Posted on 05 October 2010.
There are some of us who want to live forever while the rest of us are happy if we manage to shake a limb or two at our 80th birthday party. The following probably belonged to the former category.
1. Jeanne Calment
Jeanne Calment was about 122 years old when she died in 1997! She roamed the streets on her bicycle till she blew out 100 candles and took up fencing when she was 85 years old. She used olive oil to cook her food and found it relaxing when she rubbed it onto her skin. Not only that, but she also ate about 2.2 pounds of chocolate every week and smoked till her 117th birthday.
2. Shigechiyo Izumi
This man lived for almost 121 years- he was born in 1865 and died in 1986. He was born in Japan and worked for 98 years. He was fond of alcoholic beverage and decided to take up chain smoking on his 70th birthday. He died of pneumonia.
3. Sarah Knauss
Sarah Knauss was born in 1880 and died in 1999. She was all of 119 years old and was born in Pennsylvania, where she spent her whole life. Unfortunately, she could not enter the new millennium as she died on 30th December 1999! She loved to watch golf and eat potato chips.
4. Lucy Hannah
Lucy Hannah was born in 1875 and died in 1993 and if you do the math, she was 117 years old.
5. Marie-Louise Meilleur
This woman died in 1998 at 117 years of age. Her son was living with her at a nursing home and her daughter had celebrated 90 birthdays by the time she died! While she did not eat meat, she smoked like a chimney.