How To (Basically) Live Forever According To The Oldest People In The World

Their advice almost always involves alcohol and unhealthy food

What's the secret to living a long and happy life? Well, what better way to find out than by asking the oldest living people in the world.

Flossie Dickey, 110 Years Old

Unapologetically cranky Flossie Dickey of Spokane, Washington has no time for nonsense. Upon being asked what her secret is to living so long, she got right to the point. "I don't know, I don't fight it. I live it," she explained, perfectly stone-faced. It's worth noting that her favourite activity is napping.

Agnes Fenton, 110 Years Old

The New Jersey resident, who has no children, credits her old age to a shot of Johnnie Walker a day. Yes, that's right. (Though it has to be said, she drinks a little less now that her appetite has diminished...)

Emma Morano, 115 Years Old

The 115-year-old Italian credits her long life to raw eggs and having no partner. Seriously. The oldest person in Europe has been eating raw eggs since her teens after her doctor recommended them to counter anemia. (She used to eat three a day, though now she's cut back to two). After an unhappy marriage that ended in 1938, Morano said she had plenty of suitors but never wished to marry again. "I didn't want to be dominated by anyone," she told the New York Times.

Elizabeth Sullivan, 104 Years Old

The Texan is a relative youngin at 104, which might explain the spitfire sound byte she gave about her three-a-day Dr. Pepper habit. "Every doctor that sees me says they'll kill you, but they die and I don't. So there must be a mistake somewhere," she told Fox 8.


Misao Okawa, 116 Years Old

Okawa was the oldest living person in the world (RIP). The secret to her longevity? Sushi, relaxing, and eight hours of sleep a night.

Gertrude Weaver, 116 Years Old

Although no longer with us, Mrs. Weaver of Arkansas went strong until 116. For Weaver, it was about how you interact with others that keeps you young: "Kindness [is the secret]," she told Time. "Treat people right and be nice to other people the way you want them to be nice to you."

Susannah Mushatt Jones, 115 Years Old

What's the secret to living to 115? Bacon and no children. According to Time, Jones eats bacon every morning, and never had children—but saved her salary to pay for her nieces to go to uni.

Violet Mosse-Brown, 117 Years Old

Known as "Aunt V," this Jamaican woman cites not eating three specific things as key to her old age. "Really and truly, when people ask me [what I] eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don't drink rum," Mosse-Brown told The Gleaner.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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