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The Queen Wants to Pay You to Tweet on Her Behalf

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Between all her royal waving and Corgi-walking, one could hardly expect that Queen Elizabeth II—who just made history as she celebrated her 65th year on Britain’s throne—has the time to fire off a 140-character commentary on her day to the 2.77 million people who follow her @RoyalFamily on Twitter. Though she did hit “send” on the account’s first tweet back in late 2014, then typed out a personal message of thanks for all the well-wishes on her 90th birthday, the Head of the Commonwealth is in need of some social media help. Which is where you could come in.

The Evening Standard reports that the Royal Household is looking for a Digital Communications Officer to join the Queen’s “fast-paced and dynamic team,” with the primary goal of “finding new ways to maintain The Queen's presence in the public eye and on the world stage.” The ideal candidate will have keen editorial and photography skills, be flexible and proactive, and have previous experience overseeing websites and digital communications, “preferably in a high-profile environment.” In addition to tweeting on Her Majesty’s behalf, you’ll also manage her Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as her personal website.

In addition to an annual salary of £30,000 (about $37,500 per year), the job listing states that the chosen candidate “can look forward to a comprehensive benefits package, including a 15 percent employer contribution pension scheme (after six months), 33 days annual leave, including bank holidays, and access to training and development to support your continuous professional development.”

It should be noted that the job is not a permanent one; it’s a year-long position to cover a maternity leave. Which gives you 365 days to make yourself indispensable to the Royal Family, especially if you can convince The Queen to live tweet the next season of Game of Thrones.

[h/t: Evening Standard]

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The Princess Ride: Here's What a Princess Bride Theme Park Attraction Might Look Like
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Do you fight the urge to say “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya” when introducing yourself? Have you spent the past 30 years mispronouncing the word “marriage”? If so, you may be a diehard fan of The Princess Bride. The cult film (and the book on which it’s based) has inspired board games, merchandise, and countless pop culture references. Now, two theme park designers from Universal have conceived the inconceivable. As Nerdist reports, Jon Plsek and Olivia West have designed the plans for a hypothetical attraction called “The Princess Ride.

Their idea follows the classic river boat ride structure and adds highlights from the movie around each corner. After watching Buttercup and Wesley’s love story unfold, riders are taken past the Cliffs of Insanity, through the Fire Swamp, and into the Pit of Despair. The climax unfolds at Prince Humperdinck’s castle and leads up to the two protagonists riding off into the sunset. The last thing the passengers see is Miracle Max and Valerie waving goodbye saying, “Hope ya had fun stormin’ the castle!”

The ride’s designers make a living turning stories into thrilling attractions. Plsek works as a concept artist for Universal Creative, the group behind Universal’s theme parks, and West works there as a concept writer. While The Princess Ride was just a fun side project for the pair, it isn’t hard to imagine their ride bringing Princess Bride fans to the parks in real life.

For more of Jon Plesk’s concept rides inspired by classics like Dr. Strangelove (1964) and National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), check out his website.

[h/t Nerdist]

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]

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