50 Strangest Jobs – Part 2

By: Fact Republic

1. The sluggard waker used to be a church position whose job was to wake up anyone in the congregation who had fallen asleep by hitting them on the head with a stick.

2. NASA has a Planetary Protection Officer, whose job is to protect Earth from potential contamination by extraterrestrial life forms and prevent Earth’s microbes from reaching other planets.

3. In 18th century England, gambling dens hired people whose sole job was to swallow the dice in the event of a police raid.

4. China employs professional panda huggers for $32,000 a year (as of 2016).

Their job entails “spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows.”

5. Until the 1890s, there were people in Britain whose job was being a village's "sin eater."

When someone died, you paid a sin eater to come over and eat a 'funeral biscuit' that had been placed on the dead body, taking on their sin in the process.

6. Professional "fired men" are used in department stores as scapegoats who are fired several times a day to please customers who were disgruntled about some error.

7. 'Professional Mourners' are performers who are paid to lament the dead and 'entertain' grieving families.

The UK even has a program called 'Rent a Mourner' for hiring actors as 'extras' at funerals.

8. In Victorian England, the job of a hospital's "Chief Bug-Catcher" was to rid the mattresses of lice and they were paid more than the hospital's surgeons.

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