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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 - 11:16
World's oldest person Emma Morano celebrates 117th birthday
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A 117-year-old woman from Italy is history’s last link to the 1800s, as she’s believed to be the only person alive today who was born before 1900.

Emma Morano — born on Nov. 29, 1899 — celebrated being the world’s oldest person Wednesday with a birthday party and cake. She credited “being single,” drinking brandy, eating eggs and avoiding vegetables for her long life.

“I eat two eggs a day, and that’s it. And cookies,” she said of her diet, but then added: “But I do not eat much because I have no teeth. My word, I’m as old as the hills!”

Morano, who lives in the town of Verbania, was born four years before the Wright Brothers flew and 15 years before World War I.

She lived a life filled with difficulties that forced her to do what few women of her generation did in Italy, and leave an abusive husband.




 

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