Spectacular photo of a man in a wheelchair standing on his hands, upside down [Amazing Photo of the Day]

When you see a man or woman in a wheelchair, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? I will be totally honest with you; the first thing that comes to my mind is ‘disabled’. However, as the following photo shows, people in wheelchairs may be at a disadvantage (in the sense that they don’t have the use of their legs) but they certainly are not disabled. Check it out:

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Amazing! I’m sure most of us so called ‘normal’ people probably couldn’t do this.

Now, it should be noted that the above photo could very well be faked. The photo seemingly suggests that the man has no use of his legs, but it very well could be a normal man who has trapped himself to a wheelchair on purpose. I tried a reverse Google image search on this to try to find its origin to determine if it is real and who this man is, but I couldn’t find anything aside from the fact that this has something to do with yoga. So, yes, while there is a possibility of this being faked, let’s assume it isn’t and marvel at this man’s strength (emotional and physical).

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  • Dainius

    This is real. This guy is from my country – Lithuania. You can check his performance here -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh93-j2i19A

  • jayesstee

    @John:
    Since this thread started, I’ve wanted to put my ‘two cents worth’ but couldn’t find the words without causing further offence. You have put my thoughts up in a positive way, thank you.

  • John

    @Ashraf:

    I have seen many suggest the term “differently abled” but… that just sounds totally dumb to me to be honest, because we are ALL differently abled, and even disabled, in one way or another… I never think of someone who is on a wheelchair or on crutches as disabled, same way I don’t think of myself disabled just because I cannot speak German, nor lift 300 pound weights. We just all have different abilities, period. The guy can do a handstand! WOW! Most people don’t, wheelchair or no wheelchair!

  • Luke

    @Everyone: Am I participating in “A thoughtful discussion on the Internet”?! Wow.

    Seriously though, I have some [disabilities] that don’t really [disable] me. I also have some [conditions] that can’t readily be seen, but [challenge] me quite a bit in a literal sense of the term. I qualify for the term [slow] no matter what specifically you’re talking about.

    And that’s fine.

    I’m more active than many people I know, and there are few people that meet me and think I’m anything more than a slightly [quirky] guy. Whenever I enlighten them as to otherwise, I have to use words like [fill in the blank].

    The truth is, I’m [unique], just like everyone else. (Please excuse the pun, being rather [pun-ish], I’m showing signs of my [pun-ish-ment], which is obviously my biggest [handicap].) (Sorry. No, really, I am.)

    The point is, I’m [challenged]. And [handicapped]. And VERY [quirky]. And [ ] [ ] [ ] etc., so on, and so forth. I’m not politically correct, (@Ashraf: or Politically Motivated™!!) and there is no single word that describes me in a politically correct sort of way. So I just tell everyone that I’m [different].

    And that’s OK.

  • stefan

    @Ashraf: It definitely was “the middle of the night”… Can one stand on his/her hands and not be upside down at the same time? ;-)

  • Jon

    The photo is definitely not fake. Though not the same person, here is a similar YouTube video.

    http://youtu.be/X2SF4XCRn30

  • BearPup

    @Ashraf: Thank you. I appreciate both the apology and that you’ve modified the posting.

  • Ashraf

    @BearPup: I apologize. It was the middle of the night when I wrote it. I had no ill will intended but I agree I shouldnt have said “challenged”. However, I wasnt calling others normal and wheelchair users abnormal. That was in sarcasm.

    I have modified both. Thx.

  • The first word that came to mind was “WOW!”.

  • BearPup

    @David Roper: There is no politically correct label to use. In Vermont, we use the international symbol for access on our parking plates / cards (stylized wheelchair user). That says it all. Its a descriptive, not a label.

  • Mike

    @BearPup: Thanks. Personally, I’ve never liked the term “disabled,” but hard to know a term to describe a group of people with different disabilities (and there I go . . .).

  • BearPup

    @Mike: You said it. If you really need to refer to that group of people who use wheelchairs for mobility, then “wheelchair-using community” does it just fine. Its not a label, its a descriptive.

  • David Roper

    @Keith:

    I think the words on license plates should reflect the politically correct phrase to use.

    I’m in SC and my plate says Handicapped I think. Never worried about it so long as I get to park right up front at the movies.

  • Mike

    @BearPup: Would you please help educate many of us: what easy-to-use phrase should be used, when referring to the wheelchair-using community?

  • David Roper

    As Johnny Eck in the old “Freaks” movie proved, somebody without the lower part of their torso can do anything they want to. This man made the picture better by keeping the wheelchair on, Fantastic photo. Fantastic man. I applaud him.

  • BearPup

    @Keith:

    Keith: The whole point is that there is no terminology that is appropriate. I’m a regular person just like anybody else is. Or perhaps you wouldn’t mind being labeled as “slow” because you are (presumedly) a “walkie”, who travels at the very slow rate of 3 mph, whereas my 4 wheels propel me along at 7.5 mph. I don’t belong being labeled any more than you do. Your prejudice is showing.

  • Keith

    @BearPup:
    There are a lot of us who aren’t familiar with the “proper” terminology regarding people with disabilities, for a variety of reasons. That doesn’t mean there is any ill will present. Check your attitude…

  • BearPup

    As a chair user myself I find your use of the words “challenged” and “normal” very offensive. I’m as normal as anyone else irregardless of whether I use a wheelchair for mobility. Check your attitude at the door. My only challenge is other peoples’ attitude.