20 cool jobs you probably didn’t know existed
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Monday 17th May 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
20 cool jobs you probably didn’t know existed
What did you want to be, growing up? Most of us never became astronauts or rock stars, but there were plenty of other weird and wonderful careers we could have chosen if we had known about them. The world is a bizarre place and sometimes people are required to do bizarre things for a living. Here are 20 cool jobs you probably didn’t know existed.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine, originally from China, in which needles are stuck into the body. But did you know you could do it to animals? Veterinary acupuncturists use acupuncture techniques to help animals overcome their ailments.
Human touch is an important thing for well-being and happiness, and not everyone has access to a romantic partner. That’s where professional cuddlers come in, charging money to cuddle with clients and providing them with a sense of warmth and security, but without any romantic or sexual expectations.
Most of us don’t even know how to milk a cow—and they don’t have fangs. The job of a snake milker is to squeeze the liquid out of a snake’s venom glands, which helps scientists create anti-venom and save people’s lives if they get bitten. It wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but no one could accuse this job of being boring.
Are you unsure if any of your good friends can handle the responsibilities of being a bridesmaid? Well, have no fear, you can hire a professional bridesmaid to fill the void. Professional bridesmaids aren’t wedding planners. They show up to provide emotional support and help you get through your big day, drama-free.
Dog surfing instructor
Ever wonder how they get dogs to hang out on surfboards for those cool viral videos? Well, it turns out it could be your job to teach them. Dog trainers in sunny, surfy locales have taken up the project of teaching dogs how to surf. While it may not be for every dog, a lot of pooches seem to have a lot of fun on the waves.
In Tokyo, the subways can get so full at rush hour that “oshiya,” or “pushers,” are needed to literally push people into the trains, ensuring that they’re operating at full capacity. While pushers are often associated with Japan, the idea originated in New York City, though they weren’t very popular with the locals.
Underwater pizza delivery man
In Key Largo, Florida, tourists can stay at an underwater hotel, which is decked out in several amenities, but being underwater does create one complication: how does the pizza get delivered? Fortunately, a local delivery man is happy to strap on the scuba gear, load the pizza into a watertight container, and bring it right to your, uh, porthole.
A chicken sexer performs the specialized task of sorting recently-hatched chicks by their sex. Chicken sexing is a unique skill that’s difficult to learn because, well, male chickens don’t have penises. The task was recently dramatized in the Oscar-nominated film Minari, about a Korean family in which both parents work as chicken sexers in Arkansas.
If you’ve ever wanted to have a night on the town, but didn’t have anyone to go with, then you might understand the appeal of a rental boyfriend. In Japan, this service has cropped up to help lonely people experience a date night and find some companionship—but keep in mind that it’s quite expensive.
Licence plate blockers
In Tehran, Iran, the government has tried to mitigate congestion by restricting the roads to cars with odd or even licence plates, depending on the day. To get around this restriction, car owners have taken to hiring men who stand in front of the licence plates, blocking them from view of cameras.
When Colorado legalized recreational cannabis usage in 2012, it opened up a new opportunity for media in the area. Ricardo Baca, a longtime music writer, became the “marijuana editor” of The Denver Post, as the cannabis industry became a legitimate (and lucrative) industry, worthy of press coverage from the mainstream media.
Dog food taster
Like any other food, dog food needs to be tested… and tasted, before going to market. A few individuals get paid to try out the food, noting its various characteristics, flaws and virtues during the development of the product. This is a select calling, however, as you generally need some expertise in food science and a sensitive palate to be a pet food tester.
Well, anyone can (try to) rob a bank, but some people get paid to do it legally. So-called penetration testers are hired by banks to test their digital security systems, trying their darndest to break in, but not to keep the loot. The job of a penetration tester is to replicate the tactics of a hacker to expose flaws and pinpoint weaknesses in their employers’ security system.
Who gets to decide if a waterslide is worth the price or not? In 2013, Leeds University student Sebastian Smith won a competition to become a waterslide tester and a six-month contract with First Choice Holidays to travel the world (all expenses paid) to test out waterslides, rating the slides on “biggest splash” and “adrenaline factor.”
Keeper of the Cup
Every year, hockey teams in the NHL compete for the Stanley Cup, a very large cup that bears the names of all the winning teams throughout the history of the league. Phil Pritchard, a Canadian hockey lover, is the Keeper of the Cup, meaning that it’s his job to travel around the country with the cup, ensuring that it stays safe and getting it where it needs to be.
Human lab rat
Any time a new drug (or more recently, vaccine) is put out into the world, it must go through several rounds of testing, starting with animals before moving on to humans. If you’re short on cash, you can sign up to be a clinical trial volunteer, colloquially known as a lab rat, to earn some extra cash.
The Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in China is an institution that protects the endangered giant panda, and frequently needs volunteers to help take care of the cute lil’ panda cubs. In 2014, the organization created a job posting for the paid position of “Panda Nanny,” who would need to help raise the pandas and sometimes cuddle with them.
Aircraft repo man (or woman)
A repo man (or woman) is someone who may repossess your car if you’re late on payments. It’s a tough—and sometimes dangerous—job, but imagine having one of them repossessing your private airplane when you’re least expecting it. It’s a real job, and was even the subject of a Discovery Channel series.
When a nauseous passenger of a roller-coaster or similarly disorienting theme park ride throws up onto the ground below, it’s someone’s job to clean it up. That’s the “vomit collector,” a theme park attendant who cleans up after the accident, helping the ride get started back up again without delay.
Ski slope illustrator
If you’ve ever been skiing or snowboarding in North America, you’ve probably come across a distinctive illustrated map of the mountain, with clear, snowy paths through dense evergreen forests. Well, many of these were created by James Niehues, an artist who specializes in ski maps, and has drawn over 430 ski slopes in his career.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP TEN AWESOME THINGS
1st of an Occasional Serries
- Locking people out of the car and pretending to drive away
- Finding money you didn’t even know you lost
- When you pull to a red light and the guy in front of you nudges up a bit so you can make a right turn
- Eating things past the expiry date
- The smell of petrol
- Hanging your hand out the window of a car
- When you arrive at your destination just as a great song ends on the radio
- Peeling an orange in one shot
- Multitasking while brushing your teeth
- The smell of frying onions
SPECIAL DAY CELEBRATED ON 17th May 2021
World Telecommunication Day
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
No one can compete with you on being you. Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most. -Naval Ravikant
Happiness is… Panda nanny.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Love is…the most precious thing you can find to give.
A time to be a Penetration testers…a time to be Rental boyfriend/girlfriend.
1536 Anne Boleyn’s 4 “lovers” executed shortly before her own beheading.
1824 The diaries of Lord Byron are burnt by six of the poet’s friends at the office of John Murray in London, sometimes described as “the greatest crime in literary history”.
1861 First colour photograph of a tartan ribbon shown by Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell to the Royal Institution in London.
1993 Intel’s new Pentium processor is unveiled.
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