As kids, we’ve always been asked this question and our mad-cap answers answers have made our parents smile. But little did they know that most of what we said were actually full-fledged professions (there’s even a job where you have to sleep).
Here’s a list of 15 such crazy jobs across the globe that you will not believe exist:
1. Line Sitters
Don’t you hate when you go somewhere and there’s a ton of people and the lines are really, really long? The worst thing is when you have to wait in those lines. Luckily, you can pay someone to wait in line for you. There are many companies that will sit in lines so you don’t have to. This job sounds boring but you’re basically doing nothing and you’r getting paid.
2. Professional Pusher
The Japanese government employs staff to push and stuff passengers into the subway to make sure that the space inside the train is fully utilised.
3. Odour Judge
This job requires the staff to sniff people’s armpits! Yes, this is just to make sure the deodorant will work when it hits the market.
4. Dog Food Tester
Taste testing is a common job but when you think of taste testing you probably think of tasting human food but people get paid to taste dog food. Dog food brands hire people to test their dog food and judge it based on things like flavor, nutrition, and they even judge the food by its packaging.
5. Waterslide Tester
This one isn’t so much weird and odd but absolutely fun and cool. A waterslide tester travels to different water parks and tests the slides performance, how fun it is, and a tester will also tell the waterslide company if there are any safety concerns.
6. Professional Cuddler
If you happen to be in Japan and are missing your girlfriend, just shell out some cash and you get to cuddle and sleep next to a Japanese woman. Just cuddle, mind you.
7. Paper Towel Sniffer
While the title sounds completely made up, it is a real job. Paper towel companies don’t want their products to have any distinct odor, whether good or bad, so they need people to do a sniff test for them.
8. Rental Boyfriend
In Tokyo, if you have the money, finding a boyfriend is as easy as it gets. I don’t really know what all the boyfriend will do, but it sure sounds fun. I’ll be shifting to Tokyo the day the Japanese come up with the concept of ‘Rental Girlfriends’ .
9. Professional Sleeper
My first reaction when I came across this job was… Wow! You actually get paid to… Sleep! Professional Sleepers doze off while scientists conduct research on sleep disorders. This has to be undoubtedly the most comfortable job on the planet.
This is a part-time job in Japan where people double up as wedding guests. Don’t believe me? Here’s an ad. Ask a Japanese friend to translate and you’ll know. Apart from the money, they also get free food.
11. Vomit Cleaner
Some roller coasters dip, rise and turn at such crazy angles that your breakfast is bound to come out the wrong way. Amusement park owners knew this fact and thus this job came into being.
They do it for free Rides.
12. Electric Shock Giver
Toques as they are called in Mexico are dudes who carry a small wooden box that metes out electric shocks. While sloshed pub-goers undergo this torture to sober down, others believe it gives them a new high. Maddening!
13. Car Plate Blocker
In a bid to reduce congestion on the roads, Iran has employed a strange policy where cars with number plates ending in odd and even numbers are allowed on roads on alternate days only. Iranians hire men to walk behind their cars so that the cameras don’t capture their number plates . And I thought India was the only land of jugaad.
14. Professional Mourner
You’ll need these mourners if nobody gave a damn about you when you were alive. It’s sad that you won’t be able to see them mourn for you because you’d be in the coffin.
15. Chicken Sexer
Sure, there are chics involved, but still there’s nothing sexy about this job. A chicken sexer’s job is to identify the gender of a baby chicken. That’s about it.