was a cannibal!!!!
    At first i thought that’s what all the people were going to turn into. But i got that all wrong

  • me too DEAD scary XD

    i can tell what happenens next too but not all the time…

    DA GUY ATE HUMAN

  • There’s a cannibal businessman on the loose!!!!! Careful everyone! He could be doing your business!!!!

  • My mum says i have psychic abilities because i can tell the future from my dreams and i always have LOADS of deja vu’s!

  • Haha xD furrykinz lol… disguise of humans? maybe like reincarnation? :D
    People are eating animals… o.o

  • deadgirl i didn’t notice either because i didn’t notice that it was wat you ate b4 i thought they were animals and the business man was just a regular human

  • OMG!! O_O I didn’t notice at all im such a stupid person! XD
    er… so.. i wonder what i have eaten for my breakfast o.o i think i forgot o.o

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