Did you know that people with real superpowers actually exist? People who possess incredible sight, stamina, and durability. But that’s not all!
Some even possess the ability to project energy, have an uncanny memory, and even employ X-ray vision! So if you’ve ever wished you could have superpowers similar to Superman, the Hulk, Wolverine, or any other awesome superhero, guess what, its possible (sort of). Just when you thought this stuff could only be found in comic books, cartoons or even on the big screen, right! Now, I know what you are probably thinking: Everybody knows that superhuman strength, super speed, adamantium claws, etc. are things of pure imagination. But are they? Not as much as much as you may think.
So get ready to meet 9 Incredible People With Real Superpowers.
Running shirtless and shoeless may not seem like a superhuman power until you consider that Wim Hof ran a half marathon 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle where the temperature is near -20 degrees and the run took 5 hours and 25 minutes! At one point, the attending physician on the run warned Hof not to continue because she couldn’t guarantee that his toes would survive. (They did.) The Iceman practices Tummo, a way of controlling the body’s temperature that is usually only mastered by Tibetan Yogi Monks. To add to his records and feats, Hof has climbed Kilimanjaro in 2 days wearing nothing but his signature black shorts. He also broke his own record of the longest ice bath by staying submerged in ice for 1 hour 13 minutes and 48 seconds. In 2007, he attempted to climb Mount Everest wearing only the shorts but failed. Not because he was too cold, however, rather because he injured his foot.
Super Echolocation Boy
Blinded by cancer as a toddler, Ben Underwood developed the ability to “see” using echolocation. By clicking his tongue, Underwood read the sound waves that bounce off of objects around him. He not only could use these reading to navigate around the objects but could also identify what he was “seeing.” This ability allowed him to function like any other teenager. In fact, the only difference between him and his classmates during his freshman year was that he took his notes in Braille. Underwood taught himself to rollerblade, skateboard, and participate in martial arts, all using echolocation. Sadly, cancer that claimed his eyesight, took his life in January 2009 at the age of 16. Perhaps his greatest superpower was taking lemons and making some really rocking lemonade.
Tim Cridland, better known as Zamora, has been a sideshow phenomenon for decades, able to perform such tortuous tasks as skewering his lower jaw with a sharp rod by sticking it in his mouth and out below his chin. He’s also able to cut into his torso to retrieve recently swallowed items. He insists that he’s able to perform these tasks through a Zen-like approach that allows him to transcend pain. However, many in the medical community believe that Cridland was born with a genetic alteration that causes him to experience no pain. What’s more unbelievable is that he performs these gruesome tricks regularly on tours, day after day, month after month. Talk about super-human stamina.
The Perfect Poet
Tommy McHugh had been experiencing an intense headache that led to the ruptured aneurysm causing his brain to bleed on both sides. After the incident, he began to speak in rhyme and then led him to become artists in the process, as he was compelled to draw, paint, write, and sculpt. Aside from becoming an artist, he also became a nicer person
In 1999, a baby was born in Germany that wowed nurses and doctors. Instead of the usual mushy baby fat, Uberboy, as he’s come to be called, sported ripped muscles. The tot’s amazing physique was caused by a genetic disorder that eliminates the myostatin gene, which limits muscle development. The boy’s identity has been closely guarded, however, there are reports that at five years old, he could hold 7 lbs in each hand with his arms outstretched—a feat reportedly difficult for the average adult. Other members of his family also are known to exhibit excessive strength, including his grandfather who is said to be able to lift 330 lbs paving stones single-handedly.
Uberboy’s prognosis is unknown and his condition continues to be monitored. It is unclear if this genetic alteration will cause his muscle development to be completely depleted at a young age or not. Scientists are hoping that by studying Uberboy’s muscle development and the genes that cause it, they will find therapies to help patients with muscular dystrophy—a super commendable mission.
The Real Aquaman
New Zealander Dave Mullins is capable of swimming underwater for, not only record amount of time but also record distance. In September 2007, Mullins shattered his own record when he swam underwater for 4 minutes 2 seconds, swimming a total distance of 244 meters with a single breath. Mullins, whose specialty is free diving, set a New Zealand record in April 2008 when he dove 108 meters with no oxygen tank or specialized equipment. He’s only the fifth man in New Zealand to reach a depth of 100 meters. Mullins trains his muscles to work while deprived of oxygen. This allows him to swim further and longer, but also leads to a build-up of lactic acid in his leg muscles. After a record-breaking swim, Mullins requires a few days of recovery, but he’s
still pretty super.
In Brazil, there lives and works a man who appears to have the power to perform invisible surgeries with his hands. At 16, while wandering from village to village looking for work, Joao had the vision to go to a local church. It is said that he performed healing miracles there. Although he says he has no memory of this, it established him as a world-class healer. Today, thousands of people visit John of God daily for healing. He performs visible surgeries without any anesthesia. According to supporters of John, visible sutures have been seen on body scans of those who have undergone invisible surgeries.
At 6 ft, 280 lbs, Chris Morgan is a formidable teenager who was chosen as Britain’s Strongest Schoolboy in 2009. He is able to lift a Ford Fiesta, weighing in at almost a ton. Morgan consumes 5,000 calories a day and works out at least 5 times a week. Weighing only 5 lbs 5 oz at birth, he grew up watching the World’s Strongest Man competition each Christmas and aspired to win it himself. Morgan helps out around the house by lifting furniture as his mother vacuums. He credits his amazing strength to his strict regimen of exercise.
A Russian schoolboy named Nikolai Kryaglyachenko claimed that he gained magneto-like abilities after being hit with a massive electric shock. It was due to a lamppost with a faulty wire, which he accidentally leaned against. Skeptics believed otherwise, but he was not the first who became a human magnet in history though.