Jeff Smith, from Oregon, screamed for help as his 3000 pound tractor was painfully taking his breath away. Last April, he was trying to yank a stump out of his yard, and his foot had slipped off the clutch, tipping his tractor over. He then found himself pinned underneath the steering wheel. His two teenage daughters, Hannah and Hailey, 16 and 14, first tried digging him out, when that didn’t work, with no time to spare they called 911. Thinking emergency crews would take too long, the adrenaline fueled girls on the seventh try were able to lift the tractor up just enough for their father to wedge his body out. As his left arm remained stuck underneath, his friendly neighbor acted fast and rode his tractor over to save his arm. Jeff walked away with just a broken wrist along with a few abrasions on his left-arm.
Humans when facing a sudden fear, can be flooded with the neurotransmitter and hormone, adrenaline. It can force us to have superhuman strength, and do things that should be physically impossible. Whether it be lifting vehicles off others, or like in 2006, from northern Canada, Lydia Angiyou, 41, fought a polar bear long enough for hunters to arrive to save herself, along with her three children. This hidden fear-response system, has proven time-and-time again that the impossible is sometimes possible.
There are certain humans that defy science, and have certain capabilities that are unexplainable. They might be found at an early age, or later on in life. Others might learn and improve on certain skills, one may find within and develop. The potential we have as human beings is never ending. Every day, these unique human beings are proving that our extraordinary abilities, are endless.
10. MA XIANGANG “ELECTRIC MAN”
Most of us would get badly burnt, or our heart would probably stop beating if 220-volts of electricity ran through us. Ma Xiangang, on the other hand, will happily hold wires that stream that amount of electricity. He can hold electric wires in one hand, and light a bulb in the other. About 22 years ago, him and his wife were enjoying a TV show one night, when his television suddenly shut off. Ma investigated to find a broken wire, which he repaired bare handed. Later, realizing the wires were live, he then learned of his special gift. Shortly thereafter, he would become addicted to touching electricity, he claims it makes him feel energetic. With a lot of practice, he is now able to regulate the amount of voltage that passes through him.
9. Scott Flanburg “The Human Calculator”
This bestselling author, holds the Guinness World Record for adding the same number to itself more times in 15 seconds, than a person can do using a calculator. Flanburg does addition, subtraction, multiplication, square roots as well as cube roots in his head faster than anyone else, and faster then anyone using a calculator. He travels around to show others that they already have the ability to perform very difficult math problems, without a calculator. A skill he’s been perfecting more then two decades now. He claims, “the only thing that hinders me from adding the number faster is that I can’t speak as fast as I can think of the right answer.”
8. Dave Mullins “Fish Man”
This New Zealander is a free diving world record-holder. On September 21, 2007, Dave with no scuba gear, created a new world record by diving 226 m in a time of 3:38, in a single breath. Two days later, he smashed his own record by 18 m setting a new world record of 244 m, in a time of 4:02. September 10, 2008 during the Sharm Freediving World championships, Dave once again broke his own dynamic world record and set the new record at 248m. Mullins surpassed this once again, with a 265 meter swim while holding his breath for 4:01 on September 25, 2010. What gives him this special skill? Possibly gills? Or iron lungs?
7. Thai Ngoc “The Man Who Does Not Sleep”
In most insomnia cases, it can be treated with proper therapy, meditation, pills and or other methods. Most of us can hardly go a night without sleep, but nothing seems to work for Thai who hasn’t slept since suffering a severe fever in 1973 That’s 41 years, or close to 15,000 sleepless nights. You would think this 72 year old Vietnamese man would drift right to sleep after carrying two 50 kg (110 lb) bags of pig feed down a 4 km (2.5 mi) road every day. Only having slight liver damage, he is still mentally fit and suffers from no other serious health issues. In 2006, Ngoc says that he was beginning to feel “like a plant without water.”
6. Rathakrishnan Velu “King Tooth”
Tooth pain is some of the worst pain we as humans can experience. Now imagine trying to pull a 297.1 ton train over 2.8 meters (9 feet, 2.2 inches) along tracks. A world record feat accomplished by Velu from Malaysia. This strict vegetarian uses a specific type of Indian meditation for his superhuman strength. He also runs at least 25 kilometres (15.53 miles), lifts bars up to 250 kilograms (551.15 pounds) and does jaw training daily.
5. Liew Thow Lin “The Magnetic Man”
He can make metal objects, weighing up to 4.4 lbs (2 kg) each, up to 79.4 lbs (36 kg) total, stick like a magnet to his skin. He has also pulled a car using this special ability. Liew’s ability has nothing to do with any source of magnetism. Scientists from Malaysia’s University Of Technology found zero magnetic field in his unique body, but determined that his skin has very high levels of friction, that provides a “suction effect”. This odd trait also appears to be genetic, showing up in Lin’s three grandchildren.
4. Kim Peek “The Human Google”
Kim Peek, was behind the inspirational fiction character, Raymond Babbitt, played by Dustin Hoffman, an unbelievable savant, in the movie Rain Man. A savant is a person that with very little effort, completes intellectual tasks, that would otherwise be impossible for ordinary folk to master. He could read both pages of an open book at the same time; each eye reading a different page simultaneously. Over his lifetime he was able to remember 98 percent of the information he read in over 12,000 books. MRI scans reveled Kim’s brain lacked connections between the two hemispheres, born a natural split-brain person. He was able to recall many zip codes, area codes and phone numbers; and answer any question about technology, history and religion, until his death in 2009.
3. John Chang “Dynamo Jack”
John Chang is a mysterious qigong master, who lived in the second half of the 20th century. He was a world renowned healer and acupuncturist from Java. Chang always refused any documentary, until the early 80’s, a group of reporters went to him to heal one of their own. He displayed things on camera such as, generating electricity through his body for healing, and at one point using it to light newspaper on fire. He achieved this through rigorous daily meditation. After learning the footage was made public John Chang disappeared and was never seen again.
2. Hira Ratan Manek “Sun Gazer”
Warning, if not done properly you can and or will go blind! Sun gazing (also known as sun-eating) is a very strict practice of slowly introducing sunlight into your eyes at the lowest ultraviolet-index times of day – within the hour as the sunrises and an hour before the sun sets. When starting this practice, one is only supposed to start with 10 seconds the first day, then adding 10 seconds each day after, at a maximum of 44 minutes, with no shoes on so you’re grounded to the earth. This ancient technique, that’s been used by many old cultures such as Egyptian, Mayan, Aztec, Indian and Tibeta, is full of reports of healing benefits to common illnesses, also shows super-human abilities such as advanced telepathy and going without the need for food. Manek, born in 1937, in Bodhavad, India, is one of the most famous sun-eaters. NASA studied him for 130 days where he survived on only sun and water. NASA learned this unique skill from him, to teach their astronauts so they can minimize their food intake well in space.
1. David Blaine “Magician, Illusionist, Endurance Artist”
Approximately five minutes underwater is all it takes before brain damage or death can occur. David Blaine held his breath underwater for an astonishing 17 minutes and four seconds. On May 17, 2006, Blaine was submerged in an 8 foot (2.4 m) diameter, water-filled sphere, for one week, with oxygen and nutrition tubes feeding him. During this time, experts witnessed skin break down on his hands and feet. On April 5, 1999, Blaine was buried in an underground plastic box underneath a 3-ton water-filled tank for seven days straight. During these seven days he ate nothing, with only two to three teaspoons of water a day to sustain him, and he came out unharmed. On November 27, 2000, Blaine began a stunt called “Frozen in Time” where he was encased in a box of ice for 63 hours, 42 minutes and 15 seconds. Afterwards, he couldn’t walk for a month. Kimbo Slice, a former UFC heavyweight, punched Blaine in the gut twice, as hard as he could. Like one of Blaine’s heroes Houdini, Houdini claimed he could take any mans punch, before his untimely death by a ruptured appendix, caused by J. Gordon Whitehead, who delivered surprise multiple blows to Houdini’s abdomen. David Blaine is an amazing street magician, who time-and-time again continues to prove the impossible is possible.