Main Really Seven Hundred Years Old Discussion

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07:41:53 PM Mar 12th 2015
Inverted in the webcomic Youthtopia (which vanished long ago).

"You look about 19, but being a vampire you could be centuries old, right? So how old are you?"
"I'm twelve."
12:52:01 PM Jan 10th 2014
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Pulled the examples listed under The Bible, as everyone of them has problems:
  • Before the Great Flood, men lived to be over 900 years old, the oldest being, of course, Noah's grandfather Methuselah. He lived to be 969. Ominously, with a little math, one can see that he died the year of the flood. Did he just happen to die that year, or was he too as wicked as the rest of the world then? Some extra-biblical literature says he died the week before, hence why God had the flood happen one week after he closed the ark, since Noah's family was mourning for him.
  • According to some midrashim, Cain died in the Flood aged 1656, making him the longest-lived human.
  • And then there's Lazarus, who has to wait for Jesus to come back for him. When does the events of Revelations take place exactly?

Really 700 Years Old is about immortals or very long-lived persons living among normal-lived people. If people generally lived to 900 before the flood, Methusaleh's age is not that special and to my knowledge, it isn't said that he looked younger than he was to his (similarly longlived) contemporaries.

I don't think that Cain counts if it isn't said that he looked younger than he was (to people who had a life expectancy of 900, mind you). Maybe he was really withered and wrinkly when he drowned—who knows.

I simply don't know what story the third example refers to, except maybe the contributor was thinking of Ahasverus, the "Wandering Jew", not of Lazarus. Wrote up an entry for Ahasver.
02:52:40 PM Jun 16th 2012
edited by KirbyRider
According to Twitter's FunnyFacts, people who were born around 1994-1999 were formed around 2 millenia and 3 decades before birth.
09:46:42 AM May 17th 2011
Bristlecone Pines are listed in the Real Life section as an example of this trope, living as they do for over 5000 years. However, my understanding of this trope is not merely Old, but old and not looking old at all. Looking at a picture of a bristlecone pine, you can well imagine it's stood there longer than the Pyramids. They look every second of their outrageous age.

They may be a borderline case for Time Abyss or Older than they Look (because a 5000 year old tree probly ought to be a slightly darker spot on the ground rather than a freestanding plant, but they certainly look many hundreds of years old.) But they don't go here in the same place where new growth from millennia old rootstock fits.

Anyone else have an opinion? If not, I'd like to delete this one.
04:33:08 PM Jan 14th 2012
I suppose if we go with that we could also delete the Galapagos tortoise entry-frankly, that 240-year old one looks its age.
07:54:52 AM Jul 8th 2010
  • Ahkmenrah from Night at the Museum may be a more-than-a-thousand-year-old mummy, but when his magic tablet made him alive (it was never revealed what would he look like before that), he looks like he's in his 20s and not mummified.

He wouldn't have aged over those thousands of years, obviously. Does this really fit?
04:17:00 PM Aug 20th 2010
I think Undead would fit. There are even ghost examples on that page.
12:33:53 PM Aug 21st 2010
Okay, but he hasn't actually been in undeath for very long is what we're getting at, right?
10:06:49 AM Oct 12th 2012
edited by PedroLuchini
I would classify that as "suspended animation" or "re-animation" or something like that... and therefore not a case of Really 700 Years Old.
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