Weirdest Job You've Ever Had?

  • kevmoran

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    Feb 05, 2013 2:44 AM GMT
    At my very first job I got promoted to "Team Leader of Yarn Crafts", and everyone at my current job thought that was hilarious.

    Little do they know as a second job for about a year I was assistant admin of an adult webcam chatroom...

    What are your weirdest jobs?
  • PolaroidSwing...

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    Feb 05, 2013 2:53 AM GMT
    I don't know how weird it was, but my first job ever was housekeeping at a Holiday Inn. My manager said I was the first male she had ever hired for the position.

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    Feb 05, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    I trained 200 live rats to attack me. I was working as an animal wrangler for a low-budget movie co. The movie we were working on was called "Gnaw" (possibly THE WORST movie ever made!) I trained all 200 lab rats ( clean, disease free ) to run the length of a school gymnasium then up and over my body to simulate that I being I was being eaten alive. I also trained the "star" rat to jump from the top of a computer screen and onto my shoulder....this took quite a bit of practice as he kept missing his target, I had rat claw scratches on my face for weeks. Good times.
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    Feb 05, 2013 3:56 AM GMT
    Dunno... I've done some pretty weird, or at least difficult-to-explain things in the name of science. When people asked me about my job, I was always pretty vague.

    I always thought that the two summers I spent shaping and training christmas trees was pretty weird. Or at least ultimately pointless.
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 05, 2013 4:25 AM GMT
    GordHunter saidI trained 200 live rats to attack me. I was working as an animal wrangler for a low-budget movie co. The movie we were working on was called "Gnaw" (possibly THE WORST movie ever made!) I trained all 200 lab rats ( clean, disease free ) to run the length of a school gymnasium then up and over my body to simulate that I being I was being eaten alive. I also trained the "star" rat to jump from the top of a computer screen and onto my shoulder....this took quite a bit of practice as he kept missing his target, I had rat claw scratches on my face for weeks. Good times.


    That is so strange that it must be true. icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 05, 2013 1:02 PM GMT
    I train chinchillas to discriminate vocoded speech-- sorta the future of hearing. It's pretty weird, but it's landed me a job across the country with human subjects. I guess I've done something right.
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    Feb 05, 2013 1:18 PM GMT
    my very first job was helping my uncle. i was 19. He owns this cleaning business...but the thing was..his company cleaned crime scenes....i will never forget the first time i smelt death. Good money but not worth it.
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    Feb 05, 2013 1:34 PM GMT
    "Athletic supporter"
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    Feb 05, 2013 1:39 PM GMT
    i have never worked icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 05, 2013 5:57 PM GMT
    GordHunter saidI trained 200 live rats to attack me. I was working as an animal wrangler for a low-budget movie co. The movie we were working on was called "Gnaw" (possibly THE WORST movie ever made!) I trained all 200 lab rats ( clean, disease free ) to run the length of a school gymnasium then up and over my body to simulate that I being I was being eaten alive. I also trained the "star" rat to jump from the top of a computer screen and onto my shoulder....this took quite a bit of practice as he kept missing his target, I had rat claw scratches on my face for weeks. Good times.


    LOL this is so funny! Cool story.
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    Feb 05, 2013 6:09 PM GMT
    Assembling, lighting and decorating Christmas trees in a broiling hot warehouse in a Florida July.
  • nicelyproport...

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    Feb 05, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
    I was a singing telegram.

    Imagine being dressed in a bee costume -- no, I don't have pictures -- getting lost in a strange town, and having to walk into a trucker bar to ask for directions.

    Hey, Joe, look who just buzzed in!

    Those were good times.
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    Feb 05, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    Part time job as an English teacher to children of age 2-12years in China!
    every parent and teacher loves me except the school head master, don't know why! Kids love to play with me...
    after 6 months I quit..

    I still find it weird & also happy to imagine myself as a teacher!
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    Feb 05, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    i don't know if this job was so much "weird", as it was uncommon. i was a teppanyaki cook for about 10 years or so. i was the yahoo that cooked at the table at japanese steakhouses, throwing stuff up in the air, lighting stuff up on fire, tossing food into people's mouths, particularly the cute guys ("oh yeah, open up wide for daddy!"). slamming sake bombs and being basically a clown.

    it was fun when i was younger, and i thought it was really cool that i was encouraged to drink on the job with the customers, but then when it got to the point that i had to drink to deal with my job.... well, then not so much. meh. it is part of a string of odd skills i've acquired over the years.

  • suedeheadscot

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    Feb 05, 2013 10:05 PM GMT
    I did some research for an HIV organisation and we had to go round the gay bars taking random saliva samples off the men drinking there, then take them back for testing.

    As you can imagine, everyone was always pissed out their heads, especially in some of the working class gay bars. You can imagine the responses we got: "Hullo, can we have a sample of your saliva?" "You asking me fae a snog?" etc.

    Best paid job ever though: they paid you from the moment you left the house, until the moment you got back in, and they demanded you took a taxi back and they paid for that too!! Why can't all jobs be like this??
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    Feb 05, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    nicelyproportioned saidI was a singing telegram.

    Imagine being dressed in a bee costume -- no, I don't have pictures -- getting lost in a strange town, and having to walk into a trucker bar to ask for directions.

    Hey, Joe, look who just buzzed in!

    Those were good times.

    thats like a hot porn. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 05, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    For me, I cleaned out mail trucks.
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    Feb 05, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidWhen I got hired at my first restaurant job... the dishwasher took one look at me and threw his apron on the floor and stormed out.. Apparently he was suppose to be the next busboy. Damn, 16 and demoted in my first 10 mins!

    Yep... I washed those fucking plates for 3 weeks till they finally found a new dishman.
    30 something years later I still work in restaurants, only I've climbed the food chain a bit higher.


    Worst Job Ever. I did it for 3 weeks.
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    Feb 05, 2013 10:11 PM GMT
    Getting paid to stand around and offer people samples.
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    Feb 05, 2013 10:17 PM GMT
    My first job was as a bean inspector for Green Giant. There were three inspection departments and I was in the middle one, called "snippers." The beans would go through tumblers that would snip off the ends and stems, then deposit them onto vibrating tables for inspection. Our job was to pick out the bad stuff - mostly vegetable material, but not all of it (we got a small bonus if we found any non-vegetable material). The department had 32 inspectors and ran for 20 hours/day during the summer season.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 05, 2013 10:17 PM GMT
    Well I had one weird trick ... aaaaa ... never mind
  • hawkeye7

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    Feb 05, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    I worked for a store in Atlanta that sold novelties, posters, gift cards and .......Sex toys. It was 1994 and straight people were discovering their wild side. The store had a huge stock room of everything thou can think of and we sold a lot of it. For some reason I seemed to be the person that could help people find what the were looking for. I thought I had done it all.........NO. I learned everything about crazy sex there.
    oh and I was also a stripper on the bar at Oz
  • imbrad

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    Feb 05, 2013 10:32 PM GMT
    I was a cliff diver at casa bonita. Most people who know what that is get a kick out of it ;)
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    Feb 05, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    Pin ball machine repair man
  • Whipmagic

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    Feb 05, 2013 10:38 PM GMT
    Tying knots into DNA molecules. Seriously.