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The 15 Weirdest Jobs In The World [Pic]

Some people get paid good money to do some weird-ass stuff. But the world”s most outlandish gigs don”t all involve horse insemination and sewer inspection. From chicken sexers and elephant dressers, to ear cleaners and professional cuddlers, here are 15 of the craziest careers you should have considered before getting a degree in Theater Arts.

Toques (Electro-shock givers) Mexico

In Mexico, some men lug around caja toques – battery operated boxes that dispense electrical charges – and offer shocks of electricity for between $2 to $4 a pop. Popular around bars and clubs, some people believe it sobers them up while others feel it heightens their buzz. Bonus: Check out the Backstreet Boys giving the toque a whirl in this interview.

Oshiya (People-onto-train Pushers) Japan

You thought your morning commute was crowded? Be glad you don”t live in Japan, where professional pushers are hired during rush hour to literally shove as many people onto the trains as possible.

Professional Snuggler Japan

Not just home to heavy-petting cat cafs, Japan also has cuddle cafes, where, for around a dollar an hour, you can snuggle or sleep next to a real live woman. The trend has recently taken off in Rochester, NY, as well, where for $50 you can indulge in a private, 45min snuggle session (haha, right) at The Snuggery.

Panda Fluffer China

Ok, so really, this job is officially a panda “handler”, but, since pandas are famously unwilling to mate/ totally lazy/ uncomfortable with their sexuality, lots of panda handlers have turned to adult flicks and Viagra to help a brother bear out.

Professional Mourner Africa, China, and the Middle East

This ancient practice has been mentioned in The New York Times as early as 1877, and is for some a highly desired career. Basically, it”s what it sounds like: men and women get cold hard cash in exchange for their tears and vocal weeping; the goal being to create a more mournful atmosphere. The UK is even getting in on the action with Rent-A-Mourner.

Cuidacarros Costa Rica, Brazil

Pretty simple, these dudes watch your car and make sure nobody steals it while you”re gone. They get paid upon your return and while some accept whatever you give them, others have a more regimented price list, usually between $1 to $10.

Bike Diggers/Bicycle Fishers Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known as one of the most bike friendly places in the world – it”s even claimed there”re more bikes than residents – so it”s not surprising that many of said cycles end up in one of city”s 165 canals. Waternet, Amsterdam”s Water Authority, employs people year-round to fish out between 12,000 and 15,000 rusty two-wheelers a year.

Car Plate Blockers Tehran, Iran

Since local authorities place restrictions on the number of cars allowed on the road (license plates ending in even numbers are allowed one day, odd the next), drivers hire people to walk/stand behind their cars to cover the plate.

Chicken Sexer Most places with chickens/large commercial hatcheries

These trained professionals actually get paid to distinguish the gender of new chicks. Long story short, a common way to do this is called “venting”, during which the chicken sexer squeezes the bird until it relieves itself and, subsequently, offers a nice long look at its genitalia. You can”t make this stuff up.

Ostrich Babysitter South Africa

Possibly the cushiest job ever, it involves keeping an eye on baby ostriches and making sure they don”t peck the crap out of each other. That”s literally it.

Surfer”s Paradise Meter Maid Gold Coast, Australia

Introduced in 1965 to put a sexy spin on the town”s dreaded new parking meters, these gold bikini-clad beauties did the opposite of the usually grumpy old meter maid, and inserted coins into expired meters. Today, since those the meters are all electronic, they mostly just pose for pictures and give directions. If you would like to see the lovely lasses, they have a website.

Gender Equality Consultant Sweden

Sweden, unlike Australia apparently, is one of the most gender-egalitarian countries in the world, and, naturally, employs gender equality consultants at local daycare centers. What does a gender equality consultant actually do, you ask? Wears a gold bikini and… just kidding. They ensure that stereotypical gender norms aren”t enforced, of course. We have no idea what that means.

Stanley Cup Keeper Canada and the United States

Awarded to the winner of the NHL”s Stanley Cup Finals, this trophy (which dates back to 1892) makes the rounds during the summer with members of triumphant team; it needs to be accompanied by a keeper at all times. Even in pools.

Professional Ear Cleaners India

Though a dying one, professional ear cleaning is an art – and one that”s been passed down for generations. Or so we”re told. Basically, these guys work the streets of India, cleaning people”s ears “of any foreign body, wax, and dust” with a cotton covered needle and a pair of pincers. Seriously, here”s a video.

Official Elephant Dresser India, Sri Lanka, China, South Korean

In countries where elephants find work in more than just zoos and circuses, certain individuals have the honor of being their official outfitters, creating intricate and colorful costumes for elephants participating in religious festivals. I wanna dress elephants!

If you”ve learned anything from watching late-night reruns of Dirty Jobs, it”s that not all jobs are created equal.

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13 Responses to The 15 Weirdest Jobs In The World [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    May 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm
    Link: The 15 Weirdest Jobs In The World - If you`ve learned anything from watching late-night reruns of Dirty Jobs, it`s that not all jobs are created equal.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    May 1, 2014 at 7:43 pm
    Panda fluffer?
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    May 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm
    What`s the weirdest job among the IAB gang? Hmm?
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    VikingGuy Male 18-29
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    May 1, 2014 at 9:47 pm
    It failed to include the most noble profession of all: turkey masturbator.
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    Profworm Male 30-39
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    May 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm
    That hasn`t been true about pandas for a decade.

    Once they started letting the pandas live together, getting them to mate was easy. Before they just tried to stick two strangers in the same pen for a couple hours and trick them into having sex, which isn`t how pandas roll.
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    May 2, 2014 at 5:35 am
    Before I even looked at the rest of the pictures, I looked at the first one and immediately went to
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    srximus Male 30-39
    189 posts
    May 2, 2014 at 5:45 am
    Swedish Geneder Equality Consultant...B S!

    "...employs gender equality consultants at local daycare centers" - What do you think of us Swedes? Do we have money growing on trees so we can employ geneder equality consultants at day care centers???
    Such consultants does not exist and would not be employed to sit on ther butts all day long.

    Gender equality comes from whole societies norms and values not from imaginary cosultants.
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    Wibble4321 Male 40-49
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    May 2, 2014 at 6:49 am
    One thing I can promise you - nothing in Japan is `about a dollar an hour`.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    May 2, 2014 at 6:53 am
    Mike Rowe has shown some of the weirdest jobs ever, on TV.
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    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2014 at 7:46 am
    That is a crap, slow way of sexing chicks. The best way is just to look at them, and know what sex they are. How? Nobody knows. A new chick sexer just starts out with a 50% success rate, and gets corrected by an experienced sexer until he can reliably sex chicks. I am not kidding. I worked in general freight aviation, and although I never did it moving day-old chicks was a common job for the slightly larger aircraft. You hear about the weirder side of the business.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    May 2, 2014 at 8:19 am
    So >ahem< NObody here has an odd job him/herself? Come on, guys!
  12. Profile photo of ferdyfred
    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13631 posts
    May 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Mike Rowe has shown some of the weirdest jobs ever, on TV.
    Love his show, dont get it to often here, but he is awesome

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