This guys job is to walk on a mattress. No, seriously. His name is Reuben Reynoso and he's a professional mattress walker. This is apparently the important, final step in making a mattress. I am not joking.
If you watch the video of Reynoso walking above, you wouldn't be crazy to think that anyone could do that job. Sure Reynoso looks like a well-built walking machine with powerful footwork and solid weight-to-body distribution but... it's walking on a bed. There's a science to it though! Well, sort of. Reynoso says:
"It's work. It's not for everybody. There is a right way and a wrong way to do it."
So I guess it's not exactly a science. But still, there's a purpose. Reynoso needs to walk on a mattress to "expertly compress no fewer than 28 layers of fluffy cotton batting while seeking to detect tiny lumps or other imperfections."
The mattresses aren't your run of the mill springs either, they're handmade at the McRoskey mattress factory in San Francisco and retail for about $2750. The walking on the mattress needs to be precise to make the cotton batting perfectly compressed but still fluffy and most importantly without any lumps. What a gig. Read more about the mattress making and walking process here. [Arbroath via Neatorama]