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Mindful : October 2014
22 mindful October 2014 Kids’ hockey coach Jack Purcell was a local hero. Another Jack Purcell was a badminton cham- pion. Ottawa, Canada, wished to memorialize the first Jack and spent $50,000 on sculptures. But a consultant got the wrong Jack so the sculptures are of giant badminton rackets instead of hockey sticks. Tesco, one of the world’s largest supermarket chains, is thinking of its cus- tomers’ health and impulse buying habits. It’s removing all the candy from checkout counters at all of its 6,000 stores. We all know what a bad idea it is to text and drive. New York State is getting the mes- sage out: It’s installed Texting Zone signage along the interstate at Park-n -Rides and rest stops where people can pull over and use their mobile phones. France’s national train company just spent $20 billion on new trains. But they’re just a little too wide—older, regional stations have platforms built for slim- mer trains and the mea- surements were taken at modern stations. Cue an additional $68 mil- lion to widen platforms at older stations. ● CNN posted a story as par t of an online “citi- zen journalist” initiative, claiming NASA spotted an asteroid that may collide with Earth on March 35, 2041. Despite clear indication of bogus repor ting, it was shared thousands of times before the news net work clued in. The Obama Admin- istration, working through the Environ- mental Protection Agency, has proposed a plan to cut heat-trap- ping carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by 30% by 2030. The city of Bristol in the U.K . set up a water- slide down the length of steeply sloped Park Street, part of a pro- gram to close streets on summer Sundays for leisure and cultural activities. Because, sometimes, sliding down a 300 ft. waters- lide in the middle of the road is the best thing you can do for yourself. Portland, Oregon, emp- tied a public reser voir after concern a dude peed in it. We’re talking 38 million gallons of water, approximately 58 Olympic swimming pools, because of a little urine. How many birds—and maybe some squirrels—do the same thing every day? In one corner of the world, you’ve got students in Sao Paulo, Brazil, looking to practice their English. In another, you’ve got American senior citizens in Chicago yearning to have a con- versation with some- one. A new program brings them together on Skype for a nice long chat. Everybody wins. According to Culinary Institute of America professor John Nihoff, 19% of meals con- sumed every day in the U.S., including snacks like ice cream and potato chips, are eaten in a car. Gives a whole new meaning to the term fast food. Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not mindlessmindful now Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon Suggestions for Mindful– Mindless? Send them to