31 Days of Happiness Countdown: this guy's awesome job blowing up snow. (Day 4)

Hello and welcome to Day 4 of Upworthy's 31 Days of Happiness Countdown! Each day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, we're sharing stories we hope will bring joy, smiles, and laughter into our lives and yours. It's been a challenging year for a lot of us, so why not end it on a high note with a bit of happiness? Check back tomorrow for another installment!

The weird, invisible jobs that help keep society moving are fascinating. If you sat me down in front of a TV and told me I was going to watch a show about professional duck wranglers or fortune cookie writers, I'd tell you to go make popcorn. How do you get this kind of job? What is their day like? What do they talk about at the fortune cookie-writing watercooler? I want to know.


This video from The Seattle Times is like the epitome of that fascination. It's  a profile of John Stimberis, a Department of Transportation worker whose job is to help keep drivers safe by purposefully triggering avalanches with explosives.

Wait — how does that keep drivers safe, again? You'll just have to check it out.

Even if you already knew there were professional snow-bombing-avalanche-makers, the interview and details (like his little bike!) are so delightful. And there's something so fascinating, so calming, and so amazing about watching the snow go BOOM.

More days of happiness here: DAY 1 / DAY 2 / DAY 3 / [DAY 4] / DAY 5 / DAY 6 / DAY 7 / DAY 8 / DAY 9 / DAY 10 / DAY 11 / DAY 12 / DAY 13 / DAY 14 / DAY 15 / DAY 16 / DAY 17 / DAY 18 / DAY 19 / DAY 20 / DAY 21 / DAY 22 / DAY 23 / DAY 24 / DAY 25 / DAY 26 / DAY 27 / DAY 28 / DAY 29 / DAY 30 / DAY 31
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