Mbah Gotho, an Indonesian man from a small village in the Central Java province has an ID proving that he was born on 31 December 1870 and this year he celebrated his 146th birthday, which makes him the oldest person ever. Currently the title is held by French centenarian Jeanne Calment who was 122 when died. However, the paperwork for his Indonesian ID card has yet to be independently verified, so it is currently unclear whether or not he’ll appear in official record books as the world’s oldest person.
This year Mr Gotho celebrated his birthday with a grandson and his wife, outliving all 10 of his siblings, another 4 wives and even his kids. Family and neighbors gathered in the house to celebrate such an occasion and Mr Gotho was seen grinning while everybody was singing a birthday song. He even blew out all the candles with one puff.
When the old man was asked what is the secret to his longevity, Mr Gotho said :”The recipe is simple – just your patience”. He is said to have begun preparing for his death in 1992, even having a gravestone made, but 24 years later he is still alive.
He spends most of his time listening to the radio, as his sight is too poor to watch TV. There are many people claiming to have broken Jeanne Calment’s record, but their ages have not been confirmed yet. Nigerian James Olofintuyi has claimed to be 171, while Dhaqabo Ebba from Ethiopia has claimed to be 163, but without verifiable documents they cannot be given her title.