If there’s one word that perfectly characterizes human society, it’s diversity. People come in plentiful flavors and they have just as many needs. Despite automating the heck out of society, we still need actual human beings to get some jobs done.
Whether you’re unemployed or a millionaire looking for an entertaining read, this list of 7 wacky jobs that you probably never knew existed will surely delight you.
Electro-shock giver (Mexico)
If you’re a fan of tequila, the mariachi, sombreros and spending $2 for a quick electrical shock, you should put Mexico on your bucket list. There is an actual practice in Mexico that involves a guy lugging around a battery with the sole purpose of giving people electro-shocks. Not without warning, of course. Tourists and locals alike willfully spend between $2 and $4 to receive shocks of electricity in the hope that they will either sober up or heighten their buzz. Whether or not the application has any scientific backup, business is reportedly flourishing.
Professional snuggler (Japan)
When it comes to weirdness, Japan hardly needs an introduction. In fact, it’s probably the country with the strangest practices on the globe. One of those is professional snuggling. For around a dollar an hour, you can cuddle up next to a living, breathing total stranger. In Rochester, NY, the trend has evolved into a more lucrative business. On the American continent, you can earn a cool $50 in 45 minutes flat by offering the same service.
Professional Mourner (Africa, China, Middle East)
This one may not be so unfamilliar, but it’s still a creepy profession, you have to admit. As the nomenclature implies, it involves organized weeping and sobbing to mourn something or someone (usually a person who has recently deceased).
Bicycle Fisher (Amsterdam)
The concept of “fishing” a bike may sound strange, but this is actually one of the more legitimate practices in our list. Bicycle-laden Amsterdam reportedly loses between 12,000 and 15,000 two-wheelers every year to the intricate canals that characterize tulip country. So it’s probably no surprise
Gender Equality Consultant
Living in ice-cold Sweden has its perks. You get 480 days of paid parental leave, the taxes are reasonable, summer days last an eternity and… you have gender equality consultants that help you shake off any non-egalitarian inclinations that you might have. No wonder the World Economic Forum named Sweden the “most advanced country” for women.
Now this is one service we should have everywhere on the globe, not just in Macarena-land. And the job couldn’t be any simpler. You just pay a dude to sit and watch your car so that people don’t damage or steal it. It may sound good at first, but ask yourself this: how often does something have to happen that you need to open a job for it? The answer: pretty often. But we’re sure it only happens in the slums.
Scuba Diving Delivery Pizza
We saved the best for last. Granted, we haven’t heard about too many people doing this, but apparently someone gets paid to service a hotel underwater by delivering everything that the guests need at any time of the day – including sizzling hot pepperoni pizza. Pictured above is the only person known to do this officially.