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Mindful : June 2017
A man dressed in an Angry Birds costume didn’t just dress the part. He played the part. When someone walking past him on the street commented on his costume, he attacked the stranger, causing serious, albeit non-life-threatening, injuries. Jerry Seinfeld once asked, “What’s the deal with airplane peanuts?” Apparently, their deal is that they take precedence over passengers. A family of four was kicked off an American Airlines flight because two of them were allergic, even though they had their own food and offered to sign a waiver. ● At an upscale gro- cery store in Hong Kong you can buy a single strawberry— shipped in from Japan and presented in a styrofoam ring on a bed of straw paper inside a gift box—for $22, in what you might call peak extravagance (and peak wastefulness). Who’d have thought a viral story could get a person to spend nearly $100,000 on one piece of junk food? eBay user “valuestampsinc” is who. The auctioneer made $99,900 on a “RARE - One of a Kind” Cheeto resembling Harambe, the gorilla whose killing made headlines in 2016. Yes, mistakes are part of life (see page 8), but this year Columbia University made a pret ty bad one: The school sent acceptance notices to 277 people who had not, in fact, been accepted to the Ivy League institution. Imagine having to break that bad news. Beth and Dave Cutlip, co-owners of South- side Tattoo parlor in Baltimore, set aside time to cover up harm- ful tattoos for free. Many of their cus- tomers got inked with gang signs, swastikas, and other offensive symbols in their youth, and the Cutlips want to help them put their past in the past. Peaceful Cuisine, a YouTube cooking channel from Japan, abandons the cacophony of your average food show. Each episode walks through a single recipe, often without any soundtrack but the soothing sounds of slicing and dicing. Working with Toys Like Me, a UK initiative that adapts toys to rep- resent disability and difference, students at Roanoke College fitted toys with hearing aids to donate to kids with hearing loss, so they can see themselves reflected in their play. Ruby Cup sells silicone menstrual cups—a durable, ecologically friendly alternative to pads and tampons— and for each one sold, it donates one to a girl in East Africa, where periods are taboo and limited access to men- strual products results in their missing school. Litknitbits is an Etsy shop that buys and sells high-quality knitted goods made by senior women living in poverty or alone. The page reads: “We pay them generously, visit them and provide an opportunity to still feel needed and participate in the society.” Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not Suggestions for Mindful–Mindless? Send them to email@example.com culture 16 mindful June 2017 Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon mindful mindless