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.

Netflix Is Hiring ‘Nerds’ in Los Angeles and Paris

Netflix's headquarters in Los Angeles.
Netflix's headquarters in Los Angeles.
Netflix

The word nerd might have started out as a mean-spirited schoolyard insult aimed at smart kids, but it has since turned into a term that self-proclaimed nerds wear like a badge of honor. Netflix has taken it one step further by using nerd as an actual job title—and they're currently looking for some in both Los Angeles and Paris.

The Nerds at Netflix are the IT team, so book nerds might want to sit this one out. According to the website, the streaming giant is looking for “smart, motivated” individuals to “provide exceptional technology support to [its] employee base.”

In other words, you’d essentially be responsible for troubleshooting technical problems for staff members. A degree in computer science isn't required, but you will need experience on a technical support team and an in-depth knowledge of Mac and Chrome operating systems, cloud-based services, Windows, Google Apps, and a host of other programs.

A day in the life of a Netflix Nerd could include resetting a few passwords, issuing a company-owned cell phone to a new employee, setting up a video conference, fixing a finicky printer or two, or keeping a careful log of all your resolved requests.

And, since the job is customer service-based, the listing also mentions that applicants should have “patience” and “excellent interpersonal and communication skills.”

The three positions are similar in nature, with a couple key differences. The Paris-based Nerd will live in Paris, of course, and must be fluent in both French and English. The other two positions are both in Los Angeles, but one is for the “Core Support” team that services the entire business, and the other specifically provides support to Los Angeles employees.

Nerd hopefuls can apply here.

Dream Job Alert: Irish Island Is Hiring a Couple to Run Its Local Café

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twstipp, iStock via Getty Images

Resolving to spend more time unplugged isn't easy in 2020, but if you'd like to replace the gaming, binge-watching, and social media in your life with silence, nature, and solitude, consider moving to Ireland. As The Guardian reports, Great Blasket Island, off the country's west coast, has a job opening for two caretakers to manage a café and accommodations that are straight out of the 19th century.

The position comes with free food, lodging, and an undisclosed salary. Duties include maintaining three cottages and serving tea, coffee, and snacks to up to 21 guests. Such luxuries as Wi-Fi, hot showers, and electrical lighting are missing from the island. Instead, caretakers will depend on candles for light and stoves to boil water.

Great Blasket isn't completely off the grid. A small wind turbine there produces enough power to charge a smart phone, but with the spectacular views of the 1100-acre island and the Atlantic coast, you may not want to return to a life of nonstop scrolling.

Whether you apply for the job with a romantic partner or a close friend, it's important that the two caretakers get along well. Alice Hayes, the person behind the job listing, also stated that they should be friendly, talkative, and in good shape.

The gig starts on April 1 and runs through October 1 of this year. If you're interested in leaving the modern world behind for a few months, you can contact Alice Hayes for more information at info@greatblasketisland.net.

[h/t The Guardian]

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