There is one thing that almost everyone wishes they had. Yes, a billion dollars would qualify, but that isn’t what we’re talking about. No, we’re talking about something that can make us feel invincible…
Wouldn’t you love to be able to fly? So fast that you could travel from New York to Washington in less than 10 minutes, enjoying the wind blowing through your hair? Don’t you want to disappear somewhere and appear somewhere else whenever you want? In Harry Potter, this is known as “disapparition”, but would it ever be possible in the real world? Don’t you want to be as agile and powerful as Captain America? Who wouldn’t?
However, what if I told you that you already have plenty of superpowers?
Yes, I know that it may sound crazy, but it’s true. Although you don’t have any of the superpowers mentioned above (sadly), you do have some other rather impressive abilities.
What is a superpower? A superpower is when someone does something that is far beyond the natural capacity of one’s body and mind. All humans, under certain extreme conditions, can do things that they could never do under normal circumstances. Let’s take a quick look at some of the superpowers that we all have, so we can finally stop being so jealous of all those superheroes in the blockbuster movies every summer!
1. The ability to lift extremely heavy weights: Normally, you wouldn’t be able to able to lift a car, but when a desperate situation calls for action, some people have been known to lift very heavy things, thanks to adrenaline. Adrenaline is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in high-stress or exciting situations. Therefore, when the situation calls for it, such as when you need to save a loved one from certain death, one can heave a weight as heavy as a car, which would be impossible in any other situation.
2. The super-bite: A human’s ability to bite can be more powerful than a gorilla’s, for a given size of object. This is due to the way in which our jaw muscles are designed.
3. Self-healing of the liver: The ability of the liver to regenerate a damaged section of itself is quite remarkable. It takes roughly 2 months for the liver to do this important regenerative work on itself and grow back to its normal size. It is the only organ in the human body that has such an impressive regenerative power.
4. A Female-Only Superpower: If a pregnant women suffers any internal damage to some part of her body, like a heart attack, the fetus (unborn baby) can send over stem cells to internally repair the affected part of its mother.
These are just a few of the unbelievable examples of what human beings are able to do that many people would consider “super”. Therefore, don’t get down on yourself at your inability to fly, disappear, or shoot lasers from your eyes. You’re pretty incredible too!
- Scientific American
- National Geographic
- Human bite stronger than ape’s – Science Alert
- Cell Adhesion & Migration – National Center for Biotechnology Information