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When you work in a field, you often accumulate some behind-the-scenes knowledge that the public doesn't always seem to know. Here's a chance to share in all the best insider secrets that you spilled about your jobs, ranging from the zoo to the casino to the hospital.

Commenter pohjie tells us how to schedule our zoo visits:

Zookeeper. We almost always feed our animals first thing in the morning to get them moving around or to shift them out onto the exhibit so we can clean the bedrooms. So come to the zoo at opening. So many people come around lunch time when it's hot and the animals are having a mid-day snooze.


Commenter Adarkara tells us that, despite the shiny exterior, jewelry repair is a surprisingly dirty business:

A working jewelry store (one that does in house repairs) can be a filthy place. Between lubricants, polishing compounds, cleaning chemicals, glues, metal filings, silver tarnish, etc, it all adds up to dust, dirt and grime. It's particularly gross when someone hands you earrings to clean and they're encrusted with ear gunk.

Commenter TriceratopsAttack explains why we might see a discrepancy between our DVD collections and our TVs:

Your average network television show takes around eight 14-hour days to shoot an episode. That's not counting the 2nd unit or additional pick up days. It's even possible to have to reshoot scenes for an episode AFTER it aired for the DVD. So if you've ever watched a show on DVD and the episode seems ever so slightly different; that might be why.


Commenter Mr.Atkins breaks down police work by the percentages:

90% of police work is simply listening

The other 10% is writing out reports


What % is solving crimes?

I kid, I kid.


Actually, very damn little, at least for the uniforms. Their thing is primarily crime prevention and maintaining order. A very wise sergeant once said, " If you are forced to arrest someone, you have probably done something wrong." The detectives are usually the primary crime solvers, and yet, again. 90% of job is listening, 10% writing out reports.


Commenter Mala doesn't care if you have a system. There is no technique to playing the slots:

Slot Machine Technician

There's no tricks. We wouldn't need the job anymore if there was. It's a random number generator built on old intel comps. Superstitions are just that.


Finally, commenter allen2saint gave us a look at just how a hospital chaplain's day unfolds:

I'm a hospital chaplain.

I thought most people would be interested to know that chaplains are considered members of the treatment team and are called in to conference cases the same way that the medical professionals are. We conference cases if the person's spiritual needs are discussed, particulaly pertaining to ethical questions about treatments and end of life.We interact regularly with all medical disciplines and, at times, are allies to the staff who endure a great deal of stress (Hug a nurse or a doc).

We are ethically prohibited from extolling our own beliefs to patients or from trying to convert them in any way. I know there is a cliche image (and there are bad chaplains) that act otherwise, but hospital ethics prohibit this kind of activity. We are there solely to serve the spiritual need of the person, whatever they may be. And since we specialize in understanding the isolation of illness, we do way more than talk about God.

Also, a person is not obligated in any way to receive our visits. So if you go to the hospital and you don't wish to be visited, please tell the charge nurse that either you are of a certain belief and you want that respected by the spiritual care team or that you do not want a chaplain visit at all.

But like I said, we get what happens in hospitals, so if you're stuck there and you just need someone to listen, it's what we do.


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