One Man Tests Apple’s Tolerance, Norway’s Luxurious Jail, and an App for Soldiers Returning From War

Mia Trovato
July 27, 2011

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Apple stores are known for their laid-back and friendly atmosphere; perhaps you've seen some of the things people have gotten away with while in one? One man decided to take that notion to another level. Comedian Mark Malkoff wanted to test the tolerance of the Apple store in a video called "The Apple Store Challenge".  The hilarious video features Malkoff ordering a pizza to one Apple store, dressed as Darth Vader to get an iPhone repaired in another, setting up a romantic dinner, and my favorite one, bringing a goat into one of the stores. Malkoff later tweeted that the goat wasn't kicked out because he was covered under AppleCare.

Anders Breivik, the man behind the massacre in Norway, is reportedly headed to one of the most humane jails in the world. Halden Prison has features many people would consider luxurious. Cells come equipped with flat-screen T.V.'s on the walls, a separate bathroom and living area, and shared kitchens. Inmates even have access to a recreational climbing wall!  And if they have an eye for art, inmates they can feast their eyes on a $1 million mural in the prison. People are tweeting their outrage over criminals in Norway living in such lavish digs, with one person comparing Halden to an Ikea ad. However, only 20% of criminals who leave the jail ever commit another crime within two years -- compare that to 52% in the United States.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) is one of the biggest battles soldiers face when returning from war. In an effort to aid in their recovery, the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department have created apps to comfort soldiers with anxiety and stress, which are symptoms of PTSD.  Soldiers can download free apps like "PTSD Coach," "T2 Moodtracker," and "Breathe2Relax," all available on iTunes. The apps, sometimes as simple as coaching a soldier through breathing exercises, are not meant to replace professional counseling, but they are making a difference. One Army medic says that soldiers can now "pull out their...smartphone and say, 'I can help myself.' "

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