Sunday, November 6, 2011

Stan Lee's Super Humans

Most young boys growing up in the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s read comic books, especially super hero comics books. Stan Lee created and wrote most of the major comic books in the Marvel lineage, including the X-Men. So Lee was a good choice to host this history channel series on super humans who can perform super human feats.

If you watch these, the 24 segments follow one after the other. Some very interesting stuff.

Here is the YouTube summary of the first segment:
Daniel meets Rajmohan Nair of Kollam, India, who can withstand being shocked by electricity 30 times the amount that can kill an ordinary man; Scott Flansburg of San Diego, California, a "human calculator" who can perform complex arithmetic in his head; Juan Ruiz of Los Angeles, California, a blind man who can see the world around him with bat-like echolocation; and Dennis Rogers of Houston, Texas, the strongest man in the world.
Super Humans (2010)

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.

Watch the full documentary now (playlist – 5 hours, 52 minutes)

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