40 Secrets of People Who Lived Past 100
Born in Denmark in 1882, Christian Mortensen lived to the ripe old age of 115 before dying in his sleep in 1998. On his last birthday, Mortensen credited his long life to "friends, a good cigar, drinking lots of good water, no alcohol, staying positive, and lots of singing."
Scotland's oldest living woman Jessie Gallan passed away in 2015 at age 109, shortly after telling The Times her secret was eating porridge every morning as well as "staying away from men. They're just more trouble than they're worth." She's not the only single female supercentenarian to say so, and the claim is further bolstered by studies showing that lifelong single women tend to do better than their male counterparts.
Pearl Cantrell of Richland Springs, Texas, died in 2014 at the age of 105, but not before crediting her unusually long life to an unexpected source: bacon. "I love bacon, I eat it everyday," she said. But don't fill your fridge with Oscar Meyer just yet. Bacon is typically seen as providing a smorgasbord of health risks, such as sodium and saturated fat.
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