Real-life Superheroes: 10 People With Incredible Abilities

As children, we all remember watching the superhuman superheroes in cartoons and movies.

Some of us still watch them; it gives us the much-needed escape from the reality that we are all just human and prone to insecurities and flaws. We will never get to fly or walk on water, we may never even be able to survive swallowing a pin without going to a hospital.

These people listed here are not super human; in fact, they are just as human as you and I are. Unlike most people however, they can do incredible things that no other known person can.

Perhaps instead of the hulk and superman, we should get our inspiration from them.

1. Daniel Paul Tammet Boy with an Incredible Brain

A remarkable young man, exhibiting stunning mental abilities. Daniel Paul Tammet born 31 Jan 1979 claims to see colours and sparks, which he can somehow relate to words and numbers. Scientists consider him a gold mine to further investigation into the understanding of brain activity and potential.

Daniel Paul Tammet Boy with an Incredible Brain

Daniel claims that since the age of four, he has been able to do huge mathematical calculations in his head. So the makers of this documentary put him to the test, asking him to calculate 37 raised to the power of 4. He completed this in less than a minute, giving the correct answer of 1,874,161. While considering the question, it was observed that, he appeared to be drawing shapes on the table with his finger. When asked about this, he explained that he could see the numbers as shapes and colours in his mind. This breakdown or confusion of the senses is known as synethsesia. | Photo source: Ted

2. The Boy Who Sees Without Eyes The Rubberboy (Daniel Browning Smith)

Diagnosed with retinal cancer at the age of two, Ben Underwood had his eyes removed at the age of three. He was able to detect the location of objects by making frequent clicking noises with his tongue. He used it to accomplish such feats as running, playing basketball, riding a bicycle, rollerblading, playing football, and skateboarding and a lot more. The Boy Who Sees Without Eyes

Ben Underwood lives with his family in the suburbs of Sacramento, California where he attends his local high school. Like any other 14-year-old boy, he loves to play with his friends and chat to girls his age, with whom he seems popular. He looks like any other boy, until he removes his $4,600, hand-crafted eyes. Ben is blind and, like other blind people, relies on some specialist equipment to survive. He uses talking computer software and a Braille machine to help with his homework.

Ben first noticed his talent at the age of seven, when at summer camp. While it began as just a habit, Ben explains, he soon realised that it had potential benefits for navigation. He began to practise every day and developed the system to the point it is at today. It is the fact that Ben is entirely self-taught that is perhaps most astonishing and has led people to use the term ‘genius’ when referring to the boy. | Photo source: Ben Underwood.

3. The Rubberboy (Daniel Browning Smith)

Daniel Browning Smith, also known as The Rubberboy, is an American contortionist, actor, television host, comedian, sports entertainer, and stuntman, who holds the title of the most flexible person in history, owning a total of seven 7 Guinness World Records.

The Rubberboy (Daniel Browning Smith)

When just a small boy, Daniel would jump off the top bunk bed and land in a straddle split, much to the amazement of his family, thus jumpstarting his adventures as a contortionist. But his career didn’t really begin until his teen years when Daniel began street performing. Then at 18, Daniel joined a touring circus show, and then another, finally landing at Ward Hall’s Sideshow doing 18 shows a day and sleeping under the stage next to a five-legged cow named Buddy. It was shortly after this that Daniel began contortion training under Master Lu Yi at the San Francisco School Of Circus Arts where his unique, in-your-face style of body bending shocked and amazed even his own teacher who had never seen a contortionist perform like Daniel does. Compared to the traditional, slow, fluid contortion every other contortionist has ever done, Daniel‘s style is fast, punctuated, more rock-and-roll than ballet. | Photo source: The Rubber Boy

4. The Incredible Food Pyramid of Michel Lotito

Michel Lotito (France) (b. 15 June 1950) of Grenoble, France, known as Monsieur Mangetout, ate metal and glass from 1959 until his death last year. His diet since 1966 included 18 bicycles, 15 supermarket trolleys, seven TV sets, six chandeliers, two beds, a pair of skis, a low-calorie Cessna light aircraft and a computer.

The Incredible Food Pyramid of Michel Lotito

He is said to have provided the only example in history of a coffin (handles and all) ending up inside a man. By October 1997, he had eaten nearly nine tons of metal. | Image credits: Telegraph, Ranald Mackechnie/Guinness World Records

5. Malaysia’s ‘King Tooth’

A Malaysian dubbed as “King Tooth” pulled a seven-coach train using a steel rope clenched in his mouth, a feat that organizers said was a new world record for the heaviest weight pulled using teeth.Malaysia's 'King Tooth'

Grunting and gasping, Rathakrishnan Velu’s neck muscles strained and his face contorted as he hauled the 297.1 tonne train over 2.8 metres (9 feet, 2.2 inches) along tracks.

Velu Rathakrishnan (Malaysia) used his teeth to pull two KTM commuter trains, with a total of weight of 260.8 tones (574,964 lb), a distance of 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in) along rails at Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Malaysia, on 18 October 2003.

6. Thai Ngoc survives without sleep for 41 years

1. Man Who Hasn’t Slept For 33 Years!Thai Ngoc, a Vietnamese farmer born in 1942, claims to have stayed awake for over 40 years. Supposedly, his story was that after coming down with a fever in 1973, he hadn’t been able to sleep a wink.

He’s tried medication, traditional folk remedies, and even liberal doses of alcohol. Yet, nothing seems to have an effect; this man has endured over 12,000 sleepless nights!

7. Magnetic Man – Liew Thow Lin

Liew Thow Lin is a 78 year old local Malaysian wonder.

Magnetic Man - Liew Thow Lin

He claims he and his family have special magnetic powers. He demonstrates this by sticking has much metal to his body and even appearing to pull a car with metal magnetized to his waist and chained to a vehicle. | Source: Mystery History

8. Tim Cridland also know as Zamora the Torture King

Zamora, whose real name is Tim Cridland, specializes in sword swallowing, fire walking, sleeping on beds of nails and other feats that bring him none of the wrenching pain you might expect.

Tim Cridland also know as Zamora the Torture King

Zamora claims his sideshow tricks are a feat of his mind, but he might be one of the rare people born without the ability to feel pain. | Source | Photo

9. The Lion Whisperer (Kevin Richardson)

Kevin Richardson (born 8 October 1974) is a South African animal behaviourist who has worked extensively with native animals of Africa.

The Lion Whisperer (Kevin Richardson)

Richardson was referred to as the “lion whisperer” by a British newspaper in 2007, and the name stuck. There is probably no one in the world with a more recognized relationship with wild cats. The most popular YouTube video of Richardson frolicking with his lions has been viewed more than 25 million times and has more than 11,000 comments. | Source | Photo

10. Claudio Pinto – “Pop Eye”

Claudio Pinto – “Pop Eye”Claudio Pinto doesn’t look like a superhuman at first glance, however he has a special talent, one that he describes as “God given”.

Claudio Pinto is able to pop his eyes out of their sockets and extend his globes up to 7 millimeters past the sockets which is about 95% of the eyeball.

Eye popping is considered by doctors to be a product of lunation of eye sockets which allows one to pop a considerable percentage of their eyeballs off its socket. | Source | Photo