Some people can do amazing things, from being able to stretch in ways that seem physically impossible, to being able to smell things even if your sense of smell is long gone. Here are six rare things that only some of us can do, that you will probably find yourself attempting to do.
The “dancing eyes” trick
This wacky trick is one only 8% of the population can perform, and as the name suggests, it is when you are able to vibrate, or dance, the pupils of your eyes back and forth rapidly. This amazing trick is usually recognized at about 8 years of age, and it is scientifically known as Voluntary Nystagmus, or Voluntary Ocular Tremor. Do you think you might be one of the lucky 8%? Find out by asking a friend to stare into your eyes and focus them so you can’t see your friend’s face clearly. If you can’t, don’t feel bad, not many people are able to do this trick, but if you can, however, your friend will either confirm it…or start walking backwards slowly with a horrified look on their face. If you can do it, the odds are you have a relative who also can, because 79% of those who can do it have someone who they inherited it from. Charlie C (the boy), Kendall C, and I are some of the few people at our school who can perform this trick and it is always fun to see people’s reactions. Some of the best responses I’ve gotten are “are you okay” and “stop flexing”. Not much is known about why some can do it but some scientists think it may be produced by the “hold” system of the eye, that holds the lense of the eye in place, and controls the ability to see things closer and further away. While this may seem like a fun trick, it has some drawbacks. For one, it is nearly impossible for someone who can do it to see it. Your vision goes blurry and so few people can do it, and it is hard to come across someone else who can as well. Usually, it can only be maintained for an average of 25 seconds, so you can’t just “buzz” your eyes at someone through an entire conversation.
Do you know someone who claims to be double jointed, or seen someone twist a part of their body into impossible angles? Then you have experienced for yourself as a beholder, or ability holder, joint hypermobility. Yes, the phenomenon we all know as being double jointed is actually joint hypermobility **gasp**.This skill is a bit more common, as 20% of the population has at least some form of joint hypermobility. It is most common in females, and lessens as one ages. People of Asian or Afro Caribbean descent are more likely to have it, and it is seen in 5% of healthy adult population.
The Palmaris muscle
This is a bit of a weird one because most people do have a palmaris muscle. Only 11% do not have one. Like the Darwin’s point, it is less of a party trick, and more of a cool thing to know about yourself. Here is the test; relax your hand position, and press the pinky finger and thumb together of the hand you are relaxing. If you see a thin line protruding out of your arm, you do have it. If there is nothing there, Ding Ding Ding!! You are the lucky winner in the evolution revolution. This muscle was used back when we were less evolved, and needed to swing in trees, but nowadays has no purpose. Nowadays, plastic surgeons even remove it and use it for “reconstructive or plastic surgery procedures elsewhere on the body” If you just really want to show this one off, get a group of friends and give them the test. Show them that you do not have one, and tell them some dramatic story about a radioactive bear or something.
While it is a cool thing to know, this superpower is certainly no picnic. Supertasters have the ability to super taste, I know, shocking, right! They can taste things more vividly, but are unfortunately very sensitive to bitter foods. Women are more likely to be supertasters than men, and Caucasian males are the least likely to have this ability. 25% of people are supertasters, and this rare ability means that they particularly like salty foods, and hate dark green vegetables and creamy, fatty foods. Think you fit the description? You can find out if you are with this test, but if you don’t end up being one, you might just be picky. Supertasters have more than thirty papillae (which are where the human body’s taste buds are) in a radius of six millimeters . If you have under fifteen papillae in six millimeters, you are what’s known as a non-taster, who experience less taste than most people. Supertasters were discovered when, in 1931, Dupont chemist Arthur Fox dropped a bottle of phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) and a colleague complained about the bitter taste, when Fox himself was not able to taste anything. The results were published in the Journal of Heredity and people have been discovering that they have this bittersweet ability ever since.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you can no longer smell, you might find yourself experiencing Phantosmia. Phantosmia is a condition where one receives an extreme sensation of a smell, that is clearly not there. One famous case is when a man named Serge Negus, found himself in a skateboard incident where he unfortunately, lost his sense of smell. Afterwards, he reported having the sensation of smells that were not there, that lasted all day. Some of the smells include cow manure, fish and chips, and passion-fruit. For the whole story, go to this website.
Synesthesia has to be the weirdest of all of these. Synesthesia is a neurological condition where certain senses are tied to other senses. The symptoms vary, but the most common form is where numbers or letters look a color. It would be like seeing the alphabet in rainbow, like someone went and changed the colors of all the letters in a sentence. There is no established method, but according to Richard Cytowic, a leading synesthesia researcher, most synesthetic perceptions are involuntary, projected (not in the mind’s eye, physically there), unchangeable, and generic, meaning that they “see colors or lines or shapes in response to a certain smell, but … would not see something complex such as a room with people and furniture and pictures on the wall.” Synesthesia is most common in left handed people, and women. Some famous people with synesthesia are listed on this website.
The human body is extremely extraordinary in that we are all unique. We all have hidden talents, skills, and features. Some of which just happen to make great talking points. I hope yo…… wait, what are you doing?