The last known person born in the 1800s has just turned 117-years-old. Emma Morano was born on November 27, 1899 and celebrated her birthday in her her town in northern Italy on Lake Maggiore.
She holds the current record as the oldest living person according to Guinness World Records, but still has a ways to go to take over the previous record holder, Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122.
The secret to her long life? Eggs and cookies!
"I eat two eggs a day, and that's it. And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth," - Emma Morano
Her diet began when she was 20, when she was diagnosed with anemia. The doctor at the time told her that she should eat three eggs a day, two raw and one cooked. The has continued this diet for 90 years.
Carlo Brava, Morano's doctor, explains that in the 27 years since he met her, her eating habits haven't changed much.
"Emma has always eaten very few vegetables, very little fruit. When I met her, she ate three eggs per day, two raw in the morning and then an omelette at noon, and chicken at dinner," - Dr. Carlo Brava
She apparently doesn't eat meat anymore because "someone told her it causes cancer" and now eats a lot more biscuits. She doesn't even want to have any of her own birthday cake because last year after eating a small piece she didn't feel well.
Her story is impressive, after leaving her husband all the way back in 1938 after the death of her infant son, she lived alone and worked in a factory. Highly unusual for the time but very impressive!
She only got a full-time caregiver last year, when she became bed-bound, and hasn't left her home in 20 years.
She is deaf and has a hard time seeing, but she is still very alert. Anytime she gets sick, Morano only accepts treatment at home, always refusing to go to the hospital.
She a tough lady and we hope she has a happy birthday!
Do you think you could eat the same meals every day for 90 years? Even if it meant you could live until you were over a century old, I don't think I could do it. What about you?