What is your strangest talent? How did you discover it?
I can write backwards. It's not useful, but people freak out when they see it.
Years ago at work, a co-worker said he knew someone who could sign his name backwards; so I tried it. I occasionally did it as a joke until my daughter asked me to show one of her friends that I could write my name backwards.
Her friend, unimpressed, asked if I could actually write that way or if I'd just practiced my signature until it was muscle memory. I honestly didn't know, but I tried writing a sentence that she dictated, and it was perfectly legible in a mirror.
I graft, fruit trees. Learned it by practicing on my great-grandfather’s orchard with the guidance of a great-uncle. Some say it’s a lost art, though by the number of participants at various classes I’ve taught and attended ..it’s holding on. Figure I’m responsible for around six thousand ‘custom’ fruit trees
this will seem odd....but you know how some people have "perfect pitch"? I have that but with colors....I have what I call "perfect color sight". So, I've taken eye exams that track how well someone sees the most subtle difference in color...and I score at the top of the chart. I also think I see colors in a way that others don't.
But, this is the weird part, I can see a color -- let's say on your shirt -- then I can go to Lowe's paint desk a week later and pick out the exact shade of color that your shirt was a week ago.
I don't remember when exactly I realized that I saw color, registered it in my brain, and stored it differently than everyone else does. But, I have demonstrated it to myself over and over again....it's not exactly the thing that wins talent shows so I don't try to explain it to people.
I am curious if anyone has heard of this phenomenon....and if there is an actual, real scientific name for it? Let me know if you know.
I can do a million different stupid human tricks. Juggle, tie a cherry stem in my mouth, spin a basketball on a finger, stack quarters on my elbow and drop the arm, catching them in the same hand before they fall; some playing card slight of hand n fancy shuffles/riffling the cards from one hand to another, I can fold my tongue in all the ways I’ve seen elsewhere except the tri-fold 3 ended thing that some people can do haha. Learning to spin a bo staff and nunchaku now.
I didn’t discover any of these except the tongue, most of it was just bein a weird kid with too much time on his hands, and a lot of hard work practicing. I don’t believe in talent; you either had a freaky superlative genetic roll of the dice on some trait (ie bein tall, able to lick an elbow or double jointed, any physical talent or athleticism) or you worked your ass off, or a little of both. If you ever praise someone’s talent always keep in mind that’s another word for hundreds of hours of meticulous work.
My boss says I "connect the dots" - so she gives me projects to look over to make sure a step is not missing. But where I really notice it is driving - unless it is packed bumper to bumper, I can see a path through traffic like buttah. I can cite many instances of people seeing me do this on the road and following me through! This helps at conferences and in crowds at concerts too.