The Daily Shot, Ricochet, April 17, 2017


Last week, the world’s oldest person, Emma Morano of Italy, passed away at the age of 117 years and 137 days. And so closes an era, as Morano was the last person still alive who was born in the 1800s.

In cases of supercentenarians, the question always asked is HOW!?” According to Morano, it was genetics, diet, and attitude. Her mother lived into her 90s and several of her sisters made it past the century mark. As to her diet, she drank a glass of homemade brandy every day, sometimes ate chocolate, oh, and she ate three eggs per day, two of them raw. As to attitude, Morano emphasized thinking positively about the future.

Morano also lived through two world wars, survived an abusive marriage, worked until she was 75, and, in her time, saw more than 90 Italian governments come and go. (Wait, just 90?)

So who takes the title now? According to the Gerontology Research Group, the oldest person in the world is now Violet Brown of Jamaica, born March 10, 1900. She is not only 117 years old, but the last living former subject of Queen Victoria.