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At 127 years of age, Leandra Becerra Lumberras is the oldest person in the world – but she unfortunately won’t be recognized for setting the record. Lumbreras was reportedly born on August 31, 1887, and she attributes her 127 years of existence to eating chocolate, sleeping for days, and never getting married. While it’s uncertain whether she’s seeking the recognition or not, The Independent notes that Lumbreras has lost her birth certificate, so she can’t officially be declared the world’s oldest person – a slot currently occupied by 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.
What’s it like to live that long? Lumbreras’ relatives told Mexico’s El Horizonte that within her lifetime she has already said goodbye to five of her children and even 20 grandchildren. But according to her granddaughter, Miriam Alvear, she has weathered it well. “She is entirely lucid; she blows your mind with stories from the revolution,” Alvear told El Horizonte, noting that her grandmother fought in the Mexican Revolution that began in 1910. “She was always a woman who fought. She was still sewing and weaving until about two years ago,” Alvear told Metro. “She never ceased to be active.”
From another perspective, she was 27 when World War I broke out; 75 when John F. Kennedy was shot and almost 100 when the Berlin wall crumbled, according to The Telegraph.
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