10 People With Superhuman Powers Who Prove Having ‘X-Men’ Isn’t Too Far Away
Everybody wants to be a superhero. Or rather, everyone wants some sort of ability that makes them stand out from everyone else that they know. While a lot of us can’t actually be the special snowflakes that we were told we are as kids, there are actually a handful of people in the world with incredible abilities. While some of these abilities are a little useless, some of them have changed the person’s life forever.
10. Veronica Seider – The Bio-Binocular
Veronica Seider set the world record for having the strongest eyesight in the world. Through a series of tests conducted by the University of Stuttgart in 1972, it was concluded that Veronica had eyesight that was 20 times better than the average person. This meant that she could identify people from literally a mile away.
One of Veronica’s other amazing feats is that she was able to write the equivalent of a 10-page letter on the back of a postage stamp, and be able to read it aloud after. She was able to do this in a demonstration to a group of Stuttgart University professors. Instead of writing a letter on the back of a postage stamp, she wrote 20 verses of a poem on a piece of paper the exact size of her thumbnail without a magnifying glass!
9. Shakuntala Devi – The Human Calculator
Shakuntala Devi was an Indian woman nicknamed the human computer. She was called this for her ability to solve complicated multiplication problems in a matter of seconds. As a young girl, Shakuntala and her father would display her mathematical talents at schools and businesses. By the time she was a teenager, her mathematical skills had caught the fascination of those around her, and she was the primary breadwinner for her family. So, how good was she?
To prove that she was as good at multiplication as she was rumored to be, she was tested multiple times by different groups and the results were recorded. On June 18, 1980, Shakuntala was asked to multiply two 13-digit numbers, selected at random. (7,686,369,774,870 x 2,465,099,745,779) She was able to solve the problem in 28 seconds, just a little bit slower than it would take for someone to write down those numbers. In other instances, Shakuntala was able to solve these types of math problems in her head literally faster than it took someone to write them down. What a nerd.
8. Igor Zaripov – The Titanium Tooth
Igor Zaripov comes from a long line of circus performers. He has performed in Cirque du Soleil, but after a bicep injury, he left Cirque and started performing his unique talent around the world. You see, Igor has freakishly strong teeth.
Although his teeth aren’t actually made of titanium, you would assume that they were because of the weight that Igor is able to pull using nothing but his mouth and teeth. In fact, he holds the world record for fastest time pulling a car 100 feet with his mouth and teeth. (15.7 seconds) In addition, Zaripov toured with Michael Jackson in the UK during The Immortal World Tour and pulled a red double-decker bus weighing 27,249.14 pounds with his mouth and his teeth.
But, my personal favorite is when Igor set the world record for longest aerial suspension with the mouth and teeth. (2 minutes, 32 seconds) Though he was the first person to try actually try this, it’s safe to say that his record won’t be broken. He was able to hang from rope using only his teeth longer than an athletic person could using their arms.
Don’t believe me? Check out this video of him doing it on “Good Morning America”:
More videos of his world records can be found here. They are all a little scary, to be honest.
7. Charlotte Heffelmire – Teen Tenacity
19-Year old Charlotte Heffelmire from Virginia briefly entered the public eye when she rescued her father from underneath a burning truck. Her father, Eric, had been working on a GMC truck when the truck fell from its jack and gasoline spilled, causing the truck to ignite. He was struggling for around 10 minutes before his daughter ran into the garage in her bare feet. He added that he felt the weight shift from on top of him, and then Charlotte pulled him out from under the truck. After saving her own father, Charlotte then drove the three wheeled burning truck out of the garage, contained the fire within the garage, and then made sure everyone in her house got out safely. She then started putting the fire out with a hose after calling 911.
You may find this story hard to believe because Charlotte is only 117 pounds, and although she is a student at the US Air Force Academy, there is absolutely no way a person of her size could lift a truck that heavy. However, through what is known as hysterical strength, amazing things have been accomplished. Though it is often hard to verify the truth to the claims of hysterical strength, it is believed that when people are in a life or death situation, their adrenaline gives them enough power to do the unimaginable.
6. Kim Peek – The Human Encyclopedia
Kim Peek, besides being the inspiration for the movie Rain Man, is an interesting scientific case because he truly was one of a kind. Scientists aren’t entirely sure why he his brain worked the way that it did. There is speculation that his brain made unusual connections due to the absence of a corpus callosum, which allowed him to have an increased memory capacity. In layman’s terms, once Kim Peek read something, he would have absolutely no problem recalling that information later in life. It is said that he was able to accurately recall the contents of at least 12,000 books, as well as read two different pages of a book at the same time, using one of his eyes for each.
At the age of 18, Kim was started working at a company where he managed the payrolls of 160 people, a task that he could do in a few hours, without the help of a calculator. However, a decade later his employers decided to try computerized payroll accounting, causing him to be replaced by two full-time accountants and a computer.
Now, he may seem like a super genius when you read about his accomplishments, but that’s not actually the case. While Kim Peek was gifted in remembering anything he read, he was unable to take care of himself, and lived under the care of his father his whole life. It is said that while he had tons of information in his brain, he didn’t actually understand the information, he could just recite it.