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Jen’s Discoveries of Thoughtless Acts

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Hypnotizing lines lead the way

Follow The Yellow Line

In this image there are some people being very thoughtless and following the yellow line when walking down the street without noticing. This used to be a road that cars would drive on, however since it has been closed off people find themselves mindlessly following the yellow line. I’ve found myself walking on this line numerous times, so when I stopped to take pictures of others doing it, I noticed anyone who is alone will let this line guide them.

Left out in the cold

Set-it and Forget-it

In this scene you can see an example of yet another thoughtless act where an individual must of used this news stand as a cup holder while possibly sorting through their bag or books. My guess is that this was a thoughtless act. I can see the person accidentally forgetting their coffee on the stand because when I looked inside I noticed the cup was half full and right across the sidewalk was a garbage can where this cup could have been thrown out. This image can also be looked at as a creative misuse in the sense that if the cup was placed there on purpose, they would have transferred the news stands purpose to a table or a cup holder.

Decorative plant or ash tray?

Natural Ash Tray

With this image you can see that some very creative individuals decided to use this plant as an ash tray for there cigarette. This is a tree in a very large ceramic pot, I think that it’s safe to say that this feature in our city was not installed to be used as an ash tray. This is an adapting improvisation because the individual made this common plant a new device. Whoever did this was probably a student that was chatting with his other friends while enjoying a smoke, and then, instead of dropping the cigarette on the ground he reached to the near by plant and butted it out.


Sneaky Stuff


Cup Holders Everywhere!

To find this particular scene I had to hunt a little more. This was down a small side street and I noticed there was a fence on the one side… and on this fence, of course, more coffee cups! This Thoughtless Act was intentional, however the individual who did this must not fully understand the mess that they’re promoting to others and encouraging others to take part in.


Written by jprocee

January 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

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  1. Hey Jen
    these are all really neat that you caught these.
    I also find myself following that yellow line as well when walking back to rez.
    But the natural ash tray one is kind of gross. Do you think you would find this in the summer as well or just winter?

    Jasmine P

    January 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

  2. cigarettes’ ash trays are everywhere… 😦

    Meerie Park

    January 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

  3. To some people, the world is an ashtray and we just live in it. Such a shame.


    January 26, 2011 at 7:13 am

  4. As a child I was told it take ten years for a cigarette butt to biodegrade… I do not know if that is a correct estimation but I know it takes a long time.

    Ahh you were brave enough to take out your camera and get a photo of people! This act of walking on a straight path is so subconscious I know I do it to. Another thing I do while walking, while being conscious to it, is to not step on the cracks where tiles, sidewalks, etc., separate.

    Evin Lachance

    January 26, 2011 at 9:18 am

  5. I can never understand why people leave their garbage everywhere when they know how bad it is for the environment! It doesn’t take that much time for them to walk to a garbage can to throw it out! The ‘natural ash tray’ is just gross, why can’t people but their finished cigarettes in an ash tray?
    I know that sometimes I also will walk along a straight line, like the road lines or a curb when walking.


    January 26, 2011 at 10:11 am

  6. I really like the line example you used. People do it all the time and we don’t really notice it.

    Navdeep Sahota

    January 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm

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