Special Report

Weirdest Job in Every State

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26. Montana
> Weirdest job: Explosives worker

Explosives workers lay and detonate explosives typically with the purpose of moving or loosening earth and rock. Explosives workers are highly concentrated in Montana relative to the U.S. as a whole, in large part because of the state’s mining operations.

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27. Nebraska
> Weirdest job: Corn detasseler

For decades, tens of thousands of people in Nebraska have worked as corn detasselers in the summer. These workers remove the tassel, or the top part of the corn plant, so it cannot pollinate itself. This provides a better crop of corn.

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28. Nevada
> Weirdest job: Hangover cure specialist

Las Vegas is known as a great city to party, but if revelers have a bit too much fun and drink too much, their hangover can spoil their next vacation day. Fortunately, a number of companies in Sin City offer intravenous treatments that claim to rehydrate customers and cure their hangovers. One even has a Hangover Heaven Bus that can come to you if you’re too hung over to leave your hotel room.

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29. New Hampshire
> Weirdest job: Ash artist

New Hampshire is home to studios like Terrapin Glassblowing and Art From Ashes that take the ashes of a deceased loved one and turn it into a memorializing work of art.

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30. New Jersey
> Weirdest job: Gum buster

Stepping in gum is frustrating and gross. Fortunately, GumBusters of New Jersey and New York have the tools and the skills to make sidewalks safe from sticky discarded gum.

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