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Dirty, nasty jobs

This Popular Science article posted on Slashdot, The Worst Jobs in Science, was a good lead-in to a new show I just watched called Dirty Jobs, which airs on the Discovery Channel.

What impresses me most about this show isn't the selection of nasty jobs they've found. Rather, it's that they've found a host that actually participates in all of the nasty jobs. The episode I watched starts off with the host spelunking in a bat cave full of forty million bats, forty million bats that are crappin' and pissin' all over the floor. His guide at one point notes, "Feel the rain?" On the way out of the cave the host gets stuck in the bat guano and covered in it as he has to sit down in order to unbury his trapped feet.

In the second segment he visited a woman who runs a shelter/vet for bats. The host tasted a a small bit of mealworm gruel, which was the only real "dirty" part of the show. The part of this segment I liked was the "flying fox" bats, that look like dogs with wings and about the size of a small chihuahua.

In the third segment he collected mud that is used on Major League baseballs. I had never heard of this before, but apparently there is a single guy that provides all of the Major League teams with "rubbing mud," which is applied to the baseballs before the game. The rubbing mud is nothing more than actual mud collected from a "secret" location, and then run through some filtering screens and mixed with a "secret" ingredient. Nothing disgusting to watch, but interesting nevertheless.

In the last segment, the host helps clean various fish. In the latter part, they take all the cast-off parts and start making fish gruel. I'm reminded of the Simpsons episode where Mr. Burns tries to grind up all of the seafood in the ocean. The final product is fish food, which is fed back to the fish, that are then grinded, that are then turned into fish food, that are then...

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