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Also on yahoo today, there is a video showing the most recently declared world's oldest person, an Ohio woman, who is 119.
http://news.yahoo.com/video/cleveland-w ... 9-24619593
However, in January (2 months ago), there was an article that the world's oldest person died and she was 114.
http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/31/world ... es-at-114/
So, my question is, why was this person who is 119 not considered the world's oldest person 2 months ago when that person was "only" 114? Did she have, like, 5 birthdays in the past 60 days? Can anyone honestly explain? I may not be able to sleep until I can figure this out so any help would be appreciated...
Mystery Solved! It appears someone else is looking for their 15 minutes of fame.
From the Guinness web site:
Oldest Living Person Update
Guinness World Records is aware of Rebecca Lanier’s claim as the potential title holder for the ‘Oldest Living Person’.
In order for Guinness World Records to verify a title holder for the ‘Oldest Living Person’, verifiable proof of birth is required, which in this case must include (but is not limited to) a birth certificate. This can include a 1900 census match, as done with our previous 2009 title holder and daughter of slaves, Gertrude Baines. Social Security records, or what is deemed “late-life documents” are not an acceptable source of proof on their own as these often contain inflated ages for those who applied before the age of computerization. They are also not accurate as there have been cases in which individuals add years to their age to retire early.
According to Senior Guinness World Records Gerontology consultant Robert Young, a family-history search of census records supports the notion that Rebecca Shambley (as was her maiden name) was born in 1905, not 1892. “An investigation into Ms. Lanier's age located two census records that suggest she was born in 1905 or 1906 (age 14 in 1920; age 24 in 1930). Both the 1920 and 1930 census reports were based on verbal responses, so even with any slight misspellings, this shouldn’t deter us from recognizing who is who.”
Guinness World Records is continuing to look into an earlier census match from 1900 or 1910.
Currently, the Guinness World Records title holder for the ‘Oldest Living Person’ is 114 year old, Besse Cooper (Tennessee USA, b. August 1896), who currently resides in Monroe, Georgia and was first recognized on January 31st, 2011.
24 March 2011
Thanks for clearing that up.
I know that my own grandmother didn't know what year she was born, let alone what day or month she was born. Heck, she didn't even know her real last name. Everything was changed when her family arrived at Ellis Island and she was just an infant. At least one sibling died during the trip and they picked up a new kid as a replacement who lost both parents. Things were pretty loosie goosie back then as far as ID.
And I always think about generations when see some info about so old people... I get fascinated by prospects such as being an adult with a living great-great grandfather. Or being very old but still having a living father. Or being merely kinda old and visiting your grandfather. Or being middle aged and having a great-grandfather. What do you think about this?
No, no record books for being 100 years old but she can have her face put on a Smuckers Jam jar.
My grandfather passed away in the age of the 101 years and it was a longest age span and he was very healthy person and in that age he was completely fit and even though his eye side was not weak and he never use the glasses in his life.
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