Oldest man in the world says the secret is luck, moderation and eating “fish and chips”

16 Apr 2024

John Alfred Tinniswood, born on August 26, 1912 in Liverpool, England, has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest man in the world at 111 years and 223 days as of today. 5 April 2024 Tinniswood, who currently resides in a care home in Southport, is described by staff as a "great talker" and despite his advanced age, still carries out most daily tasks independently.

During World War II, Tinniswood was unable to enlist as a soldier due to vision problems, but he found purpose working in an administrative role for the Army Pay Corps, where he handled accounting and logistical tasks, such as locating stranded soldiers and organize food supplies. This makes him the oldest surviving male veteran of World War II.

After the war he worked in accounting for Shell and BP until his retirement in 1972. He met his wife, Blodwen, at a dance in Liverpool and they married in 1942, enjoying 44 years together before Blodwen died in 1986. Tinniswood He is a huge Liverpool FC fan and has experienced all of his club's eight FA Cup wins and 17 of its 19 league titles.

According to John, the secret to his longevity is "pure luck". He does not follow any particular diet and his main advice to stay healthy is to practice moderation. Despite not smoking and rarely drinking alcohol, he enjoys a portion of fish and chips every Friday.

John Alfred Tinniswood's life is a testament to lived history and human resilience, and his story continues to inspire many around the world.

John Alfred Tinniswood, who is 111 years old, has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest man. This, after the death a few days ago of the Venezuelan Juan Vicente Pérez, who was 114. Gisaburo Sonobe of Japan, who was the second oldest, died on March 21 at 112 years of age. Tinniswood received a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records on Thursday at the care home where he lives in Southport, northwest England.

If you drink too much or eat too much or walk too much — if you do anything too much — eventually you're going to suffer”, Tinniswood told the Book of World Records. But at the end of the day, he asserted, “it's pure luck. “You’re going to live a long time or you’re going to live a little, and there’s not much you can do about it”.

The oldest woman in the world – and the oldest person – is María Branyas Morera, from Spain, who is 117 years old.





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