From the creator of Video Skepdude

Man lived to be 256 years old!

Yes, where is the elixir this guy drank, I want some of it. From Environmental Graffiti we get the following story “Bodyshock: The Amazing Story behind the 256 Year-Old Man“.

Li Ching-Yun was reported to have buried 23 wives and fostered 180 descendants by the time he died at the age of 256.

Wow, let’s see. If we assume he started getting married at 16 years old, that gives him 240 years, divided by 23 wives, you get an average of 10.43 years per wife. 180 descendants divided by 23 wifes gives us an average of 7.82 children per wife. Wow! Was he part of the Church of the Later Day Saints? What was his secret?

Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.

Apparently, for over one hundred years, Li continued selling his own herbs and then subsequently sold herbs collected by others. He also (according to Time) had six-inch long fingernails on his right hand.

Shit, six inch fingernails! If that’s not proof enough, I don’t know what those damn skeptics are looking for.

The detail, which seems to prove both arguments and debunk them at the same time, is Li’s youthful appearance, noted in a 1928 article from the New York Times. Visually and physically, he appeared to look like a typical 60 year-old. Does this therefore signify a superhuman body capable of lasting one quarter of a millennium, or is the story of Li Ching-Yun based on a series of half-truths, lies or exaggerations?

Unfortunately, we may never know. You may draw your own logical conclusions.

Logical Conclusion: There is only one logical conclusion. Fortunately we do know. He was not 256 you moron, he was 60, just as old as he looked it. Every other conclusion is illogical and pretty stupid.

Yet another logical conclusion: Don’t look to Environmental Graffiti for any serious journalism.


May 5, 2008 - Posted by | Critical Thinking, Funny, Pseudo-science | ,


  1. One sec – look at their tag-line. “Environmental Graffiti: for environmentalists who don’t take themselves too seriously.” Stop taking yourself so seriously

    Comment by Environmental Graffiti is better than you | May 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. Is that so?

    In their About US section they say:

    Born in May 2007, Environmental Graffiti has become the most trafficked environmental blog in the UK and the third largest worldwide, with over 400,000 readers a month from over 150 different countries.

    A great achievement, but we’re not finished yet. Our next step is to create a platform that will revolutionise the way that environmental news is created, collected and distributed. From tree hugging to technology, environmental information has evolved. This is environmental news 2.0. This is Environmental Graffiti.

    Read that dear “Environmental Graffiti is better than you“. Third largest worldwide. They want to “revolutionise the way that environmental news is created, collected and distributed.” Now that sounds serious shit to me. They need to revolutionize their spelling first if they have such grand goals.

    Now these guys may not take themselves seriously. That only says something about them. But unless they are an Onion wanna be, then I must take what they report seriously. And what they reported is bullshit!

    Are you trying to say that they are just bullshiters?

    Comment by Skepdude | May 6, 2008 | Reply

  3. […] immortality achievable? Yesterday I had posted an entry about a bogus news item at Environmental Graffiti about a Chinese man who lived to be 256 years old. That is of course, a […]

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