Imagine getting body-slammed by a man who weighs as much as a grand piano. Think about what that would do to your skeleton (shatter it), and your organs (they’d explode). Your final moments on Earth would be spent gasping for breath beneath a sweaty, heaving mass of human blubber and bone.
Terrible as that sounds, if 25-year-old Arbab Khizer Hayat of Pakistan realizes his ultimate dream of competing in the WWE, someone — a professional wrestler, presumably — might suffer such a fate.
Dubbed “Hulk Man,” Hayat weighs a whopping 960 pounds. That’s more than 400 pounds heavier than the late, great Andre the Giant, who was so enormous he wasn’t allowed to serve in the French army, and who tossed his opponents around the ring like Harambe in a daycare.
Of course, you don’t earn a cool nickname like Hulk Man by just being extraordinarily obese. There’s muscle under that fat. Tons of it.
Hayat is a powerlifter. Not only can he beat a farm tractor in a game of tug-of-war, he can also hold a full-grown man over his head with one arm. These incredible feats of strength and more can be seen on YouTube, which has helped him achieve celebrity status in his hometown. Now, he has his sights set on becoming a global superstar.
“My aim is to become the champion,” Hayat, who also dreams of earning the title of World’s Strongest Man, says in one video. “I am thankful to God for giving me this body. It is a matter of time before I get into the world weightlifting arena.”
But God isn’t the only one to thank for Hayat’s superhuman physique. In addition to weight training, Hayat’s stays in fighting shape by consuming a daily diet of 36 eggs, seven pounds of meat, and five liters of milk, among other things. He’s like a human landfill. Forget his capacity for violence. Think about those farts.
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."