Oldest Things

Can you name these things that lived the longest or were founded the earliest?
Some dates are approximate
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Last updated: September 8, 2022
First submittedNovember 26, 2011
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Category
How old?
Answer
British monarch
96 years
Queen Elizabeth II
Sitting U.S. president
79 years
Joe Biden
Country with the oldest citizens
55.4 years
Monaco
Country with the longest continuous monarchy
since at least 539 AD
Japan
College in the United States
est. 1636
Harvard
University in England
est. 1096
Oxford
University in the world
est. 1088
Bologna
Person in the Bible
969 years old
Methuselah
City with the oldest stock market
est. 1602
Amsterdam
City with the oldest annual marathon
since 1897
Boston
Longest-lived mammal species
age 211
Bowhead Whale
Major League Baseball stadium
built in 1912
Fenway Park
Golf course
est. 1552
Old Course at St. Andrews
Canadian company
est. 1670
Hudson's Bay Company
Oldest tennis player to be ranked #1 in singles
36 years
Roger Federer
In 1994, he became the oldest heavyweight
boxing champ
45 years
George Foreman
The world's oldest (and deepest) lake
25–30 million years ago
Lake Baikal
This pine from the southwest U.S. is the
longest-lived species of trees
4851 years
Bristlecone Pine
He became the oldest person to win an Oscar for
Best Director with "Million Dollar Baby"
74 years
Clint Eastwood
This capital city is the oldest continuously-inhabited
European settlement in the Americas
founded 1496
Santo Domingo
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Level 19
Jan 28, 2013
Bernard Hopkins broke Foreman's record. Please update that
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Level 63
Sep 9, 2015
This was for Heavyweight, so I think it's OK.
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Level 84
Mar 17, 2013
If you liked this quiz, take my oldest cities in the world quiz.... that one doesn't get enough love. :(
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Level 84
Jul 17, 2014
Since posting this comment, my oldest cities quiz has received an adequate amount of love. However, I've got this new abridged version that I think would be more accessible and enjoyable to the average person.
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Level 76
Nov 6, 2019
Kal, how do you include hyperlinks in your comments? I would like to know ;)
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Level 84
Nov 6, 2019
standard html coding
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Level 76
Nov 7, 2019
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Level 60
Jul 17, 2014
I was just at the Old Course in St Andrews last month. :)
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Level 51
Jul 17, 2014
The oldest college is WIlliam and Mary not Harvard.
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Level 84
Jul 17, 2014
W&M is 2nd oldest.
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Level 47
Jul 17, 2014
The oldest English monarch was Queen Victoria, who died aged 91
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Level 84
Jul 17, 2014
According to Wikipedia Victoria died at 81, not 91.
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Level 56
Aug 19, 2015
Victoria was the longest reigning monarch. As I write, this record is about a month away from being broken.
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Level 54
Jul 18, 2014
No San Marino?
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Level 66
Sep 18, 2015
Elizabeth is now 89
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Level 83
Mar 28, 2017
Coulda been worse. They could've called her Liz or Betty.
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Level 49
Sep 2, 2016
How about adding Rishabhanatha, the first Tirthankara and oldest being according to Jain principle. He was actually 592.704 x 10^18 years old. It would only be apt since Bible characters are presented in this quiz.
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Level 83
Mar 28, 2017
How did I miss Queen Elizabeth? D'OH!!
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Level 52
Sep 28, 2017
This quiz threw me off because it listed the oldest English monarch as being 88, so I never thought to put Elizabeth II (who is now 91).
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Level 71
Oct 2, 2017
Like General Knowledge Quizzes?.......... try my latest ...here it is
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Level 84
Apr 15, 2018
I still don't know how I got the stock market one. That's not a fact I know, but for some reason the correct answer was the first city I thought to try.
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Level 81
Aug 31, 2019
I read that one as 'country' and tried many variants on 'the Netherlands' before giving up. God knows how I knew that was the right country though, I must have dredged it up from some other quiz.
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Level 31
Feb 28, 2019
Her Majesty the Queen is 92, not 88.
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Level 37
Sep 1, 2019
^ She is now 93. To keep current, we should ask for the year of her birth rather than her "current" age.
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Level 46
Jul 19, 2019
Oldest Lake is Lake Zaysan in Kazakstan which is 65 million years old
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Level 75
Aug 30, 2019
Fez, Morocco's university is oldest. Founded in 859, the link notes: The University of Al-Karaouine is considered by the Guinness World Records as well as UNESCO as the oldest continuously operating, degree-granting university in the world.
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Level 58
Nov 17, 2019
+1, please correct
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Level ∞
Nov 17, 2019
The modern university sprang from the Medieval university, not from madrassas. I believe there is a major distinction. That said, if you type "Fez", it will work now.
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Level 60
Jul 7, 2021
could you also accept it as Qarawiyyin, Qarawiyin, Karawiyin, Karaouine, etc? I haven't known it as "Fez University" and i tried several spellings before i gave up
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Level 68
Aug 31, 2019
Roger Federer was no.1 when he was 36 years old.
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Level 71
Aug 31, 2019
The oldest singles No.1 is Roger Federer, the Pride of Switzerland at 36 years, 320 days
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Level 69
Aug 31, 2019
Absolutely! He was number 1 in June 2018, a month and a half before his 37th birthday. Serena, who was born two months after Federer, has left the number 1 spot in May 2017.
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Level ∞
Aug 31, 2019
Looks like you are right. I blame Wikipedia. I have a feeling that Serena will take back this record at some point, though.
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Level ∞
Sep 8, 2022
Looks like Serena didn't break the record after all. It's still Federer, although Djokovic seems nearly certain to hold this record in a couple years provided he is allowed to compete.
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Level 60
Aug 31, 2019
Must be something wrong with the age of the country with the oldes people ? 53 is not old !
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Level 81
Aug 31, 2019
Oldest on average... not overall.
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Level 59
Sep 1, 2019
I agree, if that's an average age, please say so!
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Level 84
Sep 1, 2019
What else would it be? Did you think that every citizen of Monaco was exactly the same age? The clue clearly says "oldest citizens" not "oldest citizen"- so it also could not be the age of the single oldest person in the country. It has to be an average.

It could conceivably be the country with the highest life expectancy, but if you look at the number you would know that that's not what it is, either.

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Level 68
Nov 6, 2019
I wonder what the average age is for Vatican City, I would have guessed it would be the highest.
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Level 67
Nov 17, 2019
It has to be. There are no children in Vatican City, and more than half the population is over 60 years old. I suspect that whatever source from which QM pulled that stat does not consider Vatican City a true country or excludes it from that metric because it has no children and no families. In any case, the average age there must be well over 53.
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Level 53
Nov 17, 2019
I assume the "continuously-inhabited" qualifier for the oldest European city in the Americas is because of Nuuk?
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Level 84
Feb 25, 2020
It's a commonly used qualifier since many times cities and settlements are built upon or near the ruins of previous cities and settlements. In this case, there were a few European settlements in the Americas before Santo Domingo, though not that many as the city was founded just 4 years after non-Norse European exploration of the continents began.

On other continents the same adjective is used and is in those cases more meaningful.

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Level 81
Nov 17, 2019
Wait ... Methuselah wasn't a mammal?
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Level 75
Nov 18, 2019
Methuselah isn't a species, nor a real-life mammal
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Level 49
Mar 5, 2020
clams can be 400 years old