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How to live to 100: From eating pigs’ feet to 30 cigarettes a day

Age Name Location Longevity secrets 127 Leandra Becerra Lumbreras Mexico Chocolate, avoiding marriage, sleeping for days on end 122 Jeanne Louise Calment France Olive oil, chocolate, wine, cigarettes 119 Sarah Knauss Pennsylvania No stress, not worrying about age 117 Emma Morano Italy 3 eggs a day (2 of them raw), kicking husband out and never marrying again 117 Violet Brown Jamaica Faith, healthy diet with coconut sauce, fish and mutton 117 Nabi Tajima Japan Delicious food, sleeping well 117 Chiyo Miyako Japan Delicious food including sushi and eels 117 Misao Okawa Japan Sushi, ramen noodles, sleeping for 8 hours, relaxing 116 Gertrude Weaver Arkansas Kindness, positive attitude, sleep, no drinking or smoking 116 Jiroemon Kimura Japan Eating lightly 116 Susannah Mushatt Jones New York Supportive extended family 116 Besse Cooper Tennessee Staying out of others’ business, no junk food 115 Boxin Huang China Vegetables with every meal (including breakfast) 115 Tava Colo France Respecting others 115 Evangelia Karnava Greece Coca-Cola 115 Dina Manfredini Iowa Making bread and pasta 115 Maria Giuseppa Robucci Italy No alcohol, no smoking, eating lightly and healthily 115 Kane Tanaka Japan Family, sleep, hope 115 Bernice Madigan Massachusets No children, no stress, breakfast of honey, Eggos, banana and 4 Pop?ems glazed doughnut holes 115 Jeralean Talley Michigan “Do unto others as you desire them to do unto you”, faith in God, eating plenty of pigs? feet 115 Ana Maria Vela Rubio Spain Positive attitude, compassion for others 114 Adelina Domingues California Religion, no makeup, no drinking or smoking 114 Eudoxi Baboul French Guiana Eating lots of couac (cassava-based semolina) 114 Neva Morris Iowa Working hard, eating hearty, healthy meals prepared from farm produce 114 Yukichi Chuganji Japan Drinking milk every day, avoiding alcohol 113 Mariya Kononovich Belarus Being kind to others, loving everyone, no enemies 113 Maggie Kidd Georgia Faith in God 113 Goldie Michelson Massachusetts Morning walks, chocolate, never smoking or drinking 113 Adele Dunlap New Jersey Oatmeal 113 Francisco Nunez Olivera Spain Working hard, eating home-grown vegetables, daily glass of red wine 113 Bessie Camm United Kingdom Hard work, lovely people, good food 112 Peg Vivian Australia Never smoking, rarely drinking, walking a lot 112 Ellen Gibb Canada Good genes, no drinking or smoking, plenty of exercise and butter 112 Isabel Casta¤o Restrepo Florida Going with the flow 112 Jeanne Bot France Never marrying or having children 112 Gustav Gerneth Germany No dieting, no sports, drinking only on special occasions 112 Masazo Nonaka Japan Soaking in hot springs, eating sweets 112 Yasutaro Kode Japan Taking it easy 112 Batuli Lamichhane Nepal 30 cigarettes a day 112 Salustanio Sanches-Blazquez Spain 1 banana and 6 Anacin tablets a day 111 Bernardo LaPallo Arizona Practicing moderation, sleeping well, keeping stress away, fresh fruits and vegetables 111 Merle Phillips Illinois Faith in God 111 Alelia Murphy New York Kindness of God 111 Alexander Imich New York Healthy diet including chicken and fish, abstaining from alcohol 111 Richard Overton Texas 12 cigars a day, 4 glasses of whiskey in the morning, butter pecan ice cream every night 111 Grace Katherine Jones United Kingdom A little drop of whiskey every night 110 Marguerite Robertson Canada Eating well, avoiding milk, being loved 110 Agnes Fenton New Jersey 3 bottles of Miller High Life and a glass of whiskey daily 109 Alfred Date Australia Staying out of trouble, waking up every morning 109 Ruth Benjamin Illinois 4 strips of bacon every morning, no smoking, no drinking, 43-year marriage 109 Mohammed Mohyeddin Iran Regular exercise, chewing food properly 109 Jessie Gallan United Kingdom Exercise, daily bowl of porridge, staying away from men 108 Alice Herz-Sommer Czech Republic Laughter, optimism 108 Downing Jett Kay Maryland Spending time with family and friends, participating in local church and community 108 Duranord Veillard New York 5-7 pushups a day, drinking tea, eating oatmeal, fish and vegetables 108 Eric Gottfrid Andersson Sweden Taking care of your body, eating good food, not smoking 108 John Mansfield United Kingdom Full English breakfast with fried eggs and sausages every day 107 Jo Sunderland Minnesota Don?t worry, be happy 106 Irene Cole Texas Positive lifestyle, staying single, abstaining from smoking and alcohol 105 Francis Smith Florida Keeping active, moving to Florida 105 Marian Cannon Schlesinger Massachusetts Coffee in the morning, liquor in the evening 105 Lucille Boston Lewis Tennessee Faith, family, working hard, loving others 105 Pearl Cantrell Texas Bacon with every meal 105 Jack Reynolds United Kingdom Whiskey with tea in the morning, whiskey with lemonade at night 104 Theresa Rowley Michigan Drinking a Diet Coke every day 104 Mildred Bowers South Carolina Beer 104 Charlotte Henderson Texas Practising moderation, eating and sleeping well, not overdrinking or overeating, exercising regularly 104 Elizabeth Sullivan Texas 3 cans of Dr Pepper a day 104 Pauline Dunhill United Kingdom Gin and tonic every evening 103 Samuel Henry Ball Florida Good marriage, whiskey 103 Vincenzo Baratta Italy Eating once a day, lots of women 103 Imogen Young Maryland Peanut butter M&Ms, bacon, eggs, ice cream 103 Ruth Coben New York Exercise, celebrate every day 103 Mary Todisco New York Low-sugar diet, keeping busy, staying positive, not taking life too seriously 103 George Boggess Washington, DC Walking 102 Elsa Bailey Colorado Sunshine, eating healthily 102 Dorothy Custer Idaho Daily exercise 102 Edris Mathiesen Indiana Crossword puzzles, reading, playing cards 102 Eunice Modlin Indiana 2 dark chocolates a day, naps 101 Paul Marcus Colorado Genes, luck, unrestricted diet 101 Antonio Ramirez Florida Happiness, staying calm, no anger, coffee every morning 101 Luigina Vigiconte Italy Optimism, politeness 101 Bel Kaufman New York Laughter 100 Ephraim Engleman California Falling in love, getting married, having sex 100 Norma Martin Florida Being optimistic 100 Marie-Louise Wirth France No fruit or milk, alcohol with every meal 100 Gregoris Tsahas Greece Couple of glasses of red wine every day 100 Art Stieglieter Illinois Coffee 100 Florence Bearse Maine A good glass of wine 100 Dorothy Cammon New Mexico Working hard, getting enough sleep 100 Emanuel Chuse New York Keeping up with daily news 100 Malvina Hunt New York Vigorous exercise 100 Elsie King New Zealand Keeping occupied with hobbies 100 Paulina Spagnola Pennsylvania Drinking alcohol 100 Christina Kislak Wahala Pennsylvania Walking a lot, fresh fruit and vegetables 100 Frances Prus Pennsylvania Family, faith, occasional junk food, glass of merlot 100 John Grumbine Pennsylvania Dancing 100 Orville Rogers Texas Running 100 Rebecca Sommerville United Kingdom Laughter, not taking things too seriously 100 Doris Olive Netting United Kingdom Daily pint of Guinness