We have all heard of Stan Lee's ultra-popular comic book X-Men. Lee created the world in which there are some people, called mutants, who have incredible superpowers. For some reason, superpowers have always been intriguing to us, and thus the popularity of these comic books, and later movies reached the stratosphere.
But, what if these stories weren’t based solely on fiction? Well, as we already know there’s a lot of weird stuff happening in this world, and well, it turns out that there ARE some people with extraordinary abilities. Similar to Stan Lee’s heroes, these people are born with certain genetic mutations which provide them with some freaky, unusual capabilities. Scientists are unsure how or why these mutations happen, but the fact is that they have been ever present throughout human history. You never know, maybe someone in your neighborhood is a superhuman!
Comic book geeks, hold your pants on! Unfortunately, there is no flying, shooting lasers from eyes, or rainbow-farting people involved here. Nevertheless, the talents that some of these humans possess are sure to leave you amazed. If you thought that being able not to fall asleep while listening to your girlfriend's problems is a superpower, wait ‘till you see what these people can do!
11 The Iceman
Wim Hof is his name, and this man redefines the meaning of the word "bada**". Better known as "Iceman", Wim has a strange relationship with the cold. He can endure extremely low temperatures for significant amounts of time without damaging his health. He holds the world record for the longest time spent in an ice bath, a whopping 1 hour and 13 minutes! He also ran a full marathon, above the arctic circle wearing nothing but shorts. Hof can do this because he learned to control his immune system through various meditative methods, and scientists confirmed that he is the real deal.
10 Metal and Glass Eater
You’ve probably heard some nutritionists' advice not to mix carbs and protein because the combination was difficult to digest. Man, are you in for a surprise. French entertainer Michel Lotito, has been eating metal and glass for over 40 years! Yes, you read it right, his inhuman digestion bedazzled scientists, and unfortunately his ability remained a mystery since he passed away in 2007. The funny thing is, despite being able to eat bicycles and an entire light aircraft (it's true), regular food (like bananas for example) makes him sick.
9 Monks Who Control Body Temperature
It’s all in the mind, it’s been said a thousand times, and the Tibetan Buddhist monks confirm this claim. Using certain meditative and yogic techniques, these people are able to raise their body temperatures at will. As an experiment, these monks sat in a cold room and were covered with wet towels. Not only did they not get sick, but they managed to dry the towels using their raised body heat. According to scientists, this happens due to the dilation of blood vessels, which result in more blood flow. While this isn't a genetic mutation, it is nevertheless incredible.
8 Electricity Conductor - Biba Struja
This Serbian prodigy has a very practical superpower – he doesn’t sweat. Yup, this man, nicknamed Biba Struja, was born without sweat glands. Not only that, but he also has no hair on his body whatsoever. Without sweat, or moisture, his body cannot absorb electricity, and the current only passes through him. He has performed amazing feats using his “talent”, such as cooking sausages with high voltage electricity passing through his body. He also owns an electrotherapy business, where he treats muscle pain using electric shocks. What a way to profit on your mutation!
7 Dog Whisperer
Dr. Doolittle, prepare to meet your doom. Yes, it seems that this film was not pure fiction. Vladimir Durov was a circus performer, who could give commands to his dogs using only his mind. He would take a dog’s head with his hands and look into its eyes, and tell the dog what to do with his thoughts. Some scientists believed that he was giving a set of commands with his eye movement, so he demonstrated his telepathic power by doing the same thing blindfolded. The dogs would perform the given tasks either way.
6 Fearless Man
Eskil Ronningsbakken is a Norwegian man with balls of steel. Not literally. This guy has done some things which would make an average person brown their pants only by thinking about it. For example, he cycled over a rope stretched between two mountains, with a 1000 meter drop below him! His unusual sense of balance enables him to do this, but that's not all. This man's adrenaline levels and heart rate remain normal even in a dangerous situation like mentioned above. He doesn't feel the rush while he is doing these dangerous activities, and is able to stay calm.
5 Man Who Doesn’t Sleep
All the college kids who claim that they "never sleep", well, they have nothing on this man. A Vietnamese farmer who goes by the name Hai Ngoc, has a unique condition – he NEVER sleeps! Don't try this at home because you would most likely die. Hai wasn’t always like this. He suffered an illness in 1973, after which he simply couldn’t fall asleep… ever again. It has been more than four decades since then, and his mental and physical health are just fine. He often uses this time to do some additional work on his farm.
4 Super Memory Man
His name is Kim Peek, and he comes from Utah. He was born with a malfunctioning brain, so he needed help to perform the simplest actions, like brushing his teeth. Kim also had difficulty understanding what was being said to him, so people had to speak slowly and simply. But, this man had an extraordinary ability to memorize, like, really well! For example, he could read two pages of a book simultaneously; one page with one eye. And the best thing is, he could memorize every single word. He was a human encyclopedia. He passed away in 2009.
3 The Non-stop Running Man
Now, here’s a real super power! Dean Karnazes is an ultra-runner, who can do something that every single endurance athlete would envy. This man can run non-stop. His muscles are very efficient in clearing out lactic acid, which means that he never reaches the point of extreme fatigue and muscle failure like other athletes when they are forced to stop. He did some pretty incredible things during his career. One of his feats includes running 350 miles, in 80 hours without sleeping. He also ran 50 marathons in each of America’s states, in 50 consecutive days.
2 Super Strong Kid
Gym rats, prepare to feel some serious envy. While some people have to bust their butts to put on some muscle, this kid doesn’t have to do anything. Liam Hoekstra was born with a defect; his body is unable to regulate muscle growth, so this means that he gets strong without trying! By the age of 5, he already had ripped abs, and could walk on his hands. Liam started working out to burn off the extra energy that he has. Doctors are amazed by his unique physical condition, and so far there are no negative effects.
1 Real "Batman"
Unfortunately, we're not talking about a crime-fighting billionaire who lives in a cave. And no, there's no Batmobile involved. Daniel Kish is a blind man, who adapted to his disability very well. He can visualize and detect his surroundings, with the sounds that bounce off objects. Kish lost his sight as a baby, so his lifelong inability to see forced him to develop an incredible, sonar-like skill. Daniel has no problems with finding his way. He regularly rides his bike and goes hiking. An amazing example of human adaptability.