You've probably read about the average Joe or Jane dressing up in a superhero costume and spreading vigilante justice in their city -- sometimes sane and other times not so much. The film Kick-Ass was an example of this -- pitting a high school student against a drug lord. There's another brand of superhuman, too. These people don't need to wear a cape or a mask to channel their powers, however. Instead, they're like medical anomalies -- human beings with strange abilities that seem to defy science itself. Check out a few of these incredible superhumans, who appear as though they've been ripped from the pages of a comic book, below.
The Incredible Brain
Daniel Tammet can learn new languages in one week and calculate crazy math stats like nobody's business. He's a high-functioning autistic savant who was challenged for a Channel Five documentary to learn Icelandic, in just a week. Here's a clip to prove that he did it. He says watching Icelanders talk, they make it seem easy -- "like breathing" -- but that it was a difficult language for him to learn, because "in this context [he] has asthma."
Mr. Eats Everything
Michel Lotito aka Monsieur Mangetout would have been perfect for TLC's My Strange Addiction, but sadly he passed away in 2007 (of natural causes, not because he ate his couch cushions like that one woman did on the show OH MY GOD). Apparently Lotito had a double layer in his intestinal lining, which allowed him to eat things like bicycles, razor blades, and an airplane -- which took him two years to snack down. According to researchers, his unique ability to stomach just about everything developed due to environmental factors that affected him while in the womb. Here's a video of him eating some of his favorite foods: glass, screws, and tacks.
Sonar Vision Boy
Ben Underwood had cancer at two-years-old and both of his eyes had to be surgically removed. That didn't stop him from being able to do things kids love, like playing basketball, videogames, and running around like a lunatic. He found his way around through echolocation -- by clicking his tongue to sense the location of objects around him. Through the echoes created from this noise, he was able to live a fairly normal life. Sadly he passed away at 16-years-old from the same cancer he had as a baby. Watch this inspiring video of Ben below, and check out other real-life superhumans on this website.