Subscribe to our newsletter
Ever since the first caveman lifted more mammoth feces than the rest of his tribe that one time, mankind has been in a race to show off just how strong and totally awesome it is. To this effect, countless men and women honed their bodies to often abnormal states over the years, participating in shows of physical prowess that often bordered on the batshit insane. And here are six of those people:
John Holtum was one of the first cannonball men, that is, people who looked at cannons (the weapons of mass destruction and explosive power), and said to themselves “Yeah, I can totally take that bitch on.” Holtum’s strongman shtick was simple: Someone fires a canon at him and he catches the cannonball with his hands, taking the impact unto his chest, the greatest proof that “simple” rarely equals “easy,” or “sane” in this case. The original plan to shoot the cannon at his massive balls was eventually deemed unfair to the cannon.
The feat required enormous strength and reflexes because, well, do YOU know how fast a cannonball travels? We don’t so we’re hoping you can fill in that blank yourself. We think it’s pretty fast though. And that’s why Holtum performed his trick all around Europe and even on royal courts, because it’s just that awesome. And hey, if he failed, a bunch people would have paid to see a man executed by cannon. It’s win-win for everybody.
[Full name not available at this time] Right, so John Holtum was a pretty strong guy, but what we didn’t mention before is that the cannonballs fired at him were usually lighter than the battlefield ones and the canon did not use as much gunpowder. So his accomplishments were really just having a pretty strong physique and good reflexes. The Indian woman Rajvinder’s feat is therefore more amazing because SHE managed to pull an entire truck with nothing but her teeth. And those are really hard to put muscle mass on.
We do not know a lot about Rajvinder, other than her YouTube video, which of course means her teeth act is totally legit, otherwise it would never be allowed on the internet, right? Right. There really isn’t much more one can say about this Iron Jaw Indian other than that she rocks and we hope for her husband’s/boyfriend’s sake that she’s not a biter.
Thomas Topham (“Goodpork” to his friends) was an 18th century English strongman famous for shows where he generally carried lots of heavy stuff which wasn’t usually carried by hand, including horses (holy crap!) His most famous feat was allegedly lifting 3 barrels weighing in at nearly 1400lbs and later lifting over 200lbs with just his little fingers. OK Tom, we get it, you’re a strong guy, but now show us something that will really make our jaws scrape the floor.
Well, we did ask for it: During one of his shows Thomas Topham lifted a massive, 6-feet long oak table… with his teeth. We could not find evidence that both Topham and Rajvinder were trained in the art of Teeth Bulking by the same, apparently immortal, world traveling sage, but still think it’s the only explanation that makes any sense.
8 Celebrities Who Got Away With Horrible Crimes
We regular people look up to celebrities, because those are the people with the talent, skill, money, and influence we all wish we had. Yet we sometimes forget that celebrities are...
8 Back to the Future Technologies That Actually Exist
You may have seen a viral video lately of various celebrities playing around on what appears to be a real, live Hover Board, that magical toy we’ve all been waiting for ever...
10 Urban Legends Some People Actually Still Believe
It’s always fun to talk about myths and legends. In a lot of cases, they’re simply more fun than reality. Of course now and then a fake story will get passed around as fact...
10 Crossovers That Connect Most of the Television Universe
Crossover episodes are nothing new. Some are done as part of sweeps week, some are done in an attempt to boost ratings, but what the people writing these episodes probably don’t...
9 TV Characters That Just Vanished
When television shows are in their early seasons, with a few exceptions they’re just trying to find their footing. They go through focus groups and get a ton of network feedback...
8 Famous Characters That Were Originally Played by Other Actors
Movie roles are recast pretty frequently. It’s just part of the business, with someone not pulling their weight on the set, or the director deciding they aren’t right for the...
10 Mind Blowing Ways the Entire Stephen King Universe Is Connected
Stephen King is one of the most prolific authors of all-time. Even if you’ve never read one of his works, you’ve seen it in some variation, be it miniseries or movie...
8 Worst Musical Attempts by Celebrities
A lot of successful people get to the point where they’re on top of their profession and start to get bored and want a new challenge, or want to use their fame and fortune to try...
10 Worst Oscar Travesties in History
When it comes to the subject of movies, people are obviously going to have wildly varying opinions. After all, there’s a reason horrible movies like Grown Ups rake it in at the...