AN Indian man has stunned airport staff by showing a passport which claims he is aged 123.
If the date is correct on Swami Sivananda’s travel document, then that would make him the world’s oldest person ever.
The Hindu monk was travelling from London back to Kolkata when he stopped over in Abu Dhabi to change planes.
But it is hard verify as the only records come from a temple register.
Despite claiming to be 123, Sivananda appears to look decades younger, which he puts down to yoga, discipline, and celibacy.
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The world’s oldest people
The oldest person ever was Jeanne Louise Calment from France, who died the age of 122 years and 164 days in 1997.
Women live longer than men and the world’s oldest living man is 113-year-old Gustav Gerneth, from Germany.
The record for oldest man ever to have lived is also held by a Japanese - Jiroemon Kimura - who died in 2013 aged 116.
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She holds the record after the death Grace Jones, who passed away aged 112 in June.
“I avoid taking milk or fruits because I think these are fancy foods. In my childhood I slept many days on an empty stomach.
“Discipline is the most important thing is life. One can conquer anything with discipline in food habits, exercise, and sexual desires.”
The 5ft 2in Sivananda is fit and in good health, lives independently and even travels alone on trains.
He sleeps on a mat on the floor with a wooden slab for a pillow and hankers back to a simpler era.
“Earlier people were happy with fewer things,” he said.
“Nowadays people are unhappy, unhealthy and have become dishonest, which pains me a lot. I just want people to be happy, healthy and peaceful.”
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