9 Extraordinary Human Abilities

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by Tempyra This list of extraordinary human abilities was inspired The Top 10 Tips to Improve Your Memory when I began thinking about how some people are blessed (or cursed, depending on your point of view) with the ability to recall a scene as if they were looking at a photograph. And how other people can recreate music from memory, such as Mozart’s famed reproduction of Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere after one hearing. What other extraordinary abilities might humans have? I’ve listed nine of the most well understood (i.e. not paranormal or ‘fringe science’) and interesting abilities rated from most common to most interesting and rare. Bear in mind that most of these unusual abilities are genetic and cannot be controlled by the person affected but are an inherent quality of their physical self. Read more here about human senses. 9
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People who experience taste with greater intensity than the rest of the population are called supertasters. Having extra fungiform papillae (the mushroom shaped bumps on the tongue that are covered in taste buds) is thought to be the reason why these people have a stronger response to the sensation of taste. Of the five types of taste, sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami, a supertaster generally finds bitterness to be the most perceptible. Scientists first noticed the differing abilities of people to taste a known compound when a DuPont chemist called Arthur Fox asked people to taste Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC). Some people could taste its bitterness; some couldn’t – whether people could depended on their genetic make-up (a variant of this test is now one of the most common genetic tests on humans). While about 70% of people can taste PTC, two thirds of them are rated as medium and only one third (approximately 25% of the wider population) are supertasters. Supertasters will often dislike certain foods, particularly bitter ones, such as brussel sprouts, cabbage, coffee, and grapefruit juice. Women, Asians, and Africans are most likely to have the increased number of fungiform papillae that make them supertasters. 8 Absolute pitch

People with absolute pitch are capable of identifying and reproducing a tone without needing a known reference. It is not
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simply a better ability to hear but the ability to mentally class sounds into remembered categories. Examples of this include identifying the pitch of everyday noises (e.g. horns, sirens, and engines), being able to sing a named note without hearing a reference, naming the tones of a chord, or naming the key signature of a song. Doing any of these is a cognitive act – it requires one to remember the frequency of each tone, be able to label it (e.g. ‘A’, ‘C#’, or ‘F-flat’), and sufficient exposure to the range of sound within each label. Opinions vary as to whether absolute pitch is genetic or a learned ability that is strongly influenced to one’s exposure to music at crucial developmental stages – much like how a child’s ability to identify colors by their frequency depends on the type and level of their exposure to it. Estimates of the portion of the population having absolute pitch range from 3% of the general population in the US and Europe to 8% of those (from the same areas) who are semi-professional or professional musicians. In music conservatories in Japan however, about 70% of musicians have absolute pitch. Part of the reason for this significantly larger percentage may be because absolute pitch is more common among people who grew up in a tonal (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Vietnamese) or pitch accent (Japanese) language environment. Absolute pitch is also more common in those who are blind from birth, have William’s Syndrome, or have an autism spectrum disorder. 7 Tetrachromacy

Tetrachromacy is the ability to see light from four distinct sources. An example of this in the animal kingdom is the zebrafish (Danio rerio), which can see light from the red, green, blue, and ultraviolet sections of the light spectrum. True tetrachromacy in humans is much rarer however – according to Wikipedia only two possible tetrachromats have been identified. Humans are normally trichromats, having three types of cone cells that receive light from either the red, green, or blue part of the light spectrum. Each cone can pick up about 100 graduations of color and the brain combines colors and graduations so that there are about 1 million distinguishable hues coloring your world. A true tetrachromat with an extra type of cone between red and green (in the orange range) would, theoretically, be able to perceive 100 million colors. Like supertasting, tetrachromacy is thought to be much more common in women than men – estimates range from 2 – 3% to 50% of women. Interestingly, colour-blindness in men (much more common than in women) may be inherited from women with tetrachromacy. 6 Echolocation



10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Echolocation is how bats fly around in dark forests – they emit a sound. tapping a cane or clicking the tongue) and determines from the echoes where objects are located around them. listverse. He is shown in the video above (warning: the scene where he puts in his prosthetic eyeballs may be a bit disturbing for some).com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 4/32 . Daniel Kish. and its density. humans are also capable of using echolocation. To navigate via echolocation a person actively creates a noise (e. maybe not on this list!). Surprisingly (well. who lost both his eyes to retinal cancer at the age of three. and Ben Underwood. what size it is. wait for the echo to return. Because humans cannot make or hear the higher pitched frequencies that bats and dolphins use they can only picture objects that are comparatively larger than those ‘seen’ by echolocating animals. Use of echolocation is probably restricted to blind people because it takes a long time to master and heightened sensitivity to reflected sound. Perhaps the most remarkable and well-documented of cases is the story of Ben Underwood. People with the ability to echolocate include James Holman.g. People skilled at this can often tell where an object is. and use that sound of the echo in each ear plus the return time to work out where an object is and how far away.

Each zygote carries a copy of its parents DNA and thus a distinct genetic profile. These are two forms of a neurological condition called synesthesia. Genetic chimerism. or tetragametism. Wikipedia states that there are only about 40 reported cases. This is what happened in the case of Lydia Fairchild: DNA tests of herself and her children led the state to think that she was not actually their mother. each population of cells retains its genetic character and the resulting embryo becomes a mixture of both. Synesthesia is when stimulation of a particular sensory or cognitive pathway leads to an involuntary (i. Chimerism in humans is very rare.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities 5 Genetic Chimerism In the Iliad Homer described a creature having body parts from different animals.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 5/32 . When these merge. This means that a chimera has a much wider array of people to choose from should they need an organ transplant. listverse. People born with chimerism typically have immune systems that make them tolerant to both genetically distinct populations of cells in their body.e. DNA testing is often used to establish whether a person is biologically related to their parents or children and can uncover cases of chimerism when DNA results show that children are not biologically related to their mothers – because the child inherited a different DNA profile to the one shown by a blood test. or hearing a specific word which triggers a particular sensation of taste on your tongue. in humans and other animals happens when two fertilized eggs or embryos fuse together early in pregnancy. a human chimera is their own twin. 4 Synesthesia Imagine consistently associating numbers or letters with certain colours. synesthesia is not learnt) response in other sensory or cognitive pathways. a chimera. from this mythological monster comes the name of the genetic equivalent – chimerism. Essentially.

While there are many trained people who can work out multiplications of large numbers (among other calculations) in their head extremely fast – mostly mathematicians. because generally it does not interfere with a person’s ability to function. suggested 1 in about 23 people have synesthesia. writers. few develop it later in life. composer Olivier Messiaen. and Alexander Aitken. Daniel Tammet. from 1 in 20 to 1 in 20. usually due to a head injury. Studies from 2005 and 2006. Daniel Tammet is one of few who are also autistic savants. Salo Finkelstein. Recent research has suggested that a blood flow to the part of the brain responsible for mathematical calculations of six to seven times the normal rate is one of the factors that enables mental calculators to work out math much faster than the average person.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 6/32 . or other symbols) to colour form of synesthesia is the commonest. numbers. and linguists – the untrained ability of autistic savants is the most interesting. who is mentioned in the next section of this list. Predictions of the percentage of people with synesthesia vary widely. There are less than 100 recognised prodigious savants in the world and of the savants with autism who are capable of using mental calculation techniques there are even less. Although synesthesia is a neurological condition it shouldn’t be thought of as a disorder. Examples of people with synesthesia include the author Vladimir Nabokov. 2 Eidetic memory listverse. is a synesthete (in addition to being a mental calculator) who sees numbers with shapes and texture. which is still poorly understood. Other synesthetes can experience special-sequence synesthesia (e. The majority of these people are born with savant syndrome (only an estimated 50% of people with savantism are also autistic).10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Synesthesia is most often genetic and the grapheme (letters. ordinal linguistic personification (when numbers have personalities). Most people are not even aware that their experiences of life elicit more sensory responses than other peoples might and the ones that are rarely consider synesthesia to have a negative impact on their lives. or sound to colour synesthesia (where tones are perceived as colours). 3 Mental calculators The most extraordinary group of people adept at performing complex mental calculations is those who are also autistic savants.000. where dates have a precise location in space). and scientist Richard Feynman. using a random population sample. Examples of people with extraordinary calculation skills include Daniel McCartney.g.

31 year old Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer. defying the Hayflick Limit) and that is of a woman named Henrietta Lacks.e. Examples of eidetic memory include the effort of Akira Haraguchi who recited from memory the first 100. Kim Peek. In 1951.000 books from memory. Whether true photographic memory exists in adults is still a controversial issue. but it is accepted that eidetic abilities are distributed evenly between men and women. images. which she died from within the year. One also cannot become an eidetiker through practice. Unknown to her and her family (i. also possesses eidetic memory – among other things he can recall some 12. or objects from one’s memory with extreme accuracy. the inspiration for the autistic (Peek is not actually autistic though) character of Raymond Babbit in the movie Rainman.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities When a person has photographic memory or total recall this is called eidetic memory. without listverse.000 decimal places of pi and the drawings of Stephen Wiltshire (who is also an autistic savant) – his recreation of Rome is shown in the video above.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 7/32 . 1 Immortal cells There is only one known case of a person having immortal cells (cells that can divide indefinitely outside of the human body. It is the ability to recall sounds.

among other things. or : Like 3. Like this list? Share it with friends. Dr. Lacks was never told of the immensely valuable contribution her cells made to science and her family was not informed until many years later that her cells were being used for research purposes (a 1990 court ruling later verified Lacks’ hospital as the owner of her discarded tissue and cells). the HeLa cells are so common in laboratories that they contaminate many other cell cultures and have rendered some biological studies invalid through their presence.PennyStockWizard. and for mapping genes.com Buy a link here Related Lists Top 10 Bizarre Mental Disorders Top 10 Outdated Christian Beliefs listverse. There are also more HeLa cells alive today than when Henrietta Lacks was alive – they outweigh her physical mass by many times. George Gey. A scientist for the John Hopkins University Tissue Culture Laboratory. On the day of Henrietta Lacks’ death. Tragically.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 8/32 . the effects of radiation and toxic substances. The cells from Lacks’ tumour have an active version of the telomerase enzyme (telomerase is the mechanism by which cells age or are aged) and proliferate abnormally fast. AIDS. I highly recommend reading this story for a better picture of Henrietta Lacks’ life and the consequences of her cancer.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities informed consent) a surgeon took a tissue sample from her tumor that was passed on to a Dr. Gey propagated Lacks’ tissue sample into an immortal cell line – the HeLa cell line (pictured above). Since then they’ve been used in researching cancer. Gey announced to the world that a new age in medical research had begun – one that might provide a cure for cancer.4k 139 Tw eet Share Sponsored Links Penny Stock Ready to Soar 1 Under-the-Radar Stock You Must Buy Now! w w w . HeLa cells were utilised in 1954 by Jonas Salk to develop the cure for polio. Today.

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.... Excellent topic and good list!! Reply Mom424 · 223 weeks ago -3 Tempyra: Way excellent list. The second I walk into a house I can tell if they rinse their dishcloth.. Great job! Did you read anything during your research about folks whose sense of smell is ridiculously sensitive? I'm wondering because my sense of smell is about a 1000 times better than anyone in my family.] 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities [.... it makes it much more enjoyable when you don't have to stop and look up technical words and phrases... clean under their sink etc.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Recent Trackbacks Tempyra » Blog Archive » Super awesome human people! [..com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 10/32 ..Bar none.. Reply listverse.. I never knew what that meant until this list... I love the way you have explained all the terms.....is a fascinating list !!!.] Comments (422) Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity peter8172 · less than 1 minute ago Now that.. Reply 0 Login kittym · 223 weeks ago +2 I'm a supertaster! I remember tasting strips of paper in biology and being one of the ones that could taste the bitterness....

10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities warrrreagl · 223 weeks ago Yay. Absolute pitch is something I'd love to have. I could name or reproduce a note. Learning piano from a reasonably early age.but he didn't have perfect pitch. being able to reason. Guess I was off base some. I developed what I call "memorised pitch".com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 11/32 . I sang in a choir next to a man who had an extraordinarily acute sense of pitch distinction . Mom424: I thought about including that but I didn't find much information about it. but I don't mean to!)) .he can "divide the cracks" (sing the pitches that fall between the notes of the piano (so can I. Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago -1 kittym. working as a music teacher and singing in choirs for over 20 year. Bleck! Reply 0 BaltasBarsukas · 223 weeks ago Great list . I'm a supertaster too. It has faded somewhat with my almost complete lack of singing in Korea. warrrreagl: You lucky things :-). I'd love to have synesthesia. Do I get my own X-Man comic now? Reply -3 kittym · 223 weeks ago Now I have a reason to dislike grapefruit juice and cabbage. Isn't most of your sense of smell related to your sense of taste anyway? Or is it the other way around? Reply 1 reply · active 115 weeks ago 0 Tempyra · 223 weeks ago Mom424: This was the only thing I found on Wikipedia (my source of quick info hehe) about having an acute sense of smell: http://en. I wish I had way more time to explore this. I was thinking the #1 would be like the human brain. but I love grapefruit juice. he couldn't name or listverse. Reply 4 replies · active 65 weeks ago +1 fivestring63 · 223 weeks ago -2 OK when I saw the title. studying it to university level. it was susceptible to tiredness or stress. but with any function of memory.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperosmia Reply 1 reply · active 115 weeks ago +5 astraya · 223 weeks ago Gosh this is interesting. I have absolute pitch.

Sometimes I don't have to be looking at the music. You say only 2 possible cases have been identified. I'm seeing one note. just read about it in a few places and thought it was pretty cool :-) Reply listverse. so it is rarely commented on. but singing another. Not to carp but I couldn’t quite follow your account of tetrachromacy. Between Dan Brown. rather than just singing it. given his background in music. I was singing in D flat major.giving them the ability to see more hues. It's more common in women to have an extra cone type that is close to either red or green . Wow. Does that make sense? I'm not an expert on this at all. My music teacher once promised she'd throw me a party if I could sing three notes in tune. My sense of pitch is almost non-existent. Because it's too high for my voice.. synaesthesia & eidetic memory it was all new to me. informative list. but not the full range that one would have if the extra cone was precisely halfway between red and green.singing music in a different key. but remembering E flat major. like one or 2 of the other abilities. you have a lot of musical experience! I'm jealous.. Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago +3 ciunas: I'm sorry that part was unclear :-(. The 2 possible cases I mentioned were of true tetrachromacy. Mozart. and Mendelssohn it seems the secrets of the Vatican are rarely safe :-D. I asked them to transpose it down.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 12/32 . as well as supertasters. I'm sure the ability exists. where the extra type of cone falls exactly between the red and green types. Apart from the stuff about autistic savants. but he was a young man at the time. I would be interested in Jamie's experiences about this. Perfect pitch is actually a handicap when it comes to transposing . Reply 3 replies · active 118 weeks ago +1 astraya · 223 weeks ago BTW Mendelssohn also transcribed Allegri's Miserere from memory.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities reproduce a given note. Yes. so perhaps it's primarily a female thing. I know a couple of women who can detect odours that are imperceptible to me. I did it ONCE and got my party. I sang "Bridge over troubled water" one night at the karaoke. I'd have been interested in hearing about supersmellers too. I had to consciously think about every note. & you then say the ability is thought to be much commoner in women than men. Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago 0 astraya: I didn't know that about Mendelssohn. Reply ciunas · 223 weeks ago +3 Thank you: fascinating. I play the violin but my 'ear' is so shocking that I rely almost exclusively on the memory of what the correct note feels like under my fingers to tell whether something is in tune or not. but have never consciously managed it since then.

a piano is easier . These rare cases may point to where we as a species may all one day progress. Reply astraya · 223 weeks ago -1 Although Allegri's Miserere clocks in at about (?)8 minutes.. when the two hands are close in.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 13/32 .either it's the right note or it's not.post-gazette. you can see them.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Tempyra · 223 weeks ago There is more information about tetrachromacy here:http://www. Muscle memory plays a large part in many musical instruments. Pitch-wise. On a violin. I remember reading particularly about the work of Dr Harold Gardner whose speciality was studying brain damage and savant abilities and the varieties of intelligences that we all have. dunno why :-) Reply Rusty · 223 weeks ago +2 These things were way fascinating to me as a student of psychology way back. but when they are widely separately. One of the three sections is in unison (everyone singing the same melody) and the other two are sparsely voiced.I've noticed before (in the good old days when I had a piano) that pieces were easier to memorise if both hands were close together. with one concluding section. I don't remember when but it was some years ago. Reply Lusus · 223 weeks ago -2 Another amazing ability I recall hearing about. it really is the same three sections over and over.. you get 1000 notes in between..s. There was a woman who could hear perfectly even the quietest whisper from the length of a football pitch. you can't. The string octet and the Midsummer Night's Dream overture way outclass anything Mozart produced at a comparable age. I'm going to stick my neck out to say that Mendelssohn was a greater prodigy than Mozart. On a piano.com/pg/06256/721190-114. Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago -2 astraya: Interesting what you say about muscle memory regarding the piano .. Mendelssohn was 17 or so when he wrote the two pieces you mention? My favourite piece of his to play (piano) is the Funeral March from the fifth book of Lieder ohne Worte. 0 I used some of the information here in the section on tetrachromacy because it was easy to understand and not too technical. Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago Lusus: Cool. but I just assumed it was because I could see them. I'd definitely like to find out more about that :-) Reply +1 listverse.

-1 Hmmm. The 6 is ochre. So for example. Well. Reply astraya · 223 weeks ago Tempyra: Mendelssohn was 16 when he wrote the octet and 17 when he wrote the overture.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 14/32 . Others might simply be more aware of their other senses because they rely on them more often. butter . Reply -1 listverse. A blind person might have a better-than-average sense but it would be hard to tell if they would have been that way even if they weren't blind (like if it were genetic). Reply 0 WarningDontReadThis · 223 weeks ago Great list Tempyra. someone else may have a better one.and a fat monk. can anyone tell me what the difference between savantism and autism is? Reply 1 reply · active 104 weeks ago 0 houkama · 223 weeks ago The 2 is firecoloured. The 4 is blue and has a veil. And I was just wondering. Savantism (or savant syndrome) is when a person who has one of the autism spectrum disorders (there are I think. five developmental disorders within the autism spectrum.. a savant is a person who is extraordinarily knowledgeable in a particular field. one of which is autism) excells in an area that contrasts with the limits imposed on them by their disorder.. at least for me^^ Thanks for the list! Reply +5 Tempyra · 223 weeks ago WarningDontReadThis: Thanks :-). or math.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Ghidoran · 223 weeks ago Is it true bind people have better hearing. than others? Reply +3 Tempyra · 223 weeks ago 0 Ghidoran: I am not entirely sure. I really enjoyed reading it. That's my simplistic explanation. smelling etc. someone with autism to the extent that they cannot communicate with others may be a autistic savant if they show remarkable ability in say music.

. see or think a word and it has a taste in my mouth... I now have a word for what has always seemed normal to me. lots of the people who have synesthesia don't even realise until they happen to compare their perceptions with others. but I don't always get what wikipedia says (maybe I'm the only one who thinks wiki is a bit messy sometimes :P ). It's great for words like popcorn (sometimes I can smell as well. I get a slightly sweet..I can't think of anything else it might be :) Reply 0 Tempyra · 223 weeks ago +3 houkama. Not all words.. Elsa: both of your comments are very interesting! Such specific descriptions of what you sense are really cool. I assume JFrater picked it.S. smooth taste but with just enough tart to make saliva at the corners of the back of my throat. Reply WarningDontReadThis · 223 weeks ago What the hell is the girl in the first picture eating? Looks like a worm..(?) Reply 1 reply · active 117 weeks ago +1 Elsa · 223 weeks ago +1 P. hear.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 15/32 . I've always assumed it was just a strong memory based response. read.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Elsa · 223 weeks ago Nice list. Maybe he can tell us :-p Reply listverse. go figure Reply jfrater · 223 weeks ago WarningDontReadThis: i am guessing she is eating a curly fry .. because it's something I've never experienced before. I can say.. Blood is really unpleasant. but when it comes into my mind. but I've tasted some words that I have no way of describing the taste. WarningDontReadThis: I have no idea what that orange thing is either.I've never had passionfruit. I also assumed everyone "tasted" words until I discussed it one night with siblings and found out I was the odd bird.I "taste" words. mainly descriptive words or nouns. Maybe I just have a very active imagination Reply WarningDontReadThis · 223 weeks ago +2 Tempyra: It would be nice to learn more about it. From what I read when I was researching this list... but not always) but really sucks for other words.

I'm fascinated by synesthesia. Reply 1 reply · active 123 weeks ago +2 Tempyra · 223 weeks ago alextenn: Yeah that was me being silly. all of them being positive Reply Kish · 223 weeks ago +1 By far one of my favorite lists! Some of this stuff is so amazing its really hard to believe that everyday people have gifts such as these. Not a huge deal. His parents didn't find out he was an autistic savant for quite some time as it is hard to find the signs. For a TV show in Iceland he learned Icelandic to a level where he was able to have a conversation with someone on the television show. Very good read. What is a curly fry? Reply -3 alextenn · 223 weeks ago Slight correction: In 8. I don't consider this an "extrordinary human ability". Reply listverse. my smartarse comment was beaten by a minute LOL. The lack of social skills commonly associated with autism was quite troubling when he was growing up as he didn't realize he was autistic. He could learn languages at an unbelievable speed. BBC's Horizon did a very good show on it about a year ago. cancer cells. Born on a Blue Day I think it was called. and E to make a major chord :-P Reply +2 vesselman · 223 weeks ago "Immortal" cell lines from human sources are very commonly used in research labs. These cells are "transformed" and dedifferentiated i. The note that is one half step below F is E. Showed some extraordinary cases of it. It took him one week. He would often touch classmates and their clothes as it 'felt nice'. there isn't really an F-Flat. just thought I would point it out. F-flat doesnt exist. leading him to be labeled strange. 0 I read a book on Daniel Tammet. F-flat is E and I wanted A. with what I remember. Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago Oh. C#.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ +1 16/32 .e.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Splangy · 223 weeks ago Brilliant list. Good list though.

. Now I want to go out and taste something umami...org/wiki/C-flat_major (which you would call B).it includes a C and F flat in the key signature:http://z. but I was WAY confused by genetic chimerism. Eb Minor. and Cb Major and Ab Minor.f-flat IS a real note .com/d/piano/1/0/p/1/-/-/CFlatMajor. Reply jfrater · 223 weeks ago +1 Oh .about. I had actually read about some cases of synesthesia before I learned of my condition and I remember thinking "Wow! It would be so cool to see the world like that!" Reply 1 reply · active 33 weeks ago +1 jfrater · 223 weeks ago alextenn: that is not a correction . I have a mental image of time. I have distinct shapes for all of time.Cb occurs in the keys of Gb Major. All of time is shaped like a string along the ground with lots of curves and turns (usually located at a significant point like the beginning of a new century or even the year I was born).org/wiki/F-flat_major There is also a C flat:http://en. Had to look that one up. and Fb occurs in the keys of Cb Major and Ab Minor :) Look at this image . but no cells with DNA from both together? Reply WarningDontReadThis · 223 weeks ago Tempyra: I don't know. never heard of umami before. Reply 0 0 listverse. but it can't be good.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 17/32 . It was exactly as you say "Most people are not even aware that their experiences of life elicit more sensory responses than other people. +2 I actually have synesthesia but did not learn of it until just a few years ago.wikipedia." I view dates spatially.wikipedia.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities kowzilla · 223 weeks ago Excellent list. Simply put. This week is like a "D" with the weekend being the straight side and the work week being the curve. Reply robneiderman · 223 weeks ago -3 Wow..you can read about it here:http://en. this year and this week. very well researched. Maybe it's my head cold to blame (sniffle). This year is a bit like a backwards "N" with the summer months being the diagonal and the months before and after the summer being the sides. It's a person with cells from mom and cells from dad.

read the sentence again. Depending on you key. now.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 18/32 . It just depends on which chord preceded it. There are plenty of instances (depending on key and mode) where the F-flat is preferable to the composer instead of an E-natural. Reply +1 listverse. so yes it is a chord.. Like if i'm in a F sharp key sig. even double flats and sharps to make it work. and its hard to explain but thats the rules i guess. Reply +2 mofleminator · 223 weeks ago probably one of the most interesting lists on here Reply 0 warrrreagl · 223 weeks ago +1 Any three notes sounding simultaneously make up a chord. etc. its just a coincidence they happen to make an a major chord... whether or not a key change or mode change is imminent. Reply odenia sphere · 223 weeks ago 0 j rafter is right. The question is which one. Its confusing i know. and i'm writing a scale F# G# A# B C# D# E# F#. which chord follows. and that depends on how you plan on analyzing it. I don't think they were refering to a A chord when they said a c# and fb. there will be appropriate flats. whether or not the F-flat is part of a nonharmonic sequence. sharps.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Hey there · 223 weeks ago Where is "Tolerance"? Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago +3 jfrater: A + C# + F-flat isn't really a chord is it? You have to actually call it E for the chord to be an A major because there is a subtle difference between an E natural and a F-flat? Reply Island Boggs · 223 weeks ago I had to look up umami. It depends on the key sig. I have to write F natural as E# or else the scale isn't consecutive and they'll be two F's written in. its just using them as seperate examples of being able to label seperate pitches.

I have the ability to see a much. really interesting. Fb confuses the hell out of me sometimes.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities segue · 223 weeks ago Tempyra.. Luckily.. Reply +1 Aaron · 223 weeks ago -1 Awesome list. I could really do with having perfect pitch. Yeah. Congratulations! I have some of these conditions. Again. *The one not on the list. *MUCH* wider range of colors than the average person.. especially when I'm playing & I get 'E-E-Fb-Fb'. +1 Having Fb instead of E seems unnecessary to me. *Mental Calculator. there are ways around this one. looking at a test strip I could tell. light conditions. but I have to say that your explanations are beautifully done! You've managed to add bits of information I didn't know to items I did know quite a bit about. is there any thing like a super smeller? Because I can smell cucumber and celery from across the room and I have an incredibly strong sense of smell. but none of them made me rich. this is a wonderful List! It's exactly the kind of thing I spend my time reading about for the sheer pleasure of knowledge. Mine was limited to photographic calculations (based on film speed. *I had eidetic memory.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 19/32 . it's just going to confuse people. Reply -1 listverse. and one not listed. Reply SocialButterfly · 223 weeks ago Very cool list Tempyra. well done! Reply +2 dangorironhide · 223 weeks ago Nice list. It used to be quite strong. within 31/2 sec's how long to process the film) and primes. mine is all over the place. All kind of handy. so I had the greatest of pleasures from your hard work. #9 looks like onion rings to me. but after almost 11 years on opiates it seems to be a sort of faded ghost of what it was.. desired results. faded for the same reason. Reply Kreachure · 223 weeks ago Awesome list! I want to have them all!!! :D PS. I wonder. so I knew most of these.kind of like Supertasters.

Sorry. Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago +1 Kreachure: I guess the distinction between tetrachromacy (having four types of cones) and being a true tetrachromat could have been made a bit clearer. SocialButterfly. But you knew that already! :D I just didn't understand it clearly in your entry. a not-particularly-good one sorry) Reply -2 Kreachure · 223 weeks ago -3 Um. but then you say that it's possible that 2-3% or even 50% of women have tetrachromacy? That's wrong.. The studies you mention (cited by Wikipedia) are about the possibility of having the fourth type of cone which would give tetrachromacy.org/wiki/Hyperosmia (It's a Wikipedia article.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Tempyra · 223 weeks ago segue. I'm not entirely sure what you're saying with your last paragraph. *sigh*. The Wikipedia article mentions the 50% study precisely to clarify that the presence of the fourth cone doesn't necessarily mean having the ("true") tetrachromacy ability.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 20/32 ... the Tetrachromacy item seems a little confusing to me. Dangorironhide. Do you mean that having a fourth type of cone doesn't = tetrachromacy? Reply Kreachure · 223 weeks ago -2 Tempyra: That's correct. Otherwise. Sorry. 50% of women would indeed be able to see more colors (which is what I understood from the last paragraph of your tetrachromacy item! :P ). fourth cone does not = "true" tetrachromacy. First it says that only two human tetrachromats have been identified. you're probably right and I should've just used a different example instead of 'twisting' F into an F-flat to satisfy my OCD-like need for a pattern :-D Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago Aaron: The closest thing I could find to 'super smelling' was this. dangorironhide. Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago -3 listverse. but it turns out that it doesn't :P .wikipedia. Hyperosmia: http://en. Kreachure: Glad you all enjoyed this list :-). actually (or at least easy to misinterpret).. I have a funny feeling there's going to be person after person pointing out that F-flat isn't a 'real' note.

BTW.too. Doesn't everyone? It just seems right. knows how to do what they do. Even if the sound is off. 34 Tempyra "What is a curly fry" Are you kidding? 38 Kowzilla I think about time like that. and then concluded with him quoting my assertions back to me as his! Reply Vera Lynn · 223 weeks ago -1 16 Lusus I have incredible hearing. sometimes almost painful.I started a discussion (about renovating a house) and made some assertions which the other person disagreed with. Of course. What is it? Does anyone know? listverse. Was he the man who wrote "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat?" I keep buying it and lending it out. that is an extremely simplistic example of muscle memory. Like cutting two pictures into jigsaw pieces following the same pattern and recombining them into one puzzle . Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago Vera Lynn: No. Very cool..typepad. Reply 1 reply · active 24 weeks ago 0 segue · 223 weeks ago **** 17. Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago -1 Kreachure: Haha. I can hear frequency changes that no one else can. The part of the brain which controls the muscles doing the particular movements actually change. but it's exactly how it works. It's kinda painful too. 18 Rusty Dr. ok this reminds me quite strongly of something that happened earlier today . People are always surprised by what I hear. because the noise stops.June 28th astraya: Interesting what you say about muscle memory regarding the piano **** Actually. I'm not kidding!! Please tell me what the hell a curly fry is? 0 Ooooh what you said about hearing channel changes reminds me of something else I've been meaning to ask people about!! Like you say.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities robneiderman: You could think of chimerism very basically as two genetically distinct twins merging together at a very early stage of pregnancy into one embryo. so I don't have a copy here. I can "hear" the channel change. Tempyra . we debated the details.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 21/32 . people can hear the *flicky* sound of the TV channel being changed with the sound off . Fascinating read. muscle memory is how musicians.com/photos/uncategori. I get a headache at first and then nauseous. Harold Gardner.. athletes.here's an example of this analogy: http://myloveforyou. *anyone* who does a repetitive movement long enough.but do other people hear that sort of high-pitched/weird sound that CRT TVS make? It gets more intense as I get closer to it and I can tell straight away when someone turns off the TV.

. +2 #6 Ben Underwood I saw a special on him once. Reply Kreachure · 223 weeks ago LMAO! http://en.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Reply Vera Lynn · 223 weeks ago #2 Wiltshire is amazing. Cannot even remember what channel. It is cut with a special tool that makes it look like a round pencil shaving. Reply Vera Lynn · 223 weeks ago +2 Tempyra It a potato. looks like a cross between a curly fry and an orange segment to me. Reply +3 WarningDontReadThis · 223 weeks ago I live in Norway. Blew me away! Wish I had a copy of it. but it seems you're missing a bit of knowledge about ordinary human things! :D :D :D Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago Hehe.org/wiki/Curly_fries XD Reply -1 Kreachure · 223 weeks ago +2 Tempyra: You may know a lot about extraordinary humans. Usually seasoned.. Then fried like a French fry. Weird. it's on Wikipedia :-D Thanks guys! They looks pretty unhealthy..wikipedia. Reply +1 -2 listverse. Very yummy. I cannot draw at all so I am really impressed.. but yummy! What the girl in the pic for #9 has.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 22/32 .

Reply WarningDontReadThis · 223 weeks ago The curly fry dosn't look like it tastes that good .. Reply -1 Kreachure · 223 weeks ago +1 Tempyra: I can hear that TV noise too! And not only that 'whoomp'-ish sound when you change the channel! I'm certainly able to notice when a TV is on or off because of the noise! In fact. I'd probably like it cause I like everything that dosnt actully exist in nature...com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 23/32 . Does this mean that we have extraordinary human abilities too? :D Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago -1 listverse. Good for me. I had to get rid of a new TV I bought because I kept hearing an annoying hum all the time that no one else heard! It's probably a variety of Electronic noise . :P Reply 0 Tempyra · 223 weeks ago WarningDontReadThis: These curly fry things must be an English/American oddity then :-D Reply -2 WarningDontReadThis · 223 weeks ago Tempyra: I think it is.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Tempyra · 223 weeks ago LOL! I've seriously never seen those things anywhere in New Zealand OR Australia. Who wants to pay for my future world tour to experience the wonder of these curly fry things? :-D Reply WarningDontReadThis · 223 weeks ago what I was GOING TO SAY **was: 0 I live in Norway and the only time I've heard of a curly fry was on the Jamie Oliver show where he went around trying to make kids eat stuff that was good for them. but I'm not an expert on that so.

Also. eg. "wheep" maybe? :P It's hard to describe... I'll be telling someone about a movie I saw.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities I'm special!! Yay. okay? Geez. Makes studying for tests easy. Sometimes people don't like to be reminded of their exact words.I confuse myself. left. I remember verbatim what people say. Reply Vera Lynn · 223 weeks ago We are all special. botton. here is a link for you http://www. Very interesting. many times I cannot recall if I saw something.ncstatefair.. That's why is fun meeting new people. Reply Blogball · 223 weeks ago Great list Tempyra. I retain the story line the same way. It was about our boss.org/2007a/Competitions/web.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 24/32 . or read it in a book.. They were quite surprised to say the least.and then I learn it was really something I read. It's not like going through a range of tastes while reading a dictionary but more like when you least expect it a word will taste. right. I told them later I had heard every word and related their conversation back to them. Kreachure and Vera Lynn are special too :-D Reply Vera Lynn · 223 weeks ago This is a great list. Reply +1 Vera Lynn · 223 weeks ago "it is" Reply -1 Kreachure · 223 weeks ago Well. have. Reply -2 listverse. even though i've never tasted it.. We all have our "quirks" Makes life and people interesting.. Hmm.. Top. earwax brings a bitter. That's another thing I have that annoys people. waxy taste to the mouth.. like a movie. it's more of a flicky-whoop sound.... synthesthesia. Reply -1 Aaron · 223 weeks ago -1 I. I can also remember where on a page I read something. -1 Tempyra I once heard a conversation from 100 paces..

We all have our “quirks” Makes life and people interesting." "Which is another way of saying nobody is!" Get it? Now I totally butchered your comment! Sorry! :D Reply -3 Tempyra · 223 weeks ago 0 I am going to call the TV channel-changing noise a 'fleeek' type of sound and the continuous CRT TV 'on' noise a 'eeeeeeerrrh' sound :-D listverse. A Leg to Stand On. does that mean he was "cured" of his autism? Or is that not possible? Reply -1 Kreachure · 223 weeks ago Vera Lynn said: "We are all special. fourth cone does not = “true” tetrachromacy.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities segue · 223 weeks ago **** #58. But to quote The Incredibles movie: "Everybody's special.. Kreachure *Tempyra: That’s correct. . He wrote extensively on Stephen Whiltshire. That’s why is fun meeting new people. I saw a documentary about him and he is really talented. Reply WarningDontReadThis · 223 weeks ago Stephen Wiltshire is amazing. abilities and disabilities) the name of my ability to see colors in such remarkable detail? Huh. And in the documentary he seemed normal. Fabulous writer. The Island of the Colorblind. Was he the man who wrote “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat?” **** That would be Oliver Sacks. A great Neurologist. I'm going to have to study up on this! **** #62..com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 25/32 . -2 The Wikipedia article mentions the 50% study precisely to clarify that the presence of the fourth cone doesn’t necessarily mean having the (”true”) tetrachromacy ability. He also wrote Awakenings. Dash. Migraine among others. is tetrachromacy ( which I've never come across is all of my reading on Neurological syndromes. Harold Gardner. I had no clue. Vera Lynn *18 Rusty Dr. **** Kreachure: So." Very nice and very true words. An Anthropologist on Mars.

was highly impressed that you used it.. and most of the rest of 20th century harmony from Scriabin to Phillip Glass.. don't you dare apologize for or regret using F-flat. "To single out such women." Schoenberg's retrograde inversions. you've got great hearing! Reply tassadar · 223 weeks ago +2 Eidetic memory is scary.s.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities Blogball: that is cool! Strange that I've never come across curly fries anywhere. Trying to explain the extraordinary things we can sense to these puny humans is pointless! :P Reply +2 Tempyra · 223 weeks ago +2 listverse. Two of the discs are a pure orange wavelength and the third is a nearly identical mixture of red and green. Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago "might it might" should be "but it might" . It is every bit of a "legitimate" note as any of them. To deny F-flat would be to deny Stravinsky's famous "petrushka chord. these people are some kind of a prototype. for one. she came up with a clever test. The women aren't told which is which. i mean. sorry.com/pg/06256/721190-114." I don't know if your average optometrist would be able to do that. Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago +1 segue: To find out if you are tetrachromatic you could go to an optometrist and ask them to administer a test like the one in this article: http://www. how is it possible? Imagine the true abilities of the human brain.com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ 26/32 .post-gazette.. and I. Vera Lynn. Each woman looks into an optical device that shows her three tiny discs in rapid succession. Wow. might it might be worth a shot to satisfy your curiosity? Reply warrrreagl · 223 weeks ago 0 Tempyra. Reply +1 Kreachure · 223 weeks ago Tempyra: Do not worry..

Reply Tempyra · 223 weeks ago Kreachure: Hahaha. or well known person with synthesesia. I didn't know there was anything weird or abnormal about it until I first heard the term. one of the rarer kinds. color and sound. be kind to the non-TV noise-hearing humans! It's not their fault :-D Reply -2 Tempyra · 223 weeks ago Wow.10/12/12 9 Extraordinary Human Abilities warrrreagl: Wow. the producer/rapper pharell williams has sound/color Reply -3 1 2 3 4 5 Next » Post a new comment listverse. The addiction grows! Reply -2 Tempyra · 223 weeks ago 0 newsong: What you said was one of the things I noticed when I was reading article to build this list .com/2008/06/28/9-extraordinary-human-abilities/ Embed video 27/32 . Despite the fact that you dont really do anything special xD Reply 0 pwnstar · 223 weeks ago A more modern. thanks :-) Reply newsong · 223 weeks ago -8 I am a synesthete.. Do you experience music as colour or vice versa? Or both? Reply WarningDontReadThis · 223 weeks ago Tempyra: Once you're up there you can't help but feel a little proud. I just made it onto Listverse's top commenters list.that people with synesthesia mostly don't think there's anything different about them :-). I had to google nearly everything in your last paragraph! But now I consider its inclusion validated..

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