Sunday, March 28, 2010

Jobs I Really Don't Want To Have

Tour Guide, Chernobyl, Ukraine: Sergei Ivanchuk walks visitors through the cooling towers and eerily empty corridors of Chernobyl, the Soviet nuclear power plant that witnessed the world's most famous meltdown. He advises tourists not to wear shorts or sandals — or drink the tap water.

Mountain Bike Guide, Bolivia's "Road of Death": Imagine hurtling 12,000 feet down a twisting unpaved road past sheer drop-offs, gripping your mountain bike's handlebars, with dirt kicking up in your face. Not without reason has this road outside La Paz, Bolivia been dubbed the "Road of Death." An estimated 200 people die each year, mostly when their vehicles plunge off an Andean cliff.

Beer Sherpa, Slovakia's High Tatras: As if risking life and limb were not enough, the Slovak sherpas who scale the treacherous sides of rocky cliffs are lugging beer, too. Not just a few bottles, either, but 150-pound kegs, which they strap to their backs. Rain or shine, ice or snow, the sherpas make the two-hour hike to the top several times per day to stock the bare-bones chalets.

Herper, Madras Crocodile Bank: Soham Mukherjee is a reptile specialist. At a reptile zoo in southern India, he trains crocs using just a stick. Crocodiles eat more people each year than any other predator on earth does. Their jaws can crush the skull of a pig with a single bite. And they can swim twice as fast as any human. It draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to see crocs and snakes up close.


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