"The mind boggles at how many forks on the road of life are possible to lead us to different careers."
peculiar professions at AbeBooks.com. And there are many jobs in the article: brushmaking, professional pickpocket, airline stewardess (an old book that's 50+ years old). And from the comments I gathered these: artisan blacksmith, worm farmer, bovine podiatrist, and "professional nose." Yes, that's what she said. Two more jobs from the book cover used to illustrate the article: toolsmith and steelworker.
My baby sister was born when I was almost five years old. That's when I decided to be a nurse in a hospital and work with babies. That lasted until I learned nurses don't get to sit around playing with babies. In first grade, I wanted to be a teacher. In third grade, it was magician. In fifth grade, I was planning to be a doctor healing people in the Belgium Congo. (Revealing my age, aren't I?) I ended up a stay-at-home mom, until I was divorced and finished college, at which time I worked as a "manpower planner" (no longer a politically correct job description).
What's the strangest or most interesting job you've ever done or heard of? At what age did you decide on whatever it is you now do for a living?
ADDED an hour later:
I've found what I want to be, if and when I ever grow up! I want to be a Diction Fairy like this one. Books and words, as I said earlier. Yep, the diction fairy covers those.