5. Liu Ch’ung
Liu Ch’ung, Governor of Shansi, China, and Minister of State in 995 A.D. was reported to have a condition known as Pupula Duplex, a rare eye condition in which the sufferer has 2 pupils and 2 irises. However, there is so little documentation on the disease and so few reported cases that some have speculated that it may not actually exist at all.
There is a wax replica of Liu in the Ripley’s museum in London that shows him with 2 pupils and 2 irises in each eye along with a claim that Robert Ripley, the founder of the museum once met a man named Henry Lawn from Mills, Kentucky who also had the rare eye condition.
4. Ashvik Gavai
In 2014, 17 year old Ashvik Gavai, was admitted to Mumbai’s JJ Hospital’s dental department complaining of a swelling in his jaw. Found to be suffering from hyperdontia, a condition where more teeth grow than usual, he underwent surgery and had 232 teeth removed.
While excessive cases like this are rare, it is common for dentists to see patients with a single excess tooth. Causes of the condition are not fully understood but they are believed to be linked to hereditary as well as environmental factors.
There is also a condition known as hypodontia which is essentially the opposite problem. The sufferer actually grows less teeth than the normal amount which is 32 for an average adult.
3. Gerkary Brancho Blequett
Gerkary Brancho Blequett from Ocala, Florida has an incredible 11.43 cm (4.5 inch) tongue. When she posted a video of her tongue tricks on YouTube, the video went viral, gaining more than 1 million views. When she was asked about her unique ability, she said “I first realised it was really long when my friends wanted me to show them if I could lick my eye and I tried it and it was shocking. I was stretching it for like a week so it could get longer to see if I could touch my ear. I managed to reach my ear and I can also lick my elbow.”
Blequett hopes to get the official record for the world’s longest tongue but to do so she will need to beat current record holder, Nick Stoeberl who uses his impressively long tongue to paint pictures, one of which is a tribute to Leonardo Da Vinci named the “Moaning Lisa.”
2. Liam Hoekstra
At just 5 months of age, Liam Hoekstra was able to hold himself off the ground with his arms parallel to the floor, a move known to gymnasts as the iron cross.
When asked about Liam’s unusual strength, his adopted mother said “I would hold him up by his hands and he would lift himself into an iron cross. That’s when we were like, ‘whoa, this is weird.’” Hoekstra had also developed an appetite that was much larger than normal. He needed to eat more and more food to fuel his extraordinary strength and muscle growth.
Concerned about their son, Hoekstra’s adopted parents took him to see a specialist. After a series of tests, it was determined that Liam’s body was producing significantly less myostatin, a muscle growth-inhibiting protein.
By 8 months of age Liam could do a chin up and by 18 months he was moving the family’s furniture around the living room. When Liam turned three, doctors performed a strength test on him and found that he had 40% more muscle than someone the same age and that he was already as strong as a 7 year old.
1. Jaspreet Singh Kalra
Jaspreet Singh Kalra from Ludhiana, Punjab, India is one of the world’s most flexible people. He can rotate his torso an incredible 180 degrees so that his upper and lower body are facing in the complete opposite direction. He can also rotate his head 180 degrees which gives him the strange and unsettling ability to look directly behind himself.
Kalra began practicing yoga at the age of 12 and was inspired to develop his flexibility after watching the American contortionist Daniel Browning Smith’s videos on YouTube.