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The Queen Wants to Pay You to Tweet on Her Behalf

Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images

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]

George Washington’s Incredible Hair Routine

America's Founding Fathers had some truly defining locks, but we tend to think of those well-coiffed white curls—with their black ribbon hair ties and perfectly-managed frizz—as being wigs. Not so in the case of the main man himself, George Washington.

As Robert Krulwich reported at National Geographic, a 2010 biography on our first president—Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow—reveals that the man “never wore a wig.” In fact, his signature style was simply the result of an elaborately constructed coiffure that far surpasses most morning hair routines, and even some “fancy” hair routines.

The style Washington was sporting was actually a tough look for his day. In the late 18th century, such a hairdo would have been worn by military men.

While the hair itself was all real, the color was not. Washington’s true hue was a reddish brown color, which he powdered in a fashion that’s truly delightful to imagine. George would (likely) don a powdering robe, dip a puff made of silk strips into his powder of choice (there are a few options for what he might have used), bend his head over, and shake the puff out over his scalp in a big cloud.

To achieve the actual ‘do, Washington kept his hair long and would then pull it back into a tight braid or simply tie it at the back. This helped to showcase the forehead, which was very in vogue at the time. On occasion, he—or an attendant—would bunch the slack into a black silk bag at the nape of the neck, perhaps to help protect his clothing from the powder. Then he would fluff the hair on each side of his head to make “wings” and secure the look with pomade or good old natural oils.

To get a better sense of the play-by-play, check out the awesome illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton that accompany Krulwich’s post.

"American Mall," Bloomberg
Unwinnable Video Game Challenges You to Keep a Shopping Mall in Business
"American Mall," Bloomberg
"American Mall," Bloomberg

Shopping malls, once the cultural hub of every suburb in America, have become a punchline in the e-commerce era. There are plenty of malls around today, but they tend to be money pits, considering the hundreds of "dead malls" haunting the landscape. Just how hard is it to keep a mall afloat in the current economy? American Mall, a new video game from Bloomberg, attempts to give an answer.

After choosing which tycoon character you want as your stand-in, you're thrown into a mall—rendered in 1980s-style graphics—already struggling to stay in business. The building is filled with rats and garbage you have to clean up if you want to keep shoppers happy. Every few seconds you're contacted by another store owner begging you to lower their rent, and you must either take the loss or risk them packing up for good. When stores are vacated, it's your job to fill them, but it turns out there aren't too many businesses interested in setting up shop in a dying mall.

You can try gimmicks like food trucks and indoor playgrounds to keep customers interested, but in the end your mall will bleed too much money to support itself. You can try playing the bleak game for yourself here—maybe it will put some of the retail casualties of the last decade into perspective.

[h/t Co.Design]


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