With all of the DC and Marvel movies coming out, we are quick to admire the superheroes’ strength, agility, and other cool stuff that makes them superhuman. But what about the people who don’t appear in movies but still possess awesome superpowers?
We found 10 totally amazing humans who are not far from being superheroes. They already have the powers to back it up!
Liew Thow Lin — Magnet Man
Several people in history were known for having strange magnetic abilities, but the most widely known is Liew Thow Lin. This Chinese man can stick any metal object to his body. Scientists from Malaysia’s University of Technology figured out that his skin has very high levels of friction, which provide a “suction effect.”
Daniel Browning Smith — The Rubberboy
This American contortionist, actor, television host, comedian, sports entertainer, and stuntman is the most flexible person in the world, and the Guinness World Records is very familiar with his name. His superpower developed through a condition called the hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is a genetic mutation. It can also cause severe pain, but luckily Daniel only has a mild case of it.
Shi Liliang — Water runner
Walking on water is no miracle for Shi Liliang. This Shaolin monk ran 125 meters (over 400 ft) on the water’s surface, setting a new world record in 2015. Just like your kung-fu movies from the ’90s, right?!
Hai Ngoc — Never sleeps
No coffee for this guy — he’s been awake for 43 years! Mr. Ngoc, a Vietnamese man, was born in 1942 and suffers from a severe case of insomnia. But even with no sleep, he was still mentally sound and worked every day (doing heavy lifting).
Stephen Wiltshire — Perfect visual memory
Stephen Wiltshire is a British architect, and he is famous around the world for his phenomenal memory: he can recreate any landscape after looking at it for mere moments. When he was young, Stephen was diagnosed with Savant syndrome, establishing itself in what we can call a “visual memory genius.”
Rathakrishnan Velu — Strongest teeth in the world
Another Guinness World Record belongs to this Indian man. He pulled a train (weighing 260.8 tons or 574,964 lb) with his teeth for a distance of 4.2 meters (13 ft 9 in). And if you think it’s not that far, check in with your own dentist. Let’s see what they say!
Wim Hof — Feels no cold
Eternal winter has nothing on this man — he feels neither cold nor heat. He is the author of the Wim Hof Method, rooted in mental and body preparation and training for resisting wild temperatures. And now he has even taken up hiking with groups of his followers. He seems to be a very spiritual and harmonized person.
Ben Underwood — Batman
This real-life Batman was born with bilateral retinoblastoma, a type of cancer, in both of his eyes. As a young child, he soon lost his ability to see. Then his mother noticed that he started to make “clicking” sounds. “He was playing video games, riding bikes, skating, climbing trees, and doing everything he always did as if he never lost his sight,” says his mother. He used the echo from clicking to navigate in the dark (as bats in caves do) with a sort of echolocation.
Michel Lotito — Mr. Eat It All
This French entertainer can eat anything, including rubber, metal, and glass. He is most known for the time he ate an airplane. If this guy encountered a supervillain, he’d just eat him!
Kevin Richardson — The Lion Whisperer
This South African animal behaviorist and zookeeper worked a lot with African animals. He is mostly known for his close relationships and fearless approach to handling wildlife. You might see him in pictures comfortably cuddling lions, tigers, and hyenas.