Top 15 Strange and Shocking Professions

Professional Mourner. In certain cultures, such as many Asian and some Mediterranean countries, a funeral is a big deal. So big, in fact, that if there are not enough family and friends who have outlive their loved one, the remaining family will often hire professional mourners to wail and weep for the departed. One would think this would be a great gig for out-of-work actors, who can work on their acting chops and get paid for their efforts.

Professional Mourner

Professional Cuddler. Scientists have shown that human touch, especially hugs, creates more than warm fuzzies. Hugs also release serotonin, a hormone that helps build resistance to infections and helps the body fight off other diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. Professional cuddlers provide the service for approximately $35, and remain fully clothed during the cuddling session.