Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Who are the oldest people?
What is the legitimate means of verifying age?
Historical birth records which have not been around for very long and are the legal means of doing so?Oral history should count for something, no? Folklore?
First person testimony?
And then there are the published myths of longevity many of us know from the Bible and elsewhere and those stories we read in Weekly World News which easily could have appeared in The Onion.
And should Wikipedia have an entries for Longevity, Longevity Myths or Traditions? And what about record breaking super-centenarians (individuals who live longer than 100)?
The war goes on here.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
|Cao Daqiao and Cao Xiaoqiao will be 105|
Twins in France had a birthday last week. They were 98. (No, that's not them in the photo on the right.) Perhaps it was translation from French? Perhaps it's just news on the internet? But they are billed as the World's Oldest Twins.
As you may have guessed, this is not true. There are people out there keeping tabs on the demographics of all 6+ billion of us. Of course, they make mistakes, but according to them (via Wikipedia - which I would trust with all my most precious memories) the oldest Twins are in China and they are much older.
Born on October 5, 1905, Cao Daqiao and Cao Xiaoqiao will be 105 tomorrow!
(They are pictured here in a story from http://www.mirror.co.uk/.)