Throughout history, the forces of evolution and genetic mutation have endowed humans with astonishing new abilities and features. It's a process that continues to this day, and nowhere is it more evident than in the fascinating world of Stan Lee's "Superhumans."
Co-hosted by Stan Lee, the legendary creator of the X-Men, the series scours the globe for the real-life counterparts of Lee's characters–people with unique genetic traits that translate into remarkable powers. These include a man whose body is powerfully magnetic, another who can withstand deadly levels of cold and yet another whose brain performs complex calculations at staggering speeds.
In each episode, these "superhumans" undergo tests that may help explain their amazing gifts, while viewers discover the long history of people with extraordinary powers. Daniel Browning Smith, who's been dubbed the most flexible man in the world, hosts this thrilling journey into the farthest reaches of humankind
The second-season opener profiles people unharmed by things that injure most people. Included: Shaolin monk Hu Qiong, who places a spinning drill against his head; and a man with incredible control of his abdominal muscles.
Mike Rutzen, who swims with sharks without the use of cage; a man who breaks baseball bats with a single kick; and a man who sprints on all fours.
In his quest to find people with real superpowers, Daniel Browning Smith meets some extraordinary individuals including the man with the strongest neck on the earth.
First Daniel is in Canada to meet Pat Poviliatis, the man who claims his hands are tough enough to withstand the jaws of a steel-toothed cougar trap.
Rene Richter says he has the strongest teeth on earth, capable of bending coins. But we discover his strength lies in his jaw, which Rene says allows him to lift over 1000lbs.
Daniel Browning Smith is in Vegas to meet Brian Jackson who blows up a hot water bottle until it explodes. Daniel takes Brian to a lung specialist to measure the power output and pressure of his lungs. He also meets a man who can pull a car with his eyelids, a man who can easily catch objects shot out of a pitching cannon, and Hiroki, a master nunchaku wielder who can hit a baseball from a pitching cannon with his nunchaku, twirl razor-sharp sickle nunchaku while blindfolded, and hit objects with more force than the average nunchaku wielder.
Randy Lewis claims to have found a way to copy spider-silk. Tori Allen who climbs like Spiderman.
Dean Sheldon claims to be immune to America's deadliest scorpion venom. Daniel asks him to prove it by collecting 22 wild scorpions form the Arizona desert, and putting them in his mouth, all at once! Kanzawa Sensei claims to be able to put any animal into a trance using mind control. Daniel brings him to a California to prove his powers on an alpaca ranch, before facing the ultimate challenge. George Aldrich is Nasa's supersniffer, employed to scent test every object that goes into space, as he says "you can't open a window on the space shuttle!" But how does his power compare to a sniffer dog? Daniel, and LAPD sniffer-dog trainer Lamb Lambert, set George a challenge. Martin Strehl claims he has swum the entire length of the Amazon, 3000 miles, a feat no other human has achieved. Could Martin's body somehow be immune to fatigue?
Stan sends Daniel to meet 38-year-old German speed fanatic Dirk Auer, who claims that with his incredible turbo powered rocket backpack and skates, he can reach amazing speeds. Guy Bavli claims he can move objects around a room using the power of his mind. We take him to a hardware store where he bends nails and cutlery off the shelves–and even appears to move objects without touching them. Daniel meets Nigel on a running track made of broken glass. A pain expert examines Nigel's physiology… if he feels pain in the rest of his body, could his feet hold the key to switching off pain? Steve Woodmore claims to be able to talk at a "superhuman" speed of 637 Words per Minute! That's 10.25 Words per second, four times faster than the average person.
Matthius Schlitte was born with Proteus syndrome, giving him one arm MUCH bigger than the other. He has used this genetic difference as a gift, and through training, turned himself into a top arm wrestler, capable of beating men twice his size. But can he take on a super-charged robot, literally built to arm wrestle? Jean Yves Blondeau has designed a 32 wheel roller-suit that turns him into a human rollerskate with incredible speed and agility. Daniel wants to push the Rollerman to the max, pitting him against a 100mph go-kart. Jack Dagger claims to be the deadliest knife thrower on earth. He says he can hit any target, no matter how small or how fast it is moving. Will Daniel survive a William Tell-esque apple on the head stunt? It's rumored Wolfgang Manicke and his posse have the power to destroy buildings with their bare hands. Daniel takes Wolfgang to a scientist to analyze his strength.
The ultimate superpower is flight, and Yokke Sommer is rumored to have achieved it–coming as close to a bird as any human has ever achieved. Daniel meets him on a 1000ft cliff in Norway, the site of many tragic deaths, where Yokke wants to prove his power by flying at over 120 mph just 3ft from the cliff face. Ram Barkai claims to be immune to cold–regularly swimming in temperatures cold enough to kill. He proves his unique ability in the Nordic fjord-lands, before Daniel sets him the challenge of swimming a kilometre in water just 1 degree above freezing. Man has evolved to walk upright, and has gone on to be able to run faster and faster. But Roland Wagner has become the fastest backwards runner on earth and says his technique is actually better for the body. Hands of fire? Master Zhou claims he can produce heat in his hands hot enough to boil water. Daniel puts him to the test to try and find an explanation.
Daniel travels to Sardinia to meet free diver Stig Severinson who wants to take breath holding beyond all known human capabilities. He says he wants to hold his breath for over 20 minutes! Daniel takes him to a leading maritime research facility in Norway to see him attempt to become the "Dolphin Man." Russian Alex Levit is a living legend–rumored to have learnt to see using his mind, even though he was born totally blind. He claims he uses other extra-senses to see, and can even play pool. Daniel wants him to prove its no trick. Mikhail Vasilyev thinks he is a magnet–but how can he stick huge non metallic objects to his skin? Daniel and a doctor investigate Mikhail's body before he proves he has the stickiest skin on earth by attempting to lift an object weighing twice his own body-weight, by attaching it to his skin using his superhuman power! Prepare to be appalled and amazed by Brad Byers ability to inset deadly objects into his nose. But how can he survive?
Daniel meets Ho in Kuala Lumpur, where he demonstrates his incredible ability, smashing through the rock hard exterior of a coconut with his index finger. Dan Voss measures the force of his "finger of steel." And a load hammer replicates this force on a coconut. Next, Daniel meets Moses Langan in a busy Detroit shopping mall, where he has drawn a crowd with his spectacular ability. He appears to be able to turn his legs 180 degrees, and walk forwards! Orlando Duque demonstrates a breath-taking ability–diving from the same height as a twelve-story building and hitting the water at 55MPH without injury. Daniel and an Orthopaedic Surgeon Dirk Dolbere, investigate the forces Orlando can withstand. Joe Eigo says his jump defies gravity and insists he never uses trick photography, crash mats or safety wires. Could his body be engineered differently?