Feats of superhuman strength


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Most of us have probably heard the anecdotal accounts. One common story involves a mother who lifts a car which has fallen off the jackstands and trapped her son. In my own family there is a story about a great great aunt who, at about 120 Lbs or less and back in the 1940's I think, allegedly carried, shoved, or pulled her new and most highly prized refrigerator out of a burning house.

I have never seen any good evidence for such claims. Has anyone else?
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On the television show "Real TV", I watched a large man pic up a fallen helicopter with someone trapped inside it. Even as I saw it with my own eyes, it didn't look possible. Now mind you, it was just a small chopper (Bell 47G, if I remember correctly), and he didn't exactly lift it over his head, just rolled it enough for the trapped pilot to be pulled out. Still, this is looked like something that shouldn't be possible.

Added note; I know from my own experience that I can dunk a basketball in the heat of a game, but not when I'm practicing.
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Quote Quote by LURCH
On the television show "Real TV", I watched a large man pic up a fallen helicopter with someone trapped inside it. Even as I saw it with my own eyes, it didn't look possible. Now mind you, it was just a small chopper (Bell 47G, if I remember correctly), and he didn't exactly lift it over his head, just rolled it enough for the trapped pilot to be pulled out. Still, this is looked like something that shouldn't be possible.

Added note; I know from my own experience that I can dunk a basketball in the heat of a game, but not when I'm practicing.
Big men do amazing stuff to object probably heavier than a small helicopter in the world's strongest man competitions.

Extraordinary circumstances can give one a boost in their strength but the stories along the line of "40kg old woman deadlifts a 10000kg tractor to save her kitten" are very very very probably just urban legends.

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Feats of superhuman strength


Quote Quote by LURCH
Now mind you, it was just a small chopper (Bell 47G, if I remember correctly), and he didn't exactly lift it over his head, just rolled it enough for the trapped pilot to be pulled out. Still, this is looked like something that shouldn't be possible.
Bell 47G-5
Weight (empty): 749 kg (1,650 lbs.)
Max weight: 1294 kg (2,850 lbs.)
http://www.californiasciencecenter.o...5/Bell47G5.php

Hard to say...
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Many years ago, when I was child, we were involved in a very nasty car accident. We were hit broad side by a tractor trailer hauling limerock. He struck us on the drivers side door at nearly 70 mph after running the red light. There were four of us, myself, my mother, my mothers female friend, and her son. Her son was around my age at the time which was eight years old. My mother and myself were on the side that got struck, and we were both knocked out. My mother was the only one seriously injured in the accident, although she recovered fully. My friend, who was in the back seat beside me, was very scared thinking that the car would blow up as in the movies. Feeling he was trapped he preceeded to rip the seat belt from it's mount. He wasn't even wearing the belt at the time, and I remember the paramedics saying it must have been due to increased amounts of adrenaline.
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Last year I think I read a news story about two men who rolled a car off a boy underneath to save his life. It was true.

But I have heard many times that a mysterious car falls from the sky and a friend (they are both male) protects his oblivious friend with his super-human adrenaline packed body or something like that.

Sure he could do it... if he were the Hulk.
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This is a topic I've spent many times podering, and I have found my own conclusion, but won't inflict my belief upon yours. With a limited range of motion, I can leg press 2085lbs 100 repetitions, and could have still gone on. The most I could absolutely fit on the olympic machine with 100lb plates was 4205lbs(42 plates and the bar/platform by itself I count as 5lbs). I did 48 repetitions, and the odd thing was when I replaced the bar holder to its place, I felt dead, but only a few seconds afterward I jumped up and helped remove the plates. Now, despite all the criticism the leg press excersize has drawn, I have heard from doctors and bodybuilders that in the smaller range leg press, the absolute most a man should be able to press is around 3500lbs, at most 5 reps. Ronnie Coleman, a worldly recognized bodybuilder was able to press 2250lbs within this limited range of motion. Is this supernatural, superhuman strength? Again, I have made my own conclusion. If there is any doubt among the reader, you are correct, there is no way I can prove this unless you saw with your own two eyes. All I can say, or ask rather, is why would I come onto this website and lie? I have absolutely nothing to gain, but by telling you of my lift, I hope I have brought some additional insight into your debate.

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If a mother is able to lift a car, it just means that to lift a car is perfectly within HUMAN strength. There is nothing super-human about it.
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How can you come to that conclussion. Have you ever lifted a car? Because I havent and I have only see one person ever do it.(not above their heads or anything just up off 2 wheels.) How is that sufficient evidence to say since one can do it then most should be able to?
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I think by "superhuman" we mean feats of strength that go well beyond what our expectations would be under ordinary circumstances. It does get dicey because we have average people in extraodinary circumstances, as well as people who are specially trained, as in the martial arts. What is normal for a fifth degree black belt is likely superhuman for grandma.
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Well, insofar as certain feats of strength requires a degree of cooperation&synchronicity of muscle contractions that only very rarely is achieved (for example, mostly under extreme mental duress), it means that for any person not within that mental state the given feat will be in practice impossible to perform, since there has not been developed a training programme to achieve that level of strength without the associated mental state.
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http://www.theworldsstrongestman.com/

The carry, pull and drag some massive weights.
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This probably belongs in a thread by itself, but it seems to me like a display of unexpected strength. How does this work?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSfJjdnqfOo
(note : the video includes advertisement to a personal website that is highly dubious)
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I can also bend a spoon, provided that the material is different or weakened.
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Quote Quote by Moridin View Post
I can also bend a spoon, provided that the material is different or weakened.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUxWdIQVT_c

So can this guy, pretty impressive huh?

I've heard tales that under extraordinary conditions, usually life threatening some people have performed tasks that they would normally never be able to do, this is fairly well documented and probably can be explained through normal biological means, adrenaline boosts, etc. I've never seen anyone do anything superhuman though. Anyone got any stories of superhuman feats? I'd be more inclined to believe that some people can achieve this sort of adrenaline rush without outside stimulus and can use it to achieve quite extraordinary feats, such as in the Worlds Strongest Man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgMjAN7S6vo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_7LGkGu9Go
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Personally, I find the desperate mother stories among the most conceptually convincing, if not empirically adequately documented:

From a selfish gene perspective, that the parent organism ordinarily takes caution not to over-exert itself is not incompatible with a display of recklessness towards its own survival if the descedant organism's life is threatened. Without this recklessness (probably coupled to an effective insensitivity to pain), the act would not be ordinarily possible to perform.
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I felt I should tell you all my physical attributes, incase it might help. I am somewhere in between 6'1'' and 6'4''(haven't been measured since freshman year), about 225lbs, and am 18 years old. Someone asked if I've lifted a car before. Yes, actually more times than I can count, my familys pick-up truck, I have lifted from the rear and front end(lifted both tires off ground), and found the front to be a little harder. The first time I tried because I heard a story similar to those mentioned earlier, one's of older women lifting cars and such. Since I have actually found it fun. It's a 1985 Ford, and if I had to guess I'd say it weighs around 2300lbs. I suppose I should tell you of my other excersizes I have found a little weird. There is a forearm free weight contraption at my high school's gym, on which you place weight near the end, and pull it towards you using your grip/forearm strength. One of the football players, a friend of mine, was doing two 45lb plates(90lbs), and was sweating pretty hard. I started where he left off, and proceeded to add all the weight I could fit(in 100lb plates). I could only fit on six, and did 10 repetitions. Also, my biceps seem to be unnaturally strong, I can, using both arms, curl 220lbs. The odd thing is though, that on excersizes like the bench press, I am well below average, only benching about 225lbs(one repetition). And on the squat rack, I can withstand(lift the weight of the bars without squatting, holding it) 1365lbs, I don't know whether or not that is good or not. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've been lifting and the other kids or lifters look at me like I'm some sort of freak, or how many times I've been asked if I'm on steroids. For clarification, I'm not on any sort of steroid, protein shake, or anything. My source of protein is skim milk. I have talked to so many people with so many far-fetched theory's you can't imagine. I've talked to eccentric evolutionists who say I'm the next step in evolution, because I have blonde hair and green/yellow eyes, which supposedly is of "Aryan blood". I have talked to Greek mythology eccentrics who say since I'm greek that I'm proof of their theory. Then I've talked to scientists here at school who say its all genetic code. Again, I can only fairly leave your conclusion respected by not stating my belief as fact. Also, I watched a good film based on this subject, by a director M. Night Shymalan, called, 'Unbreakable'. Thanks again for reading and considering my opinion as I contemplate yours.

Mark Hammond
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Feb20-07, 12:39 PM
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Maybe its from the steroids in the cow's milk. Animal rights groups usually point that out to me, saying that the world's children are getting huge due to the fact that farmers inject their animals, mainly cows, with steroids to beef up their milk production. (pun intended).
There is organic hormone-free milk widely available.
But once again, im not saying this is the reason for your size but rather a possibility.

As for the feats of human strength, has anyone ever done a study that monitored a humans physical capacity and hormone levels to see what percentage on average a person's strength increases due to adrenaline?


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