Most of us are fascinated by the unusual. We stare transfixed and probably make judgements on whether it’s a good thing, or not, that we’re incapable of the same task. An entire industry, the carnival, makes a living on our unwillingness to turn away.
Do you know anyone who’s had a particularly unusual talent? For some reason a kid I knew years ago just popped into mind, and I thought I’d share his gift.
This was at summer camp and he was just a cute, normal lookin’ little fella, probably about 10 or so. But he could gulp down mouthfuls of air for a couple of minutes, audibly forcing them into his distinded stomach, and then he’d let fly with the most enormous, freakishly gutteral, call the back pasture, scare the cat burp that you ever could imagine. It was the most bizarre sight… this cute little kid going “BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrRRRPPPPPPPP” for easily well over a minute.
Needless to say, since we were only 14 or so ourselves, we absolutely howled with laughter whenever the kid would sound off. Even on closing day, when all the parents and families had assembled for closing ceremonies and a counselor got him to do it one last time, literally hundreds of people were clutching their sides with laughter after Kenny let fly with one last, memorable gush.
What tremendous talents have you been witness to or, possibly, might possess yourself?