Besse Cooper didn't merely celebrate a happy birthday yesterday in her adopted down of Monroe, Georgia. She celebrated an historic occasion:
The former school teacher turned 116 years old, becoming certified by the Guinness World Records as the oldest woman alive. She's only the fourth America ever, in fact, to reach that age.
What's Cooper's secret?
"I mind my own business," said the Sullivan, Tennessee native. "And I don't eat junk food."
Cooper is a widow (her husband passed away in 1963) with four children, 12 grandchildren and many more great-grandchildren. She also now has a bridge named after her in Between, GA.
"The older she has gotten the more wittier she has gotten," her son, Sidney Cooper, told the local paper, The Walton Tribune.
Let's everyone get together and wish Besse a very happy birthday. Just make sure to do it rather loudly.