Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter



The Weird World of Whacky Works

Tzipie Wolner

If you could choose a really original profession when you grow up, what would you choose? A pilot? A shoe designer? A gardener? I bet a career as a gum buster never even crossed your mind. Nor did it occur to you to become a snake milker. There are people out there who have these totally weird jobs, and they’re loving it!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013


snake clock gumProfessional Sleeper

This is a job most teens would find amazing. Imagine getting paid to sleep — how cool is that?

Who gets paid to sleep? Scientists are always busy investigating new conditions in people. For example, let’s say they want to analyze whether or not strawberries are good for the body. They’ll recruit people who are interested in taking part in the strawberry study. The people will eat strawberries in specific amounts and under specific conditions and then they’ll get tested to see what occurred in their bodies.

Another common area of study is sleep. Scientists regularly do studies on sleeping patterns so they can help people with sleeping disorders (sleeping problems). Since the scientists can’t very well go into people’s houses at night and watch them sleep, they place ads in newspapers to recruit people who want to take part in a sleep study. Then they provide the responders with beds in a lab that are equipped with all kinds of machines to analyze sleeping patterns. While the people sleep, the scientists monitor their sleep. These people get paid to snooze!

 

 To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha. To sign up for a weekly subscription click here.

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.
CAPTCHA
Message


MM217
 
Evolution vs. Revolution
Shoshana Friedman I call it the “what happened to my magazine?” response
Up, Up, and Away
Rabbi Moshe Grylak What a fraught subject Eretz Yisrael is, to this day
Where Do You Come From?
Yonoson Rosenblum Could they be IDF officers with no Jewish knowledge?
Heaven Help Us
Eytan Kobre Writing about anti-Semitism should rouse, not soothe
Work/Life Solutions with Chedva Kleinhandler
Moe Mernick “Failures are our compass to success”
An Un-Scientific Survey
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are Jerusalemites unfriendly? Not necessarily
Out of Anger
Jacob L. Freedman How Angry Lawyer was finally able to calm down
5 Things You Didn’t Know about…Yitzy Bald
Riki Goldstein He composed his first melody at eight years old
When the Floodgates of Song Open, You’re Never Too Old
Riki Goldstein Chazzan Pinchas Wolf was unknown until three years ago
Who Helped Advance These Popular Entertainers?
Riki Goldstein Unsung deeds that boosted performers into the limelight
Your Task? Ask
Faigy Peritzman A tangible legacy I want to pass on to my children
Are You There?
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Emotional withdrawal makes others feel lonely, abandoned
A Peace of a Whole
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Love shalom more than you love being right
Seminary Applications
Rabbi Zecharya Greenwald, as told to Ariella Schiller It’s just as hard for seminaries to reject you