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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Ageing

The women of ancient Greece counted their ages from the date they were married as for females, life only began from their wedding day.

American biochemists Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discovered the radioactive isotope carbon-14 in 1940. It is extensively used today as the basis of the radiocarbon dating method to date archaeological, geological, and hydrogeological samples.

You live your billionth second when you are 31 years old.

People with positive initials like A.C.E., J.O.Y., or H.U.G. live 3 to 4.5 years longer than average.

The German chancellor Konrad Adenauer was in his late eighties and for many years been receiving cell therapy injections in attempt to try to fight off old age. On one occasion he succumbed to a heavy cold. His personal physician became irritated with the chancellor’s impatience at curing him, “I’m no magician” he protests “I can’t make you young again.” Adenauer replied, “I haven’t asked you to, all I want to do is carry on getting older.”

Jeanne Calment (February 21, 1875 – August 4, 1997) had the longest confirmed age span in history, living to the age of 122 years, 164 days. She lived in Arles, France for her entire life, and outlived both her daughter and grandson.

Calment celebrating her 121st birthday in 1996. Wikipedia Commons

Over 50% of the world's population is under 30 years old.

Research shows that babies born in autumn are more likely to live to the age of 100.

Every day, the Queen sends an average 27 messages of congratulations to people across the Commonwealth who have reached 100 years of age.

There are over 50,000 people in the U.S. who are over 100 years old.

Emma Morano was an Italian supercentenarian who was born on November 29, 1899. Prior to her death on April 15, 2017, she was the last living person to have been verified as being born in the 1800s. When asked about the secret of her longevity, she said that she had never used drugs, ate three eggs a day, drank a glass of homemade brandy, and enjoyed a chocolate sometimes, but, above all, she thought positively about the future.

Emma Morano, 30 years old

Japan's Okinawa Island has more than 450 people living above the age of 100 and is known as the healthiest place on Earth.

Over 95% of supercentenarians (people who live to be 110) are women.

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