11. Stig Severinsen is a Danish freediver who holds a Guinness World Record for holding his breath for 22 minutes. He is also a four-time world freediving champion.
While normally people start gasping for air within a few minutes of diving under the water, Danish freediver Stig Severinsen can hold his breath for 22 minutes under the water. Severinsen started swimming at the age of 6. He became National Champion four times in a row at the age of 9,10,11, and 12. While studying in Barcelona, he played underwater hockey on the Spanish National Team.
His amazing feats are:
- Severinsen achieved Guinness World record in March 2010 when he swam 236 feet under ice, wearing only swimming trunks and goggles.
- In April 2010, he inhaled pure oxygen and then, held his breath for 20 minutes 10 seconds in a tank full of sharks at the Kattegat Centre in Grenaa.
- He created Guinness World Record in May 2012 by holding his breath for 22 minutes in a tank filled with water cooled to 30F.
- In April 2013, he set two new world records. One for “longest swim underwater – breathe held” when he swam 500 feet in 2 minutes and 11 seconds while wearing a wet suit and monofin. Another one for 250 feet wearing only swimming trunks.
- He also holds four AIDA freediving world records. (source)
12. In Japan, a man who calls himself a modern-day samurai warrior can slice a speeding bullet in half. His seemingly superhuman feat has been videotaped, and the camera had to slow down by 250 times for viewers to watch the movement of his sword.
Japanese laido master Isao Machii can move his sword so fast that he can cut a speeding bullet in half. For normal people, it is impossible to even view a bullet fired from a gun. But laido master Isao Machii can not only watch the bullet shot from a pistol, but he can also cut the bullet in half mid-air. His sword movement is so fast that it is impossible for a normal human eye to catch the act. So, he was filmed at a firing range outside Los Angles with a special camera. The film was then slowed down 20 times for the viewers to watch the act.
Isao Machii also holds many Guinness World Records for his katana skills. Some of them are “Most martial arts katana cuts to one mat (suegiri)”, “Fastest 1,000 martial arts sword cuts”, “Most sword cuts to straw mats in three minutes” and “Fastest tennis ball (820 km/h) cut by a sword”.(1,2)
13. In Sacramento, California there lives an apiculturist called Norman Gary who not only raises bees but also has the amazing ability to summon and control bees.
Bee wrangler and apiculturist Dr. Norman E. Gary is unlike any other apiculturist in the world. This is because he can handle thousands of bees and summon and control them. Due to his unique ability, he had worked in the sets of a number of movies such as The X-Files: Fight the Future, Terror Out of the Sky, Invasion of the Bee Girls, The Savage Bees, and Leonard Part 6. He has also been featured in a number of TV shows such as Fear Factor, The Tonight Show, Real TV, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and others.(source)
14. An autistic American, Laurence Kim Peek, also known as Megasavant, was the only savant known to science who could read two pages of a book simultaneously – one with each eye. He also has an exceptional memory.
In the movie “Rain Man”, it is impossible to miss the character of Raymond Babbit performed by Dustin Hoffman. This character is inspired from the “megasavant” Laurence Kim Peek. Kim Peek is known for his exceptional memory. According to his father, he started memorizing things just when he was just 16 – 20 months old. He can read a whole book within an hour and can remember almost everything he reads. His unique reading technique include reading left page with left eye and right page with right eye. (source)
15. Mas Oyama, a karate master, would fight live bulls with his bare hands during his martial arts demonstrations. Occasionally, he would kill them with a single blow, earning him the nickname “Godhand.”
Mas Oyama was a Korean karate master who spent most of his life in Japan and founded the Kyokushin Karate. Along with his karate skills, Mas Oyama was also known for fighting bulls bare-handed. He used to give a public demonstration of bull-fighting and had battled 52 bulls in his lifetime. Out of the 52, he had killed 3 bulls instantly with just one strike. This seemingly impossible act earned him the name “Godhand”.(source)