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The Oldest Person Alive
Olympics Are Heating Up

Atlantic, by Alexander Abad-Santos

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/13/2013 5:46:20 AM

The absurd global claim to citizenship of the world´s oldest person took a sad turn on Tuesday as Japan´s 116-year-old Jiroemon Kimura, the oldest living human on Earth (officially) passed away. His death capped a particularly fatal 18 months for the eldest of the planet´s elders, but it provided plenty of fodder for strange local news stories — and the title for oldest person alive now appears to reside with Japan´s Misao Okawa, though she´s got a slew of American supercentenarians, and more men than usual, nipping at her heels. "Kimura, of Kyotango, Japan, was born

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Art Linkletter once said for those who say they wouldn´t want to live to be 90, just ask the man who is 89.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 6/13/2013 5:59:13 AM     (No. 9373525)

They should really say the oldest "known" human. There could be pygmies in New Guinea that are a 150 for all we know.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 6/13/2013 6:09:47 AM     (No. 9373529)

There is an interesting fact not mentioned in this article. The oldest verified living person in the world has been between 114 and 116 for about the last 30 years. This is starting to appear to be the upper limit on human age.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dadofboys, 6/13/2013 8:13:56 AM     (No. 9373666)

I saw that japanese guy on tv yesterday: holy crap, he looked terrible. I hope someone has the mercy to put a pillow over my head if I ever get into that state. Also, a wise book written 4000 plus years ago said that the upper limit of age for humans is 120 years. Hmmmmm....and this was before no one ever, ever, ever lived to 120. But it was declared the upper limit nonetheless, so answer me, Christopher Hitchens, if you are reading this in Hell, did they know it was so.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Hazymac, 6/13/2013 9:59:19 AM     (No. 9373854)

Jeanne Louise Calment (February 21, 1875 to August 4, 1997) from Arles, France outlived Moses, and was holds the modern record for longevity. She smoked for 96 years, ate a kilo of chocolate each week, and both consumed and rubbed olive oil on her skin. When she was 121, a reporter interviewed her and marveled at how sharp her mind still was. No one else, the reporter enthused, had personally experienced so much life and history. Supposedly, the reporter asked, in light of her experiences, what opinions she had about the future. "For me, it will be a short one," she answered.

My own step-grandfather lived to 99 years and seven months. The day before he passed away, he summoned the family to let us know that he would be gone tomorrow, and for us to pay our respects immediately. He, too, maintained all of his mental acuity right until the end. RIP, GranDan.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 6/13/2013 10:01:55 AM     (No. 9373862)

Getting this designation means the grim reaper is going to be calling on you very soon. Genetics play a large part, but you also have to be very lucky(?).

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