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Friday February 4, 2011

Can’t We Just (at Least Momentarily) Bury The Hatchet Even for the Oldest Person on the World?

Friends and relatives of a Cuban woman just celebrated what they allege was her 126th turn around the sun onboard of this planet. Image

126 candles on a cake spell arson; but that’s not the reason why, officially,  the oldest person in the world is not 126 year old Juana Bautista de la Candelaria Rodríguez, but Besse Cooper, an American woman 12 years her junior.

Also officially, the oldest person before Besse Cooper, was Eunice Sanborn, also American, also 12 years younger than Señora Juana. Mrs. Sanborn passed away on January 31st 2011.

Battle of the Seniors

Now, look at the picture below and see if you can spot something weird.

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Wikipedia based research shows that the United States claim to have several of the eldest people in the world. Cuba is nowhere to be seen. Wonder why…

Let’s look beyond what looks like skewed data. Surely, for a country that claims to have a bunch of the oldest people EVER within its bounds,one should expect its life expectancy should be fairly high, right?

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Wrong! The US is not even within the first 20 spots! Again, Cuba is nowhere to be seen, but that’s because Cuba isn’t recognized by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which verifies information for Guinness World Records. It is estimated that at least 1500 of the 11,2 million Cubans is over the age of 100 years old!

But…The Los Angeles-based group says Cuba’s records are not good enough.

Señora Juana spent her 126th surrounded by her loving son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren,  great-great-grandchildren, friends and neighbors in her country side home, eating cake on her rocking chair. 

“They say around that I might be the oldest woman in Cuba,” she said. “I wouldn’t ever imagined it. Well, I hope to get to 130, right?” joked the woman who at least in our book is the oldest person in the world.

And if you still have any doubts listen to this curious fact:

Juana Bautista de la Candelaria Rodríguez was allegedly born on February 2 1885 to parents who also saw the hundredths. She is a proud Cuban, born and raised in the province of Granma . Enough said.

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