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Old 09-10-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Wow, if this guy is this old, how'd you like to sit next to him with recording device listening to his recounts and descriptions of the past, able to ask him what you'd like?

That would make him born in 1853. The U.S. Civil War did not begin until 1861 and the Trans-continental railroad in the U.S. was still being built during the Civil War. He was a small child when black people were still enslaved in the U.S. South, when the fastest mode of transportation for most Americans was still jumping on top of a horse.

Wild.

News video: Ethiopian Man Claims to Be 160 Years Old - AOL On
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I've got him beat. I claim to be 174. I have a perfect memory of everythinbg. I remember that I was born on a Thursday. Well, I exaggerate, I don't remember exactly being born on a Thursday, but I remember we had fish the next day.

I guess I have to concede that that video pretty definitely proves, beyond any doubt, that that Ethiopian guy is 160, but there is no explanation of why nobody came forward 40 years ago, when he was eligible for the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Old 09-10-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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Lets see, the oldest documented age is 122 years old and there are currently only two men alive in the entire world with documented ages of over 110 years (both are 111)...so how likely do you think this claim is as legitimate?
The least he could have done is be a bit realistic - give us 125 or something.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I have no idea if the guy is 160 years old or not.

I also wondered if the old man was delusional a bit due to his advanced age--he seems to be elderly.

But the lack of documented age does bother me so much. I had a black relative living in the South whom I never met that was supposed to be 120 or something years old (he's now dead) some years back when he was still alive. He supposedly was born the day after Lincoln was assassinated. However, he had no birth certificate, which to my understanding it was normal back then in the 19th Century for Black-Americans or black slaves not to have birth certificates.

So, I don't know if birth certificates were common in Ethiopia 160 years ago or not.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I have no idea if the guy is 160 years old or not.

I also wondered if the old man was delusional a bit due to his advanced age--he seems to be elderly.

But the lack of documented age does bother me so much. I had a black relative living in the South whom I never met that was supposed to be 120 or something years old (he's now dead) some years back when he was still alive. He supposedly was born the day after Lincoln was assassinated. However, he had no birth certificate, which to my understanding it was normal back then in the 19th Century for Black-Americans or black slaves not to have birth certificates.

So, I don't know if birth certificates were common in Ethiopia 160 years ago or not.
There certainly weren't. Fun fact, although some ancient civilizations did birth certificates, the modern practice of compulsory registration of births with a government agency only originated in the UK in 1853, the exact year this guy claims he was born in Ethiopia. Ethiopia was an ancient Kingdom with no ties to Europe and is the only African country that has never been part of a European colonial empire, with the exception of a brief Italian occupation in WW2 that they managed to drive off pretty quickly. Birth certificates really weren't that common in the world until recently. My father, who was born in 1959 in Bombay to a comfortably middle class family, doesn't have a birth certificate. India didn't issue them back then, even though it had been a British colony. My grandmother doesn't even know when her exact birthday is, her mom forgot and just remembered what month it was. My mother was born in 1959 as well, in Quebec, and doesn't have a birth certificate either, she has a baptismal certificate from the church.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Interesting stuff about the UK and Bombay/Mumbai, BIMBAM, I didn't realize that.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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In the 1860 US Census, 43 slaves in the southern states who were still alive stated their age to be at least 120. Five of them were 130. Some of them had fought in the Revolutionary War. Phillis Rogers of Wilkinson County, Mississippi, was stated to be 135. The slave population was just under 4-million, which would mean four per 10,000 were at least 100. In the 2010 census, there were 1.73 per 10,000 over 100. Census takers do not verify stated data, so it is likely that that is also slightly exaggerated.

1860 slaves age 100 and up

By the way, as for birth certificates, my mother was born in the USA in 1908, and her birth was never recorded either on a birth certificate, nor anywhere else. The boys in the family were recorded at the church, the girls were not, and my mother's age was extrapolated from the dates of her brothers' births.

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Old 09-11-2013, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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Makes you wonder how many super-centenarians existed over the past hundred years.

I was always somewhat aware that birth-certificates were relatively new in the grander scheme of record keeping.

Mind boggling.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:09 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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There've been many claims like this, nothing new. I think there's as much likelihood of this being true as those Biblical figures being like 900 years or whatever.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:08 PM
 
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Interesting link on the 1860 slave census data.

If your mother was born in 1908, jtur88, then you must be old as dirt yourself.

I can't imagine living past 101 or 107 or so. I figure I won't live past 80 if I even make it that far.
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