Wednesday, September 07, 2005

A surge in popularity

There has been a dramatic surge in popularity of this blog in the past week. Before September there had never been more than 100 people read this blog on a single day, yet on September 2, there were more than 1000 visitors.

Why?

On September 1, 2005, the oldest person on earth, 115 year old Hendrikje Van Andel-Schipper of the Netherlands, died. At least she was the oldest person as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. A very popular German blog, BILDblog, linked to my post about Cruz Hernandez. Cruz Hernandez is 127 years old, born in 1878, according to the Salvadoran registry of natural persons. She reportedly worked as a midwife until finally retiring at the age of 124. She has 178 descendants.

As far as I can tell, my blog post was the first English language article about Cruz Hernandez. And apparently many, many people want to read about who might be the oldest person on earth.

2 comments:

moderador_sanromero said...

Tim,

I hope that you capitalize on your surging popularity to highlight what I think must be the central issue in Salvadoran reality these days: the setback in the PNUD ranking of El Salvador on the Human Development Index. The 104 spot held by El Salvador (down one from last year) places it *behind* the Occupied Palestinian States, war-torn Colombia, and marxist Venezuela in terms of life expectancy, literacy, employment, per capita income, etc. Very sad.

http://www.laprensagrafica.com/nacion/297511.asp
http://www.elsalvador.com/noticias/2005/09/08/nacional/nac8.asp
http://hdr.undp.org/reports/global/2005/pdf/HDR05_HDI.pdf

Carlos Colorado
San Romero

moderador_sanromero said...

Tim,

I hope that you capitalize on your surging popularity to highlight what I think must be the central issue in Salvadoran reality these days: the setback in the PNUD ranking of El Salvador on the Human Development Index. The 104 spot held by El Salvador (down one from last year) places it *behind* the Occupied Palestinian States, war-torn Colombia, and marxist Venezuela in terms of life expectancy, literacy, employment, per capita income, etc. Very sad.

http://www.laprensagrafica.com/nacion/297511.asp
http://www.elsalvador.com/noticias/2005/09/08/nacional/nac8.asp
http://hdr.undp.org/reports/global/2005/pdf/HDR05_HDI.pdf

Carlos Colorado
San Romero