6 Strange Ways to Make Money Online

Who needs a part-time job when you can get paid for seeking out smut, selling your hair, or sending text messages?

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Sending Text Messages

Are you an obsessive texter? You might just be able to get paid for it.

You've probably heard of ChaCha, the service that lets you text in any question and get an answer back in minutes. But you might not know you could be the one on the other end, receiving all sorts of questions and tapping back responses.

ChaCha guides, as they're called, sign in to answer questions anytime they like, for as long as they like. They get paid between 10 and 20 cents per question. It may not seem like a lot, but if you're quick enough, it can be a painless way to put extra bills in your back pocket while you're sitting around at home.

"I do it whenever I want, on the spur of the moment," says Donna Tinus, a mother of three who works as a ChaCha guide in her spare time. "I might just work for half an hour while I'm watching a show, or sometimes I'll put a couple solid hours into it here and there."

Tinus estimates she spends around 20 to 30 hours a week doing the ChaCha cha-cha. From that, she earns enough to cover all the groceries for her family of five.

"You couldn't make a living out of it, but it's very good for someone who's a mother or a college student and wants to make some extra money," she says.

So, the big question: What kind of questions does a ChaCha guide really get? Tinus says there's plenty of what you would expect -- sex, sex, and a little more sex -- but there are also always entertaining surprises.

Some of the stranger questions Tinus says she's received:

How many hamsters would it take to get to the moon? Does Luke Skywalker wear tighty-whities or boxers? What is the best way to get my cat out of my dryer hose? How many golf balls fit in a car? Hang on a sec -- is it just me, or do these sound eerily similar to those crazy Google interview questions?

Um, Larry? Sergey? Someone has some explaining to do.

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