Thank your lucky stars it isn’t you doing these weird jobs for a living. Yeah, your job might be boring and you might hate it, but it’s a hell of lot better than milking snakes… oh yeah, you heard us right!
1. Japanese “train pushers.”
Known in Japanese as ‘oshiya,’ workers are employed by the Japanese government for the sole task of pushing and stuffing passengers onto trains to make sure they’re full to capacity. So next time you’re bemoaning the London Underground during rush hour, just be grateful you’re not being forcibly shoved onto the nearest tube!
2. Bike fishers
Errr what? Nope, your eyes aren’t deceiving you- this is an actual, genuine job. Amsterdam’s Water Authority pays for people to essentially fish for bikes among the city’s one hundred kilometres of canal water. Why do the bikes end up there? Who knows? Supposedly about 15,000 bikes are fished out every year. However, the city is often cited as the world’s most bicycle friendly, so it
3. Professional mourner
Slightly morbid and definitely totally bizarre and right up there in the weirdest jobs you’ve never heard of. Professional mourners are exactly what it sounds like: people paid to mourn at funerals – funerals of people they’ve never even heard of, yet alone met.
4. Snake milker
A snake milker has the less than envious daily task or extracting venom from snakes using only their bare hands. Snake venom is worth a huge amount of dollar, so if you can handle the risk, it’s a job well worth doing.
5. Professional cuddlers
A fan of hugs? Then this platonic job could be just what you’re looking for. Professional cuddlers can earn up to $60 per hour for hugging on demand. Samantha Hess, who set up company Cuddle Up to Me in Portland, Oregon, was inundated with requests after news of her company went viral.
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