10 Most Bizarre Professions You Didn't Know Existed
1Professional Mattress Jumper
2Professional Ethical Hacker
3Professional Pencil Sharpener
This is how Rees' artisanal pencil sharpening works: You might send him your favorite pencil, but Rees more often selects and sharpens a classic No. 2 pencil for his clients "carefully and lovingly," he promises. He slides the finished pencil's very sharp tip into a specially-sized segment of plastic tubing, then puts the whole pencil in a larger, firmer tube that looks like it belongs in a science experiment. Throw it at a wall, he says, and it won't break. The cost? $15.
“This is not about sex and I'm really straight forward about that,” said the 29-year-old. Samuel's mission, according to her website, is to “make the world a gentler place, one snuggle at a time.”
It also helps pay for her studies and provide for her young son. Also, clearly there are a lot of people in need of a cuddle. Samuel makes as much as $260 a day and cuddles with up to 30 men a week.
Samuel, who started her business earlier this year, has strict rules. She only snuggles in her house and clients are not allowed to touch “any parts of her body which are covered by underwear, which she wears under her pyjamas.”
So, who pays for cuddles? Samuel said pensioners, war veterans and people “between relationships” are among her clients.
5Professional Cheese Sculptor
Why cheese? Well, Michelangelo used marble. Sarah Kaufmann uses cheese. What drew this sculptor to her material? A strong affinity for tangy cheddar or the fact that she hails from the proudest cheese state in the nation, Wisconsin? No, as Kaufmann says, "The cheese found me." What's more, she says, "It's much more delightful than working with wood or stone. You can snack while you work."
6Professional Urine Farmers
The key to success as a urine farmer, she says, is understanding that different seasons bring a fluctuating urine supply. “It all depends on how thirsty the deer are,” she says. “In the summer when it's hot, they drink way more than in the winter when it's cold.” The less they drink, the less they pee, and the less profit a urine farmer makes.
The one question they get asked most often, Mrs. Collora says, is how they know the best time to harvest estrus urine. “Hey, it ain't rocket science,” she laughs. “You put a buck in there. When he starts riding the doe, and she lets him, they're in heat. When they're done, you collect their urine. That's our whole business model.”
7Professional Presidential Poison Taster
George Bush apparently also had two former FBI agents taste every one of his dishes during a trip to London.
8Professional Golf Ball Divers
Also, golf ball divers have made up to $100,000 annually. Now I got your attention, right?
9Professional Cat Catcher
10Professional Sorority Rushing Coach
Naming themselves the Rushbiddies, they opened shop in 2009 after hearing about the rush misfortunes of their daughters' friends. About 50 mothers and their “chicks,” as the Biddies affectionately call them, attended one of their two-day workshops in April ($100 a couple), complete with mock rush party, wardrobe hints and paperwork prep.
There is a mound of it. The smart rushee, the Biddies advise, will have a résumé stressing community service, leadership, academics and teamwork, letters of recommendation from alumni of each chapter, preferably on the campus in question, and reference letters.
With the help of Ms. Foster and Ms. Grant, who wears a pink feather boa during workshops, Mrs. King asked alumni of about 10 chapters, several from UVA, to write her daughter's recommendations. To guide their plaudits, she sent them packets with a professional photograph, transcript and résumé. To thank them, she dropped off a bottle of rosé in their mailboxes.
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