Sunday, May 20, 2007
One Whopper of a Birthday
An Indian man just enjoyed a huge celebration of his birthday. He is what I consider a double-senior citizen (older than 65 times two). At 138, Habib Miyan's has been entered into the Limca Book of Records. (I couldn't find his entry on their website, and their book is not readily available here in the U.S.)
I just love this stuff!
According to this interesting 2005 story, he might really only be 129 today.
But the problem is that the most widely accepted oldest person died in 1997 at the age of 122.
Is the Guinness (beer) Book of World Records more reliable than the Limca (Coca-Cola) Book of (Indian) Records? Or visa-versa?
There are certainly dozens of people who feel one way and over a billion of people who probably feel the other way?
He might deserve an entry in Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, but they have him beat. The oldest person that they have verified lived until age 166. To their credit, Ripley's discounted familiar reports of longevity from the Bible and a 244 year old Chinese man once featured in Time Magazine.
So here's a big happy 138th birthday to Habib Miyan!
And you can believe it or not!