Top 10 Amazing People With Real Super Powers
We've all had those dreams, the thought of what it would be like to have super powers. Well, for these select individuals around the world, it's more than just a dream. From super strength to inhuman perception, we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Humans With Real Super Powers! Oh yeah, we've given these individuals our own monikers - let us know in the comment section what you think their super-hero names should be!
Stig Severinsen - "Gill"
The Danish freediver, Stig Severinsen, was born in Aalborg, Denmark, in 1973. Severinsen has a Ph.D in medicine, and has represented Denman in both swimming and Underwater Rugby events, holding four Freediving AIDA world records, and two Guinness World Records. Stig is able to hold his breath longer than any other human on the planet, at a record of 22 minutes. He would also appear on "Stan Lee's Superhumans"; after testing, it was revealed that he stores red blood cells in his spleen that aid him in this astonishing feat, much like that of a dolphin. To master such things, Stig has had to train nearly his entire life to hold his breath for what must seem like an eternity. Through discipline and training, Stig has pushed himself into the realm of the superhuman.
Scott Flansburg - "Calcula-TOR!"
The human calculator, as dubbed by Regis Philbin, Scott Flansburg, was born on December 28th, 1963, in Herkimer, New York. At the early age of 9, Scott would discover that he possessed, what some would describe as, mental calculator abilities, finding that he can solve math equations his teacher's gave without having to write down any numbers. As a youth, he would come to realise that numbers and shapes of angles in numbers correlated to their values - resulting in his refusal to count 1 to 10, instead preferring to think in the term of 0 through 9. His grasp of astounding ability to grasp and computate mathematics is so vast, he can get an answer faster than a calculator, and can even tell you what day any past date fell on.
Isao Machii - "Ronan"
The Iaido master, Isao Machii, was born August 20th, 1973, in Kawanishi, Hyogo, Japan. A holder of multiple Guinness World Records for his expert prowess level with his sword skills; including "Most martial arts sword cuts to one mat", "Fastest 1,000 martial arts sword cuts", "Most sword cuts to a mat in three minutes", and "Fastest tennis ball cut by a sword" which by the way, was traveling 820 kilometers or roughly 520 miles per hour. Isao is actually considered to have superhuman sensory powers that are beyond any normal human being. He is even capable of slicing bullets and pellets out of the air with a single swing of his sword; taking part in a project which attempted to get a robot to mimic his sword strokes. Isao's impressive superhuman skill isn't genetic, but a learned power, which he is willing to teach to some at his very own samurai school in which he runs as headmaster.
Tori Allen - "Monkey Girl"
Born July 30th, in Savalou, Benin, West Africa, in 1988, Tori Allen, is a master of climbing, a skill which she credits to her childhood pet monkey, Georgie. Growing up and emulating the style and method her monkey used to climb objects, Tori went on to rapidly set records such as a national outdoor climbing record at age 11, and by age 12 was a professional rock climber. By age 13, she had obtained all four major domestic titles in rock climbing; she went on to achieve a great deal of other achievements, such as being the youngest female to summit El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, and winning the X-Games at age 14. The story of her learned powers, gives a whole new meaning to the adage, monkey see, monkey do.
Slavisa Pajkic - "Current"
Born in Serbia's Pozarevac county in 1957, Slavisa Pajkic, is one of a very, very few amount of people able to withstand deadly amounts of electricity as it is surged throughout their bodies. Slavisa had first discovered his unusual ability at the age of 17, and has forged a remarkable relation with electricity since. He has gone on record as being able to withstand up to 20,000 volts in 1983, which is far higher than the 50 required to cause serious injury to the human body; this feat had allowed him to set his first of 2 world records. His second outstanding record breaking achievement was in 2003, when he would conduct through his body, enough electricity to bring a cup of water to 97 degrees Celsius, or 206 degrees Fahrenheit, in just over 1 minute and 37 seconds. As if to go on and develop his powers even more, he is also able to store electricity within himself, and release it at will. Scientists have ran numerous studies and tests, and are currently unable to figure out how exactly Slavisa is capable of doing such things.
Daniel Tammet - "Brain Wave"
Born Daniel Paul Corney, January 31st, 1979, he would later change his identity to that of Daniel Tamet. Suffering from epileptic seizures as a young child, medical treatment would prove helpful, but then at age 25, he would be diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome. Despite these things, Daniel has a tremendous memory, perhaps some would say, at a superhuman level; he is described as a "prodigious savant" by Dr. Darold Treffer, who has studied savant's for over 40 years. Daniel has the ability to do massive calculations in his head, and has been able to since he was a child, has an acute memory, being able to count off 22,514 digits of PI (pie), which took 5 hours to do by the way, and has a remarkable ability to learn languages, being able to learn new ones within a week; that's pretty superhuman to us.
Liam Hoekstra - "Herculad"
Perhaps stories of ancient gods of strength were less farfetched than originally thought. It turns out there are few people like our number 7 pick, Liam Hoekstra, born in Roosevelt Park, Michigan in 2005. At the incredibly young age of 5 months, yes we said months, Liam would complete an iron cross competition. At the age of 3, he possessed a 40% body muscle ratio. Liam would, eventually, be taken to the doctors, who would diagnose him with a very rare genetic condition called muscle hypertrophy; a condition where the body compounds muscle while restricting the production of body fat. Lucklily, as of now, his muscle mass and skeletal structure hasn't showed any negative side effects to his heart, nor have there been other recorded side-effects.
Dean Karnazes - "Marathon Man"
Dean Karnazes was born in Inglewood, California, August 23rd, 1962. His genetics are truly amazing, making him sort of a mutant type hero on our list; his body seems to handle the recovery of muscular tissue in a vastly different manner than that of normal people. On his 30th birthday, Dean was sitting inside a bar having some drinks and commemorating with friends, until suddenly he stood up, Forrest Gump style, walked out of the bar and ran 30 miles, one for each year of his life. Finding fame in becoming the man who ran 50 marathons in 50 days in all 50 states of the U.S, he would appear on an episode of "Stan Lee's Superhumans" where tests were run on him, finding that he produces very little lactic acid, meaning that he doesn't fatigue and his muscles don't cramp, giving him an ability to effortlessly run without tiring.
Miroslaw Magola - "Magnetix"
Born on May 29th, 1958, in Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland, Miroslaw Magola exhibits an amazing grasp of control over psychokinesis - the ability to use nothing but one's own mind to manipulate physical objects. He illustrates this by generating a magnetic field throughout his body that is strong enough to attract and hold some metallic objects. Though many have gone on to claim he was fraudulent with his powers, Magola wishes to prove this is not the fact, looking to do a live television event, so that he may prove he is genuine to his skeptics. Miroslaw has claimed that he achieved the awakening of his magnetic powers through experimenting with psychokinesis, meditation and yoga.
Stephen Wiltshire - "Shutter"
Stephen Wiltshire was born in London, England on April 24th, 1974. Growing up, he was diagnosed with autism around the age of 3 after his parents had noticed a delay in his learning. At age 5, he would be enrolled in a school in West London, where he would grow to meet his true potential. Stephen would become officially named a member of the Order of the British Empire in January of 2006, for his commitment and services to the world of art; bringing us to his astounding power. Stephen is known for his truly amazing ability to view objects such as a city landscape, and completely commit it to memory. Sure photographic memory is common in the world of powers, but Stephen seems to go beyond most individuals, as he is able to transcribe the images into his very detailed drawings.