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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.

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