As kids, we’ve always been asked this question and our mad-cap answers answers have made our parents smile. But little did they know that most of what we said were actually full-fledged professions (there’s even a job where you have to sleep).
Here’s a list of 11 such crazy jobs across the globe that you will not believe exist:
1. Professional Pusher
Japan is indeed a hardworking nation. It makes sure that all its people reach work on time and that’s why Japan has employed people to push others onto trains so that nobody’s late for work. I love this country!
2. Rental Boyfriend
In Tokyo, if you have the money, finding a boyfriend is as easy as it gets. I don’t really know what all the boyfriend will do, but it sure sounds fun. I’ll be shifting to Tokyo the day the Japanese come up with the concept of ‘Rental Girlfriends’ .
3. Professional Stand-In-Liner
As long as there are queues in the world, Narabiyas (Japanese for stand-in-liners) will never be out of fashion. These freelancers will happily wait in long queues for you as long as you pay them some money.
4. Professional Sleeper
My first reaction when I came across this job was… Wow! You actually get paid to… Sleep! Professional Sleepers doze off while scientists conduct research on sleep disorders. This has to be undoubtedly the most comfortable job on the planet.
5. Wedding Guest
This is a part-time job in Japan where people double up as wedding guests. Don’t believe me? Here’s an ad. Ask a Japanese friend to translate and you’ll know. Apart from the money, they also get free food.
6. Water Slide Tester
All play and no work makes Jack a dull boy. Not in this case, because Jack’s work involves a lot of playing in water. Water Slide Testers have to check all aspects of safety and make sure these rides are absolutely safe. There’s always medical insurance for those who break a bone or two.
7. Electric Shock Giver
Toques as they are called in Mexico are dudes who carry a small wooden box that metes out electric shocks. While sloshed pub-goers undergo this torture to sober down, others believe it gives them a new high. Maddening!
8. Professional Cuddler
If you happen to be in Japan and are missing your girlfriend, just shell out some cash and you get to cuddle and sleep next to a Japanese woman. Just cuddle, mind you.
9. Car Plate Blocker
In a bid to reduce congestion on the roads, Iran has employed a strange policy where cars with number plates ending in odd and even numbers are allowed on roads on alternate days only. Iranians hire men to walk behind their cars so that the cameras don’t capture their number plates .
10. Furniture Tester
As long as the furniture’s not made of cactus, this job’s pretty cool. You have to sit, wriggle and sleep on the furniture to asses its comfort. This job is so cool that it’s weird.
11. Panda Nanny
Have you heard about the best job in the world? It’s in China, being a panda caretaker at the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Ya’an.
According to China Daily, those who wish to partake in this amazing opportunity — which pays about $32,000 per year, plus meals, board and the use of an SUV — should be 22 years old or older, and have writing and photography skills as well as “some basic knowledge of pandas.”