Could the X-Men possibly be real? Let’s start with Professor X. Sure, some people claim to have psychic ability and some have demonstrated pretty staggering proof, so that’s not a stretch. With surgery, could we possible give a person Wolverine claws? Sure. However, it’s doubtful we’ll ever have anyone who can shoot heat rays from their eyes, travel through walls or suck the energy from anyone they touch, not to mention control the weather. However, there have been some real human with reported superpowers, one of whom could give Magneto a run for his money. Here are the people around the world reported to have superpowers.
For a long time, languishing in the backwaters of pseudoscience and the occult, there have been claims about “magnetic” people. On its face, it seems like a preposterous assertion. We have no real reason to believe that people can generate a strong magnetic field which emanates from their bodies. However, when this “power” is demonstrated, it can be convincing, if only for a moment.
The Magnetic man.
Liew Thow Lin is often called the “magnetic man.” Metal objects seem to inexplicably stick to his body. He’s stuck as much as 36 kilograms of metal to his body at once and even pulled a car with his body. Significant testing was done on Lin’s body but no magnetic source was found. His skin was however, found to have an abnormal amount of friction.
After a deep medical study, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) lecturer Nasrul Humaimi Mahmood said this ability was probably associated with “suction properties in his skin.” Professor Dr. Mohamed Amin Alias, from UTM’s electrical engineering faculty in Johor, agreed.
He’s been called a medical mystery, but Daniel Browning Smith just calls himself “Rubber Boy.”
“I can dislocate both arms, both legs, turn my torso 180 degrees and all kinds of crazy stuff,” Smith, 35, told ABC News’ “20/20.”
Smith holds the Guinness World Record for most flexible person and the record for fastest time passing through an unstrung tennis racket three times. He is also a stuntman, breaking his arms and legs in movies, and performs at NBA halftime shows.
The secret to his extraordinary flexibility, Smith said, is a rare medical condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).
“It’s a collagen disorder, and it makes me very, very flexible,” said Smith.
The syndrome can cause extreme elasticity of the joints and skin.
“Probably one in 1,000 people have it,” Dr. Michael Holick, a physician at Boston Medical Center and professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine, told “20/20.” “Most can show that they are double-jointed so that they could increase mobility of their joints.”
Remember the movie “Unbreakable” with the guy who was made of glass? This man in the opposite. He is a human crash test dummy who’s survived 800 crashes. He’s never too seriously injured from a crash except for one exception which was caused by an airbag. He was recently called one of the 25 toughest people in America.
Not only can they levitate a few inches off the ground (without a stick) Himalayan monks can do your wash for you. They are able to change their body temperature at will to the point of massive sweating, or to the point where steam is pouring off their body. They can produce such heat that wet and cold sheets placed on their shoulders became dry in a few hours.
The panther people.
The Native American tribe known as the Tarahumara people are like human panthers. They can run 250 miles per day barefoot across rough terrain and show little to no signs of fatigue. Panther people might not be giving them enough credit as the tarahumara hunt by simply chasing their prey until they collapse of exhaustion.
Tarahumara people or ‘Running people’ are a group of Native American people living in the north-western Mexico who can run 400+ miles in around 50 hours! Sounds impossible, but it is true. Astonishingly, the entire tribe consisting of men, women, old and young, every one of them is capable of running at least 250+ miles in a single run, without shoes. Such extreme feat of endurance has never been seen among humans anywhere else in the world.
They are the kind of people who run to live. They have running events lasting more than 200 miles regularly. They run to send messages and they run for food; Like Michael Stevens from Vsauce says, as hunters humans who can run persistently, can outrun even horses.
The Sherpas of Nepal live at altitudes of over 13,000 feet. Most people would not be able to survive at these altitudes but the sherpas have a genetic mutation that allows them to thrive. The sherpas live with 40 percent less oxygen than most of us and show no side effects.
Sherpas are a Nepalese ethnic group numbering around 150,000. They are renowned for their climbing skills and superior strength and endurance at high altitudes. Perhaps the most famous Sherpa was Tenzing Norgay, who in 1953 was one of the first two men — Edmund Hillary was the other — to climb Mount Everest.
Sherpas act as guides and porters, and do everything from carrying the loads to setting up the camps. They secure climbing routes, fix lines, ferry supplies and guide clients to the top of Everest and other Himalayan peaks.
The man who doesn’t sleep.
Al Herpin claimed to have a rare form of insomnia where he didn’t need sleep at all. He claimed to have been awake at one point for over 10 years. Herpin had no bed in his home. He was said to just sit in his rocking chair and read at nighttime until work the next day. He lived in good health to the age of 94.
Veronica Seider lives in Germany where she works a dentist. She has the Guinness World Record for identifying the smallest object with the human eye. In college she realized that she can see detail from as far as a mile away. She can identify faces from a mile away even. Most people can’t see detail from 20 feet away. She can also see the content colors in images on a TV set.
Her super human eyesight sounds like something from the plot of a movie.
The normal human eye has a visual acuity of 20/20 while Veronica Seider has an acuity of around 20/2.
She is able to distinguish people from that far away (1 mile) and can also gauge their relative distance from her position.
From some simple mathematics, 1 mile (1.6km) is made of 5280 feet which is really a high level of eyesight detail.
Aside from that, Veronica could also be comparable to a telescope because she claims to see the constituent colors that make up color in color television sets.
Despite possessing all these super human abilities, Veronica Seider pursued her professional dream of being a professional dentist in West Germany.
She wanted to live like a normal human being along with her choice of her profession, and her lifestyle. Because of this she has tried to remain anonymous.
The foot fist way.
Kittie Smith could do more with her feet than most people could with their hands. Having lost both her arms by age 9 she learned to write, pain, draw, sew, thread a needle, saw, wood, hammer nails and pretty much do everything required to build a house with her feet.
The Moken people, also known as the Sea Gypsies of Asia have pupils that constrict to a mere .08 inch which allows them to see under water in a way that almost no one else can. This allows them to forage for sea cucumbers at depths of 13 feet which is crucial for their survival. They can also hold their breath twice as long as just about anyone else
The Moken are a tribe of around 2,000-3,000 people who live a semi-nomadic lifestyle.
They can be found on the coast and islands in the Andaman Sea on the west coast of Thailand.
The Moken live off the sea’s creatures and plants by using simple tools such as nets and spears to forage for food.
Scientists have discovered that young Moken children have underwater vision that’s twice as good as European children of the same age.
They drew public attention in 2004, when most of them managed to escape the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 250,000 people by relying on their intimate knowledge of the sea.
The girl with x-ray vision.
Natasha Deminka was born in Russia in 1987. At the age of 10 she was able to look inside her mother’s body and see her organs. She was even able to see whether she was having any medical problems. She claimed she had “medical vision” which she could turn on and off at will. Many people tested Deminka’s abilities including the Discovery Channel who seemed to verify that she was able to make diagnoses with her sight. However, some skeptics have claimed her abilities are merely educated guesses.
The human record player.
Arthur Lintgen is a doctor in Philadelphia but he also has an odd and sadly, not too useful superpower. Hand him a record and he can tell you what the song is just by looking at the grooves on the record.
The human calculator.
Daniel Temmet has a super human memory like no one else in history. He was ably to recite Pi up to 22.541 digits in five hours and nine minutes. He’s considered a savant. However most savants don’t have an explanation for their abilities. Temmets can explain his ability and it’s a unique explanation. He says that he sees all numbers with their own vivid appearance. For example, the number 289 is extremely ugly he says whereas Pi is beautiful.