Saturday, December 3, 2016

What everyday skill becomes suspicious if you're too good at it?

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Tying a noose. At Basic Training I got tasked to help the Drill Sergeants create their haunted house (Battalion competition... long story). My Drill asked if anyone knew how to tie a noose, and I whipped out a perfect one in only a few seconds. He just looked at me and said "Private. What the fuck."

I once had a neighbor catch me while I was taking groceries out of my car and ask if I knew how to open locked doors as they locked themselves out by mistake. Went over to their door, took out a credit card, and shimmied my way in in no more than 5 seconds.
Probably was bittersweet for them.

Being able to quickly convert between Ounce and Gram

Remembering things about a person from a few months/years ago when the person herself can't remember about it. You just look like a stalker and it's frustrating

Genuine kindness.  My father was such a good soul, and people were suspicious about his kindness sometimes.

The removal of stains.

Eavesdropping. I just passively listen to other people a lot when I'm alone, even if I'm doing something else. It gets really embarrassing when you bring up information you heard from their conversation forgetting that you weren't involved, or when you laugh at a joke said by someone across the room.


Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Setting fatal man traps?

Trooper York said...

Sharpening knives.

Methadras said...

philanthropy. Ask the Clintons how that's going?

edutcher said...

Good shot.

Also any real computer skillz.

Sixty Grit said...

I am pretty good at a number of the aforementioned skills, plus I can start fires real well.

deborah said...


rcocean said...

I don't know about suspicious. But my HR colleges are always amazed/annoyed/freaked out at my ability to do simple math in my head.

In a meeting, they're all reaching for their I-phones (or whatever) to add up 10 plus 42 and i say immediately 'its 52'. And then they all keep tapping away at their I-phone (or whatever) and seem disappointed when they get the same answer.

Given that I constantly do this in meetings, and I'm always right, you'd think they'd just accept it, but no, they keep on tapping away at their I-phone (or whatever) hoping that I'm wrong.