Tuesday, March 29, 2011

So You Think You're Having a Bad Day?

     You know your having a bad day when...
               1- You wake up and discover your waterbed broke and then realize you don't
               have a waterbed.
               2- A fortune teller offers to refund your money.
               3- Your twin sister forgets your birthday.

One way to get a perspective when your day isn't going so well is to realize that your circumstances may not be so bad after all when compared to someone else's. In fact, sometimes, in comparison, your day will look pretty darned good.

Take, for example, what you do for a living and what other poor souls do. Some of the worst jobs, as ranked by Popular Science magazine, include:

—a whale-feces researcher: O.K. How do they even collect this stuff?

—Olympic drug tester: testing urine samples thousands of times can't be much fun for anyone, even if it is a specimen from a gold medal winner.

—a gravity research subject: while it may be nice to stay in bed for a period of time, doing so until your muscles atrophy is another can't-be-much-fun job.

— preserved-animal preparer: bottles such things as frogs, cats, and pigs for biology students. Ninety-nine bottles of frogs on the shelf, ninety-nine bottles of frogs....

— garbologist: I never knew there was such a thing but considering that I call myself a "jollytologist", I guess there is an "oloigst" for everything. This one sifts through garbage in order to discover how waste breaks down and to analyze consumption patterns. Sorry folks, I'd rather be a jollytologist.

—hazardous-materials diver: if you like swimming in sewage, this may be the job for you. Me? I'd rather swim with the sharks.

And, finally, if all the above jobs don't make your job look a little better, the next time you are
complaining about things like traffic jams, copier jams, or being in a jam, remember the penguin.The male penguin, as seen in the movie, The March of the Penguins, stands all winter huddled together in below freezing temperature and blizzard conditions.

Now, don't you feel a lot better not having to do that?

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