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Popped Clog: Kamato Hongo

Kamato Hongo - until very recently the world's oldest living human - has died. She was 116. (Although she didn't look a day over 105).

7 November 2003

The world’s oldest living person, Kamato Hongo, has died after a bout of pneumonia. Her 116 year old body had done too much living to carry on.

According to her grandson, Tsuyoshi Kurauchi, "As a sort of farewell, she performed her favourite hand dance yesterday while lying in bed before her next of kin. She knew that her time was near..." - although she might simply have been trying to signal for a bedpan.

At her bedside was her doctor, Kiyoshige Niina, who must be deeply embarrassed at losing such a famous patient. Not at her bedside to ratify the loss of her world record was Norris McWhirter (the great record-ratifier, and far-right theorist). Norris McWhirter is currently 78 years old, which is not a record but still quite impressive. Presumably it is the burning knot of Euroscepticism and race hate in his belly that keeps him fired up and healthy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norris_McWhirter

You never know, perhaps if Kamato had been English rather than Japanese, Norris might have bothered to get on a plane with a stopwatch.

Kamato Hongo was known and loved throughout Japan for her cheery spirit and broad smile. The day after she died, it was reported that ten billiards clubs found to have been allowing mixed-sex games have been closed down in the capital of Iran. How Kamato would have laughed at the absurdity of it all!

This is Hongo laughing.

Goodbye Kamato!



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