Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Newest Oldest People

Just days after the death of the world's oldest woman, the world's oldest man has died. Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto Rico was 115, and was a lifelong bachelor who claimed to have had three girlfriends (presumably not, like Hugh Hefner, all at the same time). He credited his longevity to eating boiled corn, cod and milk, a diet which apparently failed him in the end.

This makes Tomoji Tanabe of Japan the world's oldest man, and Emma Faust Tillman of Connecticut the world's oldest person. Emma (according to Wikipedia) was the child of former slaves, and once worked as a servant for Katharine Hepburn's family. She was one of 23 children, five of whom lived past 100. Imagine if they'd eaten cod every day.

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