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Real Life Superheroes on 20/20

Like people with actual superheroes. Not people who dress up.

 No trick photography, here.

I’ll confess to not being a regular watcher of 20/20, but I think I’ll have to set my DVR to record next Tuesday night’s episode. It’s going to be a Special Edition about people with fittingly-special abilities. People some might even call real life superheroes.  The special's actually drawing comparisons between these individuals and a surprisingly-extensive number of characters, including…  

  • Spider-Man - - a guy who can scale skyscrapers without any climbing equipment to help him. They don’t name him, but I’m pretty sure this is going to be Alain Robert, the famous “French Spider-Man” who’s basically climbed all of the tallest buildings in the world - - despite having no equipment and a permanent case of vertigo?!
  • The Flash - - a guy who can run 50 marathons in 50. Okay… as fantastic as everybody else’s accomplishments are, this has to be most absurd.  Anybody who’s run a marathon (like my friend, ROBOTIKA writer Dave Moran) will tell you that they're absolutely murder to recover from. You need months of prep time and days, if not weeks, of recovery time. I remember reading a book, ULTRA-MARATHON MAN, about a guy who ran 100 miles races, as wells as ones in Death Valley and Antarctica, and this guy makes him sound like a casual jogger.
  • Iceman - - a guy who can pull off wearing shorts in the Arctic and, well… not dying for an hour.  I’m not going to resist the urge to say that he should probably be compared to Ant-Man or the Atom, because there’s surely a lot of shrinking going on in these outings in the cold.
  • Namor/ Aquaman - - a dude who can hold his breath long enough that he can swim with dolphins, whales and sharks. You’ve got to give credit to a guy who can be friends with Flipper, Willy and Jaws at the same time.
  • Hawkman - - a guy who can fly at speeds of hundred MPH. They don’t come out and say that he’s got using a hang-glider, but I’ll presume he’s not just flapping his arms up there.
  • Brainiac - - a super thinker with an uncanny memory for numbers. He also learned Icelandic in just a week. Hah… maybe I should ask him what Sigur Ros' lyrics translate to.
 
So keep your eyes peeled this Tuesday night. All kidding aside, I think this will actually be a pretty inspiring special about how far regular humans can push their bodies. 
 
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Studios and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Pre-order the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover now on Amazon.com.
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Posted by Jordanstine

My boss is a real life superhero too!    
 
He's an Editor-in-Chief! 
 
J. Jonah Jameson! 
 
His power?  Being able to smoke 4-6 cigars a day and still be lung cancer free!!!
 
Posted by rlmay3

Shrinkage jokes are always classy.

Posted by Dracade102

My Dad reminds me Of Lex Luthor; he's Blad, Sickeningly Envious of his Boss, and he's a Big-Time Busness man... (Not LexCorp big---But still wicked damn sucessful)
Posted by Emerald Dragonfly

I've seen Batman Grisha today on my maths exam

Posted by RedK

 Their not superheroes i'm pretty sure a requirment for being a superhero is saving people, and i don't theink iceman has saved anyone with his "gift". you could at best get away with calling them superpowered but not superheroes 

Posted by Shadowdoggy

I wouldn't consider it superheroic, but having a photographic memory makes me feel like a mutant sometimes 
especially when I'm called on to save the day by winning some drunk friend on mine a bar bet at 4 am
Posted by darkrider

I M BATMAN IN REAL LIFE
Posted by Manchine

I have met a Edward Jarvis before.  He is in his 40's and not a butler.  =)
Posted by Decept-O

Ha.  Shrinkage.   
Sounds like something worth watching.  It is very amazing the capabilities of the human body and the extremes it can endure, not to mention the fascinating way the brain operates.   A few individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities often can perform seemingly miraculous feats, like being able to perform entire piano concertos from memory.  While these are extreme examples and very rare it is still fascinating.   
 
Personally, I have the super human ability of flatulence ventriloquism.  I can make my farts appear acroos wide distances and have them seem like someone else did it.  Gives new meaning to the term, "the dog did it".  I only humor myself.
Posted by rlmay3

I have an uncanny "ability" for being mistaken for various worldwide ethnicities... sooo, Pseudo-Everyman??

Posted by drodro

Even icelanders don't understand sigurrós, me included
 
Loved the icelandic part of the new birds of pray issue

Posted by goldenkey

Im the Constrictor because around your neck I can wrap my...........................................yep you know.
Posted by ARMIV

I wonder if they'll talk about the Brazilian guy who can shoot lightning from his fingers?
He has the same origin as Electro for corn's sake!

Posted by Adam Michaels
@Decept-O said:
"Ha.  Shrinkage.   Sounds like something worth watching.  It is very amazing the capabilities of the human body and the extremes it can endure, not to mention the fascinating way the brain operates.   A few individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities often can perform seemingly miraculous feats, like being able to perform entire piano concertos from memory.  While these are extreme examples and very rare it is still fascinating.     
 
Personally, I have the super human ability of flatulence ventriloquism.  I can make my farts appear acroos wide distances and have them seem like someone else did it.  Gives new meaning to the term, "the dog did it".  I only humor myself. "

IT'S YOU! 
I constantly get the finger pointed at me when I don't lace one.  
 
But seriously, I'm with you on the amazing feats the human body and mind can accomplish. I remember watching a special on two old twin ladies who are autistic. They knew everything, and I mean EVERYTHING relating to the TV game show the $10,000 Pyramid. They were the biggest Dick Clark fans and watched the show from its first episode until its end. They remembered all the questions and all the answers and what date that episode first aired. If I'm not mistaken, they even remembered the color of Dick's suit in every episode. I was completely blown away. 
 
Posted by Bullseye1930

How about this for a superteam? If these guys can put up with each other in a confined space for a year that's gotta be a superpower right? 
 
www.thevault12.com
Posted by Mr.Hulk_Smashin'!

It's been on YouTube for at least a Year, just search "Real-life Superhumans"

Posted by ivy's creation

i loved this article! nice to know not all comic book fans arent nerds; you know who 
Sigur Ros is!

Posted by moonknight4000

Im watchin it
Posted by NexusOfLight

History channel did a special on this too. They talked with Stan Lee and everything. They had a guy who could dislocate every bone in his body, the Ice Man, and some dude who knows his physics and played with electricity. It was cool.

Posted by sora_thekey

Huh... sounds interesting... I might check it out...

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Posted by Bruce Vain

Whew thought I missed it  
 
Good to know I didn't :D
Posted by lonefang6x6

and so the government will create sentinels

Posted by G'bandit

I can wiggle my ears and nostrils Tom
 
Put me up there :P

Posted by G Bird

A guy named Al Jordan cut trees down in my yard... I was gonna make a Green Lantern reference to him but I doubt he would of known what I was talking about. I wonder if there's anybody in the world with a fast healing factor.

Posted by cascadeking09

I saw that man on ripley's believe it or not like 8 years ago.

Posted by Gothic Storm
@NexusOfLight said:
" History channel did a special on this too. They talked with Stan Lee and everything. They had a guy who could dislocate every bone in his body, the Ice Man, and some dude who knows his physics and played with electricity. It was cool. "
Yeah, I watched that special too. It was pretty interesting. The china man who could "control" electricity was cool too. He would stick all sorts of really heavy tools on his stomach and they would stay. It came out to be that his skin was so smoothe that it caused a type of suction to occur with anything. His grandsons had the same ability!
Posted by thatlad
Posted by Violet-Eyed Dragon

wow--cool

Posted by Namor1987

The guys dubbed "Namor", "Iceman", & "Braniac" are the only really impressive ones here IMO because that takes a lot of concentration & skill to do that. The Braniac guy sounds more like Cipher from New Mutants, the Iceman guy sounds like that skill would be useful if hunting or on a hiking trip

Posted by Namor1987
@RedK said:
"  Their not superheroes i'm pretty sure a requirment for being a superhero is saving people, and i don't theink iceman has saved anyone with his "gift". you could at best get away with calling them superpowered but not superheroes  "
I choose to debate that. Let's say hypothetically speaking that a person (a small person like a kid or something) was lost in a icy area like under a rock or something that a machine wouldn't be able to maneuver or work in & the only way to get in was by using a man with minimal to no equipment on because it was the last resort because the weight of the snow & equipment was too much of a strain on them or could cause a avalanche or more snow to fall on them then HE MIGHT be useful IMO