Ten Examples of Human Super Powers

Yeury By Yeury, 24th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/j5na38n_/
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Have you ever found yourself wanting to have super powers like Superman or The Flash? Wouldn't it be amazing to experience yourself having super human strength or being able to run at intense speeds for long periods of time? Although having powers as ridiculous as the ones found in DC comics is currently(here's hoping) unattainable. Here are 10 superpowers humans have been born with or able to obtain.

The Goods.


1. Super Memory

Daniel Tammet is a 27-year-old Englishman with a extraordinarily powerful brain. Daniel Tammet can remember pie up to 22,514 digits! In fact, he did it publicly at Oxford with every number being checked and he made not one mistake. Daniel Tammet can also tell you what day you were born on and what day your birthday will land on this year. His gift of memory is excellent and scientists have said that this gift originates from brain injury. Daniel suffered an epileptic seizure at the age of four that resulted in him developing "Synesthesia" a phenomenon where the human brain interprets letters and numbers as textures and colors. To us pi and it's many digits may seem like a boring sequence of seemingly random numbers, but to Daniel Tammet that same pi appears to him as a colorful landscape that he can easily recall.

2. Super Strength

The Canadian superman Louis Cyr was a farm-hand, lumberjack, policeman, and strong man by trade. He is responsible for such (ridiculous) feats such as:
Lifting a platform on his back holding 18 men for a total of 1976 kg
Lifting a 534-pound (242 kg) weight with one finger
Pushing a freight car up an incline
At 19 years old, he was able to lift a rock from ground up to his shoulder, officially weighted at 514 pounds
He beat Eugen Sandow's bent press record (and therefore the heaviest weight lifted with one hand) by 2 pounds (0.91 kg) to a total of 273 pounds (124 kg).
Resisting the pull of FOUR draught horses who were being whipped to make them pull harder while still standing his ground. Louis Cyr was the strongest man who has ever lived and has many monuments in his name.

3. Iceman

Wim Hof a 48-year-old Dutchman is able to tolerate climates and temperatures that could kill the average human. Hof was hooked up to heart rate and core temperature monitors by doctors to try and understand how he could withstand intense cold. It turns out he had almost no extreme responses after prolonged activity in the cold. The doctors baffled came to the conclusion that Hof is able to control an otherwise uncontrollable reaction the cold such as shock with intense discipline. Hof has accomplished many cold-related feats over many years. In January of 1999 he traveled 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle to run a half-marathon in his bare feet. Three years later, dressed only in a swimsuit, he dove under the ice at the North Pole and earned a Guinness World Record for the longest amount of time swimming under the ice 80 meters to be exact.

4. Ultra Endurance

Dean Karnazes is an American ultramarathon runner. Ever since he was a child he has a running career that started with running home school and extending his routes continuously, This later evolved into organizing and running in events with other children. By age 11 Karnazes had hiked across the Grand Canyon itself! This love of running extended to his adulthood and his feats only increased in impressiveness. Accomplishing such things as:
Running 350 miles (560 km) in 80 hours and 44 minutes without sleep in 2005
Single-handedly completed "The Relay", a 199-mile (320 km) run from Calistoga to Santa Cruz, eleven times
Running a marathon to the South Pole in −13 °F (−25 °C) temperatures without snowshoes in 2002
Running a marathon in each of the 50 states in 50 consecutive days in 2006(Yikes! And sometimes I have trouble running to the bus stop 4 blocks away.)

5. Human Echolocation

Ben Underwood has rewired his brain through training to allow himself to see through sound because of his lack of sight. Diagnosed with retinal cancer at the age of two, Ben Underwood had to have his eyes removed at the age of three. By five he had taught himself how to see with sound or echolocation. Underwood procured a series of clicking noises with his toungue's which would bounce off objects to allow him to view the world around him. His echolocation was so proficient he was able to to play sports that required alot of hand-eye coordination such as playing basketball, football, and skateboarding with relative ease.

6. Super Reflexes

The man to put all stunt devils out of business has arrived! Isao Machii a modern samurai has taken hand-eye coordination beyond any other human on earth. Machii is able to cut a speeding bullet mid-air. At a firing range outside of Los Angeles, filmmakers used a special camera to slow down the film 250 times just to be able to catch Machii performing the act. “This is about processing it at an entirely different sensory level because he is not visually processing it," Durvasula says in the video. "This is a different level of anticipatory processing. Something so procedural, something so fluid for him.” Machii was able to cut a pellet 4000 times smaller than a baseball while it was moving at 200 mph. Simply Astonishing.

7. Stomach of Steel

Michel Lotito later dubbed "Monsieur Mangetout" ("Mr Eat-all") was a French entertainer who made his living from eating indigestible objects. He would usually eat things such as many objects made of metal, glass, rubber and other harmful materials. On separate occasions he disassembled, cut-up and dined on bicycles, television sets, super market shopping carts, and even an airplane! There have been estimates of Lotito having eaten "nearly nine tons of metal" between 1959 and 1997. Lotito's eating procedure for all this metal was to to break it into minuscule pieces, lubricating his throat with mineral oil and proceeding to swallow the metal with water. He never suffered any side effects from eating all these inedible items and had no problem using the restroom after. He later died but according to the coroner's report his death was unrelated to his "eating habits".

8. Rubberman

Mr. Fantastic Daniel Smith Better known as the Rubberboy, Smith can do some amazing things with his flexible body. Unlike other contortionists, he can bend in all directions, he can bend back so much that his head touches the seat of his pants and so much forward that he can literally kiss his own bottom. He can also dislocate both his arms and legs, and can also turn his torso 180 degrees. Additionally Smith is able to crawl through an unstrung tennis racket without dislocating his arms which is simply. Smith is also able to rotate his torso 180 degrees and because of that holds many Guinness world records.

9. The Human Camera

Have you ever looked at an amazing view and wished that your eyes were like cameras that can capture the moment forever? Well Stephen Wiltshire can do that thanks to his amazing eidetic memory. Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London when he was five, where he expressed interest in drawing. The instructors at the Queensmill School encouraged him to speak by taking away his art supplies temporarily so that eventually he would have to ask for them. Stephen responded by making sounds and eventually uttered his first word. That word was "paper."Recently, Wiltshire was taken on a helicopter ride across New York to memorize the landscape. He was able to successfully recreate the New York City skyline from memory. He completed the sketch in three days, then it was displayed as a billboard at the International Arrivals Hall in Terminal 1 at JFK Airport. It is said that every building was drawn in perfect detail and not one was missed.

10. The Human Calculator

Shakuntala Devi was an Indian social worker with some exceptional mental power. A child prodigy her talents eventually earned her a spot in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records. Devi's father a travelling magician learned about her talents while teaching her a card trick when she was only three years of age. Wowed by her mental prowess her father left the life of a magician and instead invested in his daughter but taking her on road shows that showcased her ability to do complicated calculations. This was extremely impressive due to the fact that she had no formal education to do all this arithmetic. In 1988 a professor of psychology at the University of California tested her ability to perform several tasks. One of these tasks was to calculate the cube root of 61,629,875 and the seventh root of 170,859,375(and I thought cube rooting was hard..). According to Jensen Devi had already provided the answers to both of the math problems before he could copy them down in his notebook(seriously what a badass). Those answers were 395 and 15. Another instance of her insane mental power was showed on June 18, 1980 when she multiplied two 13-digit numbers together. Those numbers being 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779. 28 seconds later she answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 simply incredible.

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author avatar Sean_Victorydawn
17th Apr 2016 (#)

starting from Superman and Flash, this article has to be categorized under Writing-Fantasy-Memoirs and Superheroes

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