What's Grosser than Gross? : Blog Of The Nation Do you have a Dirty Job?
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Mike Rowe, the dirtiest man on television. Source: Paul Souders hide caption

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Source: Paul Souders

There's just something about ostrich poop that really makes for great television. A little more than a year ago I was hanging out with my new boyfriend's roommate, sans boyfriend. It was mostly fine, because we'd been friends for a bit, but the sudden change in status all around made things a little, well, awkward. We were sitting in the living room with the TV tuned to the Discovery Channel, and there on the screen host Mike Rowe was doing one of the most disgusting things I'd ever seen — cleaning up after a farm full of ostriches. Now, I'm no girly-girl — my grandma lives on a farm, so I'm just fine with cow pies and pig sties. But whoa — the ostrich farm? A thousand times more disgusting. Turns out, the poop's not even the worst part with ostriches. Nope, what's worse is that they puke a little every time they take a drink of water, which quickly leads to water troughs filled with ostrich vomit. EWWW!!! Trust me, there was no gap in conversation this show couldn't fill, and I pretty much haven't stopped talking about it since. I've since watched Mike at vineyards (dirtier than you'd think), harvesting all kinds of seafood, compacting garbage, cleaning silos, and more. And each time I'm sure he's done the last dirty job there is, another episode of Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe rolls around. So thanks to him I'm dying to know, BotNers, do you have a dirty job? Tell me all about it!