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World's oldest person celebrates 115th birthday 世上最長壽人瑞歡慶115歲生日

Guinness World Records’ gerontology consultant Robert Young, left, presents Gertrude Baines with a certificate naming her the world’s oldest living person, as she celebrates her 115th birthday on April 6, 2009, at the Western Convalescent Hospital in Los Angeles.四月六日在洛杉磯的西方療養院中,金氏世界紀錄老年學顧問羅柏.楊(左)在葛楚.拜恩絲歡度一百一十五歲生日時,頒發世上現存最高齡人瑞證書給她。照片:美聯社


The world's oldest person celebrated her 115th birthday last Monday with music, cake and a letter of congratulation from US President Barack Obama.

Gertrude Baines, who became the planet's oldest living human in January following the death of Portuguese woman, Maria de Jesus, also 115, marked her birthday at Los Angeles Western Convalescent Hospital.

Baines — who attributes her long life to her religion and clean-living — attracted worldwide headlines last November when she became the oldest African-American to vote for Obama during the presidential election.

She marked her latest milestone on Monday by declaring that she hopes to be around to vote for Obama again in 2012.

The low-key ceremony saw a group of friends sing Happy Birthday to Baines before the reading from the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledging her as the world’s oldest person.

“Her only complaint to me, well there are two complaints, number one, she doesn't like the bacon. It's not crisp enough,” her doctor, Charles Witt, told KCAL9 local television.

“And the other thing is she fusses about her ... arthritis of her knees.

She told me that she owes her longevity to the Lord, that she never did drink, she never did smoke and she never did fool around.”

Baines, who has outlived her entire family, was born in 1894 in Shellman, Georgia. Her father was the son of slaves, and her only daughter died of typhoid fever when she was a toddler.

Baines, who worked as a maid in University of Ohio dormitories until her retirement, has lived at the Convalescent Hospital for more than 10 years.(AFP)




Corey: It’s my birthday next Friday. Do you think you can make it to the party?

Dennis: Sure. Can I ask how old you will be?

Corey: I’ll be 58.

Dennis: Wow, I had no idea you were so long in the tooth!

Corey: I don’t think 58 is very old. Anyway, I still feel healthy.

Dennis: So what are you going to do for the party?

Corey: I was thinking about going to a nightclub.

Dennis: A nightclub? You’re definitely too old for that!









long in the tooth 年紀大了

If you say that a person or animal is long in the tooth, they are old. This idiom can only be used for living things, and not inanimate objects.

如果你說一個人或動物「long in the tooth」,就表示他(牠)們老了。這個片語只能用在活的生物上,不能用來形容沒有生命的物體。










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