Would you stay in bed for ten weeks for £7,000?

NASA astronaut

For anyone who has ever struggled to get out of bed for work on a Monday morning, this has to be the ideal job opportunity. Nasa is advertising for volunteers to stay in bed all day every day for 10 weeks. In return you'll get £7,000.

So what will the volunteers have to do, and is this the strangest job going?

The job

Nasa is advertising for volunteers on its website. The idea is to examine the effects of microgravity on the human body. Apparently when you lie in bed (with your feet raised slightly higher than your head), you're in a a very similar position to the ones that astronauts experience in zero gravity.

The experts want to study what this does to people, so they can counter the effects on long space voyages. They'll move you into their beds at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston and they'll study everything from what happens to your body to how it affects your mind.


While it may seem like an ideal job on the face of it, anyone considering volunteering should bear in mind that you are not allowed up to shower or go to the toilet (they have devised a way to enable you to both without sitting up). You don't get any time off either. You can't go out - so your social life may suffer a little.

You are only allowed to do things that you can achieve while lying down. So you can watch TV, play computer games, read and surf the internet - you can even carry on with your usual job if it's something you can do from home (while lying down).

They're not interested in hearing from couch potatoes. They want fit and healthy non-smokers - who are likely to find it hard to stay in one spot for long - let alone 70 days.


On the plus side, of course, you get to earn a good pay packet without getting out of bed, and help push the boundaries of space travel at the same time. Nathan Thomas, one current test subject, said: "This is for the world and connecting with other worlds," If you're keen, you can apply here.

It's certainly a weird job, and it's up there with the oddest we have seen recently.

Odd jobs

If this doesn't appeal, there's always the job advertised at the moment for a Royal Horological Conservator - where you can earn £31,000 a year ensuring that the Queen's clocks are wound and accurate. It sounds like a walk in the park - until you discover that you have to look after 1,000 clocks, and you'll need to have mastered the art of things like making hands, forging and repairing ancient and priceless clocks.

You could also apply for one of Australia's self-styled 'best jobs in the world'. This is an Australian tourist board invention, which pays people to travel Australia enjoying the best it has to offer and paying them for it. This year Rich Kearn from Brighton became the foodie on the team, and will make £61,000 eating and drinking his way around Western Australia. However, do bear in mind that the first winner four years ago said he didn't particularly enjoy it - because it turned these things into a chore - done under the glare of the media spotlight.

Perhaps the oddest job advertised in recent months was one that's going to have a very limited appeal. The Circus of Horrors advertised with the JobCentre in February for a 'wolf boy or girl'. The circus currently has what it calls a wolf boy - who has hypertrichosis - which means hair grows on his face. However, because he is Mexican, the Border Agency required the circus to advertise to enable UK candidates to apply. There are only 50 people with the condition in the world - and applicants must also have circus skills.

But what do you think? Do any of these jobs appeal? Let us know in the comments.
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