Healthy living (Adverbs of frequency)

Lucy worked in an office near the city centre . She usually went for a walk in the park during her lunch hour. Nearly every day she saw a very old man who was always in the park. He had white hair and a long white beard and a very contented expression. She sometimes nodded to him or said hello and he always smiled back very happily. One day, she decided to stop and speak to him.
‘Excuse me,’ said Lucy, ‘I often see you here. You always seem very cheerful and you’re never sick! What’s your secret for a long and happy life?’
‘My secret?’ asked the old man, smiling at her ‘I don’t have a secret.’
‘But how often do you take exercise?’ asked Lucy.
‘I never take any exercise, young lady.’
‘What about your diet? How often do you eat fresh fruit and vegetables?’
‘I hardly ever eat vegetables.’ he replied, still smiling, ‘And I smoke almost all the time.’
‘That’s amazing!’ said Lucy. ‘How old are you?’
‘Thirty five,’ he replied  

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Parachutes (superlatives)

On a flight on a small private plane, a doctor, a lawyer, a model, and an old lady with her grandson were the only passengers. Unfortunately, the plane developed engine trouble. The pilot went back to speak to the passengers.
"I have good news and bad news," he said. "The bad news is that the plane is going to crash, but the good news is that we have some parachutes. However, there are six people on this plane and we only have five parachutes. As you can see, I’m wearing mine right now."
With that, the pilot jumped out of the plane, pulled the cord for his parachute and disappeared from view. The doctor spoke up first.
"Well, my job is saving lives and that’s one of the most important jobs in the world, so I should have one of the parachutes", and she took a pack and jumped.
Next was the lawyer.
"I’m the most intelligent man in the world, so I should have one, too," he said, and he took a pack and leapt from the plane. Then the model stood up.
"I’m one of the most beautiful women in the world, so I think I should have one as well."
Sadly, the grandmother turned to her grandson.
"Well, there’s only one left. I think you should have it, dear. I’ve already had the best years of my life."
"Oh, don’t worry, grandma," said the boy, "The most intelligent man in the world just jumped out of the plane with my back pack."

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