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They say that to master a particular skill or discipline takes about 10,000 hours of practice. Talent bred in the bone plays a role as well, whether it's physical build or one of those strange genetic quirks like absolute pitch, and there's a long list of other factors that shape a person's abilities. But there's one distinct commonality: when a person is truly great at something, we love to watch them do it (even if their talent occasionally makes us burn with jealousy, too). Here are a few links about people who can do incredible things:
- A Japanese TV show pitted three master Olympic fencers against a mob of 50 amateurs, and filmed the results. Surprisingly, it's not entirely unlike how such scenes are choreographed in movies. [url]
- Axl Rose, Mariah Carey and Prince top out the list of popular singers ranked by vocal range. The Guns N' Roses singer's voice goes down to the contra F and has reached nearly a full octave above the soprano C. [url]
- A 17-year-old student has accomplished the almost-unprecedented feat of being accepted at all eight Ivy League schools. Kwasi Enin eventually chose Yale, admitting he had favored it all along. [url]
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