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Old Feb 1, 2011, 05:45 PM   #226
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Who would want that title. It is a death sentence.
Life is a death sentence.
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Old Feb 1, 2011, 08:48 PM   #227
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Yeah, but I bet you could come up with a really cool avatar and sig.

Maybe this for both:

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Old Jun 22, 2011, 07:31 AM   #228
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Besse Cooper, also an American, is now the world's oldest person. Besse was born in August 1896 in Tennessee, was a teacher, and now lives in Georgia. She has 15 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Why has she lived so long? "Minding her own business and not eating junk food."
Apparently Maria Gomes Valentim was the oldest person in the world being 47 days older than Besse Cooper, however she passed away yesterday giving the title to Besse Cooper.

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It seems minding your own business is the key to long life.

You can watch Besse climb the list of oldest people ever here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._oldest_people
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Old Jun 29, 2011, 03:21 PM   #229
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Looks like she just lost the title again...
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Old Jul 1, 2011, 12:48 AM   #230
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Old Jul 1, 2011, 08:06 AM   #231
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The oldest person in the world seems to die every five days.
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Old Jul 16, 2011, 09:20 PM   #232
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Apparently Maria Gomes Valentim was the oldest person in the world being 47 days older than Besse Cooper, however she passed away yesterday giving the title to Besse Cooper.

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It seems minding your own business is the key to long life.

You can watch Besse climb the list of oldest people ever here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._oldest_people

There's you go. Wikipedia has proof that there is one physical activity that female totally dominate males in - living long.
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Old Jul 16, 2011, 11:33 PM   #233
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Interesting statistic in that past age 110, your odds are 50/50 living for another year.
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Old Jul 17, 2011, 09:30 AM   #234
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Interesting statistic in that past age 110, your odds are 50/50 living for another year.
That's an old saw.

The longer you live, the longer you will live.

Sounds like a joke, but check the stats.
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 05:39 PM   #235
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I have no intention living pass 80...
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 05:44 PM   #236
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I have no intention living pass 80...
You may think differently when you're 79...
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 05:45 PM   #237
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I have no intention living pass 80...
Well, the odds in your favour are not good, I have met some very sharp people above 80.

Unfortunately for you, and me, they are usually women.
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 05:52 PM   #238
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My great grand mother is miserable in her "home". It also seems the human body usually deteriorates around 80 pretty quickly. I just assume to go into my garage and grab the keys to the fastest car I have... Then drive it off a bridge at an insane speed. I just don't intend having someone change my diapers or put the burden of paying for the home on family.
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 06:02 PM   #239
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I just don't intend having someone change my diapers or put the burden of paying for the home on family.
A reasonable position to hold.

Unfortunately, Society does not agree. They own your ass, not you. Attempting suicide is against "the law". If you succeed, well, you gave them the finger.

My suggestion would be to go to Oregon, or another state that allows assisted suicide, and do it right.
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 06:06 PM   #240
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A reasonable position to hold.

Unfortunately, Society does not agree. They own your ass, not you. Attempting suicide is against "the law". If you succeed, well, you gave them the finger.

My suggestion would be to go to Oregon, or another state that allows assisted suicide, and do it right.
Did you see the documentary, How To Die In Oregon? Heartbreaking.
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 06:23 PM   #241
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Did you see the documentary, How To Die In Oregon? Heartbreaking.
No, but I can guess that, in the main, they died alone.

Families can be selfish, when a loved one nears the End of Life stage.

They don't want anything to change, but it has to, and it will.

They should support their senior, and make the passage as easy as possible for him/her.
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 01:51 PM   #242
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No, but I can guess that, in the main, they died alone.

Families can be selfish, when a loved one nears the End of Life stage.

They don't want anything to change, but it has to, and it will.

They should support their senior, and make the passage as easy as possible for him/her.
In the cases they followed in How to Die in Oregon their family was always beside them.
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Old Jul 28, 2011, 11:35 AM   #243
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Some say children born today may live to 150 and beyond.
Scientific American had an article years ago that there is currently an upper limit to longevity determined by the structure of DNA, and it's just not possible to live longer than about 120 years. Sure, life expectancy has risen, but the oldest people 1,000 years ago are the same age as they are today, about 120. Has to do with replication and the strands at the end of the DNA molecule. They lose a bit each cycle until the "live" code is hit, then things start to happen like loss of skin tone, hearing, all those age-related issues.
Now if they can figure a way to repair those ends it might be possible, but they said they currently have no idea how that is even remotely possible.
Moral: Enjoy what you have because you won't be around all that long.
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Old Jul 28, 2011, 04:11 PM   #244
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Attempting suicide is against "the law". If you succeed, well, you gave them the finger.
My brother used to say that if caught and convicted, you will be sentenced to life.
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Old Jul 28, 2011, 04:45 PM   #245
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My brother used to say that if caught and convicted, you will be sentenced to life.
That would be some trick indeed, if one were terminal.
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 02:44 AM   #246
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Scientific American had an article years ago that there is currently an upper limit to longevity determined by the structure of DNA, and it's just not possible to live longer than about 120 years. Sure, life expectancy has risen, but the oldest people 1,000 years ago are the same age as they are today, about 120. Has to do with replication and the strands at the end of the DNA molecule. They lose a bit each cycle until the "live" code is hit, then things start to happen like loss of skin tone, hearing, all those age-related issues.
Now if they can figure a way to repair those ends it might be possible, but they said they currently have no idea how that is even remotely possible.
Moral: Enjoy what you have because you won't be around all that long.
Let's hear it for telomere research!

I know one of the researchers, who has been working on these "DNA ends" for several years. My favorite analogy is that telomeres are like aglets, the little plastic tips on shoelaces.
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 03:31 AM   #247
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My favorite analogy is that telomeres are like aglets, the little plastic tips on shoelaces.
You mean it's a PITA when they go?
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Old Aug 1, 2011, 01:03 PM   #248
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You mean it's a PITA when they go?
Yeah, so you just go to the mall and buy news shoes or new chromosomes.
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i wouldnt call her the oldest person in the world anymore.
Indeed what do you call the formerly oldest person in the world...

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