Be nice, worship God and eat pigs’ feet: That’s how Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Mich., says she lived to celebrate her 114th birthday today — and be crowned the oldest person in the United States. Using census records, the Gerontology Research Group verified her title after the previous oldest American, Elsie Thompson, died at 113 in March. Talley is still a youngster, relatively speaking, compared to the world’s oldest person, Jiroemon Kimura, who is 116 and lives in Japan.
— Oldest American, Jeralean Talley, Turns 114 Years Old
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