It’s sometimes fairly difficult to imagine that someone is paid to do anything other than what we do. Our own routines give us cabin fever and we long to know what’s out there, wistfully imagining the big wide world. Do people get paid to taste pet food? Is that a thing? Yes it is my friend and here are some more to tickle you.
Funnily enough this one is quite depressing. Firstly imagine being dead; now as if that wasn’t bad enough your loved ones thought it was necessary to pay strangers to cry at your funeral. ‘It’s what he would have wanted’ they all nod in agreement (assuming there is more than one). Popular in Japan but a profession that has yet to find its niche in the UK or the rest of the West, any struggling actors take note that you can be paid in excess of 10 grand per funeral depending on how rich the deceased family are.
Are you blessed with a very sensitive sense of smell? Do you long to hold fabrics uncomfortably close to your face? To be disgusted, aroused and nostalgic all in one day? Well the best career choice for you is odour judge. And there will be no arguments on this. You can smell just about anything, as I’m sure you, as a human, are aware. Therefore the companies that can hire you are very diverse although the main line of employment comes from toothpaste companies who hire you to smell people’s breath before and after they clean their teeth. You will never want to kiss another human being again, but for up to fifty grand, who cares?
There is a lot of gold in the world and not all of it is down a mineshaft or at the bottom of riverbeds. Most of is in the Goliath Vault underneath the streets of Manhattan, New York and they pay you to stack it all up and keep it nice and tidy. At 21.4 kilograms the bars of gold that are deposited require you to be physically fit or you risk fatigue. Magnesium tipped boots at $500 a pair should keep your toes nice and unbroken if you have butter fingers. If you want a workout amongst one of the most valuable substances on earth, hand in your CV today!
Another one exclusive to Japan here, a country so packed with people that they have to jimmy them in like a hungover festival goer packing away a sleeping bag. Uniformed officials who look menacing are paid to push you as hard as humanly possible to fit you onto the crowded public transport of Tokyo. As the most populous city in the entire world, this really should come as no shock to anyone. What’s more surprising is that they aren’t hiring people fish the poor commuters out at the next stop after they’ve been forced into a game of claustrophobic twister.