|Calment celebrating her 121st birthday in 1996 photo: wikipedia|
The Liputan 6 website reported that Mbah Gotho's estimated age was 140, that he could not remember his date of birth but claimed to remember the construction of a sugar factory built in Sragen in 1880.
In August 2016, after a television report on Liputan 6, numerous international media outlets reported Mbah Gotho's claim,including photographs of his ID card (issued in 2014), which displays his claimed birth date. Although Indonesian officials at the local record office confirm the birth date there is no independent, third-party verification of his claimed age, which is required for the longevity claim to be recognized by record authorities such as Guinness World Records.
The story noted others of a similar claimed age including a woman named Maemunah and known as Ambu Unah, supposedly born in 1867, in Cimanuk, Pandeglang Regency.
He confessed to the audience that began to prepare for death in 1992, including taking tombstone that would be his tomb, at the end. But behold, 24 years later, he is still alive.
|World's oldest person discovered in Indonesia - aged 145 photo: TheIndependent.co.uk|
There are other people who claim to be the older of the world, but there were not yet official confirmation. James Olofintuyi in Nigeria, claiming they have 171 years and Ebba Dhaqabo in Ethiopia that would have turned 163 years without, however, documentary evidence in this regard.
Gotho celebrated birthday, marking 146 years of existence, along with his nephew, Suryanto, and his wife, Suwarni. During the celebration, family and neighbors came to his house to his modest wish a happy birthday to the delight of Gotho. He managed to extinguish the candles on the cake from the first breath
Asked by journalists came to interview him, the secret of longevity, Gotho answered them: "Patience."
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