Liz Taylor, take heart: 132 is the new 116


According to my copy of The Old Testament, in Genesis (23:1), it says "And Sara was a hundred and twenty seven years old: these were the years of Sara's life. And Sara died in Qiryat-arba; that is Hebron, in the land of Canaan"¦"

Now while you might think 127 would earn her a place in the Guinness Book (topping even Maria Esther de Capovilla of Ecuador, who is 116 years young and still going) here comes Moloko Temo of South Africa.

According to this article in

An elderly South African woman has reportedly laid claim to be the world's oldest person -- 132 years -- and an organisation representing the old is adamant the accomplishment be officially recognised. Moloko Temo of Bochum in the country's northern Limpopo province was reportedly born on July 4, 1874 according to a government identity document issued to her in 1988, the Afrikaans-language Beeld daily said.

The article goes on to say that "Temo has eight children, 29 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren."

Pretty spectacular, I'd say. However, not to steal Temo's thunder, but I think dear old Sara might still have her beat in the lineage category, seeing as Sara and Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his brethren"¦ and, and, and..

[...just for the record: also according to Genesis: Abraham lived to be 175, Adam 930, and Methuselah, who trumps "˜em all, of course: 969 years old!]