old people 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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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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Pearl Cantrell, 105, Loved To Eat Bacon Every Day

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Bacon lovers, you can live to a ripe old age! 

Texan Pearl Cantrell lived to be 105, ate bacon every day and said it was the secret to her long life. “I love bacon. I eat it every day. It's got to be crispy. I don't feel as old as I am. That's all I can say."

Cantrell became a bit of a spokesperson for Oscar Mayer, who gave her a lifetime supply of bacon and took her for a ride through her of her hometown of Richland Springs, TX, in the Wienermobile. “That was so much fun (riding in the Wienermobile)," she said. "And getting all that bacon, I loved that."

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106-Year-Old Elizabeth Sullivan Drank Three Dr Peppers A Day


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Texas Rangers fan Elizabeth Sullivan died in her sleep just a few weeks ago at 106. Before she passed, she attributed her longevity to one particular doctor — Dr Pepper

The Fort Worth resident fell in love with Dr Pepper when she was in her '60s and drank three cans a day up to her death. She said of the soft drink, 

"People try to give me coffee for breakfast. Well, I'd rather have a Dr Pepper. Every doctor that sees me says they'll kill you, but they die, and I don't, so there must be a mistake somewhere."

Her other secret to living a long life was a little more obvious — it's was just to "keep living."