In 1997, Jean Calmet of France, the authentically verified oldest person in the world died at the ripe old age of 122. She smoked cigararettes until age 117, when she finally quit the habit.
Unfortunately, most people will not live so long. In 1800 the average life expectancy was a mere 27 years. By 1900 it was only 47. Although the average life expectancy has nearly doubled in the last hundred years, the majority of us living today will still die sometime in our eighties.
However, there are exceptions to every rule. In someextremely rare cases, people have been able to defy the laws of physics and actually become immortal. As unbelievable as this sounds, there is strong evidence that - every once in a while in history - certain people have been able to reach such an advanced level of spiritual enlightenment that they can increase their life span indefinitely.
Humanity has always been fascinated by the idea of living forever. The entire ancient science of alchemy is built around the search for the elixir of everlasting life. Is it possible for someone to actually live in the physical body forever?
Among the first recorded case of extreme longevity is Methuselah who was born in 3313 B.C. (Genesis, 5: 27). Methuselah was Noah's grandfather and one of the great Patriarchs of the Bible. He is mentioned in the Bible only seven times, and then only briefly. He gave birth to his first son, Lamech at age 187. He died in the year of the great flood, in 2344, B.C. He lived 969 years, making him the first recorded human to achieve extreme longevity. Today his name has become synonymous with immortality or incredible age.
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