Vampires – they’re pretty cool, right? Just think about all that immortality loveliness! Admit it, like us, you might like The Lost Boys because it’s a great movie, but many of you are also totally up for the idea of living forever. And that’s the case even if it does mean an eternity spent wearing stonewashed denim! Amazingly, though, it seems that science is catching on to the idea that we can live for a lot longer than originally thought. What kind of time frames are we talking, then? Well, strap in gang, because you might be celebrating a few more birthdays.
Lots of us will absolutely hate the idea that the world will go on long after you’re not in it anymore. That’s not just because we’re going to miss loads of TV, either. Also, it seems that we’re in no way alone in that. Immortality – or at the very least living for a super-long time – is actually something that has fascinated us for centuries.
Obviously, dealing with death in any form is a driving factor behind our desire to live for as long as we possibly can. And extending our lives has long been a staple of sci-fi and movies. Though it’s also found in literature, graphic novels and even religious texts. Take the biblical patriarch Methuselah. This figure in the three biggest religions lived longer than anyone else in the Bible – supposedly dying at the age of 969. Yes, immortality is all around us, and not just in the Dorian Grey sense.
According to the Australian Academy of Science, there is only one species believed to be “biologically immortal.” This is the Turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish, and it can apparently revert back to an earlier period in the cycle of its life. What else can survive the test of time, though? Well, let’s start with trees. We all know that Redwoods can live for centuries. But there’s a tree that has lived for thousands of years! No, really.
Step forward the bristlecone pine tree. Sure, it might not look much – knobbly, bare and clearly the worse for wear. But these North American trees have a very special quality. At the cellular level, they reportedly don’t wither with age. According to the BBC, these trees can live for over 5,000 years! Yet if that’s too plant-y for you, how do you feel about shellfish?