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Mindful : August 2017
Drive-thru windows aren’t just for fast food anymore. A growing trend in funeral services is drive-thru viewings, so you can pay respect to your loved ones without stepping out of the car. Do you want fries with that? A group of 18 hearing- impaired customers requested closed captioning at a Rhode Island movie theater so they could watch Beauty and the Beast. The theater manager refused, saying it would be unfair to other patrons. A video went viral on Instagram that showed a woman in New York City with her head stuck between subway doors while several bystanders walked by, and not a single person stopped to help. Maybe they were all too busy checking social media to notice. Would you spend $425 to look like you just rolled around in mud? Nordstrom sold jeans caked with fake dirt described as “Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action” to show “you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.” Or save yourself a few hundred bucks and actually get down and dirty. Restaurants garner praise and criticism alike for instituting no-children policies. Now, some establish- ments are taking it fur- ther, allowing dogs but no kids. One business put a sign that reads “Dogs welcome. Please tie children to post out front” in its window. ● For all the small-talk haters out there: A Japanese taxi com- pany in Kyoto is trialling a silent taxi service. Drivers won’t speak to passengers beyond greeting and confirming the route, unless an emer- gency arises or the passenger initiates conversation. A new phone app, ByCycling, allows employers to start bike-to-work incentive programs. The app tracks speed to determine if a person is cycling, then logs the distance each employee travels and conver ts that data into money or vacation time, as determined by employers. “Learning is the only way to turn failure into success” is the slogan for Sweden’s new Museum of Failure, which features a col- lection of failed inno- vations—like Harley Davidson’s “Hot Rod” cologne and the Twit- terPeek mobile device, designed solely for tweeting. Who says newspaper reporting is dead? Not the high schoolers at a school newspaper in Kansas who spent weeks fact-checking a new principal’s credentials and found several discrepancies. They published their findings, and a few days later the principal resigned. The need for CPR tends to arise unex- pectedly, so it pays to be prepared. The New York–Presbyterian hospital made a Spo- tify playlist, “Songs to do CPR to,” so the ideal tempo for chest com- pressions—100 to 120 beats per minute—is fresh in people’s minds. Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not Suggestions for Mindful–Mindless? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org culture 18 mindful August 2017 Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon mindful mindless