Special Report

Weirdest Job in Every State

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36. Oklahoma
> Weirdest job: Toy and Action Figure Museum curator

In 2005, Kevin Stark, a Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, resident and toy designer and collector opened up a museum to display over 11,000 toys and action figures. The museum is a registered nonprofit and gets thousands of visitors each year.

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37. Oregon
> Weirdest job: Professional snuggler

As people become isolated in the digital era, professional snugglers offer platonic companionship. Cuddle Up To Me, which offers cuddling services, opened in Portland in 2013. They currently offer certification for people looking to become professional cuddlers. The coronavirus pandemic has of course made traditional sessions impossible for many professional snugglers, but some are offering virtual sessions.

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38. Pennsylvania
> Weirdest job: Chocolate taster

Pennsylvania is home to several Hershey’s plants, so there is a need for professional tasters who can ensure that the sweets produced in those plants are sweet enough.

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39. Rhode Island
> Weirdest job: Quahogger

Rhode Island is famous for its seafood, particularly the quahog — a large, hard-shelled clam that can be used to make chowder or other food. Though some farm these clams, others still scoop wild quahogs out of the mud to sell to stores and restaurants.

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40. South Carolina
> Weirdest job: Kazoo Factory worker

Beaufort, South Carolina, is home to the Kazoobie Kazoo Factory. The Factory is complete with a museum and an interactive tour, during which visitors can make their own kazoos.

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