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(New York Daily News)   Happy super-sweet 116 birthday to world's oldest living person, American Besse Cooper. Probably better than your first sweet 16   (nydailynews.com) divider line 61
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2012-08-27 09:49:31 AM  
Wow, she's as old as Utah.
 
2012-08-27 10:40:50 AM  
They better start finding the second oldest person.
 
2012-08-27 10:48:30 AM  
Happy Birthday

/and good luck: no one seems to hold that title for very long
 
2012-08-27 11:05:49 AM  
a stiff could possibly kill that woman. as my mom would say, "God bless her."
 
2012-08-27 11:42:59 AM  
a stiffy could possibly kill that woman. as my mom would say, "God bless her."
 
2012-08-27 11:43:05 AM  
Doesn't look a day over 80.
 
2012-08-27 11:44:25 AM  
She's from my hometown. Of course, she was 88 when I was born.
 
2012-08-27 11:45:31 AM  

LockeOak: She's from my hometown. Of course, she was 88 when I was born.


So you are the world's second oldest person?
 
2012-08-27 11:46:29 AM  

Cooper, whose maiden name was Brown, was born on Aug. 26, 1896


Holy cow!


In 1917 during World War I, she moved to Georgia to work as a schoolteacher. She later married Luther Cooper, and they raised four children together. He died in 1963 at age 68, according to The Walton Tribune.


She's been a widow for almost fifty years. That's saddening and quietly inspiring at the same time.
 
2012-08-27 11:49:54 AM  

Devo: LockeOak: She's from my hometown. Of course, she was 88 when I was born.

So you are the world's second oldest person?


Yes. The title is being held in my name for me to claim at a later date.
 
2012-08-27 11:49:59 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Cooper, whose maiden name was Brown, was born on Aug. 26, 1896


Holy cow!


In 1917 during World War I, she moved to Georgia to work as a schoolteacher. She later married Luther Cooper, and they raised four children together. He died in 1963 at age 68, according to The Walton Tribune.


She's been a widow for almost fifty years. That's saddening and quietly inspiring at the same time.


This. And she was a teacher during WWI. That is just insane. She was a teacher before my grandparents were born (who died in their late 80s).
 
2012-08-27 11:55:07 AM  

ManateeGag: a stiff could possibly kill that woman...."


Or at least shatter her pelvis....

Congrats Mrs. Cooper, it's quite an accomplishment to have witnessed all that you have even if you weren't directly involved in much of it.

/born before powered flight, at the very dawn of the auto & before most of the other things we consider 'quaint' (records, radio, going to the movies, etc - yes they still are all around today but she was there when they weren't...)
 
2012-08-27 11:55:10 AM  
And she had bacon every day.
 
2012-08-27 11:56:33 AM  
I knew my great grandparents. Gramps was born in 1883 and my granny in 1890. I sat on her lap and watched Neil Armstrong land on the moon. They lasted until 1971 and 1972 respectively.

My grandmother born 1909 was raised in northern TN by a woman named Della Cooper. I wonder if she's related to Besse's husband Luther Cooper.
 
2012-08-27 11:58:18 AM  
her life spans across 3 centuries...

i like her philosophy, mind your own business and don't eat junk food.
That is great life advice :)
 
2012-08-27 11:58:36 AM  
If I find myself turning 116 100 75 someday, you can bet I will be looking for an opportunity to stage an "accident." No way would I want to be that old.

I want to go out reasonably healthy, cute, and with some $$ left to give to my nieces.
 
2012-08-27 12:01:02 PM  
Quick! Send her to gitmo to pry the secrets of long life from her mind! Its too late for her now... WE MUST HAVE THIS INFORMATION!!!!!11one
 
2012-08-27 12:01:55 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org


Come at me
 
2012-08-27 12:06:51 PM  
Oh, the sights these eyes have seen.

assets.nydailynews.com

Happy Birthday, lady whose life spans three centuries.
 
2012-08-27 12:09:50 PM  
Besse Cooper? Does she answer to the name Meemaw? Does she call her grandson "Moonpie?"
 
2012-08-27 12:12:36 PM  

cleveoh: Besse Cooper? Does she answer to the name Meemaw? Does she call her grandson "Moonpie?"


Actually, she goes by Miss Besse, according to my mother. She (Miss Besse) was living independently until she was 110.
 
2012-08-27 12:24:03 PM  
"Oldest living person, American Besse Cooper..."

Who in the hell names their child "American"? Must have been a different time.
 
2012-08-27 12:29:25 PM  
t1.gstatic.com
 
2012-08-27 12:30:21 PM  
Ever wonder how many times in her life she's taken a dump?
 
2012-08-27 12:33:56 PM  
She was born during the Victorian era. Just let that sink in the minute. She is a Victorian baby.
 
2012-08-27 12:37:45 PM  

pgh9fan: Ever wonder how many times in her life she's taken a dump?


if she did one a day it would be about 42340
 
2012-08-27 12:39:28 PM  
As always, consult the Onion for the best possible explanation for a long life: 114-Year-Old Attributes Longevity to Sheer Random Chance
 
2012-08-27 12:39:57 PM  
images.cryhavok.org
 
2012-08-27 12:42:05 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: As always, consult the Onion for the best possible explanation for a long life: 114-Year-Old Attributes Longevity to Sheer Random Chance


It's true. Just like people that can weigh 700 pounds and not die, it's mostly genes and luck.
 
2012-08-27 12:45:29 PM  
tooold.jpg

//toomanyos
 
2012-08-27 12:48:16 PM  
She's 70 years old. In hex.
 
2012-08-27 12:52:10 PM  

ISO15693: She's 70 years old. In hex.


How many parsecs is that?
 
2012-08-27 12:55:35 PM  

Freakin Rican: pgh9fan: Ever wonder how many times in her life she's taken a dump?

if she did one a day it would be about 42340


Does that account for leap years?

Unfortunately you can't really account for constipation and diarrhea.
 
2012-08-27 01:02:15 PM  

Three-Fifty: If I find myself turning 116 100 75 someday, you can bet I will be looking for an opportunity to stage an "accident." No way would I want to be that old.

I want to go out reasonably healthy, cute, and with some $$ left to give to my nieces.


Please save this post for when you hit 40yo, then 60yo. see if your outlook is still 'too old'. I'm 65yo and I still kick it good, I'm not running marathons (thou, that's because I 'm not into it), but I have good times, without alcohol or rec drugs, almost every day. Your sentiments have been spoken by every kid for the last 1K years. You'll see the folly later.

...And who says you're 'cute' now? You have youth, I have depth. I'll beat you in attractiveness 8 outta 10.
 
2012-08-27 01:03:32 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: As always, consult the Onion for the best possible explanation for a long life: 114-Year-Old Attributes Longevity to Sheer Random Chance


LOL...shakes tiny fist.

Reminds me, though...these records will just keep growing longer and longer. Discounting my maternal grandfather who smoked unfiltered ciggies from the age of 7 until diagnosed with lung cancer at age 71 (and dying from it a year later), my grandparents all lived into their 80's or 90's, so I stand a fair chance of living a century. HIS parents lived to 80-something and 90-something. I'm almost 60, so given the pace of medical advances if I make it to 2020 my chances of seeing my 100th birthday approach unity. If I make it to 2040, my 200th is within reach. I have no reason to die, so hope to live indefinitely.

The secrets to a long life?
1. good genes (can't help you there)
2. get and keep your BMI under 18 (eat a hi-fat, lo-carb diet)
3. don't smoke (quit if you do...studies show your longevity returns to normal after 2 years of non-smoking)
4. keep your alcohol consumption to no more than 2 servings a day
 
2012-08-27 01:18:59 PM  

StoneColdAtheist: Glockenspiel Hero: As always, consult the Onion for the best possible explanation for a long life: 114-Year-Old Attributes Longevity to Sheer Random Chance

LOL...shakes tiny fist.



The secrets to a long life?
1. good genes (can't help you there)
2. get and keep your BMI under 18 (eat a hi-fat, lo-carb diet)
3. don't smoke (quit if you do...studies show your longevity returns to normal after 2 years of non-smoking)
4. keep your alcohol consumption to no more than 2 servings a day


To All Ya'll: It's really too late to get in this lottery. You've got the genes ya got. But, if'n ya'll subscribe to the Heinlein method and marry people who's grandparents, or, better yet, great-grandparents are still living. Your lineage could become the long-age standard. You could be the ancester of Lasarus Long, the ageless wonder of "Time Enough for Love". Teach your children that, too.

Longer lifetimes will be helpfull in many ways. Your children won't need to be college educated, as the longevity will teach them more than any book. Longer lives will aid in space travel. as the distances will take time to navigate. Returns on stocks will be vastly improved by the length of time your portfolio matures.

Think it through before you marry. You'll love the one you're with, in either case.
 
2012-08-27 01:22:37 PM  
trappedspirit
"Oldest living person, American Besse Cooper..."

Who in the hell names their child "American"? Must have been a different time.
 

Yep. Nowdays parents shorten names and just drop off the "n".

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-27 01:23:55 PM  
This old biatch is why healthcare costs so much!!
 
2012-08-27 01:49:04 PM  
It just occurred to me that we'll soon no longer have people who were born in the 19th century.
 
2012-08-27 01:53:09 PM  
"The older she has gotten the more wittier she has gotten,"
 
2012-08-27 01:58:01 PM  

Maul555: Quick! Send her to gitmo to pry the secrets of long life from her mind! Its too late for her now... WE MUST HAVE THIS INFORMATION!!!!!11one


"My secret is I never drink, I never smoke, and I never use foul language."

"What's all that swearing coming from the other room?"

"That's my older sister coming home drunk from the tobacco shop again."
 
2012-08-27 01:59:55 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: It just occurred to me that we'll soon no longer have people who were born in the 19th century.


Too bad we have more than enough people who seem to think they were.
 
2012-08-27 02:00:18 PM  

StoneColdAtheist: Glockenspiel Hero: As always, consult the Onion for the best possible explanation for a long life: 114-Year-Old Attributes Longevity to Sheer Random Chance

LOL...shakes tiny fist.

Reminds me, though...these records will just keep growing longer and longer. Discounting my maternal grandfather who smoked unfiltered ciggies from the age of 7 until diagnosed with lung cancer at age 71 (and dying from it a year later), my grandparents all lived into their 80's or 90's, so I stand a fair chance of living a century. HIS parents lived to 80-something and 90-something. I'm almost 60, so given the pace of medical advances if I make it to 2020 my chances of seeing my 100th birthday approach unity. If I make it to 2040, my 200th is within reach. I have no reason to die, so hope to live indefinitely.


It doesn't work that way actually. The absolute maximum human lifespan seems to be ~120, and it hasn't moved significantly in basically forever. Only one person has ever made it past 120, and she died 15 years ago. Only 4 have ever made it past 116, none died in this century

The vast majority of the increase in lifespan is due over the past century is due to the reduction in childhood mortality. Vaccines and clean water are most of the rest, but lots of folks made it well into their 80s long ago provided they made it out of infancy. Look back the US founding fathers

Franklin: 87
Jefferson: 83
Adams: 90
Madison: 85
Washington died young, only 67.

We can nudge up the number a bit through better understanding of aging, diet, exercise and some medicine (My dad's 83 and still going strong) but the chances of you making to 200 without a breakthrough completely out of the blue are 0.
 
2012-08-27 02:06:03 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: StoneColdAtheist: Glockenspiel Hero: As always, consult the Onion for the best possible explanation for a long life: 114-Year-Old Attributes Longevity to Sheer Random Chance

LOL...shakes tiny fist.

Reminds me, though...these records will just keep growing longer and longer. Discounting my maternal grandfather who smoked unfiltered ciggies from the age of 7 until diagnosed with lung cancer at age 71 (and dying from it a year later), my grandparents all lived into their 80's or 90's, so I stand a fair chance of living a century. HIS parents lived to 80-something and 90-something. I'm almost 60, so given the pace of medical advances if I make it to 2020 my chances of seeing my 100th birthday approach unity. If I make it to 2040, my 200th is within reach. I have no reason to die, so hope to live indefinitely.


It doesn't work that way actually. The absolute maximum human lifespan seems to be ~120, and it hasn't moved significantly in basically forever. Only one person has ever made it past 120, and she died 15 years ago. Only 4 have ever made it past 116, none died in this century

The vast majority of the increase in lifespan is due over the past century is due to the reduction in childhood mortality. Vaccines and clean water are most of the rest, but lots of folks made it well into their 80s long ago provided they made it out of infancy. Look back the US founding fathers

Franklin: 87
Jefferson: 83
Adams: 90
Madison: 85
Washington died young, only 67.

We can nudge up the number a bit through better understanding of aging, diet, exercise and some medicine (My dad's 83 and still going strong) but the chances of you making to 200 without a breakthrough completely out of the blue are 0.


Washington would have made it, too, if they'd listened to the young doctor that wanted to pierce the trachea for a temporary breathing hole. Instead the other doctors kept bleeding him.
 
2012-08-27 02:08:26 PM  
Odds are she cant vote in Pennsylvania, Florida, or a whole bunch of other currently-GOP controlled states.
 
2012-08-27 02:16:57 PM  

Mikeyworld: StoneColdAtheist: The secrets to a long life?
1. good genes (can't help you there)
2. get and keep your BMI under 18 (eat a hi-fat, lo-carb diet)
3. don't smoke (quit if you do...studies show your longevity returns to normal after 2 years of non-smoking)
4. keep your alcohol consumption to no more than 2 servings a day

To All Ya'll: It's really too late to get in this lottery. You've got the genes ya got. But, if'n ya'll subscribe to the Heinlein method and marry people who's grandparents, or, better yet, great-grandparents are still living. Your lineage could become the long-age standard. You could be the ancester of Lasarus Long, the ageless wonder of "Time Enough for Love". Teach your children that, too.

Longer lifetimes will be helpfull in many ways. Your children won't need to be college educated, as the longevity will teach them more than any book. Longer lives will aid in space travel. as the distances will take time to navigate. Returns on stocks will be vastly improved by the length of time your portfolio matures.

Think it through before you marry. You'll love the one you're with, in either case.


Hey, 3 out of 4 can't hurt! It's a matter of maximizing our chances, and at our ages we are right on the cusp of whether we can live long enough for active genetic intervention to come along and hoist us far enough down the timeline for technology to take over.

In my case, the genetic lottery certainly helps. My 60 y/o brother still has a full head of brown hair and 20/20 uncorrected vision. I also married well. My wife's parents are 89 & 88, and still drive, hike, live on their own and go out square dancing twice a week. My wife and I have been married 35+ years and I expect we'll hit 100 in another 6 decades.

I did let my weight get up into the obese range, though I'm half way back down to my college cross-country running weight. Not "dieting" per se. Just eliminated all the easy carbs (grains, starchy roots and legumes) from my diet and losing 1/2 to 1 lb a week...down 28 lbs in the past year. Makes me feel much better than I did (I had a mild 'cardiac event' a year and a half ago). My BP has dropped 50 points and my lipid panel improvement shocked my doctor (who admitted that 99% of patients never get better...because they are willing to take a pill, but not willing to change their lifestyle).

We can do this thang! ];^)
 
2012-08-27 02:20:59 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: StoneColdAtheist: Reminds me, though...these records will just keep growing longer and longer. Discounting my maternal grandfather who smoked unfiltered ciggies from the age of 7 until diagnosed with lung cancer at age 71 (and dying from it a year later), my grandparents all lived into their 80's or 90's, so I stand a fair chance of living a century. HIS parents lived to 80-something and 90-something. I'm almost 60, so given the pace of medical advances if I make it to 2020 my chances of seeing my 100th birthday approach unity. If I make it to 2040, my 200th is within reach. I have no reason to die, so hope to live indefinitely.


It doesn't work that way actually. The absolute maximum human lifespan seems to be ~120, and it hasn't moved significantly in basically forever. Only one person has ever made it past 120, and she died 15 years ago. Only 4 have ever made it past 116, none died in this century

The vast majority of the increase in lifespan is due over the past century is due to the reduction in childhood mortality. Vaccines and clean water are most of the rest, but lots of folks made it well into their 80s long ago provided they made it out of infancy.

We can nudge up the number a bit through better understanding of aging, diet, exercise and some medicine (My dad's 83 and still going strong) but the chances of you making to 200 without a breakthrough completely out of the blue are 0.


No argument from me on any of your points, so let me be explicit: I am maximizing my changes in the hopes of still being alive when those radical breakthroughs come along. As they will.
 
2012-08-27 02:27:22 PM  
World's oldest person dies.
Kelsey Grammer insults ex.

I want to start a collection of standing heads.
 
2012-08-27 02:30:47 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: As always, consult the Onion for the best possible explanation for a long life: 114-Year-Old Attributes Longevity to Sheer Random Chance


Exactly.
 
2012-08-27 02:54:56 PM  
When I worked for Canadian immigration post-Haitian earthquake, we evacuated a woman at 115 (she claimed).

I don't any of us completely believed the claim. But, her documents were as good as they could possibly be (for a Haitian this means that her birth cert matched an identical record in the nat. archives); her story convinced the interviewing officer; she passed the physical (ridiculously); and, seeing as she'd never gone to the media there was no reason for us to think she'd start lying about it now.

I started to think there was something to the claim when she showed up at the embassy with her 96-year old daughter, who also passed the immigration criteria. 

Cecilia Laurent was her name (link is french)

By my math, if she's still alive she's months older than the woman in TFA.
 
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