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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 2009, 12:32 am Thread Starter
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Question Strangest job you've ever had?

Anyone have a really odd job they've had and care to share?


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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 2009, 6:19 am
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You asked!

I was studying to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist years ago as my first career. Whilst specialising in Histology (tissues), I use to have the job of running up to the Operating Theatre and grabbing the warm specimen, processing them, and letting the surgeon know if they had removed all the diseased tissue for certain types of operations. I used to also get the breasts that were removed during mastectomy, and would have to process these.
This involved removing all the fluid from the adipose tissue (fat) via a mixture of Xylene and Alcohol. Effectively, I would have a bucket of breast soaking in Alcohol, and have to squeeze all the moisture from the fat, over a period of time, so all that was left was the skin, pectoral muscle etc and lymphatic tissue (Lymph Nodes) which we had to do before transferring the nodes etc onto a microscope slide at around 4 microns in thickness, and staining the tissue with special dyes.
I also assisted at all the Post Mortems, but that's another story!
It was 25 years ago, but I reckon I could still do the tissue processing and slide production today.
Flying is so much cleaner!

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sorry ya asked GMack

How about swilling some ones brains in a bucket to separate the bullet from the maggots so you got something useful for Forensic.
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G'day Pap.
I have used a spoon and a sieve to separate shot gun pellets from the remains of a head for forensics following a murder many years ago in Gippsland. Actually, I was working just east of you at the Traralgon Hospital!
Beats working in a bank eh!

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Okay. You Aussies proved that, indeed, you are a sick (if not morbid!) lot.

No wonder the Brits put you on your own island.


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[QUOTE=GMack]Okay. You Aussies proved that, indeed, you are a sick (if not morbid!) lot.

No wonder the Brits put you on your own island.

Just talking to a Brit that has lived here for 8 years. He has returned from his first visit to the USA. He said he gave up trying to explain where and what Australia was, just said instead "I am from England" And the Brits put us on this island cos you guys withdrew the invite. Sure glad they did.
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Okay. You Aussies proved that, indeed, you are a sick (if not morbid!) lot.

No wonder the Brits put you on your own island.
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Just talking to a Brit that has lived here for 8 years. He has returned from his first visit to the USA. He said he gave up trying to explain where and what Australia was, just said instead "I am from England" And the Brits put us on this island cos you guys withdrew the invite. Sure glad they did.
Sadly, he's spot on.

Most of us in the U.S. cannot even tell you where some of our states are and how many we have. I suspect the old joke "Who's buried in Grant's Tomb?" originated here and people cannot answer that either even with the hint. Even our our current president Obama said he had visited 57 of them during the campaign and he supposedly taught U.S. Constitutional Law at Harvard too. It's sad really. Some attribute it to open borders where people of lower intellect are seeking jobs outside their own countries and are pushing the overall populous I.Q. down since the 80's-90's. The U.S. heyday may have been in the late 60's with the moon landing. That might be much harder to do now, besides the expense.

I've seen some technology in foreign countries and it makes the U.S seem third world now. Heck, I had to order the GT's O2 sensor from Europe and I even get most of my music from there as well.

I cannot get fiber optic high-speed internet here due to very old copper wire that's buried. They have to install poles and run the fiber-optic cables or dig up all the streets and yards to do it. I can't get some of the better cell phones from Europe or Korea either as they have newer networks that won't accommodate with our current (and highly-overpriced!) older system. I've been contemplating to jumping the island, but to where is the issue.

....but I digress....


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Well get yer arse over here GMack. Bring the Beemer with ya. You wont have any trouble getting in, just wrap a sheet over your head and hire a worm eaten fishing boat from Indonesia, get towed out to see a bit and the RAN will tow you the rest of the way to Christmas Island. Be glad to have you.
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Strangest Jobs

Come on everyone:- You're either all unemployed or have worked in offices all your lives if Pap and I are the only ones with novel employment histories.

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Last F111 dump and burn in the Nth, and last Caribou demonstration.

P.P.S To all those from Sydney and Brissy, thanks for the bloody red dust storm we're now enjoying!

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When I was a teenager growing up in northern Texas (cotton fields, corn fields), I got a job one summer in a cotton gin. They put me in an all-steel, smooth-sided room about the size of a small bedroom. It had a chute coming out of one wall near the top from which unrefined shredded cotton came out of, which spilled out to the floor around me. Suspended from the ceiling was a large diameter metal pipe with handles, which was actually a vacuum cleaner. It was spring-loaded so I could pull it down and vacuum up the cotton on the floor.

They told me it was kind of an overflow from an overflow, and I was vacuuming it up to send it back through the system. I don't know, maybe it was something the owner dreamed up to keep teen-age boys busy during the summer and off the streets. Anyway, that's what I did one summer to earn pocket money, and I call that the strangest job I ever had.
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