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Four hours into her search for the perfect writer to take on a new assignment traveling to our 2018 picks for 52 Places to Go, our travel editor, Monica Drake, began to realize that this would be no ordinary recruiting process. Already, the applications were flowing in. Within 24 hours, there were 2,400.

Ultimately, in the nine days the position was listed in late October, Monica received 9,000 applications.

The posting spawned at least one internet meme and inspired applicants to launch websites and to mail Monica gifts. One applicant traveled hundreds of miles to visit the office unannounced. A 1980s R&B heartthrob made a YouTube video urging Monica to hire his friend.

Monica went on Facebook Live on Friday to talk about the job and the applicants and to give an update on the hiring process. Here is a condensed and edited version of her talk.

What is 52 Places to Go and how did you come up with the idea for this job?

Every year we create this really lavish, beautiful interactive, 52 Places to Go. And we keep it at 52 places because we want readers to think about going to a new place every week.

So this year what I decided to do in addition to having readers think about the places every week is to actually send someone to every single place on the list in 2018. And apparently that’s something a lot of people want to do. I was just flooded with job applicants.

Tell us about the cultural phenomenon that ensued when you posted the listing.

People seized on things I said in interviews and started sending me things unsolicited. You can see some of it sitting in my office. I said I was looking for the perfect unicorn who has it all. So I got my unicorns.

I also got a stuffed unicorn that is I think about three feet high. We can’t keep gifts like that. So I actually donated that to raise funds for our Neediest Cases Fund. So it went to a worthy cause.

One of my favorite reactions to the job was a Medium post. Someone claimed to crack the code to getting the job and created this lovely flowchart that starts out, “Are you or are you not Anthony Bourdain?” If the answer is yes, you just don’t change a thing and presumably you would get this job. I followed this flowchart, and based on it I don’t know if I would get the job.

And people created memes.

Justin Trudeau did not apply for the job. This is satire.

People did create websites to promote their applications. One guy who created one is a friend of Al B. Sure!, who made this video on his behalf.