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Wednesday, March 04, 2009


You know what? Today, I'm going to talk about Hannah's job.

When I started writing Something, Maybe, I knew money was going to be tight for Hannah and her mom, and I knew Hannah would have a job. And I wondered what it would be, and then I remembered something I'd read.

Years ago, I read an article about a certain fast-food restaurant experimenting with centralizing all their order-taking in one location, and the idea that you could be placing an order for a burger and be talking to someone hundreds of miles away fascinated me. So I saved the article, not knowing if I'd ever use it.

Turns out I did, and that's how Hannah ended up with her unusual--but very real--job of taking burger orders for customers she never ever sees! (And of course, I decided to mix things up by giving her two very cute co-workers, but I'll talk about them later.)

So for today's contest--what's the strangest job you've ever heard of someone having, or the strangest job you've ever had? Let me know by midnight tonight and you could win a copy of She's So Money by Cherry Cheva. The usual rules apply--winner chosen at random, yes, you can enter if you live overseas--and don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you win!

Congrats to yesterday's winner, Erika Lynn....and 20 days to go!!


Blogger badreligiongoddess said...

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March 04, 2009 9:19 AM  
Blogger badreligiongoddess said...

The oddest job I have ever heard of is an odor tester. I can't even imagine the smells they have to smell!


March 04, 2009 9:21 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

There are a lot of odd jobs out there but I think the oddest one I have heard of would be Dice Inspector. All they pretty much do is check for lopsidedness and stuff like that. I mean come on how boring and weird is that?


March 04, 2009 10:22 AM  
Blogger Lisa and Syl said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Can I just say that I LOVE your blog, and your contests are more than just fun! I'm here every day now - great way to promote your work!

Oddest job was one I heard about this morning on the radio as I drove to work. It's 50 jobs in 50 states. A guy is working for a week or so doing whatever industry is most prevalent in each state. So far he's been a corn farmer in Nebraska and a wedding planner in Las Vegas. He's currently working as a marine biologist in the Seattle area. There you go! For anyone who's worked a long time - that's a pretty odd but interesting way to approach work.


March 04, 2009 10:35 AM  
Blogger Erika Lynn said...

I never really had a crazy job, i am a waitress all the way but I grew up in a really small rural town and so many people I went to HS with would get up and work on the family farms before school started. Nothing like feeding the pigs and milking the cows before first period chemistry

March 04, 2009 11:08 AM  
Blogger GirlwiththeBraids said...

I fully believe that Mike Rowe has had some of the strangest jobs ever. On his show, Dirty Jobs, he has gone through almost every weird job there is, including somewhere where they take cow poo (haha) and make it into flower pots. Now that's what I call odd! :)

March 04, 2009 11:26 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Once I met a gait analyst. When he first said it I thought that maybe he analyzed gates - how well they swing open, whether their latches work. etc. But it turns out he analyzed the way people walk so that better prosthetics can be made - and that's way cooler than a gate analyst.

twonickelsoradime (at) gmail

March 04, 2009 11:48 AM  
Blogger Polo.Pony said...

Badreligiongoddess mention the "breath" odor job, but how about a job having to smell dogs breath? Its true :). Thank goodness I don't have that job!


March 04, 2009 1:49 PM  
Blogger prophecygirl said...

One of the weirdest jobs I've ever heard about is a pig walker. I remember seeing an article about it on the cover of a farming mag at work, and I LOL'd all day!

- Jenny

March 04, 2009 1:55 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

The weirdest job i have heard of was on Tv the job title is the "wrinkle chaser" what the job intales is for a person to iron shoes while they are making them so that the come out smooth. i thought the name was cool.


March 04, 2009 2:42 PM  
Blogger H said...

I love the idea that fast food call centres exist somewhere. The most boring job I've heard of is dictionary proof reader. On the plus side,it might be kind of fun to learn new words every day.

March 04, 2009 2:45 PM  
OpenID trudeau1031 said...

The strangest job that I have ever heard of is a dog food tester. it's real. I read about it in a book somewhere.

March 04, 2009 3:26 PM  
OpenID bbllchc125 said...

an odd job i've heard of is my friends dad is color blind and he had to pick out certain colors for machines


March 04, 2009 3:51 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

The strangest job I've ever heard of is the cheese sprayer. I saw it on Food Network's Unwrapped and all I could think about was the crazy amount of chemicals that I eat everytime I have a cheeto or cheese puff. They're still delicious though!


March 04, 2009 3:52 PM  
Blogger Senfaye said...

Here are the top 5 oddest jobs I have ever heard of:
1. Potato Chip Inspector
2. Dog Sniffer or Dog Food Tester they are tied.
3. Tampon Inspector
4. Breath Oder Evaluator
5. Citrus Fruit Dyer
-Senfaye :)

March 04, 2009 4:11 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

my dad used to work in the sewer(don't know how to spell it). It's definitely the most disgusting job;)

March 04, 2009 5:01 PM  
Blogger Melissa D said...

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March 04, 2009 5:24 PM  
Blogger Steph Su said...

I visited the Ben & Jerry's factory in Vermont, and apparently they have a parent whose job is to CUT open the occasional ice cream container (with the ice cream inside), quarter it, and try a scoop of ice cream out of every quarter. Taste control or something. Anyway, I remember thinking it was so much fun.

stephxsu at gmail dot com

March 04, 2009 8:14 PM  
OpenID runforamsterdam said...

odd jobs?
probably odor testers, but someone said that already.
or working in a dry cleaners.
it seems ordinary,
but spending your days cleaning other people's clothes?


March 04, 2009 8:42 PM  
Blogger Paradox said...

I'd say that being one of those people who flies blimps at football games would be a pretty strange job. Another weird one is being a weed farmer. Yes, they grow weeds. On purpose.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

March 04, 2009 9:07 PM  
Blogger katie said...

I have never had a job that was anything other than normal but I find it odd that my friend willingly works on a horse farm cleaning up after the horses. :]

Thanks for the contest. I can't wait for Something, Maybe to be out so I can read it.


March 04, 2009 10:04 PM  
Blogger Diana Dang said...

Ahh! I realized I missed out on yesterday's! //sad// Well I will stay on top of this blog for the next 20 days!

The strangest job I have heard of was being a professional whistler! You get paid for whistling!

March 04, 2009 11:15 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

Some of the oddest jobs I have heard of are:

Drawbridge Tender - Seriously what do they do?
Gum Buster - Eww.
Brain Picker - sadly a lot grosser than it sounds.
Ant Catcher - Eww #2.
Potato Chip Inspector - Really, how can you tell?
Citrus Fruit Colorer - I may never eat fruit again.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

March 05, 2009 12:39 AM  
Blogger BriannaBean said...

What about those people that paint the little words on rice? That's cool and unusual!

March 05, 2009 1:26 AM  
OpenID readthisbook said...

The strangest job I ever heard of would be the Furniture Tester. Their job is simply to test out furniture! It's a easy job, but strange too!

March 05, 2009 7:26 AM  

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