Age is just a number
January 4, 2017

Prepare to feel really, really out of shape. While the rest of us were perched at our desks staring at a screen, 105-year-old Frenchman Robert Marchand set a new world record in cycling Wednesday. Marchand biked 14 miles in an hour — the most miles a man over the age of 105 has ever biked in just 60 minutes. The overall world record for the men's hour is about 34 miles; the 105-and-over category was created specifically for Marchand.

Marchand, who completed the feat in a neon yellow and purple biking jersey, thinks he could've done even better, too. "I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left," Marchand said, per The Associated Press. "Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time. I'm now waiting for a rival."

The former firefighter, who picked up biking again at the age of 68, credits his fitness to eating his fruits and vegetables daily, only drinking wine occasionally, not smoking, exercising every day, and going to bed by 9 p.m. Previously, Marchand set a record for riding 62 miles when he was over the age of 100. Becca Stanek

July 20, 2016

Raising an 11-year-old daughter has apparently prepared Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway well for her new role as an adviser to Donald Trump. In an interview with The Washington Post published Wednesday, Conway, who is tasked with increasing Trump's popularity among female voters, admitted she handles Trump's refusal to be told what to do in much the same way she deals with her daughter's aversion to it:

She illustrates the point with a story about her 11-year-old daughter.

When Claudia emerged from her room on Memorial Day sporting turquoise, Conway asked her to change into blue. "She goes, 'Turquoise is blue.' And it is. But it wasn't a shade available to Betsy Ross when she stayed up through the night sewing the damn flag."

She chose not to argue with the preteen, which would have delayed their morning. Instead she laid out four Betsy Ross blue choices on her bed. "Minutes later," she says, "she came out in one of those shades."

Conway follows the same approach with the Republican presidential nominee. Never command. That could insult him. Always make suggestions, backed with information in 10-second soundbites: Betsy Ross lacked turquoise. Female voters want compassion. [The Washington Post]

Head over to The Washington Post for more on how Conway plans to transform Trump into a candidate more women will like. Becca Stanek

November 16, 2015

The 2016 race offers voters candidates from several different generations: There are Gen Xers like Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal, each 44, and lots of Baby Boomers both young — like Rand Paul (52) and Martin O'Malley (also 52) — and old — like Donald Trump (69) and Hillary Clinton (68). Finally, Bernie Sanders, running at 74, is a member of the Silent Generation born before 1945.

Yet while much has been made of the relative old age of the Democratic field, a new McClatchy-Marist poll finds voters aren't too worried about electing an elderly president. More than seven in 10 voters see age as an advantage for the presidency, while fewer than a quarter are concerned about possible health risks.

These results will be music to the ears of the Clinton campaign following their candidate's recent remark that she is "from the '60s, a long time ago." Bonnie Kristian

March 10, 2015

Asking someone's age is considered taboo in polite society, and the Social Security Administration appears to have been taking lessons from Miss Manners.

An audit conducted recently by the SSA's inspector general revealed that the agency "did not have controls in place to annotate death information," putting the government at risk for fraud and waste.

CNS News reports that social security numbers of some 6.5 million people born in 1901 and before have been used to open fraudulent bank accounts, while thousands of others have been used by undocumented immigrants to apply for jobs. One person, for example, opened a bank account with a SSN of a person born in 1869.

According to the Washington Times, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), leaders of the Senate committee to oversee the SSA, issued a joint statement in reaction to the report. "It's incredible that the Social Security Administration in 2015 does not have the technical sophistication to ensure that people they know to be deceased are actually noted as dead," Johnson said.

Carper added that these types of "avoidable problems waste millions of taxpayers' dollars annually... expose our citizens to identify theft, [and] also undermine confidence in our government."

The auditors suggested that the SSA correct the inaccuracies, but the agency protested, saying "the recommendations would create a significant manual and labor-intensive workload and provide no benefit to the administration of our programs."

The SSA says it will work to prevent multiple people from using the same SSN. Teresa Mull

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