This Way Up: May 2019

An illustration of a man in a whale.

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Keeping our wits about us as we navigate the peaks, and valleys, along this journey of aging.

A South African tour operator, 51, gets slurped up by a whale headfirst and then spit out, telling Sky News the experience prompted him to think about the enormity of the ocean and slightness of humans And once that passed his thoughts turned to, “OMG! OMG! I’m being swallowed by a whale!”

On a scale of one to “got spit out by a whale,” this guy’s pretty lucky New Jersey man, 54, who forgot his lottery ticket at the store after purchasing it, retrieves it from a Good Samaritan and discovers he has won $273 million.

“Okay, Grandma, I promise I’ll call more often. Now please stop spamming me with articles about these studies” Two new studies, including one out of Quebec, lend credence to the evolutionary Grandmother Hypothesis, which says women live so much longer after their reproductive years to help families grow larger and keep mortality rates low.

A 72-year-old retired Chicago man goes viral after becoming a self-taught hip-hop musician The septuagenarian fits in well with the hip-hop community despite asking Dr. Dre if he could refill his cholesterol medication.

New research suggests that female brains remain youthful later in life while male brains get slower A men’s group attempted a rebuke but paused to check the sports scores and then couldn’t remember what they’d gathered to protest.

Actress Drew Barrymore, 44, tells NewBeauty that she’s teaching her daughters that “aging is a luxury” and to “be at peace with who they are and not what they look like” Many Hollywood contemporaries agreed but couldn’t show it due to excessive Botox hampering their ability to show facial expressions.

Speaking of the luxury of aging  A new study shows a massive disparity between countries when it comes to aging well. Japan fared the best; residents reach age 76 before experiencing the health problems of an 65-year-old. Papua New Guinea fared the worst, with residents feeling like they’re 65 by the time they reach 46.

More “dopey” than “doping” World’s top-rated bridge player, Geir Helgemo, 49, banned for doping despite admission from authorities that the synthetic testosterone in his system offers no performance enhancement for bridge.