Sunday, December 20, 2009

Whenever I think about careers and occupations in general, I think doctor, lawyer, businessman, or architect. Jobs like that. What I don’t think of are jobs such as professional whistler, ostrich babysitter, and furniture tester. But believe it or not, the last three jobs I just mentioned are actual jobs! And those don’t even begin to cover all the different types of unusual jobs there are out there! The following link has a list of thirty seven weird jobs and a brieg description of each one.

Could you imagine being a fortune cookie writer? Well I suppose someone has to come up with the clever little phrases we find inside our fortune cookies, but still, how do people find jobs such as this? I just don’t understand where one would begin to look if they wanted to become a snake milker when they grew up.
It’s the little things in life that we take for granted that actually supply people with unusual jobs. Take gambling for example, when people gamble with dice, if the dice isnt made just so, the outcome of the game could be entirely different. One of the jobs that this website has listed is a dice inspector. These inspectors examine dice to try and find flaws in it’s physical makeup. Who would ever decide to become a dice inspector?
Take braille literature for another example. Blind people don’t just automatically have a library full of books that they can read, they must first be translated from writing into braille. I think this would take a very patient person, because I cannot imagine rewriting all types of literatures using the braille writing system!
Finding this site, with all of these weird and unusual jobs listed, offers kind of a fun reminder that even the tinniest details we find in our society require work. I have never met anyone who has had a job such as the one listed on this site, but when I think about it, it makes complete sense that they must exist!

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