The World's Oldest People

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  1. JamesWhitehead

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    "Some people, they ask me. '¿what is that brown, curved thing in your fist, Señor? A walking stick, perhaps?' . . . "

    See how it glistens at the end, like his hypnotic eyes . . .

    No, I don't think I'll have another Rioja tonight. :cry:
     
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    The world’s oldest documented living man has been confirmed as an Israeli Auschwitz survivor living in Haifa.

    Israel Kristal, aged 112 and 178 days on 11 March, was handed a certificate at his home by a representative of the Guinness World Records confirming him as the oldest known man on the planet.

    Kristal succeeded 112-year-old Yasutaro Koide of Japan, who died earlier this month. Asked about his longevity Kristal said: “I don’t know the secret for long life. I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why.

    “There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men than me who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost.”

    Kristal was born in Zarnow, Poland, on 15 September 1903. When the first world war broke out in 1914, he saw Kaiser Franz Joseph in person but became separated from his parents, later moving aged 17 to Lodz to work in the family confectionery business.

    He continued to work as a sweet maker in the ghetto there when it was established by the Nazis in 1940. Four years later he was sent to Auschwitz, where he lost his wife.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/20...man-israeli-auschwitz-survivor-israel-kristal
     
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    In your (skull) face, dead Hitler!
     
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    The world's officially oldest man is to finally have his bar mitzvah at the age of 113 - a century after he missed it due to the outbreak of World War One.

    Yisrael Kristal, who lives in Israel, will celebrate the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony with family and friends in a synagogue in Haifa, his daughter said.

    Shulamit Kuperstoch said it would be a "corrective experience".

    Mr Kristal was born in Poland in 1903 and survived being in the Auschwitz death camp during World War Two. ...

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37375629?ocid=socialflow_twitter
     
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    Jeez, they're obsessed with penises and cutting bits off. :eek:
     
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    Karam Chand, 110, believed to be longest-married dies

    A man who was one half of what is believed to be the longest-married couple in the UK has died aged 110.

    Karam Chand, of Bradford, died on Friday after 90 years of marriage to his wife Kartari.

    The pair, who tied the knot in India in 1925 during the British Raj and moved to England 40 years later, have eight children and 27 grandchildren.

    Mr Chand was born to a farming family, in a small rural village in the Punjab in northern India in 1905.

    Mrs Chand was born in the same district in 1912 and is 103 years old.

    Her husband would have celebrated his 111th birthday next month.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-37550268
     
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    When Emma Morano was born, Umberto I was still reigning over Italy, Fiat had only just been established and Milan Football Club was still a few weeks off creation.

    On Tuesday, this otherwise unassuming woman marks her 117th birthday, looking back on a life which has not only spanned three centuries, but also survived an abusive marriage which started with blackmail, the loss of her only son and a diet which most would describe as anything but balanced.

    Ms Morano, the oldest of eight siblings, all of whom she has outlived, was born on 29 November, 1899, in the Piedmont region of Italy.

    This year, she officially became the world's oldest living woman, after American Susannah Mushatt Jones died in May, and the last person still living born in the 1800s.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38134004?ocid=socialflow_twitter
     
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    For years, Sarah Clancy treated questions about her age with disdain.

    When people would inquire about to the number, she would sometimes reply “200” and other times “21”.

    As the years rolled on, curiosity and speculation around the matter continued and was deepened by the fact she never celebrated her birthday.

    However, the game was given away when a letter from the President of Ireland arrived with a cheque for more than €2,500, marking her centenary. Now aged 108, Ms Clancy is Ireland’s oldest citizen.

    Sarah Treasa Clancy was born on May 2nd, 1908 in Sruthán, An Cheathrú Rua in Connemara.

    At the same time, 15km away in Ros Muc, Patrick Pearse was scouting for a site for his cottage, which would be built in 1909. The Titanic was no more than a gleam in the eye of its owner Bruce Ismay, who sought refuge in Casla Lodge and became Ms Clancy’s neighbour after the vessel sank in 1912.

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    Sarah Clancy, R.I.P.

    Oldest person in Ireland Sarah Clancy passes away aged 108
    Sarah Clancy died in her sleep at home in Connemara.

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    SARAH CLANCY, WHO was the oldest person in Ireland aged 108, has died.

    She passed away at home in Connemara, the Irish Times reports. The paper had profiled her life earlier this month.

    Clancy was born on 2 May 1908 in Connemara. She emigrated to Boston as an adult before returning to Sruthán in Galway in 1988.

    She died in her sleep at home, the Connacht Tribune reports. ...

    http://www.thejournal.ie/sarah-clancy-oldest-person-death-3161527-Dec2016/?utm_source=shortlink
     
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  13. Mr_Nemo

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    I do wonder about people born in the 50s, 60s & 70s will any of us survive until we're over a hundred years plus?
     
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    In theory, yes. Contextual potentiality. Enablement by the era. Aspiration, hope, expectation.

    But: the acturial statistics of mortality has many a devil in the detail....and those devils sit upon each of our backs. For every sprightly centenarian still spitting in the eye of the grim reaper, there are many middle-and-later (not old) age victims, falling early to the scythe.

    It's all very well to say we should anticipate more years to our lives. And the inverse truism, of more life being imparted to our years can be, in practise, not that much easier to attain either (for many of us). Of course, the dual sweet-spot (of a both truly-happy and a long& healthy, life) is really really difficult to achieve, and, impossible to fully-plan for.

    We can hope: but we cannot presume. And we should be cautious about what we receive within any (in particular, extended) allocation.

    Whilst we tend not to fall victims to sabre-toothed tigers, plague or the sword, there are so many other much-more merciless miniature mechanistic monsters, internally toiling away, towards our unimportant predeterminable dooms.
     
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    Rupert T Gould in his second book, Unexplained Facts: Enigmas and Curiosities, tells us of one Thomas Parr, who died in 1635. That is not in dispute. William Harvey, of circulation fame, did the post-mortem on Parr. What was unusual was that Parr claimed that he was born in 1483, which would mean that he was 152 when he died. And Gould, a fairly careful analyst, seems to feel that there was some evidence to back the claim up. Parr was brought by litter to London to see the King and he died there a few years later.

    There is also an Irish Countess who was said to have lived to be 140, and a Swedish gentleman who claimed 145 years. There is Gould felt, sufficient evidence to at least look look further at such claims. Now, I should clarify something here. Gould did not state with certainty that these people actually did live to such advanced ages, but only that their claims had some backing.
     
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    I need to look it up but I think that property rights were at issue in some of these cases. If a son or grandson could present to claim things owing . . . :huh:
     
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    Your point is taken, good and noble sir.

    In the case of the Swedish gentleman I mentioned, Gould concedes the possibility of someone else assuming the man's identity.
     
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    I am neither of those.

    Actually, the case that comes to mind is where a lease was valid for the length of a man's life and somehow he lived for ever . . . or so it seemed. :huh:
     
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    Well, this is one for the Coincidences thread ... :cool:

    German physician / naturalist Christoph Wilhelm Friedrich Hufeland was an 18th century professor at Jena. Hufeland was fascinated with longevity, and only a few minutes ago I posted a quote from his 1798 Art of Prolonging Life (English title, from the 1870 translation) in regard to a certain superannuated falcon tale ...

    Anyway ... Hufeland wrote the following about the Parr case ...

    SOURCE: http://archive.org/stream/101515802.nlm.nih.gov/101515802_djvu.txt
     
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    That Parr case is fascinating, I do like the evidence of him having been called to court at a specific date (ie it is not a birth or marriage record).

    The cause of death 'plethora following late-life over-plenty' is somewhat circumstantial. But persuasive. I wonder if this longevity case might be true?

    EDIT "Jenkins" not Parr
     
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    Are you referring to Jenkins rather than Parr?
     
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    Dammit, yes! Co-citation cross-contamination. Thank goodness it wasn't case law!!
     
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    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...

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    Sorry to have nurtured confusion ... I included the Jenkins bit in my quoted text because it was the expository lead-in to the Parr-specific passages.

    ... And then got confused myself when I wasn't sure whether your 'called to court' referred to Jenkins giving evidence or Parr being summoned by the king.

    ... So I guess we're even ... :evil:
     
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    [thread-drift] Á propos 'court'.....I've often wondered, when we 'court disaster', or are 'called to court' (regal, legal, or even, presumably, ecclesiastical)....

    Are these phonetic instances of ''court'' related to the word court as in 'court shoes' (i.e. short-heeled?) And is that just a homophone for 'curt', as in someone being 'short' (idiomatically, nasty, or less of a person) in their treatment of someone else? Or are they somehow all directly convergent/derivative? [/thread-drift]
     
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    The world's oldest person has died in Italy at the age of 117, reports say.

    Emma Morano was born on 29 November 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. She was officially the last person born in the 1800s still living.

    She had attributed her longevity to her genetics and a diet of three eggs a day, two of them raw.

    Ms Morano was the oldest of eight siblings, all of whom she has outlived. She died at her home in the northern city of Verbania.

    Her life not only spanned three centuries but also survived an abusive marriage, the loss of her only son, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments.


    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39610937
     
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    The Indonesian man who claimed to be 146 years old - the longest living human ever - has died in his village in Central Java.

    According to his papers, Sodimedjo, also known as Mbah Ghoto (grandpa Ghoto), was born in December 1870.

    But Indonesia only started recording births in 1900 - and there have been mistakes before.

    Yet officials told the BBC his papers were valid, based on documents he provided and interviews with him.

    He was taken to hospital on 12 April because of deteriorating health. Six days later he insisted on checking out to return home.

    "Since he came back from the hospital, he only ate spoonfuls of porridge and drank very little," his grandson Suyanto told the BBC.

    "It only lasted a couple of days. From that moment on to his death, he refused to eat and drink."

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    According to the news worlds oldest person died recently at 117 a woman in
    I think Jamaca, she put her long life down to eating everything except
    pork chicken and rum.
    The worlds oldest person is now thought to be a woman in Japan again 117 years young.
     

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