tips The World's Oldest Living People Share How They've Managed To Live So Long  

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Have you ever asked yourself "How do the world's oldest people live so long?" Well, if you have, you've come to the right place - and if you haven't, you're about to learn some stuff anyway.

While the lifespans of people are pretty short in the grand scheme of things, we've compiled a list of centenarians (and supercentenarians) who revealed their varied secrets to longevity, and some of whom were, at one point, the oldest living people in the world.

While much of their luck can be attributed to good genes, some who have reached the 100+ mark aren't as "clean living" as you might expect. Would you believe some of the folks on our list partook in drinking, smoking and eating things like bacon their entire lives? While these things may not be necessarily related to living a long life, these centenarians will happily tell you otherwise.

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Susannah Mushatt Jones, 116, Attributed Her Long Life To Staying Single


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Susannah Mushatt Jones lived to be 116 and was also bacon aficionado. She lived simply— in her younger years she didn't partake in smoking or alcohol. She never even wore makeup or dyed her hair. 

When alive, she, like Clara Meadmore, attributed her longevity to staying single most of her life. However, she loved to indulge in lace lingerie from Bloomingdale's and startled her doctors from time to time while wearing it during appointments.

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Emma Morano, 117, Ate Three Eggs A Day Which Were Prescribed To Her During WWI


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Emma Morano was born in 1899 which made her the very last verifiable living person born in the 19th-century when she passed in 2017. 

She attributed her long life to genetics and her diet, which included three eggs a day (two were raw.) The Verbania, Italy, resident ate eggs and biscuits after being declared anemic by a doctor during WWI. Her last doctor, Carlo Bava, said, "When I met her, she ate three eggs per day — two raw in the morning and then an omelet at noon, and chicken at dinner."

She also kicked out an abusive husband back in 1938 and said, "I didn't want to be dominated by anyone." She never married again.

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Jeanne Calment Smoked And Drank And Lived To Be 122


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France's Jeanne Calment lived to be 122 years, 164 days old—hers is the longest confirmed human lifespan on record.

She ascribed her longevity and relatively youthful appearance to a diet rich in olive oil (which she also used on her skin). She drank port wine every day and ate nearly one kilogram of chocolate every week. She smoked cigarettes from the age of 21 to 117.

Jeanne had no real health issues and was active throughout her lfe — she took up fencing at age 85 (1960) and rode her bike until she turned 100. She lived on her own until she turned 110. After starting a small fire in her house, she was moved to a nursing home where she died in 1997.

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Agnes Fenton, 112, Downed Three Beers With Scotch Chasers For The Last 70 Years Of Her Life

At age 112, Agnes Fenton credited her long life to something a little harder than Dr Pepper. She was a fan of the high life — the Miller High Life, that is. 

After a scare following a benign tumor somewhere in the last century (literally), her doctor advised her to drink three beers a day. So, for the last 70 years of her life, that's just what she did, coupling her "medicine" with a shot of scotch each time.

In the few years before she passed, caregivers forbid her from drinking.  But when asked if they would let her enjoy a shot on her birthday, Fenton answered like a true 110-year-old boss: "They better."

Fenton died in August 2017.

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