8NewsNow: Just days after becoming the world’s oldest documented person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver has died in Arkansas. Weaver became the oldest person in the world after the death of a 117-year-old Japanese woman last week, according to records kept by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group. Weaver was born on July 4, 1898. Weaver told reporters last week that the key to her longevity was being kind to everyone and eating her own cooking. She also said she hoped President Barack Obama would come to her 117th birthday party in July.
This is sneakily one of my favorite stories in a long time. How about the cajones on this old broad? Inherit the title of World’s Oldest Living Person, brag about it and invite Obama to your next birthday, and then croak five days later. That’s what happens when you guarantee another birthday when you’re ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN years old. Kiss of death like you read about. What’s that old saying? Don’t count your chickens before they hatch? Well, when you’re like a gazillion years old, every new day that you have a pulse is a scientific miracle. I guess when you cross over the century barrier, you forget how old you actually are. Like there’s a point in your life where you totally forget that every second of air may be your last. Just a total big shot move from Gertrude. Little did she know that with that declaration she was signing her death warrant. Took her a million years to get complacent and look what happens.
She gave it a good run. 116 years goodness gracious.