We have all fancied ourselves a superhero at one point or another - maybe you used to think you could fly when you were a kid, or find yourself wondering if your biceps have been supernaturally enhanced at the gym. The truth is, most of our super-ability is a product of our own imaginations. That's not the case for this league of extraordinary gentlemen.
We've learned that there are men in this world who have a little something extra going on. So look out! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...14 seemingly normal dudes with unbelievable natural abilities!
Jose Rafael Marquez Ayala of Puerto Rico is an electrician, and he also has a pretty shocking power: He can conduct electricity through his body, and is even able to set fire to paper and use his harnessed electricity to power lightbulbs.
Joseph Pujol was a French stage performer and a flatulist, or professional faster. Puyol could fart on command, and produce sounds that resembled cannon fire, animals, and musical instruments.
Dean Karzanes has run marathons, ran 350 miles without stopping in an epic 80-hour treadmill session, and has run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. So, how does Karzanes put your cardio routine to shame? It's due to an increased amount of creatine phosphokinase in his blood, which is an enzyme that heals muscle tissue. For some reason, Karzanes' body doesn't deplete his supply of this enzyme when he runs.
"Professional Head Balancer" is John Evans' self-proclaimed title, and he deserves the honor: Evans was able to balance a mini-cooper on his head for 33 seconds.
In 2007, Malaysian Rathakrishnan Velu broke his own world record for pulling a train with his teeth. The train weighed approximately 290 tons, and Velu pulled it about 2.8 meters. Apparently, Velu learned to concentrate power to his teeth from an Indian guru when he was a child.
Chris Hickman, a Florida firefighter, actually lifted a Chevy Trailblazer off of a passenger that was trapped inside. His superhuman strength saved the passenger's life.
Isao Machii of Japan has the Guinness World Record for "Fastest Tennis Ball Cut By Sword," but that's not his best trick: Machii once sliced a pellet from an airsoft gun after it was fired. Scientists believe his unbelievable ability is due to a combination of insane hand-eye coordination, reflexes, and timing.
When he was ten years old, Orlando Serrell was his in the side of the head with a baseball. After this accident, he realized that his brain worked differently than it had before: He could do complex calendar calculations in his head, and his memory dramatically improved. This incident has caused scientists to wonder if true genius lies in parts of our brain that aren't necessarily stimulated - but don't let someone throw a baseball at your head to find out.
Wim Hof has 18 different world records for his chill-bilities. He spent nearly two hours in an ice bath with no side effects, and attempted to climb Mount Everest in shorts. He says he achieves his abilities by meditation and willpower.
Daniel Tammet can solve elaborate in equations in his head without using math to do so. He is also able to absorb languages, picking up fluency within a week.
Lliam Hoekstra has a rare condition called myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy, meaning that his muscles can grow at incredibly rapid rates. By the time he was five months old, Liam could support his body weight with his arms. Today, Liam is six, and is currently killing it on his school's wrestling team.
Five time Guiness Record holder Daniel Browning Smith is considered the most flexible man alive. One example of his gift? He has the ability to dislocate his arms and crawl through an unstrung tennis racquet.
Leslie Lemke was born with several serious conditions, including one that called for the surgical removal of his eyes. His mother couldn't handle his disability, and he was adopted by a nurse. His long list of physical problems left him unable to stand until he was twelve. Then, something incredible happened. When Lemke was 16, his adoptive mother found him playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 in the middle of the night. He had absolutely no training, but had simply heard the piece on television. After that, he became an international recognized musician.
Thai Ngoc claimed that he lost the ability to sleep after getting a fever in 1973. Despite the fact that he has been an insomniac for decades, doctors routinely give him a clean bill of health.