2017 is rapidly drawing to a close, and the holiday season is just around the corner. If you haven't reached your financial goals this year, or you can only afford to give your friends hugs for Christmas, time is running out to get your bank account back in shape. Luckily for you, we've pulled together some of the best quick tips and easy money earners so that you can have a bit of extra cash to play with. Read on to find out how you can turn the last few months of the year into some of your most profitable ever.
1. Get Paid To Watch Movie Previews
There's a lot of get-rich-quick schemes and sites out there, and many of them are a waste of time. InboxDollars, however, is the real deal. True, you won't become a multimillionaire, but you can net a cool $200 a month for a few hours of your time. A pretty handy sum of cash, if you ask us.
If you're looking for a catch, you're bound to be disappointed. You actually get $5 just for signing up, and one of their more popular tasks, watching movie previews, is so easy that you could probably get your five-year-old to do it. They're not out to waste your time either - they'll tell you exactly how long each playlist will take to complete so you can schedule accordingly. Considering we usually pay to watch movies, it's a real no-brainer.
2. Earn Up to $30/Day With In-Theater Checks
We've said it before, and we'll shout it again. Being a mystery shopper has got to be one of the coolest jobs on the planet. Quite apart from being able to wear a mask, twirl a cape, and laugh maniacally, you also do and get loads of awesome stuff for free. Like, did you know you can attend movie premieres without dropping a single dime?
That's right. Companies like the long established Certified Field Associates will pay you to go to a cinema and watch the films that you want to watch. They collect data on screening times, popularity, and previews on behalf of major studios, but they need civilians to do their dirty work for them. A couple more assignments, agent, and you'll be ready to retire.
3. Get Paid For Hanging Out At The Bar
More proof that being a mystery shopper is almost exactly the same as being James Bond. If free movie tickets and spy photography isn't enough, you can also earn money from hanging out at your local bar. Just a regular person, ordering a regular shaken-not-stirred martini, rating their service, cleanliness, and friendliness on the sly.
If there's a better way to drink and have your opinion heard at the same time, we'd like to hear it. In the meantime, head over to Mystery Shopping Providers Association to sign up as a professional bar-hopper. There's other types of mystery shopping, too, so when you get hungry after a night at the bar you can get paid to go to a restaurant. It's the life you've always dreamed of.
4. Earn Up to $5,000 as a Test Subject for NASA
Don't worry, you won't actually have to go into space for this one. NASA just want to test out a new alien-human hybrid DNA on a few willing subjects. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and grow a few extra limbs and maybe some gills. Easy money, right?
Okay, we're kidding about the alien stuff. But honestly, this is a way to make some seriously simple cash. The study goes for just under 90 days, and requires the subjects, basically, to lie around in bed. In doing this, they aim to study how long-term space travel will affect the brave guys and girls who jet off to the final frontiers. All you need is the ability to get to Houston and (probably) a big Netflix backlog. Because we imagine you'll have a lot of free time on your hands.
5. Fill Out Surveys While Youre Watching TV
There's one huge problem with full-time work: it steals away valuable TV time. But what if there was some crazy way you could watch the tube and earn money at the same time? Well, the geniuses at Vip Voice and Ipsos Panel have finally made the American dream a reality. Both of them are legit survey companies who want to know what you're thinking when you're on the couch.
The survey range over a broad variety of topics, and are generally gauge your reactions as you watch your favorite TV shows. With a couple of clicks of a button, you could be commenting on the latest presidential debate or getting grumpy over reality TV. Most of the polls only take a quarter of an hour, and while they may pay you only a couple of dollars, all of that spare change will quickly add up.
6. Get $5 From Stash to Start an Investment Account
It's an uncomfortable truth, but the reality is that the best way to make money is to save it first. Luckily, there's plenty of websites and companies out there who will not only help you save your hard-earned bucks, but make it grow into a lovely pot of profit, too. StashInvest.com is just one of those sites, but it earns points from us because it's just so easy to use.
Simply choose what kind of portfolios you would like to invest in (based on your goals, desires, morals, whatever you like) and Stash will handle the rest. The greatest thing about Stash, though, is that you can get a free $5 to play with when you start! Just look around for sites which are affiliated with Stash, put in your email address, and you're on your way to being the Wolf of Wall Street.
7. Get a Free $10 Amazon Gift Card
For many people these days, Amazon is the go-to site for all their shopping and gift needs. The mega-retailer sells everything you could need in life, from books to beer, and the super-fast shipping means that you can be enjoying your purchases within a day. So it makes sense that instead of just earning extra money, it's a good idea to earn Amazon bucks too. You were going to spend it there anyway, weren't you?
MyPoints is an incredible website that lets you do just that. When you print out coupons or shop online through them, you get instant rewards and tangible benefits from thousands of retailers. Signing up with them is a breeze (and totally free), and here's the best part: they'll give you a $10 Amazon gift card after your first purchase. What are you waiting for?
8. Drive for Uber
Ever since its launch, Uber has been making waves worldwide. Cab companies and the governments that profit from them have hit back hard against the company, trying to stifle them at every turn. The reason? The fares that they offer are just too good, and everyone loves their drivers. Basically, they're finally facing some stiff competition.
You're not too late to get a slice of the action. Becoming an Uber driver is far simpler than becoming a cabbie, and can also be a lot of fun. All you need is a four door car, insurance, and a driver's license, and you're ready to make some quick money whenever you feel like it. So if you're a Zen master on the road and love chatting to new people every day (and who doesn't?), hop aboard.
9. Help Doctors Find a Cure
Medical problems are usually a sure-fire way to drain money, not make it. But if you do have a niggling condition that's hanging around, don't lose heart: there's a good chance you could actually earn a quite a few dollars from it. You see, there's plenty of doctors and pharmaceutical companies out there who need people to test their breakthroughs on - and you could be one of their subjects.
It might sound scary, but it isn't. You're not going to get locked up in a cage and experimented on! Most of the time it's just a simple task of turning up for a clinical trial and taking certain medication, and often it's as easy as completing a survey or a personal journal in the comfort of your own home. And the benefits can be huge - thousands of dollars for a couple of days or weeks of your time. That next itch you scratch could well be into a lottery ticket.
10. Earn Money for Healthy Activities
Do you want to get fit and healthy but can't stomach the idea of a personal trainer yelling at you? Well, maybe you need a little bonus motivation to get out there and work those muscles. We're talking the greatest motivator of them all: cold, hard cash. See, you're already running to switch the computer on.
The site is called Achievemint, and the concept is laughably simple. All you need to do is hook your Achievemint profile up to one of the many fitness apps out there and let the data you create be shared with the site. In return for each fitness activity you complete, they'll give you cash and Amazon gift cards. Sign up now and they'll give you a bonus!
11. Sell Your Extra CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, Video Games and Electronics
The world is going more and more digital, and so are collections of movies, TV shows, and video games. As we shift to services like Netflix and Steam, there's simply no need to take up entire walls with Star Trek box sets. But before you start throwing old discs away, check out Decluttr first. It turns out that you can actually earn money for what you thought was just junk.
They don't just buy media - you can sell old electronics like consoles and cell phones to them, too. The process takes seconds to do: just download the app and use the in-built barcode reader to scan your stuff. Decluttr will give you an instant quote, and you can soon have a couple of hundred dollars lining your pockets. And a lot more space around the house.
12. Sell Your Other Stuff With These Apps
It's not just DVDs and electronics that can be converted into a quick buck. If you're the hoarding type (and let's face it, who isn't) that mountain of stuff in the attic could actually be a veritable goldmine. From dresses to books and hamster wheels to Billy carts, almost everything can be sold online. You just need to find the right marketplace.
Instead of turning straight away to eBay or Craigslist, there are a bunch of other apps you should try first. Direct Textbook is a superb way to get rid of all those unopened chemistry books you've had lying around since college - and it'll help out a poor student, too. There's also Poshmark for clothes, Etsy for crafts, and LetGo for almost everything else. You know what they say: if you love something, set it free. Also, make some sweet money from it.
13. Earn $250 By Opening a Second Bank Account
There's no "making" involved with this tip. In fact, you don't have to do anything at all. Just open a bank account, and hey presto! You've got some free money. There are plenty of banks, big and small, who offer incentives to their prospective customers just for creating an account with them. In some cases, you can get an insane $250.
Search around the web and see what you can find, then get creating. While the notion of keeping several bank accounts on the go might give you a headache, it can actually be a great saving incentive. Having stashes of money around the place that you've almost forgotten about means that you're far less likely to dip into them when you go for that impulse buy. Besides, politicians, businessmen, and other tax-dodgers do it, so why can't you?
14. Get a Free $5 From Clink to Start Saving
After you've started to generate a nice amount of pocket change on the side, it's time to start thinking about how you can make that money grow. The easy option is to chuck the cash into a savings account (or under the mattress), but the fact is that you're never going to generate much interest with that kind of strategy.
Enter Clink, the app that takes the scary teeth - but not the profits - out of the stock market. The whole trading process is streamlined and delightfully easy, and the fees are reasonable to boot. There's no need to graduate from Harvard before you can understand the market! Best of all, they'll give you a free $5 to play with when you start up (just use promo code PH2016). You're already on your way to your first yacht.
15. Download These Apps
There was a time that only celebs (and politicians) got paid for living their lives and doing absolutely nothing. Thankfully for us Joe and Jill Averages, those days are long past. Now we can turn the everyday objects we use into passive income streams. Your smart phone, for example. Did you know you could make a tasty dollar from just having one?
There's a fair few apps out there that will give you real - not Monopoly - money just for installing them. Better yet, if you keep the app installed you'll get a further monthly bonus. SavvyConnect, Mobile Expressions, and Smart Panel are just three of these companies who would love to see your usage (don't worry, it's totally private) in exchange for cash. Each one can net you around $200 a year if you play it right. And if you have a lot of them installed over several devices - well, I'll let you do the math.
16. Get Paid to Go on Top-Secret Missions
Most money-makers, let's be frank, can be a little bit of a bore. But if you're the type who loves snooping around, doing a little private investigating, and telling everyone your opinions, then here's a job that is just a blast. QuickThoughts, an app for Android, wants you to go undercover and tell people what you think.
Your missions, should you choose to accept them, involve scoping out businesses in your area and taking photos of them on the sly. Think seasonal displays, queues, public facilities, and the like. Upload the photos with your opinion, and you'll be rewarded with gift cards to spend at a load of retailers. You won't have to jet off to the Bahamas to complete your missions (sadly), but the GPS functionality does mean you can do them around your local area. Time to dig out that fake moustache.
17. Sell Board Game Pieces
We've spent many a frustrating night in front of a board game. We open the box, ready for some fun, only to find that half the cards have been thrown out, the rulebook is lining the rabbit hutch, and the four-year-old next door neighbor has eaten the dice. Board game pieces are like socks - the only time you'll see a complete set is when you first buy them.
So some smart cookie came up with the idea of selling their game pieces to other unlucky souls. And since board games are becoming bigger and more popular, the demand for replacement parts is almost endless. So if you've got some lying around, have a try at selling them online. You'd be surprised at how much people need them.
18. Write Letters to Legislators
Did you ever think that anyone except Michael Moore could turn outrage into an income stream? As it turns out, your concerns and complaints can actually make you a tasty bit of coin. Many companies and private interests will hire good writers and editors to write letters to members of Congress, petitioning for changes or supporting measures.
The letters can net you up to $15 an hour, depending on your speed and skill. As well as that, you can select the issues that you're really passionate about, so you don't have to go against your own moral compass. It's as easy as searching for a company that feels right for you, then dipping the quill into the angry ink. What's more, you might make some real changes to the world.
19. Get a $100 Bonus For Opening a Motif Account
No, it's not a misprint. You can actually get a crisp, free Benjamin Franklin once you make your first trade with Motif Investing. These online brokers are slightly different from the others - instead of choosing and trading one stock at a time, you invest in what's called a cluster of stocks representing a particular category, or "motif".
Investing in this way not only reduces the risk by spreading across multiple stocks, but also means you can aid the particular industries and types of company that you feel are worthwhile. But before your eyes turn into dollar signs, there is a small catch: you have to open up your account with $1000. Not an insignificant sum, but considering the return on investment it's the safest gamble we know.
20. Get in Shape
This might possibly be the weirdest way to make money we've found in 2016. Imagine betting on how much weight you're going to lose, and reaping big rewards when you hit your target. Bizarre, right? Yes, it does sound like an extremely good motivation tactic, but how exactly does it work?
Somehow, HealthyWage has got it all figured out. With their site, you can - no joke - wager on your monthly weight loss, and they'll offer you dividends based on how realistic (or unrealistic) the goal is. We're not exactly sure how they're making money off this. We can only assume that they're selling all that energy to our matrix overlords. But the site is real, and the rewards are real, and you can most definitely pick up a bundle from dropping a bundle.
21. Sell Your Unlimited Data Plan for Up to $2,000
These days, unlimited data plans for your cell are as rare as hen's teeth. Phone companies don't want to give them out for the basic fact that they make a heck of a lot of dough on data overuse. But if - through luck, loyalty, laziness, or longevity - you've managed to snag an unlimited plan, then you've hit the jackpot.
Unlimited plans can sell on eBay for up to $2000, depending on the carrier and location. While you might have to squeeze through a few tight loopholes, you'll be handsomely rewarded by the internet-hungry masses. If you're not using those gigabytes yourself, it's a real no brainer. And if you are using all that gigabytes, maybe it's time to go easy on YouTube and make some money instead.
22. These U-Haul Jobs Let You Work From Home
We doubt that even MacGyver could make a job out of a headset, an internet connection, and a comfy chair, but U-Haul certainly have. They're offering moonlighting positions in their company to work however many hours you want, wherever you want, and all you need is a computer and the internet.
You don't even need a degree or any previous experience. In fact, they provide four weeks of paid training to any applicant who lands one of the coveted positions. Four weeks! Paid! Check out their site, and if you don't get it this time there's sure to be many more opportunities soon. We didn't find out exactly what job it is - because who cares?
23. Tell This Company Whats in Your Fridge
Consumer statistics company Nielsen has been around for decades and is a trusted name in the industry. But in our opinion they're starting to get a bit nosy. When once they just wanted to know who you would vote for and what you watched on the TV, now they're the asking the most personal question of all: what's in your fridge?
We'd get pretty offended if they weren't so nice about it. Not only do they send you a free scanner to enter in product barcodes as you shop, but they also give you loads of goodies - like toys, gadgets, jewelry and more - just for taking up a tiny amount of your time. You could even win some amazing prizes in their participant sweepstakes. Alright, Nielsen, we'll let you poke around.
24. Earn $3/Month Sharing Your Amazon Purchases With This App
We'll be perfectly upfront about this: $3 a month is not a major money-spinner. But we've been broke plenty of times in our lives, and at those moments we'd do anything for a couple of extra bucks. Look at it this way: if you save up that money each month, every Christmas you can buy your mom a present to show her how much you love her. Aww.
Plus, it's not very hard to do at all. If you shop at Amazon regularly, you just need to share your purchases with ShopTracker. It's completely anonymous and private, and backed by The Harris Poll, a stalwart of the market research field. You can do it on your computer or any smartphone and it literally takes seconds. If you still think that's all too hard, just picture that delighted expression on your mom's face. Aww, you big softie.
25. Get Paid $5 to Rate Your Local Pizza Place
The title of this one is intentionally misleading because we didn't want to ruin the surprise for you. You don't actually get paid $5 to rate your local pizza place. You get $5 and A FREE LARGE PIZZA! For that reason alone, this cash tip has got to be the best on the list. Date nights, sports nights, time alone with Netflix, hiking in the mountains - just think about all of those places you could take that FREE LARGE PIZZA.
There are plenty of pie chains, like Dominos, Pizza Hut, and Papa John's, who always need a mystery shopper (or mystery gobbler, you choose) to rate their service and quality. You can do it a bunch of times per year and around your neighborhood. The thing to remember is that the companies don't hire the mystery shoppers directly but through a mystery shopping company. So search around for a company and start dreaming of that slice of heaven.
26. Let SlideJoy Put an Ad on Your Smartphone
Advertisements. We love to hate them - and at the Super Bowl, hate to love them - but they're one of society's necessary evils. They make the business world go 'round. The main problem with ads, though, is that while they waste your time and kill your brain, you never get paid to consume them. Now, that's all changed with SlideJoy.
The beauty of SlideJoy is not that it pays you to view ads, although that is wonderful. The beauty of SlideJoy is that it puts the ad on your smartphone's lock screen. So every time you pick up the phone to check a message or go online, you see the add. No annoying videos, or unskippable content. If you don't care about the ad, you just swipe to unlock as usual. You're getting paid to have a different lock screen wallpaper. That's it. It's beautiful.
27. Make an Extra $50/Week Working for Amazon
Amazon Mechanical Turk. Weird name, great concept, and a secret little earner that has been hiding from you for years. The idea is this: there are hundreds of thousands of repetitive, quick, simple tasks that computers are not quite yet capable of doing. Things like tallying up hand written receipts, or transcribing soundbites, or finding Waldo. But humans and their magnificent brains can certainly do them, and do them well.
Amazon Mechanical Turk is the hub for all of these kinds of tasks. You get paid a pittance per task, but there are so many, and they're so quick to plow through, that you can be earning a healthy side amount in no time at all. As your experience increases, so does your access to higher value tasks. Click, click, click, click, win.
28. Sell Your Smartphone Photos
If you're the type whose holiday photos make everyone swoon, or your Instagram account has thousands of followers, have you considered turning your magic shutter finger into a cash cow? You don't have to work as a photojournalist or stalk celebs. You just have to upload your pretty photos and make a pretty penny.
Foap (just try and pronounce that) will let you do just that. Every shot you upload is sold as a $10 license, and you scoop up half of that. Every photo can be sold an endless amount of times. Build up a killer portfolio and for $5 per sale, you've got a lovely little passive income that will keep paying dividends. You just have to keep going to amazing places and snapping amazing scenery. Sounds awful, doesn't it.
29. Get a Free $10 Gift Card from Ebates
By now you should have realized the main thing to take away from this list: that in every corner of the web, there's someone giving money away for nothing. Take Ebates, for example. It's just one of many sites that will give you a gift card just for signing up with them. No hooks, no funny business, just sweet money in your pocket.
They're a cash-back shopping portal, and they're not the only one. A couple of hours of scouring on-line and you can find plenty more that are willing to help you on your way to the good life. Most of the time you can choose which retailer you would like the gift card for. You were going to spend money at Walmart, anyway, so you might as well save it for oysters and champagne.
30. Check Your Wallet For Strange Dollars
This is a true story: we used to know a guy who made a lot of money from selling rare coins. The annoying thing about it was that he didn't go buying these coins from anyone else - he just had an encyclopedic knowledge of which ones were valuable, and every time he went to a store, he checked his change religiously.
And you can do it too. Collectors across the world are forever searching for rare coins and banknotes with strange serial numbers. Most people don't realize it, but these notes and coins are still in circulation and could well be hiding in your wallet. So any time some money strikes you as being unique in some way, head over to CoolSerialNumbers.com and check it out. That dollar bill could be worth a whole lot more than you thought!
31. Proofread Documents
Even the most talented, meticulous writer makes mistakes, and that (humbly) includes us. You might have even read articles like this and spotted error after error. If you're forever correcting others, and you've got a 20/20 vision for detail, then a career in proofreading can be insanely lucrative. What's more, you can do it at home in your underwear, with a piña colada in one hand.
Sounds like it's up your alley? ProofreadAnywhere.com can give you a free crash course proofreading as a potential career. From there you can trawl editing, blogging, and media job boards for all kinds of opportunities. Pay rates may seem low, but as you build your CV and speed, you will be looking at upwards of $15 per hour. In your underpants. With a piña colada in one hand.
32. Serve as a Mock Juror
No, no. Stop groaning. We know that jury duty is the worst thing in the world. We know that nobody wants to spend weeks locked in a room with angry people while the real world passes them by. But you see, this isn't like real jury duty. You won't get threatened by the Mob and you definitely won't have to listen to a lawyer ramble on and on about justice.
As a mock juror, what you will have to do is listen to arguments and review evidence. This could be anything from videos to documents, and it can be done online through your own computer. Lawyers use this service to prepare for a real life case, and they'll compensate you nicely (try up to $60 per hour!) for your efforts. Put on a bit of Law & Order on in the background, and who knows. It could be fun.
33. Test Websites
Usability is the big buzzword in web development circles these days. If the site don't flow, customers ain't gonna go. The problem is that developers are so involved in their websites that they can't always spot problems themselves. That's where you come in. Programs like UserTesting have been specifically created to source real people for real website testing, and you too can be a part of it.
Most of the evaluations only take up about 20 minutes of your time, and will put a cool $10 in your pocket. All you have to do is follow the instructions and use certain features of the site (or app), then complete a simple survey. The good news is that you'll not only be helping your bank balance, but help millions of frustrated web users get better-designed sites.
34. Jump on the Class-Action Bandwagon
We all know a friend who's made a ton of compensation money from a lawsuit. All they had to do was pour a boiling cup of mocha in their laps or slip in a hotel shower, and suddenly they're mildly injured and filthy rich. While you may not be (un)fortunate enough to have it happen to you, there's another way to see that payout: through a class-action lawsuit.
A class-action lawsuit is where a whole group of people are suing for damages over a single product, in a single case. There are thousands of defective, faulty, or negligently harmful products out there, and chances are that you own one of them. Have a poke around online and see if there's any lawsuits you can join for a slice of the pie, then fill out the claims form and wait. You'll be glad you kept all those receipts.
35. Find Your Missing Money
This is not some kind of Zen philosophy. We're not saying that all that money out there in the world is yours, and that you just need to enter a trance state, visualize it, and reach out. We actually mean that you probably have money that's gone missing. Changed jobs and forgotten your old retirement fund? Made a security deposit ages ago that completely slipped your mind? Well, that money's probably still there, waiting for you.
All you need to do is collect it. Unless you're desperate, though, you won't need to bother digging through shoeboxes full of old statements. Instead, have a look at the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators webpage. They have their tentacles in almost every pie and will help you start your online search. Before you know it, you and your old money will be reunited. Best friends forever.
36. Work as a Transcriptionist
Everyone thinks that they're the perfect listener, and now it's time to put that claim to the test. If you really can do it, and you're a mean typist as well, then you really should consider becoming a transcriptionist. Listen up, because we'll only say this once: it's the perfect way to make some extra cash.
Sites such as Rev and CrowdSurf offer relatively low pay rates for transcription work, but they're a great way to get a start and get some pocket money as well. From there, if you've got specialized experience in fields such as legal and medical, you can start making serious dough. We'll be the first to admit that it isn't the easiest of jobs, as it requires great focus and concentration. But you can do it at home, in your own time, and at your own pace. And that's good to hear.
37. Tutor Chess Players
The first time you tell your friends that you're a chess tutor, you're sure to cop a good ribbing. That is, until you tell them how much you earn. "How Much???" they'll screech. "Oh, only about $35 to $50 an hour," you'll say. "And I'm no Gary Kasparov."
On sites like WyzAnt, even low-rated players can make a few bucks working with beginner players, and you'll learn a lot as you go along. In fact, chess is surprisingly easy to learn. Within a few weeks, and with a bit of determination, you can go from complete newbie to teaching others how to play the game of kings. Your friends may laugh at first, but only until you take them all out for cocktails.
38. Rent Your Clothing
Do you have a wardrobe stuffed full of ritzy clothes that you only wear every now and again? Well, instead of gathering dust, they can actually be gathering you a few nifty bucks here and there. Many of us poor folks don't want to buy an outfit every time we've got something fancy to go to, which is why clothing rental sites like Style Lend or Loanables are a fashion godsend.
Sign up, put on your best frocks, and you're on your way. There's even more sites out there than the two that we've mentioned, so if you've got your outfits listed on a few of them, you could be making big profits, many times over, on the exact same item. It's good for those who just can't let go, too, since you'll get those clothes back to wear whenever you like.
39. Sell Your Clothes and Accessories
On the other hand, if you can bear to part with it, then sell, sell, sell. Clothes that you've only worn once or a couple of times will still usually net you half of their original price, giving you more cash to spend on even better gear. eBay's a great place to start, since you can communicate with keen fashionistas from across the globe.
If the process of selling an item at a time is too painful to consider, then it's time to try consignment sites like Cash In My Bag. And don't underestimate the power of Facebook, either. Yard sale groups are popping up everywhere and attract a lot of bargain hunters. Even if you just put the word out through your friends, and their friends, you're sure to quickly generate a lot of interest.
40. Sell Your Coupons
Trust us, this works. It might sound a bit counterintuitive at first, but there are genuinely a bunch of people out there who will do anything to get a discount. We're not judging them, honest. In fact, those penny-pinchers are probably the smartest of them all. Take advantage of it now and offload all those coupons you've clipped and kept.
Here's a fact that should sway you: on eBay alone, the right coupon can be sold for a couple of hundred dollars. So every time you flip through the newspaper or find some at the bottom of the junk mail, collect it all and see if you can find a buyer. Not everything will sell, of course, but that's life. But for a few minutes of your time each day, you can help out the bargain freaks and line your pockets at the same time.
41. Find Virtual Odd Jobs on TaskRabbit
Oh happy days. They've finally cottoned on to the fact that no-one really likes doing menial tasks and odd jobs. Better yet, they've found a way to let you profit from it - big time. There's a couple of apps out there, including AirTasker and TaskRabbit, that connect odd-job-haters with sweet-cash-lovers. The result is a beautiful marriage of people paying other people to do the tasks for them.
The jobs are as varied as life itself. Things like bookkeeping, picking up drive-thru, and cleaning a car can all be completed by you, and all you need is the time and the energy. Through trusted transaction systems you can be guaranteed payment, and with some of the apps imposing a minimum job fee, you can be sure that whatever you do will be worth your while. I mean, you were going to do some ironing anyway, right?
42. Open a Netspend Account For a Free $20
Getting a new debit card is always a little bit dangerous. Once it arrives, the world of internet goodies is yours for the taking. A quick Amazon shop here, a couple of t-shirts there, and all of a sudden you're broke again. That is, of course, unless you sign up with a Netspend card. It's probably the world's first debit card that will actually make you money.
Here's how to collect your free $20. When you sign up with Netspend, you'll need to enter the promo code "1180516423". Got that? From there it's simple. They'll send you your new Visa debit card in the mail, then you'll have to load it up with an initial $40. Once that's done, the $20 is yours and your balance will jump to $60. Then, run straight off to the ATM. Happy spending!
43. Make Money Test Driving Cars
Okay, we swear this is the last time we'll mention being a mystery shopper. After this, we're done. If you still don't want the best job in the world, we're not going to twist your arm. To be totally honest, it means there's more awesome work for us. But just before we shut up about it, we just want to whisper six sweet words: get paid to test drive cars.
It's great money, too - up to $60 for each visit to a dealership. Take a look at companies like BestMark for more details, and get driving. Of course, you'll have to wriggle out of the salesperson's slick shtick, but if you've got firm resolve and a spy wig, it's well worth it. Imagine screaming around the neighborhood in a Maserati, throwing fistfuls of bills at your pedestrian friends. That could be your life.
44. Sell Your Friendship
Money can't buy happiness, they say. We think that's debatable, but we have discovered one thing it can buy: friends. Yep, on RentAFriend.com, you can find people to be your pal for a fee. And even better, you can get paid to be someone else's pal. Weddings, parties, you name it. There's someone out there who needs your sparkling wit and firm hug, and will pay you top dollar to get it.
Before you start calling the whole enterprise a bit sad, just think about all the people out there who struggle to meet people in new and unfamiliar places, or struggle to find a friend who really suits their personality. And you're there, all the time in the world for laughs, movies, and burgers, reliable and caring and happy to accept up to $50 an hour to be a shoulder to cry on. It's a beautiful match. It brings a tear to our world-weary eyes.
45. Get Paid to Wear T-Shirts
More and more each day, we get to choose if and how we consume advertising. We're switching off our TV sets and streaming shows, and throwing out the magazines and newspapers. Now, the advertisers are getting desperate. They'll do anything these days to promote their businesses, and you can take big advantage of it.
You'll have to get creative, of course. Find out a way that you can advertise a business, and then approach companies to see if they'll bite. For four years, Jason Zook made big money wearing businesses' t-shirts, selling his time and torso through his IWearYourShirt website. You could rent out ad space on your car to your local sandwich shop, or get the Apple logo tattooed on your forehead. No doubt you've already had plenty of similar ideas - now's the time to turn them into cash.
46. Sell Your Junk Mail
Finally, there's a reason why you keep forgetting to put that "No Junk Mail" sticker on your letterbox. With some digging we've found the nicest company of them all, SBK Center, who will pay you superdollars just for your junk mail. And not just the piles of leaflets and brochures that are mounting up in your recycling bin. They'll buy your spam email, too.
We don't actually want to know what they do with it. Send it to the moon, shred it and use it for packing material, write postmodern poetry with it, we don't care in the slightest. All we care is that we send it off and they send us back shiny new prepaid Visa cards. No waste, no fuss. If only all companies were as helpful in removing the annoyances from our lives.
47. Sell Jellyfish
You know what you can do with that spare jellyfish you have lying around? Make a few hundred dollars off it. Just joking - no-one has a spare jellyfish. They're having too much fun with the one they've got to bear parting with it. Bizarrely, though, it's a real business idea, and it's one that has netted (hah!) one man a lot of money.
His site, JellyfishArt.com, sells jellyfish and tank combos for upwards of $300. But we think the jellyfish business needs a bit of stiff (or gelatinous, really) competition. With a few hundred of your own, you can start up something just like it and hop on board the profit train. Exotic pets will always be popular, so if you find some alluring - and legal - species and advertise around a bit, you'll find a taker in two shakes of a tentacle. Just don't try it with sharks - the shipping prices are prohibitive.
48. Flip a Freebie
As a business, finding bargains and selling them on for profit has been around since the dawn of man. The internet has made the game a whole lot easier, though. Now, using Craigslist, Facebook, eBay and more, you can pick up all kinds of goodies and pass them on for a quick buck, all without leaving the house.
Start off with the free section in Craigslist, or the classifieds for your area, and grab whatever you can. There's a market for everything if it's reasonably priced, and as long as you have a bit of space to keep it for a while, all of it'll sell eventually. If you do decide to leave the house, keep an eye out for yard sales and curbside trash pickups. You never know what gems you'll unearth.
49. Earn Up to $60/Hour as a Part-Time Bookkeeper
Handling someone else's finances can be depressing at the best of times. Either they're filthy rich and it gets rubbed in your face, or they're close to bankruptcy and you feel sorry for them. But if you get work as a stay-at-home bookkeeper, the crazy $60 an hour wage and perfect office environment might take the sting off things.
Qualifications and requirements are fairly relaxed. You don't have to be a CPA to do virtual bookkeeping, and nor do you have to have hands-on experience in the industry. It does help to have a mind for numbers, good computer skills, and an eagle eye, but those can be honed on the job. Apart from that, almost anyone can do it and make it lucrative. Pretty soon, you'll have to pay your own bookkeeper.
50. Watch More Television
Know-it-alls and current-TV-affairs trivia buffs, take note: you can finally get compensated for all that useless information you've squirrelled away. Instead of annoying your friends, you should get in with RewardTV, a firm that gives you money for answering questions about the latest TV shows.
If you spend most nights on the couch, yelling answers at quiz shows, then signing up with RewardTV could be, well, rewarding. If you don't, then just Google the answers and you can profit anyway. With a few minutes a week you'll be looking at an extra $20 per month in pocket money. It's not a massive amount, but when it comes to cash there's one motto: every bit helps.
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It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
Supatra Sasuphan: World's Hairiest Girl
Her nicknames may include "wolf girl" and "monkey face". But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan today insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world's hairiest girl. Although the schoolgirl from Bangkok has faced merciless teasing at school, Supatra says being given a Guinness World Record for her hair has helped her become extremely popular. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in," she said. "All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me."
Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome - caused by a faulty chromosome - to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded "werewolves." She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth. But while most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child.
Jasmine Tridevil: Woman With 3 Breasts
There's really no other way to put this so we're just going to dive in: Meet Jasmine Tridevil. She has three breasts. Tridevil (no that's not her real name, but that's what she wants to go by) is a 21-year-old licensed massage therapist and die-hard Criss Angel fan from Florida who decided to undergo a shocking and controversial $20,000 surgery to add a third breast to her chest.
Tridevil also stated that she's hoping to bank a reality show from this, and has already put the wheels in motion to make something happen. "I was making really good money [being a licensed massage therapist] but now I'm trying to star in a reality show instead. I don't like that job," she shared, and later added, "My whole dream is to get this show on MTV. I hired a camera crew individually, so I'm the producer of this show right now."
Lyudmila Titchenkova: World's Longest Neck
Lyudmila Titchenkova is a 16-year-old living in the city of Nikolaev, Ukraine. After she turned 10, Lyudmila's parents noticed that their daughter's body began developing at an accelerated growth rate. She was taller and had longer arms than other children her age, but of particular concern was the length of her neck and abnormal curvature of her spine.
As it got to the point where Lyudmila began feeling embarrassed to go out because of her appearance, her parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue that can affect many parts of the body, most often the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints and eyes. In Lyudmila's case, the disorder affected the connective tissue in her spine, causing it to curve at an angle of 30 degrees. This seems to be a rather uncommon symptom of the disorder, which usually affect people's arms, legs and fingers. After undergoing corrective surgery and extensive rehabilitation to straighten her spine, Lyudmila can now live normally and says she wants to study for her future without letting herself be affected by her disorder.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel: Girl With Two Heads
Abigail Loraine "Abby" Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins, each of whom has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined. They are highly symmetric for conjoined twins, giving the appearance of having just a single body without marked variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up; each twin has a separate heart, stomach, spine, lungs, and spinal cord.
In conversation, the twins are clearly distinct persons, with distinct likes and dislikes. Their preferences in food, clothing color, etc., differ. Some of their clothes are altered by their seamstress so that they have two separate necklines in order to emphasize their individuality. They will usually have separate meals, but sometimes will share a single meal for the sake of convenience (e.g. each taking a bite of the same hamburger). Abby is better at mathematics, and Brittany is better at writing. For tasks such as responding to email, they type and respond as one, anticipating each other's feelings with little verbal communication between them.
Natasha Veruschka: Sword Swallower
Natasha Veruschka has the world record for most swords swallowed simultaneously by a female. She swallowed 13 swords, each at least 38.1 cm (15 in) long, at the 3rd Annual Sideshow Gathering and Sword Swallowers Convention in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, on 3 September 2004. Natasha was born in India of white russian and british heritage. She has lived, studied, and performed her art around the world and also speaks several different languages.
Natasha now lives in New York City. She is an amazing performer who uses many different types of swords in her act or as she likes to say "Swords On The Menu." The swords on the menu are - "The Red devil" 29 inches long, "The Big Sword" 27 1/2 inches long, "The Bradshaw Sword" 25 inches long, "The Sai Weapons" two 24 inch long eight-sided weapons of steel. Natasha trained with a "Sai Master" in order to use them in her act. Also on the menu is the unbelieveable "Sword Sandwich" where she swallows 13-22 inch long swords simultaneously.
Elaine Davidson: Most Body Piercings
Elaine Davidson is the "Most Pierced Woman" according to the Guinness World Records. Since first receiving a skin piercing in January 1997, Elaine Davidson has been pierced a total of 4,225 times as of 8 June 2006. The former restaurant owner is constantly adding and replacing jewelery, mostly in her face. She enhances her exotic looks with tattoos and brightly coloured make-up, and often wears feathers and streamers in her hair.
She has more piercings in her genitalia than in any other part of the body - 500 in all, externally and internally. The total weight of her internal piercings is estimated to be about 3 kilograms. As of May 2008, Davidson's piercings total 5,920. As of Feb. 2009 her piercings total 6,005. In March 2010, Davidson reported a total of 6,725 piercings. As of March 2012, she has over 9,000. As of may 2016, she has 9,800. She was born in Brazil and is a former nurse. She does not drink or use drugs. She now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jyoti Amge: World's Shortest Woman
Jyoti Amge (born 16 December 1993) is an Indian actress notable for being the world's smallest living woman according to Guinness World Records. Jyoti Amg hails from Nagpur, India. She weighs 11 pounds and stands at 23 inches, according to Guinness World Records. Jyoti Amg has a "form of dwarfism called achondroplasia," Guinness says.
On her fame, Jyoti Amg says, "I don't like it if I am being held like a baby," but that she will let some people and fans pick her up. She also gets "mad when someone annoys me by touching my hair or keeps touching me without permission." "I love acting in this show," she says. "My biggest dream is that I go to Hollywood and become an actress."
Cara Anaya: Chronic Orgasms Disorder
The 30-year-old Arizona mother lives with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), a condition that can leave her feeling sexually aroused for up to six hours a day. "The one day that I decided to count how many orgasms I had in one sitting, I counted 180 in two hours," she told Barcroft TV. "Pretty much, with that type of number, you're having two or three in a minute." Anaya has seen a number of health specialists but has not been able to find treatment.
The condition has created difficulties in her relationship with husband Tony Carlisi, who initially thought she was crazy when he first learned about it. "I would say the most difficult thing is seeing my wife in pain and knowing there's nothing I can do to help her," he said. As a result of the condition, Cara has to avoid being out in public or open spaces like parks. She said: "It is ruining my life, because it messes with your head. Your body is running on a high, on an up and down, so it really affects your moods."
Aevin Dugas: World's Largest Afro
The largest afro measures 18.5 cm (7.3 in) high, 19.6 cm (7.7 in) wide and 132.1 cm (4 ft 4 in) in circumference and was achieved by Aevin Dugas, in New Orleans, USA on 4 October 2010. Proud of her record-breaking afro, Aevin Dugas says her hair is inspiring legions of women to ditch chemical straighteners and "go natural". The 37-year-old, whose hair entered the Guinness Book of Records at 4ft 4ins around, says everyone from toddlers to grandmothers are following in her footsteps.
Aevin said: "At one time I strived to get hair that was bone straight and now all I want is it big and poofy". She believes her voluminous hair may have grown even bigger, but she cannot reveal its size until Guinness take an official measurement. "When my hair is stretched out to its complete length and pressed, it goes down to my butt. But I don't wear it like that because it looks weird."
Aimee Mullins: Amputee Athlete
Aimee Mullins (born July 20, 1976 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American athlete, actress, and fashion model who first became famous for her athletic accomplishments. She was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her lower legs. Mullins was born with fibular hemimelia (missing fibula bones) and as a result, had both of her legs amputated below knee when she was one year old. A graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she took up sports and acting at an early stage.
As a young softball player, she once held the youth league record for stolen bases in softball. She also raced in downhill skiing while in high school. While attending Georgetown University on a full academic scholarship to the prestigious School of Foreign Service there, she competed against able-bodied athletes in NCAA Division I track and field events, and is the first amputee in history, male or female, to compete in the NCAA. Honoring her achievement and cultural contribution to sport, Mullins is included as one of the "Greatest Women of the 20th Century" in the Women's Museum in Dallas, Texas.
Julia Gnuse: Most Tattooed Woman
Julia Gnuse, commonly known by the nickname "The Illustrated Lady," born in 1959, has 95% of her body (including her face) covered in tattoos and holds the Guinness Record for being the most tattooed woman in the world. In her mid 30s, Gnuse developed porphyria, a condition in which sunlight results in blistering of the skin. As the blisters often result in scarring, she began getting tattoos as a way to cover up the scars, which can get as deep as third degree burns. A friend of Gnuse's who was a plastic surgeon had suggested she get her skin tattooed in a pale skin tone color, similar to the color of her scars. This was attempted but didn't turn out the way they had hoped.
The tattoos do not prevent the skin from blistering as they are purely aesthetic. Instead she decided to try colorful tattoos, consisting of a variety of themes including: her favorite cartoons, her favorite actors and even a self portrait. Gnuse has appeared on the tv show Ripley's Believe it or Not. She also had a small role in Aerosmith's music video for their song Pink.
Valeria Lukyanova: Real Life Barbie Doll
Valeria Valeryevna Lukyanova is a Moldovan-born Ukrainian model and entertainer, notable for her resemblance to a Barbie doll, with several sources describing her as, among other handles, a "real-life Barbie doll" and "human Barbie". To enhance the effect Lukyanova uses makeup and contact lenses over her naturally green eyes. She has stated that she has had breast implants, but that the rest of her body is completely natural and slender due to daily gym workouts and a special diet.
She asserts that her slender figure is a result of a good diet involving small amounts of raw fish and fresh fruit juice, and a punishing exercise regimen. It's no wonder that Lukyanova has drawn comparisons to Mattel's iconic figurine - but she insists she finds this insulting. Lukyanova does not drink or smoke, and claims that she is working towards a state of being which will be able to survive on no food at all.
Annie Hawkins-Turner: World's Largest Natural Breasts
The largest breasts belongs to Annie Hawkins-Turner (aka Norma Stitz) (USA) who has an under breast measurement of 109.22 cm (43 in) and an around chest-over-nipple measurement of 177.8 cm (70 in). She currently wears a US size 52I bra, the largest made, but by American bra estimation, these measurements would put her in a 48V bra, which is not manufactured.
Annie says that her record-breaking bust began developing at the age of nine "I just started growing, and kept right on. I started wearing a bra when I was in third grade, and it was a regular grown-up woman's bra. I don't remember ever weaing a training bra." Annie was awarded her Guinness World Records title in 2000. "It made me feel like a million bucks. It's such an honour. This will go down in history. It's something I will always cherish."
Emma Morano: World's Oldest Person
Guinness World Records confirmed that Ms. Emma Martina Luigia Morano of Vercelli, Italy, is now the world's Oldest living person. Born on 29 November 1899, Ms. Morano is 116 years old, as of May 2016. Ms. Morano is believed to be the last person living born in the 19th century. Raised in Vercelli, she moved to Verbania on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Italy. She married in 1926 and has lived there, in the same small apartment, ever since. She loves her home, her collection of watches and her big bed.
Emma married in 1926 and gave birth to a child who tragically passed away when he was only 6 months old. It was a loss of unimaginable pain for Emma. Her marriage was not working and in 1938, she took the difficult decision to leave her husband, and did not marry again. Extraordinarily, Emma followed the same diet for around 90 years - three eggs per day (two raw, one cooked), fresh Italian pasta and a dish of raw meat.
Erika Ervin: World's Tallest Model
Erika Ervin known professionally as Amazon Eve, is an American transgender model, fitness trainer, and actress. She has appeared on the cover of Australian magazine Zoo Weekly and played a recurring character on American Horror Story: Freak Show. At 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) tall, news stories have called her "the world's tallest model".
Ervin ventured to obtain roles as an actress but gave up on the idea when she was constantly offered roles as an alien or monster. Later she studied law and exercise physiology. Tired of the office life that she had pursued and unhappy with her weight, she joined a gym but strived for an unrealistic size 0 physique that almost resulted in ending her life. Eventually she developed a healthier body image and began to view herself as a super-sized version of Super Woman and became a personal trainer devoted to instilling realistic expectations for herself and her clients. She tours the world participating in height comparison photo shoots and regular modeling jobs and posts her tour on her website.
Becca Meyers: Athlete Born Deaf
Becca Meyers, 20, who attends Franklin & Marshall, was born deaf and was diagnosed with Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes gradual balance and vision loss. She broke a world record in swimming and won the ESPY Award for the Best Female Athlete with a Disability. In 2014, Meyers set two world records (400 freestyle and 200 IM) and earned six medals (four gold, two silver) at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.
"It's amazing how being nominated and winning for Paralympics brings a lot of awareness to the sport [of swimming]," she said. "That's one of the reasons I do this is to raise awareness and give back. If you asked me five years ago, I wouldn't have believed I'd be in this position [to win an ESPY and give back]. It's a roller coaster and I'm still on the ride enjoying it."
Mikel Ruffinelli: World's Largest Hips
Mikel Ruffinelli (born 1972) is an American woman who currently holds the record of widest hips in the world, according to the World Record Academy. Her weight is more than 420 pounds (190 kg) and her hips measures an unusual 8 feet (2.4 m) in circumference, although her waist is only 3 feet 4 inches (102 cm). She is 5 feet 4 inches tall.
Mikel was a normal-sized young woman and in her early 20s weighed an above average 180 pounds. But at 22, she put on 56 pounds after having first child Andrew. After daughters Destynee, Autumn, and Justyce, followed, her weight and hips ballooned further. She eats an average 5,000 calories a day. Possibly this extraordinary fat tissue accumulation turns out to be an advanced stage of a medical condition called Lipedema.
Aneta Florczyk: World's Strongest Woman
Aneta Florczyk began her strength sports career when she was young. At 16 years old she began competing in powerlifting, where she quickly found success. At 19 years old she was the junior Polish champion in the bench press. She repeated this feat again at 23, as well as becoming the junior European record holder in the deadlift. She found further success winning gold in the Polish Cup and getting the Polish record in the 82.5kg class with a total of over 500kg. She has deadlifted 250kg (550lb) for a single repetition and 220kg (485lb) for 6 reps.
Here she transitioned from the world of powerlifting to strongwoman, where her greatest victories would be found. She first competed in strongwoman in 2002. Shortly afterwards she entered the 2003 World's Strongest Woman competition and shockingly took first place. She won 3 more times consecutively in 2005, 2006 and 2008 (the competition was unfortunately not held in 2004, 2007, 2009 or 2010) to total 4 World's Strongest Woman records.
Ann and Claire Recht: World's Tallest Twins
Identical twins Ann and Claire Recht born in the United States of America on February 9th 1988, were measured both horizontally and vertically, three times during 10 January 2007 in Oregon, USA and found to have an average overall height of 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) and 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) respectively. They hold the Guinness World Record for Tallest Female Twins . The American twin sisters are volleyball players.
Claire and Ann measured 22 inches at birth, and as toddlers their pediatrician predicted they'd grow well past 6 feet. They were a head taller than preschool classmates. By midway through elementary school, they were complaining about the lack of "fun colors" in their women's-size shoes and looking their teacher in the eye. Soon, adults told them they looked too old for trick-or-treating. By middle school, they were struggling to find khakis for their school uniforms.
Berliner Kobke: Ultra Small Waist
Berliner Michele Kobke, 24, has worn a corset continuously for three years, dropping nine inches off her waistline in her quest for a slim, hourglass figure. Kobke tells the Daily News she started with a waist of about 25 inches. Her three years of wearing a corset, which she wears eating, sleeping and even swimming, has left her with a 16- or 17- inch waist. "My dream waist is 15 inches," she said.
Even as she closes in on her "dream" waist, Kobke admits there are health concerns with such a passion. A doctor already diagnosed her with some muscle atrophy from wearing the fashion piece 24 hours a day. But aside even from the medical risks, Kobke has had a falling out with family members, who disagree with the extreme measures she takes for beauty.
Asha Zulu Mandela: World's Longest Dreadlocks
50-year-old Asha Zulu Mandela started growing her lovely dreadlocks 25 years ago, after moving from Trinidad Tobago to New York. Today she is known as "The Black Rapunzel" and holds the record for the world's longest locks, which measure 19 feet, 6 inches long. Eight years after she started growing her locks, Asha had a series of medical problems, including 13 surgeries, two mild heart-attacks and two mild strokes, so she spent 14 years in and out of hospitals.
Asha says that after 25 years of growing her hair naturally, cutting it would be like taking away her life. Still, her pride and joy can be a little problematic at times. She uses six bottles of shampoo at a time, and the hair needs to days to dry. When wet, the locks weigh 25 pounds, which puts an extra strain on her neck. Doctors have told her she has a curvature of the spine, most likely caused by the extra weight of her incredibly-long hair.
Charity Pierce: World's Fattest Woman
An Iowa mother who weighs 765lb is trying to get on a reality TV show because she believes it is the only way to save her life. Charity Pierce finds moving around so difficult that she is almost house bound, but doctors near her Cedar Rapids home say she must slim down to 500lb before they can give her a gastric band. Because Ms Pierce, who is the fattest woman in the world, has developed a medical condition called lymphedema, which has caused a huge swelling on her left leg, she no longer fits easily into a regular car.
"The one thing that's going to save my life is gastric bypass. But I'm a single mother on disability with no one to count on besides myself," she added. She hopes to be able to lose enough weight to be able to watch her daughter grow up, and also so she can have a dream wedding to her 22-year-old boyfriend, Tony Sauer.
Mandy Sellars: World's Biggest Legs
Mandy Sellars (born 20 February 1975 in Lancashire, United Kingdom) is a woman with a rare genetic mutation that has resulted in extraordinary growth in both of her legs. In 2006, some doctors diagnosed Sellars as having Proteus syndrome, a very rare condition thought to afflict only 120 people worldwide, but Sellars herself has disputed the diagnosis. Sellars' condition has been covered in several television programs, leading Sellars to jokingly describe herself as a "part-time TV star".
Sellars was born with abnormally large and misshapen legs and feet, which continued to grow at a disproportionate rate. Doctors were unable to provide a diagnosis for many years, until some doctors decided on Proteus syndrome in May 2006, though Sellar's condition is atypical in many respects. The most famous person with Proteus syndrome may be Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man". There is no known cure.
Kristina Rei: World's Biggest Lips
A woman desperate to look like Jessica Rabbit has won the dubious honour of being in possession of the world's biggest lips after having 100 silicone injections. Kristina Rei, 22, was convinced her thin lips made her ugly so she opted to have them enlarged in the style of her favorite cartoon character, at a cost of more than £4,000. She said: "I think I look fantastic and it makes me happy. Sometimes strangers shout names at me in the street - like big lips - but I don't care. "
At school Kristina was bullied because of her looks. She said: "My classmates called me "ugly". They didn't tease me because of my lips specifically - but I believed big, full lips would make me beautiful. My big lips have helped boost my confidence. Even my parents are happy for me. They really don't care about my appearance. Some of my friends have told me I shouldn't go any bigger but I'm not satisfied yet."
Lizzie Velasquez: World's Skinniest Woman
Elizabeth Ann "Lizzie" Velásquez is an American motivational speaker and author. She has a rare congenital disease which, among other symptoms, impedes her from accumulating body fat. This condition resulted in bullying during her childhood and early youth and ultimately inspired her to take up motivational speaking. She has gained many supporters and speaks out against bullying. Lizzie was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome by the Baylor College of Medicine.
Velásquez has zero percent body fat and is medically unable to gain weight. She has never weighed more than 29 kg (64 pounds), and is required to eat many small meals and snacks throughout the day. Additionally, she is blind in her right eye, which began to cloud over when she was four years of age, and vision-impaired in her left eye. Ever since Lizzie was dubbed the "World's Ugliest Woman" in a video posted on YouTube, Lizzie has spoken out against bullying. She has spoken at TED, where she talked about the topic of "How Do YOU Define Yourself" and has garnered 40 million views on her YouTube Channel. Lizzie is known for her optimism.
Xie Qiuping: World's Longest Hair
The world's longest documented hair belongs to Xie Qiuping (China) at 5.627 m (18 ft 5.54 in) when measured on 8 May 2004. She has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13 and now she needs an assistant to carry her crowning glory, as it's too long for her to manage alone.
Xie has been growing her hair out since she was a child. She says that her last haircut was in 1973. "It's no trouble at all. I'm used to it. But you need patience and you need to hold yourself straight when you have hair like this," she said. While Xie has a strong lock on the title of world's longest hair, there is a challenger, Cheng Shiqiong, who has been growing out her hair since 1996. But Ms. Qiuping doesn't need to be worried - Cheng's hair is only half the length of hers, at nearly 8 feet long.
Svetlana Pankratova: World's Longest Legs
Svetlana Pankratova (born April 29, 1971) has, according to Guinness World Records, the longest legs of any woman in the world. While she is not the world's tallest woman, her legs are 132 centimeters long. Because her upper body is of much more typical dimensions, she is 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) tall. She has also very large feet, size 13 (US) / 46 (EU).
Pankratova was born in Volgograd, Russian SFSR, USSR. She played women's basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA, from 1992 to 1995. She was an impact player, setting two school records which are still unbroken. Along with her native Russian, Pankratova speaks English and some Spanish. She lived in Torremolinos, Spain. On March 11, 2013 it was reported that Pankratova returned to Virginia after marrying local resident Jack Gosnell. She accepted a position as an assistant coach for the George Mason High girls' basketball team.
Emily Schlenker: World's Widest Tongue
The widest female tongue measures 7.33 cm (2.89 in) at its widest point and belongs to Emily Schlenker, as measured in Syracuse, New York, USA, on 2 November 2014. The record holder for the widest tongue (male) is Emily's dad Byron Schlenker. Amazingly Byron and Emily discovered their tonguey talents quite by accident, when Emily took a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records out of the library for a school project, and Byron instinctively turned to the page featuring the man who at that time held the record for world's widest tongue.
But while dad has been happy to embrace the celebrity, 14-year-old Emily was initially less keen to enter the limelight. She explained: "I had to think about submitting for the record for a while, but after seeing how much fun my dad has had with it, I decided I would do it." She went on: "After all, how many people have an opportunity to be in the Guinness Book of World Records?"
Edith Connor: World's Oldest Bodybuilder
The oldest competitive female bodybuilder is Edish Wilma Conner (USA, born 09 May 1935). She last competed in the 2011 NPC Armbrust Pro Gym Warrior Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Loveland, Colorado, USA, on 20 August 2011. She entered her first bodybuilding competition (the Grand Masters in Las Vegas) on her 65th birthday, winning first place. She is also a personal trainer. She exercises at least three times a week and does not diet.
She began fitness training with her youngest son, taking it out "on the weights instead of the employees." She's 77 now, and though she is recovering from shoulder surgery, started lifting again in April, and plans to compete in the future, though not this year. Connor is also a certified personal trainer, specializing in "the mature body." Her clients are all over fifty. She sounds like exactly the kind of person who could get you motivated about getting into shape.
Adrianne Lewis: Excessively Long Tongue
Adrianne Lewis, 18, thinks she may have the world's longest tongue. The Michigan native's tongue is 4 inches long and can reach her eye. Although she has not been officially judged, Lewis believes she has what it takes to break the Guinness World Record. Lewis created a YouTube channel two years ago and since then her long licker has gone viral with thousands of people tuning in to watch her roll and twist her extraordinarily long tongue.
Lewis' tongue will appear in Ripley's Believe It or Not's annual book due out in May 2016, Edward Meyer, vice president of exhibits for Ripley's, told USA TODAY Network. "She's certainly not the first long tongue story we've ever done, but it's definitely a 'believe it or not,' " he said. "As an editor, I see that kind of story and it brings a smile to my face and I want the world to know about it."
Maria Jose Cristerna: Most Body Modifications
Most body modifications on a female is held by Maria Jose Cristerna (Mexico) who has a total of 49 body modifications, including significant tattoo coverage, a range of transdermal implants on her forehead, chest and arms, and multiple piercings in her eyebrows, lips, nose, tongue, ear lobes, belly button and nipples. Maria Cristerna is also referred to as "The Mexican Vampire lady." She had dental work to make her look like she has fangs and even has titanium horns inserted into her head making her the scariest looking woman ever.
The The 35-year-old mother-of-four gives talks to women suffering from domestic abuse. "At first people were interested in my looks because it was cool, because it attracts attention and because it's something different," Cristerna is quoted as saying in a Sky News article. "But I see it as something good among all the bad, because I'm giving a message. I won't be able to change the thinking of the entire world, but I'm always there to help the people that need it."
Jessica Long: Amputee Athlete
Jessica Tatiana Long (born February 29, 1992) is a Russian-born United States Paralympic swimmer from Baltimore, Maryland competing in S8 and SB7 category events. She has held world records in several events in her class and has won multiple gold medals over three Summer Paralympics. Long entered the international stage at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, winning three gold medals in swimming. Aged twelve at the time, she was the youngest competitor on the U.S. Paralympic Team. One of her gold medals was the 100-meter freestyle.
Long was born Tatiana Olegovna Kirillova in Bratsk, Siberia and adopted at the age of 13 months. Because of fibular hemimelia, her lower legs were amputated when she was 18 months old. She learned to walk with prostheses. Long has been involved in many sports including gymnastics, cheerleading, ice skating, biking, trampoline, and rock climbing. She began swimming in her grandparents' pool before joining her first competitive team in 2002. The next year, Long was selected as Maryland Swimming's 2003 Female Swimmer of the Year with a Disability.
Cindy Jackson: Most Cosmetic Procedures
Cindy Jackson, born in 1956 in Hazard, Kentucky, United States is an American plastic surgery pioneer and best-selling author and television personality. In 2000 she was listed in the Guinness World record book for having had more cosmetic surgery procedures than anyone else. Since 1987 she has spent over $100,000 on 47 cosmetic procedures and has had 14 full scale operations including facelifts, two nose operations, eye lifts, knee, waist, abdomen and thigh liposuction, jaw surgery, lip and cheek implants, chemical peels and dozens of non-surgical procedures.
Jackson, 55, grew up in small town Ohio, with a short-tempered father and low self-esteem. She recalled a comment someone made to her when she was young: "One guy said when I was 14, 'You know Cindy, when you smile, from the side your nose and chin almost meet.'" She said: "It was like being in the wrong body and wrong face and I felt that very much and wanted to change it." When her father died, he left her some money, and she used it to start her transformation. She says she's been careful to take it slow, but also said she just wants to look beautiful and young. "I feel like a young spirit and I don't want to look in the mirror and see and old face. I feel this is me," she said. "This is the way I should look."
Christine Walton: World's Longest Fingernails
The longest fingernails in the world today belong to Christine Walton from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Originally measured as the new record holder in February 2011, Walton's nails at that time measured a combined 6.019 m (19 ft 1 in). After getting measured again in 2013, Walton's nails had grown to a combined 7.314 m (23 ft 11 in). The 45 year-old, who is also a talented singer going by the stage name "The Dutchess," hasn't cut her fingernails since 1990.
"I never made a conscious decision to grow the nails, but with all my children and the music commitments I guess it was easier to let the nails grow. Then one day I look down and they're like 9 inches long!" Walton insists the nails don't prevent her from living a normal life; she can still braid hair, cook and drive. To add some perspective, the length of The Dutchess' fingernails are the equivalent of: One killer whale, two mini coopers, five average adult arm spans, a president's nose on Mount Rushmore, the entire length of the average 12-year-old boy's intestines.
Sarah Paddy Jones: World's Oldest Acrobatic Salsa Dancer
The oldest female acrobatic salsa dancer is Sarah Paddy Jones (UK, born 1 July 1934) who won the first prize on the Spanish TV talent show "Tu Si Que Vales" in December 2009. Paddy was born in Stourbridge, England. She started dancing classical dance when she was 2 years old and at the age of fifteen began taking classes in more disciplines. However, she left dancing at the age of 22 when she married her husband, David. They moved to Gandia, Spain in 2001 when her husband retired, but David died of leukaemia just two years later.
After the death of her husband, Paddy decided to take flamenco classes at Nicolás "Nico" Espinosa's academy of dance, where she learned to dance salsa and formed the salsa dancing duo "Son del Timbal" with Nico (who is 40 years younger than her). In 2014, Paddy and Nico competed in the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent, where they finished ninth overall.
Karol Meyer: Breath Holder
The longest time to hold the breath underwater is 18 min 32.59 sec and was achieved by Karoline Mariechen Meyer (Brazil) at the Racer Academy swimming pool in Florianopolis, Brazil, on 10 July 2009. Karoline is a professional freediver who trained for four months to try and break the record. Prior to the attempt she inhaled oxygen for 24 minutes.
Meyer began diving during childhood. She became a competitive freediver in 1998. She has gone on to hold 8 world records, 2 Pan-American Records, 30 South American records, and 6 national records. She has also won several international competitions representing Brazil. Besides freediving, Meyer contributes toward fundraising for needy communities, public schools. She supports programmes against child labour, and advocated for children who live in front of the sea and have parents whose income depends directly on the sea.
Rumeysa Gelgi: World's Tallest Teenager
Guinness World Records presented Rumeysa Gelgi with the record title of Tallest Female Teenager in the world. The 17-year-old, who has a standing height of 213.6 cm (7ft 0.09 in), received the award in a special presentation in her hometown of Safranbolu, Karabük, in Turkey. Rumeysa is currently in the 11th grade at high school and lives at home with her parents and older siblings - who are all normal height.
Guinness World Records Official Seyda Subasi-Gemici said: "Guinness World Records celebrates diversity and recognises extraordinary people all over the world. Rumeysa Gelgi has shown tremendous courage in the way that she has dealt with her condition, and it is an honour to meet and award her with the record title of Tallest Teenager." Medical experts believe that Rumeysa's condition is caused by Weaver's syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes rapid growth. In addition to her exceptional height, Rumeysa's hands measure 24.5 cm and feet 30.5 cm.
Vivian Wheeler: World's Longest Beard
With the longest hair in her beard measuring 11 inches - 27.9 cm., Vivian Wheeler of Illinois is blessed with having the longest beard for a female. Her father insisted she start shaving at the age of 7, but since 1993 Vivian Wheeler has not, letting her beard grow. She said "I am in the Guinness Book of World Records and people tell me I am famous, that it's a history book but it doesn't comprehend in my head. I hope it never does because I don't want to be that kind of person that they think I could be or should be."
Wheeler has a medical condition called hermaphroditism. Meaning, she is 50 percent male and 50 percent female. She said she was born with facial hair but when she was about five that facial hair began to grow darker. When that happened, her father couldn't even look at her and sold her into a life on the road with the Ringling Brother's Circus. It's a life she said may seem bizarre to others but one that has a special purpose.
Duangjay Samaksamam: World's Largest Hands
Doctors believe that this woman has the "World's biggest hands" since each of her arms weighs 21 pounds. Duangjay Samaksamam is a shop owner from Surin province in Thailand. For over 50 years, she has suffered from a very painful and rare condition that has her limbs permanently swollen. She says that moving is painful for her even when handling simple tasks. "My hands are so heavy I can barely lift them to comb or shampoo my hair, it's very difficult. Getting dressed is also very difficult and painful," she says.
The 59-year-old was embarrassed by her condition and spent her first 20 years as a recluse. She was ashamed of her look and never even went to school. Circumstances forced her to stop hiding so that she could earn a living and take care of her parents. She took over the running of her family's grocery shop. Medics around the world have a keen interest in her and many of them have attempted to reduce the swelling through surgery. None to date however has succeeded. "Some doctors said the only solution was to cut off my hands if I wished to walk around freely. But I don't want to do that," she says.
Tatyana McFadden: Wheelchair Racer
Wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville was named Paralympic Female Athlete of the Year. McFadden captured her third straight marathon grand slam, won her first marathon world title and set three T54 world records this year. McFadden broke the New York City Marathon's women's wheelchair course record by 7 minutes, 20 seconds with a time of 1 hour, 43 minutes, 4 seconds.
McFadden was born in Leningrad, then Soviet Union, on 21 April 1989. She was born with spina bifida, a congenital disorder that paralyzed her from the waist down. After her birth mother abandoned her in an orphanage that was too poor to afford a wheelchair for her, she walked on her hands for the first six years of her life. The doctors told her she was so sick that she had very little time to live. While in the orphanage, she met Deborah McFadden, who was visiting Russia as a commissioner of disabilities for the U.S. Health Department. Deborah, a single mother, adopted Tatyana and took her to live in Baltimore.