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World's oldest living person dies at 116 in Ukraine
RIA ^ | 16/ 12/ 2007

Posted on 12/16/2007 8:37:35 AM PST by Grzegorz 246

LVOV, December 16 (RIA Novosti) - The planet's oldest living person, Grigoriy Nestor, died at the age of 116 in the Lvov Region in western Ukraine on Sunday.

According to church documents and his passport, Nestor was born on March 15, 1891.

Nestor, who worked as a shepherd in the village, used to say that he had lived to an old age because he had never been married and had not had his nervous system "undermined on the marital front."

Nestor, who loved Ukrainian, Russian, German and Polish songs as he learnt them after living through the first and second world wars in his west Ukrainian village, actually never fell ill, never took any medicines and never used alcohol in large amounts.

According to Guinness World Records, today the world's oldest living person is 115-year-old Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto Rico who assumed this title after Elizabeth Bolden, an African American woman, died at the age of 116 years and 118 days in 2006.


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1 posted on 12/16/2007 8:37:36 AM PST by Grzegorz 246
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To: Grzegorz 246

So who’s the oldest dead person?


2 posted on 12/16/2007 8:39:06 AM PST by daler
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To: Grzegorz 246

It sounds like he would have been in interesting man to know.


3 posted on 12/16/2007 8:39:12 AM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: daler

Adam.


4 posted on 12/16/2007 8:39:56 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: daler
So who’s the oldest dead person?

Ummmm, that would be Adam.

5 posted on 12/16/2007 8:40:55 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: daler

Or are you asking who lived the longest before they died?


6 posted on 12/16/2007 8:41:31 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Grzegorz 246
Nestor, who worked as a shepherd in the village, used to say that he had lived to an old age because he had never been married and had not had his nervous system "undermined on the marital front."

Well, it is true that women usually outlive men.

7 posted on 12/16/2007 8:43:18 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Grzegorz 246
World's oldest living person dies at 116 in Ukraine

this is a bit of an oxymoron, isn't it?

8 posted on 12/16/2007 8:43:36 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (screw the left. did I say that already? screw the left.)
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To: daler
The longest lifespan, documented beyond reasonable doubt, is the 122 years 164 days of Jeanne Calment (1875–1997).

This is if you don't want to believe the Bible.

9 posted on 12/16/2007 8:43:43 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Moonman62
...never had his nervous system "undermined on the marital front."

clearly their problems predate the revolution.

no wonder they fell to a godless, atheistic regime.

10 posted on 12/16/2007 8:45:05 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (screw the left. did I say that already? screw the left.)
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To: Grzegorz 246

That title ‘Oldest Living Person’ , seems to be cursed.


11 posted on 12/16/2007 8:46:34 AM PST by Jack Wilson
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To: Just another Joe
Are you saying that because she lived beyond the 120 year maximum the bible tells us? Or are you saying that because the old testament has methusela and such?
12 posted on 12/16/2007 8:47:02 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Just another Joe

so...then what exactly is the documented lifespan of Adam?


13 posted on 12/16/2007 8:47:07 AM PST by RDTF (Remember Pearl Harbor)
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To: Just another Joe

Or could it be Abel.


14 posted on 12/16/2007 8:47:47 AM PST by joshhiggins
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To: Jack Wilson

Yeah. Just in terms of background, does anyone have any data on how many of these “World’s Oldest Person”-types actually die?


15 posted on 12/16/2007 8:48:28 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Grzegorz 246

My bet would be that 20-30 years from now, there will be hundreds, if not thousands, of folks that old in the US.

Nutrition, genetics, medical advances, fine cigars...

There’s a common nutritional supplement that has been shown over and over in animals to increase their lifespan by a third.


16 posted on 12/16/2007 8:48:45 AM PST by djf (I'm too busy to be jolly. Tis the time to cook a collie!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

He lived that long because he took vitamin supplements with antioxymorons.


17 posted on 12/16/2007 8:49:36 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
antioxymorons

lol.

18 posted on 12/16/2007 8:51:04 AM PST by jdm
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To: mamelukesabre
Or are you saying that because the old testament has methusela and such?

Yep, if you believe the Bible, Methusela had the longest lifespan of any human.

19 posted on 12/16/2007 8:51:38 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Grzegorz 246

You had to be pretty tough to make it in the Ukraine during the first 60 years of his life.


20 posted on 12/16/2007 8:51:41 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: RDTF
Well, I guess it's all in the way you read the question?

Were we talking about the oldest person who was dead, or the person who lived the longest that was dead?

21 posted on 12/16/2007 8:52:53 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: joshhiggins

LOL, all in the way you read the question.


22 posted on 12/16/2007 8:53:31 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Grzegorz 246
"undermined on the marital front."

Isn't it funny how Russians can eat stone soup, survive drowning under the ice of the river after being shot and poisoned, get through the horrors of Stalingrad in WW2, and put up with Soviet Communism for 70 years...but the marital front scares the guvna (sp?) out of them.

23 posted on 12/16/2007 8:58:50 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( "Do well, but remember to do good.")
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To: 1rudeboy
Just in terms of background, does anyone have any data on how many of these “World’s Oldest Person”-types actually die?

Heart stops.

24 posted on 12/16/2007 8:59:51 AM PST by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: Just another Joe

dunno - all I know is 116 is way to long to live!


25 posted on 12/16/2007 9:01:09 AM PST by RDTF (Remember Pearl Harbor)
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To: Jack Wilson

classic


26 posted on 12/16/2007 9:01:11 AM PST by Disciplinemisanthropy (...and that, people, is what grinds my gears.)
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To: 1rudeboy
does anyone have any data on how many of these “World’s Oldest Person”-types actually die?

All of them.

27 posted on 12/16/2007 9:02:40 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Grzegorz 246

How can he be the oldest “living” person if he is dead?


28 posted on 12/16/2007 9:06:25 AM PST by democratsaremyenemy
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29 posted on 12/16/2007 9:11:39 AM PST by Grzegorz 246
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To: RDTF
dunno - all I know is 116 is way to long to live!

I plan on 119 myself. Just so I can see the Tricentinnial.

You gotta set goals. ;^)

30 posted on 12/16/2007 9:12:53 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: daler
So who’s the oldest dead person?

Judging by this photo, it could be...


31 posted on 12/16/2007 9:19:17 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Grzegorz 246
"...and never used alcohol in large amounts."

I spread out my 6 packs over a one hour period ... I never drink them all at once either.

32 posted on 12/16/2007 9:22:31 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Just another Joe

The freaky thing reading about Calment in the late 90s was that she met Vincent Van Gogh.

That, and she made a reverse mortgage deal with some middle-aged guy when she was about 90 — she would get a monthly payment until she died, and he gets her condo after that. He died before she did. Has to be the worst investment ever since the value of the condo was paid in 10 years.


33 posted on 12/16/2007 9:36:27 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Grzegorz 246
World's oldest living person dies at 116 in Ukraine

And here I thought the "world's oldest living person" died about 6 months ago at age 114.
Makes me seriously question my math skills.

NOT!

34 posted on 12/16/2007 9:43:53 AM PST by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Moonman62
Nestor, who worked as a shepherd in the village, used to say that he had lived to an old age because he had never been married and had not had his nervous system "undermined on the marital front."

Not only simply a wise old man, a true world-class philosopher!

35 posted on 12/16/2007 9:46:03 AM PST by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Grzegorz 246

MEMO TO SELF: Avoid becoming the world’s oldest living person, or you’ll die!


36 posted on 12/16/2007 9:48:08 AM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: RDTF
so...then what exactly is the documented lifespan of Adam?

The word "documented" is infinitely elastic. Dragons be there.

Don't go there.

For myself, I know what "documented" is, and no holy book on earth qualifies. Otherwise there would be no need to invent (or use) the word Faith.

Jorge Luis Borges, the noted Argentinian writer of "fantastic literature", including "made up" classic non-fiction, covers the whimsical nature of this topic quite well.

37 posted on 12/16/2007 10:05:14 AM PST by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Grzegorz 246
The planet's oldest living person, Grigoriy Nestor, died at the age of 116

The second oldest person now refuses to walk across a street.........

38 posted on 12/16/2007 10:08:16 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Visions of sugarplums dancing in your head are probably caused by bad drugs.....)
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To: Jack Wilson

They do seem to die soon after receiving that title, don’t they!


39 posted on 12/16/2007 10:09:49 AM PST by bannie
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To: submarinerswife
Heart stops.

Wrong.
Current conventional common wisdom: smoking.

I made a curious discovery a number of years ago, perhaps 10 or so years past: in a discussion similar to this one there was a list of the modern 10 longest-lived persons, and their documented age.

All of them smoked most of their lives, with three of them smoking past age 100.

Ironically it occured during the "smoking" hysteria and the monumental penalty extracted from smokers in the U.S. via the tobacco companies.

40 posted on 12/16/2007 10:12:15 AM PST by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Someone should have told her what cold weather does to face lifts, botox and silicone injections.


41 posted on 12/16/2007 10:12:41 AM PST by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: Grzegorz 246
Nestor was an appropriate surname for him (cf. the Nestor in Homer).

Jeanne Calment was asked on one of her last birthdays, maybe the 120th or 121st, what she expected the rest of her life to be like. Her answer was "short."

The oldest people I have ever met in person have been 101--two of them, both women, one of whom is still alive.

42 posted on 12/16/2007 10:18:49 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Grzegorz 246
My God! This man was my age during the revolution and was "middle-aged" by the time of Голодомор and he still had such a long way to go! God bless him and keep him.
43 posted on 12/16/2007 10:20:55 AM PST by Live free or die (The stupidity and cowardice of you enemies does you greater honor than their honesty or courage.)
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To: Grzegorz 246
Nestor, who worked as a shepherd in the village, used to say that he had lived to an old age because he had never been married and had not had his nervous system "undermined on the marital front."

I find it interesting to note that Nestor had never been married but makes no mention as to whether nor not he had any lovers. Let’s just hope if he did, they were women and not sheep.
44 posted on 12/16/2007 10:34:02 AM PST by Caramelgal (My intellect is too big to be contained by a tagline! Tagline- I don't need no stinking tagline!)
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To: mamelukesabre

the 120 year maximum is as we say “lav davka” (not exactly) In other words, it’s a round number.


45 posted on 12/16/2007 10:39:30 AM PST by ari-freedom (Mitt Romney. He may be a liberal but he's the prettiest.)
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To: djf

There’s a common nutritional supplement that has been shown over and over in animals to increase their lifespan by a third.
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I thought it was called “not eating so much”


46 posted on 12/16/2007 10:41:16 AM PST by ari-freedom (Mitt Romney. He may be a liberal but he's the prettiest.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

WTG


47 posted on 12/16/2007 10:47:56 AM PST by CARTOUCHE ( The pen is mightier than the sword and so much easier to conceal)
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To: ConservativeMind
“....after living through the first and second world wars in his west Ukrainian village.”

Except for the interesting folk song knowledge and sheep savvy.......sound like a pretty dull 116 years. Then again, living there for 116 years without succumbing to the desire to kill yourself is a amazing accomplishment.

48 posted on 12/16/2007 10:49:10 AM PST by Bogtrotter52 (Reading DU daily so you won't hafta)
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To: Grzegorz 246

According to Guinness World Records, today the world’s oldest living person is 115-year-old Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto Rico who assumed this title after Elizabeth Bolden, an African American woman, died at the age of 116 years and 118 days in 2006.

What! They only count years and days? I think they should get in down to at least hours and minutes. Parting gifts to the losers.


49 posted on 12/16/2007 10:51:31 AM PST by Bogtrotter52 (Reading DU daily so you won't hafta)
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To: Grzegorz 246

ahem...


50 posted on 12/16/2007 10:56:37 AM PST by Bean Counter (On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero...)
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