When someone becomes very, very old, people want to know how that person went so long without becoming a corpse, because we are all terrified of death and imagine that there is a secret to avoiding it that's not "Exercise and eat right and then just keep getting lucky." That's the price you pay for living past 100—everyone wants to know how you did it, like your continued blood flow is a magic trick.
Back in March, a 104-year-old Texan named Elizabeth Sullivan revealed—presumably in response to someone asking her what her secret to not dying was—that she drank three Dr. Peppers a day. And on Tuesday, an article about a 110-year-old New Jersey woman named Agnes Fenton contained this tidbit:
"Her secret, according to an interview from 2005, is three Miller High Lifes and a shot of Johnnie Walker Blue Label each day. Fenton said she did that every day for more than 70 years."
Fenton apparently claims that a doctor told her to start drinking the High Lifes when Fenton was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor years ago, and while "pound more suds" seems like unlikely advice from a medical professional, there's an abundance of evidence that alcohol, when consumed in moderation, can help ward off heart disease. However, most people associate that kind of healthy drinking with a couple of glasses at wine at dinner.
When asked if her caretakers—who apparently don't like her to drink—would let her take a celebratory shot, Fenton apparently replied, "They better."
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