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Mindful : December 2013
22 mindful December 2013 Suggestions for Mindful–Mindless? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org Distraction on the high seas can be as costly as on land: In March 2012, t wo oceangoing vessels collided near Haiti. A repor t on the accident revealed that it was caused because the officers of the watch from both ships weren’t paying enough attention to navigation. This just in: online petitions do work. When Disney planned a makeover of feisty arrow-shooting Prin- cess Merida featured in the Pixar movie Brave, 250,000 people signed up in protest against the plans. The com- pany initially aimed to give the character a thinner waist and “sexier” features. Now, not so much. Good news for the animal kingdom: The National Institutes of Health announced that 310 of its captive chimps will be retired from research. Instead of gold watches, let’s hope the chimps get all the bananas they can eat. The classy way to get a pink slip is to hear it in person from your boss, with tissues close at hand. Less consid- erate employers might make a phone call. And now there’s texting. For real. Just ask the former employees of Barducci’s Italian Grill in Orlando, Florida. A recent online sur vey suggests we’re less likely to be stressed on vacation if we stay in touch with our place of work. In other words, it’s come to this: we can’t really relax on holiday unless we’re still working. Beast Fit Nation is a free gym in Por tland, Oregon. That in itself is pretty cool—the gym pays the bills through community and busi- ness sponsorships. But it’s taking another novel approach, too: After your workout, you’re encouraged to perform three random acts of kindness. Want to build a sense of community and lend your local firefighters a helping hand? In Boston, if you register at adoptahydrant. org, you can claim a hydrant as your very own and be the one to keep it clear of snow drifts the next time there’s a winter storm. In case you didn’t know, “ball ironing” is a thing. For men who are feeling a tad insecure about the appearance of their testicular area—like many body par ts, it has a tendency to get more wrinkled with age—a procedure is now available to “tighten the tackle” and have the skin smoothed and made to look “more youthful.” Too much information? ● In the fight against air pollution, Dutch scientists have come up with a new weapon: toxic-fume-absorb- ing roads. A specially treated cement was found to reduce the nitrogen oxide in the air, which emerges from car exhaust, by up to 45% in ideal weather conditions. How does a 14-month- old child buy an auto- mobile on eBay? By playing with her father’s smartphone while he was dis- tracted, opening the auction website’s app, and bidding on a 1960s spor ts car. That’s how. Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not mindlessmindful now Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon