5 Jobs You Wanted As A Kid And Why They Suck (Cracked.com)
Because you need a Ph.D. just to do an astronaut's dry cleaning. To be an actual astronaut, a person has to be two-thirds Stephen Hawking, and one-third someone who has perfect vision and awesome hand-eye coordination. To make sure they have the right guy, NASA subjects their astronauts to an endless series of grueling tests.
Before they go to the celestial trampoline we call the moon, astronauts spend about ten years keeping themselves in peak physical condition while essentially taking the SAT every single day. Even if your kid's some rare breed of super genius who enjoys both tests and pushups, it's still not all it's cracked up to be. To give your kid an idea of what an astronaut's job is truly like, do the following:
Step 1: Go buy a van - preferably a 1976 Peugeot.
Step 2: Have the owner's manual translated into Russian.
Step 3: Tell your child to pretend the van is a space station, and that his or her assignment is to rotate the tires.
Step 4: Push the van to the bottom of a swimming pool. Hand your child the translated owner's manual, a toolbox and a balloon full of air.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson