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.




And just to show you there is nothing fake about the photos above, here is a video of Jari in action:


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