Special Report

Weirdest Job in Every State

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31. New Mexico
> Weirdest job: Chief sniffer

George Aldrich works for NASA out of the White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces as a chemical specialist, but he is better known as their “chief sniffer.” His job is to sniff out any potentially annoying or nauseating odors lingering on items that will be confined with astronauts on missions in confined spaces for potentially months at a time.

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32. New York
> Weirdest job: Fortune cookie writer

Ever wonder where those messages in your fortune cookie come from? It is likely they came from Wonton Food, the world’s largest fortune cookie manufacturing center, which is located in New York. Buyers can also write their own custom fortune.

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33. North Carolina
> Weirdest job: Face feeler

Face feelers are product testers who check personal care items to ensure they are safe? They test everything from razor blades to beauty products. Hampstead, North Carolina, is home to Fore Sense + One, a company that focuses on sensory properties.

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34. North Dakota
> Weirdest job: Nuclear and missile operations officers

The U.S. has 450 nuclear capable intercontinental ballistic missiles 60 feet underground near Minot, North Dakota. The people who are in charge of standing ready to launch these missiles are nuclear and missile operations officers, or missileers.

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35. Ohio
> Weirdest job: Bird bander

Once a year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service travels out to West Sister Island on Lake Erie to track and study birds like cormorants, egrets, and herons. When the birds are threatened, they often vomit on the thing they see as a threat, giving the island its nickname of “Vomit Island” among locals.

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