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Wednesday, November 4, 1998 Published at 08:31 GMT


105-year-old man told to start school

Switzerland reverses the ageing process

A 105-year-old man in Switzerland has been told to attend primary school by his local education authority.

The retired schoolteacher, resident in the Swiss town of Echallens, had a century taken off his age in a summons from a local authority sent to families with children reaching school age.

In a possible forerunner of problems with the Millennium Bug, the computer program used by the authority only looked at the final digits of years of birth - so the 105-year-old was assumed to have been born in 1993 rather than 1893.

In response to the mix-up, the age-reducing computer program was reported to have been corrected.

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