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One of the best things about being a human being is that we get to live outside the food chain. We’re the apex predator on the planet as we don’t have to worry about some other animal eating us alive. Unlike animals who have to spend an exorbitant amount of time looking over their backs for predators, we humans have a lot more time on our hands. And yet, because of evolutionary hang-overs, we’re still built with the physical ability and instincts to either ward off an attacker, or, spring into action and chase one down.
Kam Ma’s Indestructible Body
Some feats of strength are a sight to behold, while others, will make you wish it was possible to unsee what you saw. Sights like Kam Ma, for example. Ma decided he’d use his incredible strength to break the Guiness World Record for most piercings in a single session. Yes, over the course of 8 hours, Kam was pierced with 1,015 metal rings – some of which include in his tongue. Kam says he doesn’t mind what you think of him, he’s used to pricks.
William Trubridge – Freediver
Think seeing how far down a body of water you can go is easy? Take it from anyone who’s tried it – it’s scarier than skydiving, as you can never be sure if you’ll run out of air before ascending to the top. You can also ask William Trubridge what it’s like as well, as he’s the world’s free diving world record holder. William is the first human ever to break the 100 meter depth level without any assistance. In fact, his unofficial record of 125 meters would have been recorded had he not forgotten to take off his goggles!
Wim Hof’s Ice Bath
How cold are the baths you take? That’s almost a rhetorical question as no one likes a cold bath. Well, no one except Wim Hof – record holder for world’s longest ice bath. Imagine how painful it would be to submerge yourself in ice cold water for just one minute, then, multiply that by 73 – that’s how long Wim had to sit in order to break the record. Before you try it yourself, know that Wim is a master of Tummo meditation, a form of meditation that gives you the ability to ignore any pain and suffering.
The Human Lightning Rod
Do you know that the odds of getting struck by lightening are about the same as winning the lottery? Well it’s too bad Cleveland Sullivan here didn’t know this stat prior to getting struck by lighting not once – but 7 times! Yes, once Cleveland turned 30, he became this human lightening rod, and amazingly, lived to tell about it 7 times over.
Ever skydive before? Yes? From what height did you jump? Well however high it was, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t 846 miles high in outer space, like Felix Bamgartner did. This daredevil from Australia didn’t just break the world record for longest skydive, but also, broke the sound barrier in doing so. That’s how fast Felix was plummeting towards the earth.
Signor Lawanda’s Iron Jaws
A woman who’s greatest strength is the strength of her jaw can be a very scary thing for us men (if you catch our drift). But Signor Lawanda didn’t mind the behind-the-back snickering as she was more than happy to showcase to the world her ability to lift up an entire horse – that’s 1450 pounds of animal – just with her teeth alone! Strong jaw, horse, teeth – I think we’ll move on from the innuendos now…
Nikolas Wallenda – Wire King
When we think of feats of great strength, the first thing that comes to mind is something physical. But the fact of the matter is that mental feats are just as hard – if not harder. Take Nikolas Wallenda who holds 9 wire walking records – one of which includes walking across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Just one fall (no pun intended) means certain death for Nikolas, which is what makes this so mentally amazing.
George Hood’s Endurance
Former US DEA agent, George Hood is one tough son-of-a-gun. He holds numerous endurance records – such as planking for 80 minutes, or spin cycling for an insane 222 hours! I’m exhausted just thinking about that.
Alain Robert – Spiderman
Ever wish you could have Spiderman’s powers? Not the web-slinging we mean, but the ability to scale skyscrapers without any support? Well Alain Robert had that same dream as a kid, turning it into a reality when he scaled the Sears Tower, Sydney Opera House, and the Eiffel tower – all without any climbing or safety gear. Just one slip and it’s instant death for Alain. But this fact hasn’t stopped him yet, as he’s still very much alive as the world’s free-climbing record holder.
Giuliano Stroe – Strongest Kid
Some people are incredibly strong because they worked their whole life to get that way. Others, like Giuliano Stroe, are simply born insanely strong. At just 2 years old, Giuliano started lifting weights, breaking records like the one for fastest weighted walk (10 meters to e exact). Just looking at Giuliano’s six-pack and 12” biceps (all in the 3rd grade no less!) is enough to let you know that he’s on record for being the world’s strongest kid.