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So I can't identify who the man in the image really is.

But assume that World News Daily Report hadn't invented the entire story.

Would it have been possible for the story to have been true? Well, there have been cases of extreme age reported.

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As people get older, into their 80s and 90s, they often start to exaggerate their age, because being thought of as older is a way to enhance their status within the community.This strategy works especially well when there are no birth records to contradict whatever age the person is claiming to be.So it's relatively common to have cases of people falsely claiming to be supercentenarians (older than 110).A retired cobbler from northern India, Mahashta Murasi, claims he was born in January 1835, making him not only the oldest man on earth, but the oldest to have ever lived, according to the Guiness World Records.According to indian officials, the man was born at home in the city of Bangalore on January 6th 1835, and is recorded to have lived in Varanasi since 1903. " The man's birth certificate and identity cards all seem to confirm his version, but unfortunately no medical examination can confirm his saying for now.

He worked as a cobbler in the city until 1957, when he retired at the already venerable age of 122. Look at the statistics, nobody dies past 150, even less at 170. The last doctor Mister Murasi visited died in 1971, so there is little information available about his previous medical files.

"I have been alive so long, that my great grand-children have been dead for years" explains Mr Murasi. The article is circulating widely on foreign-language sites in particular (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.) where it's being posted unquestioningly as fact. The source of the article is the fake-news site worldnewsdailyreport.com, which has a disclaimer buried on their site, identifying all their articles as fiction.

However, World News Daily Report didn't create the picture of the old man.

They simply found it online, where it's been circulating for many years.

At various times, the photo has been turned into a meme.

However, I've been unable to locate the original source of the image.