Stan Lee is famous for creating superheroes and superhumans that have existed in comic books for many years before the broadcast media introduced them to the world. Superhumans on this list have demonstrated unbelievable abilities, and they are real people, who are living and have once lived among us.
Let me introduce to you, a Chinese master who can bring water to boil, by his palms simply hovering over it, a Russian girl with “x-ray eyes” and a metal eater French who have eaten a Cessna plane and a piece of the Eiffel Tower… I know it sounds “super-unbelievable” and “super-crazy”, but one way to find out is to read on…
10- GINO MARTINO: THE HUMAN ANVIL
John Ferraro or famously known as Gino Martino in the ring, is an American professional wrestler and entertainer who is known for smashing through things with his skull. Gino has broken steel bars and baseball bats, had his skull smashed with blocks of concrete, a sledgehammer and has even had bowling balls dropped from 15 feet high on top of his skull. He certainly has super thick skull to have endured all those smashing.
9- TIM CRIDLAND: ‘THE TORTURE KING’
Tim Cridland aka “Zamora the Torture King” was a circus performer, famous for his torture stunts. Tim has proven his extraordinary tolerance for pain for decades and have demonstrated them on TV: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, 48 Hours, and Stan Lee’s Superhumans. His stunts include fire eating, sword swallowing, body skewering and electrocution.
8- WIM HOF: ‘THE ICEMAN’
Wim Hof is a Dutch world record holder; adventurer and daredevil, commonly nicknamed the Iceman for his ability to withstand extreme cold. This man holds the record of the longest time submerged in an ice bath: 1 hour and 52 minutes. Wim also has ran marathons over snow barefoot, and been buried in snow to demonstrate his extraordinary ability.
Wim has climbed the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in nothing but shorts, earning him the name “The Iceman”. Scientists have confirmed that Wim has the ability to withstand below-freezing temperatures by controlling his autonomic nervous system and immune responses through meditation.
7- MASUTATSU OYAMA: THE KUMITE MASTER
Masutatsu Oyama or commonly known as Mas Oyama, was a karate master who founded Kyokushin Karate, considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate. He was born Korean but spent most of his life living in Japan and acquired Japanese citizenship in 1964.
He was very famous for the “Kumite “a progression of fights, each lasting two minutes, and each after the featured participant wins. Mas fought 100 men and beating them all in a 2 minute long fights that lasted three days. He was also famous for fighting 52 bulls and killing three, with his bare hands.
6- TIBETAN MONKS: THE INNER FIRE
These monks can produce intense body heat during meditation, also referred as Tummo, a yoga practice centered on concentrating body heat, or simply drawing the inner fire out. To demonstrate their extraordinary ability, large towels soaked in water would be placed over the monk’s shoulders and within an hour, the towels would be completely dry, this is an ability that no science can decipher.
5- MASTER ZHOU: ‘JEWEL OF CHINA’
Master Zhou, a Thai Chi and Kung Fu master and a Qigong healer, uses a traditional practice that cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as “life energy”. But what makes this elder extraordinary is that he uses his own chi directing it to his hands to create heat for healing. Master Zhou has demonstrated the power of Qidong on TV , in the programs like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not,
“That’s Incredible”, and Stan Lee’s Superhumans. Master Zhou’s extends his chi into the palm of his hands, creating heat that could bring water to boil by simply holding it. Some of his notable patients have been the Dalai Lama and members of the LA Lakers basketball team.
4- MICHEL LOTITO:
Michel Lotito or famously known in France as Monsieur Mangetout, translated as “Mister Eats All” is an entertainer who became famous for consuming indigestible objects such as metals, glass and rubbers, or whatever unusual materials our teeth shouldn’t chew on, he eats them.
Michel started fondly eating unusual objects when he was 16 and performed publicly in 1996. He disassembled, cut up, and eat tons of metals, preceding it with mineral oil and drinking considerable quantities of water during the meal.
In his lifetime, Lotito had consumed 9 tons of metals which include 7 TV sets, 18 bicycles, 15 shopping carts, a coffin, 6 Chandeliers, 2 beds, a pair of skis, a 400m steel chain, a Cessna 150 which took him two years to “consume” (1978 to 1980), and a piece of metal from the Eiffel Tower. Lotito passed away in 2007, lead poisoning was ruled out, Lotito was reported to have died of natural causes.
3- ISAO MACHINE: THE SAMURAI SWORD MASTER
Isao Machii, a modern-day swordman from Osaka Japan, wows spectators with his extraordinary martial arts sword skill. Isao holds several Guinness World Records including the “Most martial arts sword cuts to one mat”, the “Fastest 1,000 martial arts sword cuts”.
“Most sword cuts to straw mats in three minutes”, and “Fastest tennis ball (708 km/h) cut by the sword”. His superhuman speed and precision amazed the X-men creator Stan Lee. Isao was featured in Stan Lees’s “Superhumans” episode in 2010, where Isao cut in half, a pellet bullet fired at him from a BB gun.
2- BEN UNDERWOOD: ECHOLOCATION ABILITY
Ben Underwood suffered from a congenital retinal cancer and had both of his eyes surgically removed at the age of 3. But the darkness he sees daily didn’t stop him from living his life, Ben developed an ability to see through sound by making loud clicking noises and hearing their sound projected back to him.
He mastered bio-sonar or echolocation technique, at the age of 5. Animal echolocation is common among bats and dolphins. This ability helped Ben grew up like any normal kid, he loved skateboarding and football. Unfortunately, Ben died of the disease in 2009 at the age of 16.
1- NATASHA DEMKINA: X-RAY EYES
Natasha Demkina, a Russian girl with X-ray Eyes, as referred by her people, claims to have an x-ray-like vision, to see through the surface and into the inner anatomy of the human body. Her ability was first discovered when she was ten years old. Several medical experts have put Natasha through extensive studies, including the Discovery Channel, in 2004, the famous channel released its documentary featuring Natasha “The Girl With X-ray Eyes”.
The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) conducted a four-hour study, asked Natasha to identify the medical conditions of 6 volunteers who had undergone surgery or had been diagnosed with medical conditions. Natasha correctly diagnosed 4 of the volunteers, including the control subject, but the CSI concluded that her ability lacked sufficient evidence to promote further study, but that didn’t stop her from doing what she does to this day.