Real Stories Of Will Power: The Electric Man Of India

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We've seen a lot of awesome superheroes on our screens over the past few years. They have unbelievable, superhuman powers that we would never expect to see in the real world.

But there are some people out there who possess powers and skills that can't really be explained. Over the next few weeks we're going to introduce you to some of them. And our first is Raj Mohan Nair, a man supposedly immune to electricity.

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Also known as Electro-Man and Currant Mohan, Nair has been shown to withstand multiple amps running through his body without coming to any harm. In comparison, most humans can be killed by as little as a tenth of an amp — their organs would fail and their hearts would stop.

Permanent muscle damage can even occur when a person is exposed to less than a second of electricity.

Nair can power lightbulbs and small appliances by allowing the electrical current to run through his body. He can place two live wires anywhere on his body, but he usually does this by holding one and placing the other in his mouth for better conductivity. He has used this method to power the likes of a 3 amp blender in Stan Lee's Superhumans.

He can also take it to the next level by wrapping his stomach and neck in a long copper wire to power a high voltage hot plate.

He isn't entirely lacking when it comes to a reaction though. This much electricity makes his eyes glaze over and he goes temporarily blind.

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Nair says that he discovered his power when he was a small child. His mother had passed away and decided that he no longer wanted to live. He attempted to take his own life by grabbing the high tension wire of an active transformer. But nothing happened. He believes that his immunity to electricity is a gift from God.

In Superhumans, contortionist and host Daniel Browning Smith tried to discover why Nair was so immune to electricity.

He tested him with a multimeter, which can measure a material's resistant to electricity. Where most people have a resistance of around 0.15 million Ohms (the SI derived unit of electrical resistance), Nair hit over 1.3 million. It seemed to continue rising the longer the multimeter was attached.

His physiological difference may mean that electrical currants move through him more slowly, or perhaps that they're redirected around his body, avoiding his heart.

But these are just theories. What we do know is that Nair's aversion to electricity is incredible to watch and just a little bit nerve inducing. It's made him both a local and international legend.

You can watch his incredible real life power below.

But is Nair's power actually real? Some think not. In fact, a Kotaku reader pointed us towards ElectroBOOm on YouTube, who created a savage response video to debunk the alleged powers. We decided to add it to this article and you can watch it right here:

What do you think? Is Mohan for real, or are his super powers fake? Let us know your thoughts.


Comments

    This is the hero we deserve and a man who deserves a superhero costume!

    Raises euebrow

    Consistently powering a heating element?

    Bullshit.

    Fair enough put one article on this up, but not 5. Kotaku we don't care about stuff like this, we came here to read about video games and tech news. Leave stuff like this for standard news sites.

    Not impressed to continuous see articles on this guy popping up on the site. Cut it out.

      I agree. I don't mind ads, but this one is getting annoying now and I'm getting tempted to turn Adblocker back on.

    Currants are small fruity things you find in cakes.

    Currents are what you're trying to talk about here.

    The only real way to really find out is to....TASER him!

    I get that you have "partner content", but why does Kotaku keep displaying the same thing over and over again. Are your partners that lazy, or does Kotaku think its audience is that stupid?

      @vandaemonian totally agree mate. It's complete B of the Sh*t. Kotaku rebranded is now 30% of your on-screen browser content. To the left are duplicate ads for some Netflix show I will never watch and has nothing to do with gaming. To the right is god knows what. And the partner content is now ever 10th (ish) "content", over and over and over again. I too get that it's ad's that pay for these web sites, and I don't mind the occasional "directed ad". But this is over the total [email protected] (Phew- that feels good!)

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