You’re probably familiar with the legend of the Fountain of Youth. Many different cultures have their own variations on this concept. Often, a person’s desire to stay young forever is traded away for some horrible consequence that they’ll face on account of their insatiable vanity.
Or, at best, the Fountain is just never found, and the little time we have on earth is ironically wasted trying to remain young.
But what if, though some sort of accident, we actually are achieving that goal, slowly but surely? Twitter is on the case.
10. The question
This entire strange investigation began with Brandon McCarthy’s “nonsense” observation…
this is nonsense but did people in the past look older when they were younger?
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) December 27, 2019
9. 23 and me
That man looks 50 if he’s a day.
Definitely. These are my parents when my mom was pregnant with me. They were like 23. pic.twitter.com/Eoa3wDs42D
— Debbie White ⚾️?⚾️ (@rockiepie258) December 27, 2019
8. Hey Sparky!
I’m guessing that’s what happens when you stand outside all day and never use sunscreen.
Sparky Anderson: Age 42 pic.twitter.com/p1SK7mX3mt
— BlahBlahNyborg (@DickBuffman213) December 27, 2019
7. Dear ol’ dad
His face doesn’t look old, it’s more the context of the thing.
My grandmother was only in her mid-50’s in this pic. My dad was 26 pic.twitter.com/iZh6inot2a
— andy (@andylanechapman) December 27, 2019
6. Richie Valens
Didn’t even make it to the 27 club.
Ritchie Valens was 17 when he died in a plane crash pic.twitter.com/RoWxaxjTyi
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) December 27, 2019
5. Teenage dream
Yeah I would have guessed 27.
I dunno, my mom is 19 in this picture from 1967. pic.twitter.com/c1fOXCqsF0
— keahi (@KeahiKaiwi) December 27, 2019
4. Liz Taylor
Of course, we do need to keep in mind the power of makeup and professional lighting.
Liz Taylor is 17 here. She is stunning as always but could be in her mid to late 20s pic.twitter.com/oULQXbFNNO
— Robyn Citizen (@rMeredithc) December 28, 2019
3. The dudes
Without the super long hair it might not be such a tough sell.
It is not nonsense. These guys were only 17 pic.twitter.com/WaeoqEiHrg
— Headlock Droliday (@dbrydodg) December 27, 2019
2. My old man
Well, living in the Nixon era will do that to you.
Mine’s not as amazing as many here but heres my dad and i at Nixon’s inauguration parade in ’73. My dad was 45. People thought he was my grandfather all the time. pic.twitter.com/8ZBO7cytbH
— Babi Guling (@WillNotBDanide) December 31, 2019
1. The great depression
Dang, I’M 32.
She was 32 when this photo was taken. Then again, the Great Depression can do that to you. pic.twitter.com/YObE1g4MWu
— Philip Klinkner (@pklinkne) December 31, 2019
So, are we getting older at an older age? Does that question even make sense?
What do you make of this?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments.