Let’s be real here—not all of us are destined to become a genius violinist or a world-class dancer. Heck, even being an average human being sometimes proves to be too tedious. And it’s okay—we’re not cut from the same cloth, meaning that we all possess different kind of talents. However, some of them are getting labeled as “useless.” Is it fair? I’m no expert to answer. All I can say is that my talent of twisting my feet backwards is yet to come in handy…
Some time ago, one redditor asked people to share the useless talents that they have. Believe it or not, people are full of talents that are considered useless, but are nonetheless fun and fascinating! Someone’s weirdly good at recognizing fonts, while another person can hit just about anything within 60 feet with a rock. Who’s going to argue that it’s not impressive?
Scroll down below to read the 50 most upvoted answers from the redditors, and after reading about other people’s useless skills and talents, don’t forget to share yours in the comment section down below!
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#1I am genetically unable to get brain freeze. I can chug an entire slushy without consequence.#2I’m weirdly good at recognizing fonts#3I can laugh genuinely with a completely straight face. It creeps people out#4With a couple of warm ups to get the weight, i can flip a coin for the same result consecutively a bunch of times. My record is 44. Can usually/reliably do at least 20 every time.
Works best with a UK 2 pence piece.#5I can fold a fitted sheet so well that it looks indiscernible from a folded flat sheet.#6I can do a ton of voices. You’d think it would be useful, but I’ve been trying to get into voice acting for 20 years.#7I once entered a talent competition playing the recorder using my nose. The judges were confused and decided I wasn’t worthy of first place.#8I can put my legs behind my head.
I’ve yet to be kidnapped but hope it may be useful then.#9I can move my ears independent from my face and vibrate my eyes. No idea why.#10I’m really good at catching things that are falling because I clumsily knocked them over. I’m like an oaf in the front half of a second, and a ninja on the back half; I have roughly the same number of spills as the average person, but with extra steps. I’ve done it with multiple falling objects, behind my back, with my feet – things usually don’t hit the ground around me.#11I can count the letters in any sentence while the sentence is being spoken and still pay attention to what the person is saying. I’ve done this since I was around 10. It’s compulsive. I can’t quit doing it.#12I have a hyper-realistic impression of a dog bark. My friends will think there is an actual dog around and get disappointed when they realize that it was me.#13I can throw up on command. Gross and not nearly as useful as crying.#14I can write without looking. Theoretically, I could write an essay blindfolded.#15I have none. But my husband! Name almost any dead celebrity and he can tell you where they are buried. Sometimes he can tell you who they are buried next to.#16Always put the USB in the right way on the first try#17I can tell by the sounds of many different songbirds when there is a bird of prey flying overhead#18I can balance almost anything on the palm of my open hand. Rake, golf club, shovel, open ladder, work and alcoholism.#19I can cup my hands together and shoot water 10-12ft in a straight line. It’s like always having a water gun on me. When I do it without water it makes a fart noise, which is like always having a whoopie cushion#20I can switch accents that are actually convincing mid convo.#21Being able to pick things up with my toes when I’m too lazy to bend down.#22i can pull apart two pieces of flat lego without using my teeth#23I can think of a song to fit any situation or at least change the lyrics of one to fit. I do it automatically without even thinking. It only takes me a second and is completely pointless.#24I can throw cards#25I can take a nap for a specified amount of time, like say 22 minutes. I also know right before a timer is about to go off#26I sing Gregorian chant on pitch and accurately, practicing it at least 1 hr. per day.
But it’s a useless skill as there are no chant choirs or need for it in my area.#27I can solve a rubiks cube in around 9 seconds. Unless I get faster it’s not like I can make money from it or anything lol.#28I genetically don’t produce body odor (B.O.)#29I can hit just about anything within 60ft or so with a rock. I grew up on a farm, and spent countless hours on our gravel road picking up rocks, and firing away at stuff, mostly fence posts.#30I can hoola hoop forever. I didn’t think it was a talent until I realised no one can do it that I know. This is useless because I don’t even do it anymore#31I never forget a face. If I’ve seen it once I’ll remember it if I ever see it again.
Pictures are a little harder because it’s a frozen moment in time and they may never look the same way.
Case in point, when I was 12 my dad introduced me to a guy and we chatted for a few moments. Almost 30 years later my dad and I were out and I said, “Dad, is that so and so?” And sure enough, it was and my dad was able to reconnect with someone he hadn’t seen in 20 years.#32I can tell you which chip flavor goes best with different sandwiches.#33I can disapoint anyone#34I can eat fast. Like real fast.#35I can make my skull vibrate#36Ability to go from anxiety to full-on panic attack in under 3 mins.#37I can say wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man really fast over and over#38I tend to remember good solutions to extremely insignificant questions. Questions that are never asked because they don’t matter to anyone.#39Name a recorded song that I’ve heard before, and I can sing in tune with it before you pull it up on your music app.
I otherwise have no major musical talent.#40I’m not 100% accurate but I can look at people and tell where they’re from without hearing them speak a single word. I’m American and can do this with Americans as well as non Americans. Example: last summer I had a group of 5 and I identified 2 Belgians, a French and a German. One was so unbelievably impressed that he offered me $50 if I could precisely identify the 5th person, a woman, in the group. I looked at her, guessed French Algiers, and won the most unlikely $50 of my life. I’m a small legend in my line of work and the tourists are dumbfounded every [damn] time.#41I can tell you the day of the week for any given date off the top of my head.#42I can do a very good death growl, don’t think it will ever be of use as I don’t have a band and I would be embarrassed to do it.#43I can bend my thumb far enough behind the hand that I can touch my knuckles with it. BOOM! Drop the mic.#44I can crawl on all fours extremely fast. I found this out as a teenager in Tae Kwon Do, we did a lot of weird exercises in our workouts, crawling was one and I got tagged in to crawl to one side of the gym and back and went fast AF, I burned everyone. I crawl like a rock skipping across a pond, I even surprised myself and remember some people laughing at the time, it definitely must look strange lol. I did it at home a few times to show people but it gives rug burn very easy.#45I can bring my arms back OVER my head from behind my back…. Without un hooking (?) My hands from each other. Best I can explain it#46I can bend my knees backwards so my knee has an about 140° – 150° degree angle (never mesured it)#47I can move my ears up and down. Freaks the hell out of people who see it for the first time
If you’re wondering, I went to a school where twisting your ears was an appropriate form of punishment. One teacher twisted my left ear a little too hard one day and soon enough I could move it. Same thing happened to my other ear a year later.#48I can blow bubbles off of my tongue and make them dance by waving my hand. Especially useless now with Covid.#49I can make my eyes vibrate to make it look like I’ve been possessed, nor for long tho, it kinda hurts#50I’m really really good at guessing the appropriate container size for quantities of food or liquid. For example when I make soup I don’t measure what I put in the pot or use a recipe but it’ll always come out as exactly 1 or 2 or 3 quarts on the nose. My boyfriend gets excited whenever I cook and put food away to see if I [messed] up this time, but I never do.
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