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Mindful : October 2017
We all know not to take things from strangers, but it turns out vending machines are no safe bet either. A boy in California got a “toy” from a restau- rant in Bell Gardens, but it turned out to be laced with cocaine. The key to staying young forever may very well be vampirism. A startup called Ambrosia sells the blood of young people for $8K per transfusion, and plans to study the effect of this young blood on various diseases. Despite its warm and fuzzy appearance, synthetic fleece turns out to be an environ- mental troublemaker. Research found that fleece microfibers make up 85% of human debris on shorelines globally, and they’re showing up in seafood, table salt, and who knows what else. Montreal’s poor air quality readings for the past several years may have been skewed by a wood- fired pizza oven. One of the city’s measuring devices was right next to a pizzeria “whose smoke at certain times was directed straight towards the sampling probe,” reads a recent report. Painters who were hired to repaint letters on a water tower in Sussex, Wisconsin, decided to take a break for the night halfway through their job—only they did the second half first, so the town’s most noticeable struc- ture was emblazoned with the word “SEX.” ● Ben & Jerry’s is making a stand for gay mar- riage in Australia. Until the country’s laws change to allow gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot, the company will refuse to serve two scoops of the same ice cream flavor at any of its Australian outlets. Summers in the UK mean music festivals in parks across the nation. Concerned that the all-night noise might disturb nearby birds, a couple of artists built and installed soundproof birdhouses in parks. The Netherlands is guilty—of low crime rates and too many empty prison cells. As a result, in 2016 the country marked five prisons for closure. This comes on the heels of eight closures in 2009 and 19 in 2014. India is on its way to a greener future. This year the country— which is currently the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases—canceled plans to build several coal power plants, and is taking steps toward its goal to only sell electric cars by 2030. Judy O’Connor helped her son Marty, a quad- riplegic, get to classes, take notes, and study throughout his MBA at Chapman University. At Mar ty’s graduation, Judy received an hon- orary MBA—a surprise that Marty arranged with the school months in advance. 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 October 2017 Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon mindful mindless