14. Superhuman Memory – Daniel Temmat
We’ve seen prodigious savants display incredible mental prowess. They’re often able to solve complex mathematical equations faster than some calculators and are able to recall events that occurred a decade ago as though it were happening in real time. Daniel Tammet, however, is the first person who is actually able to describe what goes on in his mind.
According to Daniel, every whole number up to 10,000 has its own unique characteristics, such as texture, shape, color, and feel. For instance, his mental image of the number 289 is apparently very ugly, whereas the number 333 is attractive, and pi is particularly beautiful. This is how Daniel Tammet, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when he was 25, is able to recall events and numbers with such extreme clarity. To prove this, he recited Pi up to 22,514 digits in five hours and nine minutes in 2004.
13. Eagle Vision – Veronica Seider
We’ve seen characters in movies display feats of “super vision”, often seeing people and objects approaching from a mile away. It’s how archers like Hawkeye and Legolas are able to aim their arrows with such accuracy. But what if I told you a real person has that same incredible ability?
Meet Veronica Seider, the world record holder for the ability to see the tiniest object at the farthest distance without the use of binoculars or any other form of technology. To put that into perspective, she was able to identify people who were standing more than a mile away! Or, 1.6km to be exact. That’s basically 20x better than the average person… or what we like to call “Eagle vision”.