Thursday, August 21, 2014


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Yogurt With A Vodka Chaser? The World's Oldest Woman May Live In Georgia




Antisa Khvichava's documents say she was born in 1880. That would make her 130 years old.

Khvichava lives in Georgia and was featured in a BBC report today, which quotes her family as saying she's the world's oldest woman. (Which begs the question: Is there a man out there who's older?) The video shows her playing backgammon, surrounded by fresh flowers, and drinking the "odd shot of vodka."

No mention of yogurt, though.

Remember this commercial for Dannon yogurt from the 1970s? It linked the longevity of Georgians to all the yogurt they eat. (Rumor has it that this was the first American commercial ever filmed in the Soviet Union.)

Khvichava could have starred in that commercial herself. After all, she was already 97 when it was filmed.

-- Grant Podelco

Tags: dannon,yogurt,oldest,woman,Georgia

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