The poll of random people in 168 countries produced some startling results. Each respondent was asked to name “the best job in the world.” In the United States, by far the most preferred career was “Television Personality.” Most respondents reasoned that this is the only full time job where you can get paid millions and have no idea why or have anything to do. “Professional Athlete” was a distant second among Americans. The third choice was “Having a Rich Daddy” though some academics have questioned whether this is really a job. “Getting a Fat Allowance”, however, was universally considered to be a legitimate job and finished ninth in the American poll.
In Afghanistan the results were quite different. Over 90% of respondents indicated that being a “Warlord” was the best job in the world. “Goat Herding” was a distant second followed by “Shooting People.” Interestingly, ”Shooting People” was only eleventh in the American poll.
The only unanimous poll occurred in Australia where 100% of 84,000 respondents said “Being in a Beer Commercial” was the best job in the world.
No surprisingly, the Vatican poll showed “Being Pope” as a popular choice. However, there was a strange and unexplained divergence since over 100,000 males overwhelmingly voted this way but only three women did.