I'm not sure anyone wants to be considered "creepy." It's all downside. Other seemingly negative classifications, like "crazy" or "self-centered" or "ugly" at least have positive spins. ("entertaining," "confident," and "unique looking," respectively.) Not creepy. There's no upside.
So, as both a rubric on creepiness and, perhaps, a guide to avoiding a spot under its umbrella, a study earlier this year attempted to quantify creepiness. What behaviors, characteristics and jobs make someone (almost always men, they found) seem creepy?
Guard. I don't really see this one. I guess a nightwatchman is sort of creepy in that he's lurking around empty buildings with a flashlight, but in pop culture they're always the ones who *find* the dead body, not kill the person.
Janitor. Tough back-to-back for waste disposal types.
Clergyman. This seems oriented at the few bad members of clergy, who thereby bring down the millions of wholesome ones. A clear case of "one flake of feces ruins the barbacoa."
Taxi driver. I feel like "taxi driver" only ranked this high because people thought of it right after they said "taxidermist."
Funeral director. They make for great wrestling managers, though.
Sex shop owner.
Clown. Note: This study was down before clowns had their creepy resurgence this year. Since they were already number one, I imagine now they'd be off the charts.
And my picks...
Hedge fund worker in his 20s with capped teeth. Something unsavory will happen if you go out with that guy.
Natural history museum curator.
Used bookstore owner. They always own malnourished cats and pretend to have a scholarly knowledge of the Middle Ages.
Limo driver. To me, limo drivers are much creepier than taxi drivers. Limo drivers see and experience a lot more of the dark side.
Strip club VIP room bouncer. The guy at the strip club who looks intimidating and seems to have a perfunctory paternal relationship with the dancers. His name is almost always Tony.
Locksmith. I know they have a code (and legal obligation) not to use their lockpicking tools for nefarious purposes... but come on.
Morgue worker. Even TV crime shows cast creepy people for the "city morgue worker" role.
"Pick-up artist" seminar instructor.
Congressman. I know my list has seemed kind of joke-y, but how did Congressman or politician not make it onto the real study's results? The more time that passes, the clearer it becomes that 100 percent of these guys are shady.
President of 2 Broke Girls fan club.
This post was originally published on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 11:00:00 AM under the category Personal.