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One of the most common questions is, “So, what do you do?” Most of us have a standard answer about our profession, but there are some people who have jobs that you might not even know existed.It just goes to show that you can make a living doing something bizarre & outside of the box that you might never have even heard of!!
Need proof? Ask a professional cheese listener or line stander.
BAD BREATH EVALUATOR
Bad breath is the ultimate turn-off for most people. And just because you are paid to be exposed to it on a daily basis, it doesn’t make it any better.
Being a breath odor evaluator means you would be working for a food or chemical company. The job involves sniffing people’s mouths before and after trying a new chewing gum or mouthwash product. To make it even more “fun,” sometimes testers are required to consume garlic or coffee before the smell test.
To qualify for such a stinky job, you need a keen sense of smell & probably a very strong
This job originates in New York, where they were also called “sardine packers,” but is currently more common in Japan. It’s almost hard to believe that in a country so civilized & so technologically advanced, people get shoved & pushed into subways & travel in uncomfortable conditions.
In Tokyo, 8.7 million people take the subway every day & even though there are about 24 trains per hour going in one direction, it still gets very overcrowded, especially during rush hour. Introduce “oshiya” or “pushers,” whose job is to cram as many people as possible in every train. People are squished so tightly against each other, that they can’t move or even breathe properly.
A good cheese, like the famous Parmigiano Reggiano, takes more skills than one might think. Taste and smell are not the only decisive factors when it comes to assessing the quality of cheese. When it comes to Parmesan, you also need to have a good ear.
A Parmesan listener hits the head of the cheese with a special hammer to figure out whether the head meets the standard. Certain sounds let the specialist know about possible cracks and voids inside the cheese wheel. So next time you enjoy a nice piece of Parmesan cheese you can thank the Parmesan listener for doing his job right.
CERTIFIED ETHICAL HACKER
Certified Ethical Hacker
Professional line standers do one thing most of us have no patience for: wait in line. These professionals are especially busy during big sales (think Black Friday) and product launches (new iPhone releases, for example). Rates vary, but one professional line-stander told Business Insider he earns up to $1,000 a week.
DOG FOOD TASTER
Human dog food tasters are hired by pet food companies to test the quality of their products. They also evaluate the nutritional value and usually spit out the food once they taste it.
(Ed. note: The father of one of my son's friends opened & ate
some dog biscuits while his wife was out.
He was colorblind & didn't read the box
They looked like some regular kind of cookies.
He said they were OK, but kind of dry.)
Professional cuddlers charge up to $80 an hour to snuggle with strangers. The downside: This work comes with its share of emotional burdens, says Portland-based cuddler Samantha Hess.
Snake milkers extract venom from some of the world's most dangerous snakes, like rattlesnakes and cobras. The extracted venom is often used to create antivenom for hospital or laboratory use, and can be sold for up to $1,000 per gram.
Odor judges perform odor tests to rate the effectiveness of hygiene products like soaps and bodywashes, deodorant, and mouthwashes. Depending on what products are being studied, judges smell subjects' armpits, feet, or breath and rate their odors on a scale of one to 10.
During one odor tester's 15-year career she sniffed approximately 5,600 feet and an indeterminate number of armpits, for which she won the Guinness World Record for most feet and armpits sniffed.
Professional mourners attend funerals and grieve for the deceased. A company in England called Rent A Mourner specializes in the industry, offering mourners for your loved ones for two hours for roughly $70.
Iceberg mover became a profession after the sinking of the Titanic.