The 112-year-old resident of Great Falls, Mont., apparently became the world's oldest man when 113-year-old Henry Allingham of England died Saturday. Breuning was born Sept. 21, 1896.
The previous holder of the title died. Think about it: Would you like to have the title "World's Oldest Person"? I wouldn't. Because the "World's Oldest Person" always- without fail- dies. Even the current title holder understands this:
Breuning said he's more grateful for his health than he is for a world title.
"If you're in good health, you've got everything there is," he told the Great Falls Tribune.
That is an understatement. I'll take the health, but if I had the title, I'd be pretty anxious to pass it along to someone else. Seriously, earning that title is like receiving a death sentence.