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maestrowork
04-23-2009, 09:23 AM
This kind of freaked me out the other night. I was at an alumni function this weekend and during the dinner, they had a raffle drawing. Right before they drew the first ticket, I thought to myself: the first one would be my name.

She picked the ticket from a bowl of 200+ names...

And she called my name.

I was astounded.

What are the odds? (okay, 1 in 200)

Did that ever happen to you? I remember the same thing happened to me in high school. Again, before they drew the ticket I thought/felt that it would be my name, and it happened. It's the strangest feeling.

p.s. I got the best laugh of the night when I went up there to claim my prize. I should have been a standup comedian.

CACTUSWENDY
04-23-2009, 09:26 AM
Would you make more money than being an writer? lol

I have had similar things happen....makes a strange feeling run through me.

Manix
04-23-2009, 09:30 AM
Yes! I absolutely knew I was going to win a raffle drawing for a computer! I stood up before they called my name and laughed. (They probably thought I had rigged the deal myself)

Cool feeling, eh?

Gratz Ray!:tongue

Manix
04-23-2009, 09:31 AM
Oh, btw, what did you win?

Cyia
04-23-2009, 09:38 AM
In Elementary school, we had weekly drawings. A different kid drew every week. Inevitably whoever was chosen to draw picked their own name - for months.

I suspect the teacher was stacking the draw so that no one else's name was in the hat.

A. Hamilton
04-23-2009, 09:44 AM
I've had similar experiences. but I've also had that feeling that I won and then I didn't.
so, what did you win?

Fulk
04-23-2009, 10:19 AM
I've never had luck with drawings or contests really. I lose them so frequently that I never expect to be called. That's why I actually was surprised when I did finally win an iPod Nano in a raffle one year.

Unique
04-23-2009, 01:24 PM
Synchronicty, Ray. The Universe is talking to you. :)

Wayne K
04-23-2009, 02:16 PM
I looked at wife one night as Barry Bonds was going for the record breaking home run and said "He's going to hit it right now"...He hit it not two seconds later. She was only slightly amazed because I do things like that all the time.

A friend of mine who was a witch high priest said I am a conjurer. I say someone's name and even if I haven't heard from them in years they'll stumble into my life somehow.

Cyia
04-23-2009, 02:29 PM
That's sort of like when I mention a particular episode of a show that hasn't been on in years, by the end of the day it's on TV.

James81
04-23-2009, 03:10 PM
Did you have a gut feeling that you were going to win or did you win BECAUSE you had a true gut feeling that you would win? That's what really bakes your noodle.

I think they call that "The Law of Attraction," where you manifest your desires through gut-level thought. :D

smoothseas
04-23-2009, 05:17 PM
Serendipity smiled on ya, eh?
You never did post what you won!

K1P1
04-23-2009, 05:23 PM
No. I've never had that feeling. But I never win anything, ever.

Priene
04-23-2009, 05:26 PM
What are the odds? (okay, 1 in 200)


Lower than that, as it's the probability of you winning times the probability of you having the thought that you would win. But the probability that something unusual will happen to you from time to time is extremely high.

LadyVonFright
04-23-2009, 05:28 PM
Congratulations! what did you win??

Ive had situations where i know something is going to happen and it does. Sometimes it's not entirely specific, I just feel something good/bad will happen....other times its very on the nose ;)

either way I love it...its fun! I just wish I knew how to control it to work to my advantage all the time lol

tjwriter
04-23-2009, 05:34 PM
My gut predicts all sorts of little things all the time. Most frequently, the next song on the radio. I do that one a lot.

Part of the stuff I predict, I've been able to tie to my ability to easily find patterns in human behavior, so that I have this ability to predict what certain people are going to do next. The better I've gotten at this, the more boring certain TV shows, etc. are.

I do know there are things I'd have no way of predicting and I get them right. Not major things though. I tend not to get feelings for those.

maestrowork
04-23-2009, 05:42 PM
A friend of mine who was a witch high priest said I am a conjurer. I say someone's name and even if I haven't heard from them in years they'll stumble into my life somehow.

I do that sometimes. I was thinking of someone and how I wished to see her again, and then one day I came across her information online (wasn't searching or looking) and she was the only person who posted their information... and then a few months later I happened to be in her town on business. So we got together and caught up. Weird!

One time I was just walking on the street and I had a feeling that one of my old friends was behind me. I turned around, and there he was, about 50 yards away. He was just as surprised as I was.


My gut predicts all sorts of little things all the time. Most frequently, the next song on the radio. I do that one a lot.


That, too. I'm beginning to think I'm a psychic. ;)

firedrake
04-23-2009, 05:46 PM
I occasionally get a feeling that something isn't quite right and, lo and behold, something bad will happen. Or I'll wake up in the morning with a song I haven't heard for ages on my mind, turn on the radio and....there it is.

That's about it.

Siddow
04-23-2009, 05:47 PM
My husband was in a competition a few years ago, and we're all sitting around the banquet table, waiting to hear who won. They announce the third place winner (not my husband), and I blurted out, "Oh my God, you won!"

I got a bunch of dirty looks from the other contestants and their spouses sitting around us. It only got worse when my husband actually won. :)

fwiw, though, the guy who won third was, imho, my h's only real competition so it was more logical deduction than sixth-sense feeling.

Many years ago, I was working at a bar and a girl came in and approached another woman and said, "Hey girl! What are you doing?" and I blurted out, "Your boyfriend!" bah-dum-bum.

Turned out to be true. I was, erm, mortified. I had no idea. I was going for comedy, not tragedy.

cray
04-23-2009, 05:48 PM
:crazy:

Cranky
04-23-2009, 05:52 PM
My sixth sense is never for anything good...I just get premonitions of impending badness. And it's never specific (well, almost never), so it's completely useless to me.

Maybe it's saving up all the good so I can pick winning lotto numbers one day. *shrug*

quickWit
04-23-2009, 05:58 PM
I knew Cray was going to be a jerk. Does that count?

cray
04-23-2009, 06:00 PM
:roll:

your sykick, qw.
you have a sickth cents!

quickWit
04-23-2009, 06:04 PM
your sykick, qw.
you have a sickth cents!

Yeah. I see dumb people.

Maryn
04-23-2009, 06:23 PM
Ray-Ray, I can't help noticing that you still haven't told us what you won. Ve hef vays to make you talk!

melaniehoo
04-23-2009, 06:31 PM
I've had similar things happen to me, but of course I can't think of any examples right now. :)

scarletpeaches
04-23-2009, 06:45 PM
I looked at wife one night as Barry Bonds was going for the record breaking home run and said "He's going to hit it right now"...He hit it not two seconds later. She was only slightly amazed because I do things like that all the time.

A friend of mine who was a witch high priest said I am a conjurer. I say someone's name and even if I haven't heard from them in years they'll stumble into my life somehow.

Shannon Leto Shannon Leto Shannon Leto...

maestrowork
04-23-2009, 06:52 PM
Shannon Leto Shannon Leto Shannon Leto...

I think it works only on people you actually know, and not those you tell yourself and others and pretend to know.

Cyia
04-23-2009, 07:31 PM
Did you have a gut feeling that you were going to win or did you win BECAUSE you had a true gut feeling that you would win? That's what really bakes your noodle.

I think they call that "The Law of Attraction," where you manifest your desires through gut-level thought. :D

Gut level thought? Your problem isn't that you can sense what's going to happen. Your problem is that you seem to have eaten your brain. :D

maestrowork
04-23-2009, 07:38 PM
Interesting question, though. Did I actually sense that I was going to win? Or did my thought of winning actually make it happen?

When that happened in high school, it was very much the former. I just had a feeling -- like some electric shock -- they were going to call my name. This time, it felt the opposite -- I felt like I was thinking, "the first name would be mine" and then it happened. For a split second my thought was: Did I just manifest that?

Nah. We writers are so weird.

Mela
04-23-2009, 08:36 PM
I've told this one before:
a few years back I was near a house that borders a park I go to during lunch - well the house, IMHO, was pretty ugly and I remember telling my husband about it as we talked on the phone, something like they should set it on fire and start over ...
and a few weeks later the house had actually burned down. Good news: Now, 2 years later, it's been rebuilt into a truly spectacular house.

Another true story: in 2006 husband was unemployed for 6 months, going after a job in July - he had two interviews and nothing happened and a little fleeting voice in my head said, "They're going to get back in touch with him - it isn't over." Well, job is out of paper for a month and then in August it's back in - husband leaves a message to ask about it and lo, they get back in touch and hire him.

Fleeting thoughts - happens to me all the time.

Mela
04-23-2009, 08:40 PM
oh and another one:

had an unpleasant business experience at a store a few years back - people were very unpleasant to me. Well, I dreamt one night the store closed and I said to a friend (as I recounted the experience in real life, not the dream), "It would serve them right." Some time after that we were driving past - and the store had indeed closed.

Kitty Pryde
04-23-2009, 09:50 PM
Confirmation bias (http://skepdic.com/confirmbias.html), my friends! If there are 100 people there, a big portion of them are thinking, "I'm gonna win!", including you. They were all disappointed, and thus had no reason to wonder if they have magical raffle detection powers.


Confirmation bias refers to a type of selective thinking whereby one tends to notice and to look for what confirms one's beliefs, and to ignore, not look for, or undervalue the relevance of what contradicts one's beliefs. For example, if you believe that during a full moon there is an increase in admissions to the emergency room where you work, you will take notice of admissions during a full moon, but be inattentive to the moon when admissions occur during other nights of the month.

In other news, I have some sort of strange raffle-winning power. In the last couple of years, I have won tickets to three awesome concerts, a ton of different books, and assorted ski crap. My partner thinks I should play the lottery but I refuse.

writeronfire
04-23-2009, 10:03 PM
I bet I can tell what you're thinking right now!

LaurieD
04-23-2009, 10:06 PM
I occasionally get a feeling that something isn't quite right and, lo and behold, something bad will happen. Or I'll wake up in the morning with a song I haven't heard for ages on my mind, turn on the radio and....there it is.

That's about it.

This I get a lot too. Feels like my shoes are on the wrong feet or like I've forgotten something.

maestrowork
04-24-2009, 12:47 AM
Confirmation bias (http://skepdic.com/confirmbias.html), my friends! If there are 100 people there, a big portion of them are thinking, "I'm gonna win!", including you. They were all disappointed, and thus had no reason to wonder if they have magical raffle detection powers.

Actually, on the contrary, I almost never think that way. If anything, I would more likely think, "I'm not going to win anything." And I almost never do. So it's kind of weird for me that the one time I thought to myself, "the first name they call will be mine," it came true.

ShowerInspiration
04-24-2009, 01:29 AM
Oh that happens to me just about every show of Deal or no Deal lol... See it all started a few months ago when I was watching an episode and for about half a second I saw the numbers in the cases, as if they where open. And my whole family freaked out when I yelled "Dont open case number 14!!!!" And she opened it and surely she lost the million.

Happens to me regularly, I should try out for the show but Im afraid it wont work then lol.

backslashbaby
04-24-2009, 02:04 AM
I'm freaky like that in situations where the event is just about to occur, like picking up the phone right before it rings 90% of the time, or calling people just as they were picking up the phone to call me.

I have no talent for it for something like the lottery :(

OTOH, I rule at roulette. I can usually only get as close as a split (between 2 numbers), but the payout's still great :) If I lived near a casino, I'd quit my day job, I swear.

It doesn't work for cards, or if the dealer makes you finish betting before the ball is in motion.

I think it's quantum physics. Or that we're witches ;)

benbradley
04-24-2009, 02:19 AM
I have a premonition that I'm about to post in this thread.

ShowerInspiration
04-24-2009, 02:22 AM
lol hater... You're just jealous because we can blow stuff up with our mind.

Fulk
04-24-2009, 03:34 AM
That's sort of like when I mention a particular episode of a show that hasn't been on in years, by the end of the day it's on TV.

Actually, now that you mention this, I have a similar sixth sense. Generally, it involves me saying to my friend, "Hey, remember that episode of ____ when ____..." or quoting a joke from a particular episode of something. Inevitably, it just so happens that the particular episode I'm talking about plays hours later. It's a pretty frequent occurrence, and I'm never sure what to make of it. Even though the shows I'm quoting aren't linear episodes that would predictably follow one another, I imagine there is some sort of cycle to which episodes are aired that I have subconsciously picked up on.

Sweetleaf
04-24-2009, 03:48 AM
I have weird things like that happen quite often, but not as much as when I was a kid.

When I was 8 or 9 I used to play this game with my friends where I would get them to pick a card (any card!) out of a complete deck and I would tell them what card it was. Always. I never got it wrong. There was no trick, I just knew. Freaked the hell out of my teacher doing that backstage before the school play.

But like all things at that age, I got bored of the psychic stuff & stopped using it. Now I've nearly lost it completely. :(

Oh and I made millions at a charity gambling night around that age (small fundraiser, fake money and they let kids gamble!) because I got the number right at the roulette table every time. Then some evil sod stole it while I was having dinner. Pity I didn't see that coming.