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Benjamin Buttons?

When I was a little girl, my favourite movie (just as it was for many other kids born in the late 80s) was The Neverending Story. So much so, that I went and read the book. Over and over and over again. The movie and the book really resounded with me and as the internet says it was one of those movies that kinda screwed up a whole generation - but it was more than that, it was a world of wonder, discovery and depth. One of the places that the main character Bastian visits in the book (that was left out of the movie) was a city where the people actually age backwards. I saw this quote by Woody Allen the other day and it immediately took me back to the book - and maybe even inspired me to pick it up and re-read it again (after I finally finish that tome of a book that is Murakami's 1Q84).

Imagine that the world actually functioned like this? Or there were cities like this out there that we haven't found? I know it would defy all logic of biology and everything we know about aging, but it's fun to imagine, no?

“In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!”

? Woody Allen