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Chick Sexer

Human Cannonball

Industrial farms require efficient workers to accurately determine the sex of newly hatched chickens.

Human cannonball required for travelling circus. Will be expected to attain the industry standard of 61 metres high at around 60mph. There is no formal training as most human cannonballs are born in to the industry but a mentoring scheme is available for those who have only reached junior level.

Graduates from the Zen Nippon chick sexing school in Japan will be favoured over other candidates, due to its rigorous training standards. Less than 10 per cent of its students will succeed in graduating. You will be expected to meet the standard accuracy rate of 99.7 per cent at a speed of 8,000 chicks per day. The industry standard method is cloacal sexing, which was invented in Japan in 1933. Faeces must be forcefully evacuated from the chicken before examining the anus for signs of undeveloped genitals. Broiler Chickens can be sexed using the length of their feathers. Sexers are employed on a freelance basis, but can expect to earn around £10,000 per month.

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Your will be expected to work under pressure, specifically 9Gs at take-off and 12Gs at landing. Good numerical skills are essential to accurately calculate the settings on the cannon, which are mostly pneumatic or based on bungee chords. Accuracy is imperative as missing the landing net will probably result in death. There have been more than 30 deaths by human cannonballs since the device was invented in the late 19th century. This job is perfect for an individual who finds the idea of running away with the circus appealing but has little formal training in acrobatics or animal taming. Competition is fierce. Freelance human cannonball Rodrigo Pérez claims that his show is “with no limits” – apart from gravity, presumably.

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