Our body is full of phenomena waiting to be discovered. You have probably noticed some of your body’s abilities that others around you don’t have. We have some facts you might be able to relate to that will tell you the meaning of your powers.
Everyone wants to think they are special, but not everyone can see what makes them different from others. In fact, there are so many things that prove you’re not like anyone else — you’re one of a kind! All you need to do is just look in the mirror and discover your body. We at Bright Side present you with ways to test parts of your body to see how unique it is. Don’t miss the icing on the cake at the end. Enjoy being special!
People with central heterochromia have different colors in the same eye, while complete heterochromia is when a person has 2 differently colored eyes. When a person has sectoral heterochromia, one or more portions of the iris has a different color. One reason for heterochromia is genetic inheritance. Another reason is when it is acquired as the result of a disease or an injury. Some statistics show that approximately 1% of the world’s population might have this trait.
1. Heterochromia iridis
2. Touching your nose with your tongue
This ability is known as the Gorlin sign in the medical world. Only 10% of the population can do it as it’s a genetic trait. However, you can train your tongue to reach your nose. Do you remember Gene Simmons from Kiss? He found his uniqueness, and it helped him to become an international rock star with a very recognizable tongue.
3. Simian Line
It is said that people with Simian Lines usually have a different lifestyle than most other people without these lines, but it doesn’t mean living better or worse. These people are generally believed to achieve far more than most, developing techniques and inventions that will serve for generations. There are people with a Simian Line who have made a positive contribution to history. One of them is the British Prime Minister Tony Blair (with the lines on both hands), former Russian President Nikita Khrushchev, writers John Steinbeck and Henry Miller, Tony Robbins, and Hillary Clinton. The lines are also found in 1.5% of the general population on at least one hand.
That experience when you feel excited or touched while listening to some kind of music, watching a sensitive scene, or something similar is called frisson, a French term meaning “aesthetic chills.” Some researchers even call it a “skin orgasm.” However, studies have shown that roughly 2/3 of the population knows how it feels. Some scientists suggest that goosebumps are an evolutionary “gift” from our early (hairier) ancestors, who had this signature way to stay warm. When we are cold, the muscles attached to our body hair shrivel, causing the hair to stand on end.
There are just a few people who can move their ears, but many animals, like cats and dogs, can do so easily. We can wiggle our ears through the muscles above and behind our ears called auriculars. The only study we found concerning our question was published in 1949. It is said that we get the ability to wiggle our ears only if one or both of our parents can do it. This is called a dominant trait. 104 men and 70 women were involved in the study. Nevertheless, it turned out that 74% of them weren’t wigglers, although they had at least one parent who could move their ears. 47% could wiggle and had a sibling who was a wiggler. It is thought that around 10-20% of the population has this ability.
6. Putting your fist in your mouth
People that are able to do this are a rare anomaly. The reason for successfully fitting your entire fist into your mouth is both small hands and a large mouth. There’s nothing special among children who put their fist in their mouth as they can do it when teething or discovering their body parts for the first time. Less than 20% of the entire population can do this!
7. Sneezing with your eyes open
Closing our eyes while sneezing is just a reflex to prevent germs from going into our eyes. Our nose and eyes are linked by facial nerves, so the stimulation from a sneeze transfers one nerve to the brain and another to our eyelids, which makes most people blink. However, it’s possible for some people to sneeze with their eyes open.
8. Paralyzed finger trick
The tendons in your middle fingers are dependent on the ones in your ring finger. As a result, when your middle finger is folded, you cannot move your ring finger. If you’ve managed to lift your ring finger, congrats! You’ve got a very rare ability — your tendons are very flexible, and there are very few people like you on Earth.
9. A tendon on your wrist
This muscle, which looks like a small tendon, is called the Palmaris Longus, and it helps us to flex our wrist. However, some of us have it, and some don’t. There are other muscles in your forearm that also do this job, so you don’t really need the tendon’s help. It was useful for our ancestors who used their forelimbs to move around. If you don’t have this prominent feature, congrats! You’re among the 10–15% of humans on Earth who were born without it in one or both of their arms.
These marks of cuteness and attractiveness can be seen on around 20% of the population. In fact, dimples are a desirable “deformity” on a person’s face. However, it is considered to be a sweet deformity, and some people even have plastic surgery to get this unique feature. What’s more, you look younger with dimples on your face. The point is that dimples are associated with the cuteness of children and babies. That’s why people with dimples often look younger!
11. Wisdom teeth
Do you have a lucky friend who doesn’t know how it feels to have wisdom teeth? Or maybe you are that lucky person? Let’s go back to the prehistoric era. Our ancestors’ jaws were larger and more prognathic because their teeth played a vital role in their survival. They were used to help chew and grind food such as leaves, roots, and raw meat. As it evolved, the human brain greatly expanded in size, which resulted in a narrowing of the jaw. However, the genes that control the number of teeth are independent of those that control our brain development, which leads to an inconsistency where the human jaw isn’t that big but still has wisdom teeth.
12. Tickling yourself
Studies at University College London have shown that the cerebellum (the area at the back of the brain) can predict sensations when you make your own movements but cannot do it when someone else has an impact on your body. When you try to tickle yourself, your brain cancels the response of other brain areas to the tickle. It is notable that scientists have found that some people are able to tickle themselves. However, they say that this ability could be a sign of a greater risk of schizophrenia as their brain cannot recognize this voluntary act.
Bonus: There are lots of different things people like about each other, and veiny arms are among them.
It’s not only women who are attracted to veiny arms as the same situation is found when women have such arms. Veins are associated with great health, strength, and reliability, especially in dangerous situations. What everyone likes about this fact is that we all can have veiny arms! There are lots of pieces of advice on the internet about exercises and even diets. Start making your dream come true right now!
Can you do any of the things listed above? Demonstrate or tell us in the comments what your power is. Remember, if you don’t have any of these qualities, you’re no less gifted!