We all love to brag about our cool abilities and talents. Yet these folks take it to a whole new level. These are some of the people with the world’s weirdest abilities, ranging from medical marvels to baffling brain powers. From a dreamer who can see the future in his sleep, to a man who never gets tired, these are some talents that will utterly amaze you. With weird abilities such as losing your sense of fear from brain deterioration, or taking trauma to the head that makes you develop into a mathematical genius, you will almost not believe these people.
Abilities are strange. We all have certain gifts that make us unique and others that are the envy of our friends and family. These individuals live all over the world, from the United States, to Asia, to Eastern Europe. Scientists, doctors, and other experts have put these people to the test and have found their weird talents to be something else entirely. You thought the hotdog-eating champion of the world was someone to admire? The people on this list will surprise and amaze you. They might also make you rethink your super-cool hula-hoop skills. Read on and remember, everyone is a winner.
10. Dean Karnazes – Extreme Endurance
We may marvel at Usain Bolt’s incredible running skills, but Dean Karnazes may give him a run for his money. Karnazes’ muscles have the weird ability to never get tired. You read that correctly – Karnazes can continue running and running without taking a break. His body is not affected by the build-up of lactic acid in his muscles, which means they never feel worn out or exhausted. Karnazes discovered his weird ability after joining his high school track team and running 105 laps without stopping. He has gone on to run 50 consecutive marathons. Scientists are still amazed at his endurance.
9. Natalya Demkina – X-Ray Vision
If you thought x-ray vision was only for superheroes, think again. Demkina, who is from Russia, is able to see inside people’s bodies. In fact, people have called Demkina to their homes so that she can look inside of them and diagnose their illnesses. She says that she can see the cellular level of some bodies, and she has been tested by doctors in New York (she got 4 out of 6 diagnoses correct.) Demkina has been asked to do house calls for patients since she was very young. Still, doctors were a bit concerned when they tested her because she mixed up some vital organs in the body.
8. Thai Ngoc – Never Sleeps
In 1973, Thai Ngoc developed a seriously high fever. The Vietnamese man eventually recovered from the fever, but found he suffered from insomnia afterward. Four decades later, Ngoc still does not sleep. He has gone over 12,000 nights without taking a rest. To make things even weirder, he has been examined by medical professionals, who have found nothing wrong with him. Ngoc has tried to go to sleep, but to no avail. The only downside is the grumpy attitude he sometimes has from his lack of sleep. Some say he experiences “micro sleep,” in which parts of the brain essentially turn off for a few seconds.
7. Chris Robinson – Dream Premonitions
This is something we see in movies – Chris Robinson is able to see the future in his dreams. He discovered his ability after a vibrant dream about a two-plane collision. Robinson keeps a daily dream diary and is said to be able to control when he wakes up from his dreams. In a test, Robinson was told to dream about the places someone would take him the next day. Believe it or not, Robinson was able to correctly predict each of the places they visited. However, for another test in which he had to predict items placed in a box, Robinson only got 2 out of 12 answers correct. Still, his dream track record is pretty impressive.
6. Sherpas – EPAS1 Gene
So this is actually a group of people and not one single person. Still, the Sherpas of Tibet and Nepal are quite amazing – and weird. They are most known for guiding people up to the top of Mount Everest. Most of these sherpas have the ability to withstand conditions of up to 13,000 feet above sea level. Scientists have discovered that sherpas have a gene (EPAS1) that allows them the ability to survive with 40% less oxygen than the average person. Sherpas are believed to have inherited this gene from the Denisovans, which have gone extinct. The sherpas in Tibet are the only known humans with this gene.
5. SM – Immune to Fear
SM is the anonymous moniker of a woman who suffers from an unknown condition that causes part of her brain to waste away. The affected part of her brain is the amygdala, which controls the sense of fear. Therefore, SM does not feel fear. She has faced many frightening circumstances, but has always kept her cool. During her childhood, SM was scared of the dark, but by the time she became a teenager, her amygdala was so destroyed, that the sense of fear was gone. She even experienced a man taking a knife to her throat without fleeing or crying!
4. Elisabeth Sulser – Sees Sound and Tastes Music
Synesthesia is when a person’s senses have been mixed up. For Elisabeth Sulser, the feeling is all too familiar. Sulser’s senses of sight, hearing, and taste have been crossed. What is the result? She can taste musical notes and see waves of sound. She actually grew up believing that this condition was normal. Only later in life did she realize that she had a weird ability that stood out from average people. Due to her condition, she gets distracted in noisy environments, and headaches are very common. Yet, Sulser is an accomplished musician. He weird ability helps her in identifying the right notes and making harmonious melodies.
3. Monks in Tibet – Tum-Mo
The sherpas are not the only people in Tibet with weird abilities. Most of us know that monks have acquired some pretty impressive techniques. Yet some monks in Tibet are able to control their body temperature through a meditation practice known as “tum-mo.” The monks hold a Buddhist belief in a reality that is separate from our own. They practice tum-mo to reach this other world. During tum-mo, monks generate an increased temperature of body heat, and scientists have discovered that a difference of up to 8 degrees has been achieved. Tibetan monks can also lower their metabolism, which allows them to go through periods of fasting.
2. Eskil Ronningsbakken – Extreme Balancing
At just five years of age, young Ronningsbakken began taking an interest in balancing himself on things. He is now one of the most renowned performance artists in the world. At age 18, Ronningsbakken fled to become a circus performer, which he continued with for 11 years. He now performs such stunts as riding an upside-down bicycle on a tightrope suspended at very great heights. He has also done handstands on bars suspended from a hot air balloon in flight. He has also ridden his bicycle backwards on one of the most dangerous roads in Norway. For him, fear is part of the act.
1. Orlando Serrell – Mathematical Genius
As a boy, Orlando Serrell took a baseball to the head during a ball game. He went about his business, but a year later, he started getting terrible headaches. He soon discovered that he could calculate seemingly impossible mathematical problems. For example, he could instantly calculate how many of a particular weekday are in any given year. Also, he realized he could recall even the most minute details of any given day. His head trauma sparked highly complex mathematical abilities, although essentially, Serrell suffered from brain damage. He now thinks in a very focused way, and fulfills the ability of an acquired savant.