A group of scientists used their knowledge on proteins, chemistry, biology, physics, computer science and Marvel to discover - food habits of superheroes and heroines! They discovered the exact amount of foods, materials and environments required for superheroes to become, super.
The research goes on to explain how much Peter Parker would need to eat and how Wonder Woman would design her lasso to force bad guys to reveal the truth.
Let’s begin with our friendly neighbourhood Spiderman. According to a report on the Mirror, the comics mention that he consumes only oatcakes. But Mark Loch, one of the researchers believes oatcakes won’t help Spidey beat up the big baddies. Instead, he’ll need about 4,000 calories – about the same as a male Olympic gymnast. While that might help him swing about in the city, it won’t be enough to help him save his girlfriend, or trap a rampaging Doctor Octopus.
Spider silk is made of protein. So it goes without saying that Spidey needs a protein rich diet. Keeping in mind spider silk’s ability to stretch, Spiderman’s acceleration as he falls, the Mirror reports that Peter Parker’s breakfast should consist of about 750 poached eggs. In the comic, Aunt May doesn’t know that her nephew is Spiderman. But the 750 eggs might just give it away.
Moving on to Wonder Woman. Just like the Batman, she uses gadgets. Notably the Lasso of Truth. Whoever touches the Lasso is compelled to speak the truth. But how? Researchers believe that alcohol is an option. Then there’s scopolamine, a drug used to treat motion sickness but can cause hallucinations in large doses. Communist regimes often used it to “force confessions from political prisoners.” There’s also sodium pentothal which reduces higher brain functions necessary to spin lies. By slowing down thoughts, it can be possible to make people speak the truth.
According to the Mirror, the drugs do not seem to have a good track record. Wonder Woman’s truth serum may remain a mystery.
Finally, there’s the freakin’ Bat, because which superhero post ever left him out? The Batsuit is light and tough – flexible and bulletproof. The Mirror says that the shock absorbing properties could be provided by a layer of D3O foam. It’s a slimy substance that turns solid on impact and dissipates the energy of bullets and blades. Post impacts, it returns to being light and comfy. It is used in real world bullet proof vests and also in points of ballet dancers’ shoes.
Now, that you know their secrets, you can become a superhero yourself.