Bizarro Travel-Industry Jobs

Gigs that straddle the line between necessary and absurd
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2008 2:03 PM CDT
CARLSBAD, : Dustin Blanchard, 12, from Chandler, Arizona, leans on a high-rise building in the New York City section of Legoland in Carlsbad, California. The theme park features objects built in miniature...   (TOM KURTZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Newser) – From Parisian sewer guides to a coconut safety engineer in St. Thomas, some travel industry jobs straddle the line between necessary and absurd. Travel and Leisure highlights some of the strangest.

  1. Tourism ambassador, Japan. Diplomacy never looked so soft and cuddly after Japan appointed elder statesfeline Hello Kitty for PR duty in Hong Kong and China.

  1. Karaoke taxi driver, Helsinki. With 5,000 songs to choose from, it's the journey, not the destination, that might drive you crazy.
  2. Manners cop, Venice. Besmirch the city with your shirtless lifestyle and a badge-wearing manners-minder may direct a policeman—and fine—your way.
  3. LEGO professional gluer, LEGOLAND, California. One building requires 140,000 LEGOs and 1,300 hours. Any questions?
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