yahoo – If Bolivia’s public records are correct, Carmelo Flores Laura is the oldest living person ever documented. They say he turned 123 a month ago. The native Aymara lives in a straw-roofed dirt-floor hut in an isolated hamlet near Lake Titicaca at 13,100 feet (4,000 meters), is illiterate, speaks no Spanish and has no teeth. He walks without a cane and doesn’t wear glasses. And though he speaks Aymara with a firm voice, one must talk into his ear to be heard. “I see a bit dimly. I had good vision before. But I saw you coming,” he tells Associated Press journalists who visit after a local TV report touts him as the world’s oldest person. Hobbling down a dirt path, Flores greets them with a raised arm, smiles and sits down on a rock. His gums bulge with coca leaf, a mild stimulant that staves off hunger. Like most Bolivian highlands peasants, he has been chewing it all his life.
Coca leaf is coke, bro. We know the deal. We saw Blow. You can’t just slip that part of the story by us like it’s not a big deal. Old man just gave the finger to all modern medical science with his drug-induced longevity. Made it through 12 decades without any doctors; surviving twice as long as many Americans all due to a consistent diet, moderate exercise, and being high on cocaine for 100 straight years.
If only Rick James had taken longer walks.