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Mindful : August 2013
now Do you know your Bliss Point? Fast-food makers sure do. That’s what they call the sweet spot where the right amount of sugar, salt, and fat blend to create something you just can’t get enough of. And you wondered why it’s so hard to eat just one potato chip. Billy Ray Harris, a Kan- sas City homeless man, returned a diamond engagement ring that accidentally fell into his cup. The ring’s owner and her husband didn’t think a simple thank you was enough, so they set up an online fund for Harris. At press time, donations were at $190,000. A whole new way to get back to the land: When planning your funeral arrangements, con- sider having your ashes placed in a biodegrad- able, seeded urn. Bury the urn and its seeds will grow into a tree. New internet ser vices are offering virtual immortality. With Dead- Soci.al, your Facebook updates and scheduled emails and tweets will continue even after you die. We gotta learn to let go, people. Just when you thought it was safe to cross the street: According to a recent study, New York pedestrians are most often hit by cars when they’re in the cross- walk and walking with the signal. The small town of Cam- den Point, Missouri, is getting a new fire hall, a ballpark, and $50,000 toward a sewage- treatment plant. Just an example of good government? No, this time it’s the work of one Missouri couple who won big in the lottery and decided to share it with their community. Tired of smartphones and video recorders held up in the air at concer ts? So is New York rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. A sign at their recent shows reads, “Please do not watch the show through a screen on your smar t device/camera...as a cour tesy to the person behind you and to Nick, Karen, and Brian. Much love and many thanks!” And you thought urinal ads were bad. In April, urinal gambling was installed at a minor- league ballpark in Allen- town, Pennsylvania. Men play the game by peeing to the left or the right. Because we need one more thing to do while we’re busy doing something else. ● Mike Mika’s three-year- old daughter wasn’t thrilled that the damsel, Pauline, in the Donkey Kong video game was always in need of rescue by Mario. One Nintendo hack later (thanks, Dad!) and Pauline is doing the rescuing. We love our pets, but here’s an unset tling sta- tistic from the ASPCA: bet ween five and seven million unwanted pets enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 60% of dogs and 70% of cats are euthanized. Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon Suggestions for Mindful–Mindless? Send them to