[caption id="attachment_70040" align="aligncenter" width="634"] Ethiopian farmer Dhaqabo Ebba claims to be a staggering 160 years old, which would make him the world's oldest living man. However, there is no birth certificate to prove his age[/caption]
Ethiopian Farmer Claims to be 160 Years Old
Dhaqabo Ebba of Ethiopia claims to have vivid memories of the Italian army invading his impoverished nation. However, he's not referring to what historians call the Second Italo-Ethiopian War during the fascist era of 1930s. Instead, Ebba is referring to the First Italo-Ethiopian War from 1895 to 1896. That war was a proxy war with Italy invading the North African nation and Russia & France providing weapons and military officers to aid the Ethiopian army.
Ebba claims to recall that first invasion with crystal clarity and he's not talking about a prior life either. The retired farmer claims to be 160 years old, but we may have to take him at his word since he has no birth certificate. Ebba's vivid recollections of his surrounding neighborhood and country from the 1890s were so impressive that he overcame the doubts of the reporter who interviewed him for Oromiya TV.
To date, the oldest man on record lived to the age of 114 which makes Ebba 46 years older than him. Currently, the oldest living person on record was Jeanne Calment of France who lived to age 122 and whose eyes seemed to have faded away entirely from age. Ebba on the other hand would be the picture of remarkable health as he looks like a man in his early nineties, but will take medical confirmation to establish his age.
Ten verified oldest people living
|Rank||Name||Sex||Birth date||Age as of 19 April 2013||Place of residence|
|1||Jiroemon Kimura||M||19 April 1897||116 years, 0 days||Japan|
|2||Misao Okawa||F||5 March 1898||115 years, 45 days||Japan|
|3||Jeralean Talley||F||23 May 1899||113 years, 331 days||United States|
|4||Susannah Mushatt Jones||F||6 July 1899||113 years, 287 days||United States|
|5||Bernice Madigan||F||24 July 1899||113 years, 269 days||United States|
|6||Soledad Mexia||F||13 August 1899||113 years, 249 days||United States[a]|
|7||Evelyn Kozak||F||14 August 1899||113 years, 248 days||United States|
|8||Mitsue Nagasaki||F||18 September 1899||113 years, 213 days||Japan|
|9||Emma Morano-Martinuzzi||F||29 November 1899||113 years, 141 days||Italy|
|10||Grace Jones||F||7 December 1899||113 years, 133 days||United Kingdom|
a^ Mexia is a native of Mexico.
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Is this the world's oldest living man? Ethiopian farmer says he is 160 and can remember Italy invading his country in 1895