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Someone's got to do it

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By John Pawlak

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread and the inhospitable climate of Antarctica would dissuade even the most foolish among us. With temperatures dipping to 50 degrees below zero and frigid winds chewing the landscape, the only sign of life you might expect is that of a colony of penguins.

Well, that and perhaps a German fluid dynamics research team studying the “rectal pressures necessary for penguins to project their poo over a distance of 40-52 cm.”

Researching the viscosity parameters and trajectory of expelled penguin poo? Exactly how does one apply for a job like that? Is this where they get the phrase that Ph.D.  stands for “piled higher and deeper?”

As the old saying goes, it’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it and yet these jobs and many others even stranger, do exist.

In Japan, subways employ “pushers” (called oshiya) — workers paid to shove people into the subway train cars. Pack ‘em in like sardines. In Iceland, people hire seers to detect elves. Lithuania debt collectors hire witches to help induce delinquent clients to pay more quickly.

We may live in the 21st century, but you can still hire a dowser to walk around your property with a forked stick to find water.


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