You Could Get Paid $1300 to Watch 13 Stephen King Movies by Halloween

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Scott Eisen/Stringer/Getty Images

If you've already blown through lists of the best horror movies ever made, it's time to get more specific with your Halloween binge-watching. This year, USDish is challenging one brave soul to watch 13 movies based on classic Stephen King works by October 31—and the lucky viewer will receive $1300 for their fortitude.

Forty-three films have been adapted from Stephen King's novels, novellas, and short stories, including IT Chapter Two and Doctor Sleep in 2019. USDish.com has narrowed its viewing list down to King's most famous films like Children of the Corn (1984), Carrie (the 2013 remake or the 1976 original), Misery (1990), and Pet Sematary (the 2019 remake or the 1989 original).

The candidate chosen for the challenge will receive a survival kit complete with a blanket, flashlight, candy, popcorn, and Stephen King swag. USDish will also send them a Fitbit they can use to track their pulse while watching some of the most heart-pounding scenes in cinema. All 13 movies are available to watch on Dish, and if the viewer wants to extend their movie marathon, they can use a complimentary gift card to see IT Chapter 2 or Doctor Sleep in theaters.

After making it through the list and logging their experience, the winner will receive a $1300 cash prize. They can use that money to buy all the Stephen King movies that weren't included in the challenge—or maybe take a relaxing trip to some place far from Maine.

To apply for the dream (or nightmare) gig, fill out the form on the USDish.com website with your personal information, viewing habits, and a short essay explaining why you should get the job. There's also an option to upload a video pitching yourself as the perfect victim.

Whether or not you get paid to do it, you can organize a Stephen King binge-watching session of your own. Here are some the best films from the master of horror that are available to stream.

Keep Your Cat Busy With a Board Game That Doubles as a Scratch Pad

Cheerble
Cheerble

No matter how much you love playing with your cat, waving a feather toy in front of its face can get monotonous after a while (for the both of you). To shake up playtime, the Cheerble three-in-one board game looks to provide your feline housemate with hours of hands-free entertainment.

Cheerble's board game, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is designed to keep even the most restless cats stimulated. The first component of the game is the electronic Cheerble ball, which rolls on its own when your cat touches it with their paw or nose—no remote control required. And on days when your cat is especially energetic, you can adjust the ball's settings to roll and bounce in a way that matches their stamina.

Cheerable cat toy on Kickstarter.
Cheerble

The Cheerble balls are meant to pair with the Cheerble game board, which consists of a box that has plenty of room for balls to roll around. The board is also covered on one side with a platform that has holes big enough for your cat to fit their paws through, so they can hunt the balls like a game of Whack-a-Mole. And if your cat ever loses interest in chasing the ball, the board also includes a built-in scratch pad and fluffy wand toy to slap around. A simplified version of the board game includes the scratch pad without the wand or hole maze, so you can tailor your purchase for your cat's interests.

Cheerble cat board game.
Cheerble

Since launching its campaign on Kickstarter on April 23, Cheerble has raised over $128,000, already blowing past its initial goal of $6416. You can back the Kickstarter today to claim a Cheerble product, with $32 getting you a ball and $58 getting you the board game. You can make your pledge here, with shipping estimated for July 2020.

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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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