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The World's Oldest Person Shares Her Surprising Secret to Living a Long Life

The World's Oldest Person Shares Her Surprising Secret to Living a Long Life

Happy Birthday, Susannah Mushatt!

Mushatt turned 116 on Monday, and is the world's oldest living person, according to a statement from Guinness World Records.

What's her secret to her long life?

"Lots of sleep." And a daily helping of bacon, eggs and grits for breakfast.

Mushatt was born in Montgomery, Ala., and was one of 11 siblings. She worked picking crops in her small farm town and moved to New York to start a college scholarship fund for African-American women, USA Today reports.

She currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she’s been living for the past three decades in a public housing facility.

The oldest person to have ever lived was also a woman, who was from France and was 122 when she died in 1997.

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