World’s oldest man is 145, prove documents

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The world’s oldest man is 145 year-old Indonesian Mbah Gotho, reports The Independent. Gotho said he began preparing for his death in 1992, even having a gravestone made, but 24 years later he is still alive.

The report says Gotho has official documentation which shows his age, and the Indonesian records office says it has confirmed his birth date as 31 December, 1870. If this is correct, this would earn him the title of the oldest person ever, a title currently held by French centenarian Jeanne Calment, who was 122 when she died – 23 years younger than Gotho. If the documents cannot be independently verified, however, Gotho will not go down in the record books.

The report says there are a number of people who claim to have broken Jeanne Calment’s record, such as Nigerian James Olofintuyi, who claims to be 171, and Dhaqabo Ebba from Ethiopia, who claims to be 163, but without verifiable documents they cannot be given her title.

The centenarian, from Central Java, says he spends his time listening to the radio, as his eyesight is no longer good enough to watch television. When asked the secret to a long life, he said: “The recipe is just patience”.

Full report in The Independent

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