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Mindful : August 2015
14 mindful August 2015 Even after his house burned down, a man from St. Paul, Minne- sota, could not cancel his Comcast service. Four phone calls later, the cable provider finally gave in. Some- one needs to start putting some com- munication back into telecommunication. ● A model on The Price Is Right accidentally revealed the correct price of a $21,000 Hyundai Sonata in front of a live audi- ence. Even though the contestant didn’t answer it herself, she got to drive away with four brand new wheels of fortune. The United States Postal Service issued a new stamp featur- ing Maya Angelou alongside a quote she didn’t actually author. She wrote more than 20 books and this is all they could come up with? A 28-year-old Melbourne man was pulled over for driving 186 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone. His excuse? He was rushing to buy a triple cheeseburger. The sunshine state is in a serious state of denial. An employee of Florida’s environ- mental protection department was forced to take a leave of absence for using the phrase “climate change,” and was told not to return until he’d received a mental health assessment. Volvo UK created Life- Paint—a spray that’s invisible unless shone on with headlights, to protect bikers at night, and the vehi- cles they sometimes collide with. Georgetown, a small town in Texas, has decided to shift to 100% renewable electricity because, well, it’s the cheapest option. Forget dorms and sororities. In a town in the Netherlands, university students are rooming with the elderly—for free. Instead of rent, students commit 30 hours a month to hang out with their senior roomies. This year the Vatican renovated a set of public bathrooms to include three showers and a free barbershop for the homeless. Scrunchies are mak- ing a comeback: In a study, collars resem- bling the gaudy hair accessories were put on cats’ necks to see if they’d scare off potential prey. It worked. Bird, reptile, and amphibian deaths at the hands (well, paws) of cats dropped by 54%. culture Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon Suggestions for Mindful–Mindless? Send them to