Bloke claiming to be ‘oldest man alive’ launches selfie business ‘at age of 121’

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    The "world's oldest man" who has racked up a whopping 121 years has launched a new career as a celebrity and people are flocking to have selfies with him.

    Andrelino Vieira da Silva, from Aparecida de Goiania, Brazil, went viral when he celebrated his 121st birthday on February 3 as his cake was topped with "O terror do INSS" – meaning the terror of the INSS.

    Among other things, the INSS, or National Institute of Social Security, deals with pension payments. Brazil's minister of Labour and Social Security Onyx Lorenzoni then awarded the old-timer with a metal plaque commemorating his 121 years.

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    But now Andrelino is now tapping into the social media influencer spectrum – defying all logic with his astonishing age.

    His granddaughter revealed he has become a local celebrity, with people recognising him asking for selfies when he is out and about.

    "Depending on the place, people even recognise him. Some ask if they can take a picture with him and he agrees," Janaina Lemes de Souza told local media.

    However, Janaina said her grandfather was humble and did not dwell much on his newfound fame.

    "He's fine, living his ordinary life," she said.

    Andrelino is said to have been born on February 3, 1901.

    He was married and had seven children, five of whom are still alive. He also has 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

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    Just a month after his birthday this year Andrelino was hit with dengue fever and was in hospital for five days but managed to make an incredible full recovery – with the team that looked after him saying his energy and good humour was remarkable.

    If Andrelino's age is independently verified, he will overtake France's Lucile Randon – who is blind and wheelchair-bound – to officially become the oldest living person.

    It comes after the Daily Star reported on the 128th birthday of the "world's oldest woman" in May this year, with the OAP asking her family to "bury me well when I die".

    Johanna Mazibukofrom, from Jouberton, Klerksdorp, in South Africa’s North West province, is said to have celebrated her 128th birthday on Wednesday, May 11.

    Born on a maize farm in the Ottosdal region, she was the eldest of 12, and three of her siblings are still alive today.

    Though she can't remember her childhood all that well, she recalls the time there was a plague of locusts on the farms.

    She said: "There were ones we could catch and eat. It was like you are eating meat. We would just fry them and eat them like that, just on their own."


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