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Was Shakuntala Devi able to perform complex computations far faster than the best living human calculators?

I heard about Shakuntala Devi for the first time today, an Indian Savant who allegedly performed such feats as finding the 23rd root of a 201 digit number in 50 seconds, unaided. There seems to be ...
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Can “Current Mohan” conduct high levels of electrical current through his body?

I saw this episode of Stan Lee's Superhumans featuring Raj Mohan Nair, also known as "Current Mohan". He seems to be able to conduct electric current through his body to power up household electrical ...
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Do higher mathematical abilities inversely correlate with good communication skills?

There is a persistent stereotype that geeks (let's formally define that as people a couple of standard deviations better than average in math, computers or other related abilities) as a whole have ...
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Can you break a person's neck with a manual head twist?

In a move often seen in action movies (very often!), someone takes the head of another person with both hands, usually from behind, and twists it only once or twice in order to break their neck. A ...
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Can trained humans run faster than all other animals on a marathon distance?

During the athletics world championship a commentator mentioned casually during the marathon discipline that humans are faster on long distances than all animals. I'm unsure if this can be said ...
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Is breaking bricks/wood “karate style” an impressive feat?

Related: How do Shaolin monks break spears with their neck? For anyone unacquainted with the fairly impressive looking feat of breaking bricks (or wood) in martial arts, see THIS 1.5min video. I'd ...
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Do people know when they're being looked at?

I've heard, and even once recall reading, that people have a sort of "6th sense" where they can tell if they're being looked at. From personal experience, there were many times where I felt I was ...
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Can people read much faster than 400 words per minute?

While investigating the topic of speed reading for a school project, I came across this Slate article. The general idea ( which I encountered in most articles I read which discussed this topic ) would ...