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You Can Now Book The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile As An AirBNB

Oscar Mayer, for the first time ever, is opening up the doors to the Weinermobile for people other than the lucky few who get to drive the thing and hold the elusive “Hotdogger” title.

The weiner company is teaming up with AirBNB to offer people the chance to book a stay in the world’s favorite, and only, weiner-shaped car. From August 1st through August 3rd, the vehicle, which is parked outside of Everston, IL, can be had for $136 a night.

The 27-foot-long Weinermobile comes fully stocked with a mini-fridge full of hotdogs, all the Chicago-style fixings, an Oscar Mayer roll away grill (that you can keep!), and an outside seating area.

It’s also fitted with a roll-out bed, two seats made out of ketchup red velvet and mustard yellow leather, and windows aplenty. With all these amenities, the van is sure to make a cozy stay for the weekend. It’s #VanLife, but with hot dogs.

If that’s not enough, it also comes with a variety of wearable goodies, like a hot dog onesie. 

According to the internet, the running price for a package of the Oscar Mayer weiners is around $3. Going by my rudimentary math skills, in order to get your money’s worth, you only have to eat… 453 hot dogs. 

That sounds feasible, especially for anybody who’s such a fan of hot dogs that they’re willing to sleep in a giant one on wheels for a night. 

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for that experience, it’s to the store you go. That’s because the  Weinermobile is all booked up, after just 24 hours on the market. 

Hopefully, there will be more openings in the future, so all hot dog heads can go to heaven.

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You Can Actually Book A Giant Potato In Idaho As Your Next AirBnB

Whenever something random like “potato” trends on Twitter, you have to be cautious, because it could mean anything, and often is something you don’t want to see.

Thankfully, it was trending for a bizarre, yet pretty awesome reason, as a Boise, Idaho AirBnB rents out a giant potato hotel room.

 

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For $200 a night, you can stay in this 28-foot-long, 6-ton potato that’s furnished with one bed, one bath, a couple of chairs to lounge on, and an intricate antler chandelier.

It has air conditioning, so you don’t have to worry about baking into a stuffed potato, but it also has a fireplace for those chilly nights.

 

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The potato was built and is being rented out by Krisitie Wolfe, who also created an incredible Tropical Tree House in Hawaii. That tree house is also on AirBnB and has a starting price point of $300 per night.

 

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The Idaho Potato Commission is fully behind this spud-themed hotel, announcing its opening this past Earth Day.

While you wouldn’t think people would be flocking to Idaho, the “hotel” is already booked through May and is almost unavailable through June, as of this writing.

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This Taco Bell Dining Room Is Going To Double As An Airbnb

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Fans of the TV show, the Boondocks, remember the brilliant restaurant concept of having beds right next to the table, so when the “Itis” hits and you’re ready to knock out after a big meal, you can just take a nap on the spot.

Taco Bell didn’t quite go to that level, but turning the dining room in one of its Canadian locations into an Airbnb for a SteakCation is pretty damn close. It’s official, too, as the Chatham-Kent store is listed on the Airbnb site as an entire home, fitted for up to four guests, with one bedroom and four beds.

The only bummer is that it’s a huge PR stunt, and will only be a one-night stand this Oct. 17, with a winner being announced October 11.

Consistent with Airbnb protocol, you have to write out why you’d like to stay at their Taco Bell in less than 550 characters. Then, I guess they’ll review the answers and pick out a guest to spend the night.

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Hopefully this opens doors for restaurants truly doubling as Airbnb spots, though. Sure, it sounds like it’d be super unsanitary, and very unrealistic, but we can dream of a day where we can spend the night at a Jack in the Box, sneak into the kitchen and grill up a burger.

If not that, at least make tableside mattresses a thing. I really want to nap after some good BBQ.

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How A Barista With No College Degree Hustled His Way Into Yahoo, Facebook And Became A VP At Airbnb

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Mike Curtis didn’t have a college degree and worked as a barista serving lattes during high school, yet he still managed to hustle his way into Yahoo, Facebook and eventually become the vice president of engineering at Airbnb.

Curtis had no computer coding skills when he first started at the tech company across the street from the coffee shop he worked at. He landed a gig at iAtlas Corporation after convincing one of his customers to give him the internship. Curtis told Tech in Asia:

“I got to know some of the customers really well. One of them, this guy Jason, had a little tech company across the street.”

5907972100_3b75c555f6_bThough he was initially turned down, his persistence paid off.

“I kept after him. And I kept after him. And I kept after him. And finally I got him to agree to give me the internship.”

maxresdefault-1Curtis started off as a receptionist and answered phone calls for the company while he learned how to code, according to Business Insider. iAtlas developed a catalogue of searchable business information and was bought by Altavista in 1999. After the acquisition, Curtis set out to Silicon Valley to continue his programming career at AOL and a healthcare company.

He later made the switch to Yahoo where he managed 200 engineers before moving on to Facebook as the social media site’s engineering manager. Today he works at Airbnb as their vice president of engineering.

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Curtis established an extensive tech career before turning 35 and imparted a few words of wisdom to Tech in Asia about what he learned along the way. The VP also shed light on the growth of Airbnb and how it became the multi-billion dollar company it is today.

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Landing Job Interviews

According to Curtis, preparing for job interviews by thoroughly researching the company is crucial to landing a job. Those who schedule multiple interviews and don’t do their homework tend to struggle. He said:

“When I was interviewing at Airbnb, I prepared — a lot. And it really shines through in interviews.”

Early Days of Airbnb

Airbnb was slow to take off at the beginning, but the company laid its roots by focusing on the feedback of its early hosts and guests to improve users’ experience.

“If you look at Airbnb’s history, it’s been eight years. And if you look at the growth curve of Airbnb, you see that for the first three or so years of Airbnb’s existence, basically nothing happened. That was because there wasn’t enough supply in the marketplace to drive demand, and there wasn’t enough demand to drive supply.”

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Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent

Curtis doesn’t code as much as he used to now that he’s at Airbnb where he focuses on recruiting talented engineers and figuring ways to retain programmers. His philosophy is based on integrating engineers into the business process. He said:

“Ultimately it’s up to you to find the impact. Then suddenly you’re not just somebody who writes code. Suddenly you’re like a business owner. And that’s the exciting stuff. That’s where the creativity in the field comes from. And when you’re writing that code on screen you want to know why you’re writing it. It’s not just because it was handed to you, it’s because you know how this is going to drive the business you feel passionately about.”

The Right Trajectory

While employees are often preoccupied with what they have to offer their company, Curtis advised that they should also be asking what their company has to offer them. Looking back, he wonders whether he had stayed too long at certain companies or not been as recognized for his work at others.

“Always make sure what you’re doing is working hard for you.” 

Written by NextShark