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Finnish Bodybuilder Turns into Fantastic Four’s The Thing When Working Out

Meet Jari “Bull” Mentula, a bodybuilder from Finland who looks a lot

like the Marvel superhero The Thing, of the Fantastic Four. Not only is

he muscular enough to fit the bill, but his head gets so abnormally

wrinkly when he flexes his muscles that the resemblance becomes uncanny.

Jari has been a familiar face on the IFBB (International Federation

of BodyBuilders) tour during the last 15 years, making a name for

himself in competitions and even winning the European Bench Press

Championships in 2002, 2004 and 2008. But he only became known to the

general public last year, when a photo of him working out was posted on

popular news sharing network Reddit. The image was captioned “I guess

that’s the brain popping out, isn’t it?” And indeed, the bodybuilder’s

head looked so incredibly wrinkly that it looked like his brain was

about to burst through his scalp.

Obviously, the comparisons to The Thing

started pouring in, along with other hilarious comments, but there were

those who offered a possible explanation for his bizarre look. A rich

vascularity in the scalp was one of the possible causes, but the  most

plausible one is that Jari Mentula must be suffering from an incurable

condition known as Cutis Verticis Gyrata, usually associated with the

thickening of the scalp. According to Wikipedia “sufferers show visible

folds, ridges or creases on the surface of the top of the scalp. The

number of folds can vary from 2 to roughly 10 and are typically soft

and spongy. These folds cannot be corrected with pressure. The condition

typically affects the central and rear regions of the scalp, but

sometimes can involve the entire scalp.”

 One thing’s for sure though, Jari Mentula looks

so damn muscular that he appears to have muscles on top of his head as

well. He definitely has the most impressive scalp vascularity I’ve ever

seen on a bodybuilder.

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