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We Talked to a Former Shopping Centre Santa About What It Takes to be One

"Obviously you've gotta love kids and everything. But it was a routine thing that kids would throw up on you and pee on you."
Tiffy Thompson
12.11.16
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Meeting the Man Who Makes His Living By Being Punched Hard in the Stomach

Xie Shuiping's life revolves around being smacked in the belly by strangers.
Jamie Fullerton
9.19.16
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​What It’s Like Watching Porn and Rating Movies For the Government

It's an emotionally draining job.
Tiffy Thompson
7.19.16
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Meet the Woman Who Destroys Toys for Money

Someone has to know what happens when you set a teddy bear on fire.
Tiffy Thompson
7.12.16
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What It's Like Working At a Rage Room

We spoke to the manager of Toronto's first rage room to see how he helps people harness their appetite for destruction.
Tiffy Thompson
7.6.16
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My Summer of Picturesque Purgatory Working in a National Park

Breathtaking views, friendly foxes, hungry bears, casual sex in communal showers—I saw it all in my months of working at Grand Teton National Park.
Meg Mankins
8.31.15
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What I've Learned Ghostwriting Other People's Texts and Emails

I've written letters to clients' grandmothers, offered replies to late-night sexts, and sent sympathy cards to sick loved ones—all pretending to be someone I'm not.
Angela Lovell
7.28.15
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This Is What It's Like to Be a Bail Bondsman in Las Vegas

"The largest bail we fronted money for was $500,000. It was for a doctor who had a clinic here in Vegas. He was re-using syringes and infecting people with hepatitis C."
سامانثا ريا
7.24.15
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What It's Like to Create Fake Medical Crises for a Living

I help train doctors in horrifying life-or-death scenarios using fake patients, fake blood, and fake shit.
Dave Matney
6.24.15
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I Spent a Year Naming Sex Toys in China

As normal as the office environment was, it wasn't uncommon to play with vibrators at work or flip through raunchy magazines for "research."
Matt Alesevich
5.28.15
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Life As A Professional Poo Diver

Next time you’re having a shit day at work, spare a thought for Australia’s professional poo divers. They suit up and dive down into toxic ponds of excrement to make sure the country’s sewerage processing plants are running well.
Julian Morgans
8.18.14