Fake News: Indian Cobbler claims to be 179 years old

A news story is circulating claiming that the man in this photo is a 179-year-old Indian cobbler named Mahashta Murasi. The text of the article is as follows:
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. He worked as a cobbler in the city until 1957, when he retired at the already venerable age of 122.

"I have been alive so long, that my great grand-children have been dead for years" explains Mr Murasi. "Somehow death forgot about me... And now there's hardly any hope left. Look at the statistics, nobody dies past 150, even less at 170. At that point, I guess I'm immortal or something. I might as well enjoy it!"

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. The last doctor Mister Murasi visited died in 1971, so there is little information available about his previous medical files.

The article is circulating widely on foreign-language sites in particular (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, etc.) where it's being posted unquestioningly as fact. But, of course, not a word of this story is true.

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. 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? Could someone live to be 179? Well, there have been cases of extreme age reported. However, they usually turn out to be cases of age exaggeration, which is a well-known phenomenon. 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). The most notorious case of this occurred during the 1970s in the Ecuadorian town of Vilcabamba, where numerous people were claiming to be supercentenarians, although subsequent research discredited their claims. None of them were older than 96.

The oldest person on record, whose age was well documented, was Jeane Calment of France, who reached the age of 122. She died in 1997.


Posted on Tue Apr 29, 2014


People don't live to 179! They just don't.
Of course it's a hoax.
Posted by Dan  in  NZ  on  Thu Nov 27, 2014  at  12:11 PM
Well the story is obviously a fake. If you looking for a scientific argument from my part, you barking at the wrong genious. I can't give you one. However I am religious and I do believe what the Bible says about people who lived for hundreds of years. After Adam and Eve were banished from Eden they become mortal and susceptible to disease and cellular degradation which they passed on to their children, who then passed that on to their children and so on. By now our cells are so degraded that we would never be able to figure out how they supposedly looked like if they haven't degraded. In my opinion it is also the answer why we have so many diseases, why are there so many kinds of people and why we can't live for that long anymore. Science one day might find a way to give people longer lifespans, but you can patch a hole only that many times...
Posted by Peter Samu  in  London  on  Fri Nov 28, 2014  at  04:58 PM
Conduct his DNA tests and match them with his future generations.If they resemble he has got the first thing right.Also that he has a valid birth certificate, he does seem to have a strong point anyhow.
Posted by kamlesh bhatt  in  Rajkot India.  on  Sun Dec 07, 2014  at  11:10 PM
Did you all know that we are all related by Adam and Eve our oldest ancester to ever live like woah all of us related really? According to me that's what I believe by my 12 year old brain.
Posted by Sweety  in  London  on  Mon Dec 08, 2014  at  10:02 AM
Wow! All you skeptics are straight up MEAN. If someone wants to believe in the possibility that anything is possible, just let them! Oh I forgot, your big ass egos just force you to feel the need to play the devils advocate. You don't have to call someone with an open mind stupid! It's actually quite ignorant and not very WISE to have such a closed mind. You will see.....one day;).
Posted by briseis  in  usa  on  Tue Dec 09, 2014  at  11:32 PM
facebook allways giving fake news don't trust this news
some people try to make the people foolish y you. be foolish your self very funny
Posted by perlyperera  in  bahrain  on  Thu Dec 11, 2014  at  09:19 PM
I am from North West region of Cameroon, my grand mother is still alive I visited her recently she is 115 walking without stick or support. The only thing she can't do is cooking. God is keeping them for a purpose and is a blessing. I hope to hit 150 if God permit.
Posted by James Warren  in  Cameroon  on  Sun Dec 14, 2014  at  12:55 PM
This might be truth, during british period, selective registration was going on, in Goa too, it was registered in the office of Civil
Registrar, provided men came with his records, if it is village, he has to come with two witnesses, if it is a chritian, he has to come with baptism certificate, it all depends on the moods of the Registrars, (Drunkards) {This is my statement because I have seen a drunkar registrar since my youn days who would be under the influence of Alcohol from morning till evening, only after taking bath at home he would not drink since he was a Brahmin}
So, itis possible that his registration was not done for some or the other reason,
Now, in the computer age, when ASI claims the age of structures, plants, young men and women on the basis of their cells, why not the government take initiative to verify the Age.
There should be no two way information to be false.
Posted by Goaca Kan  in  Delhi  on  Sun Dec 14, 2014  at  10:06 PM
The British ruled India during this old boys birth, and they were strict on record keeping.
Posted by peter  in  australia  on  Tue Dec 23, 2014  at  02:33 AM
This story is not hoex
Posted by nick  in  Sheffield  on  Fri Jan 23, 2015  at  02:36 PM
I want to know from those people who simply said its a hoax because people can not live that long, can medical science prove that it's not possible for humans to live years..? I mean by use of factual illustrations..
Posted by Rajeev  in  delhi  on  Sat Apr 18, 2015  at  04:49 PM
Who cares whether this is a hoax or not. The fact is that people can live to extremely old ages. There are many documented cases of this out there, the most famous of which is Mr. Li Ching-Yuen who lived to the ripe old age of 256 years. Food for thought.
Posted by mr g  in  Phuket  on  Fri Jun 26, 2015  at  04:11 AM
Now, in our age of advanced medical technology is it not possible to scrutinise these claims, if so, why the authorities or people are not doing the same without circulating the claims ?
Posted by BISWADIP BHATTACHARJEE  on  Tue Oct 13, 2015  at  06:33 PM
i can get a birth cert saying im 200 for the right price
Posted by mick  in  sydney  on  Sat Dec 26, 2015  at  09:35 AM
i am really shocked to read all this ignorant comments about this man that claims to be 179 years old.maybe he has ten or twenty years less,but the fact is that this is extra ordinary person respect to all the others living people of the world, and i will tell you why. If you could like i do measure through this man's photo his vibrational energy you would understand that this is a exceptional person,because he has aquired the vibrational energy of over 1 million Bovis unity,compared to the vibrational energy of us common people that is less than seven thousands Bovis unity,and to many people is notorius that a high vibrational energy is index of longevity. My thought is that all the world competent istitutions should investigate to try to find out where and how this man has aquired all this vibrational energy,instead of being deaf to this important signals that nature gives to humanity
Posted by carmelo vaticano  in  calabria italy  on  Wed Jan 13, 2016  at  06:08 AM
Just cut him in half and count his rings.
Posted by Biff Henderson  in  USA  on  Tue Jan 26, 2016  at  09:43 AM
Can I get database from Mahashta's living relatives who could have picked the story of his lifetime todate. Please notify me as soon as possible
Posted by Tumwine Richard  in  Kampala  on  Mon Mar 28, 2016  at  04:08 AM
Get a grip PEOPLE!!!!! HOAX SITE! HOAX SITE!!! Please read and actually understand the article.
Posted by tired of STUPID people!!!  in  Atlantic Ocean  on  Thu Mar 31, 2016  at  08:24 AM
Ain't it kinda funny all the claims of advanced age (far beyond age proven by sound documentation ) all come from people who cannot prove it and have now evidence to back up their claim ?

When people can actually prove their age beyond any doubt and from several different sources as accepted for instance by the Guinness Book of records - we find that out of billions of people who have ever lived and have the means to prove their age beyond question - nobody has lived to be 123 years old yet . One person has been 122 , nobody died at 121, nobody at 120 , 1 person at 119 , nobody at 118 and then 3 so far at 117 then there are more numbers but still only a handful at 116 115 etc out of millions and millions of people this clearly shows where life which can be proved runs out !!!!
Posted by Russell  in  BVI  on  Fri Nov 11, 2016  at  05:24 AM
..... and therefore naturally also more importantly shows where life which cannot be proved also reaches its limits .

Or does somebody think that some people who cannot prove their age live longer ( decades longer by many foolish claims ) than the billions who have solid evidence for their age ?

This article is anyway fake and obviously fake anyway even if it was not stated as so !!! 179 is just stupid . If a person claims 120 for instance and cannot prove it - well it would be very unlikely to be true but it could be . Then the older they claim the more unlikely it becomes . So many far more reasonable age claims are proved to be false all the time . People take on the ID of a dead father or older sibling with the same name and first seem to be able to supply evidence which subsequently is shown to be fraudulent . If a child died young as many did in older times for example in some cultures it was common to call a younger offspring the same name . Even where evidence is given it is not always what it seems to be !!! We have to be very careful with false claims which give prominence to the wrong people while denying the rightful people of their record . What satisfaction can these people get from lying anyway in the end when they know it is not the truth ?
Posted by Russell  in  BVI  on  Fri Nov 11, 2016  at  05:40 AM
I love this story, and would love it even more if it turned out to be true.

In order to write a credible denunciation of it I think more research is required than presented here.

For example, the statement that the oldest person on record lived to 122 is not accurate. It may be true, but the 'record ' in question should be stated. It actually comes from the Guinness book of records, which requires three independent written proofs of age. This requirement in itself restricts the maximum age that could be verified.

Very recently someone died who was widely accepted to be in their 140s. Only one birth certificate though. But credible enough to be reported by the bbc.
Posted by Peter  in  Copenhagen  on  Tue May 02, 2017  at  07:50 AM
Hey You Idiot If You Don't Have Any Proof Yo Prove It That it's Fake So So Why Are You Saying It Fake Go And Research About It You Idiots And Yeah Maybe There Is No Proof That There is No One Lived That Much Longer But That Doesn't Mean That It Can't Be Possible
Posted by Satya  in  India  on  Sat Sep 23, 2017  at  09:57 AM
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