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Was This the World's Oldest Person Ever?

Sodimedjo of Indonesia, who just died, claimed to be 146

(Newser) - Emma Morano was the world's only living person verified as having been born in the 19th century before her death last month at 117. But Sodimedjo of Indonesia claimed to have three decades on her and two decades on the world's oldest recorded person before his death Sunday.... More »

Last Person Born in 19th Century Dies

Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, was 117

(Newser) - Emma Morano lived across three centuries, two world wars, and more than 90 Italian governments. And on Saturday, friends and family of Morano, believed to be the oldest woman alive, reported her death at home in Italy, Reuters reports. She was 117. According to the BBC , Morano was born on... More »

Oldest Person in US Dies After 114 Years in New Jersey

She never jogged and ate what she liked, son says

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman born the same year as Charles Lindbergh has died after almost seven months as the oldest person in America . Adele Dunlap, who celebrated her 114th birthday in December, died on Sunday, making 113-year-old Delphine Gibson the oldest person in the US, NJ.com reports. According to... More »

Last Living Person Born in 1800s Has a Birthday

Congrats to Emma Morano of Italy, oldest person in the world, on her 117th birthday

(Newser) - When Emma Morano entered this world, the Second Boer War had just begun , Cuba had just been freed from Spanish rule, and NYC's Windsor Hotel had recently burned down. Let us complete the history timeline for you: It was November 29, 1899, making Morano—who's still watching the... More »

Why Women Live Longer Than Men

Differences in life expectancy became pronounced in the late 1800s

(Newser) - There's a reason we don't typically call Earth's oldest person the oldest woman in the world—the oldest person is pretty much always a woman. In fact, just two of the world's 53 living supercentenarians (people 110 and older) are men, reports IFL Science . But why... More »

116-Year-Old Dies After Week as World's Oldest

Gertrude Weaver credited her longevity in part to being kind

(Newser) - Gertrude Weaver was the oldest-known living person on Earth for nearly a week, and she got a kick out of it, too, NBC News reports. When 117-year-old Misao Okawa died of heart failure on April 1, Weaver took the top spot at age 116 and basked in the limelight from... More »

World's Oldest Person Became Widow 84 Years Ago

Almost 117-year-old Misao Okawa loves sushi and shut-eye

(Newser) - Surrounded by flowers and family and wearing a pink kimono, the oldest person in the world celebrated her birthday a day early today in Osaka, Japan. Born on March 5, 1898, Misao Okawa turns 117 tomorrow, and even she's not entirely sure why. "I wonder about that, too,... More »

Arkansas Woman Is Oldest American

Gertrude Weaver just turned 116

(Newser) - Gertrude Weaver celebrated a birthday this week that puts her into rare company. The Arkansas woman turned 116, and the AP rounds up some of the resulting milestones: She is the oldest person in the US, the second-oldest person in the world, and the 11th oldest person of all time.... More »

Guatemalan May Be World's Oldest Person at 120

Juana Chox Yac is a new arrival for centenarian researchers

(Newser) - The world may have a surprise new "oldest person," and by a good margin, reports AFP . A daily newspaper in Guatemala reports that a woman named Juana Chox Yac has a government birth certificate that puts her age at 120. That would make her four years older than... More »

Oldest Man in History Dies

Japan's Jiroemon Kimura was 116

(Newser) - Japan's Jiroemon Kimura has died after living longer than any man in recorded history. The 116-year-old was born in 1897, the same year as Amelia Earhart and a time when the average male life expectancy in Japan was just 44, the BBC reports. "He has an amazingly strong... More »

'Oldest Person' Title Changes Every .65 Years

Because mathematicians wanted to know, that's why

(Newser) - The headline crops up every so often, one about the "oldest person in the world" dying. But only a mathematician or someone in a macabre betting pool would wonder exactly how often, and that's what prompted the site Stackexchange to put the question to its math-loving readership. The... More »

World's Oldest Person Dies in Georgia at 116

Besse Cooper fought for women's right to vote

(Newser) - A former schoolteacher in Georgia has died after spending nearly two years as the oldest person alive. Besse Cooper died peacefully at the age of 116 yesterday, not long after she had her hair done and watched a Christmas video in the nursing home where she had lived since 2001,... More »

Georgia Woman Now World's Oldest Person (Again)

Besse Cooper is closing in on her 115th birthday

(Newser) - The world's oldest person is now Besse Cooper of Georgia, at 114 years and 230 days, reports CNN . She gains the Guinness Book of World Records title with the passing of Brazil's Maria Gomes Valentim, who was just shy of her 115th birthday. Cooper actually held the title... More »

230K Japanese Centenarians Missing

Hundreds would be 150 years old if still alive

(Newser) - Either there's a massive, secret senior center somewhere, or there's a whole lot of fraud going on in Japan. After discovering that Tokyo's oldest man had actually been dead for 30 years , the country starting calling on its centenarians—and in addition to one gruesome find , it's discovered that some... More »

104-Year-Old Tokyo Woman Found in Backpack

Her son kept her there for nine years, he says

(Newser) - After discovering that Tokyo’s (supposedly) oldest man had been dead for 30 years and its oldest woman is missing , police began a search for other Japanese centenarians—and found one in her son’s backpack. The remains of the 104-year-old woman were stuffed in the pack for nine years,... More »

Now Tokyo's 'Oldest' Woman Is Missing

Authorities check up on elderly after 'oldest' man found to have died 30 years ago

(Newser) - Authorities in Tokyo are having trouble keeping track of their oldest citizens. Officials who went to check on the city's oldest woman discovered that she hadn't been seen in decades. Fusa Furuya would be 113 if she's still alive, but her daughter told local authorities that she hasn't seen her... More »

Georgian Woman Claims She's 130

That would make her the oldest person in the world

(Newser) - A woman in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia claims to have turned 130 today, making her the world's oldest person. Georgian officials back her up and say Antisa Khvichava was born on July 8, 1880. Her birth certificate is long gone, but she has Soviet-era documents that confirm her... More »

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