Ever felt like you’re a bit inadequate? Well, bad news. We’ve got a list of people here with some incredible abilities that have wowed people over the years.
From the ability to see 100 times more colors than anyone else to being able to smell a disease, there's no shortage of humans with some superpower-like skills.
So let's take a look at some of the most amazing people that, through one way or another, have developed traits the rest of us can only dream of having.
Wim Hof is a Dutch athlete with a difference. He’s known as “The Iceman”, as he’s able to survive extremely cold temperatures – which he says is due to his unique breathing technique.
He may achieve this by consciously hyperventilating, keeping his heart rate and adrenaline high. A study earlier this month suggested he can regulate his temperature with his unusual breathing method, leading to an increase in nervous system activity.
However he does it, he’s been able to withstand some extreme conditions, including taking the world’s longest ice bath in 2011 – 1 hour and 52 minutes. He also completed a marathon in Finland in temperatures of about -20°C (-4°F) in 2009, dressed in just shorts. Oh, and he climbed Mount Everest in his shorts, too.
An artist called Concetta Antico has a peculiar power, in that she can see way more colors than other people. It’s due to being something known as a “tetrachromat”, which means she has two different mutations on each X chromosome.
This means they have four cones in their eyes, rather than three as most people have. Although the mutation isn’t that rare – half of women in Europe may have it – very few have reported having enhanced vision like this.
To Antico, something as simple as a pebble can look like a rainbow. It’s reported she can see 99 million colors, compared to just 1 million seen by most.
A French entertainer called Michel Lotito wowed audiences in the 20th century with his ability to eat, well, pretty much anything.
This included bicycles, televisions, shopping carts, and more. But his biggest stunt of all came in 1980, when he successfully finished eating a Cessna 150 plane – which took him two years.
How was he able to do this? Well, scientists think he had a rare condition called pica, a psychological condition that meant he had an appetite for inanimate objects. A thick stomach lining apparently enabled him to eat without injury.
By some accounts he had eaten 9 tons of metal – plus a coffin – by the time he passed away in 2007, apparently by natural causes. As far as superpowers go, though, this one’s pretty impressive.