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Comic book superheroes have all kinds of incredible abilities. There are a few wall-crawling heroes, but the wall-climbing ability of a "Gecko Man" hasn't really captured as many fans as Spider-Man has. A bite from a radioactive spider might not be the most realistic way to obtain the power to climb walls with ease, but science also suggests that there needs to be a bit more than "spider" or "gecko" power for a person to crawl up a wall. Look on the wall! It's Velcro Man? Vacuum-Assisted Man? After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: david letterman, gecko, materials, spiders, superheroes, van der waals forces, velcro, wall-crawling


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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Feb 2016 @ 5:35pm

    Can Ant-Man climb walls, too?

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Feb 2016 @ 5:58pm

    And the mythbusters have just shown that you can lift a car with the suction of a household vacuum cleaner!

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 10 Feb 2016 @ 7:08pm

    Meet The Amazing Incredible Spider-Bat-Wonder-Man!

    Accidentally bitten* by a genetically-modified toxic radioactive mutant laboratory rat-mosquito experimental cross, he has powers beyond the wildest imaginings of your ordinary, everyday superheroes!

    Quote: “Climb-the-walls forces!? PAH! Those are NOTHING compared to what I can do!!”

    *Actually, the function of the appendage of the creature in question remains unclear.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Feb 2016 @ 11:21pm

    > Spiders and insects are small enough to take advantage of the gecko effect, but humans would need a size 114 shoe (or about 80% of the front side of our body area) to climb up a wall.


    The square-cube law. It's not just a good idea.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Feb 2016 @ 4:03am

    Vacuum Assisted Man

    That really gives some really wrong super power imagery!

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    nasch (profile), 12 Feb 2016 @ 10:51am

    Kermit

    I never noticed how much Letterman sounds like Kermit the Frog.

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