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Wim Hof is an "extreme athlete" from the Netherlands, best known for his apparently superhuman ability to withstand intense cold for extended periods of time. But is it a genuine physical skill that can be learned, or is the self-proclaimed "Iceman" more of a modern-day Houdini? To observe what might be going on in his brain and body, scientists from Wayne State University have now run a series of scans during these icy exposures.
Hof's resuma reads like that of a classic stuntman or illusionist. He claims to hold (or have once held) 21 Guinness World Records, for things like running the fastest half marathon barefoot on snow and holding his breath for six minutes beneath the ice of the North Pole. He's also climbed to an altitude of 24,000 ft (7.4 km) up Mount Everest wearing just boots and shorts, and performed other physical endurance feats like dangling from one finger between two hot air balloons at an altitude of 4,900 ft (1.5 km).
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