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Jiroemon Kimura, the world’s oldest living person, turned 116 April 19, 2013.  (While it is still April 18, 2013 in the Western Hemisphere, Mr. Kimura lives and was born in Japan, where it is already April 19.)

He is also the oldest man ever, as well as the oldest Asian person ever.  He just recently moved up to become the ninth longest lived person ever.  If he survives another six months he will be bumped up to sixth.

Only six  more years to catch up to Jeanne Calment, who at 122 was the oldest documented person on record.

Perhaps the secret to Kimura’s long life is his smile…

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  •  Can you believe that he was born (6+ / 0-)

    in the 19th Century? That's just crazy! He's lived through three different centuries!

    When the last person who was born before 1900 dies I will be very depressed. Life is so fragile and I always feel as if we are losing parts of history with each person we lose.

    I hope he lives another 116 more years.

    Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

    by Matt Z on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 11:03:16 AM PDT

  •  I wonder how many people are left in the world (4+ / 0-)

    who were born in the 19th century?  A dozen?  Even less?

    •  It appears to be 10 people (4+ / 0-)
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      1 Jiroemon Kimura M 19 April 1897 115 years, 363 days Japan
      2 Misao Okawa F 5 March 1898 115 years, 43 days Japan
      3 Jeralean Talley F 23 May 1899 113 years, 329 days United States
      4 Susannah Mushatt Jones F 6 July 1899 113 years, 285 days United States
      5 Bernice Madigan F 24 July 1899 113 years, 267 days United States
      6 Soledad Mexia F 13 August 1899 113 years, 247 days United States[a]
      7 Evelyn Kozak F 14 August 1899 113 years, 246 days United States
      8 Mitsue Nagasaki F 18 September 1899 113 years, 211 days Japan
      9 Emma Morano-Martinuzzi F 29 November 1899 113 years, 139 days Italy
      10 Grace Jones F 7 December 1899 113 years, 131 days United Kingdom
      As you can see, the youngest was born in December 1899. I suppose there could be a few tucked in between then and Jan 1, 1900 but not likely.

      You can't assassinate the character of any of modern conservative. You'd have to find where it was buried, dig it up, resurrect it, then kill it. And killing a zombie isn't really assassination, is it?

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 11:09:41 AM PDT

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      •  I just noticed that list is dominated by Japan (3+ / 0-)
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        and the US. With three Japanese (and the only male) and five Americans on the list that's a pretty lopsided total given the countries combined populations only account for ~6% of the world's total.

        You can't assassinate the character of any of modern conservative. You'd have to find where it was buried, dig it up, resurrect it, then kill it. And killing a zombie isn't really assassination, is it?

        by ontheleftcoast on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 11:16:17 AM PDT

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    •  When I was a kid (1950s) (2+ / 0-)
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      anyone who was even remotely old had been born in the 19th Century.  It is bizarre to think that now, amongst seven billion, we are down to a handful who were born before January 1 1901.

      A few months ago there were only five or six people still alive who were recognized as having been born in the 19th Century.  I notice now the list is up to 22.  Seems like there's a little "me-too!" going on.  I'll bet some of those 22 turn out to be bogus.

      Kimura is indeed that super-rarity who has lived in three separate centuries.

      In 1956 the last Union veteran of the American Civil War died.  I remember that very well.  That left one final claimant for "last veteran" of that conflict--a man named Walter Williams who supposedly fought for the Confederacy.  When he died in 1959 he was given all the hoopla one might expect, but it wasn't long before his claims were disputed, then proved to be false.  

      I'm not sixty-two—I'm fifty-twelve!

      by Pragmatus on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 11:22:08 AM PDT

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    •  check out grg.org table E (1+ / 0-)
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      They keep a running list of the oldest people in the world all the time.

  •  I hope, trust, and assume... (3+ / 0-)
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    Someone is saving a bit of that golden DNA, surely.

  •  Mark Thrash lived to 122 (2+ / 0-)
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    just one week shy of turning 123.  Here's his information:
    Seen the Glory

    Mark Thrash and his twin brother were born on Christmas Day in 1820.  They were born into slavery in Virginia, eventually, they would move with their master to Georgia.  He was there when the Native Americans were removed.  He came up to Chickamauga, two days after the epic battle and had to help bury the dead.  He stayed at Chickamauga until his death in 1923.  He is the longest living American to collect a government pension which went on for decades.  He knows where the bodies are buried at Chickamauga.  His lifetime spanned from President Monroe to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    His brother lived until age 119.  He had kids living, who were in their 90's when he passed.  He had several wives, all of whom predeceased him, except for the last one, whom he married when he was 105.  She told doctors that the two frequently had sex.  God bless him.

  •  There are many men that have claimed over 116 (1+ / 0-)
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     But according to modern research standards as of present, Jiroemon Kimura is the only man that has ever done it. He's the 9th longest lived person as of this date and the oldest man EVER recorded. He has to pass 8 women and live about 6 more years and around 4 months to beat Jeanne Calment.

    •  Yes, the key is documentation. (0+ / 0-)

      In the old Soviet Union they claimed to have citizens who regularly lived to 150 and beyond, presumably because of the socialist paradise.

      Unfortunately many slaves may well have reached age milestones well in excess of 120 years but they will never be recognized because of lack of documentation.  For most of American history slaves were accounted for only when it came to the sale of them, their devolving onto heirs, their deaths or as part of lists used for taxation purposes, and then the mention was only by single name.

      What it boils down to is that anyone can claim anything, but to make a claim of extraordinery age you will have to back it up with extraordinary documentation.

      I'm not sixty-two—I'm fifty-twelve!

      by Pragmatus on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 06:54:12 PM PDT

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