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Do you have a pointless superpower?

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GnomeDePlume Sun 27-Sep-20 07:01:00

You know, that thing you can do which others cant but which is surprisingly useless.

Mine: I tie shoelaces upside down which is great if I am tying someone else's shoelaces but means my own are upside down (ie loose ends at the top of the knot). This was a useful skill when DCs were little but now they are in their 20s and dont need me tying their shoelaces.

DH: putting up coving - he can just see all the cuts he needs to make so there is almost no wastage. The house is perfectly coved. We dont redecorate often enough for him to use this skill.

Anyone else have a pointless superpower?

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Tomatoesneedtoripen Sun 27-Sep-20 07:01:48

um, i can remember birthdays.
i used to be able to remember telephone numbers.

GertrudeCB Sun 27-Sep-20 07:03:33

I can fall asleep at will. Anywhere. T'was a boon when I was a shift worker.

Iamnotacerealkiller Sun 27-Sep-20 07:05:21

I can tell within a couple of mm whether two things are parallel or level, e.g. wall pictures. Drives me barmy. We live in an older slightly wonky house too...

MustDust Sun 27-Sep-20 07:08:35

I can write joined up backwards rather neatly.

KoalaKoalaPanda Sun 27-Sep-20 07:15:40

Since having a baby my body has become an internal clock. I always know roughly what time it is (within about 5-10 min range) at any point of the day/night.

BitOfFun Sun 27-Sep-20 07:18:44

I'm good at spotting 'voices' on here (so, returning trolls etc). While VPNs exist though, I will never be called on to give evidence sad...

ScribblyGum Sun 27-Sep-20 07:22:13

First pancake is always perfect.

Humbersider Sun 27-Sep-20 07:24:30

I have excellent colour perception.

caughtalightsneeze Sun 27-Sep-20 07:25:04


First pancake is always perfect.

No way!

What sort of witchcraft is that?shock grin

GnomeDePlume Sun 27-Sep-20 07:29:59

I feel there should be some sort of register so in the event of an international crisis we can don lycra with pants on the outside and go out to save the world.

Somehow I cant think of any crisis where being able to spot trolls or wonky walls, write backwards, fall asleep at will, remember birthdays or give an approximate but accurate time would save the day.

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Heartofstrings Sun 27-Sep-20 07:31:38

I ALWAYS know who is ringing before I look at the phone. As a child I used to announce who was calling and was right every single time. These days it's easy because it's only ever my mum or nan grin

hopscotchz Sun 27-Sep-20 07:34:39

I can make myself heavier if someone tries to push me and I can pick up things with my toes like a monkey 🐒

GnomeDePlume Sun 27-Sep-20 07:35:02

@ScribblyGum what are subsequent pancakes like?

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FairIsleFenella Sun 27-Sep-20 07:35:36

I've got a really strong sense of smell. Can be useful (I can spot a gas leak when no-one else can) but can be a real pain in the arse as nasty smells are everywhere. ASD son has the same trait, I've had to train him to not exclaim in a loud disgusted voice 'what's that smell?' whilst in people's homes/out in shops etc blush

WhereIsTheSaladDoris Sun 27-Sep-20 07:37:15


Since having a baby my body has become an internal clock. I always know roughly what time it is (within about 5-10 min range) at any point of the day/night.

I can do this. Sometimes I wake in the night and can know the time exactly before I check my phone. I spook myself out grin

Si1ver Sun 27-Sep-20 07:39:16

I know all the lyrics to all the songs ever.

Can't sing though.

Hangingover Sun 27-Sep-20 07:42:28

I'm really, really good at identify when things are similar to other things, especially songs. If I hear a song on the radio I'll go, "oh this sounds exactly like X" and hum a bit or another song over the top and everyone immediately goes, "oh YEAH you're right, it does!". Also with faces, my proudest one was when I was showing DP who Alistair McGowan was and he goes "ah I thought that was that french fella" and without missing a beat I said, "you're thinking of Adrian Brody. He's not French he just looks French" - and that was who he meant grin

EllaBonjelaNutella Sun 27-Sep-20 07:42:42

I can detect fox wee 100ft away, and tell if someone else in the train carriage had a fag on their way to the station. Or is wearing Lynx.

ClashCityRocker Sun 27-Sep-20 07:43:08

I'm really good at picking things up with my feet and toes. It does come in handy sometimes tbf.

ScribblyGum Sun 27-Sep-20 07:43:12


**@ScribblyGum** what are subsequent pancakes like?

All pretty good until about pancake 7 when I get complacent and fuck it up.
Pancake 1 though is ALWAYS bang on the money.

hopscotchz Sun 27-Sep-20 07:46:03

I forgot! I also have a really strong sense of smell, but I think is a bit useful?

lurch3r Sun 27-Sep-20 07:46:07

I can wrap presents with my feet and can also sniff out the faintest trace of garlic.

Loftyloft Sun 27-Sep-20 07:47:59

I can ‘click’ my eardrums on demand without swallowing (on airplanes to relieve ear pressure).

Brissiegirl Sun 27-Sep-20 07:50:25

I can write with both hands at sane time - left hand is mirror writing and right hand is correct way.

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