Who in the World is Mike Barz?

ByABC News via logo
November 7, 2005, 7:31 AM

Nov. 10, 2005 — -- Clue No. 1: I work on an assembly line but I never need a lunch break.

Clue No. 2: If I do my job well, your satisfaction is in the bag.

Mike Barz can tell you! All this week, "GMA" features correspondent Mike Barz travels around the country to check out unusual jobs. On Friday, Barz worked as a potato chip inspector at Cape Cod Potato Chips, under the guidance of Cindy Pina. As an inspector, Barz checked for defects such as clusters (chips stuck together), chips that are burned and anything that makes for an unhappy chip.

Who has clients that work for peanuts?

Who files as part of their job, but not at an office?

Mike Barz can tell you! On Thursday, Mike Barz was working as an elephant pedicurist at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Auburn Hills, Mich. He was guided by Mike Hayward, who works full time as the elephants' pedicurist.

Elephants' nails grow just as fast as humans' do. Keeping an elephant's nails clean and trimmed is serious business -- if the nails aren't well-kept, it can lead to infection, which could lead to death.

Using a huge file, Barz filed the toenails of Bonnie, a 6,000-pound, 11-year-old elephant.

Who works with over 500 horses but isn't a cowboy?

What job lasts just four seconds?

On Wednesday, Barz was working as a Corvette test car driver in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Barz got a chance to test the fastest Corvette ever made, the Z06, and his passenger was Rich Quinn, the development engineer of the ultimate Corvette.

What job involves giant teeth and working with someone who weighs 5,000 pounds?

On Tuesday Barz was at SeaWorld in San Diego filling in as a whale trainer.

Barz got some tips from Robbin Sheets, the assistant curator at SeaWorld. Sheets said the whales and the trainers forge a relationship built on trust and respect. Some trainers have psychology degrees along with marine biology degrees.

Barz bonded with his whale, Kalia, brushing its 60 teeth and administering a maritime version of a "one-a-day" vitamin -- a vitamin-stuffed fish.

Who can make up to $100,000 a year on a golf course and never lift a golf club?

Who needs a diving mask to make a living on the fairway?

On Monday, Barz was at Falcon's Fire golf course in Orlando, Fla., working as a golf ball diver.

Professional golf bar diver Jeffrey Bleim was showing Barz the ropes. Bleim has found bikes, bowling balls and even guns while searching for lost balls.

Here are some more interesting facts you may not have known about men and women who dive for golf balls for a living: