Today's Topics & Trends! (1/4/2019)

A new year often means navigating new health care plans and other human resource benefits at work. How much do employees hate doing these things? According to a new survey, 45 percent of people would rather clean their toilet than figure out their HR benefits. (The Ladders)  

So the Bird Box Challenge is a thing … If you watched Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock, on Netflix over the holidays you know that the characters had to blindfold themselves to avoid looking at a mysterious creature. We’ll leave it at that in case you haven’t seen it. But now people have decided to mimic the movie and are willingly blindfolding themselves and wandering around. The #BirdBoxChallenge rules are simple: Put on a blindfold and attempt to do everyday tasks. And, of course, upload videos of yourself on social media. What could go wrong?

Netflix has responded to the challenge by saying don’t do it. The company took to Twitter with the following statement: "Can't believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don't know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes." (Pop Sugar)  

Seems the grass isn’t greener in the Garden State … According to an annual study from United Van Lines, New Jersey was the state most people were moving out of in 2018. About two-thirds of people moving in Jersey were moving out of state. After New Jersey, Illinois (65.9%), Connecticut (62%), New York (61.5%) and Kansas (58.7%) were the states people were heading out of.

Vermont topped the list of states people were moving to, followed by Oregon (63.8%), Idaho (62.4%), Nevada (61.8%) and Arizona (60.2%). (USA Today)  

Fast food goes vegan … White Castle and Fat Burger are already offering up plant-based Impossible Burgers at their chains and now Carl’s Jr. has teamed up with Beyond Meat to create a plant based version of their Famous Star. (The Daily Meal)

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