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The former include being a Field Test Analyst for REI (No. 9 Recreational Equipment, Inc.). Adam Hockey, who gets to wilderness-test the company's sleek gear, including ski and climbing equipment, calls his job "supercool." And this time of year, it certainly must be.

Not so cool is the Duck Guy's job at insurer Aflac (No, 57). A quacking duck appears in the company's commercials, and six real live ducks inhabit the company's campus in Columbus Georgia. It's the job of security guard Bill Zimmerman to look after them. He feeds them, waters them, and puts them to bed at night. He cleans their pens. "It's like caring for a kid," he tells Fortune. "That's what I call them is my kids. If I have to leave Aflac for any reason, hopefully they'd let me take one of the ducks with me."

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