Sunday, July 4, 2010

It had to be asked.

Via Z.E. Accordino: I... I have no words for this link. But I felt that the world (or some vague approximation of it) really did need to read it's crazy contents. And such a thing begs the question: are there actually spandex wearing Kick-Ass fans out there secretly battling one another?


Frater A.I.T. said...

My. That's Perhaps they're posting videos on YouTube? I ran into some Larpers a while ago, looking turbo-serious in their black dusters and fangs. It was a moment full of delicious hilarity. I've played my share of D&D and Magic the Gathering, but this shit is beyond the pale. Nothing says "I officially give up, please ridicule me" like fangs in front of Starbucks on a Tuesday night.

Please let there be a kick-ass fight club; with Chapelle Show gone Comedy needs this.

Eldritch said...

Putting aside the fact that a skilled Mage possesses more abilities than countless superheroes or villains superpowers are very real.

A kid born with glowing see in the dark eyes as a result of radiation (yes all that stuff about radiation giving people super powers has a foothold in reality):

A guy who can pull a train with his teeth and a man born with skin that sticks to objects which allows him to do stuff like pull a car, the condition has been passed on to his children.

A guy who can touch electricity without being harmed:

Real life super strength:

"Myostatin is active in muscles used for movement (skeletal muscles) both before and after birth. This protein normally restrains muscle growth, ensuring that muscles do not grow too large. Mutations that reduce the production of functional myostatin lead to an overgrowth of muscle tissue. Myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy has a pattern of inheritance known as incomplete autosomal dominance. People with a mutation in both copies of the MSTN gene in each cell (homozygotes) have significantly increased muscle mass and strength. People with a mutation in one copy of the MSTN gene in each cell (heterozygotes) also have increased muscle bulk, but to a lesser degree.

In 2004, a German boy was diagnosed with a mutation in both copies of the myostatin-producing gene, making him considerably stronger than his peers. His mother, a former sprinter, has a mutation in one copy of the gene.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

An American boy born in 2005 (Liam Hoekstra) was diagnosed with a clinically similar condition but with a somewhat different cause:[16] his body produces a functional myostatin, but a defect in his myostatin receptor makes his muscles not respond to the myostatin signal."

And of course the superhero genre originates from the real life exploits of spring heeled jack. As for supervillains this definitely qualifies:

"In May 2001, reports began to circulate in the Indian capital New Delhi of a strange monkey-like creature that was appearing at night and attacking people[1] . Eyewitness accounts were often inconsistent, but tended to describe the creature as about four feet (120 cm) tall, covered in thick black hair, with a metal helmet, metal claws, glowing red eyes and three buttons on its chest."

Then there's this guy:

"This month’s normally shitty Rolling Stone magazine features a fascinating article about Matthew Weigman, a troubled teenager born blind whose preternatural hearing abilities allowed him to manipulate the phone system to moblize Swat teams, gain access to all levels of government, and extort fellow phreakers (pranksters and criminals who hack phones) in to doing his bidding, all while under the age of 18. His ablilites included super hearing, and an uncanny gift for mimic, including both voices and tones."