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)
1. religion n.
宗教（信仰） (zong1 jiao4 xin4 yang3)
例: Jason doesn't like to talk about his religion in public.
2. ceremony n.
典禮 (dian2 li3)
例: The wedding ceremony was held at an upmarket hotel.
3. complaint n.
抱怨 (bao4 yuan4)
例: Henry made a complaint to the manager after being abused by a waiter.
4. longevity n.
長壽 (chang2 shou4)
例: None of Leo's family knew the secret to his longevity.
1. Where did Baines celebrate her birthday?
a. At a hospital.
b. At a hotel.
c. At a restaurant.
2. What did Baines do in November?
a. She became the oldest person in the world.
b. She became the oldest African American.
c. She was the oldest person to vote for Barack Obama.
3. Did Baines ever drink or smoke?
a. Yes, she did.
b. No, she didn’t.
c. The article doesn’t say.
4. Are any of her children still alive?
a. Yes, they are.
b. No, they aren’t.
c. The article doesn’t say.
A milestone is an important event in a person’s life, or a turning point in a particular process.
For example: “Danny organized a massive party for his twenty-first birthday, because it was such an important milestone in his life,” or “For many people, getting married represents an important milestone in their lives.”
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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