MODERN DAY X-MEN! (from www.oddee.com)


Published on 11/27/2007

With so many superhero movies around, such as Spiderman or Hulk, we are used to see people with special abilities in fiction.
But people with amazing abilities actually do exist in real life; here’s a list of 10 of the most amazing of these people!


The Incredible Brain (Daniel Tammet)

Daniel Paul Tammet is a British high-functioning autistic savant gifted
with a facility for mathematical calculations, sequence memory, and
natural language learning. He was born with congenital childhood
epilepsy.
Experiencing numbers as colors or sensations is a well-documented form
of synesthesia, but the detail and specificity of Tammet’s mental
imagery of numbers is unique. In his mind, he says, each number up to
10,000 has its own unique shape and feel, that he can “see” results of
calculations as landscapes, and that he can “sense” whether a number is
prime or composite. He has described his visual image of 289 as
particularly ugly, 333 as particularly attractive, and pi as beautiful.
Tammet not only verbally describes these visions, but also creates
artwork, particularly watercolor paintings, such as his painting of Pi.

Tammet holds the European record for memorising and recounting
pi to 22,514 digits in just over five hours. He also speaks a variety
of languages including English, French, Finnish, German, Spanish,
Lithuanian, Romanian, Estonian, Icelandic, Welsh and Esperanto. He
particularly likes Estonian, because it is rich in vowels. Tammet is
creating a new language called Mänti.
Tammet is capable of learning new languages very quickly. To prove this
for the Channel Five documentary, Tammet was challenged to learn
Icelandic in one week. Seven days later he appeared on Icelandic
television conversing in Icelandic, with his Icelandic language
instructor saying it was “not human.”


The Boy with Sonar Vision (Ben Underwood)

Ben
Underwoodtaught is blind, both of his eyes were removed (cancer) when
he was 3. Yet, he plays basketball, rides on a bicycle, and lives a
quite normal life. He taught himself to use echo location to navigate
around the world. With no guide-dogs, he doesn’t even need hands: he
uses sound. Ben makes a short click sound that bounces back from
objects. Amazingly, his ears pick up the ecos to let him know where the
objects are. He’s the only person in the world who sees using nothing
but eco location, like a sonar or a dolphin.


The Rubberboy (Daniel Browning Smith)


Five time Guiness Record holder, The Rubberboy
is the most flexible man alive and the most famous contortionist.
He has been in many professional basketball or baseball games and on
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ESPN’s Sports Center, Oprah Winfrey,
Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Cirque du Soleil, Best Damn Sports Show
Period, The Discovery Channel, Men in Black 2, HBO’s Carnivale, and
CSI: NY and American got a talent.
He dislocates his arms to crawl through an unstrung tennis racquet. He
performs contortion handstands and unique acrobatics.


Mister Eat-it-All (Michel Lotito)

Michel
Lotito (born 1950) is a French entertainer, famous as the consumer of
undigestables, and is known as Monsieur Mangetout (Mister Eat-it-all).
Lotito’s performances are the consumption of metal, glass, rubber and
so on in items such as bicycles, televisions, a Cessna 150, and smaller
items which are disassembled, cut-up and swallowed. The aircraft took
roughly two years to be ‘eaten’ from 1978 to 1980. He began eating
unusual material while a child and has been performing publicly since
1966.
Lotito does not often suffer from ill-effects due to his diet, even
after the consumption of materials usually considered poisonous. When
performing he consumes around a kilogram of material daily, preceding
it with mineral oil and drinking considerable quantities of water
during the ‘meal’. He apparently possesses a stomach and intestine with
walls of twice the expected thickness, and his digestive acids are,
allegedly, unusually powerful, allowing him to digest a certain portion
of his metallic meals. Watch the Video at YouTube.


King Tooth (Rathakrishnan Velu)

On August 30, 2007, the eve of Malaysia’s 50th Independence Day,
Rathakrishnan Velu (or Raja Gigi, as he is known locally) broke his own
world record for pulling train with his teeth, this time with 6 coaches
attached weighing 297.1 tons over a distance of 2.8 metres at the Old
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Raja Gigi, from Tampin in Malaysia
learned a technique of concentrating his powers to any part of his body
from an Indian guru at a young age of 14.


The Magnetic Man (Liew Thow Lin)

Liew
Thow Lin, a 70-year-old retired contractor in Malaysia, recently made
news for pulling a car twenty meters along a level surface by means of
an iron chain hooked to an iron plate on his midriff. He says that he
discovered he had the amazing ability to make objects stick
“magnetically” to his skin, and now he’s added car-pulling to his
repertoire. After reading an article about a family in Taiwan who
possessed such power, he says he took several iron objects and put them
on his abdomen, and to his surprise, all the objects including an iron,
stuck on his skin and didn’t fall down. Since this “gift” is also
present in three of his sons and two grandchildren, he figures it’s
hereditary.


The Man who doesn’t Sleep (Thai Ngoc)

Sixty-four-year-old
Thai Ngoc, known as Hai Ngoc, said he could not sleep at night after
getting a fever in 1973, and has counted infinite numbers of sheep
during more than 11,700 consecutive sleepless nights. “I don’t know
whether the insomnia has impacted my health or not. But I’m still
healthy and can farm normally like others,” Ngoc said. Proving his
health, the elderly resident of Que Trung commune, Que Son district
said he can carry two 50kg bags of fertilizer down 4km of road to
return home every day. His wife said, “My husband used to sleep well,
but these days, even liquor cannot put him down.” She said when Ngoc
went to Da Nang for a medical examination, doctors gave him a clean
bill of health, except a minor decline in liver function. Ngoc
currently lives on his 5ha farm at the foot of a mountain busy with
farming and taking care of pigs and chickens all day. His six children
live at their house in Que Trung. Ngoc often does extra farm work or
guards his farm at night to prevent theft, saying he used three months
of sleepless nights to dig two large ponds to raise fish.


The Torture King (Tim Cridland)

Tim Cridland doesn’t seem to feel pain like the rest of people. He
astounded everyone by pushing needles into his arms without flinching
and he now performs a terrifying act for audiences all over America.
Scientific tests have shown that Tim can tolerate much higher levels of
pain than are humanly possible. He explains that, by using mind over
matter, he is able to push skewers through his body and put up with
extreme heat and cold unharmed – but to do this safely he has
extensively studied human anatomy, because puncturing an artery could
be fatal.


The Lion Whisperer (Kevin Richardson)

Animal
behaviourist Kevin Richardson says he relies on instinct to win the
hearts and form an intimate bond with the big cats. He can spend the
night curled up with them without the slightest fear of being attacked.
His magic works not only work for lions but other animals such as
cheetahs, leopards and even hyenas do not hold a threat against him.
Lions are his favourites and its a wonder how he can play, carress,
cuddle with them whose teeth are sharp enough to bite through thick
steel. Its a dangerous job but to Kevin, its more of a passion for him.


The Eye-Popping Man (Claudio Pinto)

Claudio
Pinto can pop both of his eyes 4 cm (about 1 and a half inch) or 95%
out of their sockets. He’s now aiming (poppin’?) for a world record.
Mr Pinto has undergone various tests and doctors say they have never
seen or heard of a person who can pop the eyes as much as him. Mr
Pinto, from Belo Horizonte, said: “It is a pretty easy way to make
money. “I can pop my eyes out four centimetres each, it is a gift from
God, I feel blessed.”

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