As clucking strange as it is, maybe, just maybe, it’s the true secret to longevity.
Retired cattle rancher Dexter Kruger is now over 111 years old — in fact, he is older than World War I veteran Jack Lockett was when he died in 2002. John Taylor, a founder of The Australian Book of Records, confirms that Mr Kruger has become the oldest-ever Australian man. On the other hand, the oldest-ever verified Australian was Christina Cook. who died in 2002 at the age of 114 years and 148 days.
Mr Kruger has included chicken brains in his diet throughout his many years of living on this earth and in an interview at his nursing home in the rural Queensland state town of Roma, Mr Kruger talked to a media outlet about his bizarre penchant for chicken brains.
“Chicken brains. You know, chickens have a head. And in there, there’s a brain. And they are delicious little things,” Mr Kruger said. “There’s only one little bite.”
Born on January 13, 1910, Mr Kruger states that there is no clear-cut secret to longevity, other than,
“Keep breathing, have three meals a day, and the time goes on.”
But perhaps some of his regular habits help too!
“I sing and whistle, and I have half a dozen prawns every day,” he said. “And for my evening meal, I’ll often have a tin of sardines with my soup.”
Mr Kruger’s 74-year-old son Greg credits his father’s simple Outback lifestyle for his long life.
“He didn’t go around chasing the bright lights, he was happy being around horses and cattle. His system wasn’t worn out trying to process the junk food – he’s never been overweight, always active.”
Nursing home manager, Melanie Clavert, noted that Mr Kruger is “probably one of the sharpest residents here.”
“His memory is amazing for a 111-year-old,” she added.
Long live Mr Kruger!
*Cover image via ABC News; Phoebe Hosier