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Dirty Jobs: Yum!

February 3, 2009

Yup. Not much else to say about it. I went out and found a Taxidermist and Sewage Treatment Plant workers. It was pretty gross, but I learned a lot and had a lot of fun. I now know what a flesh-covered bear skull looks like as well as where all of the poo and pee from Penn State ends up. The people I met were a lot of fun and had such great stories to tell. It’s always a pleasure to wake up early to go meet fun people and see what it is that they do.

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Mike Edmonson, a part-time taxidermist, wrings liquid out a Grouse he soaked in a cleaning solution. Edmonson, a catering operations manager at Penn State University, started his taxidermy business, “Edmonson’s Wildlife Studio,” as a hobby. “I’ve been in culinary arts most of my life and this is just a nice, artistic change of pace.” said Edmonson.

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Mike Edmonson, a part-time taxidermist, inspects the beard on a mature male turkey and a frozen bear skull in his studio Feb. 1, 2009. Edmonson, a catering operations manager at Penn State, works out of the garage of his State College, Pa. home on weekends. Edmonson plans to stuff and mount the turkey and clean the flesh off the skull.

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Bob Franks, a Lab Utility Analyst at the Penn State Waste Water Treatment Facility displays a test tube filled with sewage. Franks is responsible for testing the sewage daily to insure it is being handled properly and dangerous bacteria doesn’t spread. “The smell doesn’t bother me,” said Franks.

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Tom Welling, a worker at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, located on the Penn State University Park campus, squeezes into a manhole Feb. 2, 2009. Going down in manholes is a frequent task in Welling’s line of work.

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Tom Welling, a worker at the Penn State Waste Water Treatment Facility, strikes a pose as he heads down a ladder in a manhole.

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