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Mindful : June 2016
16 mindful June 2016 McDonald’s new salad, containing a “nutrient-rich lettuce blend with baby kale” and “delicately topped with delicious crispy bacon, real Parmesan petals and roasted garlic focaccia croutons,” has more calories, sodium, and fat than a Double Big Mac. Lebanese authorities arrested a vulture on suspicion that it was in fact an Israeli spy. They thought a location transmitter attached to the bird by a nature reserve was an indication of spy activity. A concerned neigh- bor called 911 about “screaming from a house about some- one having a gun.” The police showed up to find an overexcited family watching The Walking Dead. Researchers discov- ered that today’s lead- ing Disney princesses speak significantly fewer overall lines than they did in the ‘30s and ’50s, dropping from between 50% and70%toaslowas 23% (in Mulan). Tan- gled and Brave were exceptions. ● Because nothing should get in the way of reckless texters, a one-ton, 20-foot sculpture outside Salisbury Cathedral had to be moved after too many people walked into it while staring at their phones. When a woman contacted online retailer Zulily to return a winter coat, they refunded her money and told her to donate the coat instead of returning it. At the Human Library, the books are people! The global project, with outposts around the world, is like a regular library, only you check out human volunteers who make their experiences with painful or taboo issues like alcoholism, PTSD, and polyamory, open and available to “readers.” Last year the Cochin International Airport in Southern India became the world’s first fully solar-pow- ered airport. Ever heard of a “sol- idarity fridge?” No? That’s because the town of Galdakao, Spain, is the first to install one. To min- imize food waste, citizens bring leftovers to an outdoor fridge and anyone can take from it. We know Twitter can be distracting and mindless, but Tweeters also detect earth- quakes more quickly than the US Geolog- ical Survey, which is why it teamed up with the social media site to more efficiently and effectively monitor earthquakes. 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