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Strange Careers That Pay Surprisingly Decent Money

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Anyone can be an accountant or a real estate agent. All you have to do is work hard and study hard and you’ll soon be raking in the money. But what about people who want to do something a little more peculiar? Well, they’re covered too. Check out these strange careers which may or may not be right up your alley.

Cuddle People For Cash

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There are a surprising number of businesses out there that offer cuddles to lonely people for cash. The going rate is between $60 and $80 an hour!

Queue Up For Coins

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Want the latest iPhone but can’t be bothered to stand outside the Apple store all night? No problem, hire yourself a professional queuing assistant to do the waiting for you. Barriers to entry to this career are very low.

There’s Gold In Golf Ball Diving

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Those who love a bit of outdoor fun and scuba diving can clean up by diving for golf balls. They make their money by selling the balls, which aren’t cheap.

Get Paid For Pet Food Tasting

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This is, apparently, a job done by real human beings. It’s the only way pet food companies can be sure that their treats taste consistently correct.

Bed Testers Get Money While They Sleep

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Bed testing is normally done by large purchasers of beds, such as hotel chains. They learn to lay on a bed in a very specific way to ensure that the mattress is completely undamaged.

Pick Up Some Notes As A Professional Mermaid

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You have to be young, female, and pretty, but other than that, this has to be one of the easiest jobs ever. Dress up as a mermaid and sit around for money.

Filthy Lucre For Face Feelers

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A face feeler works for a cosmetics company. Their job is to touch the faces of people who test makeup and to see if things are any better or worse than without the makeup.

Get A Nice Wedgie From Water Slide Testing

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We want this job. You go to theme parks all day and ride water slides over and over again to make sure they are getting enough water. Awesome.

Make Some Bread-Picking Worms

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It’s not a very pleasant job unless you like worms, but digging up worms for fishermen is an honest and reasonably well-paid career.

Earn Scratch For Sniffing Armpits

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We are not making this one up. Deodorant manufacturers employ people to sniff under deodorant tester’s arms. They may have to sniff 60 armpits an hour to make bank. Yuck.

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She Went From Trapped In Her Own Body To Dancing With The Stars

Victoria Arlen was born just before her triplet brothers. As such, the young girl was always an ambitious and energetic trailblazer. Always active, she took an interest in sports – particularly swimming and dancing – from a young age. She dreamed of winning gold medals and dancing with stars. Then, at age 11, disaster struck. Out of nowhere, Victoria became a prisoner, trapped inside her own body, in a nightmare that seemed to never end. She could see and hear, but didn’t have control over anything else. Victoria worked tirelessly to escape from her nightmare against all odds, and went on to grab headlines and inspire lives everywhere. Was she able to overcome her dismal condition? Read on to find out.

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These Celebrity Doppelgangers From The Past Have Us Seeing Double

Time travel is a mystifying concept. Much like the idea of extraterrestrial life, it has captured the human imagination for as long as we have existed. Today, it’s at the forefront of famous movie plots, most famously ‘Back to the Future,’ and pops up in late-night conversations about the universe and meaning of life. As of now, scientists have not been able to confirm whether traveling through time is possible, and though there isn’t any kind of hard evidence that proves human beings can time travel, these photos of celebrities alongside what appear to be them in other time periods will sure make you wonder.

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Is It Even Christmas If You Haven’t Seen Die Hard Yet?

The Holiday Season is upon us and you know what that means – time to watch Die Hard! Your televisions and movie theaters are probably already flooded with cheesy Christmas movies, and the radio is just Mariah Carey’s “All I want For Christmas Is You,” but there’s one thing that we can all agree on, Die Hard is a perfect piece of holiday cheer. We know the debate has raged on for nearly 30 years: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? We’ve done the leg work (watched Die Hard so many times we’ve lost count) and we have the definitive answer. Yippee ki-yay it’s Die Hard season!

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