The Oldest Person On Earth Turns 117, And Here Are Her Secrets To A Long Life

The oldest woman on earth will celebrate her 117th birthday tomorrow. Emma Morano was born November 29, 1899, in Italy, where she still lives. According to Guinness World Records, she is believed to be the last remaining person on Earth who was alive during the 19th century.

Morano officially became the oldest person in the world after Susannah Mushatt Jones died in May at the age of 116 years, 6 months and 6 days.

Lucky for us, Morano shared her secret to longevity:

"I eat two eggs a day, and that's it," she told AFP. "And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth."

Back when she was 20, during World War I, she was diagnosed with anemia and a doctor told her to eat three eggs a day, two raw and one cooked. She stuck with that regimen for 90 years, meaning she may have eaten more than 100,000 eggs in her lifetime.

She used to eat chicken along with the eggs, but stopped eating meat because, "she doesn't like it anymore and someone told her it causes cancer," said Carlo Bava, her doctor for the past 27 years.

She also says that sleep has helped with her longevity. Morano goes to bed at 7 p.m. and wakes up at 6 a.m. for a nice 11-hour slumber. Because she can't see or hear well, she spends most of her time sleeping or snacking.

Doctors say genes might have helped Morano live to 117, as two of her sisters lived until they were 100. But doctors also believe she's a modern miracle since she doesn't take any medication.

To give you a sense of how long ago 1899 was, here is a list of events that happened after she was born:

  • Aspirin was invented and penicillin was discovered
  • The Model T came out when she was 9 years old
  • She's older than flyswatters and vacuum cleaners
  • Airplanes, air conditioners and the World Series were all invented

Happy birthday, Emma Morano!