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Science Explains Why You Don’t Want Super Strength

Super strength could possibly be one of the first superpowers humanity ever came up with. From Hercules to Achilles to Beowulf, we’ve been imagining impossibly strong men and women for literally thousands of years. But these stories usually focus of the feats—what you could accomplish if you had the strength to punch through a wall or suplex a lion—and rarely on the consequences. Looking a bit more into super strength, with all the science we’ve learned across the centuries, it’s a super power that might be more trouble than it’s worth.

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So what would really happen if you had the power to strike through concrete, lift a car over your head, and punch other super beings a few city blocks? The outcomes, at least according to physics, range from annoying to gross.

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