Hi Pandas, what random skills do you have, but no longer need?

I can marshal aircraft (worked with tiny planes all the way up to 747), but I don't work in aviation any more.

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I can do formal logic, but since nothing makes sense in this world, I rarely need it.

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Richard A Petro
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I find doing formal "chaos" is far more appropriate for the 21st Century......and still NO "flying cars"!

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I have really good memory for random facts or anecdotes. Want to know the code names of all operations of WW2? Got them. Name of the lookout that spotted the iceberg on the Titanic? Know it. Number of cannons aboard HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar? Yep. Mozart's stage directions for Don Giovanni? Sure.
But... What's the name of the coworker I have known for almost a year or where did I leave my keys? No clue...

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#3

I can recognize any song from listening to it for a few seconds and remember all the lyrics in one listen. It’s pretty dumb but its good for one person karaoke at 2am.

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HarriMissesScotland
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Try out for game shows. There is a new one that the winner gets 1 million dollars. All based on remembering lyrics.

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#4

I can make a duck call and tap dance, not necessarily separately.

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#5

I can put my foot behind my head, and make a Donald duck impression

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#6

i know 4 languages, but majority of time using only English... sometimes another one but that's that :( my grandpa used to know 5, but due to not having anyone to talk to - he forgot. Afraid same will happen to me after years.

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#7

I can snap with my toes. I don't know how, but we're talking a full on snapping noise.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kinda cool actually. Like if you got kidnapped and can't scream and your hands are tied up, but your toes are free.

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#8

I can flare/ wiggle my nostrils at will. Besides an occasional "Hey guess what I can do" moment it has no use.

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#9

Not me, my husband. He can waggle both eyebrows separately. Total wave action. Our kids are very jealous.

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#10

Due to a past life where I wanted to be a star of the theater, I can sing about 25 different Broadway musicals start to finish from memory. I am not in the theater. I do have the nerdy reputation for having a song for every situation though. Not to mention, my 5 year old thinks I am an improvisational queen!

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#11

The ability to fall asleep at work without anyone noticing.

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#12

I'm very creative with snarky sarcasm. No longer need it because I pi$$ed off all my friends and family with it. Oops

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#13

All the math I learned in highschool. I've never come across a problem in life where I was like "You know what I need? Trigonometry!"

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Scotira
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That was me when learning vector geometry, I was sure I'd never ever need that. Then I went and learned how an MRI works aaaand here we are: vector geometry 🙈

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#14

rifle iron sights shooting. i'm pretty gifted at that. but as i'm vegan it's actually totally useless

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#15

I served in the US Marines..I can put one helluva spit shine on a pair of combat boots.

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Jo Johannsen
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My ex showed me how, but haven't had shine able shoes in many years.

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#16

I have hypervigilance causing my brain to listen to every conversation in the room unwillingly.

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Jo Johannsen
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I tend to subconsciously count things such as dealing cards, etc. Only handy when dealer loses track AND believes me.

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I can roll up hills. You know how you get into a "mummy" position and roll down a hill, usually angling off to the side a little? One day, for whatever reason, I decided to see if I could roll uphill. To my surprise (and everyone else's), I could. It's easier than it sounds.

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#18

I'm very flexible especially my fingers but it's not very useful in daily life. Just a fun party trick.

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#19

Can suck my lip so far back in my face you can see bone structures

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#20

I can write upside down, and backwards, in cursive.

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#21

I can clap with one hand. The sound of one hand clapping is clapping not silence. Sometimes people who think they are clever need to be one upped.

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Earl Grey
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had a classmate in 8th grade who could do that. Amazing flexibility.

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#22

The ability to make myself nauseous.
I earned this skill when I was deep in my ed. really don’t need it now but I can’t get rid of it :(

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Caro Caro
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It might go gradually. When this happens, you could try and "talk to it". I know it sounds a bit nuts but just address it and tell it to go away. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and tell it to go away.

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#23

I can p**s off a lot. of people online by having a different point of view or opinion. Don't know how I got it, just developed it.

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#24

I can do a full range of very realistic cat vocalizations.

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#25

I can tie a cherry stalk into a knot in my mouth

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Brenda
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have one from my 21st birthday - I did 2 knots. No idea how, I was very drunk

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#26

I learned to manually space letters for signs, posters and such. Then computers took over...

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#27

I can remember the most uncommon and obscure movie quotes. Even movies I haven't seen in years. Ill be having a conversation with someone, they'll say something, that triggers my movie roledex, pulls out movie x, and I quote a line from that movie. Happens in an instant. People are amazed sometimes but is it "useful?" Nahhh bruhhh.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do the same. Though it makes it feel like the people in the world have nothing original to converse about and that every conversation is a cyclical routine having no substance. Geez... we are living in the matrix aren't we.

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#28

I have perfect pitch, but it is nearly useless.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a friend with perfect pitch. He can play almost any instrument, has built his own,guitars, ukuleles, violins, and other instruments, writes his own musics, etc. I just went to get the URL to his website and discovered that he had a stroke. Life sucks.

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#29

I can train cats - to come on call, walk through an obstruction course, high five, wave, ride a skateboard etc., - but since I've had my spleen removed I'm in danger of getting seriously ill if I get bitten or scratched by an animal.

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#30

I can bark like a dog. Like really well. It causes the dogs in the vicinity to start barking. Only useful for a lot of noise

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#31

Procrastination. I g t so good at it by not doing anything else.

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#32

I can whistle with my mouth open. Because I can whistle like that, I can do a perfect cricket impression... I just vibrate my lips and it sounds exactly like a cricket. Yup it's useless.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's fascinating 🙂 You might also be the only person in the world who can do that.

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#33

if I know anyone's name, even years later I can still remember their name

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#34

I can program in BASIC on punch cards OR paper tape!

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#36

I can weld razor blades together edge to edge. I learned that after welding together soda cans got to easy. I weld every day for work but I do structural welding and lift fixtures.

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#37

Not a skill but I can win Uno everytime. I have great intuition.

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#38

I have relative pitch, and it does come in handy sometimes during orchestra and violin lessons, but literally any other time it's completely useless

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same. It was excellent when I sang alto in a choir. Now, day to day, I just harmonize when I sing along to the radio. My passengers tend to enjoy the entertainment, so they say, so we least there's that.

#39

i can bring my left elbow to the right side of my head behind my back and vice versa. this only has use in shocking and disgusting people. one guy legit turned away and gagged immediately. everyone else jist froze and said " what the F**K"

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#40

I'm a credit counselor, but live on a fixed income, so that's useless.
I know a lot of about chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons, but since I'm retired, no one calls on me for any information on that...

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#41

I can sing “Ten Green Bottles” in Latin! I’m a must at parties!

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#42

I can vibrate my eyeballs voluntarily. Like, not shake them. Literally VIBRATE my actual eyeballs. Google it if you don't believe me. I can also fold my thumb behind my hand.

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#43

Long division. Not useful at all, even though my math teacher always told me that i would need it.😭

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#44

I can recite the alphabet backwards and I randomly diagram sentences for fun.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is getting scary- I still diagram sentences too! When Sister Catherine taught you something in 1968, you damn sure learned it! I don’t think they even teach that any more.

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#45

I recognize actors/actresses voices if they were in Star Trek, even if it's one episode with full prosthetics.

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#46

I know fourteen different ways to hit you with a stick. Actually a honbo, from studying Ninjutsu, but still....

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Janet Williams
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nope. Highly useful skill, depending on time of day and where you live!

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#47

Writing on bp skills.

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#48

I can cuss in three languages, French, English, and German

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Lisa Greene
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is very useful, especially if you work in the restaurant biz!

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#49

I can operate one of those old-timey peg and wire switchboards that phone operators used about a thousand years ago. :-)

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Hagen Radcliffe
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my lord! Running the trunk line in 1975! I had to fill in for the operator during her break, and I loved it. Didn’t wanna do it for 8 hrs though, too stressful!

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#50

I'm obsessed with medical diagnostics, but I'm looking into careers in nursing. Hope I get to do something with that, though :)

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe you can help me. 3 doctors, and all kinds of tests, and 7 weeks laters later, oh and a weight loss of 30 lbs. and still no clue what's wrong. Yes, I needed to lose weight, but not this way, and I need to eat without getting sick everytime I even smell food. Now I am just waiting for the endoscopy and colonoscopy scheduling date. yay!

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#51

i can see and count all of my ribs without breathing in. i’m 13

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#53

I can associate almost any word with song

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can do this but with Beatles songs! Also, any time I hear a rooster crow, "Good Morning Good Morning" automatically starts in my head.

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#54

I love making maps! I will pull up google maps or google earth and make a complex map. Sadly, there isn’t really jobs for mapmaking as most of the world is mapped already.

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#55

Spending money

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Jo Johannsen
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pshaw, any politician or Beverly Hills housewife can do that. /I'm 😁

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#56

I can make farting sounds with only my hands! In person, I'm also pretty decent at making people believe absolute rubbish

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#57

My master's degree. I've never worked a single day in my field.

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#58

I can…
Tell when people are lying (extremely easily)
Do a good impression of Shrek
Bend the tips of my thumbs backwards, not my force, they just bend that way
Identify all my local birds and most common garden plants and trees

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#59

I can identify any movie just watching 10 seconds, also if you Humm a song to me I can pinpoint the movie and find the lirics with Google or Shazam (hyperfocus who?)

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#60

My ability to ignore pain longer than my siblings. They complain and I'm like "suck it up buttercup" even though I'm going through the same thing. I just tend to say "I've been through worse" and shrug it. Like one time I got stung by a bee in a pool and kept swimming the I noticed something was not right (like a pinching sore feeling) and so I went to the shallow end and the adult pointed out a stinger in my shoulder.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I knew someone who felt pain, knew it was painful, but didn't care. Like he felt it but didn't. Odd.

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#61

Give me three descriptive words, I'll create a character for it. Then I'll make a whole universe, storyline and other related characters to join them. reasonably useful for, say, an author, but I'm not an author. Also this one is genuinely useless, if someone gives me a number i can probably tell you what SCP has that exact number and give you a rundown of what they do. And if I can't I'll go look it up and I'll know everything about it next time somebody asks me.

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#62

I can bend my knee up to the point where if I bend it backwards far enough I can touch my armpit with my toes. Sounds gross but it's kinda cool to me lol

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#63

I'm a teen and I can over complicate things and work technology from the 60s-90s.

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#64

I can learn the basics of any instrument in about 2 hours but I never get a chance to use it):

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why not? Get a band together. You sound like a talented person. The world needs more music, dude. We need you!

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#65

If you give me any word, I can almost always burst into a song based on that word. I’ll prove it if you want. :)

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#66

I am wicked fast and can run 15 miles without stopping .never use except for pleasure

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#67

Can lay out a defensive position and call in artillery. Not much use for it hereabouts lately :P

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#68

I am amazing at remembering anything that goes to a melody, along with song title, and the artist’s name.

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#69

I am a caring person, considrate, hard-working and creative.
I take a stand and have an opinion .
Not wantend by employers.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those people who have those traits are pure gold. However, many spelling errors in your question leads me to believe that you've been passed over because of THAT and not the other things you listed

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#70

I taught myself to juggle about thirty years ago. I can still do it when I'm steady enough on my feet to stand like that.

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#71

I have more control than everyone I have ever met over my face muscles, it has no use except impressing people sometimes

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why would other people have control over your face muscles? … oh, never mind, I see what you mean. 🤨

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#72

I can make a clover with my tounge.

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#73

I don't know if that's a skill, but I'm a very calm and nonjudgmental person. I always say only two things get on my nerves: if someone messes with my dogs or if someone cuts in front of me when I'm in line for a concert. I can listen to any story, doesn't matter how shocking, with the same blank face, probably the reason strangers feel at ease talking to me. I was the star intern and had great reviews at uni when I was studying to be a psychologist.

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#74

i can jump really high, which is only useful when my tall cousin is being irritating lol

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#75

With the power of toe grip I can open a door with my foot.

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#76

Cooking. I'm not really good, but I'm perfectly adequate. I've always hated it and pretty much avoid all but minor tasks.

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#77

I can lick my own elbow
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait, really? That's cool, and super rare! Fun party trick, at least...

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#78

I can remember really random details that will never be needed in a conversation or easy or anything really.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do the same thing. Guess our usernames aren't our only similarity!

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#79

I'm double jointed in both my fingers and my toes, to the point where I can bend them back so far you can see the bones (idk if it's possible but I think that I almost dislocated all of my fingers and toes).

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#80

I can come up with dramatic and edgy monologues and quotes as well as describing a scene graphically.

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#81

I can roll my stomach

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#82

No matter the brand or number of items, I will ALWAYS find the chocolate praline with the gooey pink filling. I hate that.

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#83

I can sing embarrassingly well but I'm self-conscious and cherish my anonymity. Even my fella doesn't know how well I can sing. I don't think I'll ever make money from it and I would never sing in public. I would shake with nerves but when I have free time, with the windows closed so the neighbours can't hear me, I go...to town!

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe you could sing on Youtube or something, you could share your voice while maintaining anonymity!

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#84

I took photography during my last semester in college, so now I can develop film and make photo prints. Problem is, I no longer have access to the campus darkroom, any of the materials, or chemicals. Shame too, seeing as I was apparently the stand out student and often used as the example for well made prints. Besides, in a world of digital photography, who's going to justify paying $10 for one roll of black and white film?

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#85

I can balance a glass half filled with liquid tilted on an angle on a dime.

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#86

Making angry responses. This is almost ended a few relationships. Getting better at restraining it though!

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#87

Crushing on a boy (often times actors) 2.8 seconds after I first see them.

Help.

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I’m really good at sneaking around for no reason and if you make me angry because you don’t believe me about something that I know is correct or wrong I will research it and write a full essay with all sources cited

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#89

Can imitate pig's grunts astonishingly realistic by inhaling through nose and vibrating my soft palate. Only came in handy once when teaching animal sounds to a 2 year old

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#90

How to load songs onto an iPod

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#91

I can put a piece of watermelon in my mouth and spit out the seeds at once

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#92

I used to be a body piercing artist. Very useless skills outside of a shop.

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#93

I can burp on purpose.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very useful for impressing your friends. The other ten year old boys.

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#94

I can read upside down. There are so few opportunities for this to come up in conversation. And people just aren’t that impressed, sigh

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#95

I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue.

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#96

My friend can move each eye separately. Freaks everyone out.

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#97

I can blow free floating saliva bubbles off my tounge.

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#98

I still remember all the commands for DOS.

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#99

I can milk a cow. Not something I need to know since my parents sold the cows and retired 15 years ago. I can also do many other things usually done on farms. Kind of uneseccary as an accountant.

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Jette Wang Wahnon
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is a nice skill to have and not as easy as it looks...and who knows...it might come in useful one day...

#100

I can write in cursive upside down, backwards, left handed and read upside down with ease.

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#101

I live in Japan and can, most of the time, estimate the approximate epicentre and magnitude of earthquakes I feel.

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#102

I have long toes that I can move like fingers and so I am able to use my feet as another pair of hands. Unfortunately, I am requited to wear shoes at work, and so it doesn't help me there. But this skill is very helpful when I am doing DIY projects at home. Have you ever been trying to do something and felt that you needed a third hand? I have a third and fourth.

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#103

I know the ABC. My pupils asked me, why they need to learn the order and I genuinely couldn't find an example. Damn you Google.

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#104

I can make a clover with my tongue and move something in my arm to make weird noises (not sure what exactly or why, it just happens). Not useful at all, but they're neat tricks.

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#105

I can make my friend mad at me in one second. It only works on that one friend tough.

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#106

Common sense and a 3 digit IQ. It makes your life more difficult nowdays....

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Joy
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But I bet you're smart enough to know when pretending to be "huh??" is the right thing to do. Being intelligent is a skill and a gift. Using it wisely is an art.

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#107

Twisting my arm all the way back

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#108

Only *occasionally* useful: I don't have a gag reflex and I can swallow with my mouth open...

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#109

I can contort my fingers into all sorts of shapes, without pain or feeling.

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#110

I can type with one hand

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#111

I can click my nose. If you don’t understand I can make a clicking sound with my nose

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Susanne B
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to be able to do that, and it impressed children no way, but now I am too old and stiff to get my toung out that much