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Oldest Person Alive!

December 13th, 2016

Emma Morano. Photo credit: Guinness World Records.

Happy 117th birthday to Emma Morano! She recently celebrated her birthday … and being the oldest person alive!

She is also the only person left (that we know of) who was born in the 1800s. She was born in 1899. Her life has spanned three centuries — the 1800s, 1900s and now 2000s. That’s incredible!

Ms. Morano is Italian and still lives in her home.

Her secret? She says for most of her life she’s eaten three eggs a day (two of them raw), fresh Italian pasta, and some raw meat — something most people these days wouldn’t consider a healthy diet. Even her doctor says she hasn’t exactly followed the healthiest lifestyle. But, she’s the oldest of eight brothers and sisters and many of them lived long lives so genetics seems to have played a part too.

The oldest person ever that we have records for is Jeanne Louise Calment who lived until she was 122 years old and 164 days.

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