Stupid Human Tricks

I am not sure why this popped into my head.  From time to time things just do that!   Today was one of those days.

I am wondering how many people have a skill or talent that others just think, well, different?   I am not talking about creative talents.  These are completely different.  My wife, Michelle and good friend Stacy both knit.  Anyone that can make a something out of a ball of yarn is incredibly talented.  Michelle also makes wreaths out of wine corks, VERY cool!  Again artistic and creative!  And its so much better than just tossing them!

Our friend Katie makes her own cheese, flour, sour cream and any number of other things that I thoroughly enjoy eating, but would never have patience to do myself.  She is creative as well as resourceful (top of the list for my zombie apocalypse team.)

Manchild and Mathmajor can both make wallets out of duct tape.  Uses up a whole role, BUT very worth it.

No, I am not talking about these kind of talents, I mean the ones that are closer to the human version of stupid pets tricks.  I have three of my own I can give as an example…

Saying the Alphabet backwards:  Yep, Z,Y,X,W,V,U,T,S,R,Q,P,O,N,M,L,K,J,I,H,G,F,E,D,C,B,A!  When I was a kid, I remember seeing a play on TV of Alice in Wonderland.  In it, the characters playing Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum sand the alphabet from Z – A!  I musta been 9 or 10 at the time, but I taught myself to do it, and do it fast.  I could spit it out in one breath and never missed a letter!  (I know, how is it I wasn’t a chick magnet back in Jr Hi with this kind of skill??)

I think of it as a talent, because I can do it drunk or sober, after not having done it for years.  My first time drinking a beer in college, (which was my first beer ever (true story)) my dorm resident advisor and another guy found me sitting on the floor leaning against a wall in Orton Hall (NOT my dorm).  I distinctly remember being told by someone to “Stay here and hold up this wall!”

Well Greg and the other guy were taking (half dragging ) me back to my dorm, when I told them, “I’m not drunk!  I can do the alphabet backwards!”  “Sure you can Tony” was the reply…  I did it, deadpan, no hesitation.  “Wow, you can do it!  But you are still drunk!”  Then they poured me into bed and left me to my morning misery! 

Editor’s note:  I tried it just before writing this, I can still do it!

Catching Quarters off the elbow:  OK, again due to TV, I have this skill.  Hold your elbow up to that your forearm is flat enough to balance quarters.  Then put a stack on the forearm.  Flip your arm down fast enough to catch them. 

I saw this on Happy Days.  I spent a week practicing.  My personal record was 25 quarters!  But yes, there were many times change went flying!

I can’t do 25 now, but Manchild and I tried this just a coupla months ago and we can both do it!  (See alphabet backwards AND quarter catching and still no girls in Jr Hi!)

Drinking a Beer While Standing on your head:  This was not learned from TV, this was taught to me by legends in the sport, Jim and Dave, two of the founders of the Strohs Bros and Fros. 


We were camping out all night to get Huey Lewis tickets, and to pass the time we were drinking Wally’s beer.  Next thing I knew I was upside down doing so.

Neophytes to this sport need someone to hold the beer to their lips; however, as you can see here, after a while, the skilled professionals we were could do so without help!

 upside down

Surprisingly, this actually seemed to impress the ladies!  More than once we helped teach a WSU, coed how to do this.  We, being gentlemen, also assisted by hold the skirts of those so clad so they wouldn’t fall while attempting this.

And YEP, at least once a year, I am called upon to demonstrate this!  And, contrary to popular opinion, you won’t drown doing this! 

I point this out because EVERYone has a skill of some kind.  Even if you don’t know it.  There is something, each of us is good at, and sometimes you are so good,  and it comes so naturally, that you don’t even realize it. 

I say not only should you embrace  the skill, but brag about it!  What is yours?

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