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  • There are some incredibly weird jobs in this world.

  • Let's talk about that.

  • ♪ (theme music) ♪

  • Good Mythical Morning.

  • Now, as much as I love our job,

  • I'll be the first to admit that it's a weird job.

  • - It's a little weird. - What we're doing right now

  • that you're consuming, is weird. I've gone so far as to...

  • well, maybe not lie, but I'll go to a family reunion,

  • - and people like, "What--" - "Maybe I've lied."

  • "...what is it you do?" and I'll be like,

  • - "Nothin' really." - Garbage man.

  • I just don't even want to explain it, because it's weird and then it's like,

  • "Well, how do you make money? How do you feed those kids?"

  • - Right. - "How do you..."

  • "You actually entertain people? Does that... really though?"

  • - (Rhett) Mhm. - "Really?"

  • But I've been encouraged to rustle up some odder jobs, and not like,

  • (southern accent) "Oh, pick up sticks and do some odd jobs,

  • and I'll give you some cash," but weird jobs.

  • - Weird jobs. Yeah. - Weird jobs, not like

  • my grandad would pay me to do odd jobs.

  • I've got 10 weird jobs. Unbelievable jobs.

  • Some of the time if you feel that way, you're gonna feel right

  • because they're not believable. I made 'em up.

  • - Okay, so some of them, - Or maybe they are believable.

  • some of them are real, I gotta tell you whether they're real or fake.

  • - That's right, Rhett. - And what's at stake?

  • What's at stake is doing the worst job here in our studio:

  • clean the scary bathroom toilet.

  • - We've got a toilet: never been used - That's never been cleaned.

  • - by us because it's so scary. - Does it even work?

  • And you're gonna have to clean it if you don't get six right.

  • - If you get more than six right, - Yeah, I will.

  • - I have to clean the scary toilet. - (forced laughter) Okay.

  • All right, you ready to learn about some weird jobs?

  • - Get your brush ready, Link .- Good.

  • Underarm Odour Assessor:

  • a professional smeller whose job it is to sniff human armpits

  • and document how bad it is.

  • This is definitely real.

  • - What makes you say that? - Uh...

  • because I'm "edumacated", man. I seen this before.

  • - You've seen this one? - I've seen people that do this, yeah.

  • - Like what? - My ex-girlfriend. My ex-girlfriend.

  • - What? - I didn't tell you about this?

  • She sniffed your armpits and you paid her?

  • (laughing)

  • No, she... but I do know that this exists.

  • But my ex-girlfriend, if you're watching, I know you didn't do this.

  • It is real. (correct ding)

  • Works on research and development for

  • - deodorant brands. - Deodorant brands.

  • So it starts-- that is not what you were thinking, though!

  • - It does make sense. - No, it was. It was.

  • Here's a quote from a woman who does it.

  • (Link in a female voice) "When I sniff an underarm,

  • I am testing for the level of odor, the type of odor,

  • and also if the armpit hair is shaped like a cartoon or a celebrity's face."

  • - I made up the last part. - Yeah, I figured.

  • Or like a horseshoe. I've had it in a horseshoe before.

  • - Oh, the armpit hair. - Yeah.

  • Here's another one. Real or fake weird job?

  • Dedicated Balloon Popper.

  • Now, at Disneyland they've been selling balloons at the park since '55,

  • one of the most popular items. Any extra balloons left over

  • when the park is closed, because of environmental reasons,

  • they have to pop, and there is a cast member who pops the balloons.

  • Yeah, a cast member, yeah yeah (mumbling)

  • False! That's not a real job.

  • You just deflate and reinflate the next day.

  • Defla... can you be right for the wrong reason?

  • Because that doesn't seem fair. I give you half a point. You're correct.

  • No! You can't give me half a point! I got it right!

  • All right, I'll give you a point. (correct ding)

  • It's false, but your reason is stupid.

  • There is someone whose job it is dedicated to blow up the balloons.

  • - A balloon blower? - A balloon blower-up-er.

  • Yeah, it's called helium tank man.

  • There is not a job for someone to pop them.

  • Right, they just sell them the next day.

  • (stammering) Don't act like you know things you don't know.

  • Just be gracious and be like, "Oh, thanks for teaching me stuff."

  • I'm two for two and you're gonna clean the toilet!

  • You're gettin' lucky!

  • - Dog Food Taster. - (clears throat)

  • Pet's can't say if their pet food tastes good,

  • so there are people whose job it is to eat said pet food

  • to make sure it's good enough for said pets.

  • Wow.

  • This seems so logical.

  • I'm gonna say it's true.

  • - It IS true. You're just a good guesser. - (laughing)

  • Mark Gooley. He owns a dog and horse food company,

  • - Yeah, he does. Mark! - Huds and Toke.

  • They don't make food out of dogs and horses,

  • they feed dogs and horses.

  • And he taste tests doggie dental sticks, chewy bones, and liver mixture.

  • Quote, (southern accent) "If you wouldn't put it in yer mouth,

  • don't you dare expect yer dog to eat it."

  • You would think a guy that makes dog food for a living talks that way?

  • Probably not. I'm sorry, Mark Gooley.

  • - I'm a fan. - Yes.

  • - I actually like to eat dog food - I heard about this.

  • - with cere-- with milk. "Meelk." - "Meelk."

  • (female southern accent) "I like that meelk on my dog food."

  • People-onto-Train Pushers.

  • There are people, would you believe, who push people onto crowded trains

  • during the morning and evening rush hours in Tokyo.

  • They might push on you anywhere on your body,

  • but they do at least wear white gloves.

  • Uh... the fact that you said...

  • - Oh, did you say Tokyo? - I did.

  • Whaaaaaaat!

  • And then you said it.

  • - I don't say it when I say it. - Okay.

  • The fact that you said Tokyo makes me know that you aren't...

  • This is real.

  • Anything goes in Tokyo. That's why I want to go there.

  • (both laughing)

  • - You're good at this. Real. - Ha ha, yeah! (correct ding)

  • But listen. This is... When I saw this video,

  • I could not believe it.

  • (Link) They're called passenger arrangement staff,

  • - and they jam people into the cars. - (Rhett) Yeah, they do.

  • (Link) I mean, there's like eight people outside of a car and they start pushing.

  • No one can get in, and then like three minutes later,

  • all of those people are in,

  • and they've been touched everywhere by people in white gloves.

  • Yeah, white gloves. You can touch anybody with a white glove.

  • Absolutely amazing. In Tokyo.

  • Whaaaaaaat! - (Link) Shinjuku station.

  • Salad Inspector.

  • The Bloomington Bay Inn in London is world-renowned for serving

  • what is according to Mechelin the world's greatest salad on Earth.

  • The salad inspector inspects every salad before it leaves the kitchen

  • to ensure it meets the Bloomington standard.

  • Real.

  • - Wrong! (incorrect buzzer) - Aw!

  • False. How hard is it to make a good salad?

  • I mean, plus the Bloomington Bay Inn isn't real either.

  • - It's all made up? - I made up the whole thing,

  • but I will go on vacation there.

  • It seemed so not weird.

  • Fun fake fact: Bloomington Bay Inn is nowhere near a bay

  • - or any body of water. - Okay.

  • Professional Hitchhiker.

  • (southern accent) Li'l Hitchhiker.

  • In Indonesia there is an actual demand for "car-panionship."

  • Pick up somebody before you get on the interstate,

  • but it's not a favor: you pay them,

  • enjoy conversation all the way to the office.

  • Don't read my notes here. The answer's not here,

  • - so he's not cheating, - I know that, yeah.

  • but he's reading along. There's no need to do that.

  • - Just look into your brain - You pay them...

  • - to see if I'm lying. - You pay them?

  • - Professional Hitchhiker. - This can't be real. False.

  • - It IS real. (incorrect buzzer) - Oh!

  • Listen, there's 30 million plus people in Jakarta, Indonesia,

  • and they have these carpool lanes called "three-in-one zones."

  • You've gotta have three people in your car.

  • Riders line up on the on-ramp, basically,

  • and professional hitchhikers get paid $7.50 a hour to ride

  • - so you can get to work earlier, but - You didn't explain that.

  • - You said it was for conversation. - No, they talk to people. You can...

  • You made it sound like it was paying for conversation.

  • - I said it was a professional hitchhiker. - Okay.

  • - I said "enjoy" conversation on your way to work.

  • - (Rhett unconvinced) Mhm... yeah, you... - I tricked you, you're bitter.

  • You can risk fines up to a million rupiah, that's 106 dollars,

  • - by doing this, though. - Oh, that rupiah doesn't go to far.

  • It is (through laughter) illegal.

  • Rent-a-Mourner.

  • For a fee, you can hire strangers to attend a funeral

  • and provide depressing wails and tears

  • to heighten the depressing atmosphere at your funeral.

  • Or you could be one of these. You could be paid

  • - to be sad for a stranger. - (Rhett) Hmm...

  • This seems like the kind of thing that somewhere,

  • someone would pay for. Uh...

  • But it also seems like the kind of thing that you'd make up,

  • so I'm gonna say, "False."

  • - (incorrect buzzer) Gah! - It's true.

  • Job's been around a long time, Africa, China, Middle East,

  • but also in the U.K. You can go to rentamourner.co.uk

  • (Link) and get strangers to show up at a funeral

  • to, uh, help round out the festivities.

  • - (Rhett sighs) - Coconut Safety Engineer.

  • As we have established, coconuts can kill you.

  • There's someone whose job it is

  • to protect you from those perilous falling death orbs.

  • Somebody to protect you from getting a coconut that falls on your head?

  • Coconut Safety Engineer.

  • "Safety Engineer?"

  • Oh, come on. I gotta say that that does not exist.

  • - It does exist. - (incorrect buzzer) Gosh!

  • Coconut safety engineers are hired by tropical resorts

  • who risk law suits if coconuts kill people.

  • - So they engineer whether--- - How many does he have right?

  • (Stevie) He has to get two more right.

  • - You've gotta get two right. - I got four right then four wrong.

  • - Imaginary Friend Consultant. - That's what just happened.

  • An Imaginary Friend Consultant works with kids to develop and nurture

  • their imaginary friends as both a diagnostic technique

  • and a therapeutic treatment.

  • I've lost heart, guys.

  • An Imaginary Friend Consultant?

  • Somebody who encourages this amongst children?

  • For diagnostics and therapeutic technique. It's a specialized therapist.

  • I just feel like kids do this kind of thing on their own.

  • - I'm gonna say that this-- - You lookin' for an answer

  • - over there on the ground? - No, I'm just...

  • You're like, "Please, someone tell me."

  • I'm gonna say that this is false.

  • - (correct ding) Yes! - That's right, it is false.

  • Keep hope alive!

  • The only thing imaginary about this one was I made it up.

  • Teddy Bear Repair Technician.

  • Wow, there's a lot on the line: a toilet.

  • When your beloved teddy gets torn up, a Teddy Bear Repair Technician

  • will sew Mr. Snuggles right up for ya.

  • Well, surely there's somebody that does this.

  • I mean, this has got to be a job somewhere.

  • This is the kind of thing that anybody...

  • If you buy a teddy bear from Build-A-Bear and it screws up, (stammering)

  • Stevie used to work there, she knows. You take it back there and they...

  • - (offscreen laughter) - They fix it up for you.

  • - I'm gonna say "Real." - Really?

  • - You hit the nail on the head! - Yes! (correct ding) Woo!

  • And that's right, Stevie does work there still.

  • - When she's not producing our show, - (clapping) Huh!

  • Stevie Levine works at Build-A-Bear at the Americana in Glendale.

  • Build-A-Bear Workshops have teddy bear repair technicians.

  • (Link) They must be highly skilled at repairing and sewing

  • and be patient with the kids, because the kids are watching

  • - during the surgery. - Ha ha, that's right!

  • - So that's it. - I feel so good!

  • You... It came down to the wire, man. Okay, I will clean the toilet,

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