You Can Get Paid $1000 to Watch 15 Hours of The Office in Nine Days

Oscar Nuñez, Brian Baumgartner, Jake Lacy, Paul Lieberstein, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, and Leslie David Baker in The Office.
Oscar Nuñez, Brian Baumgartner, Jake Lacy, Paul Lieberstein, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, and Leslie David Baker in The Office.
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If you're anything like millions of people around the world, you probably watch at least a season of The Office a week. After a long day at your own office, few things are as relaxing as witnessing the hilarious antics of the Dunder Mifflin crew, who you can always rely on to make you laugh—and perhaps appreciate your own job just a little bit more. Nearly 15 years after its original NBC premiere, The Office is still one of the most binge-watched TV shows around. And now one company wants to pay you for the time you already spend lounging on the couch waiting for the moment where Jim and Pam finally get together.

USDish, an authorized DISH Network retailer, wants to pay one lucky fan $1000 to simply watch 15 hours of The Office in nine days. Easy, right? Some of us already do more than that for free—but there's a bit of a catch, As the rules explain, the selected individual must take copious notes on the many popular tropes that pop up as they watch 45 episodes of the classic sitcom. The guidelines read:

"For instance, how many times does Stanley roll his eyes at the camera? How often does Phyllis talk about Bob Vance from Vance Refrigeration? The goal is to help us understand how often sitcoms repeat popular tropes. We’ll provide you with general guidelines to track your experience, but in true Kelly Kapoor fashion, we also want you to share your unfiltered opinions and reactions on social media."

So you basically you have to do a little work while watching and document it on social media, too. In addition to the $1000 stipend, the selected binge-watcher will receive some sweet Dunder Mifflin swag, including a Dundie Award, along with a Netflix gift card.

To apply for this no-brainer of an opportunity, click here. You have until Monday, March 16 to submit your information.

You Could Get Paid to Watch Disney+ While Social Distancing

She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
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In October 2019, Reviews.org chose five lucky couch potatoes for its “Disney+ Dream Job,” a position that paid people $1000 and gave them a year-long Disney+ subscription to watch 30 Disney programs in 30 days.

Now, the technology review site is accepting applicants for a similar (albeit less time-consuming) role: 10 people will receive a $200 Visa gift card and a free year of Disney+ to watch one single Disney film. Since most Disney movies are around 90 minutes long, your one-time wage works out to about $133 per hour.

To enter, all you have to do is send an email to giveaways@reviews.org with “Dream Job” in the subject line and your name and the title of your favorite Disney film in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random, so you don’t have to worry about trying to pick the “right” movie or explaining why you’re the right person for the job. You do, however, have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, April 10, and winners will be notified by email on the following Monday, April 13.

While October’s dream job was more about drumming up excitement for Disney+, which was a brand-new platform at the time, this one is all about encouraging social distancing and supporting people through the coronavirus crisis. With Disney+’s wide array of entertainment at your disposal—from National Geographic animal documentaries to animated classics you loved as a kid—you might feel a little less bored while you’re camped out on your couch.

If you want to check out Disney+ for yourself, head here to learn how to get a free seven-day trial.

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NASA Opens Astronaut Applications to the Public

If you hold a master's degree in a STEM field, are comfortable with tight spaces, and need a new job, NASA has an opportunity for you. As Space.com reports, the space agency recently posted an ad seeking astronauts on USAJobs, and anyone can apply—as long as you meet the basic requirements.

Astronauts make between $104,898 to $161,141 a year performing such duties as conducting operations on the International Space Station and testing new spacecraft. To land the prestigious gig, candidates must first complete a painstaking application process.

NASA asks anyone interested in becoming an astronaut to make sure they meet the basic qualifications before they apply. Candidates should carry a master's degree in a discipline of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Exceptions can be made for people who lack a master's degree but can show two years of work toward a STEM Ph.D. program, completion of a doctor of medicine degree, or completion of a nationally or internationally recognized test pilot school program (for this last one, a bachelor's degree in STEM may also be required).

Candidates should also have real-world experience beyond their academic career. For people with degrees in STEM or flight testing, NASA is looking for at least two years of professional work, and for pilots, it wants at least 1000 hours command-piloting high-performance aircraft.

Meeting these standards is just the first hurdle candidates must clear. If they make it through the initial round, potential astronauts will be asked to pass a NASA long-duration spaceflight physical, undergo a psychiatric examination, and be assessed on their leadership and problem-solving skills. After about a year of this, NASA will announce its final hiring decisions sometime in mid-2021. Fair warning, the competition will be tough: The last time NASA opened its astronaut applications to the public, it selected just 12 people out of 18,300 candidates.

The online application went live on USAJobs on March 2, and it will be open through March 31. If you're not sure if you're right for the job, try taking this astronaut aptitude test before applying for the real thing.

[h/t Space.com]

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