An unusual talent

Posted: May 19, 2017 in Misc. Photo Challenges, Personal
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I grew up for the most part in a small house in Omaha, Nebraska.  There were two bedrooms with the bathroom between them.  My mom made a beautiful third room out of the unfinished attic, all on her own.  My dad says he helped by staying out of the way.  🙂   That was my room, which was great.  But to get to the bathroom, I had to go through either my parents’ room or risk my life trying to get through my brother’s messy room.

The bathroom had white, hexagonal tiles on the floor, just like these I saw in a Philadelphia bathroom recently.  I’ve seen them other places as well.  When I had occasion to sit for a time in the bathroom staring at these tiles,  I discovered an unusual talent.

Stereoscopic photography, something we used in college geology class, is basically what Viewmasters do.  Two identical photos are placed a small distance apart and when viewed through a viewer, you see them one atop the other, creating a 3-D effect.  I could do that with my eyes, counting how many tiles I could get to overlap.

My geography professor didn’t believe me until I described a photo to him.  My eyes don’t cross, either.  I’m not sure how useful that talent is, but it’s fun and can be done other places than bathrooms.

Did you have tiles like these in your bathroom?  Can you see in 3-D?  Do you have an unusual/weird talent?


  1. that’s great that you can see this way ;o) must laugh as I read about the help of your dad… that’ what mark should do too LOL

  2. Applause to your Mom. 🙂 We couldn’t afford tile on the floor, and I wouldn’t be able to see the 3D either. No special talents unless having good old Yankee ingenuity counts. 🙂

  3. HonieBriggs says:

    I can see faces, sometimes entire scenes with people and animals, patterned in the grain of wooden cabinets, swirls in ceramic tile, water droplets on windows (check out the My Loyal Follower page on my blog). I’m like that old lady who finds faces of dead presidents on the conveyor belt at the potato chip factory. (Kidding, sort of). Cloud watching as a child was where I developed this talent.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    I have done that with patterns in floor tiles and floor coverings. Things actually start to move a bit and some things fade and disappear. It’s weird what our minds can do.

  5. julieallyn says:

    This reminds me of how I’m able to – another talent?!? – to watch a fan moving in one direction and then make it appear as if the blades switch gears and can be seen turning in the other direction. 🙂

  6. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Maybe you have a precursor to x-ray vision? How cool is that? My talent? I see in 3D all day long; people, buildings, cars coming at me, birds, et al. 🙂

  7. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I had a free-hand drawing instructor in college who would set up blocks of various sizes and shapes and challenge us to draw them as though we were on the other side of the table looking back at them in our direction. It was quite useful when I got into the trade and had to read blueprints upside down, or flip-flop dimensions to layout mirror-image condos for wiring.

  8. Leya says:

    I knew you were gifted…but this I would never have guessed…;-D

    • 🙂 It’s not really something you run into every day. Most people I’ve mentioned it to are rather skeptical because they can’t see that my eyes are doing anything differently.


  9. anne leueen says:

    We used to have these tiles on the bathroom floor when I was a kid. When I look at your photo the tiles start to move but not move. Not sure that is a talent or a nuisance. LOL

  10. joey says:

    I’ve done the same, but I thought everyone did? Non?
    Remember those years I told you our bedroom and the nursery were in the basement? I’d walk up the stairs on the north side and cross the entire house to the south side every night. And I spent an entire pregnancy doing that… My MIL joked about getting me a bedpan, sometimes I wasn’t sure I’d make it! lol
    And that bathroom, when we bought that house, had CARPET in it. Ewwww. We tiled that sucker 🙂

  11. My eyes hurt just thinking about it! I guess it made the trip to the bathroom less boring. 🙂