What if you could navigate solely by sound? It would mean fewer stubbed toes in the middle of the night for me. As it turns out, if I would just apply myself, I could learn to echolocate.

In the early 1800s, a blind man from England named James Holman journeyed around the world — he may have been the most prolific traveler in history up to that point, Magellan and Marco Polo included — relying on the echoes from the click of his cane. Not until the 1940s, in Karl Dallenbach’s lab at Cornell University, was it irrefutably proven that humans could echolocate.-Michael Finkel, The Blind Man Who Taught Himself to See

Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character who has developed one of their senses beyond the everyday usefulness.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you use your hearing.

Art Prompt: Sound
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the miracle of hearing.

Photo Credit: Banjo Brown on Flickr

3 Responses to Prompt #71: Echolocation

  1. Brian says:

    Well “echolocate” is my new word of the day.

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