Real People With Comic-Book Super Powers
1. Rock Crusher
Seken Tolebekov, 83, of Kazakhstan, can crush rocks with his bare hands. He started crushing rocks when he was 24.
“I think I have some sort of power in my hands. I am getting older, but my hands are still strong. I believe that I got the power from on high. It started when I was young. I kept feeling heat in my right hand all the time, then I felt an urge to crush a rock,” he said, according to Kazakh publication Tengri News.
“Sometimes people try to repeat what I do, but it has always ended with injuries and bone fractures for them,” he said. “I don’t feel any pain when my hand comes in contact with the stones, it feels like crushing sand.”
2. Malaysian Magneto
Liew Thow Lin, a retired Malaysian contractor in his 80s, can stick metal objects onto his body like a magnet. He’s even been able to pull a car. He was featured by Discovery Channel’s “One Step Beyond” in 2005. Doctors and researchers examined his body to see if there was a magnetic field or if his skin appeared unusual somehow.
They found no magnetic field around his body, yet large metal objects would hold fast to him. The researchers found nothing unusual—it remains a mystery.
His sons and grandsons have the same ability.
Liew Thow Lin as seen in Discovery Channel’s “One Step Beyond.” (Screenshot/HowStuffWorks.com)
3. The Man Who Doesn’t Sleep
In Que Son district of Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, Ngoc Thai has gone more than 30 years without sleep. Ngoc, in his 60s, has tried medications, folk remedies, even drinking himself into a stupor, but he has been unable to go to sleep. Doctors have given him a clean bill of health, and he does not appear greatly impacted by the sleeplessness. He lead a more productive life than most with a full 24 hours at his disposal.
In 2006, Ngoc told Thanh Nien News, “I don’t know if the insomnia has impacted on my health or not, but I’m still healthy and I can do the farm work normally like others.”
Read more about Ngoc and the phenomenon of sleeplessness:
Ngoc Thai: The Man Who Doesn’t Sleep
At least two blind people have been known to use echolocation, like bats or dolphins do, to find their way around with great precision.
Daniel Kish lost his eyesight as a toddler. He started making clicking sounds with his tongue, and now, at the age of 47, his tongue clicking can help him ride a bicycle through traffic without trouble. Kish explained to National Geographic, for its July 2013 edition, how human echolocation works: “Sound waves are produced by every tongue click. These waves bounce off surfaces all around and return to my ears as faint echoes. My brain processes the echoes into dynamic images. It’s like having a conversation with the environment.”
Ben Underwood had both of his eyes removed at the age of 3 because of cancer. He also taught himself echolocation and lived a relatively normal life, able to ride bike, play sports, and more. He died at the age of 15, in 2009.
Ben Underwood as seen on a website dedicated to his memory. (Screenshot/BenUnderwood.com)
5. Qigong Masters, Monks Cultivate Supernormal Abilities
The cultivation of mind and body has profound, supernatural effects that can be measured. In 1998, Professor Lu Yanfang and dozens of American scientists conducted research on qigong masters in China.
Qigong is an ancient practice that involves cultivating energy, not only by doing meditative exercises, but also by improving mind and heart nature, as the mind and body are said to be one. It is known to have healing effects.
In her research, Yanfang had found that Qigong masters were able to emit powerful bursts of infrasonic waves, 100 to 1000 times as strong as average individuals.
Even beginners in the practice had five times the infrasonic energy they had produced before the training within a few weeks.
A similar study at the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, published in 1988, found the qi emitted by qigong masters could be measured, in part, as infrasonic waves. They emitted infrasonic waves 100 times stronger than that of an ordinary person. Both studies are detailed by the China Healthways Institute.
An experiment was conducted on Tibetan monks in northern India, as described in a 2002 Harvard University Gazette article.
The monks, thinly clad, were put in a room where the temperature was 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). They entered a state of deep meditation. Sheets soaked in cold water were draped over their shoulders.
Under these conditions, an ordinary person would shiver uncontrollably and the drop in body temperature could even result in death, explains the article.
A person practicing the Falun Dafa meditation. (Jeff Nenarella/Epoch Times)
The monks, however, remained warm and dried the sheets with their body heat. Once the sheets were dried, more cold, wet sheets were draped over them. Each monk dried three sheets over the course of several hours.
Herbert Benson, who studied the meditation technique for 20 years, told the Gazette: “Buddhists feel the reality we live in is not the ultimate one. There’s another reality we can tap into that’s unaffected by our emotions, by our everyday world. Buddhists believe this state of mind can be achieved by doing good for others and by meditation.”
He said the heat emanated from their bodies was just a by-product of the meditation.
Many such experiments have been performed on people who practice meditation and it has been found that some of them are able to emanate great amounts of various kinds of energy in forms that can be measured. They are also able to control metabolism and other bodily processes.
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