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Old-time strongmen bend nails, frying pans, horseshoes

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Patrick Povilaitis, part of a resurgence of "old time" strongmen, gives a new friend a lift while holding a stone padlock in his jaw. Povilaitis, a mechanical engineer, can also bend nails and frying pans with his bare hands. (Courtesy of Patrick Povailitis)

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Patrick Povilaitis, part of a resurgence of "old time" strongmen, lifts a hefty granite ball. Povilaitis, known for combinations of strength feats, holds stone weights in his lap while bending nails or tearing decks of cards with his hands. (Courtesy of Patrick Povailitis)

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Patrick Povilaitis, part of a resurgence of "old time" strongmen, tears a deck of cards while wearing handcuffs and suspending a 180-pound engine block from his head. Povilaitis, known for his combination strength feats, can also bend nails and frying pans with his bare hands. (Courtesy of Patrick Povilaitis)

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Patrick Povilaitis, part of a resurgence of "old time" strongmen, lifts a hefty barbell with his arms in the bores of a 180-pound engine block. Povilaitis, a mechanical engineer, can also bend nails and frying pans with his bare hands. (Courtesy of Patrick Povilaitis)

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Professional strongman Dennis Rogers illustrates his inspirational message with a feat of strength. Rogers, of Houston, Tex. and part of a resurgence of "old time" strongmen, also drives nails through skillets barehanded and breaks out of shackles. (Clint Fogie/Courtesy of Dennis Rogers)

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Professional strongman Dennis Rogers illustrates his inspirational message with feats of strength. Rogers, part of a resurgence of "old time" strongmen, breaks out of shackles and drives nails through skillets barehanded. (John Russo/Courtesy of Dennis Rogers)

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Old-time strongmen bend steel rods into U's and wrench apart horseshoes to prove that no pharmaceuticals are required to attain super-strength.


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