We don’t all have the same abilities. And that’s a good thing! It allows us to complement each other, help each other out and mutually enrich one another. And physically, it’s kind of the same thing: we are not all blessed with contortionist style flexibility, double-jointedness or an innate sense of rhythm. However, some people seem more gifted than others, and have abilities that 99% of us simply cannot do…
Find out if you are one of the special 1%!
Isolate the ring finger
Bend your middle finger and put your hand on a flat surface, with the middle part of that finger laid flat. Try to move your thumb. Next, move your index finger, and next the ring finger. Are you stuck? Wait a little before moving the baby finger…. Very few people can move all of them!
Touching your chin or nose with your tongue
Most people’s tongues don’t reach that far out, but some people can actually touch their nose or chin with the tip of their tongue in what is known as the Gorlin sign. Just nearly 10% percent of the world’s population can perform this motion.
Moving limbs in the opposite direction
Here’s an experiment. Move your right foot off the ground and move it in a clockwise direction. Now, try to write the number “6” with your big toe. You don’t need paper or pencils; just write the number in the air with your toe.
Most people will notice that without even thinking they’ve started moving their foot in the opposite direction, partially because the number features a counter-clockwise circle. Some people are exceptions to this rule, either because of the way their brain is wired or because of training.
Twitching your nose
If you’ve ever wanted to wiggle your nose like Samantha Stephens, you may have been less than successful. Even Elizabeth Montgomery of the classic show, Bewitched just moved her lip to give the illusion of twitching her nose. However, there are people who are able to twitch their nose without being a witch. You can even train yourself to twitch your nose, starting with twitching the nostrils.
When your tongue moves forward, some people accidentally shoot spit out of their mouth. This is called “gleeking” and it’s an advanced form of spitting. This could be caused by strong salivary ducts or even certain foods like lemons. Gleeking has been around for years — there are even multiple Shakespeare plays that feature the word.
Sneezing with your eyes open
Cranial nerves link the nose and the eyes. Because of this, when you sneeze, you automatically close your eyes — well, most people do. However, it is possible to sneeze with your eyes open and despite the old adage, it won’t cause your eyes to pop out.
Folding your tongue in half
Folding your tongue in half is rather common but not every person on Earth can do it. Some people are capable of doing even stranger tricks. This can include folding your tongue in thirds.
For most people, it's nearly impossible to tickle themselves. This is because tickling is all about the art of surprise; your brain picks up on the sensations that cause feelings of tickling and controls it before it affects you. Still, it's not impossible; people with schizophrenic-like traits are able to tickle themselves due to their brains not realizing that the sensations are voluntary.
Bending your thumb backward
Some people have a double jointed thumb, also known as a "Hitchhiker's Thumb," which allows them to bend it backward. It isn't painful for these people to move their thumb back and there's no risk in hurting the thumb's functions. The condition is caused by distal joints within the thumb. In some cases, both of a person's thumbs can be double-jointed; in other cases, only one thumb can be moved backward.
Bending your thumb backward
Here's another thing that we think we can do but we cannot! Bending our thumb backward is something that very few people can do. Like very few!
Talking while breathing in
Try to breathe in through your nose while you are talking. It’s difficult, huh? Apparently, musicians are more likely to be among the 1% who can do this.
Lick your elbow
According to unofficial estimates, one person in a hundred can lick their own elbow. It’s up to you to see if you can bring the numbers up!
Raise one eyebrow
Our body is an amazing communicator, with multiple expressions at our disposition, but some that are only available to very few of us! And our facial expressions can tell a great deal about our emotional state. The majority of people find it difficult to raise one eyebrow without raising the other. Try it out for yourself!
Move your ears
Moving your ears is just as difficult as raising one eyebrow. But not completely impossible…
Hold your breath for long periods.
Obviously, we strongly advise against trying this one out, because loss of consciousness is guaranteed! Our innate survival instincts are generally very strong, and very few people can voluntarily stop themselves from breathing. But some people such as deep sea divers or meditating monks can train themselves to hold their breaths for much longer than average.
Do more than two things at once.
Your brain is extraordinary: like a computer, it can store hours of data, and complete background processes, such as breathing or keeping our balance. But the brain also has certain limits: many of us can do no more than two things at the one time. This is because the frontal lobe, which can perfectly manage two things at once, has extreme difficulty with introducing a third or more task to the equation.
Stay in the bird-dog position.
The bird-dog is a position that consists of kneeling on all fours and raising the opposite arm and leg at the same time. This position is difficult if not almost impossible to hold when you try and alternate sides. Why? We find it hard to maintain balance without leaning to one side or the other. Ask your yoga teacher if you are one of the chosen 1%!
Put your foot behind your head.
Like lotus pose and handstand, leg behind head is one of those stereotypical poses that yogis often aspire to. It’s a challenging pose for just about everyone. Because it’s challenging, it provides a laboratory for exploring our ideas about our limits and for stretching our ideas about what’s possible.
Put the palms of your hands together behind your back.
Put four fingers together and slightly deviate from the vertical direction outward; open the chest cavity, sink the elbows, breathe naturally, do not let the arms press the rib cage to affect breathing; palms of both hands The contact pattern of the palm and the mat in the timing and arm support poses is the same. The base of the palm, the base of the finger, and the belly of the finger are attached to each other, and the palm is empty.
Touch Thumb to Forearm
This is sometimes referred to as being double-jointed, but in reality it is the ability to stretch the joint past the range available to most individuals. Try pulling your thumb back and down towards your inner arm on each side. Record one point for each thumb that comes into contact with your forearm.