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Was Jeanne Calment the oldest person who ever lived—or a fraud?

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  1. moonbathers
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    That was a great read. I check the "oldest people" page on Wikipedia every once in a while to see how everyone's doing, so I was really interested in this whole idea. It seems to me that she's...

    That was a great read. I check the "oldest people" page on Wikipedia every once in a while to see how everyone's doing, so I was really interested in this whole idea. It seems to me that she's legit, based on the article.

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  2. Deimos
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    This was an interesting story that came up about a year ago (I posted two topics to Tildes about it: here and here). Nice to see a detailed follow-up that talks about what's happened with it after...

    This was an interesting story that came up about a year ago (I posted two topics to Tildes about it: here and here). Nice to see a detailed follow-up that talks about what's happened with it after those initial accusations came out.

    4 votes
  3. cfabbro
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    Nikolay Zak increasingly sounded more and more like just an asshole attempting to get his 15min of fame at the expense of Jeanne Calment, as I was reading through this. Spoilers And I was rather...

    Nikolay Zak increasingly sounded more and more like just an asshole attempting to get his 15min of fame at the expense of Jeanne Calment, as I was reading through this.

    Spoilers And I was rather glad that by the end he was pretty much definitively proven wrong (yet again). Smug contrarians like him really rub me the wrong way. ;)
    4 votes
  4. aphoenix
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    I think every time this comes up, I have the same reaction; I have never felt so viscerally invested in something that mattered less to me on a personal level. It's am amazing little story.

    I think every time this comes up, I have the same reaction; I have never felt so viscerally invested in something that mattered less to me on a personal level. It's am amazing little story.

    4 votes