posted on Aug, 30 2012 @ 01:34 PM
reply to post by AQ6666
I imagine that in rural areas of an African nation, documentation standards probably aren't quite as rigorous as they are in more industrialized
places. I think it's possible that this gentlemen might simply think he's that old, due to memory loss or slight dementia and just told the ID
issuing authority that he was born in that year. A pencil pusher might not bat an eye over something like that. Numbers, especially subtraction on the
fly, is something many people aren't good at ( Ever give a cashier a bit of change along with a large bill - to try and avoid getting a bunch of
singles back as change... and then watch the cashier go into mental vapor lock? ). I think many people, when faced with somebody of advanced age, if
told a date like 1890, might just shrug and think "Seems right" without even bothering to do any math.
It's also possible that this gentleman, or his towns governance, or any other feasible list of suspects, might be toying with things to generate a
bit of publicity...
I'm not debunking or throwing any water on the fire... Just being cautious. I've been sucked in by too many stories on ATS - emotionally speaking -
and then felt crushed when someone else came along and saw an inconsistency that I'd missed, unraveling the whole thing.