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2003-11-13 02:38:23 PM  
heado lino = mui excellente
 
2003-11-13 02:40:42 PM  
Does that mean that the old Indian lady from New Mexico is the oldest now? USA! USA!
 
2003-11-13 02:41:07 PM  
She obviously didn't smoke enough.

By chance, did anyone ever read Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume? There were fictional yet detailed and pseudo-logical directions on living forever. I've tried it, and so far I've survived into my early twenties.
 
2003-11-13 02:42:06 PM  
What trifecta does this complete?
 
2003-11-13 02:42:17 PM  
World's oldest person - Japanese woman - dies weeks after assuming new title

"I did it! I'm the world's oldest! Woohoo! I'm totally gonna-- ERK!"

*thud*

That's gotta suck. It's cool that she made it, though, and hell... 114 is one heck of a full life.
 
2003-11-13 02:42:27 PM  
It was the custard cakes...a 114 years of custard cakes would kill anyone.
 
2003-11-13 02:43:06 PM  
being the world's oldest person is kinda like the Sports Illustrated cover jinx
 
2003-11-13 02:44:03 PM  
Holy cow, she was older than my state (WA).

Oh well, I guess I can just toss her application to be a naked sushi model.
 
2003-11-13 02:47:03 PM  
was a farmer in Hiroshima until she was 100 years old

What was she farming, radiation?
 
2003-11-13 02:47:20 PM  
The shortest reign at the top since that pope that got poisoned.
 
2003-11-13 02:48:13 PM  
Mr. Burns...."excellent"
 
2003-11-13 02:49:18 PM  
baby dinosaurs: do you mean "quasi-logical?" "Pseudo-logical" would equal "fictional," I think.

Has anyone heard the one about the three world record-holding super-old people from Japan who walk into a bar? Well, have you?
 
2003-11-13 02:49:37 PM  
Just yesterday there was an article on Fark saying that this guy was the oldest US war veteran, at 115, until he died the day before Veterans Day. Now you're trying to tell me that a couple of days later the oldest person in the world was only 114? What a load of crap.
 
2003-11-13 02:52:12 PM  
Isn't this news old? I coulda sworn I heard she was dead like 2 weeks ago... or maybe those psychic power things I keep telling people I have are actually for real.
 
2003-11-13 02:53:18 PM  
I haven't laughed out loud at a headline in quite some time.

hats off!
 
2003-11-13 02:53:58 PM  
Well, now she can hang out in Heaven with former champ Jeanne Calment, who died at age 122:



In case you hadn't noticed, I never miss an opportunity to post a pic of Jeanne, although the pic I really liked of her wearing massive sunglasses is now farked. : (
 
2003-11-13 02:54:31 PM  
Great headline. Unfortunately, by now, I'm sure this person is no longer the newest dead person. Fame is fleeting.
 
2003-11-13 02:55:43 PM  
Must've been killed when she found out thru Steinbrenner that no Japanese ballplayer would ever win the rookie of the year award. Ever.
 
2003-11-13 02:56:00 PM  
muhgcee - I was thinking the same thing, but I don't think that the 115 year-old vet could document his birth date outside of a family Bible entry.
 
2003-11-13 02:56:38 PM  
What a load of crap.

I don't think they had proof that he was 115. Just like the 123 year old Albanian woman.

Instead of applauding these people I think we should yell at them for using up all the Social Security. (Just kidding)
 
2003-11-13 02:58:17 PM  
She probably overdid the celebrations after getting the title.
Man, those 114 year-olds know how party. Why, just look at Mick Jagger.
 
2003-11-13 02:59:52 PM  
fair enough . . .
 
2003-11-13 03:00:16 PM  
muhgcee

Just yesterday there was an article on Fark saying that this guy was the oldest US war veteran, at 115, until he died the day before Veterans Day. Now you're trying to tell me that a couple of days later the oldest person in the world was only 114? What a load of crap.

Here's your problem: "Robert Hodges, who according to a family Bible was 115,"

There's strict rules about how they declare someone the oldest living person, one of which is that there has to be valid proof that they are how old they say they are. Unfortunately for that man, the type of proof looked for is usually some sort of official document stating when they were born -- a record in a family bible doesn't cut it.
 
2003-11-13 03:00:17 PM  
how long was she the oldest? 3 days? christ.
that vet guy was 115, and he just kicked - so at best she was oldest for a couple days.

easy come easy go eh?
 
2003-11-13 03:02:16 PM  
There's strict rules about how they declare someone the oldest living person, one of which is that there has to be valid proof that they are how old they say they are.

I heard that they saw the old man/woman in half and count the rings.

StrikitRich beat me to it.
 
2003-11-13 03:03:16 PM  
best headline ever!!!
 
2003-11-13 03:05:52 PM  
bark_atda_moon

I've heard they stopped doing that, since as soon as they had finished counting the rings they had to go track down a new oldest person to cut in half.

Now they just use carbon dating.
 
2003-11-13 03:07:42 PM  
My Granny is turning 100 in a few months.

I got nothin
 
2003-11-13 03:12:25 PM  
My great granny is turning 100 in a few months too.
 
2003-11-13 03:14:10 PM  
Neutron
Nope. Pseudo-logical. And here's my inane justification: It was logical, based on some core fictional assumptions. Pseudo was a good qualifier so that I could add the word 'logical' for gratuitous merit.
 
2003-11-13 03:14:13 PM  
I've heard they stopped doing that, since as soon as they had finished counting the rings they had to go track down a new oldest person to cut in half.

I guess you're right. If they used my method, the bloodshed wouldn't have stopped until everyone was dead or until the winners/victims weren't old enough to prime a chainsaw
 
2003-11-13 03:22:13 PM  
America's oldest Vet is older then world's oldest person???

Does not compute!

Does not compute!

Error, Error, Error.
 
2003-11-13 03:23:52 PM  
Man, we were supposed to go to the Browns-Steelers game next weekend.

Now what do I do with this extra ticket?
 
2003-11-13 03:25:16 PM  
Why is it that every week it seems like we're reading about another oldest person in the world dying.

I swear, it's like oldest people in the worlds are dropping like flies.

Someone should look into this. It doesn't even seem worth it to try and be the oldest, if crap like that keeps happening.
 
2003-11-13 03:29:27 PM  
mookiedood
It's nothing to investigate. That's what oldest people in the world do.
 
2003-11-13 03:40:42 PM  
mookiedood: By George, you're right! If I were the oldest person, I would try and become the second oldest person. That way I would be immune from the "oldest person dieing" problem. So, when I were second oldest and the oldest died, I would do what I could to be second oldest again, thus sparing me from the dreaded mookiedood curse. :)
 
2003-11-13 03:47:23 PM  
She lived in 3 centuries!
 
2003-11-13 03:49:30 PM  
I am Error.
 
2003-11-13 04:00:58 PM  
I chuckled at the headline, then I realized it was wrong. I contemplated my actions and decided its because I'm a member of the GOP, you know, Get Old People party.
So I have officially changed affiliations to the Communist Party, just to fit in around here.

holding the match to fuse of a flamewar
 
2003-11-13 04:06:55 PM  
Mookie wrote:
Why is it that every week it seems like we're reading about another oldest person in the world dying.

I swear, it's like oldest people in the worlds are dropping like flies.

Someone should look into this. It doesn't even seem worth it to try and be the oldest, if crap like that keeps happening.


I know dude, it's almost like we're living in France! We all know how they LOVE their elderly.

Still trying
 
2003-11-13 04:15:13 PM  
I'd hit it!
 
2003-11-13 04:19:02 PM  
It sure seems like every day Fark has at least one story about an old person dying...must be a slow news month.
 
2003-11-13 04:31:24 PM  
Japan leads the world in longevity thanks in part, experts say, to the traditional Japanese diet which is low in fatty foods.

What? No Atkins?
 
2003-11-13 04:39:15 PM  
Yeah, it's totally some kind of curse becoming the oldest person in the world. Seems like you're dead just a couple of years after you're crowning. It's really, really freaky.
 
2003-11-13 04:40:05 PM  
That's the thing about old people... They tend to die.
 
2003-11-13 04:56:25 PM  
World's oldest person now world's newest dead person

Ah, Fark: Where grace and tact meet in perfect synergy.
 
2003-11-13 04:59:56 PM  
you're = your
 
2003-11-13 05:05:19 PM  
Japan has lost three world record holders for longevity in recent months.

I guess it's not a good time to be old in Japan.

Knobee
 
2003-11-13 05:24:51 PM  
Wow myrus, you've definitely got some people around here riled up.

But seriously, is just a conincidence that everytime someone finishes a post with "Striking up the match" or "Here comes a flame war" their post is generally unoffensive or so stupid it's laughable? "Get Old People"? Come on.

This is seriously a problem.

No, it's just a pet peeve.

flame on
 
2003-11-13 05:25:44 PM  
and yeah, that was late.

sue me.
 
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