February 5, 2021

Weekend reads: Are things getting weird?

Daily Briefing

    The market for wearable payment devices is exploding, how Tom Brady has managed an astonishing career, and more.

    Ashley Fuoco Antonelli's reads

    Is the pandemic making us weird? There's no question that the novel coronavirus pandemic forced significant changes in our lives, but is one of those changes that we're all getting a bit weirder? Writing for CNN, Allison Hope explores whether people are "getting weirder" amid the pandemic or whether we're simply "relaxing into our authentic, uninhibited selves."

    Payment wearables are having a moment. The market for wearable payment devices—including bracelets, key fobs, rings, watches, and more—is "enjoying a burst of popularity as Covid-wary consumers gravitate toward contactless payments," Axios' Jennifer Kingson writes. Kingson looks at the market's recent evolvement, potential, and challenges.

    Ben Palmer's reads

    What's Tom Brady's secret? Tom Brady, the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will play in his 10th Super Bowl on Sunday, which is a record for the National Football League (NFL). Brady also is 43 years old, and he's been playing in the NFL for 21 years—leading some to wonder how he's pulled it off. In Medscape, F. Perry Wilson from the Yale School of Medicine takes a look at Brady's fitness routines over the years in an effort to determine how Brady has survived so long in a sport where the average length of a career is 3.3 years.

    Americans are drinking more high-end liquor now. U.S. alcohol sales increased notably in 2020 amid the America's coronavirus epidemic, but sales of high-end liquors have especially increased. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, spirits priced at more than $40 for 750 milliliters accounted for 34% of industry sales in 2019 but jumped to 40% in 2020. In one example of that growth, Diageo recently reported that sales for its tequila brands Don Julio and Casamigos, which are both priced at about $50 for a 750 milliliter bottle, increased by 55% and 137%, respectively, in 2020.

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