Walter Bruening, the world’s oldest man, has died of natural causes at the age of 114 in Great Falls, Montana.
Bruening had been living in the Rainbow Senior Living nursing home in Great Falls since 1980. He was sent to the Great Falls hospital earlier in the month for an unknown illness, according to Stacia Kirby, a spokesperson for the retirement home. It was at the hospital where he spent his final days.
"He was one of the kindest gentlemen and one of the humblest," Kirby said in a news statement.
Bruening, who was born on September 21, 1896, in Melrose, Minnesota, started working for the Great Northern Railway in 1913. In 1918, he moved to Montana to begin working as a clerk for the railway. It was in Montana that he met Agnes Twokey, who he married four years later. She passed away in 1957, after 35 years of marriage. The couple had no children together and Bruening never remarried, just kept himself busy with work, even after retiring from the railroad in 1963 at the age of 67.
In the past few years, Bruening had become quite the celebrity, appearing on such shows as “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” and offering his health advice to publications such as Mens Journal.
"He was wise even beyond his years,” Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer said in a news release. “Walter taught me that all things in moderation will help lead to a long life, that hard work and a modest living are enough for a happy life and most importantly that giving back to others is good for the soul."
According to The New York Daily News, Jiroemon Kimura of Japan is now the world’s oldest living person. He will turn 114 on April 19.
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1 in 5 Swedes say they would be willing to sacrifice a kidney in exchange for a large cash payment, a survey has found.
A consumer research company asked 1,000 Swedes: "If it was legal, would you be prepared to sell one of your kidneys for 300,000 kronor ($48,344) to the County Council to be used for someone with kidney failure, or wouldn't you?"
Twenty-two percent said they would be prepared to sell a kidney, 67 percent said they would not and 11 percent were undecided, The Local reported Friday.
The numbers show that out of Sweden's entire population, 1.5 million people would be ready to give up a kidney in return for the cash.
There are currently 750 people on the waiting list for a kidney in Sweden, said Sveridge Radio, which commissioned the survey.
SR said the only country in the world where the state pays cash for kidneys is Iran, and it is also the only country minus a waiting list.
The survey showed that low-income earners and high-income earners were just as likely to agree to the operation despite the small risk it would incur.
Out of those with an annual income of 250,000 kronor a year, 19 percent were in favour, 73 percent against and 8 percent undecided.
The same figures applied for those with an annual income of 600,000 or more, and those in between also showed very similar figures.
However, young people were more likely to be positive to selling their kidney (29 percent) than elderly people (17 percent) and those with a secondary education (16 percent) were less positive than those with a lower educational level (31 percent).
More men (73 percent) than women (64 percent) were completely against the procedure.
The survey was carried out by SIFO for Sveriges Radio in April and 1,000 people took part, reports UPI.
The 22-year-old "heavy weight" beauty Moran Baranes, weighing in at 205 pounds, was crowned the title in "Fat and Beautiful" beauty pageant 2009 in Israel. Moran Baranes works as a security guard and enjoys painting and dancing.
This special annual "Fat and Beautiful" beauty pageant only accepts contestants with at least 176 lbs. The plus-size women from all over Israel competed in casual wear and evening gowns.
Jozsef Tari from Hungary has over 4500 miniature books in his collection.
He only collects books which are 76 mm (3 inches) long or smaller. The oldest books in the collection are more than 100 years old.
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