Cheers! World's oldest male twins raise a glass to their 103rd birthday

By Mieke Vlok
11 July 2016

They believe enjoying a glass of wine every day is the secret to a long life – and that’s exactly how Pieter and Paulus Langerock celebrated their 103rd birthday on 8 July


“Our secret? A lifetime of hard work, punctuality, and a glass of good red wine,” the two Belgians told their country’s Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper last year.

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Neither of the two, who were born in 1913, have ever been married and still live together to this day, sharing a room in a retirement home in Ghent, Belgium. They apperently prefer to speak French and like to be called Pierre and Paul instead of Pieter and Paulus.

“Yes, Paulus is my best friend. We’re always together,” Pieter told the Daily Mail. They both worked as magistrates and never married because neither ever approved of the other’s girlfriends.

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Paulus says he doesn’t have much advice to give except, he told, Reuters, “Don’t waste your time fooling around, don’t eat too much and don’t run after women.” The brothers admit sometimes regretting that they never had children.

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Although they’re the world’s oldest surviving twins they’ll have to live for another two years before they can beat the all-time record, which is held by American twin brothers Glen and Dale Moyer who lived to the age of 105.


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