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Iceberg Cowboys, Professional Mermaids, and More Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed

Get to know a rent-a-stranger, a flavor inventor, and more people with the best answers to “So what do you do?”

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When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher, a writer, a doctor? You probably didn’t think you could be a falconer. Or a mountain-bike trail builder. Or a full-time Disney princess. (Well, maybe you did think you could be that one). There are so many jobs in the world that we’ve never heard of. Read on to discover some of the coolest ones.

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A Day in the Life of a Flavour Inventor

Veronique Greenwood

Without help, flavours don’t always work well or last long. So scientists enlist all manner of agents to impart certain tastes in processed food.

Secret Life of a Mermaid

Maureen O’Hagan

Their lavish costumes and group swims provide a community they could never find on land — so much so that they don’t identify as human.