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Tampon Tester
Someone has to test whether tampons do their job -- but not the way you might think. Monika Adamczyk/Hemera/Thinkstock
Someone has to test whether tampons do their job -- but not the way you might think. Monika Adamczyk/Hemera/Thinkstock

Nancy Rica Schiff's first photo collection was so popular that she published a follow-up collection in 2006 called "Even Odder Jobs." A popular theme running through both books is the plight of the product tester.

Consider Daniel Raudabaugh, a handsome upstanding young man who tests tampons eight hours a day. When photographer Rica Schiff met him, Raudabaugh was working for First Quality Enterprises in Pennsylvania, a manufacturer of feminine hygiene and other personal care products. First Quality churned out between 1 and 2 million tampons a day and it was Raudabaugh's job to spot-check around 100 specimens for features like absorbency, head projection and cord strength [source: The Guardian].

If you're interested in this unusual line of work, First Quality has job openings for experienced lab technicians to assist in the development and testing of "Personal Care Absorbent Product" prototypes. Just think of the conversations at your next high school reunion!


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