Guinness World Records officially confirmed that Emma Martina Luigia Morano of Vercelli, Italy, is now the world's oldest living person at 116 years and 169 days-old as of Monday. And while you probably won't end up living as long as she has already (face it, folks), you can at least pick up a few lessons from her long and remarkably simple life.
Born November 19, 1899, Morano is believed to be the last living person on Earth who was born in the 1800s, according to a GWR press release. She was raised in Vercelli, but later moved to Verbania to live on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy. In fact, Morano has lived in the same small apartment there since 1926 -- or you know, the last 90 years. And here you are uprooting your entire life every year or two to move to a different neighborhood...
Not only has she lived far longer than most people, she appears to have done it on her own for the vast majority of that time, making her more of a badass than we can ever hope to be (and we mean than sincerely). After marrying in 1926, she gave birth to her only child, who tragically died only six months later. The painful loss strained her marriage, and in 1938, she left her husband and never remarried. And if our math is correct, that means she's been living the single life for 78 years now. And she's still kicking.
Although she doesn't appear to attribute her long life to anything in particular, she said she loves her home, her bed, and her collection of watches (which is perhaps the most fitting interest for someone who has lived through so much time). However, Morano claims to have followed the same simple diet for nearly 90 years, according to Guinness: three eggs per day (two raw, one cooked), fresh Italian pasta, and a dish of raw meat. We can get behind the eggs and delicious Italian pasta, but depending on how you feel about raw meat, it may or may not be worth whatever modest extension of life we can associate with her diet.
Additionally, Morano is now the only known person alive today whose life has touched three different centuries. The title of world's oldest living person was previously held by Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York, who was famous for her life-long love for bacon. Jones died on May 12th at the age of 116 years, six months, and six days old, per the GWR release.
Of course, Morano and Jones aren't the only supercentenarians who've been noted for their badass lifestyles or dietary quirks. For example, a 110-year-old New Jersey woman named Agnes Fenton attributes her long life to drinking Miller High Life daily, and a 109-year-old British woman claims she enjoys a nice whiskey before bed every night.
So, basically, you can keep eating and drinking whatever you want and live forever. Or something like that.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and thinks living in New York City has probably shaved enough years off his life to prevent him from living anywhere close to 100. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.