Reading Practice – 25,000 Big Macs

Part 1 – Key Vocabulary

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milestone (n) means a significant event in time, in your life, etc.

  • Graduating from High School is the first major milestone in a person’s life

intention (n) means the serious or major thing that you aim or plan to do

  • It is my intention to lose 10 KG by the end of this year.

obsession (n) means the idea or thought that you constantly think about.

  • Jack has an obsession for working. He’s a workaholic.

compulsive (adj) means a behavior that is irresistible and you can’t stop doing.

  • Jim is a compulsive hand washer. He washes his hands more than twenty times a day.

genetics (v) means the study of traits are passed on through genes.

  •  Studying genetics helps us understand human behavior.

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    Part 2 – Read the Story

    No stopping after eating 25,000 Big Macs

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    Thirty-nine years after his first mouthful, a retired prison guard has reached the world record books by finishing his 25,000th Big Mac. Don Gorske passed the milestone at a McDonald’s restaurant in his hometown in Wisconsin. “I plan on eating Big Macs until I die,” said the 57-year-old. “I have no intention of changing. It’s still my favorite food. Nothing has changed in 39 years. I look forward to it every day.”

    Gorske’s obsession with the big Macburger started on May, 17 1972 when he bought three Big Macs to celebrate the purchase of a new car. He says he enjoyed them so much that he went back to McDonald’s twice the same day, eating nine burgers. He has only gone eight days without a Big Mac since his first bite.

    Despite his diet, Gorske has been described as healthy by his doctor and he does regular exercise. However, he did admit to a compulsive personality, adding he liked to collect the packaging and enjoyed counting his Big Macs because of a love of numbers.

    McDonald’s says there are 540 calories in a Big Mac, which is more than a quarter of the calories a person on an average 2,000-calorie diet would consume. The burger also contains 29g of fat and 1,040mg of sodium, which are both more than 40% of the daily recommended amount.

    Medical experts do not recommend the Gorske diet. Tara Gidus, a Florida dietitian, said Gorske probably has good genetics to thank for his health, as well as the fact that he didn’t order fries and soft drinks with his burger. She said she is “less concerned about the bad stuff in the Big Mac and more concerned about the good stuff he’s missing”, such as fruit and vegetables. Before biting into his 25,000th burger Gorske said: “I really do enjoy every Big Mac.”


    Original Article: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/may/18/mcdonalds-customer-eats-25000-big-macs


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