The World's Oldest Man Inspired a Banana-Flavored Caffeine Pill
Courtesy of Guinness World Records
World's oldest man Salustiano "Shorty" Sanchez-Blazquez was 112 years old when he died this weekend. Shorty was born in Spain in 1901, emigrated to the United States in 1920 via Ellis Island, and has lived in Niagara Falls, New York (mostly) ever since. But just how did this man live so long? Four words: Bananas and caffeine pills.
Runnin' Scared reported earlier in the summer that Shorty's secret to long life was his daily regimen of a banana and six tabs of Anacin, an aspirin and caffeine pill.
After news broke of Shorty's caffeine pill-induced longevity, Insight Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Anacin, began pouring money into researching a banana-flavored version of the pill, "Bananacin."
"Forget the fountain of youth - 'Bananacin' could be a game-changer for life expectancy," said VP for marketing Jennifer Moyer in the initial announcement.
While we wait for Insight to get back to us on that, let's remember Shorty Sanchez-Blazquez, who leaves behind two children, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
The leading candidate to replace Shorty is 111-year-old Italian man Arturo Licata. Guiness World Records is still authenticating his age. The world's oldest woman remains 115-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.
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