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Old 18 July 2009, 11:07 AM
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I saw the breaking news about Henry Allingham. Right to the end he saw it as his duty to educate future generations about the war.
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That's soo sad. I have a great respect for Mr Allingham.
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Reporter Montana man, 112, downplays oldest title

Walter Breuning of Great Falls, Mont., says being 112 years old and the world's oldest known man is truly not a big deal to him.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/07/...4901248110084/
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That's what I've always thought. Some soldier who was the oldest in his family, his dad married a woman who was his age or a bit younger.

I wish I could find the list. My google skills are not working too well right now.

I don't know what difference it would make for the soldier to be the oldest in his family or that his father would marry someone. For the woman to be the last surviving Civil War widow would have required the woman to have been married to a Civil War veteran who was very old when he married her.
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Default World's oldest person dies in Los Angeles at 115

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090911/..._oldest_person

Gertrude Baines, the world's oldest known person who once quipped she had won the genetic lottery, died Friday at a nursing home. She was 115.
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Icon220 New York woman is oldest U.S.-born person

A 114-year-old woman in Williamsville, N.Y., is the oldest person born in the United States, the Gerontology Research Group says.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/09/...1741252774747/
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Icon05 114-year-old New Hampshire woman becomes oldest American

A 114-year-old New Hampshire woman who loves the Boston Red Sox, Hershey's Kisses and ice cream is believed to be the oldest American.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...TAM&SECTION=US
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Default Oldest person in US dies at age 114

http://www.kplctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=12101840

Mary Josephine Ray, the New Hampshire woman who was certified as the oldest person living in the United States, has died at age 114 years, 294 days.
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Icon81 2 of oldest people in US die

Two of the oldest people in the world have died on the same day.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100309/...ldest_american
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Blow Your Top World Record bid launched by '130-year-old' Georgian woman

A Georgian woman is claiming to be the oldest person in the world. Her birth documents show that she was born on July 8 1880 and will turn 130 this summer.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...ian-woman.html
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Antisa Khvichava, who lives in a remote village in Georgia, enjoys playing backgammon and drinking vodka.
And who doesn't?

If she really is that old and the documents are enough to verify it, won't she be the oldest-ever reliably documented person? I thought the current record was 120... she'll beat it by ten years. It seems a bit unlikely though. (eta) The record was 122 according to the video.
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Blow Your Top Indonesian census turns up woman 'aged 157'

Estimates of the size and composition of Indonesia's booming population may remain just that despite an ongoing census, if the "discovery" of a 157-year-old woman is anything to go by.

Census officials have said they believe the woman's claims to have been born in 1853, when Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" debuted in Venice, the Crimean War erupted and San Francisco got its first street signs at intersections.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100607...20100607162354
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Icon07 Georgia claims it has world's oldest person, 130

Authorities in the former Soviet republic of Georgia claim a woman from a remote mountain village has turned 130, making her the oldest person on Earth.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100708/..._oldest_person
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Icon102 Scientists Seek to Tabulate Mysteries of the Aged

Though major snags persist in the study of such a rare group of people, it has yielded interesting numbers about how rare it is to live to 110 — and how likely those who get there are to reach 111, or beyond.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...595643772.html
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Japan Man listed as Tokyo's oldest found mummified

A man listed as the oldest living male in Tokyo in fact died some 30 years ago, city officials said after his body was found mummified in his bed.

http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/art...ldest-man.html
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Default World's Oldest Woman "missing"

Fusa Furuya, born in July, 1897, has never lived at the address in Japan's capital where she is registered and her whereabouts are unknown. The alternative address for her was likewise empty. Like the 30 years deceased "oldest man" officials haven't had contact with her for decades.

Officials are currently updating their records and are also looking for a "missing" 106-year-old plus 3 more "mising" centenarians.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...s-missing.html
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Default Japan, Checking on Its Oldest, Finds Many Gone

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/wo...a/15japan.html

To date, the authorities have been unable to find more than 281 Japanese who had been listed in records as 100 years old or older. Facing a growing public outcry, the country’s health minister, Akira Nagatsuma, said officials would meet with every person listed as 110 or older to verify that they are alive; Tokyo officials made the same promise for the 3,000 or so residents listed as 100 and up.
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Icon102 Searching for New York’s Oldest, and Finding Them

In a recent scandal in Japan, the authorities were unable to find scores of supposed centenarians, often discovering that their descendants had been improperly collecting benefits in their elders’ names. Those revelations led to a check on a couple of New York residents who have lived well past 100.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/16/nyregion/16old.html
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I especially love the quote “Living until 150 years old is impossible in the natural world, but it is not impossible in the world of Japanese public administration.”
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What I found interesting, taking the numbers given (anchoring at "50 in 10,000 die during age 52" and taking the "doubling every 9.25 years" at face value) for natural caused deaths (of course there are spikes during the late teens/early twenties, at least in Germany, to accidents and overdosing on drugs such as alcohol). the cut off, where you reach "10,000 of 10,000 will die" is during your 123rd year, when you are 122. Which coincidentally is the oldest recognized age by GBoWR. Of course, this is probably (to be more precise: certainly) not valid, but I found it ever so slightly interesting.

About the super old people turning up in some places where registration in the 1800s was probably not too reliable, I am reminded of a Soviet joke from maybe the 1960s:

In a small rural village not to far from Moscow, the oldest living man has been found, a staggering 178 years old. Reporters rushed out to get the news and let the old man tell a tale or two, after all, he must have had many experiences absolutely unbelievable to the modern people. So they asked him to tell something about his younger days.

Old man: "During the great Bolshevik Revolution of 1917..."
Reporter: "No, I'd like some older tales."
Old man: "During the great Bolshevik Revolution of 1917..."
Reporter: "Well, you know, we have many people around who were alive and can tell the tales, why don't you get back a few more years, to your youth."
Old man: "During the great Bolshevik Revolution of 1917..."
Reporter (thinking) "Okay, let's get this over with, maybe he'll tell something more interesting afterwards"
Old man: "During the great Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 there was such a chaos, so when I moved, they made me 100 years older by accident."

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