ile under implausibly odd jobs: The French resort town of Les Sables d'Olonne has posted a recruitment notice seeking two "creamers" with winning personalities to...apply sunscreen to tourists' bodies. Les Sables has a history of publicity stunts; last year, it guaranteed vacationers sunshine, offering refunds to those whose trip was curtailed by bad weather.
Here's the position (described as "the job of the summer"): Spend six weeks in July and August with your "toes in the sand," applying tanning lotion to the shoulders and back (only) of anyone who wants it, handing out samples, and dispensing safety tips. John Lichfield in Britain's Independent likens the job to lifeguarding: "But instead of saving people from drowning, [the creamers] will save people from burning."
The gig pays $1,160 per week. All applicants must submit a photo, and a 45-second video explaining why they deserve the opportunity to smear goo on strangers. Required: Fluent French. Desirable: Working knowledge of German and English, medical knowledge, and striking physical beauty. A jury will select two winners, one male and one female, in June from a list of finalists determined by an online poll.
Competition is already heated: Within two days, 200 would-be creamers had applied to www.lejobdelete.com.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy
- 31 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Why would a young person today be religious?
- He said he was leaving. She ignored him.
- Why we can't stop procrastinating, according to science
- Why I'm a pro-life liberal
- Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?
- Why Holy Thursday is so important to Christians
- How Community's Dean Pelton broke new ground for sexual politics on television
- If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?
Subscribe to the Week