HILDA Evelyn Kottman is a self-styled bad arse.
She’s been inked, she gambles, collects boyfriends and loves whiskey.
Oh, and she’s 103 years old.
The beloved grandmother is blowing up the internet right now, after opening a thread on
, asking people to ask her anything.
So what would you want to know from someone who’s lived through both World Wars, loves bacon sandwiches even after hitting triple digits, and who knows the value of a good laugh?
Here are some of our favourites from the Q and A. (PS – dear internet, please don’t let this be a hoax. We’ve had enough of those lately.)
Q: What have been some of the happiest and saddest moments in your life?
A: Happiest times are just ordinary days where you laugh and share with others. I had some fun times in my childhood and good memories with friends.
Saddest moments are the days that all three of my children died. I have outlived them all. I never thought that would happen. It’s hard to bury your children.
Q: What do you want for Christmas?
A: Magic Mike
Q: What type of music do you enjoy? And what was your favourite decade?
A: Big band! And my favourite decade was the forties. It was when I got married, and a man really knew how to wear a hat back then.
Q: During your life, how have you seen the world change for the better and for the worse?
A: Both. But I sometimes think people today just aren’t satisfied. They have so many materials things but they are unhappy with their life.
Also, the world seems more violent today than it was. I can’t believe that children are shooting each other at school. That makes my heart sad.
Q: What is the most memorable experience of your life?
A: As a child we used to sled down a hill called Mayflower Hill. In the summer, we went down in a rickety old wagon. It was better than a roller-coaster.
Q: Do you look at 80 year olds and think “damn younglings”?
A: They ask me the same kinds of questions you do. I think that’s so funny.
Q: Is there anything you regularly ate/drank for good health?
A: I eat meat and potatoes. And a lot of pickles. My doctor says whatever I eat should have killed me.
Q: What is the one thing all young men should know about women?
A: Don’t be afraid of a woman who knows how to drink, play cards, eat, and show you her zest for life. She will take you a lot further than some skinnie minnie with no personality. You’ll have great things to say to each other and great stories to tell when you’re old.
Q: Will you be my grandma?
A: Okay, but you have to write me letters, push me my in wheelchair, and bring me a bacon sandwich.
There’s so much more on Hilda’s reddit thread, so check it out to learn why she stole a car before the age of 10 and whether she’s afraid of dying.