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'''Don't be shy.''' Can you do something that other people find useful, entertaining, or impressive? Don't hide it under a bushel! Instead, post here. Put your proficiency in parentheses. Add new categories and skills as appropriate.
'''Don't be shy.''' Can you do something that other people find useful, entertaining, or impressive? Don't hide it under a bushel! Instead, post here. Put your proficiency in parentheses. Add new categories and skills as appropriate.
==Automotive Skills==
See also:
===Drive Stick Shift===
[[Students with Language Skills]]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (maniacally)
[[Students with Automotive Skills]]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dpr Daniel Rooney] (erotically)
[[Students with Body Skills]]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06bwd Brendan Dougherty] (smooth as shit out of a duck's ass)
[[Students with Computer Skills]]
Joe Shoer '06 (that's what she said)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07kfm Katie Montgomery] (could drive anything from a '82 Toyota Tercel to a forklift, or so she believes)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jmc Jessica Chung] (She learned in a week.)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08sjp Samantha Peterson] (automatics are for women)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jyl Janey Waney Lee] (She doesn't even need to say anything.)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06ljw Leah Joy Weintraub] (In her other life, she actually is a race car driver.) (So she has problems making right turns.)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06lc Lucy Cox-Chapman](Better than her brother)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09jrc Jay Cox-Chapman](Worse than his sister)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07hmh Helena Harnik] (I have two driving licenses, one for each side of the road. Yeah that's right- I can use either hand to shift. That makes me 2x more stick-savvy than everyone else)
[[Ronit Bhattacharyya '07]] (Only ever driven stick shift; now I just wish I could drive on the right side of the road)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08amr_2 Anne Royston '08] (can shift from both driver's and passenger's seat; working on backseat)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07mse Matthew Earle '07] (Double-clutch downshifts saves wear on synchros, but may have caused the expensive timing chain misalignment he just had fixed)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon] (Including sketchy old truck clutches)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06chh Clara Hard] (West Coast style)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09nsc Nick Colella] (Has to watch out for moose)
===Drive Really Fast In Reverse===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dsf Danny Fischler] once pulled a k-turn, maxing at around 20mph, across the width of a freeway entrance.  With [http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06rmb Becky frickin' Burditt] in the back seat.  Ca-raaaaaazy.
===Sweet Jumps===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] likes to go as fast as he can when he sees speed bumps and likes to think he gets an inch or two of air in his 2-ton SUV every time.
===Change a Tire===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez '06] has changed more than his fair share of tires and learned that salt+rust will effectively glue a wheel onto the axle. Solution? Wedge the flat edge of your hubcap-removal tool into the jammed area and whack the crap out of it with a hammer. Eventually, if you're lucky, that wheel will pop right off.
===Jumpstart a Car===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez '06] has also had his fair share of car jumpstarts and knows not to connect the black plug to red and red plug to black. If you do, you will blow the battery fuse in your fusebox and burn out some expensive component in your car. Through his learning processes, he found just how costly it is to replace the stock amp that powers your stereo.
[[Jonathan Landsman]] (who's been zapped)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06ljw Leah Joy Weintraub] (but only if you ask nicely)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon]
=== Parallel Park ===
[[Jonathan Landsman]], native New Yorker, has parked in spots so tight that getting in and out depended on using room provided by nudging cars parked in front and behind, counting on the flexibility of their shocks.  His record in Williamstown was set when moving into his [[Morgan#East|Morgan East]] room for the [[Summer 2004|Summer of 2004]], when he parked at the top of [[Spring Street]], leaving enough room on either end of the car to fit one finger, but not two.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] is also a native New Yorker and often takes it upon himself to giggle at the non-city folk that have such a tough time parking in huge spots on Spring Street.
===Get Parking Tickets ===
[[Chris St.Cyr]]  (5 tickets and the infamous car boot to the front tire in first two months here as a freshman)
[[Evan Miller]] (6 in as many days)
[[Jonathan Landsman|Jonathan Landsman '05]] two in three days in Queens, NYC.  Both while at the vehicle, one while inside it.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] accidentally left car parked illegally outside of Mission for days to find 4 tickets upon his return.
===Get Speeding Tickets===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] (2 tickets, 88 in a 55 in Virginia and 91 in a 65 in New Jersey--cut down to 84 by the nice state trooper--within a month)
==Oral Skills==
===I can blow free-floating saliva bubbles===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06bwd Brendan Dougherty] (Mr. Bubbles)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (I can catch it, too)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08smc Sara Carian]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08jvd James DiCosmo]
===I can curl my tongue into a W===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09les Leah Shoer]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06jak Jessie Kerr]
===I can touch my tongue to my nose===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06bwd Brendan Dougherty]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06lc Lucy Cox-Chapman]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jfm Jake Manley]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07whp Hazen Parsons] (Without even having to strain.)
[[Amanda R. Van Rhyn '06 | Amanda Van Rhyn]]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=0jak Jessie Kerr]
===I can tie a cherry stem into a knot in my mouth===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (gimme 40 seconds)
[[Julianne Shelby '06 | Julianne Shelby]]
Liz Macek, '07
===I can turn my tongue so it's vertical instead of horizontal===
[[Diana Davis '07]]
[[Julianne Shelby '06]]
[[Jessie Kerr '06]]
===I can turn my tongue past vertical, until it's upside down===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06bwd Brendan Dougherty]
[[Lynette Yorgey]]
[[Joe Shoer '06]] (I thought everyone could)
==Manual Skills==
===I can snap my fingers by flipping my wrist===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (right hand only)
[[Ronit Bhattacharyya '07]] (both hands)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09jrd Jonathan Dahlberg] - amazingly well
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon]
===I can snap without my thumb.===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07whp Hazen Parsons] (right hand more audible...my ticket to fame.)
===I can pull my fingers back to touch the back of my hand===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jgc John Chatlos] can.
[[Amanda R. Van Rhyn '06 | Amanda Van Rhyn]] can pull her thumb back to touch her forearm, which is almost as good.
==Other body skills==
===Face Tricks===
Some people can hang a spoon from their nose.
Liz macek can hang 4 spoons on her face simultaneously
Jessie can make her nose crack
===Ear Tricks ===
Katie Montgomery can move her ears independently of one another.
Margit Sande-Kerback '05 can wiggle her ears.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] can wiggle his ears, but he can only move his left ear independent of his right, not vice-versa.
[[Amanda R. Van Rhyn '06 | Amanda Van Rhyn]] can wiggle her left ear. Just her left ear.
Andrew Meador can wiggle his ears separately or together.
===I can dislocate my...===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09bro Bonnie O'Keefe] can dislocate her right hip.
[[Amanda R. Van Rhyn '06 | Amanda Van Rhyn]] can dislocate her right shoulder. (Also, judging by the number of stupid body tricks she's signed up for, she might be a circus freak.)
=== I Can Get a Cool/Rare/Weird Disease ===
[[Seth Brown|Seth Brown '01]] (scurvy)
Jesse Dill (amoebic dysentery, pleurisy)
[[Ronit Bhattacharyya '07]] (amoebic dysentery)
==Computer Languages==
===Assembly Language===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon] (kind of...)
[[Paul N. Stansifer '07]] (my claim to masculinity)
Steve Winslow '04
[[Brent Yorgey]] '04
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon]
[[Brent Yorgey]] '04
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09ras Rahul Shah]
[[Brent Yorgey]] '04 (the most beautiful language ever -- don't give me this Ruby crap)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dpr Daniel Rooney] (disgusting)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (shamefully well)
[[Brent Yorgey]] '04 (I frickin' TEACH this language)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jmc Jessica Chung] (not bad either.)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (just a pinch)
Joe Shoer '06 (though he's ashamed to admit he knows such a stupid language)
Sam Clapp '06 (It is NOT a stupid language!  Three cheers for graphical programming!)
[[Daniel Klein '06|Daniel Klein]] (too good for word processing)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (too poor for Word)
[[Diana Davis '07]] (infinitely superior to anything else)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon] (It's pretty frickin sweet)
(cons '[[Brent Yorgey]] (cons '04
(cons '[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jmc Jessica Chung] '07)))
[[Daniel Klein '06|Daniel Klein]] (is too a real language)
[[Joe Shoer '06]] (it's my thesis, and I can do more with it than the math nerds can)
[[Laura Effinger-Dean '06]] (I make pretty pictures for my thesis!)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06nsy Nick Yates '06] (Pretty spirals!  Ooh!)
[[Diana Davis '07]] (I'll isoperimeterize you!)
Any physics major worth their weight in problem sets
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06nsy Nick Yates '06] (For a number theoretic software called [http://pari.math.u-bordeaux.fr/ PARI]; similar to C)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06cks Kai Steverson] (competent)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (wizardly)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08jwc_2 Jing Cao] (kind of)
[[Brent Yorgey]] '04 (JAPH)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07yfh Young Hahn] (godly)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08kch Katherine Huang] (sort of)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07dcs Dave Senft] (also knows what the P stands for)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (a terrible language)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon] (the scripting language of choice)
[[Daniel Klein '06|Daniel Klein]] (it makes statistics fun!)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (needs to learn how to put his skills on his own line but is probably very capable at R)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06emm Evan Miller] (the scripting language of choice)
[[Ronit Bhattacharyya '07]] (the most beautiful language ever)
===WC237 Microcode===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tfv Travis Vachon] (well, at one point at least...)
[[Ronit Bhattacharyya '07]] (hey, at least I'm not claiming CSS & HTML to be languages)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07jmc Jessica Chung] (Don't make me clipware you.)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07whp Hazen Parsons]
[[Jonathan Landsman|Jonathan Landsman '05]] (godly)
[[Jonathan Landsman|Jonathan Landsman '05]] (fears no page/margin/line spacing/font size requirement)
==Human Languages==
===American Sign Language===
[[Ameeda H. Chowdhury '07]]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09am_4 Aroop Mukharji]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07am Auyon Mukharji]
[[Ronit Bhattacharyya '07]]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07ra Rowena Ahsan]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] (learned a little bit while abroad in Barcelona)
===Chinese (Cantonese, Hakka, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, Hokkien, Teochew...)===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09lcj Lauren Johnson]
[[Lars Enwereuzor Kana Ojukwu]] '07
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] (He used to be much better, but he now inserts random Catalán words in French conversation.)
[[Diana Davis '07]] is still pretty good at French.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08sjp Samantha Peterson] is majoring in it, so she probably knows a few phrases.
Hazen (As in I can write in it and tell you how to pronounce the letters of their alphabet.  I didn't write this.)
Math nerds know the Greek alphabet.
So do Classics majors.
Robert Streicker '07
Zachary Ulman '06
[[Danny Fischler '06]]
Davida Kutscher '03
Elissa Brown '09
[[Ameeda H. Chowdhury '07]]
[[Ananda V. Burra '07]]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06ng Nikhar Gaikwad]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09ras Rahul Shah]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07rsr Ridhima Raina]
[[Ronit Bhattacharyya '07]]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09nn Sandy Nandagopal]
[[Lucy Cox-Chapman '06]] spent a semester in Italy
[[Amanda R. Van Rhyn '06 | Amanda Van Rhyn]] now knows how to say "my husband got drunk and hit me."
[[Diana Davis '07]] frequently mutters small phrases in Japanese. People think she is mumbling, becuase they don't understand Japanese. In addition to randomly speaking in Japanese, she also randomly speaks English with an excellent Japanese accent.
[[Leah Weintraub '06]] spent a semester in Japan. Ergo, she probably speaks Japanese.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08cvw Charlotte White] rocks at Japanese, and is easily distracted by pretty things from Japan. She also says "WTF Japan" rather often. As should we all.
===Pig Latin===
[[Seth Brown]] taught a course on Pig Latin during Winter Study 1997.
[[Alden Robinson '06]] whopat dopo yopou thopink opof thopat?
[[Jonathan Landsman|Jonathan Landsman '05]] can say "What's up, sweetheart?"
I am hungry.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06tmg Michael Gallagher]
[[Emily Button '07]] can say "I've seen more women than you've seen sparrows!"
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08ik Ilya Khodosh] does an excellent drunk old Russian man impression.
[[Suzanne C. Walsh '05]] can say, "Her breasts are as big as pineapples" and can translate for fiends who lose the ability to speak English and can only speak in Russian while drunk. She is also known to mutter things in Georgian.  And we're not talking about, "y'all."
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] (speaks Dominican Spanish--impossible to comprehend for most other spanish speakers because it sounds more like really fast Italian than anything else)
[[Jonathan Landsman|Jonathan Landsman '05]] (budding bachatero)
[[Alan Cordova '06]]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09bry Bernard Yaros]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09st Sofia Torres] (but apparently she speaks Mexican, a variation of Spanish)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08pmr Paulette Rodriguez] can speak Spanish without consonants (also known as Puerto Rican--similar to Dominican)
Sarah Steege can speak with or without the sexy Spanish lisp.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06rlw Rachel Winch]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07dcs Dave Senft] can count to four in turkish, and also knows six through eight, and ten.
==Other Languages==
==Other Languages==

Revision as of 22:44, November 9, 2005

Don't be shy. Can you do something that other people find useful, entertaining, or impressive? Don't hide it under a bushel! Instead, post here. Put your proficiency in parentheses. Add new categories and skills as appropriate.

See also:

Students with Language Skills

Students with Automotive Skills

Students with Body Skills

Students with Computer Skills

Other Languages

Caveman Talk

Chris St.Cyr


Dog Bark

Danny Fischler '06 barks at cars, beeping alarms, and squirrels with nice legs.

Cat Meow

Alexa Herlach and she does it often.

Julianne Shelby '06 is probably just actually a cat

Cow Moo

Bear Growl

Despite failing to get the dancing, trained circus bear part of "Gorky" in her high school's production of "The Cave Dwellers," Katie Montgomery was lauded for her ability to sound sort of like a bear.


Samantha Peterson can burp the alphabet. Backwards.

Circus Arts & other amazing feats

I can ride a unicycle!

Alex Ambros (the 1 in 2000 girl)

Elissa Brown (in the same entry as Alex - what's the probability of that?)

Abby McBride can too!

Bryan Dragon can but doesn't want anybody to know about it.

I can slackline

Elissa Brown (shakily)

Alex Ambros

Dave Kleinschmidt (if I'm lucky)

Evan Bick

Sean McKenzie (anywhere and everywhere)

I can juggle (balls, clubs, knives, flaming torches, etc.)

Alex Ambros (working on passing clubs)

Elissa Brown (see above. We'll get it eventually)

Ben Brooks (I can do everything listed in the title except "etc." Whatever that is...)

Jason Ren (I can do everything listed AND Etc. I know what it is)

Robin Stewart (He's the master)

Jacob Eisler '04 says his one of his two major accomplishments in high school was learning to juggle.


Margaret Pigman can read and write braille, and has a braille typewriter! And, and, and! Margaret takes class notes in Braille.

Diana Davis '07 can write holding a pencil with her toes.

Jonathan Landsman '05 is the fastest two-finger typist there is, and can do so blindly.


Joseph Gangestad '06 can do an uncanny Gollum (Andy Serkis)

Dan Wollin can too.


Lisetta Shah can find 4-leaf clovers pretty much just by looking down at the ground for a couple seconds, and sometimes without even that much effort.

Alex Ambros see above, plus those trippy five and six leaf ones