Forum:Do you know someone with an extremely dangerous job?
- Nope. XY007 ⊡ talk ⊡ contributions 23:22, 23 Yoon 2015 (UTC)
What about 'extreme-sheep-shaped-wolf angerer'?
Fire ant wrangler.
Many years ago, when I was but a young knave, while sightseeing with my parents in the Outback west of Fort Lauderdale, we ran across a man who called himself Joseph Stangers. He had an odd look -- complexion looked a bit like a bowl of slightly past-due Bing cherries. While we were waiting for the local jitney to arrive and take the tourists back to the city, he got to talking and told us his story.
Seems he'd originally been an alligator wrestler, but seeing as how you need two hands for that, after one memorable Monday when he made the mistake of coming in to work still hung over from the weekend (and hence a bit slower than usual), he found himself looking for another job. And it happened that Disney World, which was just getting set up in those days, was looking for somebody to help them with what they thought would be a really unique attraction: Trained fire ants. And so Joseph became a fire and wrangler.
He said he'd put together a really great act for them -- the ants would stand on each other's (tiny) shoulders and make huge formations (well, huge for an ant -- maybe a couple feet high). He taught them to make a ring on one edge, and then they'd have one of the trained leopards jump through it. That didn't work out as well as Joseph hoped it would, though, because any time an animal brushed the ring jumping through it, they'd never get them to make the jump again. Unlike a normal flaming hoop, the singeing you get from a fire ant hoop is a gift that keeps on giving for a long time after.
But the thing that finally put the kibosh on the act was when Joseph taught the ants to breath in chorus. He taught them to all blow out at the same time. The result, when they were in their "ring" formation and they all blew together, was a really spectacular tube of flame. It was the highlight of the show, up until the day one of the rubes (as those in the business call them) thought he'd get a close look at the ants just as Joseph was having them do their "blow job" act, and ... well ... a fricasseed customer is really bad for business. And so Joseph was looking for work when we met him.