The oldest person ever to live (as far as we know) was Jeanne Louise Calment. She was born in 1875 in Arles, France, and died in 1997, in the same city, at the age of 122 and a half.
She met Vincent van Gogh when she was thirteen, and says he was “dirty, badly dressed, and disagreeable,” as well as “very ugly, ungracious, impolite, sick.”
She saw the construction of the Eiffel Tower…and the launch of eBay. She was alive during the administrations of Ulysses S. Grant…and Bill Clinton. Had her husband lived as long as she did, they would’ve been married for 101 years.
I don’t have anything profound to say. I just think that’s amazing.