CNN host Mike Rowe turned to online community forum Reddit Thursday to host an "ask me anything" session — and revealed the one job he called the "absolute worst" in terms of "physical discomfort."
The comment came in response to an individual who asked "which dirty job was the hardest" both "physically and mentally."
"In general, any day that begins with a man handing you a sledgehammer and concludes with the same man taking the sledgehammer away 12 hours later is going to be a difficult day," Rowe wrote. "Toward that end, I could tell you stories about railroad workers, gandy-dancers, marble miners, or a variety of specialized construction jobs."
"However, the absolute worst in terms of physical discomfort combined with soul-deadening ennui involves the cleaning of the drum on a cement mixer," he continued. "No one really thinks about it, but these trucks are in constant use."
"And every time the drum spins, a thin layer of cement hardens in the interior. So by the end of the day, the inside of the drum on a cement mixer is essentially solid," Rowe added. "So the job in question requires a man to wedge himself inside with a pneumatic jackhammer."
[sharequote align="right"]"NONE of it makes a damn bit of difference ... that job hurts on every level." [/sharequote]
The former "Dirty Jobs" host continued describing the various things that make the job so difficult.
"The sound is indescribable. And the claustrophobia is off the charts. Essentially, you lay there on your back directing the jackhammer over your head and all around you. You wear ear protection, a respirator, and goggles," Rowe wrote.
"But NONE of it makes a damn bit of difference," he concluded. "Because that job hurts on every level."
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