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Mindful : June 2015
14 mindful June 2015 Twenty-four years ago a man in India went on vacation from his government job—and never returned. He was fired this year after nearly a quar ter-cen- tury absence. As car and truck engines grow quieter and more efficient, automakers like Ford and BMW are installing digital noisemakers in their vehicles that create a synthesized engine rumble—so customers still perceive them as “powerful.” Men really do think with their, well, you know: A recent study of big data finds men search questions about their penis more than their lungs, liver, feet, ears, nose, throat, and brain combined. Because “manspread- ing” on subways wasn’t enough, now there’s “omspread- ing”—one man was spotted taking up sev- eral seats meditating on New York transit. ● Instead of taking Fido to the park, some dog owners are hold- ing leashes out car windows and driving slowly alongside their pets. Ast-hound-ing! Get a quality educa- tion to accompany your nausea when you fly with JetBlue: The airline has added full college lec- tures to its in-flight entertainment. When a snowstorm hit Fond du Lac, Wiscon- sin, 82-year-old Bud Caldwell couldn’t make his daily visit to the bench he’d bought and dedicated to his wife. So t wo park workers shoveled him a path and promised to do so every day, in the name of love. Knitting isn’t just for grandmas anymore: One Maryland prison offers weekly knitting classes to male inmates to teach them disci- pline, work ethic, and patience—stitch by stitch by stitch. As of January, Kopp- lin’s Coffee in St. Paul, Minnesota, gives its baristas a living wage— star ting at $4.50 above the state minimum— and tips go to a local food bank. Forget Internet trolls and violent movies— new research finds languages univer- sally skew toward positive words and ideas. Even on Twitter and in movies we use more happy words than negative ones. 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