Lifestyle

AUGUST 2021

PROMPUZZLE PERSONNEL: UNUSUAL JOBS

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DERGAL, OR AN ALGAE COLLECTOR
A dergal is a sea-weed collector (most commonly of laminaria), who works in the Northern Russian regions, using a long-spiked scythe. Normally, high season on the White Sea for this job starts in the beginning of June and ends in late September. Thus, such a professional works only 4 months and despite this he earns his annual income. Although most of Russia's unusual professions are adopted activities that proved their business potential in foreign markets, there are genuinely local occupations. Dergal is one of them.
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ELEPHANT DRESSMAKER
A Sri-Lankan tailor, Kishinchand Chadiram Thadhani, has been designing and sewing elephant festival clothing for the last half century. Embellished in embroidered saddle blankets with kaleidoscopic bulbs, elephants are essential members of traditional Buddhist festivals. These animals march the streets together with dancers, drummers and torch bearers. The dressmaker elaborates designs of their festival garments and brings the ideas to life.

"When I saw these badly dressed elephants, while humans wore fancy clothing, I decided on my job,"– Kishinchand says. Thadhani has finished more than 2.5 thousand pieces of clothing, each priced for 50-150 000 Sri Lankan rupees, which equals to 400-1000 USD. Therefore, an elephant dressmaker is not a mere creative activity but quite a profitable business.
3
ICE CLEANER
Nearly 50 000 icebergs of different sizes break off from melting glaciers annually. Most of them might cause some trouble for cruising vessels and oil platforms. Everybody knows the fate of the"Titanic" after striking an iceberg. The International Ice Patrol was established with the purpose of monitoring drifting icebergs in the oceans in order to avoid another tragedy, and also tows icebergs away from navigation routes.
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PAINT DRYING WATCHER
Dulux architectural paints company has an in-house position of a paint drying watcher. Thomas Kerven, who is a scientist, is one of them. He analyzes a process of drying that different types of paints show: he conducts research, examines colors, observes in the microscope how layers change. He shares his findings with the management, and if necessary, they make decisions on changing the paint content or the technology of its production. Such an attitude in business helps to improve product quality.
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CHEESE LISTENER
At cheese-producing farms in the northern provinces of Italy there are the profession of cheese listener.

It takes three years to produce parmesan, and a process of production has numerous nuances. In order to evaluate the duration of cheese ripening, and evaluate its quality, extensively trained people strike their silver hammers against cheese wheels to listen to the timbre of the resulting sound. The louder the sound, the better cheese will be matured (but you have to keep in mind that sounds these listeners look for are not similar to those we are used to in our everyday lives!). It is a very responsible job, because a whole batch of cheese depends on the judgment of one cheese listener.
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