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Professional Mattress Jumper: The man who gets paid to jump on mattresses says you can stop laughing now. There is nothing funny about jumping on mattresses day after day. Reuben Reynoso jumps on three mattresses a day. He doesn't try for height. It's not a trampoline, for goodness sakes, it's a $2,750 mattress.
Professional Ethical Hacker: Can you be a hacker and also be a good person? As a matter of fact you can, and that's a desk job that pays especially well: an ethical hacker earns more than $170,000 per year. Ethical hackers help companies find glitches and weaknesses in their computer systems.
Professional Pencil Sharpener: You could sharpen your own pencils, but who would want to go to all the effort? Send them to David Rees of Artisanal Pencil Sharpening, and he'll whittle them to perfection and return them to you with the shavings and a certificate of authenticity: He slides the finished pencil's very sharp tip into a specially-sized segment of plastic tubing, then puts the whole pencil in a larger, firmer tube that looks like it belongs in a science experiment. The cost? $35.
Professional Snuggler: Jackie Samuel is a professional snuggler. According to her website TheSnuggery.org, Samuel charges $60 an hour for “private snuggling sessions” at her home in Rochester, New York. No sex, just cuddles. So, who pays for cuddles? Samuel said senior citizens, war veterans and people “between relationships” are among her clients.
Professional Urine Farmers: Hunters often use deer urine to attract their prey. Specifically, they use the come-hither-smelling urine of does in heat. So where do hunters get this urine? From professional urine farmers like Judi Collora. The one question they get asked most often, Collora says, is how they know the best time to harvest estrus urine. “Hey, it ain't rocket science,” she laughs. “You put a buck in there. When he starts riding the doe, and she lets him, they're in heat. When they're done, you collect their urine. That's our whole business model.”
Professional Presidential Poison Taster: Vladimir Putin is reported to engage the services of ‘food tasters' who travel with him and taste his food. He has every dish inspected by a medically-qualified professional sampler, who makes sure that it is completely safe to eat. George Bush apparently also had two former FBI agents taste every one of his dishes during a trip to London.
Professional Golf Ball Divers: Golf ball divers dive about four days a week and on an average day collect approximately 4,000 golf balls. Also, golf ball divers have made up to $100,000 annually.
Professional Cat Catcher: Her service costs $80, but the skills of a professional cat catcher -- probably the only one in New York City -- are worth it. Jordana Serebrenik has a talent for safely capturing household cats. She's good enough at it that people hire her to come into their homes and get their unwilling felines into pet carriers.