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Wow, there was a woman in France who lived to be 122 years old!
That is a good age, Doctor, but I know someone a little closer to home
who's celebrating their birthday today.
Oh, no! The professor's birthday!
-I totally forgot!
-Not to worry, Doctor.
I've got a big surprise planned.
Triple chocolate marshmallow fudge cake.
Oh! The professor's favourite.
Oh, you're a lifesaver, Colin.
Well, I do my best, Dr Knowles.
You'll never guess what day it is today. Lads? Hello?
This is Brain Freeze!
With Dr Knowles,
and Colin the floor manager.
-Hi, folks, and welcome to Brain Freeze.
-It's time to reveal...
Today's Big Question!
And today we're asking, what is the oldest living thing?
It could be from the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom...
Or the "handsome scientist
"celebrating a very special day" kingdom.
-Eh? Any idea, lads?
-SHE CLEARS THROAT
For most creatures, life is very shot.
An adult mayfly can live for as little as 30 minutes.
Humans, on the other hand, live to an average of around 80 years.
You think that's old? Check these fellas out.
Galapagos giant tortoises can live for up to 200 years
and there are some whales who have been known to live just as long.
Sounds like a lot of candles.
But for plants, life can stretch out even longer,
almost unimaginably longer.
Well, hold that thought, Dr Knowles, cos we need to take a quick cake...
Break! Sorry, break.
And we're clear!
Colin, how are you going to make a cake out of that?
Not to worry, Doctor.
I've got everything under control.
# Working hard, keep pushing, boy
# You know the clock is ticking
# You can be the best, the number one
# Rise up to the top I'm going to win... #
Welcome back, Brain Freezers. Leona asks,
"What about trees? Don't they live for really long?"
They sure do, Leona.
The oldest tree on record was this bristlecone pine,
found in the White Mountains of California.
It's an estimated 5,062 years old.
Yeah, I bet you nobody ever forgot ITS birthday.
It began life during the Bronze Age,
lived right through the time of the Roman Empire,
and still towers over us today.
But, believe it or not, folks,
there's something even older than that.
It's time to reveal...
Today's Big Answer!
So what is the oldest living thing?
Oh, it'll be me soon if we don't hurry up and finish it.
Although it reproduces in a different way to most plants -
by cloning itself -
the oldest living thing is Neptune grass,
a type of sea grass found deep in the Mediterranean.
Parts of the colony are estimated to be at least 100,000 years old.
-So that's all for today on Brain Freeze!
See you next time.
And we're clear!
-Nice work, people.
-And about time.
See you later, pals. I'm off.
Oh! Oh! Don't leave just yet, Professor.
-We've got a little surprise for you.
BOTH: Happy birthday!
Oh, you remembered! Brilliant! And you got me, erm...
Some sort of, erm...
-What is it, Dr Knowles?
-It's a cake, Professor.
Colin made it for you.
Ah, right, a cake. That's brilliant, that is, Colin.
Ah, fair play, I knew you wouldn't forget.
-# For he's a jolly good fellow... #
-I love this song.
# For he's a jolly good fellow For he's a jolly good fellow
-# And so say all of us. #
# Rise up to the top
# I'm gonna win despite the odds
# I'm make a chocolate marshmallow fudge cake! #
Doctor Knowles and Professor McCork open the studio doors for an explosive episode of the show that tries to get to the bottom of some of life's most massive science questions.
Knowles and McCork ask, what is the oldest living thing? Backstage, Colin tries to bake a last-minute cake for McCork's birthday. What could possibly go wrong?