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What Are You Secretly Good At?

What Are You Secretly Good At?

What little things are you secretly good at? On this cloudy Tuesday, I’m curious to know. Here are ours…

“I can fold a fitted bedsheet,” says our partnerships manager Maureen. “I grab the corners underneath the scrunchy part, so the sheet is square with the scrunchy part in the middle. Then you fold it again.” Um, what? Here’s a helpful gif. “I can also pick up anything with my toes,” she added.

Jenny can juggle a soccer ball on her knees. Kim can wiggle her ears. Caroline can remember song lyrics, to everything, forever. (“Including the soundtracks to Disney movies I haven’t seen in 25 years,” she says, “and the entire catalog of Simon and Garfunkel.”)

Personally, I always know what time it is, without looking at a watch or phone. Even if I wake up in the middle of the night, I’ll instantly think, ‘It’s 4:25,’ and then I’ll look at the clock and I’ll be like a minute off. I don’t know why, I can just tell. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

My opposite of a secret talent, if we’re going there, is repeating a joke. If I’m trying to retell a joke from a TV show or movie, I’ll COMPLETELY butcher the delivery by inadvertently laughing hysterically and then forgetting the punchline right as I get to the end. I’m forever saying, “I swear it was really funny on the show.”

So, tell us, what are you secretly good at? Doing celebrity impersonations? Arriving at places right on time? Making the best scrambled eggs on the planet? I want to hear…

P.S. The hardest tongue twister, and a killer strawberry cake.

(Photo of the wonderful Mindy Kaling.)

  1. Leah says...

    Finding four-leaf clovers. Our yard when I was a teen had a TON of them, I just got good at looking for the break in the pattern of three leaves that would reveal a four-leaf specimen. I can still find them pretty much anywhere. I’m now a copy editor and I honestly think this was the best training for it I could have had: learning to spot the error!

  2. Kaitlin says...

    I am exceptional at clipping baby fingernails. This doesn’t seem like it’s a secret talent, until you have a baby and realize that their nails need to be clipped weekly, at minimum, and that for most people it’s a really scary thing. I cut my daughter’s finger on the very first go and I think because of this, I’m really not scared of it. The trick is to firmly hold the finger and get the blade as far under the nail as it will go. Decide what song/rhyme you’re going to sing to distract them *before* you start doing this. It should be a long one. Be patient.

    I can also type >100 words per minute. I used to transcribe the proceedings of the House of Commons (Canadian government), and it always amazes my colleagues how quickly I can type.

  3. Ro says...

    Making a really loud and accurate cricket noise. I purse my lips together and basically scream through them, creating a vibration that sounds exactly like a cricket chirp. It’s a fun (and slightly scary) talent to whip out at parties.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha love that.

    • Yulia says...

      LOLOLOLOL!

      Cannot WAIT to get home today and purse my lips together and scream through them and see what comes out!

  4. Tania says...

    OMG yes, the time thing! I think I learned it from my stint teaching English and just being very aware of the passage of time, how long 5 or 10 minutes was and what I could still get through. This morning I went to a coffee shop next to the subway around 730, but my phone (aka my watch) was dead. I thought, I have to leave at 8. When I got into the subway — it was… 7:59. Not bad!

  5. Joanna B says...

    I’m good at calculating sale prices in my head, and I can pick up a shirt or dress and know if it will fit me without having to try it on. Basically, I’m good at shopping—but hey, they’re still skills.

  6. Kait says...

    Hidden Talents: I can mimic any cartoon voice. My secret dream job is to be a voice actor.
    I know every piece of clothing in our house..if I open the dryer and everything is all jumbled, I could tell you exactly what is what just by glancing. This confounds my husband who constantly puts our girls (who are only one size apart) in the wrong season and size.
    I can hold my right shoulder blade with my right hand (think like a chicken wing-shaped movement).
    I instinctively can tell how to end any tantrum my children have, which can change depending on the event that caused the tantrum..whether it’s calm love and understanding, stern count down to a consequence, or a distraction.
    I know just the right way to phrase a question to Google which always impresses my coworkers.

    Obvious Faults: I must have never once played with a puzzle when growing up because I cannot for the life of me problem-solve or understand how things should be presented or fit together. Excel spreadsheet…guaranteed I’m putting the columns and rows in the exact opposite way of what would be intuitive for everyone else. Planning out your Saturday with a list of tasks? I have literally no idea what is a logical way to plan out the day. Leaving a parking lot? I’m taking the least logical exit. In fact, I’ve started to try and work against my intuition on these kinds of things and that seems to be helping!

  7. Megan Lec says...

    I can’t get enough of these beautiful comments. I love reading everyone’s secret skills, especially the one’s I have yet to master like always knowing what time it is. It’s like our own private journal celebrating the small things that make us one of a kind. My own include picking up lyrics to a song (sometimes after just one listen), predicting what’s coming next in a movie or TV show, an eye for when my two year old has caught a cold or fever before it has truly set in, and knowing when someone is upset but hiding it (the secret skill that led to a career as a therapist lol)!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, i agree, these comments are so magical!

    • Sara M says...

      Yes! I can spot an illness in my kids days before any real symptoms show up. They’re just… off. Similarly, if they seem sick outwardly but i haven’t called an illness, they always turn out to be just teething or tired or whatnot. It drives my husband mad but he trusts me now every time.

  8. Jemma says...

    I can also wiggle my ears!
    And I can raise each eyebrow independently of each other – it was something I saw on a talent show one time so I exercised my eyebrows just to replicate the party trick! Yes, I’m a dork!
    My opposite of a secret talent is remembering people’s names. Their name will be forgotten in the time it took me to hear their name. And it’s weird because I have the ability to remember really obscure facts about people (like the high school they went to, the year they got their first pet, the name of their best friend from first grade) but JUST NOT THEIR NAMES.

    • Erin says...

      Ha, I’m the same way with names/details. I can remember random, obscure, almost stalker-like details about them, but not their name!

  9. Susie says...

    I can stand on my head whenever I want, as long as I want. I think I have a nice flat spot that just makes it easy.

    • Alice says...

      This is the best, it made me smile so much. I would love that skill AND the way you put it was just perfect. You brightened up my evening with your nice flat head standing spot :)

  10. Mary says...

    I imagine this may be true of many mothers, but I have a mental inventory of almost everything in the house. Your goggles that have gone missing? Oh, they’re in the basket in the front room under the knitted blanket. Your headphones? Behind the white picture frame on the windowsill. Etc.

    • Rebekka says...

      Yes yes yes! My friend and I recently discussed how we were so amazed our mom’s always knew where everything was and now we have achieved this super power!

    • Meghan says...

      Yes! There is a quote I read about this once: “it’s not lost, until Mom can’t find it.”

  11. Maya Viswanath says...

    My secret skill is that I have ninja skills in killing house flies. I can also pick anything up from the floor with my monkey toes.

  12. Cara Mills says...

    I can flip my eyelids inside out – which is completely entertaining to kids of a certain age. When I babysat in high school/college, I was very good at turning boring tasks into fun events for kids, as a bonus parent’s were astounded that we cleaned up the entire kitchen (mopping floors, wiping down tables, etc), all under the guise of “.Clean-up Olympics.” Many people have told me that I’m especially skilled at making everyone feel included – I consider this my superpower. I’ll find the quietest person and engage them in conversation and make sure they are folded into what is happening in the larger group. I think this stems from my childhood of moving often and not enjoying the feeling of being left out.

    • Molly G says...

      What awesome talents! You sound amazing! I wish we were friends!

  13. Helping people clearly and specifically define their life’s purpose- like write me 1 sentence only, guessing the sex of an unborn baby, resisting ice cream and parallel parking on both sides. 🤗

  14. S says...

    It is really fascinating to me as a mathematician how many women are talking about their spatial skill prowess (choosing the right Tupperware, fitting things in the fridge, etc.) There aren’t nearly enough women meeting their potential in math and other STEM fields, and these are very useful and important skills for those fields!! If you see this talent in your daughter or her friends, encourage it and point them in the direction of math!! And even if you don’t, do the same :)

    • Alice says...

      This is SO good to point out!

    • Erin says...

      I am amazing at loading the dishwasher and am a statistician ;)

      I recently had this exchange with my 7 year old daughter:
      Her: I want a job where I can use math and science.
      Me: That’s an engineer.
      Her: But I want to solve problems using math and science.
      Me: That’s an engineer.
      Her: But I want to be creative and use math and science to solve problems.
      Me: That’s an engineer.
      Her: …Really?

      Which amazed me, because here’s a kid who loves all things mechanical, electrical, and mathematical – and spent her kindergarten year trying to convince me to switch her to a school that taught only math and no reading – and even she didn’t consider engineering. (Rosie Revere Engineer was one of her absolute favorite books for several years, so I know she’s familiar with the word).

    • K says...

      This is so touching it almost makes me emotional (my period is due today?). I have the opposite of these tupperware spatial reasoning, bulk grain eyeball-measuring, tetris packing, dishwasher loading, innate compass super powers (although you’ve encouraged me to put in my 10K hours of practice!), but I love how savvy women who voiced this talent are, that many of these women use their skills to help keep the family running smoothly, maybe handling much more than 50% of the house work, maybe still getting paid less during their “outside” careers, and just slam-dunking it all to get the job done. I feel like these talents make such a great impact on the rest of the world, and we haven’t nearly harnessed it yet. Or we just don’t know how to fully value it yet, in societal/economic terms. It’s just this touching combo of savviness and compassion. I know/hopefully gender-roles are evolving, but for now, I’d just like to appreciate how absolutely awesome mamas and wives are .

  15. Kristen says...

    I’m extremely intuitive and can sense people’s energy the moment I see them. This was often hard to deal with when I was younger—if someone was upset or angry, etc. I almost always thought it was because something I did or because they didn’t like me. As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten older, I’ve of course realized that a stranger’s bad mood has nothing to do with me, I just notice it before everyone else 😂 It’s also been a huge strength when working with young students and my own children and just kind of understanding what different kids need at different moments.

    • Meghan says...

      I am like this too, and always felt this way, but couldn’t label it. It wasn’t until I mentioned this trait to my therapist that I know see in my own son, that she suggested reading The Highly Sensitive Person/Child. Such intense GUT feelings.

  16. Tara says...

    My secret power is knowing where to buy something or where to go. Making shit happen and the OG Yelp. New therapist? Best price on dry cleaning and where to buy flowers in my city that last the longest? I’m a case manager so my job is basically to make shit happen. Is your roof caving in as well, I’ll get you uber eats while roof person is on their way. I’m YOUR LADY.

  17. Lauren says...

    Jigsaw puzzles! I can casually stroll by, pluck a piece from the pile, and put it exactly where it needs to go. I feel like a hero every time :)

  18. Jeannie says...

    I can drive stick shift!

    • Hahaha, this one made me laugh out loud. Me too me too!

    • Sarah says...

      Ooh, me too! Such an awesome and obsolete skill.

  19. Aisling says...

    My superpower is finding a table at crowded bars/restaurants. I’m not pushy, just lucky!

  20. Jeannie says...

    I am secretly athletic! I am a nerd, so it always surprises people when I’m actually good at softball, frisbee, soccer, touch football, tennis, or anything. It makes me feel like Geena Davis in A League of Their Own.

  21. Connie says...

    I LOVE this tread. Guys…we’re awesome.

    Things I am shockingly good at: knowing dog breeds, finding The Best Stuff at thrift stores, Time-Management (I can shower/dress, put away the clean dishes, make lunches, tend to the dog, handle laundry, brew coffee, organize backpacks AND watch the Top Stories on the news all within the 90 minutes before I leave to head to work for the morning-before anyone is awake, Momma gets it DONE). I’m also good at making pie, and setting a Gosh Darn Beautiful table when we are entertaining/it’s a holiday.

    And actually…I really needed this confidence boost today. Thanks!

  22. Aileen McPhillips says...

    My secret talent is that I always know the speed limit (when there’s not a sign around). I’m pretty good with directions too… once I drive somewhere once, I can usually remember how to get there again. Although, I think my smart phone with maps is making me slowly lose this skill… I try to avoid using my phone for directions at all costs!

  23. Brooke C. says...

    I can tetris pretty much anything together… packing my suitcase, car trunk, fridge… I get so much joy out of seeing how neatly I can arrange things so there’s zero wasted space

  24. love this topic!

    i am so good at remembering what an actor has previously been in. you know that feeling when you see a new face on the screen of a show or movie and you’re like, what is that guy from?? i can ALWAYS figure it out. i’m so proud haha.

    also i can always untangle a necklace. it really comes in handy!

  25. Meg says...

    I inexplicably always get a parking spot at the front…Costco on a Saturday, limited beach parking on the hottest day of the year, freaking Disneyland… ain’t got nothin’ on my super power. My family even fights over who gets to drive with me places because they know I always miraculously end up rolling right in to an insane parking spot at the exact right second ;) It’s like magic!

    • Roxana says...

      Haha! This is hilarious. My dad is the EXACT same way. He ALWAYS finds parking. ALWAYS.

      Good for you ;).

    • Loesie says...

      Same here! I remember being in a crazy parking lot with my Mom and she said ‘ oh it’s no use, let’s just go, this place is filled up’. And I told her to wait a minute, she was in a car with me, it would all turn out just fine. And yes, there was a car exiting right that second and we parked right there!

  26. colleen k says...

    I’m competitively good at parallel parking :).
    And also very good at snacking.

  27. Mara says...

    I have a hidden talent for winning bridal/baby shower games. I’m currently on a 12-shower winning streak, so it’s become a thing. Funny enough, 1) I find these games to be obnoxious and sort of go into them dragging my feet a bit, and 2) I don’t have kids and don’t plan to have kids, but somehow can guess what 26 letters A-Z items are inside Mommy’s diaper bag, for instance.

  28. Rachel says...

    I can judge the exact amount of dry measures when purchasing in the bulk section of the grocery store. It drives my husband crazy! I’ll say “yep, that’s about a cup” and when he pours it into the measuring cup at home it’s almost always spot-on and he goes, “How do you DO THIS?!” Keeping the mystery alive, I guess…

    • Jacqueline says...

      Me too! I love this secret talent of ours :)

  29. Paula says...

    i love this! So many comments about finding the right tupperware size for leftovers-I’m the worst at that! lol

    But, I have some great superpowers myself!

    I have a memory of every article of clothing that I own, as well as my two kids own (that is A LOT OF CLOTHES!) and I know where each piece of clothing is time of the year (we move clothes with seasons to the attic but I still know which box/hanger).

    I find everything. If you lost something-I will find it. Everybody abuses this superpower of mine. ha!

    I’m an expert parallel parker. Doesn’t matter the size of car, the size of the spot. One time, I parallel parked and a car drove by, stopped, three guys inside and one of them says, we have never seen anyone parallel park like that, amazing, lol.

  30. Yulia says...

    I can move my eyeballs independently of one another. Swirl them around in different directions simultaneously, cross just one of them while the other stares straight ahead, zig-zag just one eyeball while the other s-l-o-w-l-y creeps left or right. Now if only I could elegantly raise just one eyebrow without my whole face contorting!

    • Paula says...

      OMG. WHAT? that sounds amazing and creepy!
      My husband can raise one eyebrow without any facial contorting-the kids love it!

  31. Rachel says...

    I can always, always, ALWAYS fit one more thing in the fridge. Even that casserole that just showed up unexpectedly on Thanksgiving. Even the extra gallon of milk. Even those two bottles of wine. Always. (related: packing cars for vacation, suitcases, and shipping boxes).

    • I envy you! This is my worst!

  32. Kelly says...

    I’m *very* good at remembering birthdays. I will randomly think “oh, it’s so-and-so’s birthday today” and I haven’t spoken to this person since 7th grade. It’s a good party trick!

  33. Julia says...

    My secret skill is being able to tell when something is ready in the oven or microwave JUST before it dings! Instinctually, I rise from the couch, come back inside or head downstairs and almost always, the timer dings right as I’m reaching the food. It’s uncanny and also not an extremely useful talent :).

  34. Mary says...

    Parallel parking :)

  35. Jessica says...

    I am really good at putting together IKEA furniture, and tying bows on dresses.

  36. I am secretly good at touching my tongue to my nose. It’s so silly! But the day I tried I and it happened I found so much joy out of it.

    • maggie says...

      raise your hand if you tried it when you read this.

    • Karen says...

      O! That’s my secret power too! I genuinly believed I was the only one!

    • Aileen says...

      Me too!!

  37. Lorraine says...

    I am also good at guessing the time – same thing with me, even in the middle of the night! :)

  38. Alice says...

    Finding/shearching for things, people, information, whatever! If I look for it, I will find it!
    It doesn’t sound very special, but it feels so good to be confident that a specific thing you need will be found.
    It’s very normal for people to be looking for something they lost, without finding it, and when I go to help I’ll find it almost immediately.

    • Darcy says...

      Alice — please come to Colorado — We have a lost tablet! :-)

    • Alice says...

      Darcy, I’m in another continent, but please look behind the sofa :D

  39. I love the topic – never thought of it before it that way!
    Salad dressings
    Finding the best dance music songs
    Creating interesting classes for my students
    Decorating
    Doing collages (see on Instagram)

  40. Meg B says...

    My dad taught me to do the one handed whistle when I was a teenager, and I must say, it has come in very handy when needing to grab someone’s attention from afar, call a cab, or get my dog back from chasing a squirrel. I get such a sense of satisfaction out of it!! It’s like, “Don’t worry guys, I GOT THIS” 😂 For some reason people are always impressed by this “skill” I’ve acquired haha! Thanks dad!!

    • Katey says...

      I can do a two finger whistle. I taught myself one day. I always tell people it will take a long time and you’ll feel light-headed from all the inhaling and exhaling, but if you want to learn, you can. And, yeah, people are impressed and I’m very proud of it.

  41. Alice says...

    I’m very, very good at remembering names and faces. If I’ve met someone once, even for five minutes, I’ll be able to remember who they are, what their name is, and where I met them. I’ve actually learned to tone this down- turns out it alarms people if you go “Hello! I met you for five minutes at XYZ’s birthday two years ago!” when you run into them in the supermarket…!

    • Me too! I often find myself pretending to not know/remember a name because I don’t want to seem too creepy….haha! Related: I am also very good at remembering people’s middle names.

    • Cooper says...

      Haha, same! I took an online quiz that tested heightened facial awareness, and it was really interesting!

    • Anna says...

      oh yes yes, here! I am actually at that point where I just go with the introduction, thinking “yes yes, I know”.

    • Vivian says...

      This is me too! I can remember any face that I’ve met or even strangers that I have stared at for a bit (i.e. friends of friends that I’ve only seen on Instagram, I’ll recognize when I’m out, even though I’ve never met them formally. haha). I can recognize people just from the sides of their faces. And as for celebrities and actors, I can figure out all the other movies/tv shows that I’ve seen them in, even if the hair and makeup are very different. I didn’t realize it was a talent, and thought everyone could do it! So, in college, when I would tell people we had met before a few months/years ago, it would definitely freak them out. Now, I just say, “Nice to meet you!”, instead of “Nice to see you again.” A few years ago, I stumbled upon a 60 minutes video on YouTube on Facial Blindness and SuperRecognizers and it turns the ability to recognize faces exists on a scale like flexibility, some people are born with more and some people are born with less! It’s so fascinating!

  42. propagating plants/keeping them alive, folding fitted sheets, coming up with meals from random ingredients, sharing things I ♥ with others.

  43. talia says...

    I am secretly good at creating meals from whatever is in my refrigerator. Also, really good at finding name brand/designer clothes at significantly reduced prices (like, next to nothing!), and finally, I can find the one item in any store without a price tag – this one is a bit frustrating! :)

  44. Rachael Polton says...

    my secret talent is picking the appropriate tupperware for leftovers. i truly nail it every time. as the youngest growing up my job was always clearing the table, helping to clean up the kitchen, and putting away leftovers from my mom’s delicious dinners. as a result, my tupperware to leftover spacial awareness has had a lot of time to develop so strongly. as a 30 year old, i’m not much of a cook (i will always bring a mean salad if you invite me over though!) so friends love my ability to help once the meal is served. i try to be humble in all i do, but when i’m putting away leftovers and pick the appropriate tupperware so perfectly i become the football player who just scored the winning touchdown at the superbowl.

  45. KS says...

    I can always sense people’s conflict. If there are people in a group that will clash or secretly have great envy for someone, I will just sense it. And also just like some fellow detectives in the thread. I can find anything lost. And I can help you track it down, even if I am thousands miles apart.

  46. Rosa says...

    I have really good reflexes and if I accidentally knock something over I can usually catch it before it hits the ground lol.

    • Joanna B says...

      Me too! I didn’t think about this until I read your comment. I’m adding this to my mental list. :)

  47. Marci says...

    Love this! I am the master of what I call “Skills I Can’t Put On a Resume.” I can identify voices on the phone. (Now that there’s Caller ID, that skill is less impressive.) I remember people I’ve met in passing years later and retain details about them. To talk about that random conversation we had a party – “Oh, yeah, which car did you finally choose?” – seems a little creepy, though, years later. I can mutilate lyrics to songs Weird Al Yankovic style, but MY lyrics do NOT amuse my children.

  48. Blair says...

    I have a few… I have unlimited amounts of patience. I am not sure where this came from but I’ve had it forever. I can do anything in flip flops, literally, horseback ride, hike the highest peak on the East Coast, kayak white water …done it all in flip flops. I have an incredible memory for numbers, credit cards, bank accounts, phone numbers …I see or hear it once and I have it forever. Your name, I’ll ask you every time I see you for a year.

    • Natalie says...

      I have a talent for running into people I know everywhere! Once (while living in NYC), I ran into my friend’s husband on the street in London, and another time I ran into an old co-worker on a train in Taiwan! It makes the world feel small and connected.

  49. Emily says...

    I have a good ear for identifying musicians i.e.: if a song is playing I’m very good at knowing who is singing even if I’ve never heard the song before. Not really much benefit to this skill other than personal satisfaction!

  50. alice says...

    My skill is having a really good long term memory, which often comes across a bit stalkerish, but I just found my tribe in the comments section here and feel so much less weird, thank you COJ!

    My other skill is knowing how many letters are in a word within a second or two, regardless of the length of the word. It’s good for incredibly fast crossword completion and nothing else.

  51. JB says...

    I never really had to study for my 4.0 GPA in high school and university because if I wrote something down, I remembered it and could regurgitate it on tests and essays – but alas, I don’t have a photographic memory and I can’t remember anything anyone tells me including birthdays and names!

  52. I’m really good at remembering everyone’s birthday. Like everyone. It’ll be a random Tuesday and my brain will think, oh it’s that girl who sat in front of me in high school english’s Birthday! The ironic part is that I can never remember my father in laws birthday.

  53. Colette says...

    I’m a great judge of character. Almost annoyingly so. I’m often one of the first friend’s introduced to a new partner and always get asked “You like them? What do you think?” I once said to my friend “I think he’s great but he does seem like the kind of guy who would iron his underwear” Lo and behold, they’re still together, and he does.

    • Karla says...

      I was reading through all these and THIS is also mine! It’s handy when I’m making new friends.

  54. Melissa says...

    In college I could always find an empty barstool & that’s how I ended up meeting my husband!

  55. I can tell you the day of the week, time, and channel of any TV show (okay, almost any show) of the 80’s and early 90’s. Name the show, I’ll tell you when it aired. Without googling. :)

  56. Kristen says...

    I’m a really fast speed reader and I’m really good at finding lost things!! I always say everyone has at least one super power, and those are mine!

  57. IC says...

    I have a photographic for numbers.

  58. Liz says...

    I’m pretty good at fixing things around the house with no experience. I think it stems from a confidence that I can figure it out, and I just go for it.

    My husband and three year old were playing the other day and something broke and my three year old goes “don’t worry, mommy can fix it!” That’s all I ever wanted…

  59. Liz K says...

    I am a substitute teacher and I tell the kids that my super power is remembering names. I can also parallel park like a champ. But the weirdest skill I have is that while I really struggle to navigate using a map, once I have been somewhere, I will always remember how to get there. I returned to Rome this fall after more than 25 years away and was instantly oriented and could get us almost anywhere without so much as a glance at a map.

  60. Rebecca says...

    I can’t do left and right, but I am ace at the points of the compass. Wherever I am, I can always tell you which way is north. I am dead on accurate, not just general direction good. If I fly some place new it takes be about a day to reconfigure, then I’m good to go again.

    • Candice says...

      Me too! It freaks my friends out!

  61. Aileen says...

    I am really good at recognising handwriting even if I have only seen it once years ago. At Christmas time I love guessing who all the cards are from before we actually open them. I also make amazing scrambled eggs. I am the worst cook and always leave everything up to the husband but my scrambled eggs are the best!!

  62. Sarah says...

    I am grinning ear to ear reading 300 p!us comments of (mostly I’m assuming) women complimenting themselves! CoJ has done it again. ☺

    I, for one, share Joanna’s skill of time prediction, and I’m an insane speller.

  63. Lisa says...

    I am good at finding the perfect card (birthday, get well, etc) for family and friends. I look in little shops when I travel or on etsy and I keep a stash of carefully selected cards in a fancy shoebox. My other talent is traveling light. I can go to Paris for a week with my gym bag and a big purse. No weird reason except for Norwegian Air’s awesome LowFare $400 rt flights from Boston to CDG…only underseat bags and no meals. But an awesome deal and a fun challenge. Tips: roll all your jeans, bring a sandwich.

    • Paula says...

      ha! So funny! I’ve been to Paris twice because of this deal on Norwegian from Boston!! I would not call this my superpower but because of the deal, I managed to pack into my 8 year old’s daughter school back pack! ha.

  64. Cerises says...

    I have great orientation skills, usually takes me only one time when I go somewhere to remember how to get there (when I say I got lost, 98% I am lying, I am just pathologically late (is that also an hidden talent?))(The pitfall being that in the 2% I actually get lost, I get really upset… and vexed)
    I can tell you if the car is going to fit in a parking space, even by 2 inches, and great parallel parker.
    I remember in which theater I have seen a specific movie
    I have real life tetris skills which is actually an hereditary talent (any person who has emptied a cupboard or a closet filled by my mother or I has been nothing less than baffled by how much stuff we are able to fit in there)
    Thanks for the fun post

  65. Jamie says...

    I can throw anything into a rubbish basket and it will go in. It could be light or heavy, I could use an under-arm or over-arm throw, I could be lying down or standing up. Slam dunk every time!

  66. Lisa says...

    I’m secretly good at parallel parking. I’ve even been complimented by a stranger watching me squeeze into a tight space while walking their dog.

  67. VVeronika says...

    I can name every movie from just looking at photo of a scene from it.
    I can also talk to cats – if I meat a stranger cat on the street I use a special meow and they reply :-)

  68. Meredith Kremer says...

    I am good at creating a tasty dinner from random stuff in the fridge. Give me 4 ingredients and i will cook you something that feels like it was planned all along without having to go to the grocery store!

  69. I have the worst memory but ALWAYS know which direction i’m in and how to get somewhere I’ve never been. My husband on the other hand is the opposite, and never knows where we are. He’s driven past our street regularly for 3 years after we moved in. Lucky he has me in the car!

  70. Ashley says...

    I’m really good at mentally collecting and then recalling random information for someone or myself to repurpose it for something else. It’s called the input strength on the strengths finder grid and I never knew I did it until I took that test.

    • I have input as one of my top 5 strengths too, and I like how you just explained it! Thank you!

  71. Lea Binta says...

    I always know, within a window of a few months, when someone is going to get engaged. I can just tell by their relationship. (Not with strangers, but anyone even remotely in my life, as long as I know both partners.) My husband is in awe of this and always asks me about different relationships and their prone-to-engagement-status.

  72. Terry says...

    I memorize my calender. I can always tell what / when my appointments are. Even when it’s my dentist wednesday 8 january 2020 8.20 am or my sons teachers birthday on april 26th. I just remember everything.

    It makes people quite nervous. They always want me to check or write things down. Sometimes I just pretend by looking at my phone and they’re happy, hahaha.

  73. Nigerian Girl says...

    I’m good at organising things (thanks to my OCD), sniffing out bullshit, arriving too early to parties\flights\work (inherited from my mum), interior decoration and fashion styling (this is quite recent). Also, I’ve been in various positions of leadership throughout my life. People tend to listen when I talk, which puzzles and amuses my siblings to this day. I can recall most of my dreams, and I have the craziest dreams. If I dream that someone is getting married, the person will get married in real life. Thankfully I’ve never seen myself getting married in a dream, so I’m still good. On the flip side, I’ve started forgetting the names of books I’ve read, much to my dismay. Now I have to think hard before the name pops up in my brain. I think it’s because I’ve read too many books. I’ve also started forgetting the names of my former classmates and co-workers. I’m sitting here hoping I don’t run into any of them.

  74. I can identify almost any famous person from their childhood photos. My friend and I have an ongoing email chain where he sends me obscure celebrity childhood photos and I identify them within minutes, to his eternal frustration.

    I also recognise actors from obscure movies / tv shows in other roles “oh, isn’t that the guy who played the bartender in Goodfellas?” cue my husband eye rolling every time we watch TV together.

  75. M says...

    I know which guinea pig I should pick in a pet store. My guts tell me what kind of a character it has, a dog-like guinea pig, a dont-hug-me piggy, an intelligent piggy bastard. Silly. Yet helpful.

    • K says...

      you’re really good with guinea -pig body language!

  76. Loesie says...

    *Making animal sounds. People actually think there’s a sheep standing right behind them whaha.
    Also, impersonating screeching witches.
    * Telling time without using a clock. I always end up within a max 20-minute time frame from the actual time. Always!
    *Sensing it when someone’s pregnant. I have a 100% success ratio up until now.
    *Getting a parking spot in a crazy busy parking lot. If you’re driving with me, you’ll end up with a place to park!
    *Finding things. (Hubby says I’m so good at it because I always lose everything everywhere so I have a lot of experience with searching for stuff, which I’ll have to unfortunately admit is very true)

  77. Rashmi says...

    Ooooh I love this thread! What a fun way to compliment things we stop noticing after a while.
    I am personally great at planning holidays! I have the patience and ability to scan >400 hotels and read innumerable articles and pick exactly the things we both will love to do. Food, drinks, I plan it all!!!
    I am also good at knowing where everything is in my house. My husband can ask me where our seldom used xyz item is and I can straight reply “guest room, first cupboard, drawer on the right, under my party clutches”. Blows his mind. Every. Time

  78. Sara says...

    I love public speaking and can be quite the “performer” given the right opportunity. This is not part of my job at all. I am a small woman with a pretty conservative physical appearance and also have a talent for quite R-rated humor, and this often delights newer acquaintances.
    On the other hand: I have a complete lack of sense of direction, am very clumsy physically, and am useless at planning more than 2 dinners in a row when I am at the store.

  79. Joanna Tsay says...

    I have very good long term memory, I have fairly detailed memories back to age 2. A knack for knowing whether a recipe will be good so people think I cook and bake really well but really I just find recipes and follow them. Whistling- I whistled the piccolo part to an a capella version of the Star Spangled Banner when I was in college. Doing impersonations. Seeing teeny tiny, I have 20/15 vision with correction. I give really good hugs and I can form slightly damp sand into perfectly spherical balls. I also have the measuring thing others have mentioned, one friend I have loves telling the story about how I drank too much and threw up into my glass and the glass filled up exactly to the top. Also the untangling thing.

  80. Little Miss says...

    ever since my sister gave birth to her twin boys (and i helped raise them until they were 3 yrs old) i can estimate weight for almost anything pretty acurately.
    i just compare everything with how it felt holding a premmy (1,900Kg) and holding a 10Kg one-year old baby ;)
    i can also estimate dimensions pretty well.
    aaaand the best talent….even if i do say so myself….i make the best fries!with the perfect amount of oregano!

  81. Beverly Something says...

    I’m really good at guessing the voice of celebrity voice-overs in commercials. Sometimes it’ll be pretty obscure celebrity or a more indie actor and my mom will be like “who??” The most recent one I guessed for my mom was Mark Duplass and her response – after I explained who Mark Duplass is – was “ope. you’re so good.” (this is the same response to my wheel of fortune skills, but those aren’t so secret.)

    I have a really good long-term memory (but not for useful stuff) and sometimes it comes off as a bit creepy. I remember really specific and random things from parties and school (even preschool!). As I’ve matured, I’ve become better about letting things go and not fighting people on their memory vs. mine, but it’s still kinda hard for me. Sometimes I discover I’m holding a grudge on behalf of a friend looooong after they’ve forgotten about it. “No, remember, you don’t like her. You had to ride with her to the Jazzercise Convention in Kansas City in 2012 and she couldn’t shut up about how much she wanted to get it on with Paul Ryan and you texted me the ENTIRE time about how awful she was.”

    Oh! I can also apply lipstick perfectly without a mirror. Even bright colors! Even when I’m drunk!

    Aaaaand I’m also really good guessing the plot of Hallmark Movies and romance novels based off their title and/or cover.

    Thanks, Jo, for providing a safe space for us to brag about our talents too weird to put in a dating app profile.

    • Loesie says...

      Hi Beverly! I adore your comments :) You sound like a wonderful person to hang out with (and watch Hallmark Movies with aka my favorite pastime when fall comes along until waaaayyyy after Christmas!)

  82. Em says...

    Planning trips (picking the best airbnbs, scoring reservations at crowded restaurants, having a sense for how much activity and how much downtime we’ll want, etc.)

    Being on time.

    Secondhand / thrift shopping, especially for clothes. I find the best deals!

  83. Jes says...

    I’m a pretty accomplished at spelling backwards. Although, I can’t really call it a secret talent… :)

  84. Regie says...

    No one has mentioned upside-down reading which is my super power. I walk up to a reception desk and read all the appointments upside down. I always spot my name right away. I can read whole pages of books fluently, upside down. Weird. I’m also good at remembering long numbers like credit cards and barcodes. And thumb war. Go for the base of the thumb.

  85. Schoff says...

    I can find anything. If my kids lose anything no matter how tiny I always find it. I found glasses in the woods in the snow,a lost croc in a river, TWICE!!!

  86. Amy says...

    When I was in school, I was awful in math. The only thing I knew by heart was the multiplication tables. Which actually helped a lot because now I can give you the after price of any discounted items within seconds. When shopping with whoever, they’ll say just say this is 30% off and bam! I’ll give them the final price. My family and friends think I’m a whiz at math and I guess I can say I am now too! LOL

  87. Neha says...

    I Fucking Love This!! Like tears in my eyes love this!!! I am sending you all a mental hug!!

    I am really really good at picking books for people… especially my nieces and nephews!! (The secret is if you get it right a few times it turns into a self fulfilling prophecy;) I am also good at smells, and have a fairly reasonable visual memory so can ‘see’ things in my minds eye when I go looking for them!!

  88. Lindsay says...

    Eek, mine’s a bit of a humblebrag but I’m strangely in tune with how long it takes me to do everything. I might need to dry my hair, check the mail, get gas, pick up snacks and go to bank all before my final destination and I still arrive there exactly on time to the minute! I’m just silly proud of myself every time I nail it.

  89. Katherine says...

    I’m really good at parallel parking. My husband and I hone that that is one of the reasons he married me.

  90. Heidi says...

    I write personalized zombie birthday greetings to all my Facebook friends. It’s quite a shock to some people who friended me thinking I wasn’t quite so weird. The zombies have a loyal following; people are disappointed if the zombies miss their birthday. (We always blame it on decomposition and the need to re-attach bits that kept them at home.)

  91. Anna says...

    BIRTHDAYS! I am good at remembering birthdays.

  92. Annie says...

    I can tell how much things weigh by just grabbing them and only be off by a couple of. Very useful when traveling and need to make sure we don’t exceed the limit. I also guessed my son’s birth weight to the t when he was born :) as soon as the nurse handed him to me I knew he was 7lb exactlu and I was right!

  93. Jolene says...

    What a fun thread! I love all the comments. At first I was sad because I couldn’t think of my secret talent, but I just remembered that I’m good with directions in a mall! Put me in a mall and my spidey sense will go “I think Zara is that way”. I’m almost always right. This only applies to malls unfortunately, I’m a hopeless navigator at other times.

    I’m also really good at scanning a restaurant menu and picking the most delicious thing. My Husband almost always has food envy! Now he just lets me order for us both.

  94. Liz says...

    I am really good with little babies. I have been known to calm even the fussiest baby.

  95. Greta says...

    I won a coke-drinking contest when I was 7 years old and I can still drink a huge cup of just about anything without taking a breath. I guess it is good that I don’t drink alcohol!

  96. Natasha says...

    My gift is coming up with just the right gift for a specific person and occasion. I enjoy it so much :)

  97. K says...

    It took me a while to think of this, but I think my talent is being able to explain words and concepts to my three-year-old in a way he can understand. There are SO MANY why and what questions at this age, and I am pretty good at coming up with explanations on the spot. Except the one time he asked me why the wind blows and I found myself down a Wikipedia rabbit hole reading about the Coriolis effect hours later.

  98. Michelle says...

    I’m secretly good at guessing the price/cost of anything. I’ve also always wanted to test this odd skill on the The Price Is Right.

  99. Greta says...

    I can always pick the best watermelon! People are always raving over the ones I pick. I could share my three step method, but then I wouldn’t be the secret best anymore. ;)

    • K says...

      Please share!! Your secret is safe with us!

    • Rita says...

      Please, I live across the Atlantic and will not tell a soul, promise!

    • Stephanie says...

      I was going to say the same thing! I also use a three step method. I’ll keep your secret safe!

  100. Jacqueline says...

    I can tune out background noise at will! Loud coworkers, crying babies, open floor plan offices… nothing bothers me! (The flip side is that I have a hard time actually listening, like for example I don’t know the lyrics to any songs because I just don’t hear them!)

    • Verónica says...

      Wow. I started out being super jealous. Tune out sounds like a fantastic talent. I cannot do it for the life of me. But then you explain how it’s possible for me to remember all lyrics. Cause I listen. To. Every. Thing. I’m not sure I’d want to give that up. But this gives me pause. Hmmmm.

    • Laurel says...

      This is my husband and both of my sons. I feel like they are all wearing invisible noise cancelling headphones haha.

    • omg how??? this would be so helpful for me.

  101. Charli says...

    I am fantastic at cooking a meal from whatever is left in the fridge/freezer/pantry between shopping trips. I love it. It’s a challenge! Like a mini-Iron Chef or Chopped. I always attribute it to my mom and her ability to make the best of what was available. It’s a useful skill!

  102. Kim says...

    I can mirror write- backwards, in script.
    Also really good at figuring out the exact size that’s needed to package things up, whether it be leftovers, stuff to put in a box, etc- often to a chorus of “it will never fit!”

    • Ker says...

      You have my dream skill! I’m always putting away leftovers in non-optimal sized containers. But the odd time I get it prefect it’s like the angels are singing :-)

    • Genevieve M says...

      Haha that’s great – I’m especially bad at that!! Equally pick ones too small or too large

    • Jen says...

      My stepmom has BOTH of these special skills as well! She’ll upstage a waiter at one of those restaurants where they write on the paper tablecloth and is a marvel to watch putting away leftovers or packing a car trunk for a trip. Ha! They must be closely linked.

  103. Olivia says...

    I’m Maureen’s talent doppelgänger, but my other superpower is fridge clean-out meals. Twenty-year-old me would be bummed, but 35yo me loves it. I’m also super good at organizing pretty much anything.

  104. Makenzie says...

    I have this uncanny ability to always choose the PERFECT size tupperware for all my leftovers! It seems silly but it’s actually a very helpful skill! My roommates will call out from the kitchen, “Kenzie, come in here, I need you to tell me what size tupperware this will fit in!”

    • Ker says...

      You too! (Kim, above is the same.) I’m so jealous.

    • Eszter says...

      hahaha…. I love this :) such talent!

    • Bonnie says...

      I need you, Kenzie! I’m tired of washing extra containers because I guessed wrong and have to use more to cram in leftovers. No spatial ability whatsoever.
      Time, however, is my power. Usually within a five-minute window, middle of the night right. That gets me nothing.

  105. rachel says...

    I have great sense of direction and can back to somewhere if ive only been there once, and i can also “sense” north wherever i am. its calming.

    • Frances says...

      Me too!

    • Yulia says...

      Can you describe how it feels to sense north?

    • rachel says...

      like no matter where i am, in a building, outside, in a new place, driving, sitting, etc, I know what direction north is, even if i don’t have “mountains to the west” to guide me, its literally like i feel where it is at all times…. its crazy! My neighbor who has NO sense of direction is astounded by it!

    • K says...

      Yes, I would like to know what it’s like to sense North, too! Do you always notice where the sun is?

  106. I’m secretly good at hula hooping and can keep the hoop from falling for a really long time – I won a competition at college for being able to hula hoop the longest. Once I hula hooped my baby to sleep (the hoop made a sort of rattling sound like white noise) – she was lying on the floor on her mat and got tired of watching me lol.

    I’m also really good at vivid dreams and will sometimes dream that someone is pregnant and they are! I’m also a children’s book author and sometimes a perfect sentence will come to me in my dreams! Also once as a child I lost the key to my money box (I was really sad about it!) and couldn’t find it even though I had searched everywhere. One night I dreamt exactly where it was, woke up to check, and it was there! Cool, huh?!

    (Also my husband is hating on this thread while I’m loving it!!)

    • Molly says...

      Gotta tell you, loved reading this! Totally random stuff which cracked me up.

  107. Caroline says...

    Names! For some bizarre reason I remember names really well. Like I can easily recall the name of someone that an acquaintance referenced once in a conversation months/years ago. The other day a new friend said “the guy I work with” and I offhandedly just said “Adam or Chris?” and she looked so taken aback that I ended up apologising for having this weird memory for names, by listing everyone that she’d mentioned she worked with! I’m pretty sure I made it worse and now she thinks I’m stalking her. Sometimes I pretend I’ve forgotten someone’s name because I can tell that they can’t remember mine. But I always know!

    • Blandine says...

      That is one amazing super power! Keep it going.

    • Hanna says...

      I do that too!

    • Charlotte says...

      Yes, me too :) I also make people very uncomfortable when I remember bithdays that have been mentioned just once. That’s my secret talent ..

  108. Mackenzie Portwood says...

    I’m quite gifted at remembering my dreams. I’ll blurt it all out to my husband right when the kids wake us up and he is always surprised at the detail; what i was wearing, who ran for the police car first, or who texted whom. But I casually don’t mention the two people that find their way into my dreams on the refular- my first love at age 17, and my first best friend turned arch enemy. It’s crazy what the subconscious + memory can make you dream up!

  109. Emily says...

    I’m really good at cooking chicken. Frozen bag of chicken tenders? I can cook those babies just right so they’re, well, tender. I’m self taught.

  110. Julee says...

    I’m good at sensing the mood of a person or a room full of them;
    Have a great sense of direction, and I’m good at interior decorating (without really thinking about it much).

    • Sally Leach says...

      Same, with sensing the mood! This might seem like a weird question, but does your zodiac sign happen to be Cancer?

    • Charlotte says...

      Me, too! :)

    • Julee says...

      Sally, I’m an Aquarius so 🤷‍♀️

  111. Robin says...

    My husband has your talent too! I never have any idea what time it is – I can be wildly off – and I think he never quite believes that I really don’t know. And I feel the same way! How do you constantly track that in your head? Wild.

    • Lara says...

      Hilariously Judi Dench apparently also has this talent! There are stories of her entertaining the entire cast of Shakespeare in Love with it. A cool talent to have and an awesome cohort to belong to apparently!

  112. Sarz says...

    Does drinking count as a skill?
    I’m a petite, soft-spoken woman, and my adult libation of choice is whisky: neat. Every single person I’ve ever encountered at a party has been utterly flabbergasted by this. Am I supposed to drink a Sex On the Beach, or something? I know my fellow Scotch-loving females are out there somewhere. Until they invite me into their club, I’ll take some pride in helping to subvert the common notions of what a little gal should do. 😉

    • anne says...

      Join Women who Whiskey! It’s fun, and there are chapters all over the country now. There are great tasting events, and the nice of company of other whiskey-loving ladies! https://www.womenwhowhiskey.club

    • Ashle says...

      I am this! So glad we can start this club of 2 (and hopefully more…?) Bourbon preferred but most whiskey will do! I’m 5ft tall, small frame and this is my ride or die drink.

    • Alex says...

      I love whisky, too ;) and roll my own cigarettes. Some men find it awful, while others love it :D

    • Sarah E says...

      Haha Sarz! I’m not petite at 5’8” but I also love a single malt! Always neat. ☺️

    • Court says...

      Hello, fellow whisky lover! My old school mother-in-law is horrified that I drink any brown liquor at all. Much less neat :)

    • Sarz says...

      Whoa, there *are* others!
      I read Julia from WWW’s manifesto. It’s like she’s reading my mind. Until more Canadian chapters open, I’ll stand stand in solidarity with you all. With a “man’s drink” in hand, naturally. 😉

    • I love strong/intense beers – ipas, super dark beers, etc. Almost every time I order one at a restaurant, waiter says something along the lines of “I’m not sure you are going to like that one.” Like am I only allowed to order light
      beers because I’m a petite woman?

  113. Georgia says...

    I’m an ace 4 leaf clover hunter (and finder). I got 12 in July.

    • Cerises says...

      I am very impressed: I have NEVER found one!!!
      :-)

    • Franny says...

      Wow! My kids and I have been looking for one all summer. No luck yet!

    • Yulia says...

      GASP! Share your secrets! I didn’t even know this could be a skill?!

    • Blair says...

      My daughter would think you are a super hero! She is dying to locate a 4 leaf clover even though we tell her its bad luck to look for them. Good luck if you happen upon them. :)

    • mrk says...

      And I thought 4 leaf clovers were a myth!

    • Georgia says...

      Look at the other comments! Apparently there are lots of us! As some others have said – I think I’m just good at pattern recognition. I scan the ground and see one that looks different then I check it. Sometimes I get faked out by two clover stacked one on top of another masquerading as a 4 leaf. I think it’s easier to find them with the clover that have oval-ish shaped leaves rather than the heart shaped ones (heart shape is technically sorrel, not clover) because it’s easier to see the pattern (basically looking for 4 little scallops around the edges not 8).

  114. Kaitlin says...

    I’m not sure if this is a talent but I have a knack for sensing sexual tension. Often times, it’s way before the two people even realize it themselves. I love being right about this one :). My husband finds it very bizarre and magical lol

    I also remember all of the birthdays – if you’ve told me, I’ll remember!

  115. Beth says...

    I know exactly which Tupperware to use for leftovers so that it fits perfectly.

    I know how to stay calm in any emergency or stressful surprise.

    I can calmly deal with any insect or animal that no one wants in the house. Maybe this has to do with staying calm in emergencies?

    • Sarz says...

      Insect I can picture, but animal? That’s never been an experience I’ve had! You must be one of those Disney Princesses. 😉

    • Marci says...

      My mom had this skill too – we called her “The Bowl Master”

  116. I can correctly guess when something is done baking, I don’t even have to be in the same room and it’s like my body clock goes yes it’s done and 99% of the time the baked goods are perfect. I don’t set timers now when I bake and have learnt to rely on my instincts, it’s probably something to do with that I have been baking for as long as I can remember so it’s second nature now.

    • I can also remember faces and voices (not good with names) which scares people. I also remember weird facts about people which most of the time they had forgotten. I have a friend who I went to primary school with and we reconnected as adults and I can remember that we had to make up raps for music class and his was on suspense, he can’t remember that at all but he takes my word for it.
      If you ask me what I was doing in a particular month in a particular year I can probably tell you, but if you ask me what I had for dinner last night it will take me 5 minutes to remember.
      My dad and sister are great at telling whom will die in movies (they spent all of Jurassic World picking the next person to get eaten by the dinosaurs).

  117. Nicole says...

    I’m a crazy-fast reader and a pro at picking things up with my toes. But my favorite weird talent is a package deal with my husband. He can remember any street he’s ever been on, for his entire life. He basically has an atlas in his head. I can’t remember stuff like that at all, but if we’re in the middle of nowhere, and we have to GUESS the next turn, I’m always right. We’re a great navigation team!

  118. amanda nicoll says...

    i know right away, without counting in my head, how many letters there are in a word ….good for crossword puzzles. and i’m a killer table football player!

    • Paula says...

      that is amazing

    • Caroline says...

      Me too!!!! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who can do this, everyone I tell thinks it so strange! And also they almost always choose an 8 letter word to test me. Bizarre.

  119. Katie says...

    I am really good at pulling out the perfect amount of aluminum foil or parchment paper to fit a cookie sheet without sizing it up. It fits perfectly quite often. Love this fun post!

  120. pink says...

    i used to be able to get somewhere after getting there once–someone above called it navigating by feel.

    also, super great spatial reasoning. my husband doesn’t have it, and he can’t seem to accept that I do. after being wrong all the time.

    estimating how long something is going to take? my un-talent.

  121. Britney says...

    I can find four leaf clovers with little to no effort. I remember the first one I found in fourth grade. I playfully jumped over a patch of clover on the way to the bus and happened to glance down as I did it. As I glanced mid-jump, the four leaf clover stood out perfectly to me. I turned around, picked it up, and noticed a boy from my class staring in awe at what just happened. Since then I’ve found hundreds! When I was young I would press them in old phone books then sandwich them between sheets of contact paper.

    • Yulia says...

      I don’t know why, but this just brings to me tears in sheer amazement. I love, love, love your story from fourth grade.

  122. Erin says...

    I cut both of my boys’ hair…and I’m not a hairdresser. Never had one lesson! They like it at a particular length and I just trim it up every other week at home. Saves so much time and money.

  123. Caitlin says...

    WOW, I loveee this topic, will definitely be breaking it out at my next party. Also, I’m so impressed by all the skills here!! Wishing I could steal a few haha.

    I am a VERY good hunter/researcher of things (be it something you are trying to buy, or finding the perfect venue for an event, or the hidden gem at an estate sale). I also know all the words to basically any song I’ve ever heard (but often don’t remember the song title or singer!) and I can calm down any child between ages 2-3. It is my sweet spot.

  124. Sam says...

    I am very empathetic and my secret power is I can predict when someone will reach their breaking point, sometimes months in advance. This is both helpful and freaky.

    I attribute this power to 8 years of very competitive all girls education. The pressure to perform was insane and when you put that many high achieving teenage girls together, someone was always on the verge of a breakdown.

    The flip side of this power is I (usually) know my own limits and how much I can actually take on before I have to start letting things slide.

    • K says...

      this is amazing. I love all the psychology super powers. Like this, the guessing marriage and engagement dates, sexual tension, jealousy.

  125. Julia says...

    I’m really, really good at putting the glass screen protectors on phones with no bubbles. It’s a once-a-year talent, but it makes me so happy to see my bubble-free phone!

    • Steph Gilman says...

      I often wish I could like CoJ comments, like in a social media feed. Some of these super powers just REALLY deserve a good thumbs up or heart. (Like this one above ^) :)

  126. Azures says...

    When we go on big family trips (sister, parents, cousins…), I am the designated finder of restaurants using Yelp. I look at the reviews and the pictures, and then taking into account food preferences, hunger levels, budget, and distance from where we are, I pick. It’s almost always a winner!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that you take into account hunger levels!

    • V says...

      I have a near photographic memory of my pantry, spice cabinet, and refrigerator. Ask me about a particular ingredient when looking at a recipe and I can tell you not only whether we have it, but where it is located. I’m fairly confident my husband has come to abuse this power on a near daily basis…but my skill makes me feel good about myself, so I’m cool with it. I’m also a master of loading the dishwasher. I challenge anyone to fit more than I do and have it come out as nicely — really. Cheap thrills!

  127. Bernie says...

    I have an amazing memory for restaurant menus and meals!

    My other secret talent is rhyming and replacing song lyrics. I have a good ear for meter and rhythm and I can change the lyrics to almost any song on the spot to something that flows nicely, makes sense, and even rhymes. I’ve turned so many songs into songs about my 3 year old.

    • Ker says...

      Aww I love this. Nothing beats a personalized song. Your little one is lucky!

  128. cg says...

    I have a keen sense of smell, and I can fold fitted bedsheets really nice and neat, doing it held up in the air, not laid down on the bed or floor.

    When I was eating more cookies (trying to cut back on sugar) I used to be able to tell the difference by taste between a white vs. a pink frosted Mother’s Circus cookie without seeing them.

    I also like to believe that I have have a good “sixth” sense… I call it my spidey sense. I’m a teacher and a mom, so I think I’ve developed a knack for recognizing or sensing minute changes and being aware. Once I was giving a demo with my back to the studentss. Suddenly I said “Yeah, let’s put that away and follow along.” The kids gasped and exclaimed “Whoa!!! How did you know?!!!” I’m not actually sure what was happening behind me, but I just could tell by how the room sounds changed that someone was up to something.

    • RobberSoup says...

      The circus cookies! I love it.

  129. Heather says...

    I am a horrible driver – like really bad. If there is a curb within twenty feet of my car, I will no doubt nail it with a tire or two. However, what I lack in driving skills, I make up for with my parallel parking talents. I always manage to cut it just right, and BAM, I’m in!

    • Andrea says...

      Because you love finding the curb!

  130. Amanda says...

    I’m really good at finding stuff that people have misplaced. Their glasses, keys, wallets, phones. It’s like a puzzle to me – what were you doing and what are all the ways you could’ve misplaced the thing in the process?

    My neighbor once was walking by and when I asked “how are you?” she said she was frazzled because she lost her keys 3 days ago and tore her house apart but couldn’t find them. I told her to try the pockets of her heavier coats because it was cold earlier in the week, and there they were!

    • Caitlin says...

      Can we please be best friends? You could help me find all my lost belongings!!! (I. Lose. Everything.)

    • Sherry says...

      I should consider this my superpower as well instead of being so confused/annoyed as to why no one else in the family can find the lost things!

    • Amanda says...

      @ Sherry I mostly enjoy this except when it’s the zillionth time that my husband has “lost” something.

      90% of the time it’s right in front of his face.

  131. Emily says...

    I am really good at finding four-leaf clovers and heart-shaped stones without even trying, and I can wake up at whatever time I want in the morning without an alarm.

  132. I tell my students that my superpower is being able to see things up close. I am crazy near-sighted and without my glasses, I can thread a needle, read tiny print, etc. Not all that handy but a good way to subtly remind my students that if you own your weaknesses, they need not define you.

    Actual talents: parallel parking….anywhere, any car, any time. Thanks, Grandpa, Bud! And I can answer the questions of middle schoolers and no matter how off-topic the question, I can steer it back to U.S. History. I attribute this school to competitive high school debate.

    Thanks CofJo for such a fun read!

    • Josefine says...

      You sound like an awesome person!

    • Kat O says...

      I also share the talent of being able to deftly steer any off-topic comment or question back to the subject at hand haha! I’m a social worker and I used to work primarily with children with ASD and developmental disabilities, and I was always able to kindly and enthusiastically respond to their out-there contributions during groups and connect it back to whatever I was trying to teach :)

  133. Emily says...

    I’m very good at mirroring things – not just bird calls or people’s accents. I do this as a portrait artist. I can recreate images with pencil/charcoal, but only if it’s the *exact* same size as the reference image I’m working from…..I also have streaks of mirroring certain personality traits I like in people.

  134. Elisa says...

    I can untangle any snarl of necklaces and bracelets. It’s like meditation – I completely tune out the rest of the world and get totally absorbed in solving the knot. It’s so satisfying, and the perfect marrying of my love for puzzles and innate stubbornness.

    • China says...

      I am also really good at this! And it makes me so happy – there is nothing like that feeling when the snark of a thin chain comes loose and you know you’ll be able to untangle the whole thing :)

    • Julee says...

      I love doing this too! So calming.

    • Frances says...

      I was just about to post the same secret skill of getting out knots. I find it so satisfying and calming. And randomly I can only sing Christmas carols in tune….

  135. Allie says...

    I love this topic! I’m really good at planning parties even if they’re last minute! I also remember every meal I eat at a restaurant even years later which amazes my husband. And I’m also great with picking things up w my feet – my mom is too!

    • Caitlin says...

      Man, I would LOVE these skills. Want to come plan my wedding? Haha

  136. Suzy says...

    Finding the perfect restaurant in a new city! :)

  137. Reg says...

    I can perfectly whistle the beeps of appliances, like the three microwave beeps, laundry ding, electric kettle, oven timer.. My partner hates it. I’m also really good at parallel parking, picking up stuff with my toes, juggling a soccer ball, and recognizing faces (names, not so much!).

  138. I love this. I asked this question to a group of friends recently. It’s so much better than, “what do you do for a living?” My secret talent is that I know how to make balloon animals! I’m a hit with kids at parties! I can also taste anything and know what spices are in it. And I never a forget a face!

  139. K says...

    I’m really good at finding dollar deals at thrift shops, and binge watching TV (not sure if that’s a super power tho, lol).

    • Sarz says...

      Ah, a fellow skilled thrifter! Judging by the pouting reactions of everyone who asks me where I sourced my possessions, our patience/luck really *is* a superpower. 😉

  140. I have to same talent and un-talent as Joanna! I can almost always guess the time, also the number of hangers I need to grab out of the closet when folding laundry?? But I cannot retell a joke or funny story for the life of me without laughing too much for it to be funny.

    I also can remember the song lyrics to pretty much any song I hear more than once. I actually discovered this talent came in quite handy when my son was born. I had a secret cache of nursery rhymes/lullabies in my brain, who knew?

    One more, both my mom and I have a weird ability to know if someone is pregnant (sometimes before they even know!).

  141. jet says...

    I can talk to anyone. They call me at work when a defendant is getting upset or violent. I calm them down by talking them to death.

  142. Claire says...

    I am going to remember this question for family dinners when I want to change the subject from politics.

  143. I can cry on command. I can just let a tear roll down my cheek if I want it to, haha.

  144. Lynn says...

    I can close one eye at a time without squinching up the other eye or any other part of my face. Can do both the right and the left equally well. It looks kind of creepy and is extremely specific. As far as I can tell, this skill has no earthly use whatsoever.

    • Britney says...

      Like Lucille from Areested Development!!! There is one episode where she does it over and over and it absolutely cracks me and my husband up!! We always try to imitate it but never can get it.

    • Holly says...

      Lol! My husband can do this too, and we call it “doll eye” 😂

    • Kristie says...

      Hands up who is now squinting and fluttering your eyelids like mad trying to do this!! *puts hand up*

    • P says...

      I’m so confused- can’t everybody do that?? Do I have a previously unknown superpower?!

  145. Can remember places and how to get there and then can figure out how to get back to the destination without using a GPS. My husband’s family gets lost in a circle, so it has come in handy so many time.

  146. Beth says...

    I have a strange ability to remember birthdays and phone numbers of people from my past (but oddly not quite as good with present day); I remember faces and odd tidbits about people that they probably don’t remember ever telling me from years ago; I know where every random thing is in our house and at my work; I win the first time I play a game of any kind but then rarely win again after that.

    Years ago at a restaurant I used to work at a fellow waitress could uncannily tell you at any point of the night how many minutes were left in her shift. A friend of the family’s son (a bit like Rain Man) asks every person he ever meets what their birthday is, and every morning when he wakes up lists to his mom the roster of the day’s birthdays (ie, Beth’s friend Jaye that she introduced me to briefly once in 1996, etc)- he is 40 now and the list every day is quite long!

  147. I can pack a car or a cabinet with any amount of items. It is like real-life tetris. I can also find things easily even if they don’t belong to me. My partner is constantly asking me where he left his tools in our kitchen reno.

  148. C. says...

    Writing poetry.
    Making salsa.
    Picking out books for children.
    I sometimes can see people’s auras.

    • AD says...

      INCREDIBLE!

  149. If I know the lyrics of a song, no matter how fast paced or complicated, I can sing the entire thing using only the first letter of each word (ex: the first few lines of Wheels on the Bus would go: “t r o t b g r a r”. No clue how I figured out I can do (or if anyone in the world has the same strange ability??) but it but it’s fun to baffle friends with. 😆

    • Naomi says...

      I call these your everyday superpowers. Everyone has one. My husband can always find a parking spot, even in busy cities. Last year he found a spot for our rental only a block from our hotel in Seattle – for free! And I’m really good at giving gifts. Everyone should celebrate those random things they do exceptionally.

  150. Allegra LaViola says...

    I’m secretly really good at peeling off my underwear and flipping it from my foot into the laundry hamper. Useful in those moments when one is wearing less than sexy undergarments that just become a blur before jumping into bed!

    • AB says...

      Ha! This one sounds like it’s worth a try!