You Can Be Endorsed for 'Time Travel' and 'WMDs' on LinkedIn

The social network for professionals lets you endorse people for some pretty unusual skills. Here are some of them.

On LinkedIn, you can endorse another user for skill at “rodeo”—like this one in Calgary, Canada, in 2012. (Todd Korol/Reuters)

Likely more popular than Twitter, LinkedIn may be the most anomalous of the modern social networks. It’s not for friends or family or fellow fans—like Facebook, Instagram, and even Pinterest—but for the professional world. It is the most formal social network, the one wearing a suit, the one where you’re most likely to find your insurance agent.

This stiffness carries over into its interface. It is, if not the least weird social network, then certainly the least spunky.

Except when it’s not. See, in LinkedIn, you can endorse other users for certain work skills. And while you can always type in your own skills, the site also auto-completes certain skills you might want to fill in.

And these suggested skills are amazing.

Here is an abridged list of them:

  • Tigers
  • Rodeo
  • Juggling
  • Tender Submissions
  • Vacant Lots
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Horizontal Directional Drilling
  • Shrinkage
  • Time Travel
  • Islands
  • Air
  • Readiness
  • Gamma Knife
  • Street Theatre
  • Haiku
  • Doer
  • Vagrant
  • Impersonations
  • Doorhangers
  • Borehole Seismic
  • Slang
  • Slabs
  • Space Weather
  • Ninja Skills
  • Festivals
  • Zen
  • Pants