Talents such as singing, dancing, and so on are amazing and are widely celebrated around the world. However, there are some people who can do much more than that. Most of them can’t even control it themselves. Check ten of these uniquely talented men.
1. Nepalese Sherpas and Other Tibetans
Sherpas guide the mountaineers up Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. It is because amazingly, sherpas of Nepal and most Tibetans have traits that allow them to survive up in the mountains at around 4 kilometers above sea level.
Researchers have found out years ago that 87 percent of Tibetans have a specific gene that allows them to use up 40 percent less oxygen than the average human. This gene, the EPAS1, is responsible for Tibetans’ ability to survive at such altitudes for so long. Going up as high as 3 kilometers can cause hemoglobin levels to rise, but the EPAS1 gene among Tibetans cause their hemoglobin to go beyond. (Hemoglobin is the substance in our blood that helps carry oxygen throughout the body.)
Researchers believe that Tibetans gained this ability from the now-extinct Denisovans who lived around the area where Tibetans now live. Their fossils have been found to contain the same EPAS1 gene Tibetans possess.
2. Dean Karnazes
other runners in a marathon would need to take a quick break at some point during the race, Dean Karnazes has muscles that allow him to run infinitely.
Normally, the human body gets energy from glucose, which in turn, produces lactate. If lactate builds up way too high, the body will produce lactic acid, causing it to shut down. In Dean’s case though, his body does not seem to be affected by the lactate buildup, so he can run without getting tired.
Dean started running in high school when he joined a track team. He could do 105 laps while the rest could only do 15. Afterward, he stopped running and never went back till he was 30.
Scientists in Colorado were intrigued about his unique running ability that they tested his endurance. The test usually takes a maximum of fifteen minutes, but Dean kept going on a treadmill for over an hour. Dean once ran in fifty marathons in fifty days.
As a child, SM was afraid of the dark, but when she became an adolescent, her amygdala appeared to be no longer functional. She once encountered a man who attempted to kill her while she was walking through a park at night. Calmly, she told him that he would have to go through her guardian angel first, which scared him off.
4. Tibetan Monks
Another form of meditation monks practice allows them to lower their metabolism, thereby controlling how their body breaks down calories. Through this meditation, the monks can lower their metabolism by around 64 percent, allowing them to conserve their energy. In comparison, average humans lower their metabolism by only 15 percent when asleep.
5. Natalya Demkina
Dr. Ray Hyman took interest in this “X-ray girl” and decided to fly her to New York City and run some tests on her. One of the tests involved six patients who had various conditions and one who didn’t have any medical conditions. She guessed four of the patients’ diseases, which was impressive enough.
6. Elisabeth Sulser
Synesthesia is a strange condition wherein someone’s senses are crossed. For instance, synesthetic people may taste a red apple as grapes. Some people can also feel colors with their eyes closed.
Musician Elisabeth Sulser has her sight, hearing, and taste all mixed up, allowing her to see colorful sound waves and taste music. All her life she though this was a normal thing, with other people feeling and tasting and seeing the way she does. However, Sulser soon realized that no one else had these capabilities and felt alone because people might not understand her.
Synesthesia is not good all the time as people who have this condition get easily distracted in noisy areas and may get frequent headaches. For Sulser, however, her abilities help her as a musician, allowing her to form symphonies and melodies out of colors. Her synesthesia doesn’t have any adverse effects on her either.
7. Thai Ngoc
In 1973, a Vietnamese farmer named Thai Ngoc suffered from fever. When it left him, he could no longer sleep. Thinking the insomnia would just go away after a week, he didn’t give it much thought.
It has been forty years since, but Thai Ngoc hasn’t had any sleep still. After examinations, the only thing that was wrong with him were minor liver problems. His family also complains that he’s a little grumpy from not experiencing sleep for more than three decades. He had tried various remedies, even drinking alcohol, yet nothing seems to work.
So what caused his persistent insomnia? One of the explanations could be a phenomenon called “microsleep.” When your brain gets tired and decides to quickly take a few seconds off, micro naps happen. The brain shuts off temporarily and goes back on again. A good example of this is falling asleep while driving. This is probably how Ngoc got by all those years.
8. Chris Robinson
Chris Robinson woke up one day after having a dream about two planes crashing in midair. Since then, he has allegedly been able to see the future in his dreams. Robinson also has the ability to wake up from his dreams and record them in a journal.
Stan Lee himself tested Robinson through an experiment. Robinson would be taken to ten places the next day, and his job was to dream about the locations they were going to visit. The next day, Robinson wrote down the ten locations he saw in his dreams and put them in envelopes. They drove from one location to another, opening a corresponding envelope in each stop. Sure enough, Robinson gotten everything right.
As that experiment could seem suspicious, Robinson was tested again for the second time by guessing what item was placed inside a box. For twelve days, Robinson took twelve separate guesses about as many different items. Sadly, he only guessed two correct items, which was not significant enough to prove the existence of psychic powers.
9. Orlando Serrell
In 1979, Orlando Serrell, who was then in grade school, was playing a baseball game when a stray ball hit the side of his head. He simply ignored it and played on. For one year, Serrell experienced headaches that would last for hours. But by the end of the year, he discovered that he could perform incredible mathematical calculations and could remember every detail of every day. Serrell’s case is obviously a much less severe form of brain damage; nonetheless, it was still a head trauma.
The reason why savants are able to have such great brains is because they take everything literally and look at the littlest detail that ordinary people often ignore. However great their brains are, savants have difficulty taking tests like the ones in school since those tests ask much broader questions and do not reflect the focused way savants think.
10. Eskil Ronningsbakken
Ronningsbakken is now in her thirties and still continues to put his life on the line. He had ridden a bicycle upside down on a tightrope over a canyon and done handstands on a bar hanging under a flying hot-air balloon.
Ronningsbakken admits he also gets anxious before performing some stunts, yet he believes that fear is a part of what makes us human.