The Oldest Italian Ate Two Raw Eggs a Day for Nearly a Century (117 Years Old)
Emma Morano broke a few records during her long life. She was the oldest Italian and the last known living person born in the 1800s. After being diagnosed with anemia at age 20, she began a daily ritual of consuming three eggs (two raw and one cooked) every day, a habit she continued throughout her life. Although she credits the eggs for her long life, genetics almost certainly played a role. Morano lived 117 years and 137 days, but she was hardly the only long-lived person in her family. Several family members lived well into their 90s. Her younger sister Angela lived to 102, making the two the oldest siblings in Italy. In addition to diet and good genes, Morano avoided drugs, drank a glass of brandy, and remained single for most of her life after separating from her abusive husband shortly after the death of her only child. Despite these hardships, she remained optimistic about life.