Glass of good wine is daily elixir for world’s oldest twin brothers

Eating in moderation, drinking a glass of good wine every day and avoiding chasing women are the secrets of a long life, Belgians Pieter and Paulus Langerock, the world's oldest living twin brothers, say.

By: Reuters | Published:August 12, 2015 6:14 pm
red-wine-main Eating in moderation, drinking a glass of good wine every day and avoiding chasing women are the secrets of a long life, Belgians Pieter and Paulus Langerock, the world’s oldest living twin brothers, say.

Eating in moderation, drinking a glass of good wine every day and avoiding chasing women are the secrets of a long life, Belgians Pieter and Paulus Langerock, the world’s oldest living twin brothers, say.

Born on July 8 1913, the brothers have lived together for most of their lives and until this day barely leave each other’s side, sharing a room at their nursing home just outside the Belgian town of Ghent.

“There isn’t much advice I can give. Don’t waste your time fooling around, don’t eat too much and don’t run after women,” said Paulus, seamlessly switching between French and Dutch, the country’s main languages, as well as the local Ghent dialect.

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After their long careers as court magistrates in the middle of the 20th century, the besuited 102-year-olds prefer speaking French and being addressed as “Pierre and Paul”.

Both enjoy a glass of wine every day. “Get us a Bordeaux, but a good quality one,” Paulus tells his nurse at the Ter Venne retirement home into which they moved three years ago, only then giving up their own house.

Neither of them married, disapproving of each other’s choice of potential life partner over the years.

“Yes, Paulus is my best friend. We’re always together,” Pieter said.

While they are the world’s oldest living twin brothers, they have another three years to go to break the record of U.S. brothers Glen and Dale Moyer, both of whom reached 105.

Paulus says he does not care.

“When we were 85 we went to the doctor and he told us: ‘Don’t think you’ll be living to 100’. Well, I never really wanted to be this old.”

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    Mahamandaleshwar Ian
    Oct 10, 2015 at 9:32 am
    Though I don't drink alcoholic drinks, Intoxicants including wine & liquor have always fascinated me. It kept me thinking if alcohol can drive almost all cars in Brazil, so I see no reason, why it should not be good for other drink guzzlers & vehicles in India. What now disappoints me is unreasonable cost, one has to fork out for a sip of these drinks. Most of them do create some hallucinatory effect. If your report is true, We also must have access cheaper bio-fuel options including alcohol. Alcohol can even be produced from the waste from the sugar factories, which is sold for few hundred (Approx.Rs. 200 per Quintal). Conversion & further processing should not be very expensive. Imagine Alcohol being sold for approx.15-25 Rupees per liter/Kg. But I am disappointed by the very high & variable price of different bs of alcoholic drinks, even though one bottle contains only 750ml (0.75 Liter) and contains only 40-50% alcohol content.
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