June 30, 2005

Thanks For Sharing
— Ace

From LGF, via Jack:

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch woman who swears by a daily helping of herring for a healthy life celebrated her 115th birthday on Wednesday as the oldest living person on record.

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, a former needlework teacher, was born in 1890, the year Sioux Indians were massacred by the U.S. military at the Battle of Wounded Knee.

For unknown reasons, the unbiased reporter fails to mention she celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary the same year the Tuskegee Experiment was begun, and finally achieved her lifelong dream of para-sailing the year Richard Nixon began his illegal bombing campaign of Cambodia.

And also-- throughout her long life, America has just totally sucked dick, and not in a "good way" either.

Posted by: Ace at 09:05 AM | Comments (14)
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1 Yeah, a better citation would have been,"She was born the same year Oscar Wilde published The Picture of Dorian Gray." Or perhaps closer to home, "She was born in 1890, the same year that Vincent Van Gogh died." The Wounded Knee reference was completely out of left field (pun intended).

Posted by: vonKreedon at June 30, 2005 09:12 AM (hF0Vm)

2 Ace,


Here: 1890 Congress establishes the Oklahoma Territory on unoccupied lands in the Indian Territory, breaking a 60-year-old pledge to preserve this area exclusively for Native Americans forced from their lands in the east.

From PBS, New Perspectives on the West.

Posted by: MeTooThen at June 30, 2005 09:18 AM (9Dvaj)

3 The important question is whether she is the one where the saying that 'it' smells like fish originated.

Posted by: Dman at June 30, 2005 09:26 AM (m2CN7)

4 Did you know that Bismark resigned as Chancellor of Germany in 1890, also he loved herring? There is a type a herring named after him.

Posted by: scootran at June 30, 2005 09:51 AM (cq5ya)

5 Too bad she didn't live long enough to see us blow up the world - or better yet, Amsterdam.

Posted by: at June 30, 2005 10:05 AM (Q7tmB)

6 Actually, Anna Torbenson is older and swears by her daily helping of Lutefisk.

Posted by: 72 Lutefisks at June 30, 2005 11:04 AM (dhRpo)

7 And let's not forget that just weeks after her 60th birthday, the Rosenbergs were arrested. Boo! Hiss!

Posted by: Sean M. at June 30, 2005 02:43 PM (tSDq3)

8 Now, now.

While I did have a good laugh at the "thanks for sharing" line, I don't necessarily think there's anything sinister going on here. The reporter probably just looked up 1890 in an almanac and found the first semi-well-known event that they thought would impress upon people how long ago that was. The U.S. military battling Sioux Indians? I think that fits the bill for emphasizing how she was born in another era.

And they even used the word "Indians"...

Posted by: Bob at June 30, 2005 05:13 PM (IpgLk)

9 The U.S. military battling Sioux Indians? I think that fits the bill for emphasizing how she was born in another era.

Granted, but the reporter also could've used any other kind of measuring stick, like some of the many famous people she's outlasted who were born in the same year. Some notables include: Ho Chi Minh, Agatha Christie, Groucho Marx, Charles de Gaulle, and Dwight Eisenhower.

Posted by: Sean M. at June 30, 2005 05:55 PM (tSDq3)

10 methinks it's a red herring...

Posted by: Claire at June 30, 2005 06:50 PM (l1oyw)

11 You know, if I ever make it to 100 years old or something and I get that "OMG shes so old" interview, I will direct the reporter to NOT say something like "she was born in 1963, the same year President John F. Kennedy was assassinated." Because see, my life had fuck-all to do with Kennedy, just as that woman's life had fuckall to do with dead natives of another country not her own.

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