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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!

 

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