Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Mighty Atom

Of all the guys on's list of the top 10 strongmen in history, my favorite is Joe Greenstein (1893-1977):

Despite his Cruise-like stature of 5-foot-4 and 140 pounds, “The Mighty Atom” began wrestling professionally in Texas under the name Kid Greenstein. That’s until a man obsessed with Greenstein's wife shot him between the eyebrows from 30 feet away. Astonishingly, the bullet did not enter his skull, but flattened on impact. This inspired more odd feats of strength: driving 20 penny nails through a 2.5-inch board with his bare hands, changing a car tire without tools and lying on a bed of nails with a 14-man Dixieland band on his chest. On September 29, 1928, the Buffalo Evening Times reported Greenstein resisted the pull of an airplane with his hair at the Buffalo Airport.
Even his hair was strong.