Wonder Women


At some point in our lives, we've heard the story of the woman who lifted a car to save her young child. No, the woman was not Wonder Woman, although, at least in this picture above, she is doing the same thing. Rather, the woman was a middle-aged mom, only ninety pounds, yet she was able to lift the weight of a car to save her trapped child. There has been much debate over whether this is a myth or a fact. In this particular case, there has not been any proof that this woman exists. However, the question "Can a woman really lift a car?" has been debated and analyzed, and I decided to take a look.

This article explains a few recorded instances where women have actually experience adrenaline rushes that have provided for unexplained strength. Cecil Adams, the article's author, explains the story of Angela Cavallo, a mother whose son was pinned under a Chevy. When she ran out to see his unconscious son under the wheel of the car, she was able to lift the car four or five inches off the ground and save her son's life. The article features a quote from a scientific journal containing a study on unnatural human strength. The findings were quite interesting: the ability of forearm flexors (your muscles) was increased when stimulated by loud noises, an outcry, hypnosis, and more factors. The result was that humans are capable of great strength, it just takes a real "wake up" to activate this strength.

Certainly, what Wonder Woman is seen doing above is not what the journal is referring to. I highly doubt humans are capable of the strength to lift an entire car above their head (yes, that includes bodybuilders), but I think it's interesting that humans are capable of such odd strength. It makes one wonder if this added strength is increased due to the person's body size, age, build, and other factors. But one thing is for sure: next time you see a person in crisis, don't shy away! You might just be able to help out!


Are all women capable of tapping into their 'wonder woman' strength? Or is it just mothers? When I was reading your blog at first I assumed that it was only mother's that could tap in to this strength when their child was in danger; kind of like how the animal mom's will go to great extents to care for and protect their cubs or babies. I looked up some news articles and found this one: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/lauren-kornacki-lifts-bmw_n_1728396.html
It is about a girl being able to pick up a car to save her father's life! So, maybe all women really do have this capability.

Quinn, in the article in my post, there was another example cited about a man who was pinned under a rock and lifted the rock off of himself, with his friend there to witness it. Therefore, I think it's a power not only reserved to mothers, and not just to women, but to all of us!

This is an interesting scenario that I have heard occurring on multiple occasions. I think most of the muscle ability to lift a car must be due to Darwinian factors. The idea of being able to lift something heavy like a car has to do with our need for survival (whether it be our own or someone else’s).
Do I think all of us could lift a car if we needed to? Probably not. But the article you referenced and similar stories show the prevalence of our survival skills even in this modern age. I guess in today’s world it’s still survival of the fittest.

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