When I’m One-Hundred-And-Fourteen

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You’re looking at Mr. Jiroemon Kimura, of Kyoto, Japan, who just celebrated his 114th birthday on Tuesday.

Not only does that qualify him as the world’s oldest man and last surviving male from the 19th century, but it also advances him a full 50 years past the ripe old age referenced in The Beatles classic “When I’m Sixty-Four.”

A 15-year-old Paul McCartney penned that catchy tune, which declares life-long devotion to a lover. From his teenage vantage point, 64 most certainly would seem ancient. 

In 1967, when the song was released, the life expectancy of a U.S. male was 67. Today it’s about 76.

Mr. K. blows both those figures out of the water.

This man has witnessed two turns of the century, two World Wars, a Depression, Holocaust, ~30 Olympics games, and numerous other world events.

His living legacy spans four generations: seven children (five of whom are still alive), 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. His marital history is a mystery.

Reports say Mr. Kimura spends the majority of his time in bed, but wakes up early in the morning and reads newspapers with a magnifying glass. He enjoys talking to guests and following live parliamentary debates on television. 

And, of course, he has a Facebook fan page.

The key to his longevity, Mr. Kimura says, is to eat healthy and in small portions. He’s particularly fond of red bean cake and rice.

And he’s nipping at the heels of the world’s oldest person, Besse Cooper, of Monroe, Georgia, who’s just four months his senior. Not to be outdone, she, too, has a Facebook fan page.

“Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m One-Hundred-And-Fourteen…”