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We often hear that each person is unique, and to some extent, that’s true. We all possess traits that are individual to us, like the iris of an eye (even our own two irises don’t match each other), the print of a lip, the way we walk, or even our voice. 

But some appear to be more special than others, putting them in the 0.1% of the human population who have conditions like inverted internal organs or speaking backwards.  

Out of their own curiosity, a person online started a discussion about this and encouraged more people to share their stories of the unique features they possess. Scroll below to marvel at the most unexpected ones, and who knows, maybe you’ll find out you also belong to the special 0.1%.

While you're at it, make sure to check out a conversation with Jackaboya07, who took this topic to Reddit in the first place.

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced Survivors of pancreatic cancer! Edit: This blew up more than I expected. My story is on my profile. I counsel people going through this now. Please PM me if you’d like to talk. The best advice I can give is to go to a place that specializes in these types of cancer, like MD Anderson in Houston. There are several in the US. They have the best doctors, the best imaging equipment, access to more clinical trials, etc. I was given six months to live in my hometown. Six years later after chemo, radiation and Whipple surgery, I am going strong. My risk of recurrence started dropping at two years, and now the risk is less than 10%. 

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced I have exploded 3 times (IED, old soviet landmine, and a rocket strike on my gun truck). I don't think theres a lot of people who can say that who still possess all of their limbs.

EDIT: since this comment blew up (pun intended) I will not respond to people catfishing in direct messages and I am not interested in your onlyfans. (srsly, like 6 just today, go away.)

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced I can speak backwards. Say a sentence and I will say it backwards immediately. If you record me and play it back in reverse, you can hear your original sentence pretty well. 

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Bored Panda reached out to Jackaboya07, the person who started the discussion in the first place, and kindly agreed to talk more about it with us.

Naturally, we wanted to find out what sparked his curiosity about such a topic. He told us that he came up with this post because he ran out of skills to learn and was looking for new ideas that could set him apart from 99.9% of people in the world.

"I posted it to get ideas, find out what other people were up to, and give them a chance to share their hobbies, skills, and life experiences that made them unique."

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Saved a kitten with CPR.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

did the same with a tiny dwarf hamster, he got hit with a shot {my bro hated that it was going to him and threw it} and i used my pinky to press on his lil chest, since i was learning to be a vet i knew hoe to work its lil body, and it came back, He lived another 3 years

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I've spent more time climbing trees than 99.9% of humans. I'm an arborist and tree trimmer, who has been climbing since 1981, and plan to retire in 3 years or so. Everyone else who was doing it when I started is either retired or has younger people do all the climbing, but I refuse to let the kids have all the fun!

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cool - I'll let my Dad know. He's been an arborist for almost as long :)

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced People diagnosed with clinically-definite MS who have a disability score of zero.

Most people diagnosed with MS have at least some disability. For many it's low, but not zero, because the medication reduces the effects of the illness. For some, the medication does very little and they can be profoundly disabled.

I was diagnosed and started medication in 2008. Since then my disability score has been checked every 6 months by my neurologist, and has always been exactly zero. I'm just one of the very lucky ones who responds very well to the medication.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was also dx’d in 2008. It took about 5 years to find a treatment that worked for me. My last MRI showed it’s progressed quite a bit, but I’m thankfully asymptomatic and able to keep working full-time and have a good quality of life. I am so grateful for Rituximab.

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He, too, has rare abilities that not a lot of people can master, like solving the Rubik's cube in under 16 seconds. "Another reason for this post was to find people who shared talents with me, as I’ve always had a big interest in learning useless skills, to the point where my friends accuse me of having too much free time.

A few of these involve the Rubik’s cube, which I’m able to solve in under 16 seconds, or one-handed in 40, or even my biggest achievement so far, possibly in my life, learning to solve a fully scrambled Rubik's cube blindfolded, something very few people have ever been able to do.

I also learned simpler skills like basic card tricks, shuffles/flourishes, and how to juggle, all of which can be learned in only a few hours if you put your mind to it. I think my main point from this was that it’s not that hard to be in the 0.1% of people if you just find something that sets you apart."

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced I'm in the top 0.17% of the world's population just for having natural red hair with blue eyes, if that counts.

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced I have a condition called situs inversus where all of my internal organs are on the inverse side of the typical layout, so my heart and stomach are on my right, liver and gallbladder on my left, etc.

The occurrence is 1 in 10,000 so that actually puts me in the 0.01% range.

Edit: updated to accurate percentile

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have 2 cousins with this condition (they're sisters, so it may be genetic). Both had appendicitis and had a hell of a time convincing the doctors what was wrong because the pain was on the wrong side of the body!

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced Discovered Identical Twin, separated at birth, raised in another country (me) in our late 30s.

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The redditor further explains that this online platform can be a great place for people to talk about their unique life experiences and even find those who share rare medical conditions.

"I think posts like these are why Reddit is such a popular platform since a comment that took me 30 seconds to type up gave so many people a chance to talk about not only skills they’ve learned that not many people can do but their life experiences, their stories, their medical anomalies, etc.

People sometimes don’t realize how much they stand out in this world until someone opens their eyes to it. At one point, I saw a comment about how someone felt nobody knew what it was like to have their medical condition (a severe allergy of sorts), but someone went out and found a whole subreddit dedicated to people like that user."

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I used to be the youngest person alive

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That’s amazing, I bet if they keep at it they might one day be the oldest person alive!

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced I have incurable histamine intolerance. I have to be on a very restrictive diet, I am on all kinds of histamine blockers and STILL get histamine reactions that make me have to check out of life for at least half a day with no notice. It is so rare, there is no actual treatment plan for it so its a try-it-and-see approach.

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He signed off by saying, "Despite 0.1% of all people looking like a low bar, it’s actually still 8 million total people, more than twice my country’s population, and everyone assumed that was me just underestimating the sheer amount of people in the world, but I had a reason for it.

I wanted to find more than just people at the very top of their field for everything. I wanted to find people who wanted a chance to talk about their lives even if they were only mediocre in their field."

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced Losing people due to death. I'm 44 years old, and I tried to make a list of all the people I've lost about 4 years ago when my 2 month old nephew passed away. I wrote down 168 people before I stopped making the list because it was making me so sad, and I still occasionally remember people I didn't add to it. (just typing this makes me weep.)

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't mean to be facetious but I wouldn't fancy being friends with OP

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Not photographic memory but almost perfect Total recall from things that happened even 30-50yrs ago..I have hyperthymesia.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I knew someone who had something like this - it drove her insane, it was like permanent, never-ending déjà vu.

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced I'm top 75 in the world at Guitar Hero. We have an online ranking system for scores now and I always finish at least in the top 100-50

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I suffer from a combination of illnesses that make me severely disabled in a certain way. I have been invited to several studies and doctors from several european countries. I have tested medication that's not on the market for over ten years. My disability doesn't have a name yet but will probably get named after one of my doctors who has known me for over half my life.
It started as a mental illness with psychosomatic seizures, during each seizure a part of my brain tissue disconnects and and sometimes dies (sorry for the terrible explanation, I am neither a doctor nor a native speaker).
Long story short, my doctors have found out about like twelve other people having a similar combination of symptoms, yet it was not properly documented or researched before. That kinda makes me a 0.1% of the population - sadly not on top!

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope you don't suffer too much, and that the doctors find some way of helping.

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced I am one of few with adults something called Harlequin syndrome. It’s harmless, literally does nothing beyond making half my face get red and the other half not red. So when I’m really hot and sweaty one side of my face will look like a tomato and the other half will look as if I hadn’t been hit at all. Completely normal.

There’s only like 1000 people in the U.S who have it. I could only find stats for the U.S so I don’t know the worldwide numbers but it’s pretty rare. Maybe not 0.1% but close.

(Note: I mention adults because it’s common in babies for the first like week of their life, but it usually goes away.)

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Closer to 0.0001 percent if you do the sums from that sample.

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced I’ve met the same actor 3 times at 3 different points of my life despite not working in the film industry so I gotta think I’m in the .1% of that occurrence.

Edit: it was Leo DiCaprio

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced Getting pregnant on birth control. Two times two different pills

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

3 times , in 3 years , all different types of bc. 1st baby , standard pill . 2nd baby , the kind that goes in the arm... 3rd baby , the shot. I had my tubes tied after the 3rd lol.

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The amount of data I crunched for the SETI at Home project. 5 quintillion floating point operations. Sadly, no evidence of a signal from intelligence from space. I was in the top 99.97%.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If it makes you feel any better, signals of intelligence from earth are becoming increasingly rare too.

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced fun answer: bo burnham’s listeners on spotify (0.05%)
Neat answer: height! I’m a very tall woman (6’)

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm in my 70's and was 6' tall (far more unusual in those days) I'm now shrinking and just over 5'11" - 182 cms.

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My claim to fame: I am the only person on Earth that has or has ever had my given and surname.

While I do have a middle name, it is unnecessary.

How do i know? My dad's last name was common and of Polish origins. His parents emigrated to America from Poland. My dad was born about 10 years later in 1910. Both his parents died, 2-days apart, due to the 1918 pandemic. Dad was taken in by several foster homes and when he turned 14 he applied for a work permit. According to the County Clerk, dad did not exist. But, my dad knew his birthdate, he knew the doctor who delivered him and the clerk put 2 and 2 together and found a birth record with a scribbled name. The County Clerk then wrote what he believed the scribble said and that became his surname but it was unlike any other name. So, all of his children were born with the made up surname. At my age, mid-70's, I know every one of the 93 people who now share that made up surname and not a one of them has the same given name as me.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

On my birth certificate I have the number 8 in my name in place of a letter. Pretty sure that's fairly rare, if not unique. And yes, it is on all subsequent official documentation like passport & Drivers licence. But everything else in daily life I replace it with the letter, like my bank account, work place, bills, etc

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced I was the top 0.1% percentile for math in my country back when i was in school. Not world sadly

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had the highest maths score ever recorded in my school's history. Had me thinking I was gonna be the next Einstein. When I transferred to another school, I found out I was barely passing average and my last school was just shite at teaching maths..

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Number of books read. I am 37 and have read 7240 since 2001 (2766 of those are picture books though).I am in the top 30 for my home country on goodreads. Since I am a professional librarian with few social skills, this makes sense.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’ve never sat down and counted all the books I’ve read, but when we moved I had to move all 1,127 of them. I haven’t even read all of my own books yet, but I was oddly proud that well over half the boxes of our belongings were books 😂

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#25

I can type 180 wpm @ 99,% accuracy
170 @ 100% accuracy

At least i used to when i actually was the ultimate computer nerd.
I'm sure i could still hit 155 to 160 even now though.

Haven't seen anyone who could type faster even online.
I have an old a*s fb post from hitting like 175 @ 99%, on typingtest think I was ranked #1 out of 1.2mil i can't remember

If people end up reading this I'll end up linking it for proof lol

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm guessing capitalization and punctuation are 2 of the reasons it's not 100%.

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Math, specifically fast mental math. I have gotten second and fifth out of over 10k people

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced I am one of like 5-10 people that are on regular call for golf architectural history.

That combined with my knowledge of how to build and evaluate golf architecture in the field probably puts me into the .1%

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced I used to be one of the best tetris player for a short time 

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The OP should be one of those people that packs trucks or cargo planes.

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30 People Share Next-To-Impossible Things They Experienced 1 minute bullet chess.

And probably top 200 in the world over 50 years old, I am around 2500 on lichess.


veritas2011 on lichess

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Having encounters with different kinds of 'rare' marine life as a diver

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