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Whenever people meet for the first time, a commonly asked question is what they do for a living.

Learning about the different jobs people have is a great conversation starter and can reveal a lot about who they are.

People outside of the entertainment industry are always fascinated about my performing career, and it is a great opportunity to clarify any misconceptions about my career in the theater being just a "nice summer job."

Likewise, it is always just as interesting to hear about the specifics of the work other people do. And most impotantly, it's a connection – one that may come in handy somday.

Curious about the lives of strangers on the internet, Redditor nottheonefosho asked:

"What is your job and what does your day in the life look like?"

Hats Off To These Workers

These jobs may not be career goals for some, but we should be thankful there are those who enjoy taking care of the things we may not be so inclined to do.

Risky Business

"I'm an armed security guard for a night club. I get paid by shift, but if you do the math I make about $35 an hour. I get to work at 9pm and usually leave around 4am. I spend 92% of my nights checking ID's, playing on my phone and searching people for weapons. 8% of my nights breaking up fights or arguments. But I spend 100% of my nights hoping I don't get jumped, hit with a glass bottle, or shot."


Unsung Hero

"I'm an undertaker and depending on the day, I bring deceased into my care from hospital mortuaries or sometimes during the day I will get called out to a private address or care home/hospice. Majority of most days I will be out on funerals, driving the hearse/limousine and bearing the coffin into the crematorium or lowering into a grave.

I will prepare and dress the deceased ready for funerals and viewings. I will also line and fit coffins and engrave nameplates among general cleaning of the funeral home and vehicles. It can be pretty full on physically as well as emotionally, but I really appreciate my job and the comfort I can help bring to some families."


Lots Of Pools To Clean

"I service swimming pools in Florida. I do 20 a day. 100 a week. I balance chemicals and make these pools pretty for my homeowners. Even after 20 years at the same company I still love my job."


Literary Rewards

Books seem to be a passion for these Redditors, who work in jobs that involve editing or handling a variety of tomes.

The Editor

"I'm a bookeditor! Some days usually start with random check-ins and meetings, most are just checking emails and working. 90% of the time I'm editing spellings, making sure stories are coherent, checking if the plot makes sense and/or editing and adding pictures to books!"


Like Christmas Every Day

"I work books in a thrift store. My day is like Christmas morning and a round of Russian roulette all at once since I never know what's going to be inside a box. 200 Harlequin romance novels? Hardcover hand painted books from the 1700s? A newspaper from the day Kennedy was shot? Human teeth? Grandma's bank paranoia cash stash? Literal cat poop? Porn mags? Who knows, not me!"


Training And Skillsets

These jobs require skill but as one Redditor said, learning new skills and getting a job in those fields can open up opportunities that can change your life for the better.

Surveying And Digging

"I'm an archaeologist. A lot of archaeologists like me work in the construction industry, rather than for a university or a museum."

"Basically, anytime someone wants to build something, the land has to get surveyed for anything that could be archaeologically significant. My company gets hired to survey the site. If we find stuff, we often get hired to dig it up. Most days are spent walking through woods and farmer fields. We check for evidence of sites, dig small test pits and make lots of maps. Sometimes we find a cool site and get to spend a few weeks fully excavating it."


Wine Cellar Designer

"I design high end wine cellars for a living. I work in a 3d modeling program all day. Most days are drawing 'small' wine cellars to hold 250-1000 bottles of wine, but every few weeks we get a request for a design to hold 10,000 bottles. We design, manufacture, and ship all over the world. They're incredibly expensive but the quality is unmatched. 10,000 bottle cellar would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $300,000 installed. Maybe more. The job has its drawbacks like any other, but for the most part I love what I do. Before this I worked in landscaping for 10 years, started using sketchup to design my hardscape projects to help me lay it all out and accurately figure material costs. Don't be afraid to learn a new skill, it changed my life."


Things You Ride

One job requires operating a train, while the other requires maintaining a horse, of course.

Staying On Track

"Train driver."

"I arrive and pick up my schedule card for the day, I read through it and see if there are any safety notices relevant for the day. I make my way to my train either departing from the station or depot, following the schedule for stopping pattern on that trip. Breaks are put as part of the schedule, occasionally there are moments to snag a coffee here and there. There may be requirements to travel as a passenger depending on the work. Finishing up may be taking a train back to home station and stabling there/being relieved by a driver or shunting into the depot."


Animal Care

"I work in horse breeding, and it is horrible."

"I lost my job as a waitress during the pandemic and was looking for work, and thought 'hey, I rode horses for a while in high school, let's apply for this.' And the salary was better than a waitress..."

"But the work is just plain gross. Spending all day around stinky, horny-as-f'k stallions who want to f'k anything that moves (particularly if it smells like a mare), cleaning smegma out of horse penises...ugh. No fun. I'm not sure how I'm still here, except the money's good."


The Final Word

Every job has its drawbacks. But in challenging times, any job is better than no job – even if it entails "cleaning smegma."

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After Redditor rocketbot99 asked the online community, "Men who used to be creepy around women and stopped, what made you change your ways?" men shared their stories.

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Parenting is a lifelong commitment.

My mother still marvels at how fast I grew up, and I know she was very much taken aback by the (first) time I moved out. I was 20 then and honestly, she would have been fine if I'd stayed indefinitely. Did she ever think, watching me take my first steps, that the years would fly by and that one day she'd be helping me move across the country? I'm sure she did. But that doesn't mean she was entirely prepared.

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Sometimes the things that come out of peoples' mouths are truly astounding. It makes you wonder, where did things go wrong? Why are they like this? As Forrest Gump once said, “stupid is as stupid does".

Here are a few of the most jaw-dropping lay stupid things that have been said by actual human beings. Not aliens trying to figure out how humans communicate--ACTUAL human beings. Thanks, Reddit.

U/cperr310 asked: What's the dumbest thing you or someone you know has said?

First up, what better people to hear ridiculous claims from than children? Here are some people that even teachers couldn’t help.

Well, that’s awkward.

I was in 5th grade like 20 years ago, and I am a male which is important later. My school changed an extra girls locker room into a computer lab. When my class got to go check it out, I say "wow, it looks so different!".

Everyone looks at me like I'm a creep. What I meant to say was "wow it looks so different that the boys locker room!" I still think about this when trying to fall asleep more often than I'm comfortable with.

Xeeke No it’s not.

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In my Spanish class where they were talking about Spanish countries

"What about Syria...isn't Syria Spanish?"

Worst part... NOBODY called her out on it to the point I was questioning myself. The professor had good English but it wasn't her first language and she dodged her question saying she's only going over countries in south america. I had to literally write myself a note that she literally asked that question. Then I got paired up with her like 10 minutes later for a group activity and I still wasn't over this question lol


Fake but also real but also demonic?

A kid in high school tried to convince me that men had an extra rib and that the earth is only a few thousand years old. Same kid said that ouija boards were full of magnets and gears which made them fake, yet they were simultaneously completely real and needed to be burned on sight to prevent demonic possession.


But sometimes it’s the parents of children who say the dumb stuff.

Back in 2014 I still vividly remember we were eating dinner, and my brother is chewing with his mouth open while my sister is talking. My dad, still thinking about her talking but talking to my brother said "Talk with your mouth closed." and my sister just went silent immediately.


Stupid can turn into ignorant really quickly. Here are a few examples of the not-so-harmless kind of dumb statements.​

Fun fact: they don’t use the US Constitution in New Zealand. Who knew?

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After the church shooting in New Zealand, they banned guns. My coworker said that they can't do that since it violates the second amendment. We live in California.


Everyone knows New Zealand is the state below New Canada.


Uhhhhh that’s racist af.

Not to me but my husband.

He had to take an uber home from the Naval Base in San Diego (car was getting fixed) and the guy who picked my husband up was from Pakistan and they had small talk, telling him how he moved over here etc, dude was pretty cool.

My dumbass half sister whom we were staying with for a bit told him straight to his face, "Oh since you're military he probably wanted to like... murder you."

...What a f*cking ignorant, racist thing to say.


Just gonna leave this one here....

"And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside, because you see it gets in the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that out."


Well that’s a new one.

A trans friend got "You're registered as a man here, so I need to hear a male voice to complete the verification of your acount."

Not the first time the cable company pulled this 'female' account 'female' voice / 'male' account 'male' voice crap. But that one time was on a whole other level.


But most of the time, dumb statements are harmless, and make for a good story down the line.​

I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face either.

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A few questions I've heard come to mind, I'm not sure which is the best/worst.

A few years ago my mom, in her 60s at the time, asked me if chipmunks grow up to be squirrels. Have you ever tried to keep a straight face while explaining to the grown-ass woman who was responsible for keeping you alive for ~18 years that chipmunks and squirrels are different animals?

In high school during a Spanish class as student asked "Do Spanish-speaking people think in Spanish?" After being told yes, her follow-up question was "Are they born speaking Spanish?" The teacher kept a straight face explaining that foreign language speakers learn their language the same as the student learned English, but there were a lot of other students laughing and brutally mocking her.


Ah yes, the two types of guitars.

Dumbest thing I ever asked was, "do you prefer playing electric or air guitar?" I really meant to say acoustic, like my dad's.


Air guitar. I don't know how to play the acoustic or electric guitars, but I never get a wrong note on the air guitar.


Did you change your birthday?

At the bank.

Teller: Is your phone number still 123-4567?

Me: Yes

T: Is your address still 123 Easy st?

M: Yes

T: Is your birthday still 01/01/2000?

M: laughing I sure as hell hope so


I can't even make fun of these. One time I asked my husband where the Newport Ferry sailed to.

Newport, obviously.

I think we all have slip-ups in our brains sometimes. It's part of being human, and hey, they stay alive as inside jokes for generations to come