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The Odd Jobs Club

Written by Kimberley Startup | August 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered who writes the message in your Christmas cracker? Or where to go if living in a cave takes your fancy?

We decided to go on a mini venture to find the weirdest and oddest jobs around. Along the way, we found everything from ice cream taster to paint watcher, zombie to human sleeping bag – and all that was in between.

It seems that some people are willing to look outside their usual job channels in search of the weird, odd and peculiar.

So let me present to you, a selection from the Odd Jobs Club.

Fortune Cookie Writer

Who decides your fate after a take-away? Creative writers are sought to write punchy anecdotes and predictions for fortune cookie companies.

Watching paint dry

An established paint manufacturer, employs workers to watch and (time) paint drying. Do you think this would be boring or a bit dull?

Wookey-Hole-witch-Somerse-001The Witch

In 2009, Somerset-based Wookey Hole put out an ad looking for a witch to live in their caves and ‘generally do witch-like activities’ – all for a very competitive £50,000 salary. The nationwide recruitment campaign sparked a considerable amount of interest (and publicity).

Furniture Tester

In the quest to find pure comfort, some companies have been known to employ people to test new beds, sofas and chairs.  Depending on where you look, this is an exclusive stand-alone job.

Human Bed Warmer

The Holiday Inn found an inventive way to keep their guests warm in 2010 by recruiting human bed warmers.

The hotel chain claimed the service would be able to “help people achieve a good night’s sleep especially as it’s taking much longer for them to warm up when they come in from the snow.”


In 2004, English Heritage began the search for a State Jester. The role itself hadn’t existed for over 350 years, and the requirements were ‘must be mirthful and have own outfit (with bells). Bladder on stick provided.’

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‘The Best Job in The World’

Ben Southall was the winner of the PR stunt to promote tourism in Queensland. His remit? To explore, dive, swim and carry out numerous adventures whilst becoming the envy of millions around the world. Read the Metro’s article.

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