While reading superhero comics book, we often fantasize that how wonderful it would be if we could possess even one superpower. Sometimes, for some of us, this dream comes true. All over the world, there are quite a few people who actually possess extraordinary superhuman capabilities such as the ability to generate heat with hands or the ability to run forever. In this article, we have made a list of 15 less-known people with extraordinary superhuman abilities.
1. Liew Thow Lin is a real life “Magneto” and can stick metal objects on his body. He is popularly known as “Magnet Man”, “Magnetic Man” or “Mr. Magnet”.
Magneto is a very well-known fictional character associated with X-men comics series. He has the ability to control any metal object. Liew Thow Lin from Malaysia has a similar superhuman capability. Even though he cannot control metal objects like Magneto, he can stick up to 36 kg of metal objects (each object weighing 2 kg) to his body without any adhesive. He can also pull a car using this ability. Liew discovered his ability to stick metal to his body at the age of 60 when his tools started getting stuck to his body.
When scientists at the University of Technology in Malaysia examined Liew, they found that his body does not contain any magnetic field. The credit goes to the high level of friction present in his skin. The abnormally high level of friction makes his body super-sticky providing a suction effect. Similar kind of ability is displayed by his three grandchildren proving that his sticky skin is genetic. (1, 2)
2. The internationally renowned Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Qigong grandmaster Zhou Ting-Jue can generate extreme heat using only his hands. He can also stand on thin sheets of paper without falling through it.
Zhou Ting-Jue is an 89-year-old grandmaster of Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Qigong. He is famous all over the world for his amazing ability to channel his inner Chi to generate heat through palms of his hands. The heat generated by him is quite close to the boiling point. He is also well known for his ability to shift his body weight from his legs to his chest due to which he can stand on a thin sheet of paper without going through it.
Zhou Ting-Jue is also a healer and claims that through his Qigong treatments, he can dissolve tumors, heal severe chronic injuries, and successfully treat “incurable diseases”. In the past, he had treated Dalai Lama, members of the LA Lakers basketball team, Olympic athletes, celebrities, and dignitaries. His achievements have earned him huge respect in China where he is known as “The Jewel of China” and “Treasure of the Nation”. (source)
3. Hailed as one of the most accomplished polyglots in history, Harold Whitmore Williams is said to have known more than 58 languages. He used his knowledge of languages as a tool of diplomacy and talked with every delegate of the League of Nations in their native language.
Harold Whitmore Williams was born in Auckland in 1876. He had stated that at the age of seven, he had ‘an explosion in his brain’ due to which his capacity of learning language grew to an extraordinary degree. His amazing capacity to learn new languages can be verified by the fact that in his lifespan of 52 years, he could speak more than 58 languages including English and Old Irish. He knew every language of Austrian Empire Hungarian, Czech, Albanian, Serbian, Rumanian, Swedish, Basque, Turkish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, Coptic, Egyptian, Hittite, and other dialects. (source)
4. Michel Lotito from France can eat anything, including glass, metal, and even poisonous materials. He had even consumed an entire Cessna 150 airplane. Oddly enough, he has trouble eating and digesting bananas and hard-boiled eggs.
Michel Lotito is a French-based ‘entertainer’ who has the amazing ability to eat everything, and by everything, we literally mean everything. He can eat anything ranging from bicycles to an entire Cessna 150 airplane. This superhuman feat has achieved him the name “Monsieur Mangetout” which means “Mr. Eats All”. Between 1959 and 1997, he ate an estimated nine tons of metal. Michel suffers from a medical condition called Pica due to which he has a craving to eat dirt, glass, and anything metal.
Michel Lotito can eat metal without any harm to his digestive system owing to a very thick lining in his stomach and intestine. While eating an object, he usually breaks it into pieces and swallows them by drinking water and mineral oil. He consumes 1 kg of metal per day. That’s why it took him two years to eat the entire Cessna 150 airplane. (source)
5. An autistic artist, Stephen Wiltshire, also known as Human Camera, has this amazing ability to draw any landscape from memory after seeing it just once. He stunned the world when he drew a spellbinding 19 feet long picture of New York from memory after a 20-minute helicopter ride over the city.
While visiting a new city we need a map, GPS or at least a reliable person to show us the right way. This is because our brain takes some time to create a mental map of any place when we visit it for the first time. The exception to this rule is an autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire. He had shocked the world with his ability to draw an extremely intricate, accurate, and detailed picture of entire cities from his memory based on the single, brief helicopter rides.
In May 2005, he drew a 32.8-feet-long panoramic memory drawing of Tokyo which he completed within seven days following a helicopter ride over the city. When Wiltshire created the panoramic drawing of Rome after a helicopter ride, he drew it in such great detail that the exact number of columns in the Pantheon was there. His longest ever panoramic memory drawing is a 250-feet-long drawing of New York which is now displayed on a giant billboard at John F. Kennedy International Airport. (source)