One very far-fetched theory on how Hancock inherited his powers is that the devil himself came up and gave Hancock
powers so he could use Hancock for his own evil ways. The story says that John's heart was too pure to be corrupted.
It is also said that when Hancock got a horrible case of gout (which he actually did), it was a punishment from the devil.
The most popular theory is that Hancock was bitten by a runaway piece of money
that had super-powers and John inherited them all when he was bitten.
. Another theory is that somebody "Accidentally" put lead
(which some people believe was in fact an early form of lead-poisoning) into his drink. The lead didn't affect him like it
would have affected other people, and this lead gave him his famous Hancock signature. Some people say that John was just
born with his powers. Some people believe that John's signature itself had no power, but that John himself was such a determined
man that whenever he signed to something he made sure it became true.
People may disagree on how he inherited his all-powerful signature, but they don't argue about how powerful
that signature was.
John Hancocks friends and foes
top 10 reasons why John Hancock thought Independence was necessary