World’s Oldest Man Francisco Núñez Olivera Dies at 113


Francisco Núñez Olivera died in his home in Bienvenida, Spain on Monday, January 29, the Independent reports. At age 113, he had been the world's oldest man on the day of his death.

Olivera was born on December 13, 1904, months after Spanish painter Salvador Dalí. As a child, he earned the nickname “Marchena” for his resemblance to Pepe Marchena, a popular flamenco singer at the time. He lived much of his life as a farmer and relatives credited his longevity to his diet of homegrown vegetables, as well his daily glasses of red wine.

Olivera took walks around his village every day until age 107. When he was 98, he received cataract surgery that allowed him to read again. It was apparently one of only two times he visited a hospital in his long life.

Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor and the world’s former oldest man, died in August 2017, making Olivera the world’s oldest man for the last five months of his life. He was the last man to hold a place in the list of the top 10 oldest people alive; all spots are now occupied by women.

Bienvenida mayor Antonio Carmona marked the death of the cherished citizen, saying to the Spanish newspaper El Periodico that Olivera’s passing is "a pity for the entire village and the whole world.” Olivera is survived by his four children, nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

[h/t Independent]

America's Divorce Rate is Declining—and We Have Millennials to Thank for It


Millennials are reportedly killing off yet another cultural mainstay, but this time, it may be a good thing. According to Bloomberg, divorce rates are going down, thanks to the commitment powers of younger generations.

Between 2008 and 2016, the divorce rate in the U.S. dropped by 18 percent, according to a new analysis of data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Controlling for related factors like age (older people are less likely to get divorced than younger couples), the rate still dropped by 8 percent. By contrast, Baby Boomers have consistently divorced at higher rates than previous generations.

Many declines that Millennials are blamed for—like rates of homeownership or having kids—can actually be attributed to the dismal finances of a generation that came of age in a recession, is saddled with crushing student debt, and faces high costs of living and low wage growth. Divorces can be expensive, too. Yet several trends point to a higher likelihood of marriage stability for the Millennial generation that has nothing to do with finances. On average, Millennials are marrying later in life, and spending more time dating partners prior to marriage than earlier generations, both of which correlate with a lower chance of divorce, according to social scientists.

“The U.S. is progressing toward a system in which marriage is rarer, and more stable, than it was in the past,” author Philip Cohen writes in the paper.

Sorry, law school students, but it looks like being a divorce lawyer is going to get a little less lucrative in the future.

[h/t Bloomberg]

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