One Hundred Years of Fortitude

Monday was Respect the Aged Day in Japan, which clearly doesn’t treat its holidays lightly: “The number of Japanese centenarians has risen above 80,000 for the first time, meaning that one person in 1,500 in the country is now aged over 100,” reported The Times of London. So you can assume citizens locked their doors in anticipation of all the carousing. But how exactly do they do it? Apparently, it helps to be a woman (88 percent), like Kane Tanaka, who at 117 is the world’s oldest person (she credits chocolate and the board game Othello). A significant number of the very old live in rural areas as well. But since it’s not realistic for us all to move to the warmer southwest region of Japan, where the elderly reportedly “flourish,” we might take a closer look at their modest, fish-heavy, low-fat diet. But we knew that, didn’t we.

Hey, Bulldog …


Zero to 200 Real Quick

Back to the car of the future? Project K.901, known more popularly as the Aston Martin Bulldog, was supposed to be the first street car to top 200 m.p.h., and it got close, 192 m.p.h., before the project was abandoned in 1981 as too expensive. The wedge-shaped, gull-winged supercar—and that’s “supercar” singular; there was only one made—subsequently passed through several owners, beginning with a Saudi prince. It’s now the property of an American who has approved an 18-month overhaul by Classic Motor Cars, working along with Richard Gauntlett, whose father, Victor, was in charge of the original Bulldog project. If things go well, the Bulldog will, in a sense, be going from zero to 200: in recent years, the thing wouldn’t even start. Look for it—but better look fast—next summer.