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?
I think you'll find that fog covered the world in a little over 79 days (and then moped at home for a day). So I'd subtract 1 year from Dej Mar's excellent solution.