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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Reaction Brings No Retraction

Some readers of a Reuters' article about British supercentenarian Henry Allingham thought they had caught the news service in an error.

This story states “Allingham’s life has spanned three centuries and six monarchs” which I believe would actually make him 300 years old not 113. Just a little catch.

P.S.

One century is 100 years. Three centuries is 300 years. If he is 113 years old, he has lived for one century and thirteen years.

H.S.


A surprising number of readers made similar comments about this reference. This is a fairly common way of saying someone lived DURING three centuries - the 19th, 20th and 21st. We’re aware that he isn’t 300 years old: GBU EDITOR [Link]

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