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Emma Morano: 116 Years Old & Last Person Born In 1800s

Last Thursday, the world's oldest woman, Brooklynite Susannah Mushatt Jones, died at the age of 116.

Italy's Emma Morano, also 116 years old, now holds the honor. Among other things, Morano credits her longevity to "being single for most of her life." But Morano wasn't an anomaly — as Twitter user @borderlinefemme pointed out, avoiding men seems to be a theme among famed centenarians.

Gladys Gough, a British woman who made it to 104, once said of her unusually old age, "I never got married or had a boyfriend either. That probably had something to do with it. I just couldn't be bothered with men."

Then there's Scotland's Jessie Gallan, who lived to be 109. "My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They're just more trouble than they're worth," Gallan shared.

And there's no arguing with Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, a Mexican woman who died in 2015 at the age of 127 — making her the world's longest-living known human. She said her impressively long life was due to never getting married. (Also, "chocolate" and "sleeping for days on end," so she had it all figured out.)

They all make very compelling points.

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World's oldest women all got that way by avoiding men
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, reacts in front of her 117th birthday cake in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, sits on her bed during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, reacts in front of her 117th birthday cake in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, sits on her bed during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, reacts in front of her 117th birthday cake in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, blows candles during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, reacts in front of her 117th birthday cake in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano (C) is kissed by her caretakers Malgorzat Ceglinska and Yamilec Vergara during the 117th birthday in her house in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday in her house in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday in her house in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo
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