I reviewed your findings and I must say, those are some rather curious responses. Now, let's assume there is some truth behind this all. (And I am
going by this assumption because I am at work on a Sunday when it is dead, and I am bored out of my mind.)
I have not found any usage of this username outside of ATS, but the username itself says something.
"Back to Methuselah", written in 1937. Exhibit 107 of the Albert-Shaw Collection at Brown university Library.
However, an interesting conflict.
indicates it was written in 1921. This issue is resolved when you realize the
edition at Brown is a Limited Editions Club book, which was published at a later date.
Because I don't believe in coincidences, I would suspect the user has been to Brown university and seen the exihibit, as the 1937 edition is
extremely rare (and thus in a museum). Any internet search would most likely bring up the more common 1939 edition, or the original 1921 written date.
Also of note, Methuselah does indicate long life, etc. Interesting choice of usernames.
The choice of words used by Methuselah1937 also matches the source material (specifically a "long-lived"). So, let's look at some of the other
material given to us by Methuselah1937.
give you just the smallest bit of "real" info.
A total of 8 extremely long-lived individuals are still alive out of an original group of 12.
1 (male) was murdered in Barcelona, Spain in 1796
1 (female) last known whereabouts Kiev in 1893 - presumed dead
1 (male) committed suicide in Oslo in 1954
1 (female) last known whereabouts Warsaw in 1895 - presumed dead
First thing that jumps out is "real" is in quotes.
In 1796, a book was published The Monk
. It takes place in Spain, but I don't think it specifies
Barcelona. His death could be classified as a murder. However, there was no evidence that he was long-lived. He did sell his soul to the devil, but
got slammedin the end. I am not convinced this is the specific reference or not. In fact, now that I read it over again, I am pretty sure it is a
stretch - however, I am convinced my first one is not.
My belief is that each of these is a reference to... something. I believe it may be related to literature of some source, as their username came from
a literary source, as well as some of their lingo. I suspect a lit student at Brown.
Anyway, that is my analysis. Interesting puzzle.