Let us start with “Teheran markets in everything”:
I think this happens only in Tehran. Some people get paid to walk behind your car, so the traffic cameras can not capture your plate number when you enter the restricted traffic areas!
The photo alas does not reproduce, and that is from a fascinating Quora discussion on “what is a job that exists only in your country?”
The Vietnamese water bag carriers are impressive (you get into a plastic bag and they pull you across a river). Here is some Indian arbitrage:
Disabled people get 50-75% concession on train ticket from Indian Railways. Additionally, they can take one person as escort who will be entitled to the same amount of concession.
Some disabled people earn their living with this scheme. Their only job is travelling between different cities and taking Strangers (who actually want to go to some city) as escorts. These strangers pay 75% of the fare to the disabled people. Thus Stranger saves money, Disabled person earns profit.
This also was new to me:
In China, when there are big traffic jams, you can pay a fee to have two people on a motorcycle drive to your vehicle, where one takes your place at the steering wheel, and the other will take you wherever you need to go on his motorcycle.
Nor had I known about the “pet food taster” (Simon and Marks) or the costumes of those Australian Meter Maids. India is prominent on the list but Mexico makes an appearance as well:
In Mexico we have men who make a living by discharging electricity into the bodies of consenting drunk people (who gladly pay a couple of dollars for the experience). These men usually hang around bars and areas where nightlife abounds and yell “toques toques!”(“discharges, discharges!”) while banging the two metallic handles of their contraption together. The device is a battery-operated metal box with a voltage regulator that can increase the intensity of the electrical current depending on how much the customer can take. It is generally accepted by Mexicans that a bit of electricity will increase your buzz…
It costs about $2-$4 per jolt. Maybe the real winner should be this one:
United States of America: Man who walks on the moon (currently on hiatus).
I believe I owe thanks to somebody on Twitter, alas I can no longer recall to whom.