Meet the 50 Real-Life X-Men Who Will Leave You in Awe

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41 Roy Sullivan

Roy Sullivan

Roy Sullivan, a park ranger, holds the record for the most lightning strikes survived. He was struck seven times: once in a fire lookout tower, once in his truck, once in his front yard, once in a ranger station, twice while driving away from the storm, and immediately after the seventh strike, he fought off a bear with a tree branch.


42 Anna Bagenholm

Anna Bagenholm

A woman named Anna Bagenholm survived the lowest body temperature ever recorded at 56.7 F (13.7 C). She had been skiing when she fell through a frozen stream and became stuck for 80 minutes. Despite being clinically dead, she made a full recovery and is now working at the same hospital that saved her life.


43 Jean Hilliard

Jean Hilliard

In 1980, a woman named Jean Hilliard was involved in a car accident. She walked 2 miles (3.2 km) in freezing weather to her friend’s house and collapsed 15 feet (4.6 m) away from the door. The temperature dropped to -22 °F (-30 °C), and she was found frozen the next morning after spending 6 hours as a popsicle. She was transported to the hospital, where doctors said her skin was too hard to pierce with a hypodermic needle and her body temperature was too low to register on a thermometer. Yet she still had a heartbeat, and she survived and recovered.


44 Frano Selak

Frano Selak

A Croatian man named Frano Selak has survived seven near-death experiences, including a train derailing into a river, a bus crashing and falling into another river, falling off a plane whose doors had blown off and living by landing on a hay stack, getting hit by a bus, and surviving a car explosion twice. He was then lucky enough to win the lottery in 2004 with the very first ticket he bought.


45 Timothy Ray Brown

Timothy Ray Brown

Timothy Ray Brown is considered to be the first person cured of HIV/AIDS. Brown had chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia. His transplant came from someone with a natural genetic resistance to HIV. He was cured of HIV, but scientists don’t fully understand why.


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46 Natasha Timarovic

Natasha Timarovic

In 2006, a woman in Croatia named Natasha Timarovic shot lightning out of her butthole after it went in through her mouth. Her rubber shoes prevented it from exiting through her feet. She just remained in the hospital overnight and soon made a full recovery.


47 Iron Mike

Iron Mike

During the 1920s and 1930s in New York City, five men tried to kill Michael Malloy in a fake accident so they could collect his life insurance. He didn’t know about the plan, so he survived many attempts they made to kill him, such as eating rat poison, getting hit by a car, and sleeping outside in -14°F (-26°C) weather while soaked in water.


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48 Stephen Wiltshire

Stephen Wiltshire

Stephen Wiltshire is a savant with autism who can draw detailed landscapes from memory. When he was a child, he was featured in a BBC documentary. Now he has his own gallery in London. At JFK Airport, a 76-meter panoramic memory drawing of New York is on display. In 2006, the Queen appointed him to an MBE.


49 Kim Peek

Kim Peek

Kim Peek, a savant who was the inspiration for the Rain Man movie, could read both pages of an open book at once, one page with one eye and the other page with the other eye. When he managed the payrolls of 160 people at a company, he was able to complete this task in just hours without a calculator, and when he was fired to be replaced by a computer, it took two full-time accountants plus the computer just to replace him.


50 Wim Hof

Wim Hof

Wim Hof, a Dutch athlete who is known as the “Ice Man,” has broken many records by putting his body in dangerous situations. He set the world record for the longest swim under ice (57.5 meters), has climbed Kilimanjiro in just shorts and shoes, and has run a marathon in the Namib Desert without water.


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