Flight. X-ray vision. Shape-shifting. Tropes of the highest caliber that can be found in comic books and fantasy stories the world over but did you know that there are real people with actual superpowers living among us, hiding in plain sight in almost every corner of the globe? Thankfully you have us! Here is our list of five modern day people with superpowers.
Wim Hof is a Dutch daredevil, commonly nicknamed “The Iceman” due to his ability to withstand extreme cold. First gaining attention in 2008 for setting the world record for longest time submerged in ice, a record he later broke in 2011 with a new time reaching nearly one hour and 53 minutes, the Iceman has gone on to climb Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro in his shorts, resist altitude sickness, complete a marathon in the Namibian Desert with no water, and has proven, under a laboratory setting, his ability to influence his autonomic nervous system and immune system at will.
Wim describes his superpowers and ability to withstand extreme cold temperatures as being able to “turn his own thermostat up” by using his mind.
I’d say he’s a pretty cool dude… *crickets chirping*.
Daniel Browning Smith, also known as “The Rubberboy,” is an American contortionist, actor, television host, comedian, sports entertainer, and stuntman, who holds the title of the most flexible person in history, owning a total of seven Guinness World Records. Since the age of 4 Smith was inspired by contortionists, giving him the dream of becoming the world’s greatest, and at a young age he began learning how to backflip and perform backwards sit ups. As a teen he became a street performer and much like a bad Hollywood stereotype, at the age of 18, Smith ran away from home to join a touring circus show.
Some say he refused to bend on any issues… *one solitary clap*.
Gary ‘Stretch’ Turner is a 41 year-old man from London, England that suffers from a rare form of Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, an inherited connective tissue disorder. Turner’s form of the disorder has given him the world’s stretchiest skin, leading to such feats as turning his stomach into a makeshift, fleshy table capable of holding three pints of beer, and the party favorite “Look mah, no mouth!” by which we mean he pulls his chin skin over his lips and Presto!
Turner, speaking about his condition, said, “If you ‘look at your own skin cells under a microscope, they’d be nice and round and lock in many places. But my skin cells tend to be more jagged, and don’t fit together quite so well.”
If you hadn’t seen the images you’d think he was stretching the truth… *the sound of a gun being loaded*.
Jerry Charles Miculek, Jr., dubbed “The Greatest Shooter of all Time”, is an American professional speed and competition shooter known for his 20 world records, appearances on TV, and for starring in his family owned YouTube channel, Miculekdotcom. Miculek currently holds five officially sanctioned world records in revolver shooting and over 15 unsanctioned records with firearms ranging from rapid firing pistols to the Barrett M107 .50 BMG rifle
Jerry estimates that in his lifetime he has shot over 2 million rounds of ammunition, which equals approximately 30 tons of lead.
I just hope he’s not so quick to anger… *cough*.
Stig Åvall Severinsen is a Danish freediver, a four-time world freediving champion, and holder of multiple Guinness World Records. in March 2010 he swam 236 feet (72 meters) under ice wearing only swimming trunks and goggles, exceeding Wim Hof’s record at the time by 47.6 feet (14.5 meters), and then in 2012 at the London School of Diving he again set the Guinness World Record of “Longest time breath held voluntarily (male)” after holding his breath for 22 minutes.