Odd Jobs: The James Carville of President Impersonators

By |November 6th, 2012|

Dustin Gold is a presidential consultant who demands complete transparency. Perhaps it helps that he advises candidates who don’t actually hold elected office—they just impersonate those who do.


Odd Jobs: Paranormal Concierge

By |October 31st, 2012|

One of the first times that Lisa Nyhart, 34, stayed overnight at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, she didn’t sleep a wink. It was during her anniversary, and she and her husband had rented a room on the hotel’s infamous fourth floor, which has long been rumored to be haunted. […]

Odd Jobs: The Picasso of Parking Lots

By |October 11th, 2012|

Chris Couri, 36, is well aware that at least part of the reason for his company’s success is its racy and admittedly juvenile name: We Do Lines. […]

Odd Jobs: Lost Airline Luggage Merchant

By |October 3rd, 2012|

Some of Brenda Cantrell’s favorite stories from working at the Unclaimed Baggage Center, a 40,000 square foot warehouse in Scottsboro, Ala., that sells lost treasures abandoned by—or never reunited with—airline passengers, are the items that didn’t make it onto the sales floor. Like a shrunken head.


Odd Jobs: Anger Room Proprietor

By |September 27th, 2012|

Donna Alexander doesn’t have a lot of rules at the Anger Room, the business she founded and runs at a Dallas strip mall. But she does insist that customers not bring in their own machetes or chainsaws. […]

Odd Jobs: Deer Urine Farmer

By |September 1st, 2012|

“Nobody is talking about how this upcoming election is going to effect small businesses like ours,” says Judi Collora, 61, the co-founder and co-owner of Mrs. Doe Pee’s Buck Lures in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. If Obama is reelected in November, she says, it could wreak havoc on the deer urine industry.


Odd Jobs: Sky Writing is Just as Hard as You Think It Is

By |August 14th, 2012|

Suzanne Asbury-Oliver, 53, still gets wistful when she talks about her former employer, PepsiCo. […]

Odd Jobs: Beverage Flavor Scientist

By |July 26th, 2012|

David Dafoe doesn’t hesitate when asked to name the grossest soda flavor he’s ever created. “That would be fish taco,” he says. […]

Odd Jobs: Private Monkey Trainer

By |July 18th, 2012|

Lisa Whiteaker can’t remember any of her customers by name, but she remembers every monkey she’s ever worked with. […]

Odd Jobs: Professional Balloon Twister

By |July 10th, 2012|

At last week’s Independence Day celebration at the White House, not many of the 1,000-plus guests got to shake hands with the president, or even get very close. But thanks to Todd Neufeld, they got the next best thing: Obama’s balloon doppelgänger. […]

Odd Jobs: Car Cup Holder Designer

By |July 6th, 2012|

If you’re planning to take a road trip this week—Triple A estimates that 42.3 million Americans will do so for the the Fourth of July holiday, up nearly 5% from last year—and you’re planning to drink a frosty beverage during that journey—if a new Dunkin’ Donuts survey is to be believed, 59% of roadsters will stop for food or drinks two or more times during a summer road trip—then you owe Chris Shinouskis a debt of gratitude. […]

Odd Jobs: Porta Potty Attendant

By |June 28th, 2012|

At least on paper, Marvin Hyer Jr., 26, has one of the worst jobs on the planet. A full-time employee of Johnny On The Spot, a portable restroom rental service based in Old Bridge, N.J., he spends entire afternoons standing next to the one place at any outdoor event that most people avoid with extreme prejudice or visit only when absolutely necessary: the dreaded porta potties.


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