I am enjoying these “getting to know you” posts so I thought I would do one as well. Is there something that you can do? Whether it is creative, unusual, dangerous, or useless, etc. Please feel free to share with the Bored Panda community.
This isn't really useful, since I never plan to travel anywhere, but I know Hebrew, Latin, Greek, Old Norse, and English
I can write with both hands at the same time, one writing backwards and the other writing forwards as mirror images of each other.
My most useless talent is that I can imitate the sounds that squirrels make. They seem to enjoy it. I wonder what I'm saying to them....
i can recite the first three chapters of the harry potter books from memory
I can cure anybody's hiccups 100% of the time. Been doing it for 30 years and it hasn't failed once. My favorite happened about 10 years ago, I was sitting in a diner in the French Quarter in New Orleans at 3am with a few friends. This lady walks in who looks like she'd been run through the ringer. She was beet red, and looked like she'd been crying. We were sitting by the door and I asked her what's wrong. She said she been hiccuping for three hours. I cured them in under a minute. She was stunned and so grateful and kept thanking me over and over. My friends looked at me like I was a guru of some sort.
Here's the trick: Use your fingers to plugs your ears and nose at the same time tightly. I press on my ears with my thumbs and use my index fingers to plug my nose. Keep your mouth closed tightly and swallow a few times. If you have trouble swallowing without something, then sip water through a straw.
It has NEVER failed! You're welcome.
This one's a little useful I guess. I can mimic people's handwriting very well (at least my family says so). when I was younger I once wrote 'chocolate ice cream' on the shopping list in my dad's handwriting and IT WORKED. So I guess not useless. . .but still wanted to add this.
I can tell what time it is without looking at the clock beforehand, and I am usually very close to reality. It's a mixture of estimating daylight intensity, how much time has passed since I last looked at the time, what people around me are doing... This "talent" usually makes a very strong impression on people!
I remember everything irrelevant but forget everything I'm supposed to.
I almost never get lost. I'm very good at mental maps or almost anything. I remember a house that my grandparent's moved out of when I was 5. I only got the placement of one closet wrong. I can always get back to a place I've been to having only been there once, maybe twice if it was dark. Funny thing is I cannot tell my right from my left, at all I can't do it, it takes me too long to try to remember which hand is which, you have to watch my hands if I'm giving directions, but my directions are always spot on, with visual cues (like buildings or a sign). If I'm in the car with someone I'm prone to telling people, take a your direction or a my direction.
I don’t know if this is considered a talent but I know a LOT of nursery rhymes. My brother calls me the nursery rhyme encyclopedia. I was considering writing a MEGA nursery rhyme and song book but the copyright laws are just too full on for me.
I can be the last person in dodgeball by staying on the spot and dodging like sans.
I have a very good contact with children, especially babies and toddlers. I don't know why, but they like me and I make them smile and laugh easily. It is perhaps because I am myself a 50 years old kid :-)
I don’t think this is very impressive but I can play songs on the recorder and kids piano without any sheet music. I do it just by sound. The hardest song I have done on the kids piano is My heart will go on by Celine Dion, the recorder is a bit harder so I can mainly do kids songs. But I do know how to play Ode to Joy.
when one of my close friends texts me "hey" i can immediately say in what mood they are :D even if they always start with "hey" sometimes it feels sad or very happy to me..
Some creative people can see songs as colors, whereas I can see certain names as pictures. As a Finnish person I am specialized in Finnish family names, towns and place names. Some names are self-explanatory and very easy to illustrate but abstract names always have the specific sound that takes shape in my mind. Funny thing is that when I tell people about this talent they want to see their own last name illustrated. Very amusing but totally useless talent. (My last name "Turunen" looks like grass with a thistle-like tuft.)
I can put a cherry stem in my mouth and tie a knot in it with my tongue. Great bar trick.
I can do that thing where you hold yourself onto a pole like a flag. It hurts if you do it for awhile but everyone things it’s pretty cool.
I can press down on my eyelid and it makes a sort of fart sound. Don't know anyone else that can do it, and I've searched online for it. My family doesn't really like though.
I can vibrate something behind my eyes, I don't know what exactly, but it makes a sound that only I hear. Does anyone else experience that?
I can read faster than anyone I know. I once timed myself on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and I read it in 39:23.
This has not been useful to me except when the teacher handed us a new book back in school.
I also have photographic memory, and can remember everything I have once seen or heard. This has been useful at times, too.
I can do a decent (or so I like to think) impersonation of Jar Jar Binks and Chewbacca (from Star Wars), Smaug (from The Hobbit), and Amazon's Alexa. It annoys my friends and family members a lot.
I have synesthesia . I see music and songs as colours. The best way for me to describe it is when I hear music or songs it looks like I am watching a silent fireworks display where the fireworks are dancing in time to the music. It all different colours too as each different musical part and instrument and voice has its own separate colour and movement. For example T.N.T for the Brain by Enigma or I'll Find My Way Home by Jon and Vangelis are just a riot of colours for me. I also see people's names as a series of colours too. All different colours usually 4 or 5 for each and every name.
Important to know: I have NO athletic skills whatsoever. However, I can, with pretty high accuracy, toss any sort of remote from my recliner to my husband's recliner and land it face up in his hand the correct way. This is tossing with either of my hands, around a cat, over a plate of food, etc. Whatever. It's simply amazing and it's indeed one of very few skills!!!
I can speak pig Latin fluently. I also can bend my tongue in weird ways.
I have pretty good timing skills. The wifi was out for a moment and I was drawing on my notebook and said, "Wifi is on." and the wifi was on. My family members were staring at me for a long time.
I can do a lot of weird things with my face.
- Raise and lower eyebrows one at a time, make "waves" with them, wiggle them along music etc.
- Vibrate my eyes
- Cross my eyes one at a time
- Blur my vision without squinting or seeing double
- Move my nostrils like a bunny
- "Squint" my nostrils
- Touch tip of my nose and chin with my tongue
- Roll my tongue and then bend it in half while still rolled
- Form a trifold and a cup with my tongue
- Wiggle my scalp
- Wiggle my eardrums (you can see it with an otoscope XD )
- Lower my ears' hearing for a little while using the aforementioned eardrum wiggle muscles (this is actually useful) - when I do it, I hear a humming noise and the eardrum stiffens making it harder for sound to pass through
- Play simple tunes like childrens' songs by knocking on my head. (Also while brushing my teeth.)
There's probably more. Most of these are difficult to show to people because I can't do them while laughing/uncontrollably smiling... :D
If a fly starts buzzing around, I can catch it in my hand. I don’t think about it but it seems to surprise people that it can be done.
I can make almost about anyone happy or laugh. I can also stand up to ANYONE.
I can do two things.
1.) I can bark exactly like a dog. Like the dog next door barks to me...I bark back. We have long conversations. Wonder what I'm saying. Hope it's appropriate...
2.) I can make my left eye move on its own. Why I have glasses I guess...
My hidden useless talent is that I am the only person in my family that has ADHD. And I can be very annoying
I am double jointed and can make my elbows meet.
Also if a song gets interrupted on an intercom at the grocery store, I can actually figure out exactly when it's going to continue when the interruption is over--as long as I'm familiar with the song.
I can vibrate my eyes... I don't know it counts but...
I can bear-walk (walk on four legs) much faster than most people. I did so all the time in elementary school until this 'friend' started treating me like a dog, making me heel at her side while on all fours and bark. I went along with it because I was too shy to object. Needless to say I stopped bear walking after that experience.
Since I was a very young child I can call up my toes and run around the house on my toe knuckles. Like with my nails flat on the ground and my heel on the ground. I can still do it at 41 but only for a dozen or so steps. Only a few other people I have met can do it. Try it.
I can, through force of will alone, generate “chills” from my scalp downward across my upper body. I can actually demonstrate this to people because the hair on my arms will rise up somewhat when I do it. I’ve not seen anyone else make mention of this, but once I post this, I bet someone else will go “Oh! Me too!” :-)
I can skip things on water in interesting ways. I don't mean I can skip rocks an insane amount of times, but rather I can skip rocks (or other materials) in far from ordinary fashion. A good example of this is when I skipped a shell 3 or 4 times on a marsh from over dunes, 70 feet away. Another time, I skipped a couple fish I had found in some turtle traps I was pulling up (set for a herpetological study, not for consumption). Not something that would ever be helpful, but a fun trick all the same.
My very useless talent is I can make a spit bubble, close it, blow it in the air, and put it in my mouth without popping it in less than a minuite.
I have a couple...
I can crack pretty much any joints in my body, make my whole body vibrate together, or just separate parts, tell what time of of day it is by just looking outside, and tell peoples feelings by looking at them, hearing them, or reading their words(I can't tell words if I haven't seen them in real life though...).
I'm a server and I can guess with about 80% accuracy what people will order tp dri l
I can change which one is my dominant eye. It takes approximately a second and feels like you look out of your house using different windows - you can choose the right one or the left one.
I can make flower chains, I've made some over 20 feet... Does that count?
When I am thinking of someone and have something to tell them they call me within like 10 mins. A lot of my family members have same ability
Three things- I can play 2 recorders at once, I can write a little and pick stuff up with my toes, and I can crack my knees repeatedly. Haha!
I'm good at singing songs just the way they are sung. If that makes sense
I can start from one end of a regular sized pool and swim underwater to other side in less than 1 minute without going up for air. idk if this counts...
I love to write short stories where my inspiration takes me. I've always had this talent deep inside me and have considered writing a novel.
weird talent that i have is that i can wiggle/move both of my ears without touching them, only 10-20% of the population can do this. also when i am cracking my knuckles i can crack my neck, ankles,toes and sometimes wrists. also idk if its a talent but its just something cool about me, i have bright green eyes and only 2% of the population has green eyes, sooo ya!
When I was a teen, I could hang upside down by my toes for an hour, I've always had freakishly strong calves & thighs, not freakishly large tho. I could run backwards faster than many can run forward and I was a HS record holder running forward in the 100M.
1) I can do an extremely well impersonation of Dobby (Harry Potter) which I’m actually proud of
2) I grew up watching lion king so I taught myself how to bear crawl and I can beat anyone who challenges me 😂
I can fake burp, only helpful when you want people to go away
I can tell someone's name by the way they look.
My talent is having problems when i don't need them
Plus i know how to quickly adapt to any situation
Also, I can make an annoyingly loud sound by bending my left arm. My elbow makes a Frickin loud sound when I when I bend my arm.
1).Kids and dogs tend to like me. 2). If I get a feeling about something/someone and I ignore it, then the thing I was worried about will happen. I now always listen to my gut instinct.
I can make this farting sound when I press down on my eyelid (with my eye, not the other area). My family doesn't really like the sound though......
I can't whistle normally but I can actually whistle with my tongue. I can curl it up and make a whistle sound if I point it up. I have never met anyone who can do this though.
My hidden talent is I never get lost. I always know where I am. And I can spell words I have never seen before perfectaly.
When I kiss somebody on the forehead (like my children and husband), I can detect a fever with very high accuracy. Typically within 0.1 degrees Fahrenheit. I have started verifying my accuracy this last year and have always been within that margin of error, at least when compared to my forehead thermometer. It doesn't feel like heat when I kiss them though, it feels spicy and tingly on my lips, and the higher the temperature the more intense that feeling is and the longer it stays around. About 30 seconds for a super mild fever, to hours for a higher fever. So I guess this is marginally useful in the context of my family and always having a thermometer nearby, but absolutely useless beyond that. I am not into kissing the foreheads of feverish strangers, nor do I imagine they would want to be kissed by me when there is a readily available instrument designed for exactly that purpose... Plus, it isn't the most hygienic way to get the job done.
i have Deja Vu at least once a day and it surprises my family a lot when I tell them something is going to happen and it does. (My mother tells me I have a gift but I'm not so sure its THAT special)
I can also pop my knuckles by making a fist.
I am a very good writer.
Random for sure - I can imitate R2D2 as he is screaming through the air, and can recite several Dr. Suess books from memory - 'I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew", and So, you think You're unlucky?".
My most useless talent is writing bush verse that cannot get published and no one will ever read.
I can bend my fingers backwards 90 degrees. Completly painless.
I stack the washing up bowl like Inception. A glass inside a cup inside a jug. It's mental!
I have double jointed toes, elbows, and fingers, and I can make my eyes go blurry on command and if I stare at something long enough my eyes will go out of focus and I will see a doubled image. I can turn my tongue sideways and make a tube with it, I have a freakishly high pain tolerance and have never cried from pain even when it's so bad I vomit, I can memorize facts instantly so long as it doesn't involve numbers
I can bend only the distal phalanx of almost all of my fingers. It creeps people out (I used to thonk everyone can do it up until I was 16 years old).
I can also tell a lot about person's feelings and traits based just on their handwriting.
Well,I can sing really well,but I am afraid to sing in front of people and in Griffindor.
I can recognize people's handwriting, even people I went to school with back in the '50s. It has never been useful, but if I think that a report or whatever looks like D--- H---'s handwriting, I will then discover that D--- H--- wrote it.
My hidden talent is being able to draw decently. I always draw horrible for fun because I think it’s funny. Now people think I actually can’t draw.
I can always tell when the mail is here, like I’ll be in the middle of a show and then I’ll have the impulse to go check the mailbox! I haven’t been wrong yet!
Quite a few people can do this, but I can move my ears.
Guess I have several useless talents 😅 I play rollerhockey (over here it's the same as ice hockey but with a ball and one player less and of course no ice) and though i am not the fastest or a goal getter my talent lies in blocking shots and going on like nothing happened even if it really hosted and scraping balls from the goal line in the last second :D (this is not that common for a girl in a men's team over here)
Non sports related i speak German, English and italian fluently, can survive in danish and french and learned Irish, Scottish and latin at school/university.
Oh and i am good at remembering things like exam dates of friends and in which class 6 years ago I learned what during my undergraduate. Normally i am within 2 or 3 weeks to the date we did a topic in reality 😅
I can do I realistic horse call. If I may say so myself, it's really good but my voice is strained for hours afterward.
I can memorize numbers and pictures easly, but anything else I cant.
This isn't as cool as other things people put here but I can walk on my heels for a very, very, long time. For hours.
I can suck in all of my guts except for my abdomen. It looks pretty weird. I can also make a tounge clover, and a few finger tricks. I can also do one sign (American sign language) with my toes. I can sign “people”
I can touch my nose with my tongue.
I can cross all my fingers on both hands at the same time (so index over thumb, then middle over index, then ring finger above middle finger and pinky locked over ring finger). Pretty useless, and I haven't met anyone else that could do it.
Well there you ave it a writer who is not a writer
I can tell what people are going to say before they say it. Multiple times I know exactly what my mom 8s going to say and respond to her question without her even asking. Kinda cool though.
My son, not me. He is a walking comic book Encyclopedia. I started getting him comic books at a very young age as my family was into them when I was young (he had over 5000 before an accident lost them all ten years ago). Over the years, his friends, co-workers and even friends of friends would call him up to ask questions or to try to test him. This started before internet and cell phones. I can't tell you the number of times he would get calls at all hours of the day and night because someone needed to have an argument resolved. He is in his 30's now and it is still the same only now he gets the majority of his comics digitally.
I can make a very strange sound. Idk how to describe it. It sounds like an angry Donald Duck. It kinda sounds like: Zwheee zwheee zwheee zwheee
I can pick up almost anything with my toes. Proudly practicing since 1990.
I can whistle really melodically, but not loudly. For example I can whistle shape of you but can't do a wolf whistle.
Well, I have a knack for getting me and my friends out of trouble at school. I can act pretty well. If we get in trouble, I can cry on the spot, or come up with a pretty sweet alibi. It probably helps that there are dozens of people who owe me favours.
I can whistle pretty much any song I hear, and imitate some birds fairly well ^^
I also can push down the tip of my nose. The bone ends early...so it looks really weird. Like I can push it all the way down. Haven't met anybody else who can...they say it hurts. Try it.
I can flip my eyelids up, and I'm double jointed in my thumbs. I can also crack all my knuckles.
My useless talent is seeing the future in dreams. I never remember them until the future actually happens, however.
I can't get fat no matter how much I eat and I can also make most of my joints crack by just rolling them (shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, neck)
I know when something I need is at the thrift store. Like, exactly what I'm looking for - type, brand, everything. I usually dream about it the night before. It's a stupid psychic power to have. But it's saved me a lot of $ over the years, so I guess that's cool.
I can walk on my knees and taught my sister.
I don't know if this counts, but when I listen to music played by multiple people, I can identify pretty much all the instruments being played. I can even isolate a certain instrument or voice and just hear that apart from all the others
I have a really weird thing for remembering everyone’s birthday. People I met a long time ago who mentioned their birthday or acquaintances are surprised when I still remember a long time later. Teachers would have me tell them everybody in the class’s birthday. I don’t know how I do it, but I know many people’s birthdays that I don’t even know very well.
This is really random but I can bend the top joint of my right pinky finger back at least 90 degrees.
Being the tallest girl in my class sometimes its actually fun
I can twist my pinky finger behind my ring finger so much that no light gets through
I can drink liquid through my tongue rolled up like a straw🤷♀️
I don’t really know if this is a talent or something but I have great hearing and can tell who is walking/running by the rhythm and sound of their footsteps. I don’t really think this is that special since another friend of mine can do this too.
This might be another talent I don’t know but I always know when it’s raining even if there is no sound or I only had just woke up. When it’s raining I always feel very happy no matter when.
Snarkiness. And comebacks, although I never show it. :)
Well, I have this strange thing I can do but idk if it's normal so, basically I can make a weird noise with the dangly thing that hangs in ur neck and it sound like A) An alien ship powering up or B) An Alien stranded on earth curiously trying to communicate.