What Is Odd About You?

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My version of Stupid Human Tricks, I suppose? 

I can curl my tongue in any direction. Not just in a curl but sideways to the left and the right. I never knew this wasn’t something everyone can do. It seems so simple to me.

My older sister has synesthesia. She also never realised it wasn’t something everyone did! She sees names or words in colour. That is pretty damn awesome. And a shock to realise it isn’t how everyone else sees the world.

I can wiggle my baby toe, or pinkie toe, independent of the rest of my toes. It was way easier before I broke both my pinkie toes (one to tripping while being quite drunk and barefoot, one to a horse that trod on me). Both in the same 6-month span of time, too.

Maybe another odd thing about me is that that I’ve never had another broken bone. Mine are quite strong, despite all my clumsiness and my willingness to throw my body anywhere as a child.

What brought this on is something I’d like to know if anyone else can do. 

I can wiggle my ears – but I can also make my eardrums vibrate. I’m going to sound quite insane here, maybe: I definitely, habitually, pin my ears back, like a dog or cat, when I am not happy with the situation. I can push that movement a little more and I hear a wind-like sound in my ears.

Not sure what exactly I am doing, muscularly? I can do it at will. I can wiggle my ears without making the sound, or I can wiggle and make the sound.

Anyone else? I know hubby can’t do any of it from tongue to ear. I’d love to know if anyone else can do my same thing. Or if not, what can you do that it seems others cannot?

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  1. I do something like that too. I can generate a clicking sound inside my ears without any apparent movement and I’ve always been able to do it. In the school orchestra I used it to beat time. If someone else puts their ear up to mine, they can hear it. I just have no idea what I am actually doing, and I know stuff about muscles.

  2. You have good control of your tongue? *Insert obvious rude joke here* B-)

    I have one for you. I am tetrachromatic… As in I can see slightly into the ultraviolet spectrum.

  3. I have no talent or skills. I’m just lucky to get out of bed and not break something. Or maybe that is my talent, I can fall off of flat ground or dances with ladders. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I can roll my tongue right and left, and actually turn it all the way over. I have a more acute sense of smell than anyone I know. I can make my scalp move backwards and forwards independently of my head movement, wiggle my ears, see words and smells in colour, and finally, my fingers are so double jointed I can braid them. If you want to see a photo of what I mean, let me know and I’ll email it to you! I confess it, I am only just human…

      • My hands don’t mind at all, but the effect has been known to gross people out. To me, the synesthesia seems totally normal. I find the sense of smell the most useful – I rarely have to use a timer for things in the oven, I can smell smoke a million miles off, and I can smell when something’s gone off before anyone else. Oh, it’s useful for the good stuff too, but it’s a great early warning system ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Oh yes! Hubby has what I consider a useless nose, despite its size! (Hahah it’s a thing with me, I seem to be attracted to big-nosed men). He brings me the bacon that has been out of date for a month to see if it is okay. And if I’m baking? The nose knows!
          I’ve actually seen people do something like that with fingers. But now I’m curious – go on!

  5. I must be very boring because I have no special peculiarities. About the only thing I can do is make my jaw crack by moving it sideways – but this could just be old age! ๐Ÿ™‚ You seem to be full of ‘special effects’ Spiders!

  6. Wow so talented! I can do none of those things. Like Kate though I have a pretty good nose though sometimes that can be liability as I can find strong smells irritating especially if not natural, like washing powders.

  7. you gots lotsa interesting weird attributes. the person who sees into the ultraviolet? THAT’s verrrrry interesting (I was able to do that when under the influence of psychotropics, “back in the ’60’s/early 70’s”). and the metronome thing — just as some musicians have perfect pitch, perhaps you’re equally as unique with perfect timing!

    • I did my psychotropics in the late 80’s early 90’s ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I just drink, as I don’t live in Colorado or Oregon!
      Sled with the metronome ears is a HUGE opera fan. Now I have to ask if she ever clicks her eardrums in time to anything she is listening to. Mine is just the same hum every time. Must remember to ask my doctors if they can see it shiver.
      I’m trying to learn bass guitar – will see if I can keep a beat at all… Thanks for coming to my little place!

  8. I suppose after thinking about it for a couple of minutes if nothing comes to mind it means I don’t have a unique ability similar to what we’re talking about here. I still haven’t learned to blow a bubble with bubble gum. No physical talents that are unique. I’m fairly good with trivia but mentioning that seems trivial. ๐Ÿ™‚

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