jobs whose existence surprises you

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by Pickman's model, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    i'll start you off with this little gem

    i am astonished that a society of homeopathic medicine should lower themselves so far as to have a scientific adviser.
  2. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    black rod. What a grade a sinecure. And its ridiculous
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  3. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Whatever it is, I'm against it

    Management consultant. If you don't know how to manage things then you should probably quit your job as a manager, not outsource your own job on the company's dime.
  4. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

  5. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse In the AreA

    Anyone who works here:

  6. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    That's out of this world.
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  7. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

    I love seeing that building on the train out of waterloo. They do do some interesting research and have a programme of talks. There are some coming up in the next few weeks

    Technical Project Trilogy evening
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  8. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    The guy whose very specific job it is to cut the arseholes out of cows in a slaughterhouse always bemused me - but apparently, since the regs on cross-contamination were properly beefed-up in the aftermath of BSE/e-Coli, it has become a critical role that is considered one of the most skilled and best paid jobs on the entire line
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  9. iona

    iona makes George Orwell look like a dalek

    Can't remember if this was from an actual conversation I've had recently or something I read on here :facepalm: but firing dead chickens and other birds into planes to test them. Makes complete sense when you think about it, but how often does anyone outside specific parts of the aviation and dead bird industries think about the existence of the role of chicken gun operative, or whatever the official job title is?
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  10. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    Those people who taste test pet food.
  11. danski

    danski Comfortable chair.

    Avian ballistic technician?!!
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  12. dessiato

    dessiato Life is a lemon, and I want my money back

  13. JuanTwoThree

    JuanTwoThree I care not for the wealth of Gyges

    Chicken gun - Wikipedia

    The Chicken Cannon
  14. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Its called a "Bird Ingestion Test" - and here it is and the Chicken Gun IRL:

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  15. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    I saw someone on another board recently trying to find out which firm did the mystery shopping/random quality tests for Five Guys burgers, so they could try and get a job! :D
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  16. Grump

    Grump Well-Known Member

    Probably not true but I remember reading about how engineers were amazed at how the chickens were causing immense damage to the engines they were test fired into until they realised the technician in charge of the gun was using frozen chickens.
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  17. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    painting the band of special paint at the bottom end of lamp posts (the paint is specially intended to prevent corrosion caused by dog piss) is a job
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  18. MickiQ

    MickiQ Well-Known Member

    I used to live next door to a guy who was an RR service engineer, he told me once they had an engine returned from an aircraft belonging to an African airline that had sucked up an hyena that had run across the runway.
    Apparently neither the engine nor the hyena survived the experience.
  19. 8ball

    8ball All round terrible person

    Corporate lawyer.
  20. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

    This is a Pathe film is about one of the last street gas-lamp lighters in London.

    However, 60 years after that film was made we still have gas-lamp lighters


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