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Mindful : August 2019
In a small yet vital step toward halting climate change, the majority of Norwegian politi- cians withdrew support for oil drilling, worth billions, off Norway’s Lofoten Islands. The country is also beginning to invest its oil wealth in renew- able energy projects. “Syniad gwael” is Welsh for “bad idea.” And this would be an apt response to a grocery store in Wales that goofed up when translating “Alcohol-free” into Welsh, causing their sign to adver- tise “Free Alcohol.” ● A truck driver sued his employer for around a year and a half of lunch breaks ($3,500) that he said he’d worked through. He won—but he only offered one week’s worth of evidence of having worked through his lunch, so he was awarded just $35. Researchers showed eighth graders an exposé on junk-food giants’ manipula- tive marketing tactics. The hypothesis? Teens’ desire to rebel against “the man” could motivate healthier snack choices. It worked: Even three months later, teen boys were still buying 31% less junk food and soft drinks at school. In Devon, UK, a highly industrious border collie named Rocky went above, beyond, and a bit too far in performing his sheepdog duties: While his owner was away, he herded nine sheep into her kitchen. MINDFUL OR MINDLESS? Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not by AMBER TUCKER MINDFUL MINDLESS Putting sick kids in the driver’s seat can help ease their anxiety. At a Califor- nia hospital, young surgery patients are allowed to drive adorable, kid-size cars into the operat- ing room. 16 mindful August 2019 top of mind