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Mindful : December 2017
Walmart came under fire when a customer tweeted a photo of a gun display in the store, topped by a sign saying, “Own the School Year Like a Hero.” The store apol- ogized and claimed it was a prank, but declined to explain further. Mindless driving is one problem—mindless parking is quite another. After seeing a Metallica concert in Toronto, a teen from New York couldn’t remember where he’d left his car. His parents finally enlisted the help of amateur sleuths on Craigslist to find it. ● An ad from Sensodyne Canada promotes doing 60 seconds of “mindfulness” t wice a day along with your brushing, a.k .a. “#MouthwashMed- itation.” This isn’t exactly what we mean by “Focus on your breath.” A mall in China has introduced “husband storage pods”— space-agey cubicles for bored guys who want to play retro video games while their wives shop. It’s not “Game Over” yet for these sexist stereotypes. A man in Washington, DC, got less than he bargained for when he scheduled back- to-back dates with six women in the same bar. Realizing this, the women decided to have a night out together instead, leaving him with the tab—and 0/6 dates. While visiting Lon- don’s Natural History Museum, a 10-year- old boy with a pen- chant for the prehis- toric observed that one of its dinosaur skeletons was wrongly labeled. He told staff the correct species so they could change the display. Media outlets have been shifting their use of language in order to change our cultural perspectives. Allure magazine, for exam- ple, has banned the term “anti-aging” from its pages. Disposable plastics are convenient. Their environmental impact? Not so much. Eco- company Avani has created a cassava- based bioplastic bag with a much smaller footprint. It dissolves in hot water and is biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found a simple way to improve kids’ school attendance, test scores, and self- esteem: Make sure they can see the front of the room. With Vision For Baltimore, they’re providing free eye exams and eyeglasses to low- income students across 150 schools. A man in Taiwan recognized a wide- spread need for dog wheelchairs, which are typically pricey. So he designed one that’s made of water pipes and costs about a third as much as exist- ing models. He distrib- utes them to shelter dogs and strays, often at no charge. 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 December 2017 Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon mindful mindless