Things Other People Accomplished at Your Age]

At my age?

Joshua Norton, a pauper, declared himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States. He became San Francisco’s biggest tourist attraction and was probably the model for the character of “The King” in Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.

Huey Long delivered the longest speech on record, a 15 1/2 hour marathon including cooking recipes and pointless anecdotes.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, on giving birth at age 41, said “I’ll try anything once.”

Rudyard Kipling became the youngest Nobel Laureate in literature.

Christo completed his 24 1/2 mile “Running Fence” through the hills of northern  California.

Antoine Laurent de Jussieu invented the modern classification of plants.

Charles Babbage proposed a large-scale digital calculator, the “analytical engine.”

Rosie Flaxman-Binns undertook her first scuba dive even though she cannot swim and is terrified of deep water.


Babbage’s analytical engine..