I don’t really have any special party tricks or cool things I can do to impress people. My hidden talents mostly just involve my brain working way too quickly for its own good (with the notable exception of #5).
#1. I can read upside down. If you’re sitting across from me at a table with a magazine laid flat between us, printing facing you, I would bet a cupcake that I can read the article just as fast (if not faster) upside down than you will read it right-side up.
#2. Did I mention I’m also a bit of a speed reader? If you give me a 1,000 page novel and eight or nine hours unattended I can usually finish the whole thing in one sitting. And have. And have then realized it was waaaaaaaaay past my bedtime.
#3. I can sleep sitting up. Is that a talent? My hubby seems to think it is. I think it’s a side effect of working night shifts for too many years.
#4. He also thinks I have a hidden talent for finding things via search engine. I call this “knowing how to use a search engine”, but we won’t go into that right now. It’s nice to be needed, right?
#5. I like working the New York Times crossword puzzle and am getting better at working out the riddle that is usually hidden in the puzzle title. I’d like to think I’m also building a good vocabulary via these puzzles. I think I’m fairly good at word-based puzzles, though picture or math-based puzzles still elude me.
#6. I think I do a decent job of mimicking accents.
#7. Here’s one I’m unsure of: is being able to do basic math in your head a talent? Anything that involves guesstimating a quantity, or doing addition, multiplication, etc. Example: I can look at a pallet of freight totes and guess that based on a stacking layout of six totes per layer X three layers = eighteen totes X twenty minutes to work each tote = 360 minutes = six hours worth of work. I don’t really have to think it through. Or if your bill came to $27.36 and you handed me $30 I could tell you without pausing that your change was $2.64. I’m not sure if this is a talent but it seems to impress the people I work with, which means I’m either speedy in the brain or they are…never mind.
So what are your hidden talents? Anything cool you can do? Tell me in the comments!