Chances are, you've heard the riddle of the mythological sphinx before: What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening? And of course the answer is: A man, who crawls on all fours as a baby, walks on two legs as an adult, and walks with a cane in his old age. This riddle has long been the go-to shorthand for referring to the aging process in humans.
One YouTube user, who goes by the screen name "'Filmersblog,'" has completed a video that takes the idea of the riddle and brings it to life. Entitled, "'100'," the video begins with children who have not even made it to a year yet, and goes all the way to a woman who is 100-years-old. The two-and-half-minute video was filmed in Amsterdam, and almost every person states to the camera their ages in their native Dutch.
Filmersblog says in the video's description that he started the project in October 2011 by walking up to people on the street and asking them if they wanted to participate. He says that the project started off well, but soon ran into some problems. "At first, my collection grew fast, but slowed down when it got down to the very young and very old." He was eventually able to complete the project by visiting elder care facilities.
However, there was one reluctant participant who had to be replaced. A 99-year-old woman refused to state her real age on camera, and soon began to deny being 99 at all. So after four months of searching for a willing volunteer, Filmersblog found a 99-year-old to complete his project. So what is the combined total for all participants? Five thousand and 50 years.
So far, Filmersblog '100' has racked up more than 166,000 views on YouTube.