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Mindful : April 2014
22 mindful April 2014 Suggestions for Mindful–Mindless? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org The Sno-Baller is a $10 plastic scoop that can help create the perfect snowball. Did we miss the memo that kids’ mittened hands were obsolete? And does the Sno-Baller give its users unfair advantage in the ongoing snow- ball wars? These are questions that keep us up at night. Is a salary in the millions wor th your health? Not accord- ing to former Denver Broncos offensive guard John Moffitt, who retired from the NFL last November. “Some- times people don’t get it because it’s the NFL, and everyone’s very much in awe,” he said. “But it’s really madness to risk your body, your well-being, and your happiness for money.” “Me not always need to eat the cookie!” is what the furry blue Muppet known as the Cookie Monster is saying now. This season, Sesame Street is teaching its audience about self-regulation and delayed gratifica- tion. Not everyone is on board: Mr. Snuffle- upagus and Oscar the Grouch are still in denial. A live deep-sea clam known as a quahog was recently discov- ered near Iceland; tests revealed that the clam was more than 500 years old, perhaps the oldest creature on Earth. While research- ers prepared to run tests on the creature they named Ming, they put it in a freezer— causing it to die. Oops. We’ve all heard of civic duty, but how about civic memory? For the second time in a row, the four city councilors and the mayor of Wallsburg, Utah (population 275), forgot to hold an election. The county clerk said they would “definitely” remember for 2015. Maybe some- one needs to write that down somewhere? ● Wikicell, a new com- pany from Harvard bioengineer David Edwards, creates edible wrapping for food. He compares the product to a “grape skin” that envelops food and beverages, limiting the need for waste- ful packaging. You just rinse it off before popping it in your mouth. We’re raising a glass... er, pouch?... to the extinction of plastic containers. Some wear dance shoes, others use a chair—the Rolling Dance Chair, to be pre- cise. It was designed by dance instructor Merry Lynn Morris, a profes- sor at the University of South Florida, and uses Segway technology to give her young students with cerebral palsy and spina bifida a much greater and graceful range of movement. The word “selfie” was chosen by Oxford Dic- tionaries as the word of the year for 2013. Repor tedly, the use of the term—and if you’ve ever aimed your iPhone at yourself, snapped a picture and posted it to a social net work, you know what we’re talking about—grew by 17,000% last year. That’s an aw ful lot of duck faces! Four-wheel vehicles? That’s so three years ago. At least in Europe, where bicycle sales in 2012 exceeded sales ofnewcarsin25of27 countries. Belgium? Luxembourg? Get with the program. Eight sixth-grade students at a Brook- lyn prep school were transported to the hospital by Emergency Medical Services when a noxious smell was repor ted in one of their classrooms. Turns out one of their classmates had applied Axe Body Spray. It seems “The Axe Effect” may not be exactly as advertised. Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not mindlessmindful now Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon