Alien: You’re telling me that in times of great distress humans have been known to suddenly gain the strength necessary to lift objects more than a dozen times their own weight?!

Human: Yeah, it’s called “hysterical strength” and it usually happens in life-or-death situations, like when someone gets stuck under a car or something and someone lifts the car to get them out. We can’t really test it though, ‘cause it only happens spontaneously.

Alien: Humans have the ability to tap into untold strength and power and you don’t even know how you do it?

Human: Pretty much, yeah. We think it has something to do with temporary analgesia, so we just don’t feel the pain we should when we pick up a 3000-pound car.


Human: Yeah, it’s like an adrenaline thing? Do you not have that?

Alien: Fuck you and your entire species of tiny juggernauts.

Did this post just use a dialogue format to trick me into learning science

Had to check this out on wikipedia at least and boy was that a ride


Just so you guys know. Hysterical strength is basically your body not holding back and going %100 though there is a great danger of you hurting yourself or breaking something since your ignoring pain and going %100. There was a case where a kid deadlifted a car to save a sibling but,cracked 8 of his teeth during it because he was clenching his jaw so hard. So whilst you can lift a car or fight off polar bears. Your probably going to break something. Because most of the time when we are “giving our all” we are only giving a fraction of what we could give and this is because if we truly give our all we can seriously injure ourselves.

This is literally an explanation of Deku and his abilities with One For All.

Humans naturally hold back because our muscles have enough strength to rip themselves apart


@celestial-naiad the whole one million percent smash was actually hysterical strength, according to horikoshi.

on an unrelated note, did you know that if all the muscles in your back clenched at once your spine would shatter? have fun!!

Thats a horrifying and empowering thought at the same time.

Also: when you are sufficiently electrocuted and “thrown back” what is actually happening is your muscles contracting so hard and fast you essentially fling yourself away from the dangerous thing.

This is the same stuff that stops you from biting off your own fingers and whatnot. Our brains just say ‘no, don’t,’ whenever we try to do some dumbass shit, until we reach the point where it’s either do the dumbass shit or die/watch someone else die. I think it’s really cool though that we can shut off this function for others than ourselves. It shows a lot how we truly are social creatures at our core, that we don’t just do this when it’s our own body that might die, but for others in our community as well. 

This is why a zombie would be extremely terrifying for a short period, and then neutralize itself. No fear and no pain means it could rip apart the gates to your fortress with its bare hands, but it would tear its arms or break its back in the process and never do anything very dangerous again.

This also means that anybody with a magical super-healing power would essentially get super strength out of the mix for free if they could get past the psychological limitations. That’s probably what makes vampires so strong; they don’t actually put out any more force than a normal human but they repair any damage they take in the process almost instantly.

@krunchy-tuna why would you hide this hilarious comment in the tags

Aight I know I’m OP but I gotta reblog for appreciation of that comment

Here for the auto-yeet.


“So much of the narrative unfolds over meals that, as Wang told GQ, during development she was given notes about how repetitive the food scenes were. But why, Wang pointed out, would she have the characters do anything else? For Chinese families like Billi’s […] food is the crux around which we’re oriented, the organizing principle guiding everyday life and interactions. When we greet each other, it’s with a “吃饭了吗?Have you eaten?” Food is an expression of love that in The Farewell is embodied by Billi’s great-aunt affectionately preparing fried stuffed pies (馅饼) for a niece she hasn’t seen in years. Or Billi’s parents saving all their rationed eggs for baby Billi to eat all those decades ago. It looks like the household’s women bustling around the kitchen all day, making the food that will feed their family.” — Jenny G. Zhang

Food in The Farewell (2019) dir. Lulu Wang