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Subject: Outrageous weird jobs on the Internet
From: Lindsey Rarick
To: Shane Schick, Editor, ITBusiness.ca
I just thought you might be
interested in this quirky story about a company that offers weird jobs on the Internet.
Please let me know if I can provide you with any photos or if you are interested in a phone talk later this week.
Will you be around Wednesday or Thursday to speak with Tribe.net’s spokesperson? I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
It brings new meaning to the term “Odd jobs.” Tribe.net, a company whose backers include Knight Ridder and the Washington Post Co., announced its Top Ten ‘Outrageous Job’ listings of the week–unusual job listings posted by local people that are willing to do them, or pay to have them done.
Top Ten Outrageous Jobs of the Week
1. Custom spells from a witch to get money, win love or curse enemies ($25)
2. Posse looking for leader
3. I will clean your chimney dressed as a gargoyle ($110)
4. Wanted for hire: pretender
6. Will [bother] your neighbors for $20 hr + expenses
7. Need psychic to perform dog séance, $50
8. SF: Hiring Ms./Mr. Moneypenny
9. Get paid to smell men’s armpits
10. Fire-breathing, Fire-eating ordained minister for your wedding
Tribe.net: 9,779 total viewings week ending Jan 28, 2005
The site estimates that a majority of the outrageous job listings are for real, some are for fun, but it’s clear the cleverness and innovation may give late-night TV writers a run for their money. Tribe.net CEO Mark Pincus said, “Finding a new job or a second job is about the least fun thing around. But if you are looking, these job listings will give you a laugh. It’s about time people made job hunting fun!”
Click here to view all outrageous job listings nationwide on tribe.net:
Nearly half a million people use tribe.net every month to search locally from apartments to restaurants and bands to roommates.
Tribe.net (www.tribe.net) is a locally-driven Web site enabling consumers to connect with people about what to do, where to go, places to live, jobs and services in their respective cities. Founded in 2003, tribe.net uses patented technology to connect hundreds of thousands of people in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and about two dozen other cities across the U.S. The company’s investors include Knight Ridder, Inc., Mayfield Venture Capital, and The Washington Post Company.