5 Cases of Superhuman Strength


Could you lift a car or a helicopter
if your life depended on it? Let’s talk about that. ♪ (theme music) ♪ – Good Mythical Morning!
– Today we’re gonna be talking about the subject of superhuman strength,
exploring some of the science behind it, and also testing our own
physical limits. Mm! Okay, right off the bat, lemme
hit you with a handful of… – (slap noises with mouth)
– …superhuman strength cases! – A.K.A. hysterical strength.
– Oh, wow. That’s hilarious. These cases are not hysterical
in a hilarious sense. It’s when you – enter a state of hysteria, and that
– Ah. – translates into strength.
– 10-4. You’re familiar with just the general
concept of this, but let’s get real – specific. 2006, Tucson, Arizona.
– Okay. – Tim Boyle lifted…
– That’s very specific. – Tim Boyle lifted a 3,500-pound Camaro —
– Camaro, huh? – oh, yeah –off of a teenager who had
been hit and pinned underneath it. Oh, wow. Camaros are cool, though.
I’ll give him that much. They’re not cool when there’s one on
top of you that just hit you. – I’m just gonna go out on a limb.
– No, but when we were in high school, when you drove up in a Camaro,
you were cool. It’s like, “I wanna get hit by
that one day!” “Yeah, man. If I gotta be under anything,
it’s gonna be one of them.” 1988, Hawaii, on the set of Magnum, P.I.,
a small helicopter crashed into a (through laughter) drainage ditch. I don’t
know why I’m laughing. I shouldn’t be. – (laughing) “Oh, that helicopter!”
– It trapped the pilot, Steve Kux. – That sucks.
– Crew member Warren “Tiny”… – Sux for Kux!
– …Everal lifted the helicopter – off Kux, saving his life.
– That’s amazing. – A man named “Tiny” is probably…
– It’s ironic. – …a really large guy, though.
– His name is probably ironic, right. – He’s probably a really large dude.
– He probably lifted helicopters all… – …the time. He was just waiting for…
– Yeah. – …one to land on Kux.
– Oh, you’re acting like you don’t… – …believe this? Okay.
– So he could get it off of him. And Magnum, P.I.: that was
cool, too, man. – (both laughing)
– That was cool. There was a helicopter in the opening scene, and in some
episodes. Pivotal at moments… – Yeah, right.
– …but not the one that crashed here. And it was a pretty small helicopter,
but it’s still a helicopter. I mean, – humans aren’t supposed to lift those.
– If your name is Tiny, you can. Thailand, after the 2004 tsunami hit
the coast, model Petra Nemcova suffered internal injuries and a shattered
pelvis, but she still “clang” to a palm tree for eight hours
before rescue. She probably looked pretty good
doing it, too. (laughing) Clung, I think it’s clung. – She’s a model.
– She clung to a palm tree for eight hours. In 2008 in New Zealand, a semi-truck
driver lost control and drove partially off a cliff, picture the cab of the truck
dangling over the cliff. – Every movie with a rig in it.
– This really happened. An 18-year-old dude came to the
scene, Petter Hanne was his name. He smashed through the back glass of
the rig with his bare hands… – Mm.
– …pulled the guy out, and brought him to safety as the rig swayed beneath
his feet. – Wow.
– You can’t just break glass with your – bare hands! On an automobile…
– Not normally. That’s true. – …much less a rig. It’s amazing.
– True. Last one, 2012, a tornado in Marysville,
Indiana was tearing homes to shreds. One Stephanie Decker used her own body
to shield her two children from the 175-mile-per-hour winds. Dude, she
had a punctured lung… – Mom shield!
– …seven broken ribs, two crushed legs, both of which later had to be amputated.
Her children didn’t suffer a scratch. Okay, so these are amazing
hysterical cases. – Yeah. Hysterical strength.
– But the question is: what’s going on here? Are these people assuming some
sort of superhuman status: something that is almost unbelievable
in order to do this? – Drop some science, man. (whoosh)
– Well, there’s a lot to this, because first of all, none of these cases are
really well documented, right? I mean, it isn’t like there’s a controlled
environment. A lot of this is based on testimonial evidence and people’s stories.
That kind of thing. – Anecdotal.
– It isn’t the controlled environment – where you have the scientific method.
– Of a lab? And if you wanted to study this kind of
thing, it isn’t like you could just be like, “Hey man, can I drop a Camaro on your
child and see if you’ll take it off?” – Not if the scientist sounded like that.
– That will probably be unethical. “All scientists that I’ve ever dealt with
talk like this, and always incorporate – Camaro into all their studies.
– (laughing) – ‘Cause they’re cool.”
– No, you would never do that. But there is some science to this, and
that is the fact that when you’re in a dangerous situation, the brain sends
out a signal to your adrenal gland. And then your adrenal gland causes
adrenaline, noradrenaline — that was something I didn’t know existed until
I started looking into this — and cortisol to enter the bloodstream, basically
sending energy and oxygen to your muscles. You become more flexible.
You’ve got more energy and oxygen in your muscles so you are actually
stronger than you normally are. – Mhm.
– And then the cortisol actually diverts energy away from non-essential functions
like your immune system, your reproductive drive — don’t think about that when
you’re in hysterics — and digestion. No, but I will point out that the thing
about digestion… I mean, you say, “I got so scared I feel like I need to
change my pants.” It’s like you just said that won’t happen.
You’re not gonna crap yourself if you’re really scared. If you’re really
in a fight or flight situation, don’t worry about crapping yourself.
Just take action. No, I would say I think maybe there’s
one big evacuation and then after that – it just, you know…
– That’s just saying that. – That’s not science.
– I don’t know. I’m not a scientist. The science of cortisol
says the opposite. Theress also a state called analgesia,
which is the inability to feel pain, which kind of explains this mom shielding
her children. – Mhm.
– Obviously she was experiencing some traumatic things on her back and on her
legs, but she’s so focused on the children that she essentially doesn’t focus on
the pain. Because there is this increased focus even mentally on the task right
before you. So the conclusion is that there is science to support this, but you
don’t become superhuman. There’s no Superman situation here. It’s just you
become your absolute, highest potential of strength, agility, and focus when
you’re in those situations. And sometimes, if you’re the right person in the right
situation, that will lead to being able to lift a helicopter. But it probably
means kinda, like, teetering a – helicopter and somebody gets out.
– Unless your name is Tiny. – It’s not supernatural.
– Lemme add another data point. I have experienced this. I have
experienced superhuman strength… – A Camaro?
– …and superhuman… Behind the wheel lots of times as
I’m driving in traffic around here, I almost rear-end people
pretty frequently. – I can attest to this.
– And I have to slam on brakes and – dodge. So you slam on brakes,
– All the freaking time. but then you’re so close, you’re going so
fast that you also have to swerve – in order to miss ’em. And every time
– Yeah. that happens, I experience a rush
of superhuman arm steering strength. – (snickering)
– I’m not exaggerating when I say that from the elbow down, there’s a tingling
sensation. I have super grip on the wheel. Sometimes I’ll be having a coffee
in this hand, and then I’l be steering with – this hand. And then when it’s over,
– That’s impressive. I’m breathing fast, and the adrenaline
is coursing through my forearms! But can I point something out? You have
power steering. It isn’t like it’s 1928 and you’re like “Waaa!” I mean, the car
is still doing the work. Well, that’s true, but I have…
super steering ability. – Okay. I’ll give you that.
– I have only rear-ended somebody once and I’ve almost rear-ended about
40 people. – Totally true. Now, I personally…
– Tingling! …as a pseudo-scientist, I don’t think
you’ve necessarily proven anything. But you are going to have the
opportunity to prove something, as I will, because we have devised a
series of challenges that we’re gonna be doing over the next few weeks to test
the limits of our own physical strength and endurance. And there are some
emotional stakes, because one of us is going to get a prize. It’s time for… (Rhett) The Airheads Bites Can’t Stop,
Won’t Stop Challenge! Each week we’ll be competing against
each other in a ridiculous challenge – to see who can last the longest.
– And then at the end of four weeks and four challenges, one of us will be
declared the winner and that person will get to sit on a beanbag with a bunny
while wearing a blue tuxedo, eating bacon as his bunny tells him a bedtime
story about how awesome he is – in a British accent.
– Oh ho, I’m looking forward to that. Today’s challenge is called Waiting
Weighted Watiers. All right, in this challenge, we are
going to standing here with these serving trays having plates added in
equal number and measure at the same time. Whoever drops a plate
first loses. Uh, your elbows cannot touch your sides
because that gives you a fulcrum advantage. No fulcrum advantage here,
boys and girls. All right, so let’s go.
Three, two, one… – Plate me!
– ♪ (rock music) ♪ All right, you could try to center ’em
a little better, but… – (ceramic clattering)
– (both) Oh my goodness. – I’ve never been in the service business.
– The burn’s already happening. – And I’m beginning to know why.
– Ooh, goodness, guys! – Because I don’t like vests.
– Gotta breathe. Gotta get oxygen… – …to those —
– Hold on, Link’s getting close on… – …those elbows now.
– They’re not touching. Oh crad! – (laughing)
– I just made up a word! (exhales) Those elbows are (gasp) close. – (heavy breathing)
– Oh. Ah! Look, oh! That right elbow is
totally touching. – (high, inhuman screeching)
– His right elbow is totally… – No, it is not! Oh!
– It’s totally touching. It’s totally touching over there. (screeching again)
Ahhhh! (plates shattering) (slow motion whooshes) (deep, slow yell) (deep, slow voice) Dang it! (plates shattering) – Ow, my toe!
– Would you like some plates? I’ve got one plate. (whoosh)
(plate shatters) Two plate.
(same whoosh and shatter) Okay, well, Airheads Bites may have
long-lasting flavor, but Link, you don’t have any long-lasting plate-holding
ability like me. – I’ve got steering ability, though.
– I’m a winner! (whooshes and pops) You can look forward to three more
challenges in the upcoming weeks. Thank you for liking, commenting, and
subscribing. And thanks to Airheads Bites for
sponsoring this episode. You know what time it is. I’m [Carter] from Ontario, Canada.
And it’s time to spin – The Wheel of Mythicality.
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– And click through to Good Mythical More and find out what famous superhero
originated from a true story… – Weeee!
– …of hysterical strength. (Rhett) “Everything Rhett says
is heartbreaking.” Hey, I was gonna see if you wanted
to go to my pilates class with me. (distressed) What?! You have a pilates
class?! Guh! Yeah, I’m getting a lot more flexible,
and I feel like I’ve got a better – outlook on life.
– Tell me you’re not getting more flexible. (crew offscreen laughing) [Captioned by Kevin:
GMM Captioning Team]

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