Ghost Hunters – Real Job or Fantasy TV?

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Everyone these days have seen the television series about ghost hunting and eradicating all the evil spirits from their homes. But do these actions really go on in our every day real life? Believe it or not, there is actually a small market of jobs for people who consider themselves “Ghost Hunters”.

Although ghost hunting is an actual job, it’s not exactly an easy one to get into. There are actually steps in place if you really want to be good at your job. This is definitely a job you want to do some serious thinking about before just diving in.

A lot of people who work in this industry, advise newcomers to go to seminars and parascience conventions beforehand to ensure this is something they want to do. As other paranormal workers have stated, “this is serious business”. Whether or not I actually believe in what they do is irrelevant, but I do know this type of business has a pretty big following. It’s not just a GhostBusters scene anymore, a lot of people really worry about having demons or spirits hiding away in their basements. For the people that do believe in such things, there’s no one better to call than your neighborhood Ghost Hunter.
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Fortune Cookie Writer: What’s your fortune?

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Everyone here at one point or another has eaten in or taken out Chinese food. Always at the end of the meal you crack open your little fortune cookie to see what’s in store for you or your future. Even though most people don’t believe the winning lottery numbers or the phrase that’s in the fortune cookie, it’s still an untraditional nice way to end a meal.

The question on everybody’s minds though is, how do these Chinese food restaurants get the short hymns that are written on a small strand of paper lodged in between each one of these cookies? Believe it or not, there are people out there that do nothing but write Chinese cookie fortunes as their job!
A lot of writers that still want to pursue writing but have not yet come up with any substantial works decide to freelance write for fortune cookies. Although this is not a solid career path for most individuals, there have been plenty of freelancers out there that consider this to be their job.

Wonton Foods is actually one of the main distributors for fortune cookies and their phrases. Wonton Foods alone ships close to five million fortune cookies a day. Wonton Foods in particular has contracted writers to continually refresh the fortune cookie sayings so that they stay fresh and new.
Although fortune cookie writing may not be the job for you, it is still in fact a job that many people overlook and forget to think about. Funny to think that in China itself you can rarely ever find one of these sentimental one liner cookies.
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Coconut Safety Engineer: Knock out the coconuts

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Many tropical resorts have a problem of coconuts falling from palm trees and hitting tourists who happen to be strolling around. To solve this problem they employ coconut safety engineers.

So what exactly is a coconut safety engineer? You heard chemical engineer, mechanical engineer and all sorts of engineers before but a coconut engineer? A coconut need to be engineered? Well no, it’s not the coconut that needs a safety; it’s the people who are happened to be below the palm tree who might get injured if any ripe coconut may fall on their heads without any warning. Tropical resorts hire coconut safety engineers who are responsible for picking ripe coconuts from the trees before they are able to fall and injure a passing tourist.

Shaka, the engineer at the Ritz- Carlton, St. Thomas, isn’t just putting on a show when he shimmies up the resort’s palm trees, which tower from 20 to 60 feet high. A few studies have found that falling coconuts, can inflict massive head injuries, or even kill people beneath them. While some resorts at least post signs warning guests not to sit under the trees, the Ritz-Carlton isn’t taking any chances. Shaka climbs and picks ripened coconuts before they get the chance to fall.

Some of the ripe coconut can reach over 3 pounds in weight which if fall on anyone’s head, can do serious injuries.

This profession is only available in tropical paradises like the Virgin Islands or Florida, but luckily it requires very little training or special skills other than the ability to swing a big stick or to climb up the coconut tree. The job of a coconut safety engineer is to go around to private properties like hotels and resorts and whack their coconut trees until all potentially dangerous nuts fall down. These coconut safety engineers have to shimmy up the tall tree trunks and dislodge the potentially dangerous fruit. Some of the ripe coconut can reach over 3 pounds in weight which if fall on anyone’s
head, can do serious injuries. In spite of sounded like a joke, this job of coconut safety engineer is very important for an exotic resort owner since it might save him from any unnecessary lawsuits. In fact, a falling coconut can do significant damage or even be fatal, the job might not pay that much, and there is no word if a CSE can keep the coconuts he knocks down, but it is a job which concerns itself with the public’s safety, making it quite noble and well worth the effort.
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Quality controller dice: The Dice perfection

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Even a small microscopic imperfection in the structure of the dice can distort the results of the game and bring someone unjustified fortune wins. Therefore, quality controllers, carefully examine the dice for physical or geometrical defects.

Gambling in casinos and hotels is a big business in entertainment world. And mostly in the games, dice is an important part. In many games winning and losing depends on dice upto an extent like in cricket one would play good but at the same time he needs to have a perfect bat for perfect shot. So in gaming industry dice perfection is an important term. Even if you are a big player and know all the tricks to win, if the dice is not perfect, chances are you might lose. Big hotels and game zones make sure that dice to be used maintain the specifications and for that they hire people to get the quality control check on dices. The quality controller dice is a job where a person has to make sure the dice is 100% on certain specifications. This he has to do constantly throughout the manufacturing process of a dice. The process of manufacturing goes through a lot. The final inspection process guards against material and human errors before the dice are finally placed in boxes and packed in cartons ready for shipping.

Whenever a defect is discovered during manufacture, instead of throwing out the offending cube, it is stamped with a logo and thrown into the for sale bin. These are relatively easy to spot because they are often times not finished. That is to say that the process was not completed because of the defect. Sometimes the logo's are raised up and you can feel them with
who love the perfect in anything and has an eye for detail could just fit into the profile of Quality Controller Dice job.
your finger. On others you can see the lines from the scalping machines, meaning that the sides of the cube were not finished. A manufacturer’s reject is a dice that cannot be used in actual play because they are not perfect in some way. One can find fake dices in many gaming places or casino. The main reason for all the fake and souvenir dice is manufacturing defects. To keep from all that happening, casinos hire people for quality control of their dices. It is one of a kind job which might not attract everyone, but the people

So what exactly you need to opt for this unusual opportunity if at all you are interested? Well eye for detail, knowledge of the manufacturing process of a dice, some knowledge of material used in it.

There are even professional companies who do exactly this for casinos. They manufacture the perfect dices without any mechanical, technical or human errors and supply them to casinos and gaming companies.

 Places like Las Vegas where the main business of the city is gambling; the job requirement is higher than any other place. All the casinos there make sure their dices are quality controlled to get more business.

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Hoop Dance Performer

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This is a guest post by one of our blog readers Sarah Maccarelli Jordan. 

I'm a hoop dance performer, kids' hula hoop dance instructor, & I teach women all over the world how to start their own hula hoop dance classes for kids with my online course.

A hoop dancer performs with hula hoops all over the body (not just on the waist) and incorporates dance and hoop tricks. The hoop is used as a prop and at times a dance partner. Hoop dancers can use many hoops during a routine, not just one. 

Hoop dancers don't use the little hoops you find at toy shops, but instead use sturdier (and usually larger) hoops that are made for adults. In fact, I used to make my own hoops out of irrigation pipe! Some hoops even light up with amazing patterns (photos attached).

What is required to be a hoop dancer? Confidence and a patience and a desire to learn and perform/teach hoop skills. No special certificate or degree is required, although there are many Hoop Teacher training programs, such as, an online course to teach women how to start their own hula hoop dance classes for kids. 

So where does a hoop dancer perform? There are several niches for hoop dancers, including kids' party entertainment, such asbirthday parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and other kid-friendly celebrations. For those over 21, you'll find hoopers at Casinos, night clubs, concerts and Raves.

The average kids' hooping instructor earns $100 to $165 per hour. Some performers make more depending if they are performing with fire or not. The most I've ever been paid for a gig (so far!) is $300 per hour in NJ. I do not use fire. 

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Paper Towel Sniffer: Paper towel earns you?

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Have you ever noticed that when you use a paper towel it is odourless before, during and after its use? Well, this is not by accident, this is something that is done on purpose by paper towel manufacturers.

This sounds like a made up thing but it is a reality that the paper towel is not odourless by default. So to make sure towels are odourless the only way for paper towel manufacturers are to employ paper towel sniffers who spend their entire day sniffing paper towels. By employing paper towel sniffers, manufacturers know if their products harbor any unusual or noticeable scents. Gabi Szekely is a professional paper towel sniffer and she enjoys her job. An extremely good sense of smell is a must for anyone interested in working in this extremely narrow field. There are very few jobs working as a paper towel sniffer. This is definitely a career with a limited number of openings. A paper towel sniffer does indeed sniff towels. In particular, a paper towel sniffer smells paper towels to make sure that they are not too smelly in any fashion. Those looking to become a paper towel sniffer better come armed with a strong sense of smell and a love of the paper towel. Some travel may be
necessary in the job. So if you see anyone in the toilets doing this, you know they are at work and probably earning money from it! You would think manufacturers would just impregnate the towels with something nice, a citrus smell maybe, but many times this is not the case and the paper towels don’t really smell that nice! Technically falling under the category of odour Judge, a paper towel sniffer can make $1,000 per week just by sniffing different scented paper towels. Not Bad!
The salary ranges from $19,000 to $52,000 a year, varying with experience and seniority. It’s $95 per hour in New Jersey.

So what exactly one should know before opting for this job? A person should have a strong sense of smell just like they need in food industry. No degree or certificate is required.

There are other odour eveluators who has to ensure that all those deodorants and antiperspirants are
operating properly to keep their customers funk-free and odour judges, who smell nasty morning breath or breath “insulted” with strong scents, like garlic or coffee. They rate it on scale of 1 to 10. Then after testing odour-reducing products like gum or mouthwash, they smell the breath again and assign it a new rating.

Paper towel sniffer might not be the career builder for anyone but if someone has a strong sense of smell and love to be on a relaxed job not so technical, this might be a job for them. It is also an important job for service industry like hotels. Someone has to do it! Right?
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