Talking Points: April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020

Netflix’s total energy consumption rose 84% last year to 451,000 megawatt-hours. That’s enough to power 40,000 American homes for a full year. Variety, February  28, 2020

The 44 million renters in the U.S. owe a collective $66 billion in rent at the beginning of a typical month. The New York Times, April 1, 2020

This month, Bob Dylan, 78, scored his first-ever No. 1 hit on the Billboard singles charts, with the 17-minute-long “Murder Most Foul”. Cover versions of Dylan songs have hit No. 1 before, but never one sung by Dylan himself. Deadline.com, April 9, 2020

“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Historically: 14th-17th century Renaissance- a period of flowering artistic expression giving rise to timeless works of art, calculus, and the printing press. Today: 2020 Renaissance- A period of quarantine giving rise to timeless days, junk food, and jigsaw puzzles. Morning Brew, April 14, 2020

Since the beginning of April, the 136-year-old puzzle maker, Ravensburger, has been selling puzzles at a rate of nearly 20 per minute- a 286% increase over the previous month. Morning Brew, April 14, 2020

“The key to success? Work hard, stay focused, and marry a Kennedy.” Arnold Schwarzenegger

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