Strong stomach needed: the world's dirtiest occupations

Being in business can be a dirty affair. While the sewerage cleaners in India could take the cake for the world's most revolting occupation, it isn't the only disgusting or downright distasteful businesses.

Being in business can be a dirty affair. While the sewerage cleaners in India could take the cake for the world's most revolting occupation, it isn't the only disgusting or downright distasteful businesses.

Animal semen collection

The sperm of top-quality livestock fetch a high price in breeder's circles, but it's not like a prize bull can walk into a private room with a Playboy in hand and deliver the goods. They need a little helping hand.

The collector responsible for vigorously man-handling Cuddles, the endangered African elephant at Dubbo zoo, could leave work knowing he performed a noble deed.

Crime-scene cleaning

If the thought of cleaning up a Tarantino movie set appeals to you, then so may the business of crime-scene cleaning. The work involves decontaminating trauma and crime scenes ranging from violent deaths to chemically contaminated methamphetamine labs or anthrax-exposure sites.

It can take 10 people almost two weeks to finish a job. Blood can seep through carpet or even through floors to sub-floors. While a strong stomach is essential the remuneration is ample.

Odour judge

If you're nosing around for a new job then get a whiff of this. Odour judges are employed to test the effectiveness of products designed to reduce, mask, or eliminate smells; armpit specialists work for deodorant companies, sniffing up to 60 armpits an hour.

Menus of distaste

According to Gourmet magazine, disgusting food is the new cool. The gross-out factor is a drawcard that a hotel in Dawson City, Yukon, has been exploiting since the 1970s when they began serving the "Sourtoe" - a cocktail replete with an entire mummified toe. Their toe-hold (ahem) in the industry took a dive this year when a tourist swallowed the famous appendage in a single gulp of whiskey. While dutifully paying the $500 surcharge for the privilege, the bar is now advertising on its website for a replacement toe.

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