You Can Get Paid $1000 to Drink Coffee for a Month—As Long as You Avoid Chains

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Sustaining a caffeine habit can be costly; the average American spends more than $1000 on coffee each year. If you're looking for a way to earn back your annual coffee budget while doing as little work as possible, check out this job opening from Business.org. The small business resource site will pay one lucky person $1000 to drink coffee for a month and document their experience—the only catch is that corporate chains like Starbucks, Dunkin', and Gregorys are off-limits.

In an effort to support small businesses, Business.org will require its professional coffee drinker to get their java fix via local cafes. If they're a self-professed Frappuccino addict, that's even better: The gig is all about comparing independent coffee shops to major chains and noting the benefits and drawbacks of both.

The chosen candidate will be given 25 percent of their $1000 paycheck up front, which they can use to buy their beverages. The remainder of their earnings will be paid out at the end of the month. Job requirements include visiting at least eight locally owned coffee shops; photographing every cup that's purchased; and recording information like the cost, perks, and inconveniences of going local, all while avoiding brand-name coffee shops. The coffee connoisseur will also be tasked with sharing their experience on social media, and while having a strong social presence is a plus, it's not essential.

To apply, fill out the online application form with your location, current occupation, contact information, and social media handles. You will also need to upload a video pitching yourself for the role and write a short essay stating why you'd be a good fit. If just thinking about getting the job has you craving local coffee, check out the best independent coffee shop in your state.

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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You Could Get Paid $1000 for Binge-Watching 48 Episodes of Billions in 30 Days

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in Showtime's Billions.
Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in Showtime's Billions.
Showtime

If you’re about to press "play" on the pilot episode of Showtime’s Billions (watch the pilot for free here), you might want to hold off just a little longer. You could potentially get paid $1000 for binge-watching the whole series.

Cable Providers, an online research and review site for internet providers, is offering one lucky fan the opportunity to win $1000, a Showtime streaming gift card, and Billions-themed swag as a reward for watching all four seasons of the show within 30 days. That’s a total of 48 episodes, so the winner will have to knock out 1.6 episodes each day (considering the nail-biting nature of Billions, however, it won’t be surprising if they blow through it much more quickly). While watching, the winner will keep track of certain recurring themes on a checklist, like "how many times does Damian Lewis’s Bobby Axelrod break the law?"

To apply, send an email to carolyn.morgan@cableproviders.co with Dream Job in the subject line, and your name—plus the name of your favorite Billions character—in the body of the email. You have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen to enter, and applications will be accepted until May 3 at 8 p.m. EST. A Cable Provider representative will contact the winner sometime before May 10, so be sure to check your email inbox (and spam folder, just in case) during that week.

The contest coincides with the return of the hit series; Season 5 premieres on May 3, and based on the trailer below, the stakes are higher than ever.

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