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  • Geebo 8:57 am on August 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: eclipse 2017, , productivity   

    How much will the eclipse cost the country? 

    How much will the eclipse cost the country?

    With today’s solar eclipse literally looming over the horizon, a vast number of Americans are taking time out of their busy schedules in order to view the once in a lifetime event. Today’s eclipse will be the first one since 1919 to traverse the entire country from coast to coast. The next one reaching that many Americans won’t be seen until 2045. So it should come as no surprise today will more than likely act like an unofficial holiday.

    So with all the time being taken off for the eclipse, how will this affect the American workforce? According to a Chicago based outplacement firm, the time lost by employees will cost their employers close to $700 million nationwide in lost production. While that sounds like a lot, it pales in comparison to other events around the calendar.

    During March Madness it’s estimated $615 million per hour is lost in productivity, while the day after the Super Bowl is said to lose $290 million every 10 minutes. Then there’s Cyber-Monday where $450 million in productivity is lost every 14 minutes. What makes these events worse is they happen every year. So a once in a lifetime event where most employees are taking an extended lunch to view doesn’t seem so bad.

  • Geebo 9:02 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: eclipse 2017, eclipse glasses,   

    Beware of fake eclipse glasses online 

    Beware of fake eclipse glasses online

    On August 21st of this year, a narrow path through the United States will be able to view a complete solar eclipse for roughly 3 minutes. That’s not even taking into account any weather disruptions that may occur along the eclipse’s path. With such a small window of opportunity to view a possibly once in a lifetime event you might think scammers wouldn’t bother with such a small potential pool of victims, yet they are.

    As we all should know, you can’t view a solar eclipse with the naked eye without sustaining severe optical damage. In order to view the eclipse, you would need a pair of eclipse glasses that have special filters. Luckily, eclipse glasses are relatively inexpensive. However, this hasn’t stopped the market from being flooded with cheap imitations and knock offs that could potentially damage your eyes. NASA states legitimate glasses should be designated ISO 12312-2 and should be labeled as such. According to a local news report from a city that’s near the eclipse’s path, if your glasses were made in the U.S., you should be ok.

    What you should probably not do is buy them online, unless they’re from a reputable vendor. A number of ads for eclipse glasses on certain disreputable websites carry little to no information about the glasses they’re selling. The actual glasses are cheap enough and are plentiful enough from legitimate sources that you don’t have to worry about dealing with fakes.

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