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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. Angie says...

    These comments! Love all these weird and wonderful talents. SO envious of the people who can remember names easily.

    My far less useful trick is: I can burp on command, like a big, huge belch. How I learned it, not sure (though perhaps from my father…) but it was a real gem in my crown of those weird kid tricks that are so fun to prefect and shock people with. In high school, I played Diana in a school play of Anne of Green Gables and it finally got its shining moment of glory during the scene when Diana gets accidentally wasted on Marilla’s raspberry cordial.

    • Ève says...

      OMG love the commitment to your role :)

  2. lauren says...

    My poetry idol @TriciaLockwood had an A+ variation on this question in a recent tweet:

    “who wishes to be in my commune, and what are the skills you will contribute, and what will you cook for us on thursday nights”

    (A: I’m a preternaturally quick study with useful crafts and I know a LOT about wildlife; the best vegetarian chili ever.)

  3. Ann says...

    I write excellent thank you notes and condolence letters.

  4. Kathy says...

    I instantly know where all bathrooms are located. I consider it my superpower. Sadly, my kryptonite is a line- I stop all lines from moving. Still worth it.

  5. Sarah Jane says...

    I’m a kick-ass parallel parker. The tighter the space, the better. 4 inches front and back? I’ve got this. (And no, please don’t offer to get out of the car and direct me. It throws the whole thing off.)

    Again with the innate spatial ability, I can draw a floor plan of pretty much any building I’ve ever been in. Went to your house when I was 10? No problem, give me a piece of graph paper and I’ll map it out, furniture and all. My architect wife thinks it’s uncanny.

  6. Lyn says...

    I can be listening to a random playlist of music and know what the next song will probably be, and what key it is in. Sometimes it freaks me out to know this.

  7. Althea says...

    I have really good spatial awareness (for lack of a better way to describe it). What does this translate to? I always pick the perfect sized Tupperware for the amount of leftover food – never too big or too small!

    • Natalie says...

      This is mine, too!

  8. Rosie says...

    I can tell you virtually every person I meet’s eye color. Don’t ask me their name, but the color of their eyes? I will remember and be able to picture them for years to come.

    • Angie says...

      my aunt can do this too! it’s crazy.

  9. Katie says...

    I am a very quick reader. I can’t really explain it, but it’s like I can look at a block of text rather than each word and understand it all. It’s weird, but very handy.

    I am also that person who can carry the conversation – you know, in meetings at work where everyone is silent, or at awkward dinners, or social occasions where there’s underlying drama – I can just chat, chat, chat. It has made my husband really lazy at it, and he always says thank you to me after such events haha.

    I also have a very good memory. Someone I barely know will be saying ‘oh I had a lovely red dress for your cousins wedding ten years ago, trying to think where I got it….’ and in my mind I’m like ‘Phase 8, it was 20% off and you got it at the Birmingham branch.’ HA!

    • Ana says...

      I read the SAME WAY. It is hard to explain, indeed.

    • Stephanie says...

      I feel like we would be friends in real life. Because I’m the exact same way on all 3 counts!

    • Elaina Swartzlander says...

      Yes! That is how I read. People look at me when I’m crazy when I try and explain it.

      Also +1 on the details. There’s a quote from a Taylor Jenkins Reid book where the protagonist describes that she remembers everything about a person (seeing someone she met once and knowing they were training for X marathon), but then has to dumb it down as to not freak them out (I think we’ve met before… weren’t you training for a race). I do that ALL the time :)

    • Mari says...

      Katie, I think we are the same person, haha.
      And I do that, playing it down my memory as not to freak people out!

  10. Brenna Finnegan says...

    On one of our first dates I boasted to my now husband that nothing I drop ever hits the floor. It doesn’t matter what the object is, or even if it’s slightly risky to catch it (a knife!), I have super quick reflexes and can always sense the perfect spot to grab it midair. I get a thrill every time!

    I can’t catch a ball if you throw it to me but I can catch anything that is falling:)

  11. D says...

    Despite not wearing lipstick until my 30s, I can pick a great lipstick color for anyone.

    • D says...

      Also really good at distinguishing colors as a whole. And I deal & play cards left-handed, though I’m a rightie.

    • Jessica Karen says...

      Well, we should be friends, because I can’t pick out a good shade of lipstick to save my life. This, to me, truly feels like a superpower!

  12. Laura says...

    I have a talent and fondness for mail art! I love sending weird, fun, loving, etc. greeting cards to friends and family and decorating the outside of the envelope with collage art. I usually try to send them something that relates to them or an event in their lives or whatever. I think receiving handwritten mail is sadly a dying art form and then decorating the outside just makes it that much better. My mail woman has seen some pretty interesting cards go out of my mailbox. We recently visited my in-laws in Wisconsin and they live on an old farm and she has a beautiful wildflower garden that she’s grown. She also has beautiful barn swallows that fly into their fields and barn in the morning and evening so I sent her a card decorated in flowers and barn swallows. I’ve always thought it’s better to receive something beautiful in the mail than just bills ;)

  13. Maddy says...

    I’m really good at stacking dishes in the drain! I can get an enormous sink -full of dishes all into one drain so I don’t have to pause and dry! This is a family skill, learned from Mom, and also from growing up with out a dishwasher. I always feel like it’s a work of art and balance when I’m through!

  14. Chrissy says...

    I can tell if there is even the very slightest difference between two colors, and can also name a specific color very accurately (i.e. “that’s not olive, it’s more of an artichoke green). I actually have heard some people see more colors – tetrachromat, maybe? And have wondered if I might be one of the few. My colorblind husband likes to argue about colors with me, knowing my superpower, and will always argue back with “I’m a tetrachrome, ok? You wouldn’t understand”

    • Emily says...

      Loading the dishwasher! It’s my favorite puzzle to solve. My mom is really good at it too, and sometimes I imagine we’re a mother/daughter team on a game show and if I can get just one more tupperware container in, we’ll win first prize

  15. Caitlin says...

    These are all so fun ! Mine are that *I can sense when I’m about to see someone I know. It will often be someone I haven’t seen in a long time and have no reason to expect to run into but I will get a strong sense of that exact person and then see them within hours (big city, small town, happens all over!). I feel like I’m constantly saying “this is so weird, I was JUST thinking about you!” * I make a great pot of coffee and a beautiful salad *I am a SUPER. MOM. *I can always, always make my sister laugh
    Thanks everyone for sharing xo

    • Carrie says...

      I can sense when I’m about to see someone I know too and I hate it because I can terrible social anxiety- but *only* when running into people I know in public places. It’s the strangest thing.

    • Mel says...

      I can do that too! I sometimes wonder if I’m a little psychic?!

  16. Jen Collins says...

    I can tell by sight if something is not level or if the sides of things aren’t parallel or by touch if one side is thicker than the other, or paper is different thicknesses. This comes up in looking at my husbands woodworking where I can find the irregularities and when we print materials for marketing at work and the printer uses the wrong paper. Also can throw anything into a waste basket from most distances, regardless of the weight or size or composition of the thing I’m throwing.

  17. Paola Quintanar says...

    Somehow, I always know what container to use to storage any kind of liquid or leftovers… it is never too big or too small, and I never use cups or scales to measure anything…

  18. Jess says...

    Facial recognition and in particular, spotting celebrities on the street (I live in New York). I swear I can smell them from several blocks away ;). So far I’ve seen John Krasinski twice (once with Emily Blunt), Claire Danes twice (once with Hugh Dancy), Paul Rudd, Aziz Ansari, James Franco, John Slattery, Hillary Swank, Adam Sandler, and probably more that I’m forgetting. I never bother them, but it’s always exciting to spot them out and about :).

  19. BNR says...

    My superpowers:

    Disappear into a book for a day or as long as I have without looking up.

    Have a good, real conversation with anyone. People from of all ages, backgrounds, economic setups, and nationalities have told me I’m “easy to talk to.” I guess it is because I ask questions and am really just curious about other people’s lives and opinions, especially if they are different from mine.

    Oh and give me any vegetable and I can make you a delicious plate of pasta :)

  20. Katie says...

    I can guess the restaurant bill within pennies. And I swear I’m not calculating it, I can just sense the total! lol

  21. Maggie says...

    Since having a baby I found out that I am incredibly good at stacking things. A train, stacked on a ball, stacked on another ball, on top of a block… Who knew!

  22. J. says...

    -making a perfect grilled cheese sandwich
    -figuring out a new place quickly – figuring out the layout, knowing where the stores and restaurants are and where everything is in relation to me. My boyfriend is the opposite, I’ll say a street name in our newish (2 years) city to him and he’ll be like “where?? I have NO idea where that is.” He would literally be lost without me.

  23. Amy says...

    I’m really good at finding things – not super serious, life-threatening situations but your every-day annoying lost item. Especially contact lenses that have dropped on the ground. This is probably because I am COMMITTED and cannot see without them. I’ve learned from others various strategies for helping other members of my family and friends and developed a few of my own. Super handy. If I don’t find the item, they usually do. The best strategy I learned was to make the search a party – play music, relax as much as possible and let your mind free associate especially about the individual’s habits. I’m delighted to have this skill! I can also remember every person who gave us a gift for our wedding and the gift. Today is our 27th anniversary. People were so generous!

  24. jw says...

    I can make a decent meal out of the most random, nearly inedible leftover scraps of whatever odds and ends are in the house. We call it “savin.” The only downside is you can only ever have that meal once. Its impossible to re-create a “savin” dinner.

  25. Liz says...

    Ok, this is random and may gross some people out, but I can pee freakishly fast. My aunt used to say I ‘pissed like a racehorse’. I once declared this in line for the port-o-potty at Jazz Fest in New Orleans and received a round of applause when I exited the restroom. Now I use this superpower to pump up everyone in long bathroom lines; at Disney, concerts, parades, etc. I’ll walk up to the line of miserable faces with full bladders and say something like “Alright y’all, we can do this! And if we can’t do it, WE’LL STORM THE MEN’S ROOM!” That usually lightens the mood and gets people moving :D

  26. I am amazing at getting knots out of necklaces and I have an uncanny knack for picking out clothes at stores I want and they magically are on sale :) These are all so fun to read!

  27. H says...

    I just overheard my mom telling someone how I can always make space in the fridge! 🙂 also, guessing what mental space people are in- worried about work, or thinking about family, or about dinner. I surprise people by asking about the exact think they were thinking about, even if we were talking about something completely different a minute ago.

  28. Loren says...

    I always remember the expiry dates of the perishable food items in the fridge. I also remember the price of most grocery items.
    🤷🏼‍♀️
    Not sure why and wish I could transfer this memory space to other things.

  29. Jackie says...

    I could be on the Olympic ‘flip-cup’ team- if only one existed!

  30. A says...

    I have the uncanny ability to know, before any announcement, when a woman is pregnant. I am usually always right.

    • Roxana says...

      Haha! Same here! I call it “prego-dar!”

  31. Steph says...

    Falling asleep quickly! 😂 I also can shower really fast and pick things up with my toes. You know, only the really important stuff.

  32. Susie says...

    I can write upside down and backwards – with my right hand … even though I’m left handed.

    I can also read upside down very easily….this comes in really helpful when reading through documents with clients.

    • K says...

      whoa! That’s kinda like me. I AM left-handed but I write with my right-hand after being “converted,” and my regular left-handwriting has become really deliberate and slow. But writing backwards right to left, with my left hand, it just flows. I don’t think I can’ really write upside down, though!

  33. I can immediately tell if a word is misspelled. It has something to do with how my brain connects letters and colors, so when a word isn’t spelled correctly, the colors are off. Same with how I can memorize number sequences really easily. Made working at the library in high school a dream ;)

    • Sarah says...

      Hi! It sounds like you have synesthesia! The number/letter + colour kind is called ‘grapheme synesthesia’. I do too – it’s super handy for remembering number strings, checking for errors, and it generally makes life pretty fun! I thought everyone had this until I realized in university that it was kinda just me. Some people even get specific tastes when they hear certain sounds or they smell in shapes. I seem to taste wine in shapes. My sense of taste/smell isn’t very strong so while other people will be commenting on the cherry, tobacco and whatever flavour in the wine, I’ll be like “well, the wine is kinda rectangular with rounded edges”.

    • Yes! I too discovered this in college when I was talking to my mom deciding between two majors in the same field, and I told her how this one major was just all blues and greys and this other major felt more red and magenta, and my mom looked at me like I was insane! Promptly Google followed and here we are today.

      I’ve also heard people see time as distance in space (sounds awesome) and seeing colors with music is pretty common. I love the wine for you though! Next time I’m tasting I’m going to have to explore that and see what happens :)

  34. Anna says...

    Playing and composing music! I have been obsessed with it since I was a toddler and started taking lessons when I was six. I can pick up nearly any instrument and get myself to a fairly advanced level in a matter of weeks. Playing and listening and seeing all the patterns in music makes me SO incredibly happy. (Is that weird?!). :-)

  35. Kathy T says...

    Great at jigsaw puzzles! Not exactly a life saver, but still…

    • Jessica says...

      Me too!! I could do them for days on end!

  36. Diana says...

    – I can tune a guitar, although I don’t know how to play it.
    – I can guess the date of period clothing (18th to 20th century) with 5 years margin of error.
    ;)

    • Abigail says...

      These are by far my two favorite – incredible.

    • Diana says...

      Thank you Abigail! it’s just a pity I don’t put them in use (specially the second one) hahahaha. Have a great day!

  37. Martini says...

    I’m good at organizing.

    I’m good at correctly guessing Final “Jeopardy”.

    • Sarah says...

      Me too, Martini!

  38. Midge says...

    If you tell me a secret about someone (her kid got into the college she wanted/ they’re getting divorced/ she quit but nobody knows yet), and then you are there when the person tells me the secret directly, I will respond to them so genuinely that you will wonder if I’m the person you told.

  39. C says...

    I’m a super recognizer! I literally never forget a face and can always recall where I have seen it. It’s always a fun challenge for myself when watching a show or movie and there’s an actor that I KNOW I’ve seen before. Usually it comes right away, but sometimes my brain will work on it for a few minutes. I imagine in my brain are hands sorting quickly through a file drawer, *flit-flit-flit*, looking for the right file, then EUREKA!

  40. Kylee says...

    When my kids were babies they were, and still are, light sleepers. I became ninja-like sneaking out of their room at night and can close their doors without making a sound. Super-power? Maybe not, but it has kept me from having to go through the bedtime routine over and over.

  41. Hannah says...

    Oinking! Most people go for the snort, but I know the secret is letting it come from the throat, rather than the nose =]. My friends and I host an annual talent show amongst ourselves and it’s easily what we wait all year for. I oinked the first year, though it now being our eighth year, we are all out of legitimate talents! We make something up or have an excuse to add something new to our reportoire.

  42. Ramune says...

    I can pour/distribute wine perfectly evenly between glasses without looking.

  43. Chia says...

    Twirling the perfect amount of pasta on a fork -using NO SPOON, just the plate and twirling. Perfect amount for a satisfyingly good bite with no loose ends; any type – angel hair, spaghetti, linguine, fettuccini … I die a little inside when I see someone cutting their pasta in half with a knife – I think I can actually hear the pasta screaming in dispair.

    P.s. I SO wish I was a 4 leaf clover finder too!

  44. spark says...

    Rude teenager, angry prisoner, furious parent – don’t worry I’ll be able to make you feel better. My super power is my ability to relate to people that most would dismiss. I don’t know why because I am not particularly patient or kind but somehow when I am with a person who needs a little kindness and love, I have buckets to give. It hasn’t been a skill I developed, I’ve just always had it. Very useful in my role as a teacher in high schools and in prisons. It is weird because I still get road rage, am easily annoyed waiting in supermarket lines and have little patience with people who talk in cinemas.

    • K says...

      I can relate! I think it’s something about our experiences, that make us root for the underdog. But just because we’re empathic for the “left out” doesn’t mean we’re always patient–I get annoyed about those things you mentioned as annoying, too!

  45. Nicole Parker says...

    I always know when the timer is about to go off on the microwave or oven without looking. I’ll stand up and walk toward the kitchen and then… “beeeep!” It could be popcorn for two minutes or a roast for two hours. I just know.

  46. Débora says...

    I’ve never made a selling mistake in my entre life (I’m a native Spanish speaker). Can’t remember a single spelling rule from elementary school but still. =)

    • Débora says...

      Hahaha *spelling (blame the autosuggest)

    • Neela says...

      Hahaha

  47. Beena Thomas says...

    I will remember your birthday if you tell me just once :)

    • Harriet says...

      September 19

  48. Allie says...

    I’m basically a master at ordering Chipotle for my family of five. It used to intimidate me to order there because everything is so fast and involves several people. Now I feel so proud shouting down the line that my third burrito from that end needs a side of cilantro and please make sure the chicken tacos only have half the amount of rice and beans as normal. I’m like a machine.

    • Katie says...

      This is incredible, and I am envious. I tried to order two near identical burritos over the weekend and had a MELT DOWN. Bravo!

  49. Amy says...

    Mine is identifying and addressing miscommunications between other people! Constantly, coworkers will think they’re having a huge disagreement and I can see immediately where the misunderstanding happened and point it out so they can resolve the situation.

    • Laura says...

      I have this one too! I call myself the english to english translator.

  50. Neela says...

    I was reading through these comments for ages, feeling thrilled by everyone’s supertalents, and a bit sorry for myself that I didn’t seem to have one- then! I remembered that I’m really good at drawing in Pictionary! My team always guesses my clues super quickly. Once I drew a ‘shipwreck’ blindfolded and my team guessed it correctly in less than 5 seconds.

    • Sarah says...

      Neela, I feel that we are cut from the same cloth! :) I had a hard time thinking of one too (only thing I came up with is I’a a very vivid dreamer), but now realize I’m also good at drawing in Pictionary!

    • Neela says...

      Snap! I also have amazing adventure dreams!

  51. Naomi says...

    Packing too!! Bags for holidays, the car when we go camping, the dishwasher…..I am really not spatially very aware in many ways but can make the most of a suitcase or boot of a car, no bother!

    Like others I would love to be good at conversation. Always value the CoJ tips on this. But you’d probably still find me hiding in the kitchen, probably packing the dishwasher, at a party…….

  52. Sara Campbell says...

    I am incredible at recognizing voices. Any random ad, radio jingle – whatever. If I’ve ever heard the voice before I instantly figure it out.

    Freaks my husband right out.

    • JenniferfromAustin says...

      Ha! Me too, Sarah!

  53. Liz says...

    Natural super-talents aside, I spend every summer learning a new (little) skill/talent/trick. Three months is somehow perfect to focus on learning and practicing something small, and then you have it forever.

    My favorite acquired secret talents to date: moonwalking & solving a Rubik’s cube!

    • Katie says...

      I love this!!

    • Reg says...

      Such a great idea!

  54. Tovah says...

    Packing! I’m great at both item selection/coordinating clothing pieces and fitting everything into the suitcase.

  55. I’ve long ago mastered the opening of pouched drinks, like Capri Suns. I always volunteer to do it when I see almost everyone struggle with them. Apparently it’s a talent!

  56. Mia says...

    I find four leaf clovers all the time! While I’m walking the dogs, in between classes, and even running and biking as well. I have no idea why – maybe because I spent every recess in first grade looking for them ? – but for some reason my brain recognizes the pattern of the leaves and they just seem incredibly obvious. It’s a wonderful conversation starter, to give a random person a four leaf clover or shock a friend! At this point I have far more than 7 years of good luck stored up

  57. G says...

    I’m also weirdly good at guessing the time! Also good at: soothing nervous animals and children, and making risotto. And if someone panics, I instantly get calmer no matter what situation (missed train, fire, you name it – I’m suddenly able to deal with it to help them out).

    The random skill I would like most is making conversations with strangers. I spend so much time wracking my brain for topics – I often brought a newspaper to dates with a school boyfriend (we both studied politics) so I knew we’d have something to talk about! It comes effortlessly to lots of my friends and family (and CoJ commentators it seems!) and I’d really love that skill.

  58. Christi says...

    I don’t necessarily think I have one, but my mother can literally keep any house plant alive. Even when you think the plant might be at its last leg, somehow it comes back. Right now, an orchid she’s had for several years has completely grown a new set of leaves halfway up the stem. Weird!

  59. J. says...

    I am strangely good at knowing, from far away and with usually no context, when someone really needs a bit of extra love and sunshine in their day. Most mornings, I send a quick text to someone (a former roommate, old coworker, my mom’s best friend from work, best friend’s younger sister I met at a bachelorette party, guy who sits next to me at work) telling them I’m thinking about them, that I hope they have a peaceful and wonderful day, and something that made me think of them (a song, a poem, a picture) and why I’m grateful for them. I don’t know how I know– the names will just pop into my head!– but people always seem highly overwhelmed with “you had no idea how much I needed that today/this week.” Maybe it’s just because it’s always wonderful to hear that someone loves you and is thinking about you and grateful that you exist! But my larger circle of acquaintances does joke that it’s uncanny how we could go weeks or months without talking and one of those texts will pop up from me right in the middle of something really horrible or annoying or scary or sad that made it feel a little bit better. So it feels like a good talent to have!

    • spark says...

      This is such a beautiful talent!

    • nora says...

      That is so lovely! I am reading through all of these comments, and all of this positivity is so uplifting <3

  60. Erin says...

    I can also pick up things with my toes. Super useful!

    For every memory, I can remember what I was wearing. It comes in handy for dating memories. More than once I’ve settled a family dispute over what year it was when X happened by saying something like “I was wearing my pink sweatshirt with the blue palm tree that we got from the [vacation location] gift shop sidewalk sale in ’93 but the blue suede shoes that only fit for the last half of 4th grade. So It had to have been Spring of ’94.” And at this point, they all know I’m right. I’ve been proven correct with photo evidence too many times to argue.

    When my husband reminiscences about our first date, he always says I looked good in the outfit I was wearing – only he remembers the outfit I wore on our second date, not our first. I corrected him once early on, but now I just let him enjoy his memory.

  61. Sara M says...

    This makes me think of when I was little and my mom would ALWAYS come to me when she was sewing and ask me to thread the needle for her. She would always comment to me that “you are just SO good at it, no matter how tiny! You are my needle threader.”

    Something about it made me feel like it was my super power, even though I wouldn’t say it is something I am better at than most people. My heart would always swell with pride… I feel my heart glowing now just to think of it. I think I need to highlight these secret talents for my kids… it’s like a sweet little love note I can give them!

  62. Grace says...

    I make an amazing cheeseball. I can pick out vintage clothes from the rack when thrifting. I write beautifully in cursive. I paint my nails so well that they look professionally done (courtesy of the ELF concealer brush dipped in pure acetone).

    • Dana says...

      I am going to try the brush trick for painting nails. Thank you.

  63. Jody says...

    I am very good at Minesweeper! I played all the time as a kid and broke the records on pretty much any computer I played on. I don’t know anybody who still plays, but I play it on my phone pretty regularly :)

  64. Anon A. says...

    Writing compelling, erotic fanfiction 😂. Almost none of the close people in my life yet know this about me. But I seem to have a natural knack for (and love for) it. I somehow have thousands of readers in over 50 different countries all over the world, but it’s a secret in my everyday life! It’s opened up a whole new creative outlet for me and has been a very healing experience. Maybe someday it’ll transition into writing my own work.

    • Jeannie says...

      This is freaking AWESOME, and hilarious in the best way.

    • Anna says...

      I love this comment!!! Must be such a fun secret to have! :-)

    • Sarah says...

      I secretly *read* fanfiction and I’d like to say thank you for writing it well! Now I’m wondering who you ship and what you write!

    • Anon A. says...

      Thanks, Jeannie, Anna, and Sarah! Sarah – so appreciate your comment. (And it’s nice to know some other Cup of Jo readers are also into FF!) Mine is a bit of a controversial ship, but I’ll say that the fandom is Harry Potter. Fanfics certainly range all over the quality spectrum – but man, I’ve read a few that are novel length and as beautifully and profoundly written as any of my favorite pieces of literature. It blows my mind that a community like this exists that allows for work like that. I just read one of that type of epic, high quality written by an oncology nurse – how cool is that??

  65. Hilary says...

    I’m an amazingly good parallel-parker! Like, I can s-l-i-d-e my car into a spot that everyone else in the car is adamant I should pass by in favor of a larger spot. It’s my super power.

    I’m also really good at taking care of other people’s little kids. My own little humans are now 7 and 10, so I’m out of the baby/toddler phase. That means that I miss the sweetness of those years (fully aware of how LONG AND HARD they can be). So now I get to swoop in and be the fun-aunt character who volunteers to hang with friends’ babies so they can rest or shower or go on a date. I love the kids, and they seem to love me back! It’s a triple win…and also makes me feel like a super hero!

    • Laura says...

      I have a 5 week old and 20 month old, both as sweet as can be! Can we be friends?😉

  66. KC says...

    These comments are gold! I am exceptionally great with absolutely useless trivia. You’d think this would make me helpful at trivia nights, but nope, can’t perform under pressure! The bit of knowledge that freaks everyone out comes from my obsession with the national park system and visiting every state in the US — I can tell you about almost every major-ish tourist destination in all 50 states. I’m such a nerd! But I’m definitely the nerd you want planning your vacation, haha!

    I’m also kind of clumsy, and drop things all the time, but I have very quick reflexes and catch everything before it can hit the ground/table/etc. This does not translate to athleticism, unfortunately!

    • G says...

      Yes KC! I have remarkably quick and accurate reflexes if I’m not expecting something, but if someone’s deliberately throwing me a ball, I miss it every. single. time. The athletic potential that’s been lost :D

  67. Summer says...

    I was all “I don’t have any” until reading these comments:

    – freakishly good at remembering dates/numbers. Creeps people out, but kind of fun. For example, Reese Witherspoon’s daughter, Ava, was born on 9/9/99. I always thought that was cool, even back then. But see? Kind of creepy, too.

    – great parallel parker and driver in general. One time, received applause when I walked into a restaurant. Apparently others had tried that space, but I was the only champion!

    – know all the useless facts, especially if it has to do with American history…I guess a lot of mine have to do with memory, but it’s a great conversation starter.

    – speaking of memory: like Caroline, I also know all the lyrics to all the songs of all time. :P However, I take it a step further and can basically turn any sentence into a song at any given time. I’m basically Weird Al. I think my husband found this annoying at first, but now we duet.

    – I’m also really, really good with people (even though…shhh…I’m really an introvert and would probably rather be alone). I can find something in common with anyone, make friends easily, keep in touch, tell when someone’s feeling left out, etc. I didn’t realize this was a skill until recently, but it really is.

    • Meg says...

      Duet 😂😂😂

  68. Haylie says...

    This thread is amazing! Mine are both word-oriented: I can spell anything forever once I’ve seen it written out once, and I am uncannily good at guessing the word you’re trying to think of, the one that’s right on the tip of your tongue. The funny thing is, because I’m good with words, you’d think I’d be good at games like Boggle or Scrabble, but I’m actually *terrible* at them. It seems like a completely different skill to me. That’s what makes all these talents so fascinating: they’re so hyper-specific and rooted in particular contexts!

    • Capucine says...

      This. All these women, hundreds of them, sharing their secret gifts, when every one probably feels less-than trying on jeans! Take that, worthless feelings!

      My girlfriends insist mine are:
      – Remembering outfits people wore decades later.
      – Remembering names of forest plants.
      – A bionic sense of smell.
      – No-holds-barred enthusiasm over people’s good news.
      – Pulling a song from memory to match any phrase.
      – Knowing the fiber content of any clothing by touch (my mom is a textile artist so frankly this is more of a learned skill).

      But I would say, my secret ability is psychic-level intuitive abilities. Very handy, and anguish inducing, and a defcon five secret in my life until recently because who has forgotten the burning-at-the-stake times?

  69. Patrice says...

    I’m not jealous and I’m genuinely excited and happy for other’s success, happiness, good fortune, etc.
    I’m naturally curious and enthusiastic which I’ve found really lifts up other people.
    At first I could only think of things I’m not good at so thanks for the inspiration to think of the positive in myself! As usual I’m inspired by the women here.

  70. Amy says...

    I can recall any event, memory or person based on what they were wearing. And I remember every Bachelor/Bachelorette contestant’s name and every drama/love connection they’ve had. That one is a sickness lol

  71. Caitlin says...

    I’m a great hugger.
    I know that’s a weird thing to pride yourself on, or even be aware of, but I have had so many people say that I gave them such a nice hug, and friends that also get excited when they get to hug me!
    I think the thing is, no matter who I am hugging, I usually give them a whole body hug, not a stiff arm. If it is someone I’m not close to, it will be really, really brief, but still warm and not stiff, and if it’s with a close friend, it will be a long squeeze.

    • S says...

      Omg, this! I am a whole body hugger too. Which sounds creepy but isn’t. Obviously you don’t want to overdo it. But I have many people say “omg, you give great hugs”. And I fully credit my dear friend for introducing me to this super power (I did not come from a huggy family).

  72. Emily H says...

    My superpower is remembering all lyrics to every song I’ve ever heard – and I can also remember melodies and pinpoint them. When we were first dating, my husband was listenting to “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin and I told him I thought Pearl Jam had covered that song. He, being in love with both Zeppelin and PJ, told me that they absolutely had not. I hadn’t really listened to either band much, so I just forgot about it. He eventually came across an article where Eddie Vedder said that PJ basically stole the melody for “Given to Fly” from the Zeppelin tune. They sound exactly the same to me, and my husband was astonished I could pick out the similarities – these were 2 of his favorite bands (and favorite songs), and he had listened to both for years and never noticed.
    I also got us out of an escape room by figuring out the melody of Yankee Doodle with only 4 notes played on a xylophone. Super random talent, but handy sometimes I guess.

  73. K says...

    I wish I could simply heart a comment because so many of these make me 😻

  74. Oneida says...

    Okay, wow, I’ve tried to read so many of these comments, because they are GOLD! But…First of all, I’m amazed at how many people are good at finding four-leaf clovers! I feel like that is such a random thing yet many people have commented with this. And second…am I the only one who didn’t know that they were real? I thought they were a fun, magical thing, like unicorns or leprechauns. Am I living under a rock? Or is this an elaborate and incredibly awesome prank that commenters somehow got together to make me believe in four-leaf clovers (and other magical things)?

    • Mindi says...

      Oh my gosh, not an elaborate prank! :) This very much reminds me of an episode of This American Life in which a woman shares about the time she was hanging out at a party and asked if unicorns were endangered or extinct…she had always believed unicorns were real, and no one corrected her. That said, I’ve never found a four leaf clover myself!

    • Bonnie says...

      Ha ha ha!! I remember finding four-leaf clovers only one day in my life – approximately 10 minutes after my uncle had told all us kids that he’d pay a dollar to anyone who found a four-leaf clover, merely to get us out of the mix of things in the house. He had no idea, but somehow he had a small patch of them in his front yard and we kept running inside for yet another dollar…then he started keeping the ones we picked, thinking we were using the same one and scamming him! Nope – just a lucky patch! :) He was our jokester uncle, so that was one time the joke was on him.

  75. pink says...

    I’m convinced I have a kind face–you must too!
    People ask me for directions all the time, even when I’m a visitor to the place (but given my own internal compass/powers of observation/needing to have figured out the route/direction myself, i can usually tell them!).

  76. Karen says...

    I used to teach preschool many years ago, ( now I’m a nurse). My super power is I can look at anybody and see who they were at 3 years old, no matter their true age. When I talk to their inner 3 year old, I’m talking to who they really are. It makes me a better nurse.

    • Summer says...

      This is so beautiful! What a wonderful skill to have.

    • Wink says...

      What a beautiful super power, Karen! I am convinced that if we could all communicate with each other’s inner three-year-olds, we’d achieve world peace!

    • Erin says...

      Wow, that’s wonderful. If only we could all do that.

      (I struggle to see the 3 year old inside my 10 year old – so it is a special gift).

    • Jessica says...

      Oh, this is beautiful. I love this so much.

    • Anna says...

      This made me feel so warm inside! What a beautiful skill.

  77. MB says...

    My husband has the most amazing ability to guess ANY present he is receiving, even if he hasn’t even been near it to see it’s shape in a shopping bag or wrapping paper, etc. He just KNOWS. I remember calling him when we were first dating and telling him I got him a present and he said “oh you got me a board game.” I was so shocked as we had NEVER even mentioned or discussed board games before. How did he guess? But I came to learn from his Mum that he has had this uncanny skill since childhood when he consistently, correctly identified every present under the Christmas tree. Even if I just say I have an idea what I’d like to get him for his birthday he will say “oh new jeans and a bike and that certain chocolate” or whatever and he is exactly right! Haha
    His Mum wraps random things like bags of dried pasta in with his Christmas gifts to throw him off, but he still KNOWS. Amazing!

  78. Amber says...

    This is amazing! I love it.

    I have a few but the most unusual… is that I can close my nose so that when I swim I don’t ever get water up my nose. :)

    • Laura says...

      I wish I could do that, haha!

  79. Anna says...

    Love all these comments! My superpower is that I am really good at remembering faces and details. At a party, in a room full of people, I will know what everyone wore, number/shape of moles, who had chipped tooth etc just anything. Another superpower, people tend to trust me right away.

  80. Wink says...

    I am really good at accents. Like Meryl Streep good. In my former life, I was an actor, briefly, and this came in handy. Now that I’m not, it can sometimes infiltrate in unintentional ways. I have a sharp ear and will pick things up Mina-bird style without meaning too. I can’t tell you how often I’ve embarrassed myself (or my family) by unwittingly falling into the accent, intonation and even *mannerisms* of whomever I’m talking to. I sort of feel like Zelig, if anyone remembers that movie. The more I think about it—is this a talent or a liability?!

  81. Nicole Taylor says...

    I’m great at falling asleep…. I can do it anytime, anyplace… In college I could take a nap with all my roommates chatting and listening to music. And….. I’m also great at waking up. I’m awake in less than a second. Both great sold to have as a mom and as someone who enjoys travel.

  82. Becky says...

    Whenever any of us doubts ourselves or worries we aren’t enough, let’s think back on these comments. They are the most amazing, self-affirming celebration of what makes us all so perfectly human–and I can’t stop smiling at the beauty and genius happening here. High-fives to you all.

  83. Kristen Solecki says...

    I never forget a face or a name of anyone I have met or have seen in a movie, tv show etc. My husband calls me a human imdb. This trick came in handy when I worked as a preschool teacher. Kids would be devastated if you did not remember their names instantly after being introduced (in a school of 60+). I always could remember them and was able to make new students feel at ease.

  84. m says...

    I’m really good at handshakes. Really strong and confident, even if I’m sometimes not. Men are particularly impressed, like they didn’t expect a petite woman like me to have that strong of a handshake.

  85. Clare says...

    These are all such a joy to read! I feel compelled to contribute my skills! Like many of the other ladies on here, I have a super strong sense of direction. It often feels like an internal compass swiveling in me throughout the day, keeping me oriented on the four directions even in a new place. I am also excellent at exercising dogs. I take a 110%-effort approach because there is nothing more satisfying than knowing your dog is pooped and she’ll be resting at your feet for the afternoon; I maximize every second of the workout with high energy and little games. I also have an expansive vocabulary and delight in finding unusual ways to express things, which often surprises my companions and they tell me it makes them happy, so that’s always a win! Last but not least, I’d say that I am very good at doing dishes by hand, but the real gift here is that I LIKE IT. It is calming and satisfying to me, easily my favorite chore. Sometimes when I am at other people’s houses I’ll do their dishes just cuz. It is an easy way to do a nice thing that I actually enjoy.

    A thought for the COJ team: I wonder if you have ever considered adding a “like” or “heart” button to the comment system so that we can react to/celebrate/applaud each other’s comments in an easy, positive way? So often when reading this blog I want to give at least half of my fellow commenters a high-five or in some way tell them I am totally on board with what they wrote, without typing a full-blown response which would probably just be something like “i love this!” and which would take all day because I LIVE for this comment section. Does that make me lazy? I also definitely know that “like” buttons are a somewhat problematic spawn of social-media culture and are not necessarily healthy in digital community spaces given the sense of competition they create, so I totally respect if you guys are like “no thanks, this is not Instagram.” Fully agree. I just wish there was a way to give all these commenters a little love! :) Thanks for the wonderful post.

    • Amy says...

      I’ve gone through this full internal conversation myself and I def would have hit the heart button on your comment straight away! Holler for the handwashers- it’s so satisfying?

    • Samantha says...

      <3

  86. Erin says...

    I’m really good at recognizing when movies and music videos are from 1987. I don’t know what it is about that particular year- the type of perms, the big earrings, the style of music, etc. but I always know, haha!

    I also have really good scent memory. I can remember what people and places smelled like decades later.

    • Fernanda Abreu says...

      hahahahah Oh My God. I just love how random and wonderful this is.

  87. Pam says...

    I’m good at remembering all kinds of names.
    Related, I’m great a giving directions – strangers somehow know this and flag me down all the time to ask how to get somewhere, and no problem at all I can recommend a route and I know the street names too.

    I’m loving reading all these – what a diverse and talented group!

  88. Jen says...

    I am really good at reading aloud. I also have a knack for always remembering where and with whom I saw a movie, even from years ago. Flirting with Diaster, Neptune Theater, by myself. Chocolat? Guild 45th, with my folks and my husband! I saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding as a matinee at the Metro Cinemas with a co-worker on…..I could go on and on, even to the level of, nope, we didn’t see that one in the theater–but we did rent it and watched it on the DVD player in the bedroom! These are just a few examples, but this skill goes back to my childhood.

  89. ElleT says...

    I find four-leaf clovers. I filled a salad bowl with them once, as a bored child. I just look down and spot them. If I don’t, I know there aren’t any.

    I can also wiggle and shake my eyeballs, an excellent way to freak out people who insist on staring into my eyes.

    Then there are the curses. Decades ago, I put an “unhappiness” curse on our apartment when we were evicted and three couples who lived in it afterward broke up, including us, when we bought it and moved back in! I put a curse on that same ex’s car and it was stolen the next day. One summer, I put a curse on a very nasty guy who was verbally abusing my new boyfriend during a software lesson. He was swept away by a rogue wave in Rio that Halloween, never was seen again. I stopped using that super power. Too scary.

    • Jess says...

      Honey, I don’t mean to scare you off, but you’re a literal witch. I do the curses thing too (once, a girl from my highschool was really annoying me and I got fed up, merely looked at her and said “fall down now”, and down she went, for example), have very strong intuitive feelings if something great or terrible is about to happen, and the most surreal spiritual dreams.

      See?

      Witch.

    • Caitlin says...

      Omg, I can also shake my eyeballs! So can my mom and my twin sister. It was my one and only trick in elementary school. Good one! Hahah.

    • K says...

      OMG. I can’t even.

  90. Alyssa says...

    This is such a fun question. My list:
    -Public speaking
    -Directions (my mom loves and hates this about me)
    -Remembering where I know someone from. I am excellent with faces, less so with names.
    -I’m also like a super-hearer. I can hear the smallest, most minute noises. I think of this as a curse, especially at the movie theater. Every crunch of popcorn sounds like a bomb going off.

  91. chelsea w says...

    My grandmother used to take me to the library about twice a week when I was really young (I even got the “adult” library card). I would always pick up the dog breed books and basically memorize them… so one thing I’m really good at is seeing a dog, mixed or purebred, and 99.9% of the time guessing correctly what it is.

    I also have always entertained people by taking song lyrics and giving them new life that’s comical. Some of them are really funny (and actually really good) and some of them don’t make any sense but stick in your head anyhow. An old college friend of mine messaged me the other day actually, telling me she couldn’t get the song out of her head where I would sing a Kenny Roger’s song as “…with four hundred children and some crap in the field” instead of “…with four hungry children and a crop in the field”.

  92. Traci says...

    I’m really good at word puzzles, always have been. I’ve been beating my smart parents at Boggle since I was 10, and I can solve most Cryptoquips without ever writing a letter down (same goes for Wheel of Fortune). My brain is constantly forming and unscrambling words.
    Also can do my liquid eyeliner perfectly with no mirror :)

    • Sarah says...

      Boom! Love the eyeliner skill at the end there. Brilliant!! Just added on at the end, like, NBD. PURE GOLD

  93. Katherine says...

    I work in the textile industry and a part of my job is labeling fabric samples. I have an uncanny knack for grabbing a stack of fabric samples and a stack of labels and having them be the exact same number – it’s so wild!
    I’m always wondering how I could use this odd talent to make myself a millionaire.

  94. Sasha L says...

    This is one of my favorite comments sections ever. How fun to hear everyone’s secret crazy talents.

    I’m a finder. Family member will search for hours for lost item and I’ll just swoop in and find it, magically, every time. When I can’t find it, people cry, because that sucker is GONE.

    I’m a baker – birthday cake, rhubarb pie, you name, I’ll nail it.

    And I can make dinner out of nothing, not like a cereal dinner, a pretty good dinner. This comes from a childhood of not having much, and an adulthood of valuing eating every last thing before it goes bad and having a tiny grocery bill and being proud of my thrift.

  95. Kate says...

    The “farmer’s handkerchief”. Super gross way to clear your nose when you don’t have a hanky handy and can only be done outside away from other people, but completely useful, and I’m really good at it.

    • Beth says...

      I call this “snot rocket” and am also quite skilled.

  96. Ellen says...

    Remembering melodies, even if I only hear them once or twice–I’m like a melody sponge. (And then I’ll hum or sing them around the house.)

  97. Sydni Jackson says...

    Once when we went camping, my husband and I went off to collect sticks for firewood. He had about 3 sticks and turned around and my arms were completely full. He was astonished! Now we always joke about how picking up sticks is one of my skills :)

  98. JR says...

    My superpower used to be my strong sense of smell. I could catch the tiniest whiff across the room and categorize it quickly. Whenever my parents had a party, and adults left things behind like scarves, hats, coats, etc., they’d call me over to sniff the item and tell them which of their friends it belonged to (!!!). I was NEVER wrong! Sadly, I lost that ability as an adult. I still have super-strong memories associated with certain odors but I can no longer place them quickly or sometimes at all—it’s like hearing a language spoken that you used to be fluent in, but now have to struggle to understand. It’s frustrating.

    • Sarah Jane says...

      Wow! How remarkable! So sorry it’s faded.

  99. Sarah says...

    I can twirl a pen around my finger and catch it on the other side (this was useful during college lectures). I can fold a tapestry/tarp/parachute of any size by myself, with no help (learned while working in the textiles department of Urban Outfitters). I can vibrate my eyeballs. I can ride a bike without holding on to the handlebars. I can cut in a wall perfectly while painting without taping the edges. I can spot a misspelled word in a sea of text instantly.

    This is such a confidence booster! If we believe we are charmed and talented, it will be true!

    • Mindi says...

      Oh my gosh, several people in this thread can vibrate their eyeballs! I never knew this was a thing…you can believe I tried it! (Not a super power).

  100. Mollie says...

    I can hear people’s accents and usually tell exactly which region they’re from (mid-Atlantic, southwestern, etc.). I am also great at imitating people and accents, although I’m still working on Scottish, as well as Philly/Baltimore :).

    I can curl my hair and others’ hair very well, and also, do a pretty good updo on myself (at least) which comes in handy when getting ready for a night out!

    I can sketch things in a pretty true-to-life way- not beautifully, but somewhat realistically.

    I think I’m pretty good at advice giving – helping a person to feel heard, and not feel bad if they’re experiencing something hard- and usually just helping them to listen to their own intuition about what to do next.

  101. I’m great at knowing when my kids are about to puke and redirecting it onto the closest, least absorbent surface (which, let’s be honest, is sometimes just my hands). Once, while traveling in Sweden, both my girls got a stomach bug and I successfully corralled/redirected the ensuing mess in the Uber, in line at the airport, on the plane, and at one point even managed to whip my oldest out of the stroller and stroller bunting and get her over to a planter while we were out walking around (my sister in law who was traveling with us was in awe of that one — “That was so fast!” ha!). It’s a disgusting talent, but it’s weirdly very helpful with toddlers.

    • K says...

      love this!

    • Jo says...

      Chelsea, I just belly laughed out loud at “which, let’s be honest, is sometimes just my hands!” How could anyone doubt that women are just the strongest, bravest, most incredible beings on the planet?! Keep catching that puke, mama- you are a warrior and we see you!

  102. Kellen says...

    I am the master of “where did the ITEM go?” in our house. It’s in the leftmost basket on the top shelf. LOL it’s minor but it is helpful when my husband is scrambling looking for something.

  103. Jacy says...

    I can spot toupees on tv.

    I am terrible at retelling knock knock jokes.

    • Midge says...

      This comment is my favorite.

  104. Paige says...

    My secret talent is being able to nap on public transit and wake up in time for my stop! Haven’t missed one (due to sleep…) yet.

    • Sarah Jane says...

      So useful!

  105. Nomi says...

    I’m another one who says “I need to wake up at 4:25am” and nails it. (I set an alarm just in case, but I always wake up a minute or two before it goes off.) My other superpower is spelling. Typos and misspellings just leap off the page at me. I can also spot misspelled words written in languages I don’t even speak! I think it’s some kind of visual pattern recognition, because I’m not so great at spelling aloud, so I won few spelling bees as a kid. This also only works in Roman-alphabet languages, or those with mostly Roman letters and some diacriticals, like Polish. With different characters altogether, I’m at a loss: all Asian languages, or Russian, for example.

  106. Luana says...

    I see EVERY word that is not written correctly in a text. I don’t need to look for them, they just jump out to me. And then I really really want to correct them, or let people know that there is a mistake, which they often don’t really appreciate that much :(

  107. MelTown says...

    I can parallel park just about anywhere (in fact, I’m so good at it I’ve gotten several notes on my car cussing me out for blocking people in because I squeezed into such a tiny space…definitely not my intention)! I’m also wearily good at eyeballing if something will fit into a small space, which I’m o my just now realizing is a related talent.

    I’m also great at retaining useless trivia and picking things up with my toes.

  108. kate says...

    Remembering names. Especially from random encounters, like the guy that come up to a table of my friends in a speakeasy 8 years ago? Maurice.

  109. Roxana says...

    I LOVE these comments! So fun to read.

    I’m like Caroline, I can remember lyrics to almost any song. It’s so weird. I’m not even conscious of it, but once the song starts, I know the words. As an aside, I heard that the auditory processes in the brain are activated when reading. Since Caroline is all about reading and words, that might explain why she’s also able to remember song lyrics.

    Also, I can talk to a wall. I can get into conversations with almost anyone. My husband is the exact opposite. We’re a funny combo.

  110. Danielle says...

    I can fall asleep anywhere in no time!
    I mean this in the nicest/cutest way possible, I’m really good at spotting when people resemble animals. Some people just look exactly like a rabbit or a greyhound or a sheep or whatever, and I’m always shocked when other people don’t see it right away! My husband compliments me on this all the time.
    I think I can eat any amount of cheese without getting constipated (I mean, I haven’t tested this in extreme ways but I feel pretty confident about this compared to the average person)!
    I’m not proud of this one – I swear it doesn’t happen often – but I’m really good at appearing sober when I’m not. I don’t use this for driving, and I know it sounds like something someone who’s actually very obviously drunk would say, but it’s true. I’m great at keeping a straight face no matter what I’m feeling, and I put this talent to the ultimate test when my husband and I met my (teetotaling) grandparents for dinner to thank them for an incredibly generous wedding gift. I’d accidentally gotten sloshed on Costco margaritas at the pool that day (I blame my mother) and it didn’t hit me until I was walking into the restaurant with my husband. He looked horrified when he realized my situation (we’re talking room-spinning drunk here) but I took a deep breath and put all my energy into appearing totally normal. It worked like a charm. Afterwards, my husband was like “HOW DID YOU DO THAT?” He had no idea how just bad I was until after dinner and he still talks about how I should have gotten an academy award or something :)

  111. Maura says...

    My hidden talents include: making such a spot-on kitten/cat mew that even cats give me a double-take and stare into the depths of my soul; quickly finding anything tiny that has been dropped (contacts, tiny pills, anything, including perfectly camouflaged things); looking down at the grass and finding a four-leafed clover within 30 seconds (fun lawn party trick); and being able to cut ANY tiered cake/pie/crumble/etc into the most perfect, dare I say Instagramable slice no matter how difficult it set out to be. I’m now the family cake-slicer at parties — even people in my SIL’s extended family have heard of me and call me to the front to slice!

  112. Christine says...

    I laughed at the .gif for How to Fold a Fitted Sheet — there are two people doing it. It looks really easy! But whenever it’s just me, one person, and a pile of laundry, despite my best intentions, those fitted sheets always end up looking like a balled up pile of mess! Anyways, my secret talent is always remember people’s names. I don’t even try on purpose, even if we’ve only met once for five seconds, I will remember that person’s name ten years later.

  113. Rose says...

    I feel that my secret superpower is helping people see their full potential. I give myself little mental awards for “best supporting actress” in people’s lives when I see them achieving their dreams and goals that I helped them realize!

    I’m super great at shopping for people and knowing just the perfect pieces that will look great on them!!!! I specialize in special occasion wear ;). I love this one because I get so outwardly giddy its annoying when I see them look extra good in a piece I picked out for them! It’s also great to see someone feel good about themselves!

    This was fun.

  114. Elizabeth says...

    This really is a phenomenal thread — women incredible in ways both common (parallel parking! finding things!) and unique. My secret talent is knowing what day of the week any date in the current year is, like “ok, well November 7th is a Thursday so..” One friend calls me Rainman, but it does come in pretty handy.

    • Neela says...

      Oh that one’s awesome! I *never* know and wonder at these amazing people who can calculate a weekday.

  115. My fiance and I make up jingles about random people, pets and life tasks. Most of them are about our pets. I’m not sure if we are “good” at this, but some of the jingles have remained stuck in our heads for years.

  116. I can edit photos using only the iPhone app & make them look professional! Comes in handy when selling items online :)

  117. lmh says...

    wheel of fortune, and standing on my head.

  118. Nicole A. says...

    I taught myself how to do the worm when I was a teenager. It’s basically the only dance move I know. My only party trick. Haha. I can’t even shimmy!

    • Suze says...

      I’m randomly good at making friends. I’m just good at it! I have recently realized it’s a gift. Friends joke about it but I love it! A few years ago I ran my first half marathon and my friends took off, running faster than me. They later confessed to me that one questioned “will she be ok alone?” And another said confidently “she’ll make a friend!!” Later as they cheered me across the finish line I introduced them to, Crystal, who I met at mile 8. They laughed to each other and I was let in later. I’m still friends with Crystal on FB now, she’s moved and is about to have a baby 🎉

  119. Helen says...

    My superpower is recognizing when someone has just gotten a haircut. Folks are always so touched that someone noticed, even if it’s just a small trim. It’s always special to be seen. The surprising looks on guys when I compliment their new haircut are hilarious!

    • Anonygirl says...

      I notice this, too. My coworker just got a haircut and I suspect I’m the only person who noticed. I didn’t say anything, though, because it would have been awkward. Plus, I’m odd person out at work. I’m included in the bare minimum.

    • Yulia says...

      Me too! My favorite thing is asking people if they got their hair cut or if it just grew shorter, and then treating myself to a dad-like chuckle. ;-)

  120. Libbynan says...

    I don’t really know what the correct term is for it, but I call it “color memory.” I remember colors exactly. If I am in a store, I can tell you if those shoes or that bag will go with your dress that I only saw once three years ago. And I am always right. I once helped a friend freshen up the decor of a rental cabin I had only seen online and everything matched the existing items perfectly. Kinda like perfect pitch, it’s just something you’re born with. Only occasionally useful…..

    • Kimberly says...

      Woah. That’s incredible. I didn’t even know this was a thing someone could be capable of!

  121. Colleen says...

    I have a great handshake even when I’m feeling nervous.

    I make a killer plate of nachos.

    I unintentionally turn into a therapist for at least one stranger or new acquaintance I meet at every party.

    • caitlin says...

      Seriously the exact same, Colleen! I was just thinking about my handshake this morning when I met a new coworker. And I am actually a therapist haha.

  122. Damia says...

    These are all so great!

    My sense of direction is really good, but probably my favorite secret super power is I can slip through any crowd quickly and efficiently. Tho it’s kind of a bit of a problem since my DH cannot. At. All. We’ve actually become separated due to this… ie in Paris, I slipped through the crowd, with my suitcase, onto the Metro, turned around and watched the doors close, with him on the other side! (fortunately we were heading to the airport so we just met up there LoL)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha this sounds like a scene out of a romcom!

    • Sydni Jackson says...

      I am also amazing at slipping through crowds. It’s only useful when I’m by myself though, haha!

  123. Allyson says...

    I’m REALLY good at catching things. Granted, I played softball in college, but even in the shower with my eyes closed, I can tell the shampoo bottle is slipping and I’ll catch it. Makes me feel like a super hero. Or like Angelina Jolie in Mr & Mrs Smith; it is like impressive choreography.

    • Sasha L says...

      My husband is also so good at catching. He played all the shirts, and was good at all of them. He’s saved my face from stray volleyballs, when our girls used to play, so many times. I wouldn’t even see it coming (it’s all I can do to follow the damn games), and then suddenly his hand would appear in front of my face and I’d hear this loud smack that was the volleyball landing in his hand, instead of breaking my nose. Thanks honey.

    • Samantha says...

      I misread catching feelings at first, and that’s exactly what I’m got at hahaha

  124. Sara says...

    lol, a soulmate!

  125. Jess says...

    I know EVERYTHING about celebrities and I don’t follow any celebrity news sites, etc. I just know.
    I do the best Louis Armstrong impersonation most people have ever heard (they tell me)
    I kill in job interviews.
    I have a green thumb without even trying. My plants grow so amazingly well that I’m repotting them every few months.
    I’m a baby whisperer.

    • Zsuzsa says...

      I am great at giving birth! When i was a teenager, my dentist told me that giving birth will be easy for me because i can open my mouth big. I totally believed it, and giving birth really was great. Painful too of course, but also the most strengtheing experience of my life. I did it, people supported me, and i did it! Since then (and passing my math in uni) i think i am capable of anything i set my mind to.

      First baby was out in 2h15m from the first contraction, and second was out in 3h45m. Our third baby is due in some weeks, so i have this excitement now – fears too but mainly excitement about birthing life again.

      I will be in a place i feel safe in (at home) with ppl i trust, and i will listen to my body, relax and ommmmm.

  126. Sharon in Scotland says...

    I’m a good parker. I always reverse park, even at the supermarket and parallel (?) park even when I don’t have to. The more you do it, the less scary it is. I’m not super tall, but seem to have long arms and can reach shelves and close the latch on windows that seem to be out of the reach for most people.
    I can get cling film drum tight, smooth and wrinkle free on a bowl if I need to, (years of making gift baskets for the Body Shop, back in the day)
    My older sister has the ability to source and locate everything she needs in a city in about a week. The gym, decent hairdresser, cafe, butcher, bakers, grocer……………………..she had these down really fast when she moved to Australia.

    • Eline says...

      I’m in awe of people who are good at parking (because I am the absolute worst at it). Do you have a specific tip/trick to make it less daunting?

  127. Jessica Camerata says...

    This is SUCH a good question. I think I’m insanely good at directions and knowing where I’m at. I can be in a brand new city and within a day know my way around. I also have an impeccable memory. Never test me, I am normally right on recalling facts and details from long long ago. ha!

    xo Jessica

  128. Kristen says...

    So fun, I love reading all these! Here are mine:

    Remembering names, even if I’ve only briefly met the person once before (which makes me feel like a stalker, but comes in handy!)

    On that note, remembering celebrities’ baby names (shameful, but it also means I’ve won that party game at multiple baby showers!)

    Gift giving (I just love picking out the exact thing I know someone will love)

    Bargain shopping (anytime someone compliments me on clothes/asks where I got something from, I’m excited to say Marshall’s or TJ Maxx or another bargain shop and they often complain that they can never find anything there – it just takes patience to hunt for the good stuff!)

    Moving one eye independently from the other (it’s a good party trick)

    Finally, spelling and spotting typos (but I’m in marketing/PR, so it really comes with the job)

    • Cooper says...

      Haha, I have a life goal to know every celebrities’ babies’ names!

    • lindsey says...

      these are exactly mine! when is your birthday?

  129. Cynthia says...

    I make a fantastic crab spread to serve with crackers and awesome crabcakes.

    • Lala says...

      Can we get the recipes?

  130. Molly G says...

    I’m really good at ordering food at a restaurant. I can read the menu description and pretty much tell how it will taste. When we go out to a restaurant with a bunch of people, everyone usually wants what I’ve ordered. It’s gotten to the point where my husband just tells me to order for him :)

    • Tovah says...

      My husband has this skill and I have reaped the rewards on multiple occasions.

  131. Starlene says...

    I am an excellent parallel parker. I’ll see a spot and pull up beside and my husband will say “there is no way”, I prove him wrong 99% of the time. I’m talking one try, not a bunch of back and forth. Also, I don’t need to write down directions. If you tell me one time how to get somewhere, I can get there without a map or directions.

    • Jennifer says...

      Same! My parallel parking skills are awesome. I surprise myself sometimes by how accurate I am. :)

    • gracemarie says...

      Same with the directions! I can even get myself back to where I need to go without a GPS or anything written down! I’m really proud of it. I used to have a horrible sense of direction.

  132. I make an amazing Caesar salad…with home made croutons and dressing, baby!

  133. Taylor says...

    I can fall asleep ANYWHERE and very quickly. My best example is when my college roommate and I were waiting in line to hear Barack Obama speak at our university. I propped my backpack against the wall and fell asleep on the sidewalk.

  134. Sarah says...

    I can tell the flavor of any Jelly Belly jellybean by taste alone (without seeing the color).

  135. Jessica Karen says...

    I’m exceptionally good at carrying more groceries bags then you would think is humanly possible. I consider it a challenge to see if I can get from my car to my home in only one trip.

    • Amy says...

      Omg DYING! I too am regularly testing my fate carrying as many things as possible up or down a flight of stairs. No second trips here! I’m so proud HA

    • Jessica Karen says...

      Amy, this is awesome! Haha. May the odds be in your favor!

  136. Maria says...

    How old celebrities are, it annoys my family so much! I can usually hit their exact age.

    And the celebrity voice-recognition thing, but my super-power is I’m able to tell when they are sick (like a cold that makes their voice sound slightly different, lol). It’s funny with sitcoms, sometimes you can tell that the whole cast was sick at the same time!

  137. Emma says...

    I do this too! Especially if I really need to be somewhere (flight, job interview). I can set my alarm at 4am and I will wake up at 3:58 am, even though I would normally never do that. It’s probably due to my intense anxiety about the alarm not ringing.

  138. I can go grocery shopping and know approximately how much I spent no matter how many food items are in the trolly ;-)

    Love this post of yours dear!

    xx Yvonne

  139. Ellen Kornelsen says...

    I am excellent at floating on my back in any pool, lake or ocean. I can float forever without moving a muscle. I wish my superpower was a little more practical, but I’ll take what I can get.

  140. Jen says...

    I always recognize celebrity voices when they do the voice over on commercials. Oh yeah, that’s Allison Janney. Yup, John Corbett, etc.

    Zero value added to my life from this but whatevs.

    • Jess says...

      ME TOO!!!!!!! It’s fun to figure it out, and also fun to realize which big stars are doing… dog food commercials (David Duchovny). ;)

    • Christy says...

      And now I have John Corbett’s voice in my head. Thank you, Jen. :)

  141. Emily says...

    My secret power is believing that I’m a good mom.

    Though we all talk so much about mom guilt, I just don’t have it (at this stage of life, at least).

    I work full time, but I believe that I’m setting a good example and that my daughter is in good hands. And when I’m with her, I give her my attention–to the best of my ability. And I always give her my love.

    I’m definitely not perfect, but I have no guilt. That’s my super power!

    (I understand that there’s a necessary amount of privilege that allows me to be in a position to feel this way, for sure!! But so many moms are doing their best, providing for a child’s needs, and still feel that guilt. So, feeling good about what I do–that’s the talent.)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i LOVE this, emily. love it.

    • Kate says...

      Emily I LOVE this. I’m 35 weeks pregnant with my little boy and am making choices everyday to not let myself feel guilty for the circumstances and life situations that he will be born into and raised in. He has parents that love him dearly and are going to do their very best and that is all that anyone can do. <3

    • L says...

      I totally needed to read this today. I’m going to make this my super power!! I know I’m a good mom too, but I still let that guilt creep in sometimes.

    • Anna says...

      This is legit the best super power!

    • Tovah says...

      YES YES YES

    • Kathleen says...

      What L said. Exactly. Thank you for this.

    • Amanda says...

      I feel this exact same way! No guilt. Period. Ever. I truly believe I am a great mom and manage to give my daughter a wonderful life where she gets long, meaningful time with me but also lots of space to explore and learn at daycare too.

  142. Abigail Thompson says...

    I have a fantastic sense of direction! On our first big vacation as a couple, my boyfriend and I went to Prague. We purposely went out exploring without maps and “got lost.” He also prides himself on his sense of direction and was secretly furious when he realized that he was in fact completely lost and I still knew exactly how to get home without retracing our steps. He told me that story years later finally admitting that I have the better sense of direction!

  143. I’m secretly awesome at naming anything. I wish I could name the dogs at the animal shelter or my neighbors babies or nail polish colors for OPI.

    • Allyson says...

      This might be an extension of your own name being awesome!

    • Rebecca says...

      ME TOO!!!!! How does one get the job of naming the OPI polishes? This is actually something I’ve wondered about on more than one occasion. And I’m pretty sure I’m done having kids but I kind of want another just to get to choose another name.

    • Amy says...

      A little off topic but guess what! My sister went hunting in a Marshall’s for hot pink nail polish for all her bridesmaids for her lesbian wedding. She found an Essie polish, looked at the name, and found it was coincidentally called Brides No Grooms!!!! (And there were enough for all the bridesmaids!)

  144. Kaylie Padgett says...

    Thrifting! I can spot a vintage Coach bag across the room, under a pile of other bags, hidden in the waaay back, usually just by the shape of the strap or the glean of the leather. Whenever friends visit they always want to go thrifting because they swear I have a superpower that makes it so much better than when they go on their own. (I think I’m just persistent, and it’s a superpower born out of necessity!)

    Book recommendations (helpful cuz I work in a bookstore) & asking a lot of questions would be the other one! Conversations with strangers seem to go really far because I tend to know exactly the right questions to ask. This is so fun to think about :)

    • Grace says...

      I share the same power with the vintage Coach bags! I have so many of them. They’re the best.

    • Erin says...

      My superpower is thrifting too! It’s something I’ve been honing since childhood. I often conjure up the exact item and then it appears. I agree, persistence is key. Being thorough helps too.

  145. Greta says...

    I can smell when things are done baking. No timer needed. My nose just knows!

  146. Ellie says...

    I am weirdly handy with my toes (I think my husband is freaked out) and I have a knack for remembering all kinds of random facts and stories. My friends joke that I’m the keeper of their memories :)

  147. Megan says...

    I thought of another one! Babies magically take their first steps to me. It started when I was 15 and filling in for a friend who was a nanny. The baby took her steps and I mentioned that the little girl was getting good at walking to the dad when he came home. Later I got a call saying the mom had cried all afternoon both because she had missed the first steps and out of relief because she was worried the steps were so late.

    Since then I’ve had around a dozen children, not including my own, take their first steps to me.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this is the winner for the cutest one ever :)

  148. Tenley says...

    I don’t get nervous for interviews or public speaking! Interviews are my superpower. I have the ability to answer questions concisely and I give great examples, and was even complimented on this skill IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERVIEW.

    • Jess says...

      ME TOO! We should interview each other.

  149. Megan says...

    I’m exceptionally good at waking up right on time without an alarm. I can just think “Oh! I know! I’ll wake up at 5AM tomorrow to work out!”

    If I change my mind, I will still wake up at 5AM.

    It’s a bit of a curse.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, that’s amazing!

    • Jess says...

      My mother does this. It always creeped us out. She can wake up at 7 am for work, or 5 am to catch a flight. It’s eerie!!!

  150. Blair M. says...

    I’m randomly really good at knowing the ages of celebrities. Random person on the street? Couldn’t tell you how old they are. But name a celeb, BOOM. Right age guessed within a year or two :)

    I also pretty much always know what time it is without looking at a clock, Joanna!