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Fascinating piece in the Times this morning about Mrs. Astor. The hook: It's not about the recent allegations of poor treatment at the hands of her son, it's about how she managed to live so long in the first place. The Times offers a variety of reasons that the woman could have lasted this long: diet, health, exercise habits, and genetics are all offered as possible solutions. While we claim no expertise in the study of longevity, we'd like to propose our own thesis:

Maybe it's a result of that whole having millions of fucking dollars thing.

In Mystery of Reaching 104, Mrs. Astor Is a Case Study [NYT]