Monday, January 29, 2007
The Worst Record in the World
One thing about being acclaimed the "oldest person in the world" is knowing that you won't be for very long. There have been a lot of "oldest person," "oldest man," "oldest woman" lately as the titles keep changing hands in the only way these titles can change hands.
However 114-year old Emma Tillman scored a record that may have some real staying power. She's the shortest reigning world's oldest known living person. Emma, a child of former slaves and herself Katherine Hepburn's former nurse, held her title for only four days before she "passed on" the honour to 114-year-old Yone Minagawa of Fukuoka, Japan.
A Telegraph reporter who tried to reach Ms. Minagawa was told by a nurse that she'd already gone to sleep.