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People Are Calling Out How Folks React When They Explain Their Jobs

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Oct. 11 2018, Updated 4:06 p.m. ET

Have you ever told someone what you do for a living and discovered they have a lot of crazy ideas about your work flow? A lot of jobs seem straightforward, but if you haven't done them, you probably shouldn't assume you know what they're like. 

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This long Twitter chain shows that most of the world is determined to be oblivious, and drag us all with them. It's kind of a nesting doll of rude things to say to someone after they open up to you. First people share what they do for a job, then they get the most common response. Like comedian Josh Gondelman, who indicates that when he tells people he's professionally funny, they try to make him laugh. With racism!

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On the scale of annoying things, that's pretty bad. But lots of people's had stories about ways people annoy them, or hit them up for free labor.

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It helps if you don't have a job anyone understands.

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Unless them not understanding is the problem.

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What is the difference between a restaurant critic and a food writer??

Lots of people have work advice for the industry they don't understand.

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Or think it's like what they've seen in films.

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Or mistake their opinions for your opinions.

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Even about things you literally have a degree in.

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Some people actually do want your opinions, which is refreshing, but can you really give them the answers they seek?

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Especially if they're confusing you for someone else.

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This particular story about having a PhD in pornography is actually a bit outside of most people's experience, actually.

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But the chain started with this chemist, who tries to make their job more relatable by comparing themselves to the most famous chemist on TV:

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Honestly, if you have a character n TV who you can compare yourself to, it's a mixed blessing. 

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Everyone will (again) assume you live a much more glamorous life than you do, which is frustrating, but it also makes things a bit easier to explain.

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