Do YOU have the world’s worst job?

April 8, 2009

It is gratifying to see the response to yesterday’s post about the Very Worst Job in the World. Guesses are still very welcome, and the actual job will be announced at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

With regret, I’ve disqualified all the folks who guessed their own jobs. That’s just too easy. One of those was the guy who edits this very blog. Sorry, I don’t think so.

I have to say the single most commonly guessed job was U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Good try, people, but that one is just too obvious.

There were some very creative suggestions. In Peoria, Ill., 76 pre-teen boys sat in a room for three hours, brainstorming the question. They sent me 462 guesses, not one of which can even be printed here. Way to go, boys!

So keep them coming – you have like 20 hours left. Just to help you along, here’s a small section of the real Worst Job person at work. Tomorrow, the entire photo. 

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I’m guessing … elephant enemas. Eeeewwwww …

Posted by Beth | Report as abusive

Or maybe Elephant Emetics … one way or another, eh?

Posted by Beth | Report as abusive

Elephant Masturbator. While generally not a job in and of itself, modern zoos often have their animal trainers collect semen from animals for artificial insemination purposes.

Posted by Nicole | Report as abusive

These are all pretty good guesses, I must say. You guys have done this professionally, haven’t you?

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

The medieval profession of gong scourer springs to mind.
Take a small trowel and go into the sewers of a major city and scrape all the accumulated shit off the walls.
No protective clothing provided, and the sewers awash ( literaly! ) with germs such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentry. Nice!

Posted by James Harmer | Report as abusive

ok we all know elephant masturbators require TWO hands, NOT ONE!

Posted by minnow | Report as abusive

I choose the guy who has to clean out massive tanks of fecal matter.

Posted by Neill | Report as abusive

Took a minute looking at the glove, sleeve, and duct tape. And that’s not an elephant, it’s cracked concrete. So I’m guessing a Mexico City Sewer Diver. The poor guys who have swim down to remove the not-so-mushy-things from the mushy-things in the sewers of Mexico City.

Posted by Dale | Report as abusive

We were filming a music video in San Fransisco many years ago at night. One of my coworkers and myself wandered off and walked into one of those porn theaters that has all individual booths. It seemed vacant so we walked down the hall and found the attendant hard at work in one of those tiny cubicles. He was on his hands and knees scrubbing the walls in front of the seat but directly under the screen and only 20 more rooms to clean…

Posted by William Coleman | Report as abusive

I would have to say a crime scene cleaner, come in and take all the brain matter, blood, shit and all other manner of crap that comes froms bodies and what ever else was lieing about at the time of death, mutilation, suicide or just kinky shit gone bad.

Posted by Ian | Report as abusive

I have to disagree, I think it is minefield clearance teams.

Posted by Jimma Carter | Report as abusive

I’d have to go with the old standard: Assistant Crack Ho

Posted by Trish | Report as abusive

those untouchable Indians who sit at the bottom of the caste system which is prevalent in India. They clean latrine with bare hand and carry human excreta on their head

My guess is working in caves where bats live, where guys (or gals?) must don protective clothing maybe similar to in the photo, as they wade around knee deep in dangerous, possibly virus infected, disgusting, putrid, bat dung.

Saw that one on a tv show. To me, that one was the worst.

Posted by Cyndy Lynnwood | Report as abusive

I have to agree whit most of the sugestions, however the people that right parking tickets (at least in Portugal that the job is done by a private company) have a hard time.

Posted by paulo gouveia | Report as abusive

Lets see, here are my 3 top picks:
1). Preisdent of USA in the present situation
2). CEO of the bailed-out firms giving out multi million dollar bonuses
3). Being Tim Geithner

Posted by NM | Report as abusive

[...] not going to prolong it. The Worst Job in the World title came down to a number of factors – danger, grossness, fecalocitude, [...]

[...] not going to prolong it. The Worst Job in the World title came down to a number of factors – danger, grossness, fecalocitude, [...]

Life insurance agent

Posted by A S | Report as abusive