When we think about talents, we often imagine something cool, valuable and impressive. From painting to playing an instrument, these abilities immediately bring us into the spotlight and make us a teeny tiny bit better than anyone born without them.

But this online group celebrates exactly the opposite of that. Welcome to the “Learn Useless Talents” subreddit, a miscellaneous home to 694k members who share not just talents, but the most useless ones of all.

“This is a place to learn how to do cool things that have no use other than killing time and impressing strangers,” the group’s description reads, so I leave the stage to some of the best (and most useless!) posts posted here.

#1

Ima Do This

Ima Do This

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DEW
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You're the best! Totally going to do this and share!! Your legacy will live on!! When this takes off make sure you get the credit!!

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#2

How To Gird Up Your Loins When The Wedding Party Is Over

How To Gird Up Your Loins When The Wedding Party Is Over

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Harley Lee
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love that at the end- tie a cute bow and get ready for battle!!!

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#3

How To Tell Apart Various Language Writings

How To Tell Apart Various Language Writings

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When we speak about learning new skills, whether it’s something we’re talented in or not, it’s impossible not to address people’s obsession with improving themselves and becoming better in one way or another. Life hacks seem to be everywhere these days, from little things like easily opening stuck jar lids to more profound ones like becoming more productive and learning to use your time wisely on a daily basis.

To better understand this phenomenon that has been everywhere on social media, we reached out to Mike Sturm, a productivity and personal growth expert, who thinks that the current obsession with life hacks is about 2 main things.

“First, we love to be inventors and discoverers. If we believe we've come up with something no one else has, or discovered something that very few others know about, we get a kick out of it. Secondly, many of us really believe that making everything we do as efficient as possible is the way to a great life,” Sturm argues.

#5

How To Split A Donut

How To Split A Donut

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River Webb
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

lick your fingers first for an even better effect

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#6

How To Make A Grim Reaper Puppet Using Your Sleeve And Hand

How To Make A Grim Reaper Puppet Using Your Sleeve And Hand

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On the other hand, “the problem is that if you make something super-efficient, but it's something you probably should have stopped trying to do long ago, you're not any better for it. In fact, you're probably worse off—because you've invested time and energy on this thing that really doesn't bring value to your life,” the productivity coach explained.

#7

How To Make An Amazing Sofa Fort

How To Make An Amazing Sofa Fort

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enigma
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yo,this aint useless my guy,who put the hideout for me and the gremlins here?(the gremlins is the name we gave me and my friends.

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#8

How To Properly Peal A Post-It Note From The Stack

How To Properly Peal A Post-It Note From The Stack

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enigma
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

puff the cat and vector from despicable me confirmed,this works!

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#9

How To Make A Shadow Turtle

How To Make A Shadow Turtle

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Our obsession with life hacks indicates that we spend a lot of time thinking that what makes for a good life has a lot to do with how we are perceived by others. “Do they think we're cool, smart, innovative, strong, etc.? But what others think of us—even what those close to us think—is just a proxy for what's more important: are we bringing value to others? Are we uncovering meaningful truths in the world? Are we genuinely improving some small part of the world?” Sturm wonders.

“But often times, the things that go viral and get you noticed quickly are not what brings the most value,” he added.

#10

How To Make A Pants Backpack

How To Make A Pants Backpack

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Lakota Wolf
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm doing this tomorrow and waiting to see how long it takes before someone notices and says "Are those PANTS??"

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#11

How To Make A Shower For A Small Bird

How To Make A Shower For A Small Bird

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#12

Learn How To Draw A Sheep

Learn How To Draw A Sheep

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It’s also worth noting that a lot of life hacks surfing online seem to be either absurd or totally useless, aka how to peel a cucumber with cling tape. In response to this, Sturm quoted Peter Drucker: "There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."

According to Sturm, we only get one shot at this life (that we know of). “And while I can't deny that it's fun sometimes to figure out novel ways to peel vegetables with household items, there's only a small amount of that kind of stuff that brings real value to your life. There are things that are worth working on to make more efficient. Those are the things that need to be done, because if they're not, then what's important to you will suffer,” he explained.

#14

Well, Then

Well, Then

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Den Ver
Community Member
3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was on a bus tour where someone took a drink from a can of Coke and got stung. They couldn't stop crying, so I asked if it was a Bee or a Wasp -- they didn't know. . . . It Makes A Difference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I told them, if it was a bee, it would have left behind a stinger and a venom sack. When took a look, I could see it in the roof of their mouth. Using the tweezers from a swiss army knife, I extracted it and solved the problem. Instant pain relief. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . If you've read this far, you've learned some "useless" information like the other people on the bus.

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#15

Nato Phonetic Alphabet

Nato Phonetic Alphabet

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Khara Mei
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the opposite of useless. Very useful, recommended to remember.

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Sturm argues that what this all comes down to is getting clear on what's important to you—really important. “What do you want out of this life? What needs to happen for your life to get that way? And if you're not sure yet what you want out of life, then that's the most important thing for you to do right now,” he said and added that “no amount of finding better ways to do mundane things will find that out for you.”

#16

Does Learning Strange Spoken Language Rules Count?

Does Learning Strange Spoken Language Rules Count?

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Passerby
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now, I wonder what that censored word is. It is not like there are any other repeated instances of that word, right?

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#17

How To Shake Ankles

How To Shake Ankles

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#18

How To Survive Being Buried Alive

How To Survive Being Buried Alive

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troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And scare the living hell out of everyone who happen to be there!

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#19

The Gentlemans Guide To Amputation

The Gentlemans Guide To Amputation

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PickleRick
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd need a lot of brandy before this no matter which person I am in the equation.

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#20

How To Fold A Napkin To Fit Three Pieces Of Silverware

How To Fold A Napkin To Fit Three Pieces Of Silverware

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Hestia
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am gonna do this at a hotel and see the waiter's reaction.

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#21

Become The Master Of Shadows With These Simple Steps (Plus Its A Cool Title For Your Resume)

Become The Master Of Shadows With These Simple Steps (Plus Its A Cool Title For Your Resume)

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#22

How To Make A Quick Escape

How To Make A Quick Escape

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DEW
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this!! I've seen the video of this young man doing it!! He's impressive!

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#23

The Names Of Types Of Camera Movements

The Names Of Types Of Camera Movements

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#24

How To Create Glyphs

How To Create Glyphs

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Oais Wright
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now I know how to make a creative emblem for my cult, thank you

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#25

How To Make A Stapler Mandala

How To Make A Stapler Mandala

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#26

How To Bounce A Dinner Roll

How To Bounce A Dinner Roll

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enigma
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

gon use this on my sister if she decides to have children

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#27

Make Paper Boat Out Of Toilet Paper Roll

Make Paper Boat Out Of Toilet Paper Roll

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#28

How To Beatbox

How To Beatbox

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troufaki13
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Anyone else tried it? It wasn't just me, right?

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#29

How To Fold A Plastic Bag Properly. Not Just Scrunch It Up Into A Ball

How To Fold A Plastic Bag Properly. Not Just Scrunch It Up Into A Ball

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#30

How To Find Waldo

How To Find Waldo

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Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've never found Waldo yet. He's called Wally in the UK.

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#31

You Can Unfold Kinder Egg Pods Into Desktop Catapults

You Can Unfold Kinder Egg Pods Into Desktop Catapults

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#32

How To Turn Your Cat Into A Bunny

How To Turn Your Cat Into A Bunny

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Brazen
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I did that once to my cat. I laughed so hard while he, on the other hand, was plotting my demise.

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#33

How To Casually Get In Water As A Big Man

How To Casually Get In Water As A Big Man

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#34

How To Loudly Whistle With Four Fingers In Your Mouth

How To Loudly Whistle With Four Fingers In Your Mouth

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sturmwesen
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I nearly barfed trying it. I guess I will keep whistling like a peasant with dry fingers.

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#35

How To Draw A Boy From The Word "Boy"

How To Draw A Boy From The Word "Boy"

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Beck
Community Member
3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is how I was able to tell lowercase b and d apart. Make a b with left hand. d with right. Put then together and it looks and spells bed without the e.. This reminded me off that.

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#36

How To Solve A Rubik's Cube

How To Solve A Rubik's Cube

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#37

How To Be A Table

How To Be A Table

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Frank
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You'll need 5 people: 1 to pull the chairs. Incomplete instructions, we need to sue.

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#38

How To Make Your Lipstick Last Through Eating

How To Make Your Lipstick Last Through Eating

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River Webb
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i usually bite down on a funnel and shovel food through there

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#39

How To Cut An Apple With Your Finger

How To Cut An Apple With Your Finger

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#40

How To Slice A Bagel Into Two Congruent, Linked Halves

How To Slice A Bagel Into Two Congruent, Linked Halves

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