Anthony Petrina is the Peabody Orlando Hotel's resident Duck Master. What does that mean? Well, this particular hotel has five ducks who swim daily in its lobby's fountain. Anthony leads the ducks on their daily march to the water, and again back outside at the end of the day.
Must have been a tough interview. "Can you walk in a straight line?"
Yes, this is a real job and, no, you can't have it. That's because Cat Channon is already Cadbury Chocolate's resident chocolate taster, and we highly doubt she'll be giving up the position anytime soon.
It is a rough gig, though. The annual pay is £30,000 and Cat must guarantee that she spend at least 10 - 20% of her time tasting chocolate. How does she manage?
How does this job listing sound? "Your work has only one mission: spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows." Well, for Wei Cunming, it sounds like another day at the office.
He was selected from thousands of applicants to be China's Giant Panda Protection and Research Center's "Panda Nanny." It seems like a great job, until you realize you have to eat bamboo for lunch every day.
Phil Pritchard's job is to always keep an eye on the Stanley Cup, wherever it goes. Yes, that means every red carpet event, every party, every victory parade...Phil Pritchard is there. Rough life, huh?
Nobody likes getting into a cold bed. Oh, sure, you could turn on an electric blanket for a few minutes, but what's the fun in that? Nah, it's best to be like this Holiday Inn in the UK and hire Jacqui Barry and Nick Woods to be your resident Human Bed Warmers.
As part of a free service, the pair will come into your room and warm your bed for 5-10 minutes for you. The uncomfortable eye contact and awkward silence while they're laying in your bed? That's also free.
In 2012, the MLB selected Ashley Chavez as the winner of their "Cave Dweller" contest. What does that mean? She had to watch every single one of the MLB's 2,430 games that season (usually by staring at a large screen that played several games simultaneously) and live blog her reactions.
How quickly do you think Ashley filled with regret about her "prize"? I'll guess it's the moment she had to witness her first Mets game.
Every go to an amusement park and think to yourself, "Hey, why did I shell out eighty bucks to be here? They should be paying me!" Well, if you did, then you're probably John Cooper, who gets paid $32,000 per year to travel around and test out theme park rides.
Life's not all great for the 30-year-old Cooper, though. Sometimes, it's merely super awesome.
At the McRoskey factory in San Francisco, they make handmade mattresses. And there is a man, Reuben Reynoso, who has the job of jumping on each and every one. Reuben works methodically, bouncing on every single surface of the mattress in a grid-like pattern. In fact, in a single day of jumping, he only goes through three mattresses.
I'd say he was slacking off but, with a job like his, how would you even tell?
You know that guilty feeling when you're watching Netflix when you should be really working? Well, Greg Harty doesn't, because his job is watching Netflix. He's a "Tagger," which means he watches movies all day and tags them with buzzwords like, "cerebral," "suspenseful" and "heartfelt."
I have my own buzzwords to tag Greg: "fortunate," "lucky" and "sonofa---"...
John Harrison is the Official Taste Tester at Dreyer's Ice Cream. What he does, all day, is eat ice cream. John estimates that he tastes an average of 60 different flavors per day, and his taste buds are so finely tuned that he's had them insured for a million dollars.
You know, Dreyer's, if John ever calls in sick, I'd be happy to temp for him that day.
Roisin Madigan was paid £1,000 per month as a professional sleeper. No joke, her job was to sleep in designer beds. It's probably the only job in the world where you could get in trouble for not falling asleep.
Yes, seriously. Denise and Mark Dufflield-Thomas beat out 30,000 applicants to become Runaway Bride & Groom's "Honeymoon Testers." In one year, they went on 85 different honeymoons, reviewing each and every vacation.
Fun fact: The company that employed them to do this now appears to be out of business. Gee, I wonder why.
Sebastian Smith was the official water slide tester for First Choice Resorts. For six months, he traveled across Europe and North Africa, assessing their slides in several highly-technical categories, such as "biggest splash" and "adrenaline factor."
A quick check of Sebasian's Linkedin page shows that he's since moved on from that opportunity. I guess you could say that, when it comes to being a slide tester, he's...
Sometimes people just need a good cuddle. Well, when that time arises, Jackie Samuel's got you covered. She runs a business in New York called The Snuggery and, for $50, she'll cuddle with you for 45 minutes.
Just don't fall asleep. You don't want to wake up and realize you accidentally racked up $600 worth of snuggling overnight.
Meet Marianne Barnes, the Master Taster for Brown-Forman Bourbon in Louisiana. Marianne's job is to "ensure the quality of the product," which, in layman's terms, means she is supposed to drink a bunch of bourbon.
The only thing to worry about when you have a job like Marianne's is that you aren't one of those people who starts ranting about your boss every time you get drunk. Talk about awkward...
For over ten years, Giorgio Sanna was Lamborghini's test driver in the Research and Development Department. Then, as if that wasn't enough, Lambo just promoted Sanna to Head of Motorsport earlier this year!
So, it just goes to show you: There is a long-term career path in living out my dreams.
Yes, I promise you this is a real thing. Sonoe Azuma runs a company in which she takes your stuffed animals on tours to exotic locations. She then mails back your childhood toy along with photos of the trip. It's the perfect service for anyone who has always wanted to be painfully jealous of their teddy bear.
Jesse Kiefer is the Chief Gumologist at Cadbury's Gum Center of Excellence in Whippany, N.J. What does that mean? Basically, he chews gum all day. This is a perfect job for the types of people who were always told they "couldn't work and chew gum at the same time." Now they won't have to because the two tasks are one in the same.
In 2009, Tourism Queensland opened up applications for what they called "The Best Job In The World." The gig was to be a full-time caretaker of the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
Over 35,000 people applied, and the UK's Ben Southall emerged victorious. He spent the year living in a multi-million dollar villa and his only job requirement was to blog about his adventures. So, if anybody ever asks you who you'd like to punch in the face the most, Ben Southall is the answer.
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