A woman with x ray vision. A man who can eat an entire plane. A bodybuilder with muscles like the Hulk. Sounds like comic book fiction right? But what if I were to tell you these people are real and are but a few of a wider collection of even weirder people. Witness comic book lore turn into reality with these 25 of the world’s most bizarre people.
Man With the World’s Longest Hair
Although he never got his hair officially measured and acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records, Vietnamese herbalist Tran Van Hay was known as the man with the longest hair in the world. According to his wife, Tran hadn’t gotten a haircut in more than fifty years and only washed it a few times (the last time being eleven years ago). Unfortunately, Tran Van Hay died in 2010 at the age of 79.
The Man with the Biggest Mouth in the World
Francisco Domingo Joaquim is an ordinary man from Angola with an “extraordinary” ability. He’s the proud holder of the record for the world’s biggest mouth. His mouth measures seventeen cm (6.69 inches), and he can fit anything in it from soda cans to his wallet.
Most Tattooed Woman in History
On June 29, 2011, a fifty-three-year-old woman named Cynthia Martell was found dead in her home on the 1500 block of Laguna Avenue. The crazy thing about this story is that 97 percent of her body was covered with tattoos, which pretty much made her the most tattooed woman in recorded history.
The Most Officially Dead Person
Lal Bihari is an Indian farmer and activist from Amilo who was officially dead between 1975 and 1994. He fought with the Indian bureaucracy for nineteen years to prove that he was indeed alive and well.
The Real Mr. Freeze
Wim Hof’s a Dutch world-record holder, adventurer, and daredevil commonly nicknamed the Iceman for his extraordinary ability to withstand below freezing temperatures. Keep in mind that he once submerged himself in an ice bath for one hour and fifty-two minutes.
The Man Who Permanently Raised His Hand to the Heavens
Sadhu Amar Bharati first raised his arm in 1973 in honor of the god Shiva, and hasn’t put it down since.
The Woman With the Smallest Waist in the World
Michele Kobke, a twenty-six-year-old woman from Germany, has shrunk her waist down from twenty-five inches to sixteen by wearing a corset every day for three years, even while sleeping. And despite having a waist smaller than most catwalk models, she says she hopes to whittle her waist down to a shocking fourteen inches.
The Daredevil Who “Flirts” with Death on a Regular Basis
Eskil Ronningsbakken is an extreme artist from Norway who travels all around the globe to enact incredible death-defying performances. He’s usually performing balancing acts at the tops of lethal drops such as canyons and cliffs. He first got into the art of balancing when he was five years old and has been shocking the world with his amazing feats ever since.
The Woman Who Remembers Everything
Jill Price claims to remember everything since her teens such as what time she awoke, what she ate, who she met. All of this is in her brain and can be triggered by songs, smells, or locations. She considers it a curse because since she can’t forget things it is a burden on her sanity and does not give her much peace.
The Man Who Photographed and Analyzed Every Meal for Thirty-four Years
Yoshiro Nakamatsu is a Japanese inventor claiming to hold the world record for the most inventions (over three thousand) including the floppy disk and “PyonPyon” spring shoes. He has been photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed during a period of 40 years.
The Man Who Lived in an Airport for Nearly Two Decades
Mehran Karimi Nasseri is an Iranian refugee who lived in the departure lounge of Terminal One in Charles de Gaulle Airport in France, from August 26, 1988, until July 2006. His story became the main inspiration and basis for the Tom Hanks movie The Terminal.
The Real Bionic Woman
Eileen Brown from Boldon, England, has had more than a dozen operations over the past two decades. Her only remaining natural joints are her left hip and left elbow.
The Soldier Who Hid in the Jungle for Almost Thirty Years Believing World War II Was Still Happening
Almost forty-three years ago a World War II Japanese soldier by the name of Hiroo Onoda was found in the jungles of Guam, having survived there for nearly three decades. Under orders to not surrender under any circumstance, Hiroo Onoda fought a one man war and only surrendered when Major Yoshimi Taniguchi, who had since become a bookseller, personally came to give him the order.
The Japanese Jesus Christ
Mitsuo Matayoshi is a Japanese political activist, known for his perennial candidacy. Matayoshi was trained as a Protestant preacher, and through his religious studies developed a particular concept of Christianity strongly influenced by eschatology. In 1997, he established the World Economic Community Party, a political party based on his conviction that he is God.
The Real Version of the Incredible Hulk
Brazilian body builder Romario Dos Santos Alves was so desperate to emulate the Incredible Hulk that he actually injected his arms with a potentially lethal combination of oil and alcohol. The twenty-five-year-old risked his life in the process, and almost had both arms amputated. His grotesquely swollen muscles have earned him cruel nicknames such as “beast” and “monster.”
The “Devil Horns” Grandmother
In 2010 a 101-year-old Chinese woman named Zhang Ruifang shocked her friends, family, and the rest of the world when she made headlines for growing a devil-like horn on top of her head.
The Self-proclaimed Pope
David Allen Bawden, also known as Pope Michael, is an American citizen and a conclavist claimant to the papacy. Bawden was elected by a group of six laypeople, including himself and his parents, who had come to believe that the post-Vatican II “Catholic” Church had seceded from the Catholic faith, and that there has been no legitimate popes elected since the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958.
The Real Life Professor Charles Xavier
Alex Lenkei is a hypnotist with incredible powers of suggestion. Lenkei’s powers are so strong that the 68 year-old from Surrey, England, once underwent invasive ankle surgery without anesthesia.
The Girl With X-ray Eyes
Natasha Demkina is known in her native Russia as the “Girl with X-ray Eyes.” She claims to have the ability to see through people’s skin right into their insides. She has shut down even her most vicious critics with her creepy but totally accurate medical diagnoses.
The Human Hammer
Gino Martino is a professional wrestler and entertainer who “fascinates” audiences with his superhuman ability to smash through things with his skull. Rumors say that it’s better for a car to hit you on the street than Gino’s head.
Over the course of forty years, Frenchman Michel Lotito ate an estimated nine tons of metal. How did he do so? In his youth, Lotito suffered from pica, a mental disorder in which people compulsively eat nonfood items such as dirt and plastic. Once he started experimenting with more dangerous items such as nails and glass he learned that the incredibly thick lining of his stomach and intestines allowed him to consume almost anything. Soon, Lotito turned his affliction into a career and went down in history as the man who literally ate everything. He died in 2007 from natural causes unrelated to his eating habits.
The Man Who Carried His Twin Brother In His Stomach
Living in the city of Nagpur, India, Bhagat claimed that he’d always felt self-conscious about his big belly. On a hot summer night in 1999, thirty-six-year-old Bhagat was rushed to the hospital because his stomach was so swollen that he could barely breathe. The amazed doctors discovered that inside Sanjay’s belly was the half-formed body of an infant boy, Bhagat’s twin brother that was never born.
The Man Who Hasn’t Slept In More Than Four Decades
You’d think going without sleep for that long may have its drawbacks, but not for the man in central Quang Nam Province. His inability to sleep has not only made him famous, but also represents a “miraculous” phenomenon worthy of scientific study. Thai Ngoc, known as Hai Ngoc, said he could not sleep after getting a fever in 1973, and has counted infinite numbers of sheep for more than forty-one years.
The Woman With Seventeen Different Personalities
Karen Overhill had an extreme case of multiple personality disorder. In 1999 she began finding herself in strange places with no idea how she had gotten there. She discovered bookmarks farther into her books beyond the point she recalled reading to, she heard voices at night recapping the day’s events, and often ran into people who knew her when she had no recollection of any prior encounter with them. She eventually discovered she had been living with seventeen distinct personalities and eventually found a cure to get rid of them all.
The Man Who “Loved” Cars
Edward Smith of Washington made headlines after admitting he has had sex with over 1,000 cars. It might sound crazy but this “car lover” has been living with his 1967 Volkswagen Beetle, whom he named Vanilla, and considers it his girlfriend.