'Hotel Influenza' Will Pay You $3500 to Come Get the Flu

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Miami Beach. The Caribbean. Cabo. All of these vacation spots may sound appealing, but they can cost thousands. Why not plan a getaway where your hotel not only pays your travel expenses but also gives you a little extra just for coming?

Thanks to St. Louis University’s Center for Vaccine Development, now you can. The only catch? You’ll be purposely exposed to influenza. And most sightseeing is out, since you’ll be quarantined.

As Forbes reports, the university just announced that it has converted part of its on-campus hotel into a research hub for flu. “Guests” of “Hotel Influenza” will be paid volunteers in a human challenge study that aims to evaluate the efficacy of vaccines. Rather than follow subjects in the real world who may or may not contract the virus, the center will make sure of it, exposing occupants to germs and then evaluating their response. Researchers are offering $3500 to cover each volunteer's travel expenses, leaving the rest as compensation for marinating in their own snot.

That exposure doesn’t necessarily guarantee they’ll experience flu symptoms. If a guest happens to have been treated with a working vaccine rather than a placebo, they might not get sick, and can pass away the time in the center’s modest quarters, which include catered meals and a common room with a television. If they do fall ill, 24-hour medical care will keep their discomfort to a minimum. Owing to the risk of transmission, they won’t be allowed to leave until they stop shedding the virus. The typical duration of stay is about 10 days.

The center is hoping this kind of targeted research will help improve seasonal flu vaccines with a long-term goal of developing a universal vaccination that can cover multiple strains of flu. Organizers expect a pilot study will be up and running within the next six months.

There will only be 24 slots available, so be sure to book early.

[h/t Forbes]

Animal Sanctuary on the Greek Island of Syros Wants to Pay You to Take Care of 55 Cats

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Before you can fully commit to becoming a cat person, you need the space and the money to support your feline family. Thankfully, a cat sanctuary in Greece is willing to offer you all of the above. As TIME reports, God's Little People Cat Rescue wants to pay you to move to the island of Syros and look after all 55 of its cats.

According to the listing posted to the shelter's Facebook page, the job comes with an undisclosed salary; a small, semidetached house with fully covered utilities; and a private garden with views of the Aegean Sea. You will be responsible for feeding the cats, giving them their medicine, and handling all the general duties that come with running a cat sanctuary. The ideal candidate has some veterinary training, is 45 or older, and can drive the cats to the vet in a manual-transmission car if necessary. The job also requires you to handle feral and/or non-sociable cats at times, so it's best if you have some "cat-whispering skills."

The posting reads, "We are located in a secluded nature preserved area which is very tranquil and quiet in winter time but busy during the summer. You’ll no doubt thrive best if you are the type of person who appreciates nature and likes tranquility—and rest[s] comfortably in your own company. That said, you’ll never feel lonely in the company of the cats and you’ll be expected to live with a small handful of cats in your house."

After a volunteer period of a few weeks, you will be working about four hours a day for a minimum of six months beginning November 1, 2018. To apply, send your photo and resume to joanbowell@yahoo.com. There are plenty of cat photos from the sanctuary to peruse online as you wait for a response.

[h/t TIME]

Dream Job Alert: Ferrero Is Hiring 60 People to Taste Nutella in Italy

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Looking for an excuse to move to Italy? Ferrero, the company behind the beloved hazelnut spread Nutella, is hiring 60 taste-testers to sample products out of its Alba, Italy headquarters, The Local reports. And if the only relevant experience you have is cleaning out jars of Nutella on your couch at home, don't be discouraged: Ferrero is specifically looking for amateurs.

Soremartec Italia srl, Ferrero's research and development company, recently posted the job ad to Openjobmetis [PDF]. The company is seeking non-professional "sensory judges" to spend two days a week tasting the ingredients that go into its Nutella spreads and Ferrero Rocher truffles, like cocoa and hazelnuts. It wants the opinions of everyday consumers, so candidates lacking knowledge on the science of taste are welcome. The only requirements are that potential hires don't have any allergies and have basic computer skills.

If you're still not confident in your tasting skills, Ferrero will give you some guidance before putting you to work. Starting September 30, the 60 chosen applicants will start a three-month course dedicated to developing their senses of taste and smell and their sensory vocabulary. Only 20 tasters of the original 60 will graduate to one of the official tasting panels.

The work is contract and part-time, but all of it, including the course, is paid. Candidates who move on to the final stage will have the opportunity to stay with Ferrero for the long term, so start planning your new life in Italy now.

[h/t The Local]

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