Is this young Russian schoolboy a real-life Magneto?
Nikolai Kryaglyachenko was walking home from school when he allegedly leaned against a lamp post that was live from a faulty wire. The electric shock knocked him out and blasted him across the pavement.
The 12-year-old boy said that he felt “groggy” when he came to, but he nevertheless “managed to get home and told my mum what had happened.”
In the aftermath of the lamp-post incident, Kryaglyachenko, who is a big fan of comics, believes that he might have developed some sort of super magnetic power that would allow him to attract metal like Magneto does in X-Men.
“I can do things I couldn’t do before, but I don’t have a lot of control over it,” the boy said. “Even when I do not want to do it, I still attract things. Once I even attracted a glass – it just moved towards me.”
Kryaglyachenko has now decided that he wants to do something very fitting with his alleged superpower when he grows up: He wants to be a superhero.
Daily Mail reports that he has also suddenly found himself the center of attention at school; many of his classmates ask him to demonstrate his powers.
Although stories of “living magnets” may draw a certain amount of disbelief, such stories began to appear at least in the middle of the 19th century, reports Daily Mail. These people can reportedly attract not only metals but also materials like plastic, glass, wood and paper to their bodies.
After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, for example, Russian factory worker Leonid Tenkaev appeared to obtain the ability to attract objects.
Some scientists, however, counter that these so-called “magnetic” people may only have “unusually sticky skin.”