Who is the oldest person in the world? Well, if you take her word for it, that would Chengdu-native Fu Suqing, who just celebrated her 119th birthday this week.
If you ask around, everyone in the neighborhood knows the story of the centenarian. Fu’s great-granddaughter, Leng Ting, told reporters that relatives and friends always come around on August 21st to help Fu celebrate her birthday, NetEase reports.
According to her Chinese identity card, Fu was born on August 21st, 1897, which would mean that she has lived through three centuries. She would share her birth year with William Faulkner, Joseph Goebbels and Amelia Earhart. She had six children and now her family includes around 68 people, including a great-great-grandson who was born just a few days before Fu’s birthday. Leng says that makes five great-great grandchildren born over the last two years for Fu.
Fu’s 83-year-old daughter, Xu Shuhua, says that her mom’s health is not as good as it used to be. She now sleeps through most of the day.
Xu also told reporters that Fu is eating less than before. Fu used to love eating Hui Gou Rou almost every meal, along with a bowl rice, but these days she only eats steamed pumpkin, sweet potatoes and braised green beans. Sometimes, Fu slurps some stewed soup, but mostly she prefers boiled water.
Fu is also losing her memory. She can hardly recognize her great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Still, her medical tests show that she is in good shape, especially for her age.
While Fu’s family claims that the old woman just turned 119 years old, that claim is not accepted by most of the world’s record keeping institutions. In her living room, there only hangs certificates and awards from the London-based (but China-focused) Carrying The Flag World Records, which gave her the title of “the world’s oldest woman” in 2013 and 2016. Unfortunately for Fu, a quick check of Carrying The Flag’s official website makes us a little suspicious of their legitimacy (Carrying The Flag Is The No. 1! Carrying The Flag Is The Only One!)
Fu Suqing has applied to Guinness World Records before, but they have yet to validate her claim. According to Guinness, the world’s oldest living person is 116-year-old Emma Martina Luigia Morano, a woman living in Italy. Fu has settle for inclusion in the long list of unverified age claims, where she would only rank 12th oldest.