While doctors and scientists research ways into healthy living that involve regular exercise, no smoking, moderate drinking and probably lots of kale, the world’s oldest people seem to have different ideas. So, here are 10 Crazy Secrets For Living A Long Life By People Over 100.
10. Jeanne Calment
The longest confirmed human lifespan on record belongs to Jeanne Calment who lived the ripe old age of 122 years, 164 days. Jeanne Calment, born a year before Alexander Graham Bell patented his telephone and 14 years before Alexandre Gustave Eiffel built his tower.
Calment ascribed her longevity and relatively youthful appearance to a diet rich in olive oil which she also rubbed onto her skin. She also drank port wine and ate nearly one kilogram of chocolate every week. She smoked cigarettes from the age of 21 to 117. Jeanne married well and lived a life of leisure. She had no real health issues the majority of her life. She took up fencing at age 85 and continued to ride her bicycle up until her 100th birthday.
She was reportedly not athletic or fanatical about her health. In 1888, Jeanne met Van Gogh. She was a thirteen-year-old girl in her father’s fabric shop when he stopped in to buy canvas. Her lifespan has been extensively verified by census documents and researchers have investigated her health and lifestyle. Jeanne Calment died on 4 August 1997 of unspecified causes.
9. Elizabeth Sullivan
A Fort Worth, Texas woman who turned 105 in March 2016 credits a very special doctor for her good health and longevity—Dr. Pepper. Elizabeth Sullivan fell in love with the soft drink 40 years ago, when she was in her 60s. She said of the 23-flavored drink, “People try to give me coffee for breakfast. Well, I’d rather have a Dr Pepper. I started drinking them about 40 years ago. Three a day. Every doctor that sees me says they’ll kill you, but they die, and I don’t, so there must be a mistake somewhere.”She said that the secret to living a long life outside of her three can a day soda habit is not much of a secret—it’s just “keep living.”
8. Agnes Fenton
The centenarian has surprised her relatives and doctor with her iron constitution. She justifies her lifespan and good shape with the special diet she has followed for 70 years. New Jersey resident, Agnes Fenton, chalks her long life up to the wonders of the Miller High Life.
Fenton claims that following a benign tumor many years ago, her doctor gave her this sage advice: drink three Miller High Lifes a day. (What a cool doctor!) So, for the last 70 years, Fenton has been doing just that, coupling her three daily beers with a shot of scotch. At 111 years old, she still has a good eyesight and hearing and has no particular health problem. However, her nursing staff decided to end that “diet” when they noticed she didn’t eat as much as she used to. When asked if they would let her enjoy a shot on her birthday, Fenton answered like a true 111-year-old boss: “They better.”
7. Clara Meadmore
Clara Meadmore, Britain’s oldest virgin, lived to be 108. She often attributed her longevity down to her abstinence. Clara never had sex because she was “too busy” for intimate relationships, which seemed like “a lot of hassle.” She abstained as a young woman to concentrate on earning a living.
The retired secretary said sex meant marriage during her youth in the 1920s and 1930s and she was never interested in settling down. Instead of boyfriends, Clara filled her time with reading, gardening, cooking and listening to the radio. Clara was born in Glasgow in 1903, just two years after the death of Queen Victoria. She remembered and often talked of the Titanic sinking and the outbreak of the First World War. She passed away in 2011. Jessie Gallan,109 Scotland’s then-oldest woman said the secret to a long life was staying away from men.
6. Pearl Cantrell
In 2013, a 105-year-old Texas woman, who became a widow at age 38 and worked as everything from a cotton picker to a hay baler while raising 7 kids on her own, said bacon is the secret to her longevity. “I love bacon. I eat it every day. It’s got to be crispy.” Pearl Cantrell said. “I don’t feel as old as I am. That’s all I can say.” Cantrell loves bacon so much that when Oscar Mayer heard of her affinity for it, they gave her a lifetime supply. The company also took her for a ride on the streets of her hometown of Richland Springs, Texas, in one of its Wienermobiles. “That was so much fun ,” she said. “And getting all that bacon, I loved that.” We don’t know if Pearl is still with us, but with a lifetime supply of bacon at her disposal, we assume she is! Pearl Cantrell died on Feb. 13, 2014 just one month from her 106 birthday.
5. Emiliano Mercado del Toro
At 114, del Toro became the oldest documented living person on December 11, 2006. While many supercentenarians have held this title at some point in their lives, del Toro was one of the few men ever to do so the 16 previous title holders were all female.
As the oldest verified military veteran, del Toro is also remembered for his sense of humor and love for women. He credited his long life to funche, a traditional Puerto Rican dish consisting of cornmeal and codfish.
Mercado also claimed that his sense of humor was probably responsible for his long life. He loved women, but never married or had children. He said he had three “girlfriends” (love interests) in his life.
4. Pauline Spagnola
Pauline Spagnola who celebrated her 100th birthday, told that the key to longevity is “a lot of booze. Pauline Spagnola said her drink of choice is a local favorite—the gold medal Stegmaier beer brewed right at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre. For her 100th birthday, the company surprised her with a case of that brew, as well as its summer beer and a case of root beer.
Pauline says she guzzles down a couple brews a day: “I have one at noon, one in the evening, one (before) going to bed— (it) puts me to sleep!” “As long as there are no restrictions with medication or any dependency issues, there’s nothing wrong with having a beer here or there,” Golden Living Center activities director Debbie Taylor, said.
3. Susannah Mushatt Jones
Susannah Mushatt Jones, born in 1899, was an American supercentenarian who was, at the age of 116 years and 311 days, the world’s oldest living person and the last living American born in the 19th century. She believed eating bacon is the secret to a long life.
She had it every day for breakfast at her Brooklyn nursing home, then continues to eat it throughout the day. She chews a lot of Doublemint gum – four or five sticks at a time. Throughout her life, Jones lived simply: no parties, smoking, or alcohol. She never wore makeup, or dyed her hair. She sleeps about ten hours a day and attributes not being married for her longevity.
2. Batuli Lamichhane
Nepalese centennial Batuli Lamichhane, who was born in 1903, put his longevity down to smoking 30 cigarettes a day. She’s been a heavy smoker for almost 100 years, and says the key to a long life is being stress free. Despite overwhelming medical evidence that shows the clear and grave health risks attached to tobacco, the 112-year-old insisted there was nothing wrong with smoking – though she does make a point of avoiding ‘commercial’ cigarettes, and buys them locally made in Nepal. Ms Lamichhane does not live in a nursing home – and does all of her household chores herself.
1. Antonio Docampo Garcia
Antonio Docampo Garcia insisted he only drank homemade wine, never water, and could drink up to four bottles a night. Although he died at the age of 107, he was over a century old before he took his first antibiotics. Mr Garcia owned his own vineyard, and out of the 60,000 litres of wine he produced, he kept 3,000 per year for himself.