As a new reporter for The Sun
, I was assigned to a human interest story about a man who was supposed to be the oldest person in his village and perhaps the oldest person in the world. I was intrigued to meet the gentleman, and happy to do the interview. When I was done I showed my editor my notes (which I had written on a napkin) of what the old man had said:
"How old am I? Let me add up the days."
"I Ďave spent as many years as the days that fog covered the world.
I Ďave lived as long as it took Tiberius to sail a parsec at sea.
For each of Nemoís cables, a minute I 'ave endured.
As many years as Arthur N. Fordís answer to the unknown.
I saw the long 'and pass by as often as the traveller circled the sun."
After seeing my notes my editor would not print the article until I could provide the old manís age.
How old did he claim to be?
In reality there are claims for some folk to have lived some decades beyond their century. Your claim may well be right.
As an aside to your doubt, could the traveller be the Earth? The long 'and passes therefore once?
Posted by brianjn
on 2007-11-01 23:34:47