Forget about the Justice League or The Avengers, it turns out we have real people with real super powers around us. But instead of having Adamantium claws or moving things with their minds, these real life X-men have revolving heads and um … tummies of steel.
So why waste time standing in line for some fake Hollywood movie? Here’s some amazing people with real super powers!
1. The Human Anvil
Gino Martino is not like most people. He has an amazing super human skull that allows him to break steel bars and concrete over his head! This Human Anvil can withstand having bowling balls dropped onto his super hard head from a height of 15 feet. He also holds the Guinness world record for having the most concrete blocks split over is head – 45.
2. Gary “Stretch” Turner
This guy has the amazing ability of having hyper-elastic skin. Mr. “Stretch” has skin so loose and stretchy that he can pull out his belly skin and turn into a table that’s capable of holding 3 pints of beer. Why anyone would want to be served beer from a skin table is beyond me but if you’re into that kind of thing, then this guy is your man.
3. The Man with The Revolving Head
Martin Joe Laurello AKA “The Man With The Revolving Head” and “The Human Owl” can turn his head around 180° like he’s got Owl genes or something. This guy was really popular in the 1920s, performing with the Dreamland Circus and Ripley’s Believe it or Not side shows.
4. Kittie Smith
This amazing girl’s super powers are writing, painting, sewing, combing her hair, brushing her teeth, dressing herself, playing the piano and carpentry. Pretty unimpressive, huh. Except that she does all these things using only her feet. This lovely girl lost her arms when she was just 9 but was able to function even better and more productively than most people, earning her the nickname, “The Armless Dynamo”.
5. The Man Who Never Sleeps
73-year old Thai Ngoc hasn’t slept a wink in 42 years. The perpetually awake Vietnamese claims that his insomnia started after a bout of high fever in 1973. Due to his inability to sleep, this super insomniac’s productivity is actually double compared to a normal person. He spends is sleepless nights planting and guarding his farm and even spent 3 months of sleepless nights digging two large ponds to raise fish on.
6. The Sherpa Super Humans
Nepal’s Sherpa people have evolved in such a way that they are able to thrive at extremely high altitudes of over 13,000 feet and with lower levels of oxygen that’s 40% less than at sea level. For those of you who don’t know, at that altitude, the low oxygen level can hypoxia, altitude sickness and finally (very quickly too), death. Sherpas also hold the record for having the fastest human evolution on record, taking place in just over 3,000 years.
7. Teeth of Steel
Rathakrishnan Velu of Malaysia has teeth so strong that he is able to pull objects with it as heavy as 200 tons. “King Tooth” as he is aptly called in his country, claims that he got this amazing ability when an Indian guru taught him how to channel all of his strength to a single part of his body. Here we can see him pull a seven-coach train using a steel rope clenched in his mouth, a feat that set the world record for the heaviest weight pulled with teeth.
8. The Rubberboy
Daniel Browning Smith holds the record for the most flexible man alive. His superhuman flexibility has brought the art of contortion to unbelievable heights. This guy is so flexible that he is able to fit himself through an unstrung tennis racket and get himself into a 34 cm × 40 cm × 50 cm box.
9. The Human Camera
London-born artist Stephen Wiltshire, has a visual memory so amazing that he is able to depicted famous cityscapes such as New York, Tokyo and Rome from pure memory and in full detail and accuracy.
10. The Human Computer
Shakuntala Devi has the awesome ability to mentally solve complex mathematical problems within seconds. Her name was entered into the Guinness Book of Records after she solved the product of two 13-digit numbers in just 28 seconds.
11. The Eye-Popper
This man has the strange and unnerving ability to make his eyeballs pop 95% out of their sockets. Currently, Claudio Paulo Pinto is setting his eyes on an eye-popping record.
12. Superhuman Reflex
Isao Machii processes his surroundings in a way that differs from us normal folk. Instead of just seeing an object move through the air, he can also anticipate the next location of the object with uncanny accuracy. This self-proclaimed modern-day samurai warrior can cut an egg in half, slice the top off a mushroom and cut clean through an iron pie. He can also slice a speeding bb gun pellet in half mid-air.
13. The Real Iceman
Dubbed as “The Iceman”, Wim Hof is impervious to cold. The Dutch father of five has broken 21 Guinness World Records including the record for taking the longest ice bath (1 hour and 52 minutes) and running a full marathon above the Arctic wearing nothing but a pair of shorts. This guy even tried climbing Mt. Everest wearing just a pair of shorts but had to stop at 24,000 feet because of a foot injury.
14. The Boy Who Sees Without Eyes
Ben Underwood had his eyes removed when he was just three years old after being diagnosed with retinal cancer. At the age of five, he taught himself echolocation. By making frequent clicking noises with his tongue, he was able to detect the location of objects around him. He used it to accomplish such feats as running, playing basketball, riding a bicycle, rollerblading, playing football, and skateboarding.
15. Mr. Eats All
Michel Lotito has the strange ability to eat all manner of non-consumable objects like metal, rocks and glass and not die like a normal person would. His most impressive feat involved eating an entire Cessna 150 airplane, which he consumed in small bits over the course of two years.