Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, July 28

In the wake of the era of COVID-19, you’ve probably blown out your last birthday candles.
Not a prediction of an imminent death, but rather, a prediction that unsanitary traditions will fall by the wayside.
Blowing out candles is equivalent to spitting all over cake. Birthday candles will likely be canceled. A medical study showed that “blowing out the candles over the icing surface resulted in 1400 percent more bacteria.”
A historian said that Americans have blown out birthday candles for a little more than 100 years. “Candles on cakes evolved from extravagance to a celebration for regular people. The original idea was that when you blew out the candle the smoke would carry your wish up to the gods.” (The Washington Post)

More proof that we’re going to be working from home for a while … Google just announced that they are allowing their employees to work remotely till June of next year. (Business Insider)
Speaking of working from home … Seems people have really gotten used to the flexibility. A new survey of people who are employed or currently looking for work found that 78% of respondents said schedule flexibility in their job has become an “absolute necessity.”

Did COVID kill Thanksgiving Day shopping? … Whether you were a fan of those pre-Black Friday sales or not, looks like people will be staying home on Thanksgiving this year. Walmart, Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods have all announced that, due to concerns over coronavirus, their stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. (24/7 Wall Street)

And, Elon Musk is working on a chip that will let you stream music directly into your brain. One of his other companies, Neuralink, has been developing technology that repairs broken connections in the brain. And, this technology might just lead to the ability to beam music right in there. (Digital Trends)