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114-year-old woman named world's oldest, Reuters jinxes everything

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Yesterday, Guinness World Records recognized 114-year-old Japanese woman Misao Ookawa as the world's oldest living woman with a certificate, seen here.

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Then Reuters, either unfazed by or unaware of the superstitious implications, did the unthinkable and called the award an "early birthday present," before going on to declare that "next week, Ookawa will rack up one more year of living on March 5 as she turns 115."

We are knocking on all the wood we can get our hands on, and we encourage you to do the same — but we're optimistic. According to Japanese media, Ookawa has never had a major illness in her life. Plus she's super level-headed and awesome in that way that supercentenarians often tend to be:

"Given everything, it's pretty good," she said upon receiving the certificate.

Top image via Reuters

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I keep hearing the gems to living a long time: eat right, exercise, play mental games. All of them seem to be anecdotes. Somebody lives a long time and they or someone close to them comes up with a little story about why. Other than "good genes" and avoided accidents and killers I'm not convinced about anything else as a cause. Likewise, I imagine living a long time is just something you do - for some it must be a curse, others a blessing and for others, well they're just showing up until they don't.