British scientists of note are investigating a man from Plymouth whose acute eyesight and extraordinary dexterity may shed light on how the human body's nervous system works.
Mark Notwol has the unusual ability to quickly remove entire threads from clothing, sometimes in the blink of an eye. The remarkable man has been given the nickname "Threadmaster."
Timothy Chapman, Notwol's neighbour, has witnessed his amazing feats firsthand.
"We were outside his house, talking," Chapman recalls. "He suddenly pointed at my shirt and said, 'You've got a loose thread there, Tim.' As I was looking at it, it disappeared. I looked up and it was dangling from Mark's hand."
Scientists are unsure just how Notwol is able to remove threads so quickly, but part of the answer may be related to his keen eyesight. He is known to be a voracious reader.
Notwol's special skill once saved a man from being injured, Chapman claims.
"Mark was in a pub one night," he recounts. "A red hot piece of ash fell from a smoking man's cigarette and landed on the man's shirt. When Mark noticed this, he quickly pulled all the flaming threads from the shirt, saving the man from being burned."
But for reasons unknown, Notwol lacks the ability to remove portions of a thread.
"Mark can only remove entire threads, not portions of one," Chapman explained. "But he wants to learn how someday. It's on his list of things to do."