March 2nd, 2021



News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published Oct. 17, 2018

Phoenix teenager Josiah Wiedman, 13, was walking home through a park in early August with a friend when he was struck by lightning, "sending me 9 feet into the air, making me bounce on my head and then flip over to my back," he told ABC News.

Afterward, doctors put Josiah into a medically induced coma for three days, and when he came to, he made a speedy recovery.

His mother, who didn't expect her son to survive, dubbed him "Superman" -- and indeed, Josiah said he's waiting for his special powers to kick in.

"I haven't felt my powers yet, but I will soon," he said. [ABC News, 8/17/2018]

Moses Lanham, 57, fell 18 feet from a rope in gym class when he was 14 years old. As a result, the Michigan man is now known as "Mr. Elastic."

Lanham has double cartilage and extra tissue in his knee joints, hips and ankles, which makes it possible for him to turn his feet 180 degrees backward and walk.

In fact, he tells Metro News, walking with his feet pointed behind him is more comfortable than walking normally.

"I've heard one other (person) can turn his feet, but not walk," Lanham said of his fame.

"When I perform this in front of people, I love the reactions," he said. "One time, I actually had a person throw up after I turned my feet around." [Metro News, 8/21/2018]