A Profile of Wishers

(Copyright 1996 by C. Pickover)

I've been delighted to have received numerous, fascinating wishes.

As of October 7, 1996, the wishers' average age is 37. The youngest person is an 11-year-old girl from Baltimore, Maryland. The oldest person is a 58-year-old-man from Beaverton, Oregon.

The ratio of male to female respondents is about 50-50.

Most respondents are from the U.S. -- with the UK, Canada, Singapore, and Israel coming in second. (I suspect that the demographics will change through time.)

If any of you come across interesting wishes on the Web, or in modern or ancient literature, please let me know.

When You Wish Upon A Star

"When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you."
- Music by Leigh Harline, Lyrics by Ned Washington, Performed by Cliff Edwards (Jiminy Cricket)


by Evie Bohanan, a sixth-grader from the Ryan Middle School

I wish that when ever something goes wrong
The world would just pause and sing me a song
That God would send raindrops to water my dreams
And make flowers grow from magical beans
I wish that reality would just melt away
And sunlight would come steaming through the dark and dreary gray
I wish that mountains would grow right under my feet
And fairies and dragons I would meet
But all these dreams will always stay wishes
And I'll always me eating off plain ol' dishes
I won't be feasting on big fancy meals
I'll always be eating those microwave deals
Part of me wants these wishes to come true
Part says "Our dreams are our wishes, so don't be blue"
That little inner voice I try to ignore
But if I didn't have these wishes, what else would I wish for ?

Wishes in The Ancient Literature

"Hell is full of good meanings and wishings." - George Herbert, 1593-1632

"Our wishes lengthen as our sun declines." - John Dryden, 1631-1701

"True love 's the gift which God has given
To man alone beneath the heaven:
It is not fantasy's hot fire,
Whose wishes soon as granted fly."
- Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832

"I only wish I may see your head stroked down with a slipper." - Terence, 185-159 B. C.

Wish Story, As Told To Me by Rollo Silver

Years ago, in a small town in Eastern Europe, there were two tailors who were keen rivals. Over the years their rivalry became more and more extreme, developing into a hatred so deep and intense that it came to the attention of the Lord Himself, who sent an angel to one of the rivals with an offer. The angel said, "Schmuel, the Lord has become aware of your rivalry with Yitzhak there, across the street, and has empowered me to settle this rivalry, once and for all, by offering you a wish." "One wish?" said Schmuel, "Anything I want?" "Yes," said the angel, "Anything at all, but with one proviso: whatever you ask for, Yitzhak gets twice as much." Without hesitation, Schmuel pointed to his face and said, "Put out one eye!"

Sampling of Wishes I've Received for the Wishing Project

From Don. Q., a 35-year-old male paleontologist currently residing in Papua, New Guinea: From J. A., a sixth-grade girl from Massapequa Park, New York: From M. O., a 58 year-old retired man from Beaverton, Oregon: From D.J.M., a 50-year-old male 6th-grade teacher from Maryland: From Diana, a 38-year-old housewife from California: From J. R. a 52-year-old man from Cornwall, UK: From H. Z., a 33-year-old woman from Jerusalem, Israel: From K.W., a 42-year-old woman from Columbus, Ohio: From S. W., a 42-year-old male engineer from New Hampshire: From J. P, a 25-year-old pre-med student from Lawrence, Kansas: From K. C, a 42-year-old male office manager from Wilsonville, Oregon: From M. V., a 35-year-old female computer consultant from Cincinnati, Ohio: From D. S., a 46-year-old male electronics technicians from Eugene, Oregon From J. H., a 360-year-old male artist from Portland, Oregon: From C. C., a 42-year-old software entrepreneur from Newport Beach, California:

This is just a tiny sampling of the wishes I've received. Thank you all for the wonderful wishes. Tell your friends. Someday I can make these all available for the world to see, and don't worry, your anonymity will be preserved.

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