Blog
×

Warning

JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 63
Thursday, 07 March 2013 01:10

The Amazing Story behind the 256 Year-Old Man

Rate this item
(0 votes)

over 256 yearsAccording to the 1933 obituaries in both Time Magazine and the New York Times, Li Ching-Yun was reported to have buried 23 wives and fostered 180 descendants by the time he died at the age of 256.

Was he really that old? Could he have forgotten his own birthday or exaggerated his claim? Environmental Graffiti investigates.

"The Secrets to an Interminable Life

"Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog." These were the words of advice Li gave to Wu Pei-fu, the warlord, who took Li into his house to learn the secret of extremely long life.

Li maintained that inward calm and peace of mind were the secrets to incredible longevity. His diet after all, was mainly based on rice and wine.

From 0 to 256

Unsurprisingly, not much is known about Li Ching-Yun’s early life. We know he was born in the province of Szechwan in China, where he also died. We also know that by his tenth birthday, Ching-Yun was literate and had travelled to Kansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam and Manchuria gathering herbs. After that, it gets a bit fuzzy…

Apparently, for over one hundred years, Li continued selling his own herbs and then subsequently sold herbs collected by others. He also (according to Time) had six-inch long fingernails on his right hand.

You might be thinking that he looked decrepit, shrivelled, leather-like and creepy, however sources at the time were astonished at his youthfulness. Was this suspect? Was Li Ching-Yun as old as he claimed he was, or was his birthday a clerical error or exaggeration?

Last modified on Thursday, 07 March 2013 01:28

123385 comments

  • Comment Link z9t4c3v3 Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:50 posted by z9t4c3v3

    free poker online - free texas holdem poker games online
    free poker online facebook, free poker online facebook

  • Comment Link n9p0h6x6 Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:48 posted by n9p0h6x6

    free video poker games at atlantis, free 100 play video poker harrahs
    free video poker jacks or better, free video poker deuces wild

  • Comment Link t0d4s6y0 Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:45 posted by t0d4s6y0

    buy essays online cheap, buy essay online cheap
    buy cheap essays online - buy essays cheap

  • Comment Link AlanaBouff Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:43 posted by AlanaBouff

    how does viagra work https://www.viagraeiu.com/ site oficial http://viagraeiu.com/

  • Comment Link AlanaBouff Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:39 posted by AlanaBouff

    viagra brand https://www.viagraeiu.com/ buy viagra uk http://viagraeiu.com/

  • Comment Link x6p0a6m3 Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:32 posted by x6p0a6m3

    free 100 play video poker harrah's, 100 play video poker
    vegas free play poker, play free poker vegas world

  • Comment Link p8d7q1q2 Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:27 posted by p8d7q1q2

    wpt poker online free - free texas holdem poker games online
    free poker online vegas world, free poker online facebook

  • Comment Link l3s9a3w6 Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:26 posted by l3s9a3w6

    free video poker online, video poker games free
    free video poker slots - video poker free igt

  • Comment Link w9r5o8e6 Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:25 posted by w9r5o8e6

    free poker online facebook, poker online free
    online poker free - texas holdem poker free online aol no limit

  • Comment Link t0i8h3w7 Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:11 posted by t0i8h3w7

    buying essay, buy essays online safe
    buy essay cheap - buy custom essays online

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

Sponsors

spirit in form logo Lillian Fidler logo SovereignMind2 smr-137x72-smo Lotus - Hi Res - Botanicals 137 JPEG