13 pointless skills everyone from Cambridge has

Here in Cambridge we think that Cantabrigians are the best of the best. We're known for being bright and ambitious at school and work while still excelling in outdoor athletic pursuits like cycling and rowing.

And if you don't agree that we are the best, we will contest that because one of our characteristic skills is being competitive!

While many of our skills are essential to everyday life, a few may be slightly more obscure and rather pointless to people outside of the Cambridge bubble.

Things like knowing how to punt and how to avoid aggressive swans may be useless for someone who calls Manchester home, but here it is the difference between getting soaking wet and staying nice and dry on the river.

So in no particular order, here are the 13 pointless skills many people from Cambridge possess.

1. Knowing how to punt like a boss

Don't mind us, just punting over here…

It's amazing to be able to navigate a punt, and we can all agree it's nice to have a smug smile as we glide past struggling tourists. But anywhere else, except maybe Oxford and Venice, it's not a very handy skill.

2. The ability to evade being chased by the cows on the common

We know they are gentle giants but that doesn't stop us from getting a bit of a fright if they get too close.

Luckily enough for those of us experts here in Cambridge we know exactly how to get around that.

3. Knowing the difference between Christ's, Jesus and Corpus Christi

Christ's College, Cambridge

Come on it's really easy!

That may be the case, but probably only if you are from Cambridge. Your average tourist just knows them as another massive walled building they aren't allowed to enter.

4. Being able to avoid the aggressive swans

A vicious swan nicknamed 'Mr Asbo' which has been terrifying rowers on the River Cam

I mean everyone knows the story of Mr Asbo, the terror of the River Cam.

And Cantabrigians are sure to have the correct skills in avoiding them while strolling along the river.

5. Understanding you can't drive on the Guided Busway

The guided busway has a history of cars getting stuck on the tracks (Image: Rob Goodyear)

For awhile there it was hard to go a day without another car getting trapped on the Guided Busway.

If you're from Cambridge you'll chuckle and take pride in your superior driving skills when this happens but in reality if you were a tourist you'd be just as prone to panic if confronted with the strange busway tracks and a diabolical sat nav.

It may seem like the norm for us but the Busway itself is relatively unique to the city, and not many people are familiar with it.

Once again we can take pride in knowing how it works and also the fact that we have it and others don't.

6. Knowing the shortcuts to avoid photo crazy tourists

Coach loads of people take walking tours in Cambridge (Image: David Johnson)

Come summer when all the streets are full of selfie sticks and slow moving groups, we are confident that we know the shortcuts and alternate streets to keep us going on our merry way.

7. Can name countless medieval buildings around the city

All Saints' Church, Chesterton Tower and, of course, the colleges. Naturally, we can tell you which kings and queens commissioned the buildings too.

8. Speedy reactions to dodge cyclists on every road

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