28 MAY 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® dows on each building. Famously in 2005, following a short helicopter ride over Tokyo, he drew a perfect 33-foot landscape of the city, and has since drawn similar landscapes of Rome and other major cities. Daniel Tammet of Barking & Dagenham, England, first became famous when he recited pi from memory to 22,514 dec- imal places. He also speaks 11 languages. In 2007, he was challenged to learn Icelandic (a notoriously difficult language). Seven days later, Daniel was interviewed on Icelandic television, speaking fluent Icelandic. His real talent, however, is num- bers. Numbers, according to Daniel, are special to him. He actually “sees” numbers and calculations - a rare ability called synaesthesia. In his mind, each number from 1 to 10,000 has its own unique shape, color, texture, and feel. He has described 289 as being particularly ugly, 333 as particularly attractive, and pi as beautiful. Ellen Boudreaux (USA) is visually impaired, and to navigate around, makes chirping noises that bounce off objects in her path so she can detect the reflected sound, like her own form of personal sonar. She has amazing unexplainable time- keeping skills. When she was eight years old, she listened to the “time lady”. Before the Internet, people could call the “time lady” to hear a “speaking clock”, right down to the second. From then on, Ellen has instinctively known the exact hour, minute, and second of a day at all times. Similar to Leslie Lemke, Ellen has exceptional musical talents and can play music after hearing it just once. Famously, a reporter once asked her to play a number of obscure songs. Ellen played every one per- fectly. Savant syndrome, with its “islands of genius”, has a long history. The first account of this syndrome appeared in the German psychology journal, Gnothi Sauton , in 1783, which described the case of Jedediah Buxton, a lightning calculator with extraordinary memory. Another early report of the savant syndrome described the lightning calculating ability of Thomas Fuller of South Africa, who couldn't comprehend anything theoretical or practical or more complex than simple counting, but when asked how many seconds a man had lived who was 70 years, 17 days, and 12 hours old, he gave the correct answer of 2,210,500,800, even correcting for the 17 leap years included. As a young boy, I grew up on a dairy farm in the early 1940s, near St. Joseph, Minnesota. To my disbelief, I discovered an unexplainable ability to sense underground water sources from the surface. Since that time, my wife Carol and I have successfully located many hundreds of satisfactory groundwater sources in areas where all other methods of locating such supplies had previously failed. To this day, I am unable to explain this unusual ability. I do not consider myself to be a savant by any stretch of the imagination, but being able to somehow sense the pres- ence of underground water sources certainly falls into the category of what might also be best described as “unex- plainable”. The statements and comments in this article are based on information and references believed to be true and factual. If you have any questions or comments, please forward them to me in care of WWDR . Jim Jim Kuebelbeck may be contacted via e-mail to michele@ worldwidedrillingresource.com Kuebelbeck cont’d from page 27.