A 12-year-old boy has developed an unusual talent of attracting metal objects after almost being killed from an accident where he suffered a massive electric shock, regional television channel GTRK Omsk reported Monday. Now, the Russian boy believes he has been blessed with magnetic superpowers.
Nikolai Kryaglyachenko had been walking back home from school when he allegedly stopped and leaned against a lamp post, which was live from a faulty wire. Immediately, Kryaglyachenko experienced an electric shock and was thrown across the pavement.
"When I came round I felt groggy but managed to get home and told my mum what had happened," he said.
But then, "when I woke up the next day and got out of bed I found some coins that had been lying on the mattress had stuck to my body. Then when I was having breakfast and dropped my spoon, it stuck to my chest," he continued.
Excited by the prospect of having his dreams come true, the huge comic books fan decided to test his magnetic powers by completing a few tasks, UK MailOnline reported.
"I can do things I couldn't do before, but I don't have a lot of control over it. Even when I do not want to do it, I still attract things. Once I even attracted a glass - it just moved towards me."
To his delight, however, the 12-year-old has found popularity in his school, with many of his classmates asking him to demonstrate his superpowers. Television images, broadcast on GTRK Omsk, showed the boy with silverware clinging to his chest and back.
Meanwhile, Kruglyachenko is not the first person to have displayed such magnetic talents. There have been a number of recorded incidences of people attracting metal objects since the middle of the 19th century, though scientists have still not been able to explain how this phenomenon occurs.
In 2004, the story of a Russian factory worker Leonid Tenkaev and his family received extensive media coverage when he appeared to obtain the ability to attract objects after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, according to UK MailOnline.
Although people who have the ability to attract metal items are commonly referred to as "magnets," many of them can also hold plastic, glass, wood and paper items on their body.
As for Kruglyachenko, he has started trying to attract heavier objects, with plans to use this special talent for good use in the future.
"I think I will become a superhero," Kruglyachenko was quoted as saying.