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Scientists Find And Kill The World's Oldest Living Animal

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RIP Ming The Clam. 1499-2006. RIP Ming The Clam. 1499-2006.

Word came out this week that not only had some scientists found the oldest living animal ever, but they also killed it!

"Ming" the clam was found in Iceland in 2006. At the time researchers thought he was about 405 years old. That's pretty old! However, more recent dating methods have actually found out that Ming was 507 years old! That means the mighty mollusk came into this world in 1499, just a seven years after Columbus set sail in 1492. On the ocean blue. (Sorry I couldn't help myself)

But anyway, back the clam. What's sad about this story is that "Ming" could've probably lived to see his 508th birthday, but didn't. Why? Well because the same scientists who found him accidentally killed him when they cracked him open to see how old he was! Researchers have now said if they would've suspected Ming was that old the first time around, they wouldn't have opened him up. 

Ming received his name after the Chinese dynasty that was in power when he was born. (For clarification, I don't know if Ming was a boy or girl. I don't even know if clams are assigned a certain gender, but it just seemed right to call him a man. I'm not sure why. Purely an editorial choice on my part.) Ming made it into the Guinness Book Of World Records as the oldest living animal.

It's hard seeing a streak come to an end. The day Cal Ripken finally took a day off was a hard one for me. The day Brett Farve couldn't lace up his cleats to extend his consecutive start streak to 298 was a tear jerker. I can't even imagine what I'll do if the Undertaker ever loses at Wrestlemania after already being 21-0. But After 507 years on this planet, can we call Ming's death an "untimely" one? Considering he was doing just fine before those scientists came along, yeah I think so. The ultimate streak ended quietly and unnoticed seven years ago. But now we do know. Now you know. And now we can honor Ming. Ming the clam. Ming who like bowling (just like Donny. Look it up.) RIP buddy. 

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