9 bizarre jobs you never even knew existed

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We are so used to mainstream careers like being a lawyer, a doctor or a writer that we sometimes forget about the endless list of job possibilities available. Ever considered being a ‘sex toy tester’ or a ‘professional sleeper’ perhaps? Here are 9 crazy, and rather amazing, jobs you might never have heard about:

1. Professional mattress jumper

To ensure that each and every mattress is compressed to perfection, a person is paid to jump up and down on mattresses day in and day out. Sound like fun? Maybe not so much after the 10 000th jump, yet I bet they all have thighs like rugby players!

2. Professional pencil sharpener

Surprisingly, you’ll now find various artisanal pencil sharpening services around the world. How it works: you send your pencils (presumably those in need of sharpening) to these sharpeners to be sharpened.

3. Chocolate taster

Chocolatiers the world over have teams of professional tasters who taste all their new products. Tasters then rate the products and suggest certain changes. Sounds...delicious!

4. Professional snuggler

Apparently, in the US, people will pay up to $60 (about R646.53) per private snuggle session. This is not a sexual thing, but rather a therapeutic session for people seeking platonic intimacy.

5. President poison taster

The ancient Egyptians and the Romans employed them, but did you know that being a poison taster is still a potential career option for today? Vladimir Putin apparently has food tasters who travel with him and taste his food. All his consumables are inspected by a medically-qualified professional sampler, who makes sure that it is completely safe to eat.

6. Fake review writer

This is definitely unethical, yet some companies pay a lot of money to people willing to write fake positive reviews on products online – creating a false buzz around products, experiences, etc.

7. Wrinkle chaser

When slipping your feet into a brand-new pair of shoes, just take a second to enjoy the smooth, wrinkle-free design. Why so? Someone is actually paid to sit in the factory with a tiny steam iron to make sure your footwear is crease-free.

8.    Sex Toy tester

Testing new sex toys on a monthly basis for adult stores apparently pays very well. Would you try this?

9. Professional Sleeper

Love to hit that snooze button? Then maybe this one is for you. Sleeping for a living can be rather fun as you get into your PJs on a daily basis, usually as part of sleep research projects.

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