1Golf Ball Divers
Recovering golf balls from water hazards on golf courses is a lucrative business. Golf ball divers can earn $50,000 to $100,000 a year
2. Hayleigh Curtis is one of Cadbury's 10 taste testers. Her taste buds are so important that Cadbury got her tongue insured for $1.25 million.
3. A professional “line stander” named Robert Samuel earns up to $US1,000 a week by standing in line for people.
4. Deodorant manufacturers employ armpit sniffers to ensure the quality of their products. Sniffers spend their days in a hot room or outdoors, sometimes sniffing up to 60 armpits an hour. Their goal is to determine how effective the deodorant is.
5. Michelin goes to huge lengths to keep the Inspectors (who give out stars to restaurants) anonymous. Many of the top people have never met an inspector. Inspectors themselves are advised not to tell what they do. They have even refused to allow its inspectors to speak to journalists.
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Japan employs Pushers a.k.a Oshiya to push people into overcrowded trains.
7. In the Sellafield nuclear power plant, there is an industrial freezer packed with an expanding mountain of radioactive seagulls that were shot by snipers employed by the plant.
8. To reduce congestion on the roads, Iran started a 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.
9. There are more bicycles than permanent residents in Amsterdam and between 12,000 and 15,000 bikes are pulled out of the city’s canals every year by bicycle fishers.
10. There is a full-time position at the Tower of London called the “Ravenmaster” who is the caretaker for the flocks of Ravens that inhabit the grounds there.
Early computing power was measured in “Kilo-girl” hours, not in megahertz or teraflops because the world’s first supercomputers were women, not machines. Dating back to the early 17th century, computers, usually women, would calculate figures and crunch numbers all day long by hand.
12. Prior to the development of the automatic pinsetter in 1936, bowling alleys often employed young “pin boys” to reset the pins, clear fallen pins, and return bowling balls to players.
13. Being a “Leech collector” used to be someone’s job. They'd collect them by walking into a body of water with exposed legs, letting them suck for a while, and then plucking them off. Medicinal leeches were thought of as medical miracles that would suck toxic blood and disease from the body.
14. Up until the 1970s, log drivers helped move huge tree trunks from the forest to sawmills for construction purposes. The job didn’t make the cut as modern transportation progressed.
15. “Mudlarks” were folks who scavenged the muddy rivers in London in the 18th and 19th centuries at low tide in order to sell anything they found.
Wool togas in ancient Rome were cleansed by “fullers” working ankle deep in tubs full of human urine. In ancient Rome, the urine was taxed, collected, and prized for its ammonia which helped in whitening cloth.
17. In 2017, Paris’ rat catchers went on strike, partly over pay but mostly because they wanted more respect and recognition for their contributions to the city.
18. A whipping boy used to be a real job. King’s aides were forbidden to punish the prince, so they would give the prince a normal friend and take it out on him if the prince misbehaved. The prince would stay in line to stop his friend from being hurt.
19. Politicians in ancient Rome kept slaves named “nomenclators”, whose sole job was to remind their masters of the names and pertinent details of all the different people they met.
20. Vestal virgins were a group of 6 women who were recruited at the age of 6 to tend the flame of the Goddess Vesta in Ancient Rome. Expected to serve for 30 years, if their virginity ever came into question they would be buried alive as punishment.
‘White Monkey job’ refers to racially motivated jobs. In China, Caucasian foreigners are often hired to stand around and pretend to be an employee of the Chinese company or representative of an international company to increase the value of the Chinese company.
22. One of the most sought-after jobs in Venice is that of a Gondolier. There are only 425 licenses issued, and applicants must be Venetian by birth. Apprenticeships involve over 400 hours of training, and when a Gondolier dies the license passes to the beneficiary, who then decides the replacement.
23. There is only one person registered as a "Rectal Teaching Assistant" in the United Kingdom, who travels the country offering his anus to be examined by trainee doctors. He has since lost his job to a robot anus.
24. Some Cuban cigar factories used to employ a "Lector" who would read newspapers, political treatises, and classical literature aloud to help break the monotony of the cigar roller's work. Thus even illiterate cigar-rollers would be well-informed and familiar with great literature.
25. In 2014, the Indian government employed 40 people to impersonate monkeys, to scare off real monkeys causing havoc around the parliament in Delhi. The men made screeching noises similar to those of black-faced langur monkeys, imitating their whoops and barks, to frighten red-faced macaque monkeys.