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World’s Oldest Man Reveals His Longevity Secrets: Luck, Moderation, and a Weekly Fish and Chips Tradition

World’s Oldest Man Reveals His Longevity Secrets: Luck, Moderation, and a Weekly Fish and Chips Tradition


LONDON — At the remarkable age of 111, Englishman John Alfred Tinniswood has become the world’s oldest man, a title officially confirmed by Guinness World Records.

Born in Liverpool on August 26, 1912, just months after the sinking of the Titanic, Tinniswood has witnessed two world wars and served in the British Army Pay Corps during World War II.

But what’s the secret to his longevity? Luck, moderation, and a beloved tradition: fish and chips every Friday.

Tinniswood’s approach to life is refreshingly simple. He never smokes, rarely drinks, and follows no special diet.

His philosophy? “If you drink too much or you eat too much or you walk too much — if you do too much of anything — you’re going to suffer eventually,” he shared with Guinness World Records.

His moderation mantra has undoubtedly contributed to his remarkable health.

Every Friday, Tinniswood indulges in a quintessentially British treat: fish and chips.

Whether wrapped in newspaper from a seaside stall or enjoyed at a local pub, this tradition has become a cherished part of his routine.

Perhaps it’s the crispy batter, the tangy vinegar, or the comforting warmth that keeps him coming back. Whatever the reason, it seems to be working.

While Tinniswood acknowledges the importance of moderation, he ultimately attributes his longevity to luck.

“You either live long or you live short, and you can’t do much about it,” he reflects.

Indeed, genetics, chance, and circumstances all play a role in determining our lifespan. Tinniswood’s humility reminds us that despite our best efforts, some things remain beyond our control.

As Tinniswood claims the title of the world’s oldest man, the oldest living person overall is Maria Branyas Morera, a remarkable 117-year-old from Spain.

Her secret? Perhaps she, too, relies on a mix of luck, moderation, and cherished traditions.

In a world obsessed with fad diets, extreme exercise regimens, and elixirs promising eternal youth, Tinniswood’s wisdom offers a refreshing perspective. Sometimes, it’s the simplest pleasures — like a plate of fish and chips — that hold the key to a long and fulfilling life.