While most of the mattresses you sleep are tested by machines, some mattress companies actually pay grown adults real money to jump up and down on their product before it ships to stores. [More]
If you lust for the price breaks of Black Friday deals but lack the will to get up in the early hours and brave the wild crowds, you might consider hiring a stunt shopper — a bounty hunter of sorts willing to head out there and do whatever it takes to snag your gifts for you.
Fiverr is a website where people post gigs they’re willing to do for five dollars. Does it work? I dunno, but it’s a lot of fun to read through the offers: someone will burn a small paper effigy of your enemy, or send you a sock puppet, or turn a photo into a cross-stitch pattern for you. My favorite is, “I will give you $10 if you find two people to give me $5 for $5.”
Cool Tools describes the Caretaker Gazette as “house-sitting classifieds.” The tipster writes, “I’ve used [it] to live rent-free for the past three years […] living as a caretaker in California and Idaho. In exchange for my accommodations, my duties have included keeping trespassers off the property, taking messages, mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool and generally watching over the home when the owners are away.” An online subscription costs $30 a year, and includes a PDF issue every two months, plus listings online and a weekly email update.
You could make extra cash ($15 an hour) by becoming a “standardized patient,” but you’ll have to learn to recreate symptoms and deal with being the first patient these medical students have examined. The only thing better than a cold stethoscope is a cold, shaky, stethoscope. [Slate]