Today, Emma Morano turned 117 years old. She was born all the way back on November 29, 1899 in Italy. But what’s her secret for such a long life? Well, there are two secrets actually. The first secret for living so long is her ability to remain single. That’s right, folks! Don’t be so down on yourself for being single because it may just add several unexpected decades onto your lifespan. Just ask Emma Morano.
She did get married once, though. Way back in the 1930s, at age 26, Morano tied the knot with an abusive man, who extorted her into marriage with the threat of violence. According to Morano, her former husband said, ”Either you agree to marry me or I will kill you.”
Thankfully, that marriage did not last long. She left him after only a few years. While married, they had a baby son. He died six months after being born, and by then Morano had enough of her husband. She said, “I separated from him in 1938. I think I was one of the first in Italy to do that.”
She found freedom in staying single. She no longer had anyone in her home that would dominate her and she’s stayed single ever since. Is there any merit to this theory of “stay single and you’ll live longer”? Well, people who are single on average are scientifically linked to less stress, less debt and better physical shape.
But didn’t I say that Emma Morano had two secrets to how she’s lived so damn long? That’s right! And her second secret is eating raw eggs! Yes, that’s right. She has eaten raw eggs for breakfast every day for lord knows how long. That’s two raw eggs every single day for decades, with the occasional fried egg on the side. Her doctor Carlo Brava said, “She has never eaten much fruit or vegetables. Her characteristic is that she always eats the same thing, every day, every week, every month, and every year.”
Well, you heard it right, folks! Stay single and eat eggs and you’ll live through the centuries! And by the way, happy birthday to you, Emma Morano! Here are some additional happy birthday and congratulatory Tweets just for her: