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Oldest Person Alive!?

This news across the AP wire:

A woman from the eastern European country of Georgia claims to have celebrated an important birthday today---her 130th.

While record of her birth certificate is long lost due to the country's history of unrest, Antisa Khvichava claims she was born on July 8, 1880.

If that's true, then she is by far the world's oldest person ever recorded.

Many officials from the Georgian government have come forward to support her claim with other forms of evidence.

But it doesn't all add up necessarily. Her son is 70 years old, which means she would have given birth to him at 60, when most women have completed menopause and the cessation of regular ovarian function.

Currently, the Gerontology Research Group reports that 114-year-old Eugenie Blanchard of Saint Barthelemy, France, is the world's "official" oldest person.

The group said they are looking to investigate Mrs. Khvichava's claim to the "oldest" title.

Nonetheless, Mrs. Khvichava celebrated the day with a string ensemble that played folk music on her front lawn.
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On a related note, happy belated 110th birthday to Frederica Sagor Maas, reportedly Hollywood's first supercentenarian.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 8, 2010; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags: oldest person alive, supercentenarian  
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