Okay, time for fun facts! What a way to kick off July!
Fact: I’m fascinated by Ridley’s Believe It Or Not and a fan of the Guinness Book Of World Records. So for a bit of fun, I decided to turn to Google and dig out some weird jobs in the world. After pouring list after list, these are the top 10 jobs that, in my opinion, are the weirdest jobs I ever come across.
Rental Boyfriend / Girlfriend
It started in Japan and in recent years, it spread to China and Singapore. It is simply a way to stall your parents and well-meaning aka pesky relatives from asking awkward questions about your personal life in forcing their intention to matchmake you. I didn’t know how serious it is until one of my Chinese colleagues confessed that she was forced to go 10 matchmake dates every month to appease her mother.
I’m quite surprised that this service is actually quite popular in the Western world. For the Asians, it is extremely important to have mourners (the more the merrier pardon the pun) to bid farewell to the deceased. It shows the living that he or she is well loved when they are alive. The harder and louder a mourner cries, the more filial and respect are shown at the funeral.
Professional Iceberg Mover
These folks will move the iceberg away to prevent it being a danger to ships and oil rigs. After the Titanic sunk, the International Ice Patrol was set up to keep the seas clear.
Love to be the first one to get the latest iPhone or want to have the best seat in Bruno Mars concert but hate queuing? You actually can hire freelancers to queue for you. It’s a job that pay pretty well for someone who just have enough patience to stand in line on behalf of you especially when you have better things to do.
This one is plain weird although I probably will be really good at this job even with scientists and researchers staring down at me while taking note of my every twitch and snores (not to mention accidental drool as I dream of salted caramel ice cream or Captain America). I can sleep everywhere and anywhere.
Wedding Guest For Hire
For a lot of people, a big wedding is a must. It is a matter of showing who has more friends. I don’t actually quite understand this concept because I always prefer smaller weddings. Even mine was kept to less than 100 guests – an amazing feat considering that most Singapore weddings average number of guests is 250 to 300.
Paint Drying Watcher
Besides being a weird job, it must be really boring just to sit in one spot to watch the paint dry. Just the thought of it makes me yawn! I don’t even want to find a picture of a man watching the paint on the wall to dry!
Professional Ear Cleaner
I know this for a fact it is a true profession. I love having my ears clean by the masters when I was living in China. You may cringe at the thought of someone other than yourself, your doctor and your mom entering one of the most sensitive body parts, trust me, I was sceptical at first too. But the feeling of cleanliness of my ears are just so good that I’ll return again and again, putting the risk of going deaf in the hands of a stranger.
Golf Ball Picker
Besides watching the paint dry, this must be the most boring job to do. I rather stand in line for something than to hunt and pick up balls all day. It’s like Easter Egg treasure hunt everyday under the hot sun.
Oooo.. this must be a wonderful job except that I really don’t like watching horror. So if I can get to pick and choose, I wouldn’t mind. Netflix get you to watch shows that hasn’t been aired in order to tag the shows, write about its plot summary and provide reviews. A great excuse for not doing the dishes because I’m watching Kerry Washington in the yet-to-aired Scandal. Haha!
Are these weird jobs or what? Have you come across strange jobs on the web? Care to share with us at the comments below.
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