105 Year-Old Woman Says Eating Bacon Every Day Is The Key To Long Life

It’s hard to argue with a woman who’s lived more than a century:

A 105-year-old woman from Richland, Texas says that the key to long life is bacon.

Pearl Cantrell’s love of bacon is so strong that the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile made a stop through town last week to wish her a happy birthday, all because she told a local news station her amazing secret.

“I love bacon, I eat it everyday,” she told a reporter for Abilene-based Big Country Homepage in April. “I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say.”

The science is settled!

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Good enough for me.

  2. Franklin says:

    I love that the related post is about Ken Bacon dying.

  3. John Peabody says:

    Show me the birth certificate. Is she really 105?

  4. Ben says:

    Some people just have the most amazing goddamned genes. This reminds me of my paternal great grandfather, who lived to the age of 98, and smoked cigarettes for over 75 years. Never got lung cancer, never had problems breathing or developed a hacking cough or anything. He made himself a manhattan with dinner every night until his last week alive. He was still spry and in relatively good health, and still drove himself places into his mid 90s.

  5. anjin-san says:

    It’s hard to argue with a woman who’s lived more than a century:

    Not really, it only takes one word. Outlier. Bacon is only a few notches up from toxic waste.

  6. wr says:

    Eating bacon every day is the key to long life. Except, you know, for the pig.

  7. @anjin-san:

    Bacon is only a few notches up from toxic waste.

    Stone the blasphemer!!

  8. John Peabody says:

    Well, c’mon, yeah, it’s an outlier. But it gives many of us peace, at least for one day.


  9. andrew e. says:

    I would like to buy a subscription to this woman’s newsletter.

  10. Mr. Replica says:

    Uh, I am pretty sure Burgess Meredith told Jack Lemmon this in Grumpier Old Men, like 17 years ago.

    Or was it Grumpy Old Men…

  11. john personna says:


    7 Dodgy Food Practices Banned in Europe But Just Fine Here

    Food producers rule. Consumers, eat what is on your plate.

  12. grumpy realist says:

    Any mention of bacon needs to link to this page and John Scalzi’s taping bacon to his cat.

  13. Eric the OTB Lurker says:

    Y’know, usually I’m a pretty logical guy and require requisite proof for such claims, but… this one just feels right. Right as rain.