Would you like to be a centenarian?

I am currently working on a literature survey on the genetics of ageing when I came across a series of nice monographs at the Max Planck Institute in Rostock.

… the Deluge swept away the pluricentenarians. Ernest (1938) mentioned that the semi-divine persons of the Hindu Sagas lived hundred of thousands of years, and that on average each of ten rulers of Ancient Babylon lived about 43,000 years. The antediluvian patriarchs lived almost 1,000 years (Adam 930 years, Seth 912 years, Jared 962 years, Enoch 965 years, Lamech 777 years and the oldest: Methuselah 969 years). Noah, who survived the Deluge, reached the age of 950 years. …. supercentenarians from modern historic time: Sarah 127 years, Ismail 137 years, Isaac 180 years, Jacob 147 years, Joseph 110 years, Moses 120 years, Aaron 110 years. More realistic perhaps is the declaration in Psalm 90: “The days of our age are threescore years and ten, and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years….”.

Yes, certainly more realistic, where one day is like a thousand years, yea, yea.