Since the recording of our time on this planet, there have always been individuals who stood out from the crowd for a number of reasons. Some of them had special abilities that you could say were something straight out of a comic book. These people aren’t your average person—they can do things many of us can only dream of. And it’s no gimmick either, just genetics and in a few cases crazy adaptation skills. Here are five people with real-life superpowers.
1. The Real-Life Flash
Usain Bolt may be the fastest man in the world, but Dean Karnazes will always catch up to him no matter how fast he’s running. That’s because Karnazes can keep running forever, well theoretically, as long as he has the energy to keep on moving. This is because he doesn’t have a lactate threshold, which is the body’s limit as to how much glucose it can break down for energy. Most people feel burnt out when they reach their limit—but not Karnazes, who has never experienced a cramp or muscle ache in his life. He even ran nonstop for 350 miles for over three days.
2. The Real-Life Daredevil
You know Daredevil right? The blind Marvel vigilante who uses his extrasensory abilities to fight crime. Instead of saving the day, Daniel Kish uses his abilities to get around in his everyday life. As a baby he had both eyes removed before his first birthday due to retinoblastoma, a cancer which affects the eyes. Then, he developed his own echolocation technique as a child by clicking his tongue; it allows his brain to create a 3D map of his surroundings. He can even make his way out of a concert hall faster than any sighted person!
3. The Real-Life Mr. Freeze
Like most superhero origin stories, Wim Hof discovered his ability by accident at the age of 17. While walking along a frozen canal, he felt the sudden urge to jump in. And he did! But to his surprise, the cold didn’t bother him, much like Elsa. Hof quickly put his powers to good use. He set 26 world records and even climbed Mount Everest wearing nothing but shorts, though a foot injury forced him to turn back. His ability is caused by his body releasing cannabinoids and opioids, which allows him to block the cold and pain, even frostbite.
4. The Real-Life Spiderman
Alan Robert, nicknamed the “French Spiderman,” is the world’s best climber who uses nothing but chalk and his bare hands to scale his way up buildings. And not just any building – skyscrapers. So far, he has climbed over 160 of them including Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, Taiwan’s Taipei 101 and London’s Lloyd building. In October 2018, Robert was arrested in London “on suspicion of causing public nuisance,” when he climbed the Salesforce Tower. The court let him go free, but only after banning him from climbing any other building in the UK.
5. The Real-Life Overseer
An unnamed family in Connecticut has a genetic mutation that gives them bones so strong that they never break, like Bruce Willis in Unbreakable. Not a single one of them has ever had a fracture due to their extra dense bones. Scientists hope that by studying the family’s unique DNA, they will come to a better understanding of the factors that affect bone density, which, in the future, could lead to possible treatments for bone conditions such as osteoporosis. It must be nice to not ever worry about your bones.
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