Everyone has dreamed of having a superpower at one point or another. I used to dream of being able to fly or move things with my mind. Though none of these people have those abilities, they do have some extraordinary abilities that one might call superpowers. Check out these real-life superhumans!
The Man With The Amazing Brain – Daniel Tammet
Daniel Tammet is a writer and educator from England who has been described as a “prodigious savant,” meaning he is someone with extraordinary abilities coupled with a developmental disability. Tammett has Asperger Syndrome, but he also has the ability to learn and memorize some pretty incredible things. He currently holds the record for reciting pi — he recited 22,514 digits from memory in just over five hours back in 2004. He also speaks ten languages and states that, in his mind, every positive integer up to 10,000 has its own unique color, texture, shape, and feel.
The Rubberboy – Daniel Browning Smith
The Guinness World Record Holder for “Most Flexible Man,” Daniel Browning Smith, has turned his superhuman power into a career. His fascination with contortionists began at the age of four, and by age seven he was jumping off the top bunk and landing in a straddle split, according to his website. Just watching him twist his body like this makes mine ache!
The Man Who Could Eat Anything – Michel Lotito
Before his death in 2007 from natural causes, Michel Lotito made a name for himself in his native France as Monsieur Mangetout, which translates to “Mister Eat All.” Over the course of his lifetime, it is said he consumed over 9 tons of metal, including eating an entire Cessna airplane over the course of two years. Don’t try this at home!
The Man Who (Seemingly) Feels No Pain – Tim Cridland
Known professionally by his stage name, Zamora The Torture King, Tim Cridland is a man who says pain is all in your head. And he should know, since he puts needles into his own head! Cridland is a master of fire eating, sword swallowing, body skewering, electrocution, and more, according to his official website. Again, it must be said — don’t try this at home.
The Man Who Pops His Eyes Out – John Doyle
Have you ever heard something described as eye-popping? John Doyle takes that quite literally. Though not the official record holder for eye popping — that honor belongs to Kim Goodman of Chicago, Illinois — it’s only because he was disqualified after he popped his eyes out so far that they could not be measured; the tools were not long enough! Doyle likes to upload videos to his YouTube channel of his eye-popping abilities, including this eye-dancing video set to a Daft Punk tune.