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Mindful : December 2014
14 mindful December 2014 A University of Virginia study found most men would rather zap them- selves with electricity than sit alone with their thoughts for 15 min- utes. One guy zapped himself 190 times in one sitting. Pretty shocking stuff. Lego introduced female figures with science jobs, including a chemist, a pale- ontologist, and an astronomer. These new toys are the result of a successful pitch from a geophysicist—she wanted to see more diversity in Lego communities. Finnegans, a Minne- sota brewery, sends proceeds from its beer sales to a community fund to feed the hungry. That was their first good idea. The second is a Reverse Food Truck. Not a mobile eatery, its slogan is: “We don’t make food. We take food.” It goes out and collects non-perishable food donations. A Florida man was arrested after he threw a pair of red and blue lights on his car roof and impersonated a police officer, pulling someone over for kicks. Turns out the guy he pulled over was a cop driving an unmarked deputy’s car. ● An American exchange student got stuck in a giant sculpture of a vagina in Germany and had to be rescued by 22 firefighters. This actually happened. We don’t make this stuff up. Pope Francis has offered his 10 tips for happiness. They’re pret ty mindful. He suggests that being generous to others, proceeding calmly with what you’re doing in life, and valuing leisure time with your family, are all things to make you happier. How do you improve the quality of life for someone who has a terminal illness? Offering them a glass of wine couldn’t hur t. A French hospital has come to this conclusion, installing a wine bar in the palliative care unit. Many would say play- ing a video game on your computer while being responsible for the safety of hundreds of commuters isn’t a great idea. Yet that’s exactly what a train driver in Mexico City was doing when a passenger filmed him through a window. If you’re a cyclist or maybe a staunch envi- ronmentalist, and you live (and die) in Oregon, you can take your “final journey” on a bike: A local mor tician offers a bicycle hearse for your final jaunt to the boneyard. Rollin’ Coal is a thing where dudes in pick- ups modify their trucks to blow clouds of black diesel smoke from the exhaust. It’s a way to get all up in the grill of other people on the road, especially those earth-lovin,’ hybrid- drivin,’ tree-huggers. Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not mindlessmindful culture Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon Suggestions for Mindful– Mindless? Send them to