The oldest people to ever have lived and one woman still alive at 119

Backaches and a fairly rubbish looking pension, does this sound familiar? Some of us might feel a little old at times, but this is nothing in comparison to some people who have graced this planet for over a century.

The Guinness World Records 'oldest man in the world' sadly passed away in January 2022.

Spain's Saturnino de la Fuente García lived to the ripe old age of 112 years and 341 days and unfortunately did not quite make it to his 113th.

It is remarkable to think that there are still people around today who may remember parts of the First World War, when aeroplanes began to become more and more common, or when Spurs last won a trophy.

Jokes aside, there are records of people living an incredibly long time against all the odds, known as 'supercentenarians' – or people over the age of 110.

American actress Lucille Ball once said: "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."

Who is the oldest person in the world?

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The title of 'oldest person in the world' is not just a mean nickname you have given someone in the office on their 40th birthday, but an actual and impressive feat.

It is currently held, according to The Guinness Book of Records, by Japanese woman Kane Tanaka.

Incredibly, she celebrated her 119th birthday in January this year and was recognised as the world's oldest person in March 2019.

She was born in the year Bury beat Derby County 6-0 in the FA Cup Final, Joseph Stalin joined the Bolsheviks and same year as George Orwell.

Who is the oldest person of all time?

Officially, Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment is the only person known to have lived past the age of 120.

Her life spanned from February 21, 1875, to August 4 1997. Her husband Fernand died in 1942.

Calment was famous for enjoying port and chocolate and apparently met painter Vincent Van Gogh. She described him as an "awful character".

There are some conspiracies that Jeanne was actually her daughter that took over her identity. French experts have debunked this theory and called it a conspiracy.

In response to allegations that Calment was in fact her daughter, who died aged 99 in 1997, and had assumed her mother's identity to avoid paying inheritance tac, the French said: "There was neither tax fraud nor falsification of Jeanne Calment's identity."

Francisca Susano

Unofficially, there is a claim that Francisca Susano was the oldest person to have ever lived.

Francisa, believed to lived to 124, was supposed to have been born in the Philippines in 1987 and this would have made her the last person alive to have been born in the 19th century.

Guinness World Records were unable to confirm this before she passed away in November 2021.

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