New Delhi: Superhero characters can gain a multitude of powers. The Flash has incredible super speed, Professor X is the most powerful telepath, Wonder Woman can compel anyone to tell the truth and Superman has just about every cool power there can be — except the ones we’re going to talk about today.
As the world celebrates Superman day on Tuesday, which also marks 80 years of Man of Steel, DC Comics released a short animated film to honour the day.
Between all this, we bring to you some real life superheroes from across the world:
Madhya Pradesh’s most ‘attractive’ man
Arun Raikwar, 37, claims to be magnetic and has demonstrated his bizarre talent by placing household cutlery all over his body. A photographer by profession, Arun from Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh in India, discovered his unusual talent only a few months ago when he was doing some household work.
The man can survive on air alone
A devotee of Amba Mata, Prahlad Jani claims that he hasn’t had a morsel of food since 1940! He is one of India’s unsolved mysteries. Jani was once locked in a room for 10 days for observational studies, where it was found that he was perfectly healthy without food and water!
The girl with the third eye
Yogamaatha, a 12-year-old girl from North Carolina, USA, can read sections of news articles, while blindfolded.
The girl with X-Ray vision
Natasha Demkina has an X-ray vision that can see through people’s skin. This Russian girl once told a doctor, where all his scars from a previous car accident were.
The boy with an incredible brain
Daniel Tammet, who has autistic savant syndrome, can recite the mathematical constant Pi (3.141…) from memory to 22,414 decimal places in 5 hours, 9 minutes, without error! Tammet also acquires the gift of languages, where he can speak variety of languages including English, French, Finnish, German, Spanish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Estonian, Icelandic, Welsh and Esperanto.
Vietnam’s Ngoc Thai got high fever once in 1973. Ever since, he hasn’t slept. There is no medicine to his insomnia, and the doctors say that there are no side effects to his insomnia other than a weak liver function. Despite carrying 50 kg bags of pig feed for 4 km every day his tired body doesn’t go to sleep. Therapies and sleeping pills have no effect on Ngoc.
The human camera
Stephen Wiltshire is gifted with the most brilliant photographic memory where he can remember the smallest of things and he can draw it with just one glance.
Daniel Browning Smith, also known as The Rubberboy, is the most flexible man on Earth! A five time Guiness Record holder, Daniel can roll up like a ball.
Ben Underwood was diagnosed with retinal cancer at the age of two and had his eyes removed at three. At the age of 5, Ben discovered he could detect things around him by making quick clicking noises with his tongue. So basically, like dolphins, he used sound to detect the exact location of a thing. This ability helped Ben to take part in activities like running, basketball, bicycle-riding, football and skateboarding. Unfortunately, in 2009, this superhero lost his life to cancer.
The lion whisperer
Kevin Richardson known as the ‘lion whisperer’ can speak to the big cats. Be it a ferocious cheetah or an intimidating lion, he can easily tame the kings of the jungles.
The tooth king
Rathakrishnan Velu from Malaysia has pulled a seven-coach train with a steel rope one end of which was tied to the train and the other tied between his teeth! He holds a Guinness for this un-explainable ability.
Wim Hof climbed Mount Everest in his shorts! This incredible man can stay submerged in ice for more than two hours without his body temperature changing one bit.
By using a meditation technique called Tum-mo, Buddhist monks can lower their metabolism by 64%. To put it in perspective, your metabolism only drops 10 to 15% when you sleep. They can also increase the temperatures of their fingers and toes by 17 degrees. No one knows how. This control over their body temperature allows the monk to comfortably survive in temperatures experts call “scrotum-negating, penguin-urine cold.”
The Eats It All
Michel Lotito can eat and even digest metal, glass and even toxic, poisonous material. His stomach lining is twice as thick as normal, a rare condition that most doctors agree developed in the womb. Lotito even entered the Guinness book of records when he ate an airplane. It took him two years to do it, but he ate two pounds of metal per day during the whole thing. Recent X-rays show he still has pieces of metal in his stomach and even a chain still stuck in there. This has just left us wondering how would plane-poop be like!
The torture king
Tim Cridland specialises in sword swallowing, fire walking, sleeping on beds of nails (once even with a Toyota over him), body skewering and electrocuting himself. Tim says he can do this because he has mastered mind over matter. Does he even bleed?