Welcome to Micro Bookends 1.21. I hope you’re all feeling fit and healthy and ready to write.
There are many factors that contribute to life expectancy such as gender, genetics, diet, lifestyle, access to health care, crime rate, and exercise. Life expectancy varies greatly across the world. According to the World Health Organisation, in 2012 the life expectancy for someone born in the USA was 79 years, the UK 81 years, Japan 84 years (highest), and Sierra Leone 46 years (lowest). In developed countries women outlive men by 5.3 to 7.8 years.
Today is the birthday of a remarkable woman. Misao Okawa was born in Osaka, Japan, on the 5th of March 1898 making her 117 years old today. She is the oldest living person in the world and the 5th oldest person ever (the oldest died aged 122 years and 164 days). She has already lived longer than any man, and is one of only five people alive today who was born in the 1800s. The secret to her longevity? Sushi and sleep.
Let’s help Misao-sama blow out her candles with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with OLD and ending with AGE and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.