June 11th, 2008

Mozart 1

Writer's Block: Unique Talents

Do you have a strange and obscure talent? What is it? If not, have you ever seen someone else's? What did they do?

I can play music on my teeth, like a xylophone. Just the other day some co-workers and I got into a discussion of "stupid human tricks" and I demo'd this. They were all like "Whoah!" and agreed they'd never heard of anyone else doing it. It's really easy though. I strike my front teeth with the tip of a nail and adjust the notes by shifting my tongue and lips. It's not something I have to think about consciously; it's just as easy as whistling really. I can play all kinds of music -- "Happy Birthday," Bach, the Beatles, show tunes -- since my teeth have a range of about two octaves.