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Mindful : February 2016
14 mindful February 2016 When Facebook goes down, police stations take to Twitter to ask people to stop calling 911. They also use the opportunity to suggest that we all take time to hang out with our families instead of panicking. A man in Alberta, Canada, attached 110 helium balloons to a lawn chair and took to the sky to advertise his cleaning business, at a cost of more than $10,000. When he hit ground, he had a few scratches, an injured foot, and a charge of mischief causing danger to life. ● A passenger on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was detained and fined after he tried to open the plane door during a flight from Edinburgh to Amsterdam. He thought it was the bathroom. An excess of liquid can lead to that kind of thing. Scientists are working on an “exercise pill” so you never again have to sweat on the tread- mill or force yourself through repetitive sit-ups. All the benefits of exercise without the effort! This is a serious scientific goal, and researchers have recently scored a breakthrough: a blue- print of the molecular reactions to exercise. Controversy sparked after British royal Princess Michael of Kent said that while she loves them, ani- mals don’t have rights because they don’t have bank accounts, pay taxes, or vote. Then again, neither do children—nor, in fact, some royals. The 3,000 euros a day that wish-mak- ing tourists toss into Rome’s historic Trevi Fountain helps to sub- sidize a supermarket for the city’s poor. Tyler Hively noticed fitness apps were ignoring his tribe. So he came up with Free Wheel, a wheelchair fitness app to track caloric burn and plan routes based on slope, altitude, and incline. Michihiko Iwamoto never forgot the trash-fueled DeLorean in Back to the Future. Now, the 51-year-old CEO of a recycling technology firm is partnering with NBC Universal Entertain- ment Japan to create a real-life model fueled by cotton fibers from old clothes. To protest the US gender wage gap, a pop-up shop, LessThan100, moves around the coun- try selling products made by women— and charges female customers a price that accounts for the pay gap in the locale they’ve set up shop in. A cat shelter and a yoga studio in Deca- tur, Illinois, teamed up and created Yoga4Cats, bringing cats to yoga classes so people can connect with kitties and, hopefully, adopt them. Yes, that’s a downward cat. 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