Bananas, pain killers do trick for world’s oldest man

Banana. AFP

NEW YORK CITY—A US drug company said Friday it was considering a banana-flavored version of its pain reliever after the world’s oldest man attributed his longevity to the fruit and the drug.

Spanish-born Salustiano “Shorty” Sanchez-Blazquez, a 112-year-old former coal miner who lives close to Niagara Falls in upstate New York, was named by Guinness World Records as the oldest certified man on the planet Thursday.

He succeeded Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, who died on June 12 at the age of 116. According to Guinness, Sanchez-Blazquez is currently the only male born in 1901 with proof of birth.

From his birthplace in Spain, he moved at 17 to Cuba, where he worked on sugar plantations, before arriving in the United States via the iconic immigration center on Ellis Island in 1920.

After working as a miner in Kentucky, he eventually settled in the Niagara area, close to the border with Canada.

In a statement, he said he believed he had lived to such an old age thanks to a daily dose of a banana and six tablets of Anacin, a branded pain-reliever that includes aspirin and caffeine.

That naturally delighted Anacin’s manufacturer Insight Pharmaceuticals.

“Historically, apples are the fruit most associated with staying healthy and avoiding doctors,” said marketing vice-president Jennifer Moyer.

“Our scientists had never looked into the banana before. But now that the certified oldest man in the world credits bananas and Anacin as his life-extending combo, we’re certainly going to explore whether a new ‘Bananacin’ product makes sense.”

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    On yes, we have lots bananas,
    We’ve got lots bananas in Pinas!

    • ren aquino

      that is why the pilippines is called banana republic.

      • UrHONOR


    • tarikan

      Oh yes, you forgot “of”. Lots of bananas!!! Your English grammar teacher won’t be proud of you, UrHONOR!

      • UrHONOR

        ANO ka ba, GRAMMAR guard o SYNTAX Sikyu?

        Sundin mo ang rhythm ng kanta, hindi ang takbo ng pananalita. Wala kong nalimutan….intentional ang lahat ng pangyayari.

        Para sa iyong kaalaman, yang ang tinuturo ko noon. Nagkamali ka kabayan ng kinalabit mo sa bagay na yan.

        Basahin mo ang komento mo sa sinulat ko….at dyan mo matutunghayan ang tunay na grammatical error, viz., ” we had dinner in the city in an upscale restaurant, you won’t believe what I have to say. The rest room has no water”……The rest room HAD no water. Past continuous ang tawag dyan.

        Now, that is truly embarrassing, n’est- ce pas? Most especially to YOUR grammar instructor, TARIKAN. Kung pupuna ka, pumuna ka ng maayos at marangal…hindi yang para kang nakakalamang parati sa iba. Pinagtatawanan mo na yong ibang tao ay nakatapak sa echas…at kinutya mo pa, samantalang hindi mo napapansin ang echas na nakapatong sa ULO mo!

        FYI, my English Grammar and Literature teachers had all been mighty proud of yours truly.

        Finally, what do you really like….good grammar or good rhythm? :)

  • jseesus


    • blue_lights

      My banana is bigger than your tiny banana!


      you chinkee eyed orang-utang? you just continue eating feces!

  • tarikan

    I never heard of a monkey which lived to be a 100 y.o. A daily dose of banana (up to 6 pcs) certainly can help your hair grow including bodily hair. Isn’t it that painkillers are bad on one’s liver/kidney?

  • INQ_reader

    Di naman tungkol sa Pinas ang balita, pero pilit pa rin sinisingin ng iba ang PInas. Dami talaga ang walang magawa kundi mambatikos nang walang dahilan.

  • Danilo Mariano

    Did this pharma ask the Japanese man what he was on?

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