World's Oldest Person, Susannah Mushatt Jones, Dies at 116 Years Old

Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world’s oldest known person and the only living American born in the 19th century, died in New York City on Thursday evening at the age of 116, the New York Daily News reports.

Jones, who lived in a public housing facility for seniors in Brooklyn, was granted the title of “world’s oldest living person” in 2015. The previous record holder, Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Michigan, died in June 2015 at the age of 116. According to the Gerontology Research Group, the world’s new oldest person is now Emma Morano-Martinuzzi, a 116-year-old Italian woman born on November 29, 1899.

Born on a farm in Alabama in 1899, Jones was the child of African-American sharecroppers and the granddaughter of slaves. In 1922, she graduated from a private academy that was then called the Calhoun Colored School, New York magazine reports.

Jones was accepted to Tuskegee Institute’s teaching program, but her family couldn’t afford the tuition. Instead, Jones sought employment. She moved to New Jersey, and later, New York City, where she worked as a childcare provider and housekeeper for wealthy families. Jones used her salary to help send her nieces to college, and she also funded a college scholarship program for African-American students called The Calhoun Club, according to Time.

Jones retired in 1965, and moved back to Alabama. However, she eventually returned north after more of her relatives relocated there, according to Business Insider. Jones spent the remainder of her life in Brooklyn, where she became something of a local celebrity: Over the years, the supercentenarian received cards and well-wishes from President Barack Obama, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and countless other individuals.

Glaucoma caused her to go blind, and she also eventually lost most of her hearing. However, Jones remained otherwise healthy, and chalked her long life up to lots of sleep and steering clear of cigarettes and alcohol. (Good genes likely also played a part: According to U.S. Census data, Jones’s grandmother died at 117.)

Jones lived through two World Wars, voted in 20 presidential elections, and was around for countless other historic milestones. However, she's still not history’s oldest known person. That honor still goes to Jeanne Louise Calment, a woman from Arles, France, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.

Watch a video of Jones’s 116th birthday party above, courtesy of the New York Daily News.

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

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