Question of the day

Our last question asked: According to FiveThirtyEight'David Goldenberg, why does the oldest person in the world "keep dying?" Goldenberg cites the “rectangularization of the mortality curve," i.e., people are getting older on average, but those that live the longest are still dying around the same age: "Thus, when one of them does take over as the oldest, she doesn’t have much time left. The average age of the oldest-ever people has increased over the past 40 years from around 112 to around 114." Still, 114 is pretty impressive, you must admit.

Congratulations to journalist and photographer Jim DeLa for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Rachel Roh, Margo Howard (who answered "Bec when 1 superannuated person dies, the next in line takes his place. Or... continual CPR"), Ken Walker (who clearly found the term "rectangularization of the mortality curve" rather amusing!) and Hollywood Highlands for all getting that exactly right, too.

As for today's question, here it is: Piggybacking off our last question, why do scientists theorize that women are so much more likely to make it to the impressive position of "oldest in the world?"

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