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Accident Turns Boy Into World’s Fastest Human Calculator

Accident Turns Boy Into World’s Fastest Human Calculator

Bhanu Prakash, a 20-year-old from India had an accident that turned him into the world’s fastest human calculator. In 2005, aged 5, Bhanu fell off his cousin’s scooter after a truck hit him. He fell to the ground banging his head hard on the road fracturing his skull.

Doctors put him in a medically induced coma before stitching him 85 times. He also had to undergo multiple operations. 7 days later he woke up and the doctors told his parents that Bhanu faced probable life impairment due to the injuries. He spent the next year bedridden.

During his recovery, he learned how to play chess and solved puzzles, later advancing to math problems. He said he remembered the pain vividly and that it is the most traumatic experience of his life.

While a normal person reaches for a calculator, fastest human calculator can solve 869,463,853 times 73 in just 26 seconds. His mind processes numbers at an average speed of 12 per second. This is about 10 times faster than a regular brain, according to Limca Book of Records in India.

On August 15, Bhanu became the first Asian to win gold at the Mental Calculation World Championship. The event happened at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London.

Bhanu became the first non-European winner in the event’s 23-year history.

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