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  • 96-year-old Ramjit Raghav is reportedly the world's oldest father. (NTDTV/YouTube)Most people can only dream of living for 100 years, let alone fathering a child nearly a century after being born themselves. But that is apparently a reality today, as a 96-year-old Indian man claims to have fathered a child, his second in recent years.

    Ramajit Raghav and his 52-year-old wife, Shakuntala Devi, reportedly gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Ranjeet, on Oct. 5, according to the Times of India.

    Just two years ago, Raghav set the world record when he and Devi gave birth to their first son, Vikramajeet.

    "I didn't take any performance enhancers. … I just prayed to God to complete my family, either a boy or a girl," Raghav told the paper.

    India is often the source of unusual stories about a person's age. However, the life expectancy of the average Indian actually falls into the lower-third of U.N. global statistics (139 out of 194 counties), at 64.7 years. The average Indian man lives 63.2 years. By comparison, Japan has the longest worldwide life expectancy, with its residents living an average of 82.7 years. The U.S. comes in at No. 38, with Americans living an average of 79.2 years. You can view the U.N.'s most recent life expectancy charts here.

    While male fertility rates are not as directly correlated to age as are women's, male fertility rates do decline with age, according to a study published in the 2004 issue of Human Reproduction Update.

    Raghav tells The Sun that he credits his diet of butter, milk and almonds for his longevity, along with abstaining from drugs and alcohol. He also claims to have remained "mostly" celibate until meeting Devi 10 years ago.

    "I feel lucky to have two healthy sons. It will be tough, but I'm a happy man," he said.

    Interestingly, the previous record holder for world's oldest dad was also Indian: Nanu Ram Jog, who reportedly fathered his 21st at the age of 90.

    For his part, Raghav doesn't plan to set anymore paternal records.

    "I have asked my wife to be sterilized now," he said. "I don't want more children, we can't afford it."

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  • Homeless man helps save baby born at truck stop


    A homeless man hitchhiking at a truck stop near Oklahoma City turned out to be an angel for a young pregnant woman.

    Keaton Mason and her fiance were heading to a hospital because Mason was labor. They didn't make it, and Mason ended up giving birth in their white Honda at a truck stop along Interstate 40, News9.com reports.

    Mason's baby girl was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

    "The lady was screaming, 'My baby, my baby's blue. … She's not breathing,'" said Jennifer Morris who was at the truck stop and called 911.

    Then Gary Wilson appeared.

    "Her angel was there," paramedic Sandra Lesperance later said. Wilson was hitching a ride to Memphis but stopped to assist the panicking couple.

    Wilson kept Mason calm and removed the cord from the newborn's neck, News9.com reports.

    "He did everything perfectly right," Lesperance said. On the 911 tape you can hear a polite Wilson following directions from the operator.

    Mason said, "He kept me pretty calm. ... He said,

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  • Actor Rutger Hauer in a still from the 1989 film "Blind Fury"A blind man carrying a white cane received a 50,000-volt Taser shock from British police who thought his walking stick was a samurai sword.

    "It felt like I was grabbing an electricity pylon," 61-year-old Colin Farmer told the BBC.

    Lancashire police officer Stuart Williams said authorities had received several calls describing a man walking through the streets carrying a samurai sword.

    "One of the officers who arrived in Chorley believed he had located the offender," Williams said. "Despite asking the man to stop, he failed to do so and the officer discharged his Taser."

    However, even in offering an explanation, Williams said the police had "deep regrets" over the incident and says the Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation into the matter.

    "We have clearly put this man through a traumatic experience, and we are extremely sorry for that," Williams said.

    In fact, Farmer says he thought the police were criminals attempting to mug him when the assault took place. He said that once police approached him, he became "absolutely terrified," and repeatedly attempted to inform them that he was blind.

    "I walk at a snail's pace. They could have walked past me, driven past me in a van or said: 'Drop your weapon,'" he said.

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